February 21

A SUM OF PEOPLE: BLAZE#10

Sara d'Alessandro Manzo and Alex

Sara d’Alessandro Manozzo and Alex

Huge opening last Friday night for the 10th anniversary of Blaze, CCAS’s annual exhibition of emerging art in the ACT. And it couldn’t be a better anniversary …. this is the first year Blaze has had a guest curator and Sara d’Alessandro Manozzo has provided the show with a new lease of life. With an idea adapted from Mario Merz’s A real sum is a sum of people (1972) Sara asked artists to interpret the theme of community based on Canberra’s legendary reputation for artists support for each other. The results are brilliant, as everyone has moved away from locked-in art school habits to produce work that has extended their practices and propelled them into the realm of global professionalism. The theme has led to very large, complicated works that have challenged the conceptual and technical concerns of everyone involved. If you know the artists you will be amazed and if you don’t – you will still be amazed. Support for this exhibition has not waned over 10 years and Blaze#10 drew the largest audience on opening night, ever. And that is in the context of this being the most popular show of the year. Blaze#10:A real sum is a sum of people at CCAS Gorman Art Centre until 24 March. Artists: Joel Arthur, Reid Bedlington, Christopher Burton, Hayley Lander, Dierdre Pearce, Millan Pintos-Lopez, Kael Stasce and Julia Thwaites. Curated by Sara d’Alessandro Manozzo.

reid

Reid Bedlington (masterpiece by Alexander Boynes)

Kael Stasce

Kael Stasce

Dierdre Pierce

Dierdre Pierce

Hayley Lander

Hayley Lander

Millan Pintos Lopez

Millan Pintos-Lopez

Julia Thwiates

Julia Thwaites

Joel Arthur

Joel Arthur

Chris burton

Chris Burton

Best dressed: Jacqui

Best dressed: Jacqui

Janis and Cat

Janis and Cat

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Alice and Reid

Alicia

Alicia and work by Chris Burton

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Josh

Riley, Sophie and Surya

Riley, Sophie and Surya

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Daniel and Jenna

Alex and Alex

Alex and Alex

Gus - and Gus

Gus – and Gus by Julia Thwaites

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Riley

Alex , Dan and Dan

Alex , Dan and Dan

woman and dog

woman and dog (Zoe and Jet)