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Studies with Light

Expanded Vision by Kirstie Rea, 2018. (Detail). Photographic image; textured glass.

Works in glass by Kirstie Rea & Lucy Palmer.

CANBERRA-BASED ARTISTS Kirstie Rea and Lucy Palmer use glass for its transparency, fragility and optics, each exploring the concepts of seeing light and capturing a fleeting moment.

In their upcoming exhibition at Suki & Hugh Gallery entitled ‘Studies with Light’ the artists showcase their exceptional skill in their medium while further investigating their shared fascination with light.

Rea creates sculptural and photographic works that bring together her extensive technical glass making skills with a deep conceptual understanding of place-making. The interplay of photographic imagery and layers of textured glass creates a feeling of gentle movement, capturing a moment in time while acting as a reminder of the motion of the body as it passes through the landscape, breathing in the surroundings.

Palmer creates small sculptural, coloured lens-like works which capture the light and quite literally change before our eyes as we move around the gallery. The interaction of glass and light compels the viewer to see the physical object and the refracted light that is created. These interactions are playful, mesmerising or delicate depending on the time of day or type of light.

Curated by Aimee Frodsham, Art Director at CGW, “the pleasures of being in the moment and taking time to observe the beauty in small details around us are brought into focus across this exhibition”.

Kirstie Rea is a locally-based artist with an established international profile. Her work and teaching have been highly influential over many years since establishing her studio in 1987, following her graduation from the Glass program at the Canberra School of Art. Kirstie has continued over the past 30 years to develop her practice, exhibiting internationally as well as being included in numerous Australian Glass survey shows. Kirstie has had solo exhibitions in Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Her work is included in international collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the National Gallery of Australia and the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation (Munich, Germany).

Lucy Palmer constructed glass
Untitled study, Lucy Palmer, 2018. Kiln-formed and constructed glass, courtesy of the artist and Suki & Hugh Gallery.

Lucy Palmer graduated with Honours in Visual Arts, specialising in Glass, from the University of South Australia in 2014. Currently working from her studio at the Canberra Glassworks, Lucy strives to utilise the unique qualities of kiln-formed glass to create an illusory sense of distance and depth; depicting vast landscapes, expansive skies and the quiet horizon where the two dissolve. Her inspiration derives from an interest in the incredible potential of distance and space to draw the viewer away from their immediate physical environment and allow the mind to escape.

The exhibition will run at Suki & Hugh Gallery
from 30 June
– 12 August 2018.

An opening reception will be held from 3–5pm on Saturday 30 June.
All welcome.

MAIN: Expanded Vision, (detail). Kirstie Rea, 2018. Digital print and folded glass, 78h x 115w x 10cm deep.
Photo credit: David Paterson.

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