Print by numbers
Daniel Savage is an artist who often puts himself front and centre of his work, and his latest exhibition, which opened this week, is no exception. Print By Numbers, showing at CCAS Manuka, comprises 16 life-sized portraits made using experimental photo processes on plastic vinyl, that aim to make us question our perceptions of others. "Daniel Savage makes photography, video and performance art that critiques society's attitude towards gender, race, ability, sexuality, belief and the human body in its infinite variations . . . Print by Numbers will have audio descriptions, Braille, and large print gallery sheets available upon request." Print by Numbers, by Daniel Savage, is showing at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 19 Furneaux Street, Manuka, until April 12.
Anzac at Drill Hall
It's an inspiring place, Gallipoli. At least, now it is. We all know of it as a place of 100-year-old horror, but an exhibition opening next week at the Drill Hall features the work of 13 Australian and New Zealand artists who were inspired in different ways by their visits there in 2013 and 2014. "Their works explore the terrain as it now stands – both as a place of memory and as an example of nature's resilience and renewal," the gallery says. Your Friend the Enemy, featuring works by painters Deirdre Bean, Elisabeth Cummings, Euan Macleod, Guy Maestri, Idris Murphy, John Walsh, Luke Sciberras, Peter O'Doherty, Steve Lopes, Michael Shepherd, Amanda Penrose Hart and Leo Robba, and the documentary filmmaker Bruce Inglis, will be launched by ANU historian Bill Gammage at the Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), ANU, on Friday, April 10, and runs until May 17.
Minimal Surfaces at ANCA
I just love all the art-science-maths-hybrid people doing amazing things! Former biomedical scientist Julie Brooke, who holds a PhD in painting and investigates parallels between research in science and visual art, has a solo show opening this week of work that has come out of an interdisciplinary project at the ANU School of Applied Mathematics. Working with experts in a branch of mathematics concerned with the geometric and spatial properties of shapes, Brooke "aimed to find out how they visualise abstract concepts, and whether developing her own way of picturing these would help her to understand their research, focusing on the topology of a structure known as the entangled labyrinth . . . not only an abstract concept, but has been found in nature where it provides a soft template for the formation of structures inside the wing scales of a butterfly during metamorphosis". The show "bridges the abstract and the concrete and negotiates two incompatible systems of geometry". Maths never sounded so intriguing . . . Minimal Surfaces, by Julie Brooke, opens on Wednesday, April 8 at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson, and runs until April 19.
Your own companion
Sasha Grishin writes this week about a beautiful new book published by the National Portrait Gallery - The Companion, filled with portraits and stories from the gallery's collection. We have three copies to give away, to the first three readers to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Just put "Companion" in the subject line for a change to win.
Protest and printmaking
Last week, a fascinating show exploring the theme of protest opened at M16, and we incorrectly informed readers that a series of public programs were happening this month. Unfortunately, the talk by former Greens leader Bob Brown and ensuing panel discussion have been and gone. But for all those who want to engender a spirit of protest in their youngsters sooner rather than later, M16 will be running a free children's printmaking workshop with artists in the exhibition on April 11, 10am-11.30am. The workshop is appropriate for children aged 8-14. It will be held at M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith. Bookings are essential. Call Benita Tunks on 0407 071 432.
Small (coastal) kingdoms
You could well be at the coast as you read this, in which case you should head over to Narek Galleries to see the new solo exhibition by Annie Franklin, an artist inspired by her natural surrounds. The title of the show comes from Sleeping in the Forest, a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver. "My paintings are a celebration of a moment in time, a moment of no particular consequence and yet rich with the beauty and intricacies of a daily rhythm that is punctuated by the changes in nature. Such moments so easily pass by unnoticed in this complex life of ours," Franklin says. Small Kingdoms opens on April 4 at Narek Galleries, Old Tanja Church, 1140 Tathra-Bermagui Road, Tanja, until May 11.
I've always been a fan of large, old, sprawling cemeteries; somewhat lacking in Canberra, really. There's still time, if you're morbidly inclined (I hope so!) to enter Rookwood Cemetery's seventh annual Hidden Exhibition; a chance to showcase your work in one of the oldest and culturally significant cemeteries in the country. Hidden will be held this year from September 18-October 18 and "submissions may take the form of artist impressions or sketches, with references regarding scale and materials included". Entries close on May 5. Visit hidden.rookwoodcemetery.com.au for more details.
Two words: Marimekko textiles. Need more info? Finnish-born, Australian-based artist Arja Välimäki has an exhibition of paintings and sculpture showing at the Finnish embassy this month, with works examining "issues of culture, connection and identity, and is influenced by Scandinavian design". Aside from the above mentioned textiles, Välimäki has also been influenced by minimalism, and the works of Yayoi Kusama, John Coburn, John Olsen and Jackson Pollock. Natural Vibrations is showing at the embassy of Finland, 12 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla, until April 30.