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HOME: Our exhibition at GALLERY ON OVENS

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WE NOW LIVE IN BENALLA in north-eastern Victoria, and to celebrate we held an exhibition at GALLERY on OVENS in May 2022.

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A STATEMENT ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Great writers, artists and philosophers have considered the physical, psychological, emotional and political place we call HOME. We reflect and are inspired by their work as we consider our personal perceptions of home personal within the broader human condition.

We have been artists and collaborators for over three decades. Our HOME has been: a house in a suburb or town, our car, a friends place, an artists in residence, a studio, a library, a campsite, a motel room. Whether stable or temporary the places we have inhabited – their architecture, history, social condition or collected objects have evoked our creative and questioning thoughts about perceptions of existence.

For us all these places we call HOME are spaces where we can contemplate, re-invent, conceive, originate, initiate new ideas for the future. We use the broad palette of our arts practice including – Camera obscuras, Cyanotype printing, Pinhole photography, Projections, Light painting and Nocturne light and the resolved artworks are presented as wall-images, artists books and photobooks.

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COOPER+SPOWART Home exhibition montage

COOPER+SPOWART – Home exhibition montage

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In this post we report on the exhibition and the works it contained relating to the concept of HOME …

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PREPARATION

Gallery on Ovens installation planning

Gallery on Ovens installation planning

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Selecting work and preparing work

Selecting work and preparing work

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THE INSTALL

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THE EXHIBITION

Table view of artists' books

Table view of artists’ books

Gallery on Ovens window

Gallery on Ovens window

Exhibition duo

Exhibition duo

Cyanotype wall

Cyanotype wall

Looking at books with Maggie

Looking at books with Maggie

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THE DE MOUNT

The de Install

The de Install

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DOWNLOAD A HOME” CATALOGUE – “CLICK” HERE

Catalogue Book Cover

Catalogue Book Cover

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Images and texts ©Cooper+Spowart 2022

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  1. Hi Doug and Victoria,I enjoy reading your emails and following what you have been up to and your hard earned achievements.The reason for this is the inspiration I gained from Doug that has always stayed with me.  This was about 1984 and the Imagery Gallery days, and included being on a photo trip through central Australia. We shared a 2 man tent for most of that journey and flew over the Rock and the Olgas at sunrise.  One of my favourite images is a silhouette of Doug on sunset at the Devils Marbles, for the memories and story, not so much for quality.Doug, I hope your mother is still going strong.  A lovely lady.I still have a strong interest in amateur photography, now live in Canberra, and hope to meet up again some time.All the best to you both for the New Year and the future.Ross AndersonSent from my Galaxy

    Ross

    December 30, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    • Hi Ross – good to hear from you and WOW…! your recollections of the early days of Imagery Gallery tours. 1984 was back in the beginning and ultimately we did around 35 outback safaris, 2 to Africa and the south west of USA and about 7 around the south island of New Zealand. Thanks also for the comment that the inspiration is still with you after all these years… Ruby is 95 and living in Toowoomba – and she is still going strong tho a little less mobile now. Keep in touch… Cheers Doug

      Cooper+Spowart

      January 4, 2023 at 5:53 pm

  2. This is incredible stuff. I am in awe at the boundless energy and creativity that you both constantly exhibit. Really inspiring and wonderful work. Best, Rob.

    Robert Ashdown

    January 9, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    • Hi Robert – thank you for your comments … We too are in awe also of your boundless energy and creativity – inspiring stuff…!
      Cheers D+V

      Cooper+Spowart

      January 9, 2023 at 6:22 pm


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