Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Bridges in the Gaze of Artists; Interpretations of the Valley's Changing Face

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Bridges in the Gaze of Artists; Interpretations of the Valley's Changing Face

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THE first exhibition of The Bridges officially opens at 5.30pm on Friday, December 16, at the Grafton Regional Gallery. The excitement is palatable as we wait to see the responses by six of the artists involved in the project to the initial stages of the building of four significant bridges in Clarence Valley.

Artists Stacey Conridge, Curt Edwards, Robyn Tychsen, Robyn Sweaney, Simon Hughes and John Van der Kolk are presenting new work alongside didactics from the Roads and Maritime Services.

Stacy Conridge, Curt Edwards and Robyn Tychsen have painted the four existing bridges at Tabulam, Lawrence, Harwood and Grafton to capture them as they are now before they are either replaced or have another bridge built next to them.

Simon Hughes has photographed the street view of the Grafton houses that are being removed while Robyn Sweaney created work in response to the interiors of some of the houses.

This exhibition will travel to the Port of Yamba Historical Society's museum at Yamba in February. The second Bridges exhibition will open late next year. This series of evolving exhibitions continues until 2020, mapping the responses of artists to this extraordinary build of some the biggest structures in the valley.

Drawing on windows

Gosia Wlodarczak has finished drawing on windows, counting, photographing and notating every Jacaranda tree in Grafton and South Grafton and drawing nearly every cafA[c] in the Clarence Valley. She and her husband Longin went home to Melbourne yesterday after a four-week residency at the gallery.

As part of her artist in residence, Gosia continued her series of frost drawings on the window of Caringa Enterprises in the Link on Prince Street Grafton and at the gallery. We are aiming to keep the frost drawings as long as possible.

Arriving in Grafton in the middle of the Jacaranda Festival inspired the Jacaranda tree project. Gosia obtained a large map of Grafton and South Grafton. She has indicated the location of the city's Jacaranda trees on the map and numbered them to match the photograph that Longin took of each tree. There are a lot of Jacarandas so this became a big project.

Gosia's third project grew out of seeking the best place to have coffee in the valley. This could only be achieved by trying out coffee, first at every cafe then at all the hotels that offered coffee. While trying the coffee Gosia drew the cafe or hotel in her signature outline style. The drawings, as with all the artist's drawings, had a set time frame - the time it took to order and enjoy a coffee.

The artist's website will be updated with the outcomes of these projects over the next week. In the meantime, enjoy her frost drawings in Shoppingworld's Link and at the gallery. Gosia's work is also a finalist in the 2016 JADA. …

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