May 16

OBNOXIOUS LADIES

Callum and Sabrina Baker

Callum and Sabrina Baker

If Obnoxious Ladies in the Australian Landscape sounds provocative, its meant to be. Friday night; as Australia Council’s severe funding cuts hit CCAS where it hurts we hosted (more than arguably) one of the most well attended and definitely most fun openings ever. Certainly instant proof that the ACT’s legendary close knit visual arts community is no myth. More than one visitor from interstate expressed their astonishment …. but back to Obnoxious Ladies who are much more interesting. This is Sabrina Baker’s first exhibition as curator and (bias aside) she has nailed it to the wool shed ! An exhibition of six exciting (mostly young) women who have completely revitalised the genre. Sabrina has snuffed out artists from ACT, regional New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. In all cases these are works which take a very personal approach to landscape in that each work is born of distinctive  individual experience. Not only do the artists reject any old fashioned (blokey) views, they take the piss and emerge with new and fresh views of how the land might be approached from a significantly less traditional point of view. You may not even think many of these works actually are landscapes, and they are certainly not as we know them, but each and every work is a direct reference to the land and an inspirational view through the eyes of contemporary women artists searching for alternatives. At the end of the night –  it feels great to have so much support and open an exhibition that clearly demonstrates how in terms of excellence and ideas, CCAS is already light years ahead of many organisations that have received recurrent funding.  And please rest assured that there will be $220 on the spot fines for intoxication at CCAS from now on. Obnoxious Ladies in the Australian Landscape with Emma Beer, Jacqueline Bradley, Anna Davern, Lucy Forsberg, Alex Pye and Camille Serisier until 18 June.

Jacqueline Bradley and Alex

Jacqueline Bradley and Alex

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Anni and Terence (work by Alex Pye)

 

Emma Beer close up

Emma Beer close up

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Kate and Millan

Barb, Jane and Rachel

Barb, Jane and Rachel

Jordan and Anja

Jordan and Anja

Emma, Kirsten's bro and Kirsten

Emma, Kirsten’s bro and Kirsten

Janis and Tom

Janis and Tom