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July exhibition program

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We are very pleased to announce our July exhibition program featuring three exceptional Perth artists: Kyle Hughes-Odgers has a background as a local street artist, but is now well known internationally for his commissioned walls and gallery work. He will be exhibiting new paintings and sculptures in our Main Gallery. Theo Koning has been exhibiting assemblages of found objects since the early 1970s in Perth, and we are extremely proud to be presenting new work in Engine Room 1. In Engine Room 2 Cathy Blanchflower will exhibit her stunning new abstract paintings of loose organic patterning.



Kyle Hughes-Odgers has been steadily creating an international profile for himself with major wall mural commissions, gallery exhibitions and artist residencies spanning the globe. More locally, his major commissions include a new building at the Perth International Airport in 2014, and the four 35 meter Merredin Silos in 2017. On top of this he has also published five children’s books, including Ten Tiny Things with Meg McKinlay, which won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in 2013.

Hughes-Odgers numerous international travels have inspired this bold new series of large scale paintings that feature less of his highly recognisable spindly legged people and more of his accomplished abstract paintings and symbolic forms. These new works still have a highly driven narrative; some are based on views from an aircraft, his home in Maylands, or the South-West landscape. When questioned about the title of this exhibition, Between the Earth and the Moon, he stated, It’s “an idea of floating between here and somewhere. My work for this exhibition explores colour theory, spatial balance and visual movement. Contrasted by narratives of nature, the built environment, human behaviour and the subconscious (abstract mapping works).”



Theo Koning is well known in Perth for his found object assemblages. These objects, often collected whilst beach combing, or from verge collections or carpenters off-cuts, become transformed into elegant sculptures and installations in his expert hands. His artworks have had much in common with the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi - finding a quiet beauty in imperfections, and accepting the natural cycle of birth, growth, death and decay. Several works are coated in thick gesso, the forms beneath now mysterious and unknown. Other parts are left raw, or painted using a spare palette of colours.

His artist statement for The Latest Issue, like his artworks, is simplified and poetic:

The latest issue,
How do you talk
about your work
when mostly it



Consisting of loose organic patterning, Cathy Blanchflower's current work utilises colour, shape and tonal relationships to create spaces of change and movement. The patterns are boundless and can be perceived to continue beyond the frame suggesting unending repetitions of infinite nature and streams of consciousness.

Elements in the work recall perceptions, memories, sounds/music and visual information that is broken down and translated into a concentrated visual language. Each painting has 2 or 3 layers, or 'fields' attempting to exist in harmony with each other. The responses of each shape and colour to the other sets up the energy within the work. Blanchflower attempts to find a balance between order and disorder, stillness and movement and a micro and macro view of the world.

Cathy Blanchflower has been exhibiting nationally since the early 1990s when she graduated from Curtin University. Her paintings can be found the Art Gallery of WA, National Gallery of Australia, Artbank and several university, hospital and corporate collections across Australia.

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Friday, July 12 – Saturday, August 10, 2019


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