February 16

BLAZE#10 OPENING FRIDAY 6PM

Guest curator Blaze#10: a real sum is a sum of people, Sara d'Alessandro Manozzo

Guest curator Blaze#10: a real sum is a sum of people, Sara d’Alessandro Manozzo with work by Deirdre Pearce

CCAS is about to kick of the 2016 season this Friday at 6pm, and it will be huge ! As always we begin the year with our annual emerging artists’  exhibition and its the 10th anniversary. Blaze#10 curator, Sara d’Alessandro Manozzo has put together a show that reflects Canberra’s sense of community and the results are extraordinary. Hailing from Turin, Piemonte,  Sara transposed some of the conceptual concerns of Mario Merz’s A real sum is a sum of people (1972) for an exhibition that focuses on Canberra and its art scene. Said Sara, “A real sum is a sum of people, portrays a moment in the city of Turin in the 70s, and a strong artistic scene using conceptual art, numeric symbolism and abstraction. The ‘sum of people’ is the community, a unified group based on mutual support, professional exchanges and, of course, friendships: the same features one discovers approaching Canberra’s artistic community, harmonious, united, sometimes idealistic. A reflection on this simple phenomenon – the existence of a strong, protective art community as a peculiar feature of ACT- and the observation of Merz’s artwork constitutes the basis of Blaze 10; a foundation that does not purport to be a theme, but food for thought both for the artists and for the public.” In her role as curator Sara has actively encouraged the participating artists (many in the first year out of art school) to leap out of their university comfort zones and test some new directions. And it seems to have worked. Brace yourself for many surprises on Friday evening when all will be revealed .

Kael and Zeljko installing (masterpiece by Sabrina)

Kael Stasce vand Zeljko installing (masterpiece by Sabrina)

Hayley and Sara

Hayley, Sara and the white wall

Install crew

Install crew

Hayley and Sabrina with work by Millan Pintos-Lopez in the distance.

Hayley and Sabrina with work by Millan Pintos-Lopez in the distance.

Hayley and Sabrina at work with work by Joel Arthur in the distance

Hayley and Sabrina at work with work by Joel Arthur in the distance