Blaze never disappoints. Unsullied by the establishment, Blaze artists are noted for their fresh, irreverent and unusual approach to art making. On Friday night five of Canberra’s newest contemporary artists kicked off CCAS’s 2018 exhibition program with diverse work across video, painting, sculpture, installation and performance. Blaze Twelve, which is as the title suggests, the 12th of its kind, is a lively exhibition …. while most of the works are on walls (unusual these days) the work to wall relationship seems uncomfortable. Mei-Lynn Wilkinson’s either float away from the wall or at least create that illusion. Riley Beaumont and Rowan Kane have upsized and increased the stature of their animated abstractions both of which deliver high levels of skill, energy, originality and humour. Sanne Koelemij melds disparate forms and colour to produce works on perspex that seem to glow. And conceptual ceramicist Luke Aleksandrow, who has recently moved from Perth, challenges the way we see ceramics by smashing various vessels around Canberra’s iconic sites in a curious spectacle of sight and sound.
Canberra Contemporary Art Space Director, David Broker says, “Blaze is always eagerly awaited and draws our largest audiences. It’s an intro to the most thrilling work happening and key the depth of Canberra’s formidable artistic talents in the early stages of their careers.”Blaze is an important stepping-stone for Canberra’s young artists as it provides a platform to create edgy, experimental work. Past Blaze artists have gone on to participate in prestigious exhibitions interstate and overseas including Primavera, Sydney Biennale and The National Digital Portraiture Prize.
BLAZE Twelve curated by Alexander Boynes with Luke Aleksandrow, Riley Beaumont, Rowan Kane, Sanne Koelemij and Mei-Lynn Wilkinson until Saturday 14 April