Saturday, 6 February 2010

Brisbane Art: Sam Blanch's "cross a fake" exhibition until February 19th at the tidy, wolloongabba

Artist Sam Blanch, whose Bridges to Elsewhere exhibition I wrote about last year, has another show on right now at the Tidy art space at 27 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba - click here for a Google Map.

The new show is called "cross a fake". Blanch  says:

This work comes out of 18 months of art therapy
sessions with Cathy Condon a Coolum artist/art therapist.  The sessions
delved deeply into the layers of my consciousness and produced a year’s
worth of experimental works one of which was in this cross style. 
After sifting through the mammoth amounts of information that came
through my sessions, crosses came up time and again.  

have a symbolism that predates the familiar Christian crucifix and it
is these kinds of crosses that I am interested in.  For me the cross is
an important symbol of the centring of the universe, the ability of
humanity to fix things in place using mind and hands, to find meaning
in the patterns of nature (like the southern cross) and the potency of
the spirit world (the power of the use of symbols).  The process of
producing each cross is a synthesis of these above traits, with each
brush stroke and block of colour a meditation on these themes.

The exhibition runs from now until February 19th 2010. The Tidy is open 9-3 Monday to Saturday, and the best way to get to there by public transport is to catch a bus to the Woolloongabba bus station and walk from there - it's only a few minutes walk away. See the Google Map to see where the bus station and the art space are, and if you need to find out public transport times, you can use the Translink journey planner.

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