Arts Project Australia
Arts Project Australia
Arts Project Australia

Polaroid Project

14 June 2014 - 12 July 2014

Venue: Arts Project Australia
Opening: 14 June 2014, 3pm-5pm

Arts Project Australia is proud to present Polaroid Project - an exciting new collaborative project that brings together two Melbourne-based artists.

The artists are nationally acclaimed artist Alan Constable (Arts Project Australia, Melbourne) and Peter Atkins (Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne), one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists. This in-depth collaborative project examines both artists shared interests in the reinterpretation of existing forms, offering the viewer an opportunity to experience the complimentary ways these diverse artists view their distinctive worlds.  
Polaroid Project is accompanied by a full-colour brochure with an essay by Alex Baker, Director of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, USA and will be available at the opening on Saturday 14 June from 3-5pm. 
The exhibition was opened by Kirsty Grant, Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Admission: FREE 

Alan Constable & Peter Atkins
Square Shooter 2, 2014
ceramic camera & auto acrylic on MDF
Box: 16.7 x 16.7 x 18.4 cm
Camera: 17 x 14 x 18 cm
Peter Atkins with work in progress in his studio.
Peter Atkins with Alan Constable in the Arts Project Australia Studio in Northcote.
Peter Atkins with Alan Constable in the Arts Project Australia Studio in Northcote.
Alan Constable work in progress at Arts Project Australia Studio in Northcote. The cameras are inspired by a collection of retro Polaroid cameras collected by Peter Atkins.
Alan Constable creating one of the cameras for the Polaroid Project.
Polaroid camera inspiration.

ALAN CONSTABLE (Arts Project Australia, Melbourne)

Alan Constable is both a painter and a ceramicist who has exhibited in Australian and International galleries for over 25 years and has been a finalist in a number of significant contemporary art awards.
Based on imagery from newspapers and magazines, his recent paintings are notable for their vibrant kaleidoscopic effects and strong sense colour and patterning. Though Constable’s works are often centred on political events and global figures, his thematic concerns are frequently subjugated by the pure visual experience of colour and form. Despite the occasional gravity of his subject matter, there is a genuine sense of joy within Constable’s paintings.   
Constable’s ceramic works reflect a life-long fascination with old cameras, which began with his making replicas from cardboard cereal boxes at the age of eight. The sculptures are lyrical interpretations of technical instruments, and the artist’s finger marks can be seen clearly on the clay surface like traces of humanity. In this way, Alan Constable cameras can be viewed as extensions of the body, as much as sculptural representations of an object.
Alan Constable's clay cameras were recently exhibited in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria. All thirteen cameras displayed were subsequently acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria for their permanent collection.
Constable is represented in collections in major institutions and private collections in Australia and Internationally.

PETER ATKINS (Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne)

Peter Atkins is a leading Australian contemporary artist and an important representative of Australian art in the International arena. Over the past twenty-five years he has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, England, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Mexico.  

His practice has centred around the appropriation and reinterpretation readymade abstract forms and patterns that are collected within his immediate environment, either within a local or international context. This material becomes the direct reference source for his work, providing tangible evidence to the viewer of his relationship and experience within the landscape. Particular interest is paid to the cultural associations of forms that have the capacity to trigger within the viewer, memory, nostalgia or a shared history of past experiences. Recent projects including 'Disney Color Project', 'The Hume Highway Project', 'Monopoly Project' and 'In Transit' all reference this collective cultural recall and shared experience.
Peter Atkins has held over 40 solo exhibitions with his survey exhibition titled Big Paintings 1990-2003 touring regional galleries during 2003-04. He has been represented in over fifty significant group exhibitions, including The Loti and Victor Smorgan Gift of Australian Contemporary Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art and Home Sweet Home: Works from the Peter Fay Collection, both at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and more recently in the prestigious Clemenger Contemporary Art Award at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2009/2010. His work is represented in the collections of every major Australian State Gallery as well as prominent Institutional, Corporate and Private collections both Nationally and Internationally. In 2010 his solo exhibition for Tolarno Galleries at the Melbourne Art Fair titled Hume Highway Project was purchased for The Lyon Collection in Melbourne.

This exhibition has received development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition
Development Fund Grant, supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, a division of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.



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Artist(s): Peter Atkins & Alan Constable
Polaroid Project image

Peter Atkins from Polaroid Project
Courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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