Nouveau regard sur l'Australie

Exhibition  /  01 Jul 2022  -  09 Oct 2022
Published: 27.06.2022
Nouveau regard sur l'Australie.
Solidor Art Space
Olga Zobel Biró
Roland Constant

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You have got to be listening to the weather, watching the birds and animals. It's part of your culture. If you ignore it, I think you're ignoring your own culture.

Bruce Pascoe, Dark Emu, Scribe, London, 2018.

Artist list

Ruby Aitchison, Robert Baines, Pearl Fearn-Wannan, Kiko Gianocca, Nicky Hepburn, Linda Hughes, Christopher Milbourne, Vicky Shukuroglou, Katherine Wheeler
There can be no doubt that every piece of jewellery carries traces of its time and place of manufacture within it. It also reveals the worldview and feelings of the artist who created it. For many years now, Espace Solidor in Haut-de-Cagnes has been presenting very successful international exhibitions, providing comprehensive overviews of creations across the world and reflecting the cultural and geographical specificities of the artists whose works are exhibited. The concept underlying our exhibitions is unique inasmuch as they can act as laboratories for research on artistic creation.

The present exhibition differs from other so-called “national” exhibitions in that it is devoted to one specific subject: the visual, conceptual, and artistic transmission of Australian nature. It is also organized around the following questions: how do artists react to their environment, in this case, the Australian environment? What are their sources of inspiration in nature and to what extent are such sources representative and unique, as they are not to be found anywhere else?

The nine artists involved were enthusiastic in their acceptance of the invitation to participate in this collective exhibition dedicated to the amazing Land of Oz. They have explored the rich and varied environment of their homeland/host country, seeking inspiration for their creative work. The significance of this artistic approach must be understood here in its historical context.

The artists have therefore all worked with materials only to be found on the Fifth Continent. Their works are composed of herbs, seashells, coral, and even emu eggshells, to name but a few.

The concept for the exhibition originated with Robert Baines, who enjoys an international reputation as one of Australia’s most important artists. Countless conversations and meetings then took place, rounding out the initial idea.

Opening reception: Musée du Bijou Contemporain, Espace Solidor at 7:30 pm.

Opening Speech: July 1st 6 pm Speech by Robert Baines at the Château Musée Grimaldi (Place du Château, 06800 Cagnes-sur-Mer).
Robert Baines. Brooch: Land Sky and Fire No 1, 2020. Silver, Emu eggshell, lacquer.. 5.5 x 6.8 x 1.3 cm. Photo by: Anton Jadrijevic. Robert Baines
Brooch: Land Sky and Fire No 1, 2020
Silver, Emu eggshell, lacquer.
5.5 x 6.8 x 1.3 cm
Photo by: Anton Jadrijevic
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Ruby Aitchinson. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Dried fruits, steel, cotton.. 40 x 15 x 8 cm. Ruby Aitchinson
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Dried fruits, steel, cotton.
40 x 15 x 8 cm
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Kiko Gianocca. Object: Sandcatcher, 2003. Silver, ebony, felted wool, sand, shells, steel, nylon thread.. 12 x 1 x 1 cm. Kiko Gianocca
Object: Sandcatcher, 2003
Silver, ebony, felted wool, sand, shells, steel, nylon thread.
12 x 1 x 1 cm
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Nicky Hepburn. Ring: Seabed I, 2020. Dried seaweed.. 4.5 x 4 x 4.5 cm. Photo by: Terry McConvill. Nicky Hepburn
Ring: Seabed I, 2020
Dried seaweed.
4.5 x 4 x 4.5 cm
Photo by: Terry McConvill
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Linda Hughes. Brooch: 100 degrees, 2020. Laminate, gold, silver, wood, steel.. 7 x 13.5 x 1 cm. Photo by: Argonaut Design. Linda Hughes
Brooch: 100 degrees, 2020
Laminate, gold, silver, wood, steel.
7 x 13.5 x 1 cm
Photo by: Argonaut Design
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Vicky Shukuroglou. Pendant: Push, 2020. Steel wire, horse hair.. 11 x 4.5 x 7 cm. Vicky Shukuroglou
Pendant: Push, 2020
Steel wire, horse hair.
11 x 4.5 x 7 cm
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