Even the stormy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Emerge 2018 artists, family, friends and guests who attended the opening of the Into the Light exhibition on 18 October at the Front Up Hub in Seven Hills.
Works by eight artists were on exhibition: Suba Bale, Jesse Bisset, Teigan Blackshaw, Richard J Bell, Mahlie Jewell, Ariel Riveros, Jeffery Wood and Susan Wood.
The works were impressive in scope and ranged from video installations to multi media works to a wall mural.
Liam talks about process
As part of the opening remarks, artist and Front Up team member Liam Benson, spoke about the process. He described how the Emerge 2018 artists initially met at the Front Up Hub, and then visited the Art Gallery of NSW where they explored Spacemakers and Roomshakers: Installations from the collection and the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018.
On 5 September, the artists participated in Anarchy in Time, a panel discussion, and Suba Bale gave a spotlight talk about an Ernesto Neto work from Spacemakers and Roomshakers that had most inspired her.
Following the initial visits to the Art Gallery of NSW, Liam described how the artists met weekly at the Front Up Hub. The group talked about what they had seen, they unpacked it, they were generous and forthcoming. The group collaborated to make the space a safe place in which to be. The artists challenged each other. They supported each other. Ultimately, though, they got down to work and created.
Into the Light exhibition
Liam described how the theme emerged in the early days of the group’s work together. He pointed out that all the works have something in common: everyone brought themselves and their work into the light. Here are a few images of details from works included in the Into the Light exhibition.
Suba Bale, Threads of Time, 2018
Jeffery Wood, Blue Madonna and Child, 2018
Mahlie Jewell, Warpaint, 2018
Watch for more
In her closing remarks, Gaye Fleming from Front Up, was generous in her thanks and praise. But, she made it clear that ‘it doesn’t stop here.’ Coming up next is ‘Get out of the Garret!’ Lets all watch for more from this productive and inspired group of artists!
Feature image: Warpaint (detail), 2018, by Mahlie Jewell. Supplied by Mahlie Jewell
For more details on the Into the Light exhibition, visit here.
This page was first published on 23 October 2018.