grad show 2014 by Hannah Gason

At the end of 2014, the ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition was held and I was really inspired by the impressive quality and range of student work. As part of my Bachelor of Visual Arts (Glass) I exhibited two of my works: frame work and line form. I'll be returning to the Glass Workshop in 2015 as an Honours candidate - stay tuned.

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yankee hat by Hannah Gason

Really enjoyed visiting the Namadgi National Park today.  It's well worth a visit to see the Yankee Hat rock art, as well as the beautiful scenery and wildlife.

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pilchuck! by Hannah Gason

I have just returned from an amazing time at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Below are some of the works I made during the course I took. Instructors Aimee Sones and Anjali Srinivasan and teaching assistants Jean Fernandes and Meadhbh McIlgorm were generous in sharing their excellent knowledge and tips. The course covered a variety of techniques and was filled with experimentation and surprises!

I also saw some fantastic art work at the Seattle Art Museum, Traver Gallery and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. A particular highlight was getting to visit Dale Chihuly's incredible Boathouse, thanks to Jason Christian (gaffing at Pilchuck) who organised the tour. 

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dissected by time and space by Hannah Gason

We recently visited Strathnairn Arts for the first time, on a beautiful sunny day.  Besides being a wonderful place to visit, we also enjoyed the exhibition of "sculptural landscapes" by Michael Winters.  I was blown away by his exciting works, which consist of landscapes combined with complex walled constructions.  The exhibition runs from 15 August to 7 September 2014.

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Michael Winters - Landscape With Incisions & the Space Beyond (2.3 m x 1.3 m). 

Michael Winters - Landscape With Incisions & the Space Beyond (2.3 m x 1.3 m). 

Since the Apollo missions to the moon in the Sixties, I have pondered, as an artist, how I could combine both the earth bound landscape and the elements of time and space into the one work. This was a challenge and the idea to create “Sculptural Landscapes” gave me the means to combine the elements of the earth bound landscape and time and space.
The works are very three dimensional and the landscape is very clearly defined, however, it is cut open and punctured revealing layers underneath. These layers are to be read as cosmic space penetrating the landscape and enveloping it.

going beyond the veneer by Hannah Gason

Recently, I visited Beyond the Veneer (A fresh look at the Prime Minister's suite) at the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House, Canberra).  It was interesting to see how a mix of artists responded to the historic rooms in the PM's suite.  I particularly appreciated the way that the Russell Baldon, a visiting American, used the space to create such a beautiful installation.

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Russell Baldon - Trestle

Russell Baldon -Trestle

 

a warm day in sydney by Hannah Gason

Last month we visited three of my favourite galleries, which are conveniently in neighbouring suburbs in Sydney.  I wasn't disappointed, and I savoured the opportunity to check out some great exhibitions: Portraits (23 May - 28 September 2014) at Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills; Cobi Cockburn's Close to White (20 June - 12 July 2014) at Sabbia Gallery, Paddington; and Reformation (6 March - 3 August 2014) at White Rabbit Gallery, Chippendale.

In particular, I really enjoyed seeing more work by Liang Quan at White Rabbit Gallery. I remember first being drawn to his work at the Sydney Biennale in 2012.

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kensuke todo: a survey by Hannah Gason

There's an excellent exhibition on at the moment at the Drill Hall Gallery, surveying the sculptures of Kensuke Todo.  I found the works Junction II (2010) and Exit and Entry (2010) really exciting. The exhibition runs until 29 June 2014.  Below are a few pictures taken at the gallery.

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Mild steel sculptures that contrast industrial impersonality with the simulated softness and intimate warmth of bedding materials – this exhibition examines the paradoxical works of Japanese-born, Canberra-resident, Kensuke Todo. Born in Kyoto, educated in Japan and Australia, Todo extends his bi-cultural perspective to sculptures and drawings that gesture towards imaginary architecture, with rigorously considered in-between spaces that function ambivalently as voids and energy fields.  The exhibition has been curated by Peter Haynes.


the fabric of work with nick mount by Hannah Gason

This morning Nick Mount spoke at the Canberra Glassworks as part of his touring exhibition:The Fabric of Work.  I was fortunate enough to see his exhibition in Geelong last year, but really appreciated the opportunity today to hear Nick Mount talk about his life and work. The exhibition is at the Canberra Glassworks until 19 June 2014.

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Klaus Moje, Brian Corr, and Nick Mount at the Canberra Glassworks.

Klaus Moje, Brian Corr, and Nick Mount at the Canberra Glassworks.

A leading figure in the Australian glass scene, Nick Mount was honoured in 2012  by Object: Australia Centre for Design as the subject of a Living Treasure: Masters of Australian Craft survey exhibition.

The exhibition features a series of sculptural assemblages that range in scale and character and describe an aesthetic that is both provocative and playful, intimate and spectacular.


casting with evelyn dunstan - part 2 by Hannah Gason

I recently took part in an intensive casting course with Evelyn Dunstan at the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop.  The course focused on advanced wax forming techniques, and used commercial mould materials to achieve highly-detailed casts. Below are pictures of the second piece I made during the course, at various stages of completion.  Further details of this experience and pictures of my first piece are available here

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happy birthday canberra glassworks! by Hannah Gason

Today the Canberra Glassworks celebrated its seventh birthday.  Hooray! There was lots to do and see. One of the great ideas on offer was the signing of the beautiful glass birthday balloon. Another highlight had to be the 'flash mob' dance routine performed to Blondie's Heart of Glass on the hot shop floor.  

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a luminous world by Hannah Gason

If you have the chance, I recommend dropping in to the Luminous World exhibition, at the National Library of Australia (NLA) until 29 June 2014.  The works are from the Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, and include contemporary paintings, photographs, and sculptures that all explore light in some way. 

I am also looking forward to the upcoming exhibition talk by Judy Watson, which is at 6pm on 8 May at the NLA Theatre.

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casting with evelyn dunstan - part 1 by Hannah Gason

I recently took part in an intensive casting course with Evelyn Dunstan at the ANU School of Art Glass Workshop.  It was an excellent course! The course focused on advanced wax forming techniques, and used commercial mould materials to achieve highly-detailed casts. Evelyn was very generous with her extensive knowledge, ideas, and tips.  I particularly enjoyed learning how to build up an object using wax, and the challenge of making intricate and complex structures. Below are pictures of the first piece I made during the course, at various stages of completion. Another piece is in progress!

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emerge 2014 winners announced by Hannah Gason

Congratulations to all the recently announced winners for Emerge 2014.  While I didn't have the pleasure of joining everyone at the Bullseye Gallery in Portland, I did appreciate the live updates that were posted to Facebook!  I would also like to congratulate all the other finalists, and thank Bullseye Glass Co. and the jurors for this opportunity.  It really was an honour to have my work exhibited amongst such innovative and outstanding works.  I particularly like Cheryl Wilson Smith's Winter's Lichen, which received an honourable mention.

Click here to watch a short video showcasing the exhibition, and here for another video on selected works shown at the Bellevue Arts Museum.

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The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award winners were (in order): Kathryn Wightman, Anna Mlasowsky, and Gina Zetts.

The Kiln-cast, Academic, Design, Jewelry, and Newcomer winners were (in order): Rei Chikaoka, Kate Clements, Manuela Castro Martins, Marion Delarue, and James B. Thompson.

Honourable Mentions went to Abram Deslauriers, Opie Hileman, and Cheryl Wilson-Smith.


weereewa festival 2014 by Hannah Gason

In February the Weereewa Festival kicked off, celebrating the beauty of the Lake George area. I went to the opening of the Weereewa Photography Prize and Exhibition at X Gallery in Bungendore. Here's my husband Andrew Wilkinson with his entry 'Storm Brew', which will be hanging until 12 May 2014.  I think his photo is stunning and really captures the inspiring nature of this area. Update: I just found out that Andrew's photo won the People's Choice award. I am thrilled!

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The festival was founded in 1999 to celebrate this magnificent ancient landscape in arts and environmental science activities and events.  This year’s festival theme is AWE - Arts, Water and Environment.


australian glass artists respond to the tree by Hannah Gason

Today I enjoyed visiting The Tree, an exhibition curated by Clare Belfrage that is currently showing at the Canberra Glassworks until 18 May 2014.  I liked seeing the great variety of interpretations of the theme.  Below are some of the works that particularly piqued my interest.

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The Tree features new work by 25 emerging and established practitioners.  The exhibition presents a myriad of artistic interpretations of the tree.  Approaches include humour, metaphor, studies of nature, sustainability and materiality.


wagga wagga: installation of my work by Hannah Gason

I recently travelled to the National Art Glass Gallery in Wagga Wagga to install my work Ground Plan for the upcoming National Student Art Glass Prize 2014.  Due to the delicacy of the work, this was quite a painstaking task!  Below are a few photos briefly documenting the process. While I was there, I also got a sneak peek at many of the other works, and was very impressed with the standard and diversity. The exhibition itself launches on Friday 4 April 2014 at 6pm, and runs until 29 June 2014.  I hope to see you there.

http://soa.anu.edu.au/newsstory/national-student-art-glass-prize-2014

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shirley hersch by Hannah Gason

Today I had the pleasure to meet Shirley Hersch, and hear her speak about her current installation, Clarity, at the Canberra Glassworks. I found it utterly mesmerising to watch her work lit up and rotating gracefully in the darkened space (the converted smokestack of the historic Kingston Powerhouse).

www.shirleyhersch.com

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Clarity - 5 February to 13 March 2014  

Inspired by a deep sense of curiosity, Shirley Hersch’s installation, Clarity, evokes the sea, its dreamlike qualities and fragile beauty.


evelyn dunstan by Hannah Gason

This week I was lucky enough to visit Evelyn Dunstan in her studio in Auckland, New Zealand.  I really admire Evelyn's works for their apparent simplicity, yet at the same time - immense structural complexity.  Evelyn has honed a variety glass casting techniques including lost wax casting.  I have a new appreciation for the skill and effort put into Evelyn's works, and look forward to learning more when Evelyn visits the ANU School of Art in April.  Thank you Evelyn.

www.evelyndunstan.co.nz

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pilchuck glass school 2014 by Hannah Gason

This year I am looking forward to participating in a fascinating course offered by the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington: Aimee Sones & Anjali Srinivasan: PHYS101: Spontaneous/Control from July 29-August 15. I'd like to thank Pilchuck and the ANU Glass Workshop for generously making this possible through a Pilchuck Partner Scholarship.

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Pilchuck Glass School is an international center for glass art education, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade mountains on a former tree farm.  Each year, Pilchuck's summer program offers a series of courses in a variety of glassworking processes for artists of all skill levels. Small classes taught by world-renowned artists and instructors emphasize experimentation and teamwork while fostering individual initiative and expression.

bullseye emerge 2014 by Hannah Gason

I am really excited to have my work Reference Point selected as one of the 42 international artworks for Emerge 2014.  This will be my first international exhibition!

Emerge 2014 is Bullseye's eighth biennial kiln-glass exhibition for emerging artists, running from April 8 - June 28, 2014. The Emerge 2014 awards ceremony will be held on April 12, 5:30-7:30pm at Bullseye Gallery (Portland, USA).

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Emerge recognizes the efforts of students, early-career artists, and artists from other media who are rising through the ranks of kiln-formed studio glass and design, but have not been represented by a major gallery at an art fair. Selected from 326 entries, the 42 finalists for 2014 were evaluated on the excellence of their concept, craftsmanship, and design by a panel of three jurors. The finalists hail from 32 countries and represent 35 schools, including graduate and undergraduate programs from Canberra, Australia, Rochester, New York, and Edinburgh, Scotland, among others. The 2014 jurors are independent curator Kathleen Moles, artist Emily Nachison, and James Yood, critic and Associate Professor of Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.