Botanica

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John E. Maloney Banksia spinulosa Hairpin Banksia, 2011. Image courtesy John E. Maloney

ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition Botanica is a collection of fine art photography by John E. Maloney, which brings to life the beautiful flowers first collected in the late 18th and early 19th centuries around the Australian coast.

Maloney is drawn to photograph banksia’s as he describes, “Because they are a way of preserving rare natural history, and capturing the intricate beauty in fine detail, of the world around us.”

Digital photography and contemporary digital printing processes have provided a new media for scientists, botanical artists, and artists with contemporary ways in which to capture images. In this exhibition there are nineteen square format canvases that illustrate the textures, colours and fine details of flowers in close-up.

The artist’s macro photographs depict the rich diversity of Australian flora. Botanica transports the viewer back to the early 1770’s when botanist’s Joseph Banks (in NSW) and later Robert Brown (in WA) landed on Australian soil and collected samples of previously unknown species of plants. Audiences will experience the variety and splendour of the genus that was first discovered on Australian soil. Maloney has captured the unique characteristics of sixteen species of banksia in this exhibition, along with a series of abstracted images focusing on finer details of banksia blooms.

Botanica has been exhibited in the USA, Italy and Sydney and now has returned to Western Australia for a statewide tour.

Check out this exhibition at Greenough Museum from September 1 until October 29, 2017. Hosting this exhibition at Greenough has been made possible through funding from a City of Greater Geraldton Community Grant.

For an interview opportunity with the artist, contact ART ON THE MOVE at artmoves@artonthemove.com.au or call (08) 9249 3479. To find out more about Botanica visit the ART ON THE MOVE website.

The tour of this exhibition is managed by ART ON THE MOVE.

ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

ART ON THE MOVE’s Education Program 2017 is proudly sponsored by Healthway promoting the Smarter than Smoking message.

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Calendar collecting

CalenderImageAn introduction to the Fifty Eight year hobby of Michael Charles Lawrie.

Why Calendars? Ask a “Numismatist” why he collects or studies coins. Ask a “Philatelist” why he collects stamps. Ask a “Lepidopterist” why he collects or studies butterflies or moths. All probably stem from a basic personality streak commonly known as “Obsessive, compulsive, personality disorder” and you may have seen TV programmes where experts try to assist “Hoarders” to cut the threads and dispose of their collected memorabilia. I may be close to that level as I have accumulated nearly 1,000 calendars dating back to 1957.

My collection started in 1959 when, as a twenty-one year old I moved from Collie to Perth to start my working life in the “Big Smoke” with an accounting firm. In those days, importers of materials, silks, satins etc, needed import licences and the relevant material came mainly from Swiss companies. Two associated companies involved in the import business had experienced financial difficulties and had been placed in the hands of my immediate boss, acting as Receiver and Manager, so when two duplicated calendars for 1960 arrived from Switzerland he took one set and I, the other.

Over the years many additions were made by friends and relatives making donations, various employment changes offering the opportunity to acquire calendars from many different countries and on many different themes.

Something that I have recognised while making the selection of calendars for display is the difference between my outlook as a collector (seeing the calendar as something to be admired and kept intact for future use) and the outlook of donors who have seen the particular calendar as a daily diary and forward planner. I believe notes of a personal nature limit the ability to display some calendars with brilliant photography of nature and landscape subjects.

Having realised fairly early in life that I was not going to have a lot of opportunity for overseas travel and also that I had a desire to become a photographer, I justified the building of such a collection as being my window to the world and my guide to better photography. Wildlife conservation features quite strongly and world renowned photographers (Lord Tony Snowden, Christian Fletcher, Ken Done) also make up part of the collection.

They may only be small, local desk-top calendars but I have had my photographs included in the NACC 2014 and 2015 calendars.

Collective Journey

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On display in the Community Space from 7 – 30 April is Nadine Smith’s exhibition “Collective Journey.” Nadine has used a kaleidoscope effect to create 14 photographic prints on paper and aluminium based on objects she has collected during her travels. Also on display are these objects and the stories behind how they came to be collected by Nadine.

Nadine’s prints are for sale and part proceeds will go towards the museum.

This exhibition is the first in a series that will be looking at local collectors and is funded through a City of Greater Geraldton Community Grant.