jueves, 22 de abril de 2010

Millenary Antipodas -Antipodas Milenarias

Millenary Antipodas -Antipodas Milenarias

Proyecto artistico y colaborativo / A Collaborative artistic project

Create brilliant meditations in an age of speed

Western Sydney artists Anton Olea and Federico Mendoza have begun a residency at Auburn Artist Studio, alongside the Peacock Gallery and opposite Auburn Botanic Gardens. They invite community members to join them in the creation of a giant papier-mâché peacock. Everyone is welcome to follow the creative design and technical processes throughout and to participate in any of the activities that the public program offers and of course in the oversize papier-mâché sculpture.

The brilliantly coloured peacock has an important status in many cultures and symbolises aspects of the title the artists have chosen for their exhibition “Millenary Antipodes”. “Millenary” refers to a thousand, especially a thousand years, and “antipodes” refers to location, where people live, in diametrically opposite parts of the world. “The Antipodes” may also refer specifically to Australia and New Zealand from the perspective of other parts of the world .

Federico and Anton both have Spanish-speaking backgrounds, but they come from two separate continents and hemispheres with very different cultures and histories. “Millenary Antipodes” make them reflect on notions like ancestral memory, heritage, special anniversaries and the passage of time – the opposite of the here and now.

Although they work with contemporary technology in their art, they fear that mass media and the overall frenzy for speed has the capacity to destroy. Through the workshop and their individual art they look forward to discussing some of these issues with visitors and participants, as they all take time to reflect.

“Millenary Antipodes” will open at the Peacock Gallery on Saturday, May 1 and finish on Sunday, May 23. The exhibition will include the sculpted peacock and completed individual work by the artists.

Throughout the exhibition, Anton and Federico will also continue their work of artistic, paint, installation and intervention. A lively program of activity includes the Writers Festival and official opening on Tuesday, May 18. The artists have already been working with Zalzala, a project of Auburn Poets and Writers. The closing ceremony on Saturday, May 22, will include music performances and chats with artists.

Exhibition Period: Saturday 1 May – Sunday 23 May 2010
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun, 12pm-4pm

Anton Olea
Federico F. Mendoza

Peacock Sculpture Workshops
The Peacock Gallery is home to 17 peacocks who roam freely around the gallery during the day and who sleep at the gallery doorstep by night. Visitors are constantly captivated by their beauty and dominance over the site. Join exhibiting artists to create a giant paper-mache peacock sculpture onsite. Workshops are free and all materials are provided.

Saturday 1 May 2010, 2pm-4pm
Friday 7 May 2010, 9.30am-11am
Sunday 9 May 2010, 10.30am-12.30am
Bookings essential: 9735 1316 or 9735 1380

Workshop - Ephemeral Ecological Arts
Exhibiting artists will lead an intervention into the natural surrounds of the Peacock Gallery. Participants will create personal or collaborative artworks that explore alternative sources of energy and materials found in the natural environment. Workshops are free and all materials are provided.

Saturday 8 May, 2pm-4pm
Bookings essential: 9735 1316 or 9735 1380

Action Painting
Exhibiting artists invite members of the community to learn about their creative design and technical processes as they lead a workshop in Action Painting. Recreate your imagination on canvas, recycle items of disposable machinery and reconstruct them as a visual representation of the natural versus the technological.

Saturday 15 May, 2pm-4pm
Bookings essential: 9735 1316 or 9735 1380

Zalzala - Inner Quakes and After Shocks
Auburn Poets and Writers Group together with Auburn Community Development Network and Auburn City Council present Zalzala - Inner Quakes and After Shocks as part of the 2010 Sydney Writers Festival. The Earth Quakes. Listen as APWG goes under the skin of culture shock. Intersexions of body, dislocations of inner languages, a collidescope of climate changes.

Tuesday 18 May 2010, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
To RSVP phone: 9649 5559

Artist Talk
A public presentation by exhibiting artists, Mendoza and Olea, which explores artist perspectives surrounding the theme Millenary Antipodes. Listen to or participate in a discussion about ancestral memory, the passage of time, new technologies and their potential use in empowering community groups. The afternoon will be interlaced with live classical and South American Folklore music from Victor Monasterio and Latin American cultural performances.

Saturday 22 May, 1pm-4pm
To RSVP phone: 9735 1316

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