Ann thomson & Joe Furlonger
26 march 2019 - 22 May 2019
Renowned Australian artists Ann Thomson and Joe Furlonger present a novel dialogue between cultures in the form of a group exhibition at the Nockart Gallery. Produced during an artist residency in Jingdezhen, the ceramic capital of China, Thomson and Furlonger explore ceramic painting in the Chinese tradition, with a distinctly Australian sensibility. The artists innate mastery of colour and form and proclivity toward the landscape refracted through the lens of traditional Chinese underglaze pigment on ceramic produces a unique and exciting blend of visual texture and cultural context. Alongside the ceramic vessels, Thomson and Furlonger display works of ink on paper and paint on canvas respectively painted during, and inspired by, their time in Jingdezhen.
Indonesian Artist Dedy Sufriadi & Indra Dodi
30 January 2019 - 15 March 2019
The Nockart Gallery, in partnership with the Nock Art Foundation, is pleased to present “Here Now” a group exhibition featuring paintings by Indonesian artists Dedy Sufriadi and Indra Dodi. The exhibition compiles a series of work spanning across several months and various media that is inspired entirely by the artists’ experiences during their joined residency in Queenstown New Zealand.
Having never visited that part of the world prior to the residency, the artists present new ideas and visions filtered through their familiarly bold and lively aesthetic. While both artists share similar backgrounds, having grown up in Sumatra and studied the Fine Arts in Yogyakarta, their artistic approaches toward the visualisation of their shared experience yields diverging results. Indra Dodi, the story teller, presents whimsical narratives formed from an intuitive combination of naive figures and expressive words and phrases eluding to specific sights and fleeting memories. Dodi’s works consistently exude a infectious sense of optimism and joy. Dedy Sufriadi, the thinker, presents deeply layered abstractions of landscapes, symbols, a texts. His works read as allegories of existential ideas hinted at through the titles, leaving the interpretation ultimately open to the viewer. The combination of the two artists works strikes the viewer over the head with a vibrancy and immediacy that demands momentary immersion and provokes thought long after initial viewing.