Backburning

Curated by Annika Harding

4 Oct 2013 to 9 Nov 2013

Artists: Julia Boyd, Jacqueline Bradley, Chris Carmody, Karena Keys, Trish Roan, Adam Veikkanen and Fiona Veikkanen

Backburning is an exhibition about how we perceive materials and the world around us. The seven artists included, who have all had work in CCAS’ Blaze exhibitions during the past seven years, share an appreciation for seemingly mundane materials and objects, and make them come alive in the context of the systems, spaces, and infinite universe in which they operate.

Originally intended to showcase CCAS Studio Residents’ work, Blaze has expanded to become an ACT emerging artist showcase. Over 45 fantastic artists have featured in Blaze exhibitions. Most are still practicing artists, and many are still based in Canberra as of this, our centenary year. This retrospective of the Blaze exhibitions focuses on the strongest thread running through them, spun by the artists who use everyday materials to create astonishing and enlightening work. For these artists everyday experiences and taken-for-granted objects provide ample impetus for creating art. In their work the mundane reveals the infinite and the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Excerpts from the catalogue essay by Annika Harding.

Image: Universal Breakfast, 2013, wood, bronze, steel, silverware, ceramic, card, plastic and paper; 130cm x 130 cm x 70cm; photo Brenton McGeachie


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