Friday, November 23, 2007

Poetic Gestures

DiVerse at Penrith Regional, in front of Peter Upward's New Reality (1961)
18th of November 2007.

The art of Peter Upward has had a strong influence on the poets from DiVerse. It was Peter’s iconic image, New Reality (1961) that first caught the attention of the poets when on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2004.

Frozen Gestures will be the first retrospective of this important yet sadly forgotten artist. Often described as the purest of Australia's abstractionists, this exhibition celebrates Upward as a great artist. The exhibition will feature more than fifty works including paintings, screen prints and posters from the late 1950s through to the early 1980s.

2007 Portia Geach Memorial Award

DiVerse with Eugenie Lee (in white) November 5th at the S.H. Ervin Gallery

DiVerse poets interact with and respond to visual works of art by creating dialogues and conversations through their poetry. Each poet responds individually when they encounter the visual images of other artists. In ‘Face to Face’ women poets from DiVerse engage with portraits created by the artists represented in the Portia Geach Memorial Award Exhibition. This award acknowledges and celebrates the creativity and skill of Australian female portrait artists and these poems have been written especially for the 2007 Exhibition.