GANEAA (The Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance) members have responded to the challenge of choosing an old volume of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and creating an art piece inspired by it or actually taking the volume and altering it.
Coordinated by Cassandra Pollock, the works are situated in the Wangaratta Library until the long weekend in June when they will fill the St. Patrick’s stage as part of the Rotary Wangaratta Book Fair.
There are an amazing array of works from sculptures made from the pages of the Encyclopaedias’ themselves such as Pam Procter’s ‘Contours’ to Luke Davies’ metal bound volume, ‘Metalmorpheus’. There is also a video by Terry Cameron. Some comment on the environment some on the idea of ‘knowledge’ some just play with the pages.
Janet Leith’s ‘The Birth & Rebirth of a 1961 Edition’ was inspired by R. ‘From RUSSIA, Babushka’s were born’. Bunting, using images of artworks connects both of the Babushkas as they appear to emerge from the original book as a ‘renaissance’, or rebirth of the knowledge and creation.’
A Sculpture Trail featuring the work of award-winning jeweller and artist Taro Iiyama will be one of the unique features of this year’s ‘Trails, Tastings and Tales’ food and wine festival being held in Glenrowan on the Queen’s Birthday weekend.
The award-winning Japanese born artist who has been living in Wangaratta since 2002 chooses subject matter and materials which reflect his deep concerns for the environment, constructing native animals from recycled cardboards and papers.
Glenrowan Marketing Officer Jennifer Booth said Taro Iiyama’s work is an artistic treat not to be missed and just part of a suite of tastes, tunes and experiences to be enjoyed over three festive days.