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Talking Artz February program

What is Talking Art?

Presented by the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network BMCAN, Talking Artz is about providing events and functions to enable artists to gather both formally and informally to support creative practice across diverse arts modalities in the Blue Mountains. It is a regional social and cultural network, to provide opportunities to empower artists to build and develop their practice with the support of others within their community.

Talking Artz will take place in the gallery every 1st Saturday of the month.

Starts at 3pm, with a break around 4pm for drinks and nibbles by donation.

All Welcome. Come and join us and bring your friends!

 

February – Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca

 Our next Talking ArtZ guests, Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca, are both successful and accomplished contemporary artists dedicated to their art practice using film, photography and painting to explore their experience of being human in a hugely changing world.

It promises to be a very interesting conversation, with both Wendy Tsai and Ian McGilvray in the interviewers seats, sharing the role of investigating the practices of these two local artists.

Come along and bring your friends we can assure you of one very stimulating Talking ArtZ session to kick start the year.

Please feel free to bring a bottle and nibbles or make a donation to help Talking ArtZ grow.

Looking forward to greeting the new year with you all – I’m very aware of the significance of the past few months on our community and our need to gather to support each other and enjoy the nurturance that art fosters.

See you on the 1st February!

Wendy

About Todd and Sarah

Todd McMillan

Todd McMillan is an artist whose photography, painting, film and video works operate at the crossroads of art, literature, and field-based enquiry. Bringing the themes of Romanticism to bear on the humorous and often pitiful adventures of the twenty-first century, McMillan’s deeply introspective, image-based works evoke the tragicomedy of life, the inevitability of failure and the place of sincerity in the face of hopelessness. In his earlier works, acts of endurance and repetition mediate questions of meaning and, ultimately, purpose. What we see when we look at the work of Todd McMillan are lives – human, fallible, and yet intrinsically striving, trying to negotiate injury, obstacle and the barrier of empty time.

 

Todd McMillan’s film and video works were the subject of a major solo exhibition at MONA, Hobart, in 2013 titled Ten Years of Tears. In 2006 he won the prestigious Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. Other significant exhibitions include: Preparations for Rain 2018 Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney; New Matter 2016 Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; Primavera 2012 Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Desire Lines 2012-13 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. McMillan’s work is held in many public and private collections internationally, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney; the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; and the Sir Elton John Collection.

 

Sarah Mosca

Moving between photography, sculpture, process and research, Sarah Mosca re-stages and re-presents historical narratives and mythologies in order to unveil ideas and truths that may otherwise be forgotten or overlooked. Working predominantly with photography, Mosca’s poetic and elegant works interrogate the medium for its historical duty as documenter and archivist, and the political potentials and tensions that arise from this. Confounding its convention as representational artefact, Mosca investigates alternative approaches to analog photographic processing and materiality, developing a methodology in which often unique abstract prints are produced without the use of a camera.

 

Responding to historical and literary sources, Mosca embarks on field trips, expeditions and epic walks, mining particular sites for their histories. These sojourns are performed by Mosca as poetic gestures, often documented by a single sheet of large format film concealed within her clothing, which is exposed for the length of each performative gesture. Tracing Mosca’s movements and recording temporal and environmental shifts, the photographic surface is embedded with a unique, coded abstract image. Often exhibited alongside figurative representations produced concurrently (but more conventionally with a camera), Mosca reveals the many possibilities and readings of the photographic medium.

 

Sarah Mosca lives and works in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Her work has been exhibited extensively across Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Germany. Recent exhibitions include NGA Contemporary, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The Alchemists, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; and Care, Interstate Projects, New York. Her work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Canberra, and in private collections in Australia, Germany and America. Mosca was recently awarded a 2020 residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.

 

Wendy Tsai

Visual Artist/visualresearch

www.wendytsai.com.au 

wendtsai@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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