KickArts hosts final exhibition launches for 2012
KickArts celebrates the end of a successful year of 20th anniversary celebrations tomorrow night, with a triple exhibition launch across their three gallery spaces in the Centre of Contemporary Arts.
Seed to Seed is an exhibition of new paintings by the $10,000 2012 Redlands Art Prize winner Claudine Marzik, and ephemeral sculpture by renowned Cairns florist Tijn Meulendijks.
The exhibition has been developed over the last eight weeks in the KickArts Studio, as part of the KickArts Artist in Residence Program.
Marzik and Meulendijk's long-term artistic partnership encapsulates a genuine mutual respect, allowing them to instinctively respond to each other's work. Seed to Seed is their third joint exhibition in four years.
The collaborative duo have produced evocative two and three-dimensional artworks through a variety of media, which capture the poignant North Queensland landscape and raise environmental awareness.
"In Seed to Seed we both engage with the cycle of vegetation: observing the rules, capturing movement and rhythm, giving form and shape using a similar perception," Marzik explains. "Although we're using different mediums, our views have similar aesthetic values. We try not to manipulate our material too much, but let the matter, the physical substance, give the depth and strength to our artwork."
Up on the Feature Wall, you'll find the 2012 Annual KickArts Curator's Choice Members' Exhibition.
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, KickArts invited all current members to submit a work for the opportunity to be a part of the first Curator's Choice Members' Exhibition.
Twenty years ago a young KickArts Collective challenged the dominance of souvenir art in Cairns and exposed a below-the-radar contemporary art movement.
This first exhibition was called The Fish John West Regrets. Members were invited to produce and submit a work celebrating anything from fish to regrets, with the final exhibition curated by Kylie Burke.
Finally, Skin will also be officially opened this Friday night. Skin is a new exhibition of large-scale mosaic works by Cairns-based artist Dominic Johns.
Featuring Johns' trademark deconstructions of classical imagery and icons in a spectacular array of colour, Skin is low-brow art with a tropical twist.
Check out the official openings of Seed to Seed, Skin and the Annual KickArts Curator's Choice Members Exhibition this Friday from 5.30pm. Entry is free, all welcome.
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At work: an image from the setup of Seed to Seed.