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Almost Solo v.13 Exhibition Catalogue

Almost Solo V.13 Exhibition Catalogue

in.cube8r presents Almost Solo v.13

Not quite a group show, not quite a solo show, Almost Solo brings individual artists together to exhibit their bodies of work in a shared space. 

Featuring works from Kylie Haberl, Anna Klaassen, Georgia Laughton & Kat Niclis

As we are a no commission space 100% of all art sales are paid directly to the artists.

Opening drinks Thursday, 30 May 2019, 6pm-8pm
Continues to 19 June 2019

Works

Anna Klaassen    
                
Anna Klaassen is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Melbourne. In her practice she uses photographic imagery from outsourced and personal collections as a key to abstract form. Shapes are gathered through tracing and are rendered into sculpture consisting of industrial materials, digital collage and abstract painting. Through these methods Klaassen has created a diverse body of work exploring form, colour and composition.

Anna Klaassen’s “Abstracted Image” series explores the use of photographic imagery as a key to abstract form. Organic shapes are collected through physically tracing over the lines and forms of a randomly chosen newspaper image. Earth toned colours are derived from the picture, and this combined with the gathered shapes are rendered into paintings. Experimenting with scale and composition allows Klaassen to create a new image in which the original subject matter of it’s source is unrecognisable.

Abstracted Image 25
Acrylic on Canvas
$85
20 x 25 cm
AK1

Abstracted Image 28
Acrylic on canvas
$85
20 x 25 cm
AK2

Abstracted Image 27
Acrylic on canvas
$85
20 x 25 cm
AK3

Abstracted Image 17
Acrylic on canvas
$85
20 x 25 cm
AK4

Abstracted Image 23
Acrylic on canvas
$85
20 x 25 cm
AK5

Abstracted Image 21
Acrylic on canvas
$85
20 x 25 cm
AK6

Georgia Laughton

Georgia Laughton is a mostly-Melbourne-based artist working in a wide range of media, with a focus on fine-art and social-documentary photography, lithography and oil painting.

Raised in country Victoria, Georgia is now a self-described ‘inner-city soy-latte-sipping Greenie’ whose subjects include animal’s rights, the environment and interrogating traditional notions of beauty. While she strongly believes in art as a form of activism, her work remains personal, grounded and sometimes whimsical as she explores her own place in the world. Expressing the tension between the didactic and the intimate in her paintings, she points to her recurring theme of birds; ‘sometimes it’s a metaphor and sometimes it’s just a bird’.

‘One of the wisest and loveliest humans I know told me “everything in life is just a bubble. The good, the bad, the pain and the joy; all bubbles burst, but that’s okay, you just blow some more.”*

This collection of oil paintings represents me blowing some bubbles and reflecting on my last 6 months of 5 consecutive health issues that burst many of my happy bubbles.

Self-portraits make me uncomfortable – the painting of them is an allegory to the level of discomfort I have been in. The bubbles capture my reflection of the creatures I spied out of the corner of my eyes whilst heavily medicated. Painted within embroidery looms to serve as a gentle reminder of the ongoing debate of “art vs. craft” and the role of women within the art world and the medical world.  

*This is the very simplified version but it’s been 20+ years since we sat on a step pondering the meaning of life, and simple now works for me.

Endone Fog Day 1
Oil on cotton in an embroidery loom
$35
Diameter 10cm
GL1

Blood Test Mosquitoes
Oil on cotton in an embroidery loom
$55
Diameter 20.5cm
GL2

Endone Fog Day 4
Oil on cotton in an embroidery loom
$35
Diameter 10cm
GL3

Endone Fog Day 6
Oil on cotton in an embroidery loom
$35
Diameter 10.5cm
GL4

Endone Fog Day 8
Oil on cotton in an embroidery loom
$35
Diameter 10.5cm
GL5

Endone Fog Day 12
Oil on cotton in an embroidery loom
$35
Diameter 10.5cm
GL6

All filled up
Oil on board (framed.)
$150
Width 33cm / Height 63cm
Fun fact: The makers of the 12 hour slow release endone know that it does not last 12 hours, but rather 8ish, but thanks to the USA insurance companies they have to market it as a 12 hour drug. I discovered this quirk when bedridden and at the screaming to be killed level of pain, which in hindsight, was not the most ideal of times to learn this. It made for an interesting fortnight.
GL7

Getting on my nerves
Oil on board.
$150
Width 33cm / Height 63cm (framed)
Fun fact! Paramedics are awesome and amazing, and will not take no for an answer when they have decided you need to be hospitalized. But really after spending the night stuck on the floor, I should have realized I was in no position to argue – I gave it my best shot, for I am nothing if not stubborn.
Also, ambulance membership – highly recommended!
GL8

Kat Niclis  

Kat Niclis is a photographic artist specializing in creating surreal landscapes. Primarily working in nature, her photographs often tow  the line between photography and installation. Her work with surrealistic landscapes started in 2012 and has been photographed at various locations all over Victoria.

Human beings have inhabited Earth for millennia, and over time the relationship with the natural environment has been constantly changing. Humans rely on the Earth for it’s natural resources in order to survive, yet everyday there are examples of humans destroying it; Human Rebirth is a photographic series attempting to highlight this changing relationship between human beings and nature. By creating surrealist images in which human limbs become intertwined with the natural landscape, I express how human life is just a small part of Earth’s existence, and the natural environment must not be taken for granted.

Ocean
Photographic Print on Cotton Rag
$130
approx Width 61cm / Height 30 cm
KN1

Cacti
Photographic Print on Cotton Rag
$100
Width 45 cm / Height 30 cm
KN2

Rock
Photographic Print on Cotton Rag
$80
Width 20 cm / Height 30 cm
KN3

Forest
Photographic Print on Cotton Rag
$150
Width 86 cm / Height 30 cm
KN4

Kylie Haberl

Kylie Haberl from Butterfly Song Studio creates from her home studio surrounded by forest in Selby. Her uncontrollable desire for Artistic fulfillment plays out in an eclectic collection of mediums. These include Wet Felting, Nuno Felting and Upcycling to create beautiful pieces of ‘Wearable Art’, and when time permits watercolour painting as well as Oil and Soft Pastels. She passionately sources wool and fibre to make her clothing creations from small Australian producers or repurposes and upcycles treasures that others have discarded. Currently Kylie’s creations are heavily influenced by the Australian landscape which she explores both at home and on 4WD adventures around Australia. This has been a cathartic process linking her both physically and spiritually to this beautiful country and to both hers and Australia’s ancestors.

It is with great hesitance that I name my part of this exhibition as ‘My Country’.  Not being of Aboriginal heritage I haven’t felt I had the right to experience the emotions I feel.  However, so many events in my past have merged with the people I was with and the location I was standing in when they happened.  Amazingly beautiful and varied parts of the Australian landscape.  I have struggled for a long time with what “being an Australian” truly means to me. What is my cultural identity.  I am Australian but not Aboriginal.  With Australian parents I was born in Nepal, grew up in Papua New Guinea and Australia.  I have Scottish, Irish, Norwegian and German heritage yet have no link to their customs. Who am I?

I have to ask my heart, an in my heart I am Australian.  The joy and comfort that I experience when I am standing in the Australian landscape is the reason that I feel the overwhelming urgency to call this land “My Country.” However, I am still unsure if I am allowed to feel this. This exhibition has been my way of digesting and understanding the palpable connection I feel to this land. 

My History Coat
Wet Felt
NFS
175cm x 65cm
KH1
Merino Wool, English Leicester, Alpaca, Silk, Silk Chiffon, Cotton
‘My History Coat’ is a physical embodiment of my passion and love for the Australian landscape and the immense sense of belonging I feel when I am on the land. Inspired by the story of the “Possum Coats” which were once an everyday item worn by mostly the South Eastern Aboriginals of Australia. These coats were made from possum skins stitched together and started as a blanket, added to as the person grew eventually becoming a coat. The leather side of the coat was painted and incised with decorations mapping the identity of its owner and was then eventually buried with them. Very few have survived for this reason. I was moved and intrigued by the idea of a coat that displayed my story for all to see. I chose Wet Felting as the medium to create the canvas for my coat using texture, colour and imagery to thread the thoughts, feelings and events that bind me to this land.

Eucalypt Spirit
Nuno Felt Textile
NFS
Approx Size 12
KH2

This piece is what I see in my minds eye as what a tree spirit would look like.  I find trees, their bark and leaves to be immensely beautiful.  I am drawn to them whether camping in the outback or walking down a cluttered city street.  The Idea that some trees have existed on this earth for thousands of years, holding space to such enormous global change is mesmerising and humbling.  This piece is an attempt for me to reflect the beauty and energy that captivates and inspires me. 


Dress $245
Capelet $80
Necklace $30

Arasaid
Nuno Felt Textile
NFS
Fabric approx 4 metres x 60cm
KH3

Merino Wool, Alpaca, Silk and nylon glitz Nuno Felted on Silk Chiffon

This is an interesting piece. Effectively this is one piece of fabric approx. 4metres x 60cm wide which is a Scottish wrap called an Arasaid or Earasaid.  Folded into pleats at the back and attached by wrapping with a belt it can be worn in a multitude of ways depending on the level of formality required. It is the female version of the Great Kilt and traditionally made from woven woolen plaid tartan fabric which was in the colours of your Scottish Clan. A Scottish History Coat as the Clan Tartan spoke volumes about your personal heritage.  I chose to create my own family Arasaid that encapsulated the fact that I was an Australian of Scottish heritage. 

This piece has many layers to the thought process that went into its creation.  The colours initially were chosen to represent the colours of my ancestral Scottish Mackay Clan Tartan. The placement of the spirals in a repeating pattern is also representative of the simple design repetition in a Scottish Tartan Plaid. 

The spirals themselves are symbolic of my history of depression.  A recurring feeling for me when depression hits is a spiralling down into a vortex of darkness.  I often feel like a child who has fallen to the bottom of a deep dark well, and when I look up far in the distance is the light at the top.  With each depressive episode it terrifies me how deep the hole I fall into becomes and how much effort I must find to climb back out.

As horrible a feeling as this is, I always hold some level of calm. The saying “A Light at the end of the tunnel” is incredibly relevant here and I wonder how often I must have heard this for it to permeate into my mind to become the vision that I see.  During a deep depression of mine I recall reading my daughter a story from a book of Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories.  The woman in the story ended up climbing into the sky and her torch become the sun which she used to light the world so she could search for her missing child.  At the time of my depression this story held enormous comfort and merged with that of the saying, “There is light at the end of the tunnel.”  The idea that as long as the Sun rises every day, as long as when I am in that hole and I can see light at the top, then I just need to stay calm because someone is searching for me.  Even if that someone is myself. 

The black and blue silk used in this piece represent my pattern of falling into darkness, climbing out and living life, then falling back into darkness.  Much like the way the Sun rises from darkness to create the day and falls back into darkness when it is night.

It has been with great reservation that I put down on paper all that went into the creation of this piece.  Both because it exposes my darkest most vulnerable moments, but more importantly because it involves a memory that involves an Aboriginal Story.  I in no way wish to inappropriately represent that story or demean the value that it entails within a culture I am not part of.  Yet its importance to me during my life has been invaluable and I can’t in all honesty not mention it.  

 

Wings
Wet Felt
$90
40cm by 120cm
KH4
Merino and Corriedale Wool
Who doesn’t dream at least once of flying? My favourite Australian animal is the Wedge Tailed Eagle. They are powerful, beautiful and commanding of attention. Their sheer size is bewildering when you see them on the ground, and then they extend their wings and with astounding power launch into the air. In no way does this wrap command the same awe, but it allows us for a moment to feel the warmth of being enveloped by wings.

Full Moon Rising
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH5

Sunrise
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH6
Sunrise over Lake Ballard WA, an Aboriginal sacred site and stunning salt lake where sculptures of 51 local people made by Sir Antony Gormley are scattered over a 10 square km lake. Photo taken in 2018.

Mulla Mulla Fields
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH7
The Mulla Mulla are stunning purple/pink wildflowers of Western Australia. Photo taken at Sunset looking over the town of Tom Price in 2018.

Port Germein Jetty
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH8
Port Germein Jetty South Australia at 1676 metres was the longest jetty in South Australia and, reputedly, the longest in the southern hemisphere. Famous for its Blue Swimmer Crabs it is a beautiful quiet little town. Photo taken in 2018.

Red Arrow
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH9
I believe this is a Red Arrow (Rhodothemis lieftincki) Dragon Fly. This Photo was taken at Karijini NP Western Australia in 2018. Many Cultures attribute enormous symbolism to the appearance of a Red Dragonfly which can be both a good and bad omen depending on your outlook.

Road Trip
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH10
The Australian Outback holds many old car grave yards. This car rested within a collection of over 100 rusting vehicles at the old Koonalda Homestead. Quite stunning to behold in a peculiar kind of way. Just imagine the stories that these cars could share. Photo taken in 2018.

Signs
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH11
Stunning patterns and textures under a rock crevice at Kalbarri NP Western Australia. Created from water dripping down, these circles could almost represent some kind of sign or symbol being left by our Ancestors to guide us in this life.

Thorny Devil
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH12
Thorny Devils are an iconic Australian Lizard. Although appearing quite aggressive, they are beautiful gentle creatures. Sadly they choose to rest on the road to warm up and are often hit and killed by motorists. My family and I crawled along the road into Ningaloo Reef swerving to miss these little guys. This one we stopped to photograph and gently relocated him to the side of the road when a road train came hurtling towards us.

To Infinity
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH13
Xanthoria Parietina is a common bright yellow Lichen that creates the most amazing textures where it grows in harmony on tree trunks and branches. One of my favourite things to photograph.

Envelop
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH14
Their is something incredibly hypnotic watching the momentum of a bubbling wave as it Envelops everything in it’s path washing clean the sand and leaving it pristine and new.

Wedge Tailed Eagle
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH15
Wedge Tailed Eeagles are my favourite Australian Animal. They command power and attention, both frightening and magestic I feel a connection to these birds that I am yet to fully understand. They have been my most elusive subject to photograph, which contributes to my feeling of nervous excitement when we spot one on our road trips. My husband instinctively pulls over now the moment we see one knowing I am already grabbing my camera ready to jump from the car to try an capture the perfect reflection of my Spirit animal.

Love Birds
Photography
$60
20cmx30cm
KH16

Continues to 19 June 2019

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