“CODE”, says Brisbane based artist Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, “… will be an exhibition of paintings that reflect upon the influence of 21st century emerging technologies on our lives and what they mean for the future.
Her solo exhibition of paintings CODE will be be held Graydon Gallery, in New Farm at Brisbane in Queensland, 21 July – 2 August, 2015.
CODE is all about a system used for brevity or secrecy of communication. Arbitrarily chosen words, letters, or symbols are usually assigned definite meanings. The paintings will reflect on the way technology is impacting on our lives, whether good or bad.
“In my paintings”, says Kathryn, “… I ‘play’ with perspective, landscape, the tree-of-life symbol, cosmology, various meanings of code and more. When I paint I think about all of these things and what they might mean in the cosmological and technological 21st century” Kathryn said.
Kathryn Brimblecombe Fox is examining the relationship of humans who signify the microcosm, to the world as a whole, the macrocosm and the computer code that ‘ubiquitously impacts on our daily lives’.
She observed …“Life emanates from the deep past in the stardust created at the Big Bang…thus, stardust is landscape” she says.
Kathryn’s ‘interest in cosmology developed as a child living in the flat treeless Pirrinuan black soil plain in Western Queensland’ and it is still paramount, as is my quest to untether landscape from Earth-bound horizons.
“It’s all inter-related” she says.
Kathryn’s family were achievers in the field of academic learning.
Her father’s interest in technology advancement impacted on her journey as an artist.
Building the device that tracked Sputnik 1 through the landscape of outer space helped focus her mind on the great spaces within the universe and how we relate to them.
Her mother’s own journey in the arts also had an impact.
She stimulated her daughter’s interest in the abstract;
Czar Peter 1 (1672-1725), aka Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg, which became a city of the eighteenth century age of Enlightenment with Russia, for two centuries and fourteen years, becoming an integral part of Europe. (1703-1917).
Czar Peter and his heirs pursued their passion for art, design and style. They commissioned some of the most brilliant representatives of the European schools of art and architecture and helped to transform the marshy delta of the Neva into the remarkable architectural ensemble, which so often referred to as the Venice of the North.
St Petersburg became the symbol of Russian culture, admired by the most renowned personalities of the time. In his Essay on Morals, the French writer and Philosophe Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet 1694-1778) spoke out against tyranny, bigotry and cruelty, marvelling at the vision of Peter the Great.
He emphasized the speed with which the arts had blossomed in St. Petersburg, as he supported ideals of progress.
Russia’s march toward civilisation became one of the major events of his century.
All the principal Russian arts, literature, music, theatre, ballet were and still remain to this day, inextricably linked to the city
At Tsarskoe Selo (Tsar’s Village) examples of every sort of architecture were distributed through the park in an astonishing structural variety, which constantly presented new views and lent great charm to a walk in its grounds.
Many of the great events in the history of Russian architecture of the period took place at Tsarskoe Selo. It became a Russian Parnassus, a place where prominent writers and poets gathered recording their impressions of its many splendours.
A very comfortable train ride ushers us into Madrid. On my travels 18 years ago I wasn’t so wild about Spains’ capital, so how would I feel about it now?
Well many years have passed, circumstances have changed, so it’s with fresh eyes that I look at Madrid.
What a difference time makes!
It’s funny how cities have a masculine or feminine feel to them, or at least that’s the feeling I get from certain places.
Take for example Italy. Rome is definitely male in my eyes, where Florence has an obviously feminine feel for me.
So to are my feelings for Spains’ two major cities Madrid and Barcelona.
Susan Graham Mezzo-Soprano will join with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for a French Celebration 11 – 22nd July, 2015. This intimate concert features select musicians from one of the world’s most lauded chamber ensembles, with Karen Gomyo on Violin, Ike See on Violin, Christopher Moore on Viola, Timo-Veikko Valve on Cello and Christian Hadland playing the piano in a selection of music at a time when beauty and innovation were important aspects of La Belle Époque. The beautiful era in Europe c1890 to 1914 was when France and its European neighbours were at peace, when art and design flourished and music became accessible to a wider audience than ever before.
Susan Graham has been rewarded by the French for her fine interpretation of French music. She was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur dans l’Odre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France’s most prestigious awards. Her ability to master a range of repertoire and formats admired, she has sung at inaugurations for Presidents, received a Grammy award, had a day named after her in her home state of Texas and been a delegate for UNESCO. She’s one of a kind and here in Australia her program consists of songs from La Belle Époque, when the invention of the gramophone meant that lovely melodies and romantic songs performed in the Salon could be recorded.
The New York Times says “Ms Graham is at her best in French, the tangy, nasal quality of which ideally complements her creamy tone.” She will be singing a repertoire from La Belle Époque that includes French composer Maurice Ravel’s settings of three poems by Stéphane Mallarmé, whom he considered to be France’s greatest Symbolist French poet, along with Ottorino Respighi’s setting of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s lyric poem, The Sunset.
During La Belle Époque inventions made life easier at all social levels, the cultural scene thrived, cabaret, cancan, and the cinema were born, and art took new forms with Impressionism and Art Nouveau. Art and architecture in the style of this era in other nations is also sometimes called “Belle Époque” style. From London to Paris to Vienna, Susan Graham sings in all the European capitals. Susan Graham says “My choices of repertoire have all been governed by whether or not the role and the music speak to me. If I don’t love it, I can’t commit myself to it. The main thread is musical integrity and if it has a musical lyricism and a singability. I’m a sucker for a nice melody – I love a good tune!”
Susan Graham will arrive in Australia fresh from a string of phenomenal successes, most recently having conquered that ‘Mount Everest’ of a role, Didon, in Berlioz’ Les Troyens at the San Francisco Opera. Her ‘expressive tone and heartfelt performances’ are renowned. Join A French Celebration – Susan Graham with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Newcastle City Hall, Saturday 11 July, 7.30pm, Sydney – City Recital Hall, Tuesday 14 – 18th July at 7pm, Melbourne Recital Centre, Monday 20 July, 8pm, Adelaide Town Hall, Tuesday 21 July, 8pm, Perth Concert Hall, Wednesday 22 July, 7.30pm – BOOKINGS
Life emanates from the deep past in the stardust created at the Big Bang says artist Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox reflected in her works for her Exhibition CODE
Czar Peter, his heirs Catherine the Great and her son Paul, artfully pursued ideals of a Russian Parnassus in the palace complex of Tsarskoe Selo, St Petersburg
Empress Catherine the Great of Russia's fine collection of art works that founded the Hermitage museum St Petersburg is coming to Melbourne 31 July - 8 Nov 2015
Collector David Roche AM, who left his treasures to the people of South Australia, features many Russian treasures, including a portrait of Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great's delightful Chinese toilet service is one of the fine and decorative arts coming to NGV International, Melbourne 31 July - 8 November 2015