Celebrating 2018

In another Realm

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Ripples in the Open
Saturday 10th of November, 2018 – Sunday 27th of January, 2019
ArtSpace at Realm
Ringwood Town Square, Victoria

We went to sea, in a beautiful pea-green boat. Boat? By boat I guess I really mean house. In a beautiful pea-green house. Pea-green? More like the colour of a thick pane of glass, when viewed from the side. Glass-green. In clover. Fresh. We took some putty, and plenty of nails, wrapped up in a five-pound note’s worth of gumption. This Owl and Pussy-Cat, to borrow further from Edward Lear, sang to a small guitar, looking not at the stars above, but at floorboards below. Floorboards in need of patching, sanding, occasionally replacing, and painting, always a whole lot of painting. To walls and skirting the colour of glass and malachite, we have painted a softness of warm shell pink. Whether you are feathered or tailed, ‘Clover’ (a herbaceous plant of the pea family), ‘Willunga’, and ‘Coral Blossom’ make a poetry of colour. Plugging holes and smoothing bumps, the perfect rest for the head. These past few days, with brush in hand, by the light of the moon, rounding out a beautiful year. 2018, with her fleet-footed jaguars (Panthera onca) and Western pygmy possums (Cercartetus concinnus), she has been a good one. 

From opening the year with A Whisker of Light at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, the good news of having Looped in the library extended into 2019, the joy of creating a series of two- and three-colour lithographs and etchings for our work for the Australian Print Workshop’s French Connections, and closing with Focus on the Collection: Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, an exhibition of our artists’ books at ArtSpace Mackay, Queensland, this year has been an exceptionally wonderful one full of making and sharing, and dreaming and working both new and big. A Weight of Albatross hover in the atrium, five artists’ books reside in the library cabinets, and a giant collage comprised entirely of scanned images from borrowed library books, interspersed with portholes of lenticular prints, flutters as it grows, all at Realm.

As one thing rolls into the next, thank-you for all of your support.

Our exhibition runs until the 27th of January, 2019. And here, thanks to a selection of installation photographs by Andrew Curtis, we invite you to dive in.

Ripples in the Open
ArtSpace at Realm
Ringwood Town Square (opposite the Ringwood Railway Station)
179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, 3134
Monday – Friday 9am–8pm
Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays 10am–5pm

As we unfurl the floor rug where the Bong-Tree grows, manoeuvre the cabinets, unpack the books, and reassemble the table, good things await next year. We are pleased to announce that we have been accepted to be a part of the NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair and the Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier zine fair in 2019. We look forward to returning to both, and to photocopying new zines this summer.

Melbourne Art Book Fair
15–17 March 2019
NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Festival of the Photocopier zine fair
9–10 February 2019
Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton 

Speaking of zines, please join us for a Ripples in the Open zine making workshop, on Saturday the 17th of January at Realm, from 2pm. (Suitable for ages 12+, and bookings essential.)

#RipplesintheOpen

Ripples in the Open, ArtSpace at Realm, 2018–19
A Weight of Albatross, Realm atrium, 2018–
French Connections, Australian Print Workshop, 2018–19
Focus on the Collection: Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay, Queensland, 2018–19
Looped, La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria, 2017–19
A Whisker of Light, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 2018

 

Image credit: Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Ripples in the Open, ArtSpace at Realm, 2018. Photography by Andrew Curtis, for ArtSpace, Realm.