Maggie Malone, Harry Pullar, Chris Tuttle & Kerry Spokes
Artist Statement – Maggie Malone
I can’t recall a time in my life when I wasn’t making things, or wanting to express myself through the arts. Contrary to early inclinations I followed an administrative career path but have always found time in and around this work to explore design, craft, painting and sculpture. My art education in the main comes from personal exploration and short term workshops and training over the years in Melbourne. In 2007 I finally decided it was time to give full focus to my art and I undertook a six month Art program with the CAE geared towards further study, the end of which coincided with the death of my mum which instigated a move from Melbourne to the Bass Coast in 2008. Since my move I have had the privilege to have had instruction from local artists such as John Mutsaers, Ken Griffiths and Bob Hickman.
“Juxtaposition” for me is a show about my reintroduction to the love for Surrealism: the elements of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions of images or ideas not normally found together to produce illogical, startling, magical and humorous effects.
I enjoy working in collage for the freedom and immediacy it affords me to explore ideas. The starting point for most of this work has come from my photographs of the beautiful Bass Coast and South Gippsland and from that point the introduction of the surrealistic or contrary element that “works”. My painting and this collage work instinctively seems to lean towards the quieter end of the emotional spectrum with an added element of humour. Together they celebrate the natural beauty we live amongst and a permission to entertain something new and “outside the box. instagram:mgaggie
Artist Statement – Chris Tuttle
The submitted works are digital collages created using IOS apps of one stripe or another. The components that contribute to the final result have been iteratively treated and then assembled to create the images you see hanging on the walls.
Often working without preconceived outcomes in mind, my creative practice allows me to make decisions on the fly reacting to the unfolding digital terrain. Part serendipity and part intuition, the final image arrives as a single still-frame encountered over an evolving journey. To say these images are still frames suggests a continuum of unrealised, potential images extending either side – a continuous cinema of the imagination.
Artist Statement – Kerry Spokes
Digital collage created on an ipad, iphone or other mobile device has become a legitimate and revered artform around the world in the past decade, with Spokes working with this medium for the last eight years. Using apps, she weaves a story into each piece she creates. Spokes uses photographs she has taken on her iphone along with downloaded free to use imagery to build her digital work. Portraits or figures in the landscape….with a twist, using visual quips for the viewer to interpret. instagram: kerryspokesartist
Artist Statement – Harry Pullar
Ultimately, I am trying to create a surreal representation of events in my life. I feel like it is important to express myself in this way as I want to show people that there is more to life than what meets their individual eyes. I think this collective difference in perception is what makes the world interesting and it is through art that we create meaning in life.
I created these images from image cut outs from magazines and books that I purchased at a range of different OP shops.
I consider this shopping stage as a huge part of the artistic process as I have to sift through a lot to find the right material. I am attracted to books with good colours, nice paper texture and an indescribable essence or feeling. I don’t look for specific types of books but generally I find the Australiana or space themed books to be the ones I choose.
I’m very drawn to colour and form. I like collage because it allows me to manipulate compositions with my hands and zone into depth, colour and form before I complete the image.
I enjoy collaging because it takes me on an adventure through a vast range of bizarre books and magazines and deep into history that I never would normally delve into.
This series of work is the last series I did purely from magazines and books. Currently, I am interested in a new journey of exploring pure colour in the form of colours papers.