Margot Hardy Gallery
Ali Al Aabdi, Yr 11
Fruits and Flowers through the Lens
Mohamed Ali, Yr 7
Patrick Hubber, Yr 9
Belinda Moloney, Yr 9
Saif Al Mandawi, Yr 9
Ram Al Saadi, Yr 10
Jacob Irving, Yr10
Mayfair Mensah, Yr 8
Lauren Jennings, Yr 8
At the Opening
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- 21 Oct - 20 Nov 2015
For an invitation to the exhibition, please see FIFTYFIFTY! Invitation (PDF, 411.37 KB)
FIFTYFIFTY! is not only showcasing quality student artworks of Lurnea High School, but it is also a significant reference to our school's 50th birthday. This is our chance to celebrate both. In line with the time capsule we buried this year, our students explored art movements of the past ten decades. FIFTY years of the Modern, versus FIFTY years of the Postmodern eras. Students have learnt about the world of artists and their practices and by doing so they have seen and applied conventional and unconventional ways of making art. FIFTYFIFTY! showcases the work of our students from Years 7 to 11.
Year 11 explored abstraction in Modern art, drawing attention to processes and materials, resembling the Post-Expressionists. They created still-life paintings using mixed-media, manipulating perspectives, textures and shapes. In their study of Postmodernism, students made installations which were placed in the school yard, and required viewer intervention to complete the work of art. The students learnt how the audience can become an important determiner of meaning in the artwork. Hence, the later decades of the art world are featured in this exhibition with some of the students' installations shown through their digital photographs.
Year 10 depicted a "fragmented" and "stylistic" reality of a still-life in their Cubist inspired paintings. Further on, students compared depictions of the figure in art from the Modern to the Postmodern era. They appropriated the painterly, Biomorphic-Surrealist style of Francis Bacon in their own figurative paintings, using magazine images as a subject to explore how the figure is seen today. The students also completed a digital component, "recreating themselves" in Photoshop. Like social media today, students were drawn to aspects such as filters, layers and the power of text to construct new meaning in their identity.
Year 9 studied the art movement, Impressionism in Term 2. They explored how light changes continuously and impacts upon colour and hence painting technique. They investigated the subject-matter of this movement and used what they had learnt to create their own Impressionist inspired painting. In Term 3, Year 9 looked at the work of Christo and Jeanne Claude, as well as Andy Goldsworthy. They used the artmaking practice of these artists to inform their own ceramic based site specific installation, and used photographic documentation to record their work.
Year 8 studied Pop Art and interpreted their own Pop paintings in today's world. As well as this, they explored aspects of environmentalism and the unconventional use of materials in Postmodern art. The students created a sculpture of an insect using found objects and recycled pieces. In doing so, students learnt to appreciate their current surroundings and gained a better understanding of the importance of recycling. Artists of influence included Rosalie Gascoigne, David Vanorbeek and Subodh Gupta.
Year 7 studied the foundations of art such as the elements and principles of design. They looked at the work of Modernist artist Fernand Leger to investigate aspects such as shape, line and balance. Students used the subject matter of still-life and landscape to create paintings and mixed-media artworks that emphasise colour relationships, geometric versus organic shape, contrast and harmony.
Visual Arts at Lurnea High School is highly valued by the staff and students. It has given our students the opportunity to explore personal thoughts, political issues affecting our world, artistic skill, and most importantly, self-expression.
Curated by Western Sydney University Art Curator, Monica McMahon. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Framed and installed by Western Sydney University Art Collection and Exhibition Technician, James McMahon