August, Calendar, Photography, September, Visual arts

Photography: The Iris Award: finalist exhibition, opening & winner announcement

Exhibition opens 31 August 2017, 6.30PM @ Perth Centre for Photography – 388 Hay Street Subiaco.
All welcome, free admission.

The IRIS Award is an international prize recognising new and outstanding portraiture in photographic art.


Photo: Chris Bowes. ‘First Impression’, 2016 IRIS Award winner.

Matthew Abbott
Aaron Bradbrook
Darcy Burns
Daniel Bushaway
Su Cassiano
Eleanor Cox
Robyn Daly
Ebony Dennis
Ebony Finck
Amy Gubana
Hannan Jones
Georgia Hanson
Lachlan Jennings
Dom Krapski
Helga Leunig
Jon Lewis
Olive Lipscombe
Gabriella Lo Presti
Jordan Madge
Maria Cecilia Maglinao
Zelko Nedic
Andrew Nicholls
Tajette O’Halloran
Tim Palman
Emma Perry
Zorica Purlija
Tristan Stil
David Symons
Nina-Marie Thomas
Fiona Wolf-Symeonides

A big thank you to all those who entered the IRIS Award and to the 2017 judging panel:

Michelle Dunn Marsh
Executive Director at the Photographic Centre North West Seattle, Washington, USA –

Katrin Koenning
Award winning photographic Artist, Victoria, Australia

Emily Hornum
Interdisciplinary photography, new media and installation artist, Western Australia

Winners announced on opening night.

Exhibition Opening | Thursday August 31, 6.30pm
388 Hay Street Subiaco

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Monday 24 July – Tuesday 29 August @ Team Digital | Epson Print Gallery: 268 Lord Street Perth WA 6000.
By Brett Canét-Gibson | Twine – Ideas That Bind.

Featuring images by award-winning photographer and visual artist, Brett Canét-Gibson. Renowned for his artistic style and unique approach to portrait photography using just natural light and a portable backdrop on the streets of Perth, Canét-Gibson sees “every object as a subject”. The exhibition features 200 pages of portraits, still lifes, landscapes, found objects, poetry and thoughts captured as part of his soon-to-be-published visual journal project.

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Open Water
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Visual arts: Open Water: The Offering

 7 – 28 July @ Moana Project Space.
By Erin Coates & Anna Nazzari.

In “Open Water: The Offering” artists Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari incorporate underwater video, drawing and scrimshaw to portray their unique vision of an Australian Oceanic Gothic.

Taking a true event as a starting point, “Open Water: The Offering” is based on an incident that occurred in 1965 in the coastal town of Albany when a well-known whaler and gunner on The Cheynes III (a whale chaser) lost his leg after it became entangled in a rope attached to a harpoon fired at a whale. The film charts the imagined journey of a detached human leg, gifted to the Southern ocean and its inhabitants by an otherworldly cetacean. The exhibition builds upon Coates and Nazzari’s most recent foray into the Australian Oceanic Gothic, an internationally award-winning screen work: Cetaphobia, and draws from the existing knowledge of maritime histories, specifically those connected to Erin’s seafaring heritage and the whaling industry in Albany, Western Australia.

Open Water
Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari, Open Water: The Offering (still), 2017, HD video with stereo sound, 4:45, Sound design: Stuart James.
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Visual arts: Builded Remnants – Berndnaut Smilde

6 July – 17 September @ The Goods Shed. Presented by FORM

“Builded Remnants” is an exhibition by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde capturing moments of revelation throughout Western Australia.

The works are the result of a residency undertaken by Smilde in Western Australia, in 2016, at FORM’s invitation. Based in Perth, Smilde one his studio assistant, German artist Annegret Kellner, also travelled extensively throughout the Pilbara region and the South West.

Smilde has a history of artificially creating natural phenomena such as clouds and rainbows and a critical approach to Western understandings of landscape in the Romantic tradition, and FORM asked him to respond to WA’s regional landscape through this lens. Smilde worked with WA photographer Bewley Shaylor to create a new series of his Nimbus cloud images, both in metropolitan locations and in the remote Pilbara. This included his first outdoor Nimbus works, created in Karijini National Park and the red dirt landscape outside of Roebourne. Following his Pilbara residency, Smilde travelled to the South West to create an experimental rainbow work at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse on Australia’s most south-westerly point, a site first mapped by the Dutch several centuries ago.

“Builded Remnants” runs until 31 August.

Top image: Berndnaut Smilde creating clouds outside east of Roebourne on his Pilbara residency, 2016. Photo: Bewley Shaylor, 2016.

Nimbus Powerstation, Berndnaut Smilde, 2017. Photo: Bewley Shaylor, courtesy of the artist, Ronchini Gallery, and FORM.
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