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    Boom Gallery is a vibrant and active contemporary art gallery. We represent a cross section of work – from emerging and established artists, with a strong regional bias.

    We exhibit most media, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, design and small objects. We give artists a platform to exhibit and sell their work and provide information about art investment.

Arthur Bannon / Vital End

We are delighted to exhibit for the first time in Geelong the work of Arthur Bannon – aka James Price. After a decade based in New York overseeing a highly successful advertising company, Bannon has returned home to Victoria, changed his name and decided to focus on his true passion – making art.

Arthur’s works are multi layered explorations of modern life, portraits that observe the peculiarities of being alive today. The works are made with ink, pastel, charcoal, butterfly wings under glass, wrapped and burnt paper.

“Vital End – works on burnt paper about being alive”
March 13 — 29.  The exhibition opening is on Friday 14th March 5:30-8pm.

All enquiries re: pricing & sales /email : info@boomgallery.com.au / Kate Jacoby 0417555101

ARTHUR BANNON / ARTIST STATEMENT

These are portraits designed to represent the frailties and confusions of life in our modern world. I’m trying to create characters that are stuck between the awareness of the miracle of their own existence, and the terrifying reality of the natural worlds absolute indifference towards them.

I use the most direct art making tools I can. I like drawing as a medium as it lacks the certainty and pretence of painting, and in that way it parallels the types of personalities I like to capture.

I predominantly use charcoal and pastel, which are little more than dust and ash. I like the fact that 100,000 years into our great civilisation the most honest way for me to reflect how I feel is little more than a well framed cave painting.

BIO.

I was born in Temora NSW, a town once voted by its teenage inhabitants as ‘the worlds most boring place to live’. I didn’t stick around long enough to find out.

We moved around a bit until I spent what a lazy biographer would describe as my ‘formative years’ living in south west Victoria. After school I moved to Melbourne so I could drop out of university twice.

While at university I became pretty skilled at making things that looked good. I quickly turned that skill into a living as a Graphic Designer and Creative Director and used it to travel around the world designing for some of the worlds most interesting brands including Nike, MTV, Rayban, Sony, Adidas, The BBC and Coke. I’ve worked on 4 of the worlds continents and been fortunate enough to work in places as diverse as Prague, New Orleans, Taipei, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, London, Dublin, Montreal and Los Angeles.

After a decade based in New York I recently returned home to Victoria, changed my name, and decided to focus on my true passion – making art that explored the peculiarities of being alive today.

PROCESS

The process of creating my work involved in depth consultation with the entomology department at the Museum of Victoria, as well as various conservationists and artists.

All butterflies are bred in captivity specifically for the purpose of taxidermy for museums and private collectors. They are kept frozen until they are used to ensure that no other insects begin eating them. When they are being worked on I use napthalene (the active ingredient in moth balls) to keep them safe. My studio doesn’t smell great.

All butterflies are inlayed between an aluminium sheet and glass, which is siliconed together. This keeps any po- tential invaders out. The silicone has to dry for 24-48 hours before anything else can happen.

I then burn through the paper that’s either hung or gallery wrapped over the glass. The burning is quite a delicate process as I’m constantly trying to ensure that I don’t burn too much and have to start the process again, or burn down my studio and have to explain to the fire brigade that I’m an artist that burns things. I’m not sure they’d appreciate my art.

Then I draw on the paper.

The drawings themselves are usually made up of sections of hundreds of other drawings. I spend days creating the composition before the final drawing to allow me to use the least strokes as possible. I like work that attempts to achieve the most with the least.

BUTTERFLY AS CONCEPT

Aside from their obvious beauty I love butterflies conceptually. A lot of the butterflies I use have evolved a survival mechanism where their markings make them appear like the eyes of a much larger creature. It seems like a great metaphor for the individual ego in a world of

7 billion people.

FRAMING

All the work is float mounted in custom built, hand stained raw Tasmanian Oak by Bingkai Framing.

Eng Khoo at Bingkai, who hand built the frames, is a Guild Commended Framer certified by the prestigious Fine Art Guild of London. This ensures the work is framed to the highest standards.

 

 

 

Summer Projects / 5 Feb – 8 Mar

Ren Inei has invited a selection of Boom regulars and some artists new to the gallery to show the work they have been busy creating over the Summer months.  Kasper Raglus, Jeff Raglus, Holly Evans, James Butt, Andrew Pye, Emma Hollard and Steven Singline will exhibit a diverse range of new work and provide insight to their arts practice, sources of inspiration and creative ways to while away the summer days.

Thanks to the fabulous Cricket Saleh for the images   www.cricket-studio.com.au

Exhibition opening Friday 7 Feb / 5:30 – 8pm.   Summer Projects continues until March 8.

 

Summer Projects

Holly Evans, Steve Singline, Emma Hollard, Jeff Raglus

Jeff Raglus

Steve Singline, James Butt

Andrew Pye

James Butt, Holly Evans, Steve Singline, Emma Hollard

Summer Projects

Kasper Raglus, Jeff Raglus, Holly Evans

Meredith Earls / “Matter”

Meredith Earls is a Melbourne based  graphic designer, who after a period of travel and change has created this body of work which explores ideas of spaces – real and imagined, physical, intangible and the space between past and future.  She uses a range of painting, mixed media and collage to create these fresh and surreal works.

“I’m interested in making the things that can’t be seen visible. If we are all made up of matter,
what could the space between look like?
If we could see the connections between people, how might they look? These are my everyday magic landscapes.
I’m drawn to collage as a way of taking things apart, re-arranging them and making something new.
I love the qualities of old printed magazines and the nostalgia and romance that they possess.”

“Matter” runs from Feb 6 – 8 March.

OPENING FRIDAY  7 FEB 5:30- 8pm

Alchemy (38x50cm)

At Great Depths (38x50cm)

Chemical Bonds (38x50cm)

Commonplace Magic (38x50cm)

Fullest Tide (38x50cm)

Magnetic Energy (38x50cm)

Moving Molecules (38x50cm)

Stereogram (38x50cm)

String Theory (38x50cm)

The Shape Of Shadows (38x50cm)

Where Does The Ocean Begin (38x50cm)

Collective Landscape I & II (38x50cm)

 

Excited about 2014

Boom Gallery is back on board for another year and we are excited to tell you about some of the things that are happening. After a refreshing break over summer we have reopened and are delighted to be able to showcase the work of some excellent artists and designers through our gallery in the coming months and into all of 2014 ! 

“Terrafirm” / Ngaio Lenz

Ngaio Lenz’s “Terrafirm” continues for the next 2 weeks. This beautiful exhibition of paintings by the Mackay based artist, explores the aesthetics of imperfection, utilising layering and experimental overlay of materials, scratching and peeling back surfaces. Themes of landscapes and personal journeys through illness discovering strength, resilience and beauty. If you’ve not yet viewed this exhibition make it a priority

ends February 1st

Ngaio Lenz at Boom Gallery

Ngaio Lenz at Boom Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Matter”/ Meredith Earls  6 Feb – 8 March

We are excited to exhibit the work of Merdith Earls for the first time at Boom Gallery. Meredith is a Melbourne based  graphic designer, who after a period of travel and change has created this body of work which explores ideas of spaces – real and imagined, physical, intangible and the space between past and future.  She uses a range of painting, mixed media and collage to create these fresh and surreal works.

Exhibition will open on 7 February  5:30 – 8 pm

"Las Montañas"  oil and mixed media on wood, 50cm x 50cm

“Las Montañas” oil and mixed media on wood, 50cm x 50cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Summer Projects” / a group show curated by Boom Gallery   6 Feb – 8 Mar

Ren Inei has invited a selection of Boom regulars and some artists new to the gallery to show the work they have been busy creating over the Summer months.  Kasper Raglus, Jeff Raglus, Holly Evans, James Butt,  Andrew Pye and others will exhibit a diverse range of new work and provide insight to their arts practice, sources of inspiration and creative ways to while away the summer days.

Exhibition will open on 7 February  5:30 – 8 pm

"Tsunami Surfer" mixed media

“Tsunami Surfer” James Butt mixed media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rue Cler Market at Boom Gallery

After last year’s success which saw long lunches, pumping breakfasts and a multitude of small, medium and large events , 2014 promises another year of exciting developments for the Gallery cafe. Under the creative direction of Rue Cler Market catering the cafe now has a busy breakfast and lunch trade – and this year encompasses a new events department dedicated to unique private and corporate events in the Gallery spaces.  Owner Andy Pye is going to even further lengths to source local produce, with organic farmers growing custom fruit and vegetables for the kitchen.  
Cafe open from  9:30 – 4  Wed -Sat

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