I made a quick trip to Canberra last weekend to show some artwork to gallery directors, Susie & Martin of Beaver Galleries. They chose four out of nine of my artworks to exhibit, which had recently been shown at South Hill Gallery, Goulburn. Beaver Gallery has been in business since 1975 & has 4 gallery spaces with an open, light and airy feel. I am really excited to be showing work in Canberra as I spent four and a half years in Canberra & have family there in the Nations Capital.
Whilst in Canberra, I paid a visit to the National Gallery where I was keen to revisit an artwork by James Turrell called 'Within-Without, Skyspace'. Turrell was born in the states in 1943. 'Skyspace is a viewing chamber that effects the way we perceive the sky'. The chamber is on the south side of the grounds of the NGA. The interior of the chamber has a bench running the circumference of the building from which to view the sky. You are faintly aware of running water immediately outside of the chamber as well, which runs from one corner of the enclosure to the entrance. The experience is a distillation of the senses and it would be a treat to be left undisturbed in a meditative state within the chamber. My solitude was broken by the echoing sound of excited children. Needless to say, I left!