Excursion by the Visual Art Students at Chisholm Frankston
As art students it is an enjoyable diversion to go to a gallery to look at what professional and experienced artists are displaying in public spaces. McClelland is a great gallery, entry is via gold coin donation, there is a lovely little café for lunch and snacks and the sculpture park as a relaxing walk via natural bush trails with carefully placed sculptures along the way.
For those with mobility problems the gallery has a little car to take you around with volunteer guides to explain the artworks and talk about the history of the park and gallery.
As a volunteer in the Educational Department of McClelland, I can attest to the interesting workshops and events for schools and groups during the holidays and through the year. The small studio, originally used by the original artist and owner of the property is still in use for the art workshops.
The current exhibitions in the gallery building were the aim of today’s visit by TAFE. I had already been to an artist talk by Martin Hill, who talked about his introduction into the world of art and his projects which he and his partner are endeavouring to spread in a line right around the planet! See my blog in the site about Martin Hill for more information.
The other two exhibitions were very different from each other. Lord of the Canopy by Julian Ford and Sensory Overload, a group video and installation exhibit by Karen Casey, George Khut, Roass Manning and Kit Webster.
Lord of the Canopy is a reproduced natural gum tree from the park, it has a reflective band and print on the wall of a possum, if you look in the metal surface you see the possum in proportion in contrast to the out of proportion shape on the wall. It is in muted light and I am not sure of the aim of this piece. I may have to hold off until I hear the artist chat in a week or so before commenting further about it.
Sensory Overload was a nice surprise. I generally don’t like video and interactive installations, especially in nearly pitch black rooms. This exhibit, of about four separate parts was mesmerizing and hypnotic in a pleasant way. Rather than smacking in the face with loud noise or blunt or violent impressions, the patterns and use of light were very beautiful to watch. The clever use of hanging shapes, reflected light behind screens etc made flowing and glowing colour and light that I could have sat and watched for hours. Any sound was tastefully applied to enhance the viewers experience and these works could be watched ad enjoyed by any age group.
Overall another pleasant visit to the McClelland Gallery. It doesn’t take a long time to go through the exhibits in the building (unless like me you want to sit and enjoy the view for hours!) so it is worth going for a bit of a walk whilst there to see what new sculptures are in the park. Remember to make a donation before you leave, it helps the gallery to provide top quality art to the public in the future.