Through a glass, darkly
Emilio Cresciani's new photographic exhibition Through a glass, darkly opens at M16 Artspace on March 21 and runs until April 7. It continues his exploration of redundancy, waste and urban change. Creasciani uses the delicate patterns of cracked glass windscreens from a western Sydney car recycling yard as a metaphor for the impact of consumerism. He says, “Through the shattered glass we see the dark nature of rampant consumerism and the devastation of our environment that is required to sustain it ... The black and white references our impaired perception of what we are doing to our world: For now we see through a glass, darkly.” m16artspace.com.au. Not to be confused with Sarah Summers' exhibition of the same title at the ANCA Art Bus from Saturday included in Art Not Apart (see below).
Michelle Day, What Remains
This exhibition by Michelle Day consists of two installations that capture fragments of Day’s real and imagined sensory experience of human presence in vacated spaces: what remains of a person when they leave a room. Day’s exhibition consists of a series of small sensory objects that viewers can peer into to discover illusory spaces of texture, movement, light and smell. In her work, the artist says, "I aim for the interior spaces of the objects to be both unsettling and attractive, to replicate a sense of the uncanny that I felt in these vacated spaces." It opens at ANCA Gallery at 6pm on Wednesday March 20 and ends on April 7. anca.net.au.
Art, Not Apart 2019
The program theme for the ninth free annual Canberra contemporary arts festival Art Not Apart, beginning on Saturday, is "Soul and Mortar". It's a call to action for artists to take arms and create works to build the soul of Canberra and Australia. Across several venues will be a curated outburst of exhibitions, multiple music stages, performance art, interactive installations, film works, art and wine markets, poetry and lectures on love, street food and cocktail bars. artnotapart.com.
The recent performances of Shakespeare by the Lakes' second production, Twelfth Night, attracted 5000 people over six performances at different locations, including a paid, sold-out opening night at Lanyon Homestead. Although the rest of the shows were free, members of the public donated nearly $17,000 and there were eight sponsors and six major partners. Lexi Sekuless, one of the co-founders, said the production did not quite break even so more sponsors were being sought for 2020. She said, "It's fundamental to us that we keep shows free and make Shakespeare accessible." See facebook.com/Lakespeare and search eventbrite.com.au for more information.
Craft ACT 2020 submissions
Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre is calling for new exhibition proposals from artists, craftspeople, designers, makers and curators for the 2020 program. It wants "ambitious and engaging exhibitions which engage with contemporary craft and design practice and concepts at all levels of experience and across all mediums". Submissions close at midnight on March 31, 2019. craftact.submittable.com