January 2018 – Recipient of the 2018 Rupert Bunny Fellowship
The fellowship will support the creation and development of new works of biomorphic abstraction realised as drawings and choreographies using bodies and sound as sculptural forms. These works will continue her ongoing exploration of the invisible forces that may cause bodies and objects to disrupt against expected behaviours and social norms. Bassin will also undertake residencies in Paris (CITE), NewYork (ISCP), and rural Victoria to research into early abstraction and futuristic modes of expression in contemporary works within the field. She aims to find new ways to work with the psychic space of visions within the field of abstraction.
showcases generations of practicing artists who have studied or taught at the National Gallery School or VCA Art. The most experienced artist represented attended the National Gallery School in the 1940s, and the youngest completed studies at the Victorian College of the Arts just one year ago.
Curated by Raimundas Malašauskas LINK
MUMA (Monash Museum of Modern Art)
Barbara Ainsworth, Belle Bassin, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Grazia Gunn, Duane W Hamacher,
George Kara, Prue Lang, Liquid Architecture (Joel Stern & Danni Zuvela), Marcos Lutyens,
Nicholas Mangan, Camila Marambio, Elizabeth Newman, Tom Nicholson, Dr Andrew Prentice,
Stuart Ringholt, Mark Shorter, Nicholas Tammens, Žiga Testen and more.
(not sure what this is – doesn’t seem to be any audience invited outcomes – probably another cult)
An exhibition of moving image, performance, painting and object-based works by contemporary Australian artists which together create a spatio-temporal and visually immersive environment. The fanciful leitmotif of ‘dancing umbrellas’, inspired by a two-channel video installation by young Melbourne artist Belle Bassin, introduces the exhibition’s performative and theatrical theme, and the playful surreality of many works. Movement, light and elements of performance are variously utilised by the artists to explore ideas about perception and time, and to evoke a sense of otherworldliness or dreams.
A CONSTRUCTED WORLD | BELLE BASSIN | REBECCA BAUMANN | DAMIANO BERTOLI | PETER CRIPPS | LESLIE EASTMAN | DALE FRANK | BRIONY GALLIGAN | MINNA GILLIGAN | ALEXANDER KNOX | JAMES LYNCH | TAREE MACKENZIE | GABRIELLA MANGANO & SILVANA MANGANO | VIV MILLER | GILES RYDER | MICHELLE USSHER | JUSTENE WILLIAMS
LINK to exhibition page
LINK to catalogue page
Interview in MAGGIE journal by Jessica Belle Hewett
This exhibition focuses on a forgotten artist from the Victorian era, Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884). Starting in 1861, and continuing up to her death, Houghton developed a complex aesthetic practice as a practicing spiritualist medium, based on automatic drawing and the perceived communication with spiritual entities. On the basis of her experiences she produced series of abstract watercolors that were meant to convey important spiritual messages to humanity. Her work – in part preserved at the Victorian Spiritualists’ Union in Melbourne – is remarkable because it represents an abandonment of figurative form that by several decades anticipates the development of 20th century abstraction by artists such as Kandinsky or Malevich. To be shown for the first time to a larger audience at MUMA, Houghton’s works will be accompanied by a group show of modern and contemporary artists involved in spiritualist practices and methodologies.
6 March–26 April 2015
Locale @ The Glen Eira Gallery
a group show with Rosemary Hyde, Natasha Manners, Tom Parsons and Linda Wachtel.
Curated by Diane Soumilas
Glen Eira Town Hall, corner Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield (Melway ref 68 A2).Open Monday–Friday 10am–5pm, Saturday–Sunday 1pm–5pm. Closed public holidays.For further information phone 9524 3333 or visit www.gleneira.vic.gov.au