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ART ABOUT MINING AND RESOURCES

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, exhibition, mining, Uncategorized by freoview on April 18, 2018

 

 

 

I love the cavernous former warehouse space of PS Art Space in Pakenham Street. One can really contemplate there while watching art shows and it would be a fantastic space for meditation.

The space is ideally suited to making exhibitions into installations, as the present show does well.

The Built to last exhibition by Jennifer Garland at Fremantle’s PS ART SPACE is an investigation of once prosperous places and the extraction of commodities. The legacy of history is explored in a mixed-media installation inspired by archival records, satellite imagery, and scientific research. Now in decline, these places are filled with unsettling omens which offer projections of possible futures. The exhibition reimagines histories and makes connections across time in order to examine nature in an era defined by its absence.

Experimental processes of transformation have been used which introduce chance elements and convey a sense of chaos. This involves techniques utilizing oxidisation, melting and distortion. Industrial materials including hi vis safety equipment also contribute to an undercurrent of danger. 

The show runs till May 11 and is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2 pm.

Roel Loopers

FEMME PHOTO SHOW AT PSAS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, photography, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on February 6, 2018

 

Femme

 

Fremantle’s PS ART SPACE in Pakenham Street is showing Femme, an art exhibition featuring single works made together by photographer Natasja Kremers and illustrator Angela Mitchell.

The printed and painted artworks share gritty textural photography intertwined with delicate illustration in coloured and metallic paint. Themes of femininity, fashion, flora and fauna are explored throughout the 21 original pieces, each presenting as peculiar as they are beautiful.

A short film will premier on opening night and throughout the exhibition. It incorporates Natasja’s grainy exploration of a muse’s movement, filmed to interact with animations of Angela’s illustrations, accompanied by an original musical score by emerging Perth composer Olivia Davies.

The exhibition opens in the upstairs gallery this Friday February 9 from 6-8pm.

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THE ART OF HOUSE DRAGGING

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2018

 

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The Migratory Projects-House Drag/Maquette 2018 exhibition at Fremantle’s PS Art Space in Pakenham Street made me wonder what art is, so I let artists Andrew Sunley Smith and Daniel Egger explain the reasons for dragging a house behind cars.

This iteration of the three part project functions as an abstracted full size 1:1 sacle framework/house/maquette, exhibited as a working open form, along with a series of process related components, comprising of films, a specially created and restored full size vehicle, plus a series of sculptural objects, tools/equipment, print works, photographs and drawings-the objective of which is to further display, explore and momentarily situate the projects intent and scope, pulling focus toward its logistic, psychological(often silent) poetics and visceral realities.

The show is on till February 14 Tuesday-Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

Roel Loopers

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HERITAGE ART AT PSAS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 17, 2018

 

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Scratching old paint off a big old wooden door at Fremantle’s PS ART SPACE in Pakenham Street created its own artwork.

 

Roel Loopers

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HIGH TIDE A HIGH FOR FREMANTLE ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2017

 

High Tide

 

The festival season has started off with a bang in Fremantle, with the three-week HIGH TIDE Biennale, which finished yesterday, being a very inspiring and welcome addition to the Fremantle Festival.

High Tide gave Fremantle international flair and creativity that we do not often see in our port city.

The Arcs D”Ellipses artwork by Felice Varini in High Street was one of the most admired and photographed public artworks in Freo. I love it!

A big thank you to High Tide curator Tom Mueller of PS Art Space and all the staff, artists and volunteers who made it such a great community spectacle. More please!!

 

Roel Loopers

NEW ART SHOWS AT FREO’S PS ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, exhibition, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on November 9, 2017

 

 

Two new art exhibitions opened at Fremantle PS Art Space in Pakenham Street last night as part of the High Tide biennale.

Zweitgeist was created by Horst Kornberger and Tom Mueller, while Fathom…ing is by Simryn Gill, Ariane Plassis and Amy Perajuan-Capone.

While at the gallery do visit the Studio 37 cafe at groundlevel. Owner Tom is one of the nicest guys and best baristas in Fremantle, and the jaffles they serve are YUM!

 

Roel Loopers

MINISTER LAUNCHES FREMANTLE HIGH TIDE SHOW

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2017

 

 

The Hon. David Templeman, WA Minister for Local Government, Heritage, Culture and the Arts this morning officially launched the High Tide show of the Fremantle Festival, with local member Simone McGurk and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.

Templeman said it was great to see the City of Fremantle once again leading the way, and  is a fantastic opportunity to showcase WA’s unique artistic talent.

It also allows for partnerships with international artists, such as Felice Varini who is creating the site-specific Arcs D’Ellipse along historic High Street.

Artistic director Tom Mueller of PS Art Space was there, as were many local artists, all in awe of the brilliant Varini artwork in progress.

Disappointingly yesterday’s big storm and rain has damaged the yellow foil on the Townhall, and that is due to the anti-graffiti surface of the newly-restored building, Felice Varini told me.

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

 

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INTRIGUING ART AT PS ART SPACE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2017

 

 

There is an intriguing art exhibition by Gwenael Velge on at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street in Fremantle.

The show is excellent and well worth a visit, although I have no idea what it is about.

Simulation/Simulcra/Sisyphus is a show of aerial photographs of containers in port and installations; local landscapes-reality-meaning.

There are futuristic-looking boxes and CD disks, and a harness to strap on your back and you supposedly can fly away in it, maybe suggesting the aerial photos were not taken from a drone or helicopter.

It is a journey of discovery in the great huge art space, and it did not matter to me that I was lost to understand the meaning of it all, as it did not seem to matter.

Go and have a look for yourselves and let me know what you thought of it!

 

Roel Loopers

Vote Roel for City Ward!

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IRISH FIDDLER AT FREO PS ART SPACE

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 25, 2017

 

ROBERT ZIELINSKI TRIO and BILLIE ROGERS at PS ART SPACE tonight!

Friday 25 August 2017, 8pm- Doors open 7pm

After a short break the sixth concert in the Hemispheres | Music of the World series at Fremantle’s PS Art Space in Pakenham Street is back, featuring formidable Irish fiddler and instrument maker, Robert Zielinski, playing in a trio with Fiona Doyle, wooden flute, whistle & vocals and Phil Waldron, double bass, mandolin & vocals.

The ROBERT ZIELINSKI TRIO draws inspiration from the deep reservoir of an older generation of west Ireland fiddlers. As a seventeen year old Zielinski travelled to Ireland and spent the next 14 years learning and immersing himself in the traditional music and in 2000 he won Ireland’s Michael Coleman Traditional Fiddler of the Year Award.

Together this trio plays a captivating set of tunes from Ireland, Scotland and the Shetland Isles including lively reels, jigs, strathspeys and hornpipes, as well traditional and contemporary songs, haunting slow airs and originals.

Supporting the ROBERT ZIELINSKI TRIO in the opening set is Fremantle’s own, BILLIE ROGERS, who describes her music as “soulful country”, but is so much more.

Rogers is an exceptional singer and songwriter who can rightly be described as one of Fremantle’s best hidden treasures.

 

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ALL ABOUT ART IN FREO

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle network, Uncategorized by freoview on August 22, 2017

 

The Fremantle Network event about art in Fremantle at the National Hotel was yet again a very informative community session. Tom Mueller of PS Art Space in Pakenham Street and Robby Lang of the Fibonacci Centre in Blinco Street spoke about their art hubs.

Mueller said it was special to operate out of a federation style brick and iron heritage building, built in 1907. To financially support their arts program PSAS had to diversify through private functions such as weddings, birthday parties, corporate functions, etc. This allowed them to plan their art exhibitions two years ahead.

Small art businesses needed to be adaptive and PSAS tried to make their shows all about giving people a voice, and an honest and emotional response to art, Mueller said.

It is all about the conservation with the community and being open to change, and about creating something in the big warehouse space of the building.

There are 36 studios upstairs with practising artists, but also an architect, and there is the Studio 37 cafe on the ground floor as well.

PSAS had host the Fashion Collective and Hidden Treasures music festival.

Robby Lang of The Fib said that creative people don’t like to work for someone else, and that’s why he started the arts incubator 15 years ago in a run-down warehouse in an industrial area.

People are looking for a different way to exist and keep out of the rat race, and artists look at the cracks in society.

The Fib has art studios, but also a central space for exhibitions and functions, and a cafe.

Lang said it was all about giving people the opportunity to do their own things, and it was not purely about art. It is an environment where people can hang out, express themselves, and feel safe.

You have to be massively flexible and open to what people want to do within the space of the Fib. Micro management only limits your own imagination.

The industrial area he started The Fib in 15 years ago has now changed and there are a lot of creative businesses in the surrounding streets. It probably needs its own branding as an arts precinct, Robby Lang said.

Fremantle is brave enough to take chances and make changes and that is good, as nobody looks back in history where people played it safe. Fremantle has the opportunity to embrace things that are a bit scary and new.

The Fib has been a fantastic journey but a financial disaster, he laughed.

The next project is a movable creative container space for makers and sellers, but council regulations often made it difficult to get innovative things off the ground.

During the public discussion Tom Mueller said that the age of entitlement for artists is over and that relying on public funding was not on anymore. Artists can’t rest on their laurels.

J Shed sculptor Greg James said that an art space is primarily where people create art, and it is not a tourist destination, but the license he has with the City of Fremantle requires him to be open to the public 20 hours a week and that interrupted the work flow and productivity.

I agree that Fremantle Council needs to revisit the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct and be clear about what it wants to achieve. An arts hub of makers is not going to greatly activate the area, and if the City wants to create a Freo Montmartre it needs to come up with more innovative ideas for the area.

Robby Lang said it was important for artists to take chances and that an alternative culture needs to happen in Fremantle.

It was a really interesting couple of hours with two very good and likeable speakers!

Roel Loopers

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