Dr Rosemary Hawker, curator of major exhibition, 'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images', at QAGOMA

'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' is exclusive to Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, and is the German artist’s first major Australian exhibition, with loans from public and private collections in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, including the artist’s own collection. For more than fifty years, Gerhard Richter has proven his remarkable command of almost every style and genre of painting. 

The exhibition is curated by Dr Rosemary Hawker, Senior Lecturer in Art Theory, Fine Art, Griffith University, with Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow, Curatorial Manager, International Art, QAGOMA, in consultation with the artist and his studio. 

Brisbane-based freelance writer, Louise Martin-Chew, writes about Rosemary Hawker's process:

This tightly curated selection of ninety works, the largest to leave the northern hemisphere, illustrates Richter’s interest in the way photography has changed the way we see. Brisbane academic Rosemary Hawker, has devoted her research to Richter (whom she has met only twice). She relates how, after years spent poring over his images in reproduction, she first saw his Ema (Nude on a Staircase), 1992, at Yale some twenty years ago.

‘I was intrigued by it, irritated actually, by its blurry photographic quality.’

Hawker’s doctorate was devoted to Richter’s work (Blur: Gerhard Richter and the photographic in painting, 2007); this exhibition has been five years in the making. Hawker said, ‘Richter’s work has kept me interested all this time. You are never really able to account for everything or are able to frame it. And there’s always something new, with his work imbued with sense of looking forward and again at things.’ Personal loans and cooperation from the artist have enhanced our appreciation of his work.

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'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' will be on display at GOMA until 4 February 2018.


QCA convenes Richter postgraduate symposium

Interested postgraduate students, early-career researchers and academics from universities throughout Australasia are invited to attend and contribute to a dynamic dialogue on art practice as framed through Richter’s example.

10 am – 7 pm Monday 16 October 2017.

Conference Proceedings


Dr Julie Fragar, creates first painting of a female premier to hang in Queensland’s Parliament House.

Dr Julie Fragar's oil portrait of The Hon. Anna Bligh AC.

Dr Julie Fragar's oil portrait of The Hon. Anna Bligh AC.

Queensland College of Art lecturer Dr Julie Fragar made history this week with the unveiling of her official portrait of Queensland’s first female premier, Hon Anna Bligh AC.

The stunning oil portrait is the first painting of a female premier to hang in Queensland’s Parliament House.

Dr Fragar said she was “honoured” to be chosen to capture Ms Bligh for posterity.

“I believe Anna asked QAGOMA Director Chris Saines to draw up a shortlist of female, Queensland-based artists,” she said.

“She was familiar with my work from an exhibition at GOMA, and I think we share a similar aesthetic.

“The fact that she specifically wanted to work with a young, local female artist is really inspiring.”

Dr Fragar worked with Queensland College of Art photography graduate Louis Lim on a series of photographs of Ms Bligh which were used to create the stunning oil painting.

“It was a really long process – I can’t imagine anyone, let alone someone as busy as Anna sitting for a portrait over that length of time, so the photos were a great reference.”

Dr Fragar said that her signature layered paintings allowed hidden details to be revealed on repeat viewings.

“I think Anna was attracted to the idea that we could embed certain things in the painting that pointed to her achievements while she was in Parliament.

“My paintings are layered, so there are subtle references to milestones like the construction of the Kurilpa Bridge, the floods, her advocacy for women, education reforms and her incredible legacy of support for the arts.

“The more people look at this piece, the more things are revealed.”

The Hon. Anna Bligh AC and Dr Julie Fragar with the portrait. 

The Hon. Anna Bligh AC and Dr Julie Fragar with the portrait. 

 
Louis Lim photographing The Hon. Anna Bligh AC.

Louis Lim photographing The Hon. Anna Bligh AC.

Julie Fragar, winner of the Ramsay Art Prize People's Choice Award

Julie Fragar Goose Chase: All of Us Together Here and Nowhere 2016, oil on board, 160 x 120 cm. Photo: Ashley Barber

Julie Fragar Goose Chase: All of Us Together Here and Nowhere 2016, oil on board, 160 x 120 cm. Photo: Ashley Barber

Julie Fragar with her painting, Goose Chase: All of Us Together Here and Nowhere. Photo: Saul Steed

Julie Fragar with her painting, Goose Chase: All of Us Together Here and Nowhere. Photo: Saul Steed

Queensland College of Art lecturer Dr Julie Fragar has won the $15,000 Ramsay Art Prize People’s Choice Award.

The biennial art award recognises Australian contemporary artists under 40 working across any medium.

Dr Fragar’s oil painting, Goose Chase: All of Us Together Here and Nowhere, won the popular prize and has been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia.

“I am blown away by the support I’ve received – to be selected as the people’s favourite from an exhibition of such high-quality works and artists is an honour,” she said.

“The money will help keep my practice going, but more than that, it is about recognition from those you respect and a great opportunity to network with artists from around Australia.”

This year’s judging panel consisted of Rhana Devenport, Director of the Auckland Art Gallery, contemporary Australian Artist Nell, and Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia.

Dr Fragar was one of 21 finalists, selected from more than 450 entries from across the country, including paintings, photography, video and interactive works.

Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Nick Mitzevich, said the People’s choice winner demonstrated how adventurous exhibition visitors were.

“This painting is not a straightforward representation, it is materially and conceptually layered and has obviously struck a chord with people because of its great technical prowess and its sense of mystery,” he said.

Queensland College of Art Director Professor Derrick Cherrie congratulated Dr Fragar on the prize.

“This new national award attracted some of the country’s best artists,” he said.

“Julie’s richly layered, complex work obviously struck a chord, and will be an asset to the gallery’s collection.

“Our students are lucky to be mentored by nationally recognised practicing artists.”

Dr. Jason Nelson and Marianna Shek, shortlisted for QUT Digital Literature Award


QCA's Dr. Jason Nelson and PhD candidate Marianna Shek, are two of five shortlisted for the QUT Digital Literature Award 2017. 

Dr Jason Nelson for Nine Billion Branches: 

The world, its politics and environments, conflicts and economies, is in peril, in disarray. We are flooded with tragic tales and the shameful deeds of others. And because of this we have lost sight of the beauty, the story and narrative hidden in the local, in the landscapes around us. We filter out the seemingly mundane of our immediate world. And yet it is in this immediate world where beauty lives, and change begins.

'Nine Billion Branches' finds a unique way to represent fragmented and non-linear narrative. It grasps at meaning in a way that is thoroughly contemporary, reminiscent of grappling with social media threads mid-conversation. In 'Nine Billion Branches' Jason Nelson makes a pointed critique of Australian culture, the commercialisation of public spaces, and the politicisation of private spaces. It is a piece that could only exist in a digital environment, but maintains a handmade aesthetic, finding beauty in mundane space of everyday life.

– Judge's Comments


Marianna Shek for Limerence:  

Limerence is a story about love, friendship, and social connections in cyberspace. The story application is designed for the tablet and is a commentary on the way our culture digests media—the way that media has been embedded into our daily lives, our guilty, voyeuristic pleasure, and our addiction to being online.

This app for the iPad opens up a chat box and a swirling sea of websites which each float to the surface to gradually reveal more about protagonist Clarice and her complex relationships online. As the characters message each other, web-based evidence mounts. This story nicely catches the flavour of love-lives online and their layers of hype, voyeurism, addiction, deception, revelation and betrayal.

– Judge's Comments

QLD Digital Literature Award Shortlist

Catherine Large, selected for 'MOSTYN Open 20'

QCA Lecturer in Jewellery + Small Objects, Catherine Large, has been selected for the MOSTYN Open 20 exhibition in Llandudno, Wales. Exhibition organisers have used her work "Strange Things Collection, 2013 - 2015" to promote the exhibition.

MOSTYN Open began in 1989 and calls out to artists, of any age and residing place, to enter work, with the selection made by a judging panel and presented at MOSTYN in an exhibition. The exhibition closes in November 2017. 

Strange Things Collection Statement

These objects, some of which are mysterious and opaque in their origins, have been given a new life and a wider audience by translating or transporting them from a box or drawer, into something that may be worn or displayed to invite a conversation. Adding to these objects with a sterling silver element is a contemplative action, allowing time to consider the origins and history of these pieces. Any work undertaken on these items is reversible, thus enabling them to return to their ‘natural’ state at some point.

- Catherine Large

The collection also toured in the Why Jewellery? exhibition. 

More information about the collection can be found on Catherine Large's website.

Dr Jason Nelson, Shortlisted for the UK New Media Writing Prize

Jason Nelson A Nervous System 2016

Jason Nelson A Nervous System 2016

For the third time in the past four years, Dr. Jason Nelson has been short-listed for the annual New Media Writing Prize offered by Bournemouth University and If:Book International.

His interactive digital poem A Nervous System allows the player to explore an artwork about nomenclature and invention through a unique depth interface.

The New Media Writing Prize showcases exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media. This international prize is now in its 7th year.  The prize encourages and promotes the best in new media writing and is leading the way toward the future of the ‘written’ word and storytelling. In the past six years, the NMWP has attracted entries from the very best and most innovative writers in the field. For the 2016 competition there will be four prizes: The Main Prize, the Student Prize, the Dot Award, and the Gorkana Journalism Awards.

Experience A Nervous System here

QCA Printmaker Tim Mosely Makes Paper for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton

QCA Printmaker Tim Mosely Makes Paper for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton

Tim Mosely leads the Print Program at Queensland College of Art. He was commissioned by Designworks who won the tender for the baton, to make the paper which carries the Queen's message inside. An advanced spinifex nanofibre additive, made by the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, was mixed in with the paper.

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Sonia York-Price: 'Ageism and the Mature Dancer'

 Sonia York-Price: 'Ageism and the Mature Dancer'

Why do professional dancers have to retire so early? Well, according to QCA creative arts PhD candidate Sonia York-Price, they don’t. A former ballet dancer herself, York-Price’s extensive experience in the performing arts industry allows her access to interview dancers who have continued to work long after their ‘shelf-life’ as paid performing artists has expired.

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