In Counterpoint

When 15 May, 2021 10:00am — 27 Jun, 2021 4:00pm Where 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen Website
In Counterpoint
Nino Bellantonio and Carolyn Young
Belco Arts
15 May – 27 June 2021
Opening 6pm Friday 14 May
This exhibition brings together two friends and artists, each drawing from each other’s differences and similarities in the process of developing new work. Nino Bellantonio, an award-winning architect and emerging visual artist, and Carolyn Young, an established fine-art photographer, decided to try an experiment in collaboration in the making of artworks for this exhibition.

For their respective artworks to progress or continue, each artist needed to respond to the other’s work. Working in this form of counterpoint, Bellantonio and Young met each month (Covid allowing) for the last 18 months, each presenting their works-in-progress to each other for a two-person critique. The common theme that became apparent early in the process was place-inspired art, with a particular focus on novel ecosystems – the mix of native and exotic, which results from people inhabiting new places.

Carolyn lives on 20 acres of remnant woodland, and Nino lives in a rural village with mostly cottage gardens. Nino’s work was influenced by the Black Summer fires, the COVID-19 pandemic, and readings during lockdown. Patrick White’s novel, A Fringe of Leaves, was particularly poignant, as was Jack Kerouac’s American Haiku. The consequences of changes to the landscape wrought by colonial occupation became a topic of discussion, as was Carolyn’s interest in John and Elizabeth Gould’s natural history art.

The results are artworks that draw upon the individual and collective process, where the work of both artists cross boundaries between collage, printmaking and photography.
For more information
Image Credit "Haiku #1" by Nino Bellantonio
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118 Emu Bank, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia