Australian Landscape and Conceptual Art
Ms Amanda Andlee Poland Head of Creative Arts, IB Visual Arts teacher
Impressions of… an exhibition by Will Moth Year 12, and Process. Concept. Order. an exhibition by Grace Kuchlmayr Year 12, were displayed at the College and documented this week. This is the inaugural International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Visual Arts exhibition at Radford College, as the two-year IB Diploma Programme was introduced at Radford in 2019.
The IB exhibition is intended to be a cohesive display of works that considers the audience, developed as a result of a two-year investigation. It represents 40% of the students’ assessment.
A selection of the exhibition works is now on display in Main Reception in the Morison Centre, along with the Curatorial Statements for each overall exhibition.
Process. Concept. Order. is centred on exploring conceptual art. It strives to explore the process - the construction and instructions, the concept - the meaning and intent, the order - the display, arrangement, and reception of art. Grace states “I was intrigued by the shifting position of how we define art when exploring the work of American artist Sol LeWitt. LeWitt’s thinking challenged the boundaries of art. In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. This inspired the theme of my exhibition”.
The central questions explored by Will Moth in Impressions of… include: How can the Australian landscape be explored through art? How has my experience of place impacted on my perception of the place? How have previous European artists’ interpretations of Australia influenced my own perception and interpretation? How does the media impact on the message and intent? Will says “I have always been intrigued by different artists’ interpretations of landscapes, particularly those of Australia.”
The IB Diploma Programme Visual Arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media.
Grace reflected that “The exhibition was an enjoyable experience and a great reflection of my progress as an artist over the past two years. I learned the importance of collaborating when arranging the works, and I greatly appreciate the efforts of Ms Poland as well as Ms Moore, and Ms Dumaresq, who helped us bring the exhibition to life in the Photography and Media studio (and documented it). Overall, I am very pleased and happy with the outcome of our exhibitions.”
Will stated “I found the process of setting up the exhibition very smooth and easy, it was very exciting seeing the space come together as the works went up. I am very proud of the final result. I think all my works came together successfully and it all looked very professional hung up and under the proper lights. I learnt no matter how much planning you put into an exhibition, you will always be making adjustments and changes to the layout at the last minute. I’d also like to thank Ms Poland, Ms Moore and Ms Dumaresq for generously assisting and guiding Grace and I through the entire hanging process and taking time outside of school to facilitate the exhibitions.”
The two exhibitions included a range of media, in two dimensional and three-dimensional works including lens-based works. Grace selected for display her digital moving image documentation of performative drawing, photographs of ephemeral installations, found object installation, conceptual drawing and oil paintings. Will’s selection included works in clay, drawing, painting, photography and etching.
In the non-COVID restricted future, Radford IB Visual Art students will hopefully benefit from a public viewing in a dedicated gallery space, so the audience can truly engage with the works as these student artists had initially planned and intended. The inaugural IB Visual Arts artists have paved the pathway for the increasing numbers of IB Visual Arts students in creatively exploring and developing their voice, in the exhibition component of the course. They have successfully produced a cohesive exhibition that displayed their deep thinking and interpretation of a challenging contemporary world, as they were encouraged to think deeply and independently and drive their own learning. I am confident that Grace and Will have been, and will continue to be, enriched by a lifelong art journey.