Adriane Strampp’s Memorium 2012 has been shortlisted for the Geelong contemporary art prize. The Geelong contemporary art prize (formerly the Fletcher Jones art prize) is an acquisitive painting prize, conducted by the Geelong Gallery on a biennial basis.
In 2012, an exhibition of shortlisted paintings will be held from 15 September to 18 November. The announcement of the winning work will be made on the opening night.
This year the $30,000 prize money is generously provided by the Dimmick Charitable Trust.
Little Malop Street
Adriane Strampp’s life-size drawing Tapir has been selected for the 2012 Paul Guest Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery. The judge for the 2012 Paul Guest Prize is Cathy Leahy, Senior Curator Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. The full list of finalists can be read here.
‘My abiding and passionate interest in art commenced several decades ago and from those early beginnings I was introduced to contemporary art in a holistic way which ran parallel to my professional career. I appreciate that the journey for artists is, at times, a demanding and tortuous one and I trust that in some small way I have and will continue to assist them to achieve their full potential.’
Paul Guest 2009
The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $12,000 which is held every two years, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, the Honourable Paul Guest QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing and to create challenging and unique art works.
Passages of Time is Adriane Strampp’s first exhibition in Adelaide since 1999, and is an overview of recent work. It includes paintings from both the horse and landscape series as well as several drawings.
Strampp’s new work continues to explore the poetic and the romantic, whilst at the same time referencing elements of her earlier work. Over the last six years Strampp has reduced her palette to quiet greys built of many thin washes of colour, creating a sense of stillness and shadow, reinforcing her interest in both spatial relationships, surface materiality and the presence of absence.
As a result her landscapes have become ethereal and ambiguous, their haziness leaves the viewer uncertain of what they are seeing – trees in the mist or shadows suspended in particles of light, they appear familiar but not specific. The statues refer to her early and popular dress series, weathered and sometimes damaged they remain strong and heroic, a contemplation of mortality and fallen ideals. The animals she chooses to draw and paint are often vulnerable, yet they too carry a stoic, if guarded strength.
There is a sense of timelessness in this new work, and a sense of maturation as Strampp attempts to address the importance of connection and communication through her work.
Animals have played a significant role in the development of society [since] before the written word. Imagery of animals dating back thousands of years attest to their relevance in the changing cultures of all societies. We have worshipped, befriended, eaten, abused and idolized the beast. Animals of all kinds are our work mates, companions, guides, sustenance, entertainment and sacrifices. The Animal Show pays homage to our adoration of the animal and presents over 20 artist’s view of feathered, furry, hairy and scaly creatures.
10am – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday
Opening March 7, 6-8pm
In this new exhibition Strampp continues to work with a limited palette, focusing on the ambiguities of spatial perception, history and connection.
Included in this exhibition are two works referencing Strampp’s early dress series. The landscapes have developed a deeper space than previous work, whilst the animals within, (a result of a residency at Taronga Zoo in 2011) hold their own, survivors of a rapidly changing landscape.
This exhibition also includes a new series of smaller works, Memorium, that further explore spatial relationships and connection through surface materiality, with the use of paint, wax, paper, mirror and lead.
Adriane Strampp’s work Observer Observed has been selected for the 2012 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, judged by Sydney art critic John McDonald.
Adelaide Perry Gallery
The Croydon Centre for Art
Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney
Observer observed is one of several drawings produced during a residency at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in 2011. The subject is Birani, a Malayan Tapir who resides there.
My work has always been concerned with the connection between strength and fragility, the tangible and the intangible, and the presence of absence. From the early dress paintings of the 1980’s through to the current animal works I have explored that which remains ‘in absentia’: the body from the dresses, the gaze between the animal and the viewer. In looking at us the animals remain ‘in absentia’. Rarely does their gaze meet ours directly. In the desire for a reciprocal gaze we project our own emotions and interpretations, however the animals look beyond us and through us as we the observers seek momentary connection. Instead our projections are mirrored back to us, and their gaze reminds us of our imposition on their world.
The drawing has several ‘ghost’ images of the animal in the act of walking and is a reference to Muybridge’s photographs. The use of multiple movements echoes the shift of looking and being looked at. The observer observed.
Curated by Jenny Lam, Exquisite Corpse is an independently run art show that features works across all media—illustration, photography, animatronics and pillow-making… and everything in between—by 40 artists from Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Amsterdam, and Melbourne. Arranged into groups and pairs, these artists—most of whom were strangers to one another before this project—were given one month to create new art, with no limitations or rules other than to work together. Some groups adhered to the exquisite corpse tradition, while others redefined the very idea of collaboration.
Melbourne artists Adriane Strampp, Irene Wellm and Kirsten Perry have put together a drawing, each working on their section without having seen the other artists section, until the work was completed.
Exquisite Corpse is located on the second floor of:
Fulton Street Collective
2000 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60612
The University Gallery is delighted to be able to present another exciting exhibition for ZOO AiR 2011 in conjunction with the Taronga Foundation. Now in its eleventh year, the TarongaFoundation has been committed to preserving and conserving endangered species both through zoo-based programs and in the animals’ native habitats.
The work generated through the Artists in Residence program this year will be on exhibition at the University Gallery from 20 July until 13 August. Donated works will then be exhibited at the Byron Kennedy Hall in Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, from Friday 19 August until Sunday 21 August. The auction, by Bonhams Australia, will be held on the afternoon of Sunday 21 August with all proceeds supporting the Taronga Foundation’s conservation projects.