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ORANGE WALL GALLERY

Bespoke: Print, Paper and Process

Cattle Dog Printmakers

14 April to 21 May 2022


20180418 032256736 iOSWarwick’s Cattle Dog Printmakers celebrate their seven year anniversary with an exhibition showcasing a form of the visual parts that closely blends art with crafty. The exhibition comprises printed works by group members which have been produced using a range of techniques including lino cut, lithograph, collagraph, etching and engraving.

In recent years the group has extended their practice by exploring bookmaking, collage and papier mache. A collaborative installation “Bespoke” consists of several small and unique three dimensional works all made of paper. The exhibition also included a visual narrative illustrating the interesting and diverse craft of the printmaker.  Artists Gayle Pershouse, Mo Skett, Rita Crawford, Jill Birtwistle, Sandra Bartley, Susan Ellwood, Eileen Mair, Kaz Thorpe and Kris Woodd

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Lightning Without Flash
Joe Ruckli

12 May to 9 July 2022

jruckli LightningWithoutFlash 021 resizeArtist Statement

It feels like the edge of the Earth. A roadside sign reads ‘population unknown’ with a large black question mark. Lightning Ridge has become an escape for hopeful miners, restless drifters and broken recluses looking for somewhere to disappear. Derelict cars, makeshift camps and precarious mineshafts dot the barren and hostile landscape.

Life on the minefields is slow. Simple. Modest. There’s not much to do but drink and dig. Those that mine live a subterranean existence only to surface for more diesel and beer. It’s backbreaking work fraught with injury and occasional fatality. Even the flies know their limit as the digging deepens and the sky recedes above. As if to reach into the darkness of deep space and discover a wayward star, finding an elusive ‘flash’ of opal is much of a blind lottery. Some prospectors inherit claims worked for years and deemed futile, only to dig a mere meter more than their forerunner and emerge with a life’s fortune.

Born of mineral alchemy opal is much like wine. Collected, traded, hoarded, its value is determined by a complex rubric complicated by international markets, subjective taste and ambitious salesmanship. Like a savvy sommelier, opal dealers can read the signatory characteristics of the iridescent stone, placing its regional origin to specific mine sites with an uncanny accuracy, from Lunatic’s Hill to 3 Mile.

jruckli LightningWithoutFlash 018 resizeAboveground miners are coy about their success. They sit poker-faced at the pub weary of shifty ‘ratters’ who make their living as underground thieves. Some are scruffy millionaires with holes in their boots and camps in deliberate disrepair trying to blend in and avoid trouble. The more resourceful folk short of cash or downright bored will spend their days in the scorching sun ‘noodling’. They sift by hand through the mountains of discarded mullock for any overlooked or inferior gems, often sold in jam jars to naïve tourists at scheming prices.

Today the Ridge is a cliché tale of boom and bust. As the opal exhausts and trade contracts, tourism has transformed the town into a mining caricature. Lightning Without Flash meanders off the map, unearthing stray visions of a dusty town and the people who call the Ridge home.

Joe will be in Warwick on Saturday 14 May at 11am to present a talk about his work

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