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Up the Creek Art Exhibition

BY Redcliffe Art Society | 11-Aug-2016
Local content dominates this exhibition as Carte Blanche takes an in depth look at Cabbage Tree Creek and surrounding areas. Various 2D artworks and 3D installations provide insight into its topography, natural history and recent ecological events as well as human activity.
Venue: Redcliffe Art Society Gallery
Address: Old Redcliffe Fire Station, 395 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe Qld
Date: Offiicial Opening Friday 12 August 2016 at 5.30pm. Exhibition : Wednesday 10 August 2016 - Sunday 4 September 2016
Time: Gallery Hours Wednesday - Sunday : 10.00am - 3.00pm
Ticket: No charge
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'Up the Creek' Art Exhibition
Carte Blanche is an alliance of contemporary artists with diverse interests and skills. They have vast experience in group exhibitions and each year host the Between the Tides outdoor art event at Deception Bay. Currently they are Artists in Residence at Redcliffe State High School.

The exhibition 'Up the Creek' encompasses different aspects of Cabbage Tree Creek with overviews, diverse landscape features and micro glimpses. Literally, the title refers to perceptions of life and images of the Cabbage Tree Creek locale. Colloquially, the title suggests that parts of Cabbage Tree Creek are not what they once were: peaceful, fertile havens for birdlife, wildlife and people.

For Carte Blanche artists this is a new venture, a complete collaboration with all artists responding to one concept.

Creating mud maps was the starting point, then exploring and experiencing this eco-system led to tracking, translating and interpreting geographic locations.

In the study of Cabbage Tree Creek a strong connection between mapping and collecting emerged. The maps themselves became collections of sketches, notes, paintings and stitches, offering glimpses of habitats.

The Cabbage Tree Creek collection became a vast array of specimens reminiscent of Wunderkammer exhibits: surprising as well as common. Organic structures encountered along the catchment area inspired a series of artworks with varied fibres, evoking mysterious nests and hideouts. The many fishing boats once based in the Shorncliffe area of Cabbage Tree Creek are referenced by the flotilla of recycled encaustic paper boats.

And so the collection grew as Carte Blanche artists delved more deeply into the Cabbage Tree Creek micro world of beautiful tidal patterns, mangrove root reflections and haunting shadows.