Saturday, November 26, 2016

My Eleven Year Contribution to the '9 x 5' Exhibition
Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre
Dandenong, Victoria (Australia)
Art Exhibition

Marie-Therese Wisniowski

9 x 5 Exhibition Artworks
In 2006, Cathy Van Ee, the Visual and Community Arts Co-ordinator at Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, (Australia) invited me to participate in the inaugural '9 x 5' exhibition program. In 2016 David O’Halloran, the current Visual and Community Arts Co-ordinator at Walker Street Gallery and staff will be celebrating the Walker Street Gallery’s 30 year anniversary at the '9 x 5' exhibition opening in December (2016). The exhibition will run from 1st to 21st December, 2016.

Below you will find images of all of my 9 x 5 artworks, which were created for the inaugural 2006 exhibition to the present 2016 exhibition. All of the 9" x 5" wooden boards on which the artworks were created/mounted on are supplied to the artist’s by the Walker Street Gallery. Some of my artworks are available for purchase. Please email at - Marie-Therese - if you wish to purchase any of these unique artworks.


Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre
The Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre is in the City of Greater Dandenong, a suburb of Melbourne (Australia).

The Gallery celebrates and enhances its great city with its diverse range of exhibitions, artist talks and monthly openings and brings energy and vibrancy to the arts with a contemporary and multicultural flavour. The Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre hosts an exciting range of high quality and diverse exhibitions from leading Australian artists. The Gallery now stages three major ‘open for submission’ exhibitions each year. In March each year, the 'She' exhibition celebrates the diversity and strength of visual art made by Australian female artists. The '9 by 5' exhibition held in December each year, commemorates the original 1989 exhibition held at Buxton’s of Swanston Street and is open to artists of all levels. The 'Home and Art' exhibition and prize is for artists from an asylum seeker and refugee background. The Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre is funded by the City of Greater Dandenong and is open free to the public. The Centre also consists of a performing arts theatre and meeting rooms, which can be hired by the public.

In 2005 my - Veiled Curtains - silkscreened series was selected for the Walker Street Gallery's 'She Who Inspires' exhibition.


The History of the '9 x 5' Exhibition
The '9 by 5 Impression' exhibition was an art exhibition in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition was opened on 17th August 1889 in Buxton's Rooms on Swanston Street and featured 183 works; the majority of which were painted by Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and Arthur Streeton.

The exhibition established Tom Roberts and his friends reputations as innovators and created their identity as a group – Australian Impressionists. Before the exhibition opened the "Table Talk" magazine art critic Sophie Osmond explained Impressionism to her readers as ‘sketchy work, brilliant in colour but vague in design’ and alerted the public to a forthcoming exhibition of Impressionist works in Melbourne:

“Now… the public will have the opportunity of judging for itself what Impressionism really is, for it is the intention of our Victorian artists to hold an ‘Impressionist’ exhibition in Mr. Tom Roberts’s studio at the Grosvenor Chamber’s in about a month’s time. The three principals of the movement are Mr Tom Roberts, Mr Charles Conder and Mr. Arthur Streeton, who have taken the responsibility of the matter into their own hands. These three artists are generally considered to be the leaders of Impressionism here, while Fred McCubbin may possibly be added as a fourth…”

In the small catalogue produced by the artists they explained their interests and aims. ‘An effect is only momentary; so an Impressionist tries to find his place. Two half hours are never alike, and he who tries to paint the sunset on two successive evenings, must be more or less working from memory. So in these works, it has been the object of the artist to render faithfully, and thus obtain first records of effects that widely differing, and often of very fleeting character.’

The opening created a stir in Melbourne (Australia). The rooms were decorated in an aesthetic style, with draperies of soft Liberty silk, Japanese umbrellas, blue and green vases filled with japonica and roses, violets and jonquils, and the air was sweet with the perfume of daphne. The artists wanted to convey momentary impressions of colour and light, fleeting atmospheric effects and the transient moods of nature.

Following Whistler’s example, most of the works were shown in simple wooden standardized frames. The exhibition’s title referred to the size of the wooden panels they painted on, which were nine by five inches (23 x 12.5 cm). Others were painted on cigar-box lids provided by Roberts’ friend Louis Abrahams, whose family imported cigars.

The exhibition created much lively commentary at the time and is now seen as a "celebrated event in Australian art history". The 9 by 5 continue to appear on the market; in 2009, Conder's Centennial Choir at Sorrento (cat. 151) sold at Sotheby's for AU$492,000. In 2012, to mark the 123rd anniversary of the exhibition, arts benefactor Max Carter donated four 9 by 5 (valued at over AU$3,000,000) to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the largest group of 9 by 5 ever given to an Australian public institution.

Charles Conder (designer) 
England 1868–1909, lived in Australia. 1884–90 
Fergusson & Mitchell, Melbourne (printer)
1857 – 1890s.
 Catalogue of
 the 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition held on the 17th August 1889.
 Photo–lithograph and letter press hand–made paper: 
17.7 x 21.6 cm (open), 17.7 x 10.6 cm 
(closed). 
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
. Purchased in 2006.
Caption courtesy National Gallery of Victoria.
Catalogue cover image courtesy of - http://www.artistsfootsteps.com/html/Conder9x5cat.htm.


My Eleven Year Contribution to the '9 x 5' Exhibition

Title: Fleeting II (Full View).
Technique and Media: The artist’s signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) prints and silk screened prints employing disperse dyes, pigment paints and gold foil on synthetic substrate.
Year: 2016.

Title: Fleeting II (Detail View).

Title: A Summer Memory (Full View).
Technique and Media: The artist’s signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) background prints, stencil rubbings and screen prints employing disperse dyes, metallic oil colour and pigment on satin.
Year: 2015.

Title: Myaree III (Full View).
Technique and Media: The artistʼs signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) print on satin and organza plus hand stitching.
Year: 2014.

Title: Myaree III (Detail View).

Title: Myaree (Full View).
Technique and Media: The artistʼs signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) print on satin substrate.
Year: 2013.

Title: Myaree (Detail View).

Title: Untitled (Full View).
Technique and Media: The artistʼs signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) print on satin substrate employing disperse dyes and metallic pigment.
Year: 2012.
Collection: Private collector, Sydney, Australia.

Title: Unfurling (Full View).
Technique and Media: The artistʼs signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) print on satin substrate.
Year: 2011.

Title: Unfurling (Detail View).

Title: Gondwana Memories (Full View).
Technique and Media: The artistʼs signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) print on satin substrate, hand printed, multiple resists and overprinting employing disperse dyes.
Year: 2010.

Title: Gondwana Memories (Detail View).

Title: Blossoms Falling, Lotus Rising (Full View).
Technique and Media: The artistʼs signature MultiSperse Dye Sublimation (MSDS) print on satin substrate, hand printed, multiple resists and overprinting employing disperse dyes.
Year: 2009.
Collection: Private collector, Melbourne, Australia.

Title: Haiku (Full View).
Technique and Media: Archival Inkjet Print.
Year: 2008.

Title: Haiku (Detail View).

Title: Cultural Grafitti V (Full View).
Technique and Media: Matrix formatted silkscreen print employing disperse dye heat transfer inks and pigment paint on satin.
Year: 2007.

Title: Cultural Grafitti V (Detail View).

Title: Sum of the Parts - A Call to War (Full View).
Technique and Media: Laminated paper and silk inkjet print.
Year: 2006.


References:
Content Information sourced from Walker Street Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and Wikipedia.

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