From 1st August until 20th September 2020 the MAPBM exhibition 'BLUE' was shown at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba
Blue is the most popular colour in contemporary Western societies, a colour with profound social and historical associations and symbolism that resonates throughout art, language, history, religion, gender, science, psychology and more.
Exhibiting artists were:
Kris Peta Deray
Miriam Williamson and Brad Allen-Waters
The exhibition included three public program events:
An artist and curator talk with curator Beata Geyer alongside MAPBM artists, which provided insights into the exhibition, discussing how artists have explored notions of a colour with profound social and historical associations and symbolism that resonates throughout art, language, history, religion, gender, science, psychology and more.
Pietà by Tom Isaacs was an hour-long performance art piece in which the artist explored different positions and poses with a long piece of blue felt. The colour blue has long held spiritual significance for different religious traditions thanks to its association with the vast expanse of sky and the unfathomable depths of the ocean. Blue is also commonly associated with sadness and depression, typified by the expression: ‘feeling blue’.
On a personal level Pietà combines these two themes, mental health and spirituality, to evoke a desire for healing or resurrection from an experience of depression which feels deathly. Pietà also addresses the broader problems of alienation and fragmentation which, according to French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, are an inevitable effect of the development of the ego and the acquisition of language. Pietà draws from the fields of ritual, psychoanalysis and art making, which have all been proposed, at one time or another, as solutions to these problems.
The third event was an artist-led workshop by M. Bozzec titled Language Reframed: The Promise of Found Words. In this workshop participants unlocked the hidden potential of words and learnt to reframe language into creative acts such as poetry and short stories, or visual forms such as drawing, collage and performance. Using found words & phrases gleaned from a diversity of sources – popular idioms, song lyrics, news headlines and things overhead, the workshop offered opportunities to experiment with the processes of list-making, expanded collecting, and research as a catalyst for the creation of diverse art forms.