In celebration of women, the Geelong Women’s Street Art Program has kicked off to an incredible start in Central Geelong. This public art project commissioned through Arts and Culture at the City of Greater Geelong aims to promote women artists and celebrate their work and ideas in the public space. If you are out and about make sure to stop past and take a look at the works in progress from Kerrie Poliness, Jasmine Mansbridge and Manda Lane. 

A CESH

The artist… Kerrie Poliness is known for her painting and drawing works that revisit the ideas and practices of conceptual art. She uses everyday materials to produce large scale asymmetrical geometric artworks which respond to the place in which they are made. Since the early-1990s, Poliness has designed systems for making art. Patterns are drawn onto various surfaces via instruction manuals, which enable other people to participate in the process of making her artworks. The drawings and the process of making them reveals something intrinsic about matter, that nothing is really physically perfect or symmetrical even if it looks like it is. These artworks highlight interconnective processes and patterns of nature and people.

 

The artwork… Bringing the grey wall to life in a site responsive way has involved developing a colour palette which resonates with both the neighbourhood and the dark grey wall. A colour improvisation. This process has resulted in choosing 5 colours which will be further defined in the design development phase. They will be fine tuned by adjusting the pigmentation of outdoor exterior paint. By looking for an equivalent activity in the field of popular jazz music, Poliness has arrived at the title of the artwork, ‘A CESH’...

In Jazz music, the term ‘CESH’, is an acronym for the musical term, ‘Contrapuntal Elaboration of Static Harmony’. Well-known by jazz musicians and enthusiasts, a CESH is a device used to invent ways to elaborate upon static harmonies, to create movement through improvisation. (The results of which are only as good or interesting as the improvisor.). “Similar to my instructional based wall drawings, in music, a CESH is like a set of rules which can be used to learn how to improvise, i.e how to successfully test or break existing rules and/or invent new ones.” – Kerrie Poliness.

Kerrie Poliness is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery. This artwork is located in Minns Lane, Geelong.

 

UNTITLED

The artist… Jasmine Mansbridge is a professional practicing artist based in Hamilton, with a studio in Geelong, whose work is best described as the meeting of exploration and refinement. Jasmine has taken her art to a number of mediums – sculpture, large-scale public works and intimate paintings for private collection. She is not afraid to venture outside an established comfort zone. Whatever her choice of art form, Mansbridge brings a refined and meticulous hand to the work; her deliberation and contemplation are evident at all times.

 

The artwork… The work provokes thought and wonder and gives the viewer the chance to apply their personal storytelling, as they unpack the geometry and portals of Mansbridge’s imagined world. “I want to create an optimistic, joyful and poignant work, one which leaves room for contemplation and reflection. Work which brings a sense of playfulness, hope and warmth to its surroundings. Work that is a place you can travel to in your imagination… As I am doing a lot of animations I would also like to suggest that I activate the wall make an animation from finished works and with a QR code on site that people can scan to council website.” – Jasmine Mansbridge.

This artwork is located in James Street, Geelong.

 

WELCOME TO THE [CONCRETE] JUNGLE

The artist… As a botanical artist, Manda Lane regularly uses imagery of local flora to reintroduce nature back

to industrial and unnatural environments. By using the theme of botanicals to contrast against manmade,

the artist would seek to soften the entrance to the carpark by using nature to offset the

concrete, industrial-style location. As an artist who has an IT job in front of computers, Lane regularly turns to nature and botanicals as a way of balancing out her visual field and mental space. With increasing use of technology, our ordinary, accidental encounters with nature are diminished, and left to be something that we have to actively prioritise, in order to create that personal reconnection - for

example, planning a camping trip, making an effort to see a botanical garden, etc. By introducing

nature back into locations that we regularly pass throughout our day, the artist aims to create that

‘accidental’ encounter with nature, remind people of the beauty of the natural world, and reencourage

that inherent love that we have for local Australian flora.

 

The artwork…The design includes Australian native botanicals local to the Bellarine region, including

local Acacia and Eucalyptus varieties. These pasteups will be cut from panels of black paper, and

applied to the wall using adhesive, against a painted white background on the wall. Lane, will adopt the traditional craft of papercutting, and adapt it to the urban art environment. The use of papercuttings as pasteups has not been widely used in the street art world, with only a handful of artists worldwide using this approach, likely due to the labour intensity required. Additionally, the use of papercuttings on a scale this size has not been frequently seen either. The scale of work offers a real talking point within this street art event, as it is an approach that differs to the more traditional mural painting seen at street art festivals.

This artwork is located in Civic Carpark Entrance, Geelong.

The Women’s Street Art Program will be running throughout March into April. keep an eye out on Arts Geelong for more updates.