Body Languages | Margaret Genever and Laurel McKenzie | Artroom @ Vivo | 22 March - 21 May 2013

Genever, M. Untitled (detail), drypoint and chine collé, 2013

Genever, M. Untitled (detail), drypoint and chine collé, 2013

You are invited to an exhibition titled Body Languages by Margaret Genever and Laurel McKenzie at Art Room @ Vivo, Palm Cove, from 22 March to 21 May 2013.
Opening is Friday 22 March 5.30 to 7.30pm.

In their third small group exhibition at Vivo, Margaret and Laurel focus on human bodies and the spaces that they occupy.

Margaret’s works are drypoint prints that have been observed and drawn (inscribed) directly from the live model onto perspex plates. They are subsequently inked and printed with chine collé - additional layers of thin, transparent, coloured paper that are laminated onto the thicker printing paper at the time of printing, with a single passage of the plate through an etching press.

The figures, located in the studio environment, are recorded in a very direct and lively manner as a consequence of frank observation and the directness of the drypoint medium. The introduction of non-human animals into the mise en scène underscores Margaret’s ongoing interest in the interactions between human and non-human animal species. The works are limited edition, original prints.

Laurel works with mediated representations of women - reiterations of stereotypical women from the popular media. The images are compiled from collages of torn and cut paper which are then scanned, further layered and manipulated in the digital environment and printed onto canvas with archival pigment inks.

These works continue the tradition of working with collage/photo-montage as a feminist strategy that began with Berlin Dada artist Hannah Hoch in the 1920s. The small canvases are stretched and box framed.

Both artists participate in the regular life drawing sessions at JCU Cairns, and both are engaged with printmaking practices which span traditional and contemporary technologies. They are also actively involved with the recently formed (but extremely energetic) group of printmakers known as Inkmasters Cairns Inc, which promotes printmaking as an art form and provides exhibition and other opportunities for Far North Queensland artists.

For those not familiar with the Artroom @ Vivo, it is a dedicated gallery adjacent to Vivo restaurant, 49 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove. Open daily 7am-11pm. 07 4059 0944

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