16 October 2010


C & R Eaves

Interested in art?
mixed media on paper

A few emerging artists working with REPRESENTATION
Opening Tuesday 19 October 6-8pm
16 October – 10 November 2010
Curated by Carl Lykert


Over the past thousands of years art has been accumulating a burnished reputation from a diverse array of civilizations and peoples, hunters and gatherers, kings and queens, shamans and clerics, noblemen, dilettantes, historians, aestheticians, philosophers, anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, evolutionary biologists, bureaucrats, dictators, industrialists, advertisers and various other interested parties. Needless to say, given its historical record, it’s a good time to be interested in art – dividends are impressive, the quantity is astounding and the alcohol associated with it is still free.

Everyone knows that art is long in the tooth (its official history starts from around 30,000 B.C), but isn’t it fascinating to think about the first moment, thought or action enacted in the name of art? What was the crisis or ebullient force that compelled the first-artist to enter the addictively expedient world of REPRESENTATION? (And as it turns out, this pictorial-world is one in which we would never vacate – we’re all still here, just look around.) So what was the Palaeolithic cave dweller thinking when she first applied her experience of bison to the lumpy but courteous Spanish rock of the Altamira Cave, for example? Rationally, the bison remain silent if questioned.

Our thinking here follows a simple point, expressed eloquently by a man who was mad about history. ‘What is the human need which stimulates art-production?’ asks Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. His answer is more of a request. He asks you to imagine a boy throwing stones into a placid stream – an impulse this impish lad has when seeing this unaltered arena of liquid. Once the stone has been thrown and the splash witnessed, Hegel tells us, the boy marvels at the ripples caused by his actions. Why is this so?

For Hegel, the alterations in the water strip the world of ‘its inflexible foreignness’. The boy is satisfying the necessity of living in a pre-given, readymade world – he is putting himself before himself and before others (for an active demonstration of this log onto Twitter and/or Facebook). As Hegel hammers home;

We do all this, in order that we may as free agents divest the external world of its stubborn alienation…and in order that we may enjoy in the configuration of objective fact an external reality simply of ourselves.

Frankly, we need to show ourselves that the world still exists. Considering this, REPRESENTATION was a lucky find. So, on the off chance that you dislike this exhibition, just think of it as a torch carrier for art’s auspicious and populated history. It’s not so much that the world needs art, it’s that we need art in order to access the world – a preventive measure against stiff unfamiliarity. The consequence of this? If you’re interested in art, you’ll be happy to know that it’s still going on.

- C & R Eaves

Nando’s Crown Street Surry Hills supporting the local arts community by catering with their world famous PERi PERi chicken

  • artists/seth-birchall

    Seth Birchall

    Shoulder Stare Muncher
    oil on paper

  • artists/ballan-bolton

    Ballan Bolton

    Reflection (Stap weit)
    oil on linen 91.5×61cm

  • artists/cash-brown

    Cash Brown

    oil on canvas board

  • artists/gina-bruce

    Gina Bruce

    4 Days, 4 Hours
    watercolour on paper

  • artists/criena-court

    Criena Court

    Couple (Deer & Cheetah) 2010
    mixed media

  • artists/david-eastwood

    David Eastwood

    acrylic on polyester

  • artists/katherine-edney

    Katherine Edney

    Self Portrait (Time & Time Again) 3
    2008/2009 oil on board 24×45cm

  • catherine-fox

    Catherine Fox

    Crumple & Drape 1 2010 oil on board 20×25cm

  • artists/kyra-henley

    Kyra Henley

    oil on canvas

  • artists/addison-marshall

    Addison Marshall

    UFO #1
    pencil on plaster
    19cm in diameter

  • artists/flora-parrott

    Flora Parrott

    3D Print, Wasp Nest
    3D digital print in resin, dyed with leather dye

  • artists/helen-poyser

    Helen Poyser

    Soundmap : Afternoon/Evening
    pencil on paper

  • artists/maryanne-wick

    Maryanne Wick

    Still Life in Celadon 1
    oil on canvas

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