Eclectic mix of Exhibitions at BRAG

Above: Sanné Mestrom Untitled (Self Portrait, Underground), 2017 Bronze, concrete, steel 156 x 100 x 83 cm Photo: Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery presents a variety of exhibitions over March and April from interior design and fashion to links between Los Angeles and Hill End to investigating concrete as a material and the art of a migrant artist.

Marion Hall Best: Interiors colourfully charts the work of Marion Hall Best (1905-1988), one of Australia’s first and most influential independent interior designers, displaying original furniture, fabrics, furnishings and design schemes. Best’s career spanned four decades from the mid–1930s, a period of transition from the department store decorators and art furnishers of the 1920s, to the independent professional designers of today. Her interiors vibrated with bold colours and patterns and a signature of her commissioned interiors was her vibrant glazed painted finishes on walls and ceilings. Best introduced the latest of international modernism in design to Australians through her shops in Rowe Street Sydney and Queen Street Woollahra, which were an inspiration to the local design profession.

Complementing the Marion Hall Best: Interiors exhibition is a free, drop in activity Make Space ❤ Colour. Venture into the wild world of bold and bright colours inspired by the interior designs of Marion Hall Best. ❤ Colour has activities for all ages including creating brightly coloured circular sculptures, paper origami lamp shades and interior design objects, spin a giant colour wheel chart, and designing your own colourful patterns, designs and logos.

Paul Davies: The Golden Days is a solo exhibition by the Australian-born, Los Angeles-based artist whose work is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction and figuration. These boundaries and relationships are illustrated through Davies’ process, which combines painting, stencilling, photography and sculpture. The Golden Days reflects on the connection between Los Angeles, California, and Hill End, NSW, through an exploration of landscape and notions of ‘gold rush’ in the context of historical and present day meaning.

In the BRAG Foyer Space is Sarah O’Sullivan: Resilience is Lithgow-based ceramic artist Sarah O’Sullivan’s response to the fragility and the strength of the Australian landscape – its capacity to absorb disturbance and maintain its integrity as a functional ecosystem. Many Australian ecosystems have evolved with resilience to regular disturbances such as bushfire, flood and drought cycles. O’Sullivan draws parallels to the ceramic medium in which soft clay is extracted from the earth and transformed into hard, stonelike porcelain after being subjected to the intensive firing process. Individually, her ceramics represent different aspects of the natural Australian environment – disparate foliage, textures, seeds and shadows. Grouped together, her ceramics demonstrate the survival and subsequent rebirth of the environment – Resilience.

Marion Hall Best: Interiors, Paul Davies: The Golden Days and Sarah O’Sullivan: Resilience will continue until Sunday 22 March 2020.

Opening at BRAG on 27 March will be three exhibitions CONCRETE: art design architecture, Jurgis Miksevicius: In the Light of the Sun and Shadow of the Moon and The Practical Outsider.

CONCRETE explores the innovative ways that concrete is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. Curated by JamFactory’s Margaret Hancock Davis (Senior Curator) and Brian Parkes (CEO), the exhibition includes 21 artists, designers and architects from across Australia and brings together products, projects and works of art that reflect many of the current preoccupations with concrete within contemporary art, design and architecture in Australia.

In the Light of the Sun and Shadow of the Moon is an exhibition featuring artworks by Lithuanian born artist Jurgis Miksevicius (1923-2014) immigrated to Australia in 1948. The exhibition will chart Miksevicius’ displacement from war torn Europe, his time at Bathurst Migrant Camp, the development of his practice with particular focus on the region and conclude with a selection of landscapes and a series of his more introspective/philosophical moon paintings.

The Practical Outsider is a film-based exhibition exploring the life and work of architect John Andrews. In 1957 John Andrews began his Masters course at Harvard University, embarking on an odyssey that would see him design a series of acclaimed buildings across North America, including the CN Tower, Scarborough College at Toronto University and Gund Hall at Harvard. Hailed as the new face of Modernism, he returned to Australia in the 1970s and took on a huge body of work that included the Cameron and Callam Offices in Canberra and the American Express Tower in Sydney. While his overseas work has been lauded, his local contribution to architecture hasn’t received the same reception, with many of his buildings being demolished or substantially changed for the worse. The Practical Outsider brings together archival images, short documentaries and interviews of John Andrews by Tim Ross and original artwork by designer Mark Stott.

CONCRETE: art design architecture, Jurgis Miksevicius: In the Light of the Sun and Shadow of the Moon and The Practical Outsider will continue until Sunday 10 May.

BRAG opening hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm, Sunday and most public holidays 11am to 2pm.
BRAG is located 70-78 Keppel Street Bathurst, about a 5-minute walk from Bathurst train station.
Entry to BRAG is FREE. For further information about our current exhibitions, workshops or events go to www.bathurstart.com.au, visit our Facebook page, call (02) 6333 6555 or email brag@bathurst.nsw.gov.au.