Arts / Series on ‘confident’ collectors steams ahead

‘Microplastica’ by Erica Seccombe, 2017, 3D print from 3D CT-tomography scan, rendered in DRISHTI.

M16 Artspace is steaming ahead with its 2018 “Confident Collecting” series of encounters, putting the spotlight on the art of collecting via the actual artist.

Next up on Monday, July 23, is a conversation on collecting print works, with Erica Seccombe and Nicci Haynes as guests.

Both are in the public spotlight at the moment, with Haynes one of the selected artists in the National Portrait Gallery show “So Fine” and Seccombe from having won the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize.

The focus in Monday’s session will be on print, and both artist-guests are notable, M16 says, for turning the print media world on its head working across print media and experimental digital platforms.

“Nicci is present and absent in her work simultaneously while Erica has been experimenting with tomography and mathematics,” says chair of M16, Vasiliki Nihas.

Seccombe, she says, “blasts printmaking out of the waters of tradition and gives a totally new meaning to the idea of printmaking media.”

While they may be seen as creating a revolution, both Seccombe and Haynes trained as traditional printmakers, working with etching, lithography and serigraphy, from which they have moved out into include animation, video and digital processes.

Haynes’ video ‘Drawing and Me,’ winner of 2017 M16 Artspace Drawing Prize

Haynes’ video of drawing and dance, “Drawing and Me”, won the 2017 M16 Artspace Drawing Prize and was collected by the National Gallery of Australia. Her work often explores miscommunication and communication difficulties.

Haynes, whose work is held in various Australian and international collections, such as the National Gallery of Australia and the State Library of Queensland, hesitates to call herself a performance artist, but recently she has been investigating the actions and movements of creating a drawing, where dance is a form of drawing and her drawings “dance” on the video monitor.

Seccombe has been working with the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics and Vizlab, NCI, investigating time-resolved (4D) micro-X-ray Computed Tomography through immersive stereoscopic digital projection installations and 3D printing. In June, her animation of 3D CT tomographic data, “Metamorphosis”, won the $50,000 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the South Australian Museum.

She is a lecturer in Foundation Studies at the ANU School of Art & Design, teaches for The Centre for Art History and Art Theory, and is the convener of Graduate Studies Coursework for Visual Arts, Design and Art History and Curatorship.

The “Confident Collecting” series continue at M16 on July 30 with ceramic artists Julie Bartholomew and Patsy Hely, then on August 6 with textile artists Valerie Kirk, Jennifer Robertson and Ruby Berry.

“Confident Collecting” at M16 Artspace, Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, 6pm-8pm, Monday, July 23, 30 and August 6. Bookings to and a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Participants will be welcomed with a glass of wine, nibbles and a viewing of the M16 Artspace exhibitions.


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