As daylight fades on this fine Wednesday the 29th of March, Chrissie Cotter Gallery's doors will open for Céleste Cebra's inaugural solo exhibition Quotidian Metropolis. Stop by for some blinis and a champagne. The exhibition will run for two weeks. Click here for all of the details.
Seen the exhibition and want to know more about the artist's work and process? Have a look here at the Inner West Council's Q&A with Cebra (P.S. please excuse the Inner West council for their typo of the artists name in this post.)
The medium format film camera Céleste Cebra used, manufactured in 1989, dictated her exploration of city areas. The habitual traversing of streets was slowed by the stopping and framing of pieces of urban landscape via this photographic apparatus. Winding the film on, framing, focusing and considering each shot prior to removing the darkslide and depressing the shutter release button. The experience of first sight then viewing the scene backwards by means of the camera's focusing screen, changed Cebra's way of seeing, as well as her photographic experience. The colour quality and depth of tone in each image was determined by the film choice and the light temperature of the location. The final images reduce the scale of the world, reimagining it and transforming it into something new, an object to be printed and held, which has flattened a three dimensional fragment of city-scape onto a two dimensional plane, far removed from it's origins.
Many of the resulting images are a part of the Quotidian Metropolis series.
Céleste Cebra's inaugural solo exhibition is happening this Wednesday the 29th at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, right around the corner from Camperdown Commons. Stop by for a drink and to see the works. All details can be found on the invitation below.
The photographic works investigate themes of transience and cultural identity in man-made environments, predominantly exploring cities and their surrounding areas, meditating upon these often liminal and transitory spaces. The works also examine the façades of buildings, as a marker of an area’s identity, and signifier of the structure’s purpose. The resulting images are often void of human presence or feature pedestrians as an element secondary to the urban surrounds. A human figure’s purpose is to activate the area and provide a reference of scale. This frequent absence or insignificance of the figure in these works, in turn draws more attention to the architecture or urban landscape. In a global environment where urban spaces are more and more expansive, layered and dense, these areas provide a rich field of artistic enquiry and inspiration for Cebra.
Quotidian Metropolis is an exhibition of photographic works created during Céleste Cebra’s artist residency in Paris and subsequent travels. The imagery offers contemplation on present-day metropolitan centres and how they must adapt to current stimuli and simultaneously grapple with their past identities.
Cebra’s practice investigates themes of pedestrian transience and cultural identity in man-made environments through the exploration of cities and surrounding areas. For the artist, the physical investigation of these environments was a meditation upon the multitude of liminal and transitory spaces. The works also examine the façades of buildings as markers of an area’s identity and signifier of a structure’s purpose.
Well-established cities and towns offer fascinating records of times past and bear the visible traces of previous and present inhabitants. Situated in the contemporary world these are places where the quotidian collides with the historical.
Céleste Cebra will be talking about her recent residency in Paris at the National Art School lunchtime forum. The perfect opportunity for potential applicants (NAS students, staff and alumni) to get insight into La Cité Internationale des Arts experience. Find out more here: https://www.nas.edu.au/Whats-On/art-forum/residencies2017/
Saturday the 5th of December marks the final day of the National Art School 2015 Graduate Exhibition. Have a look on campus or online at: http://gradshow15.nas.edu.au/
1. Céleste Cebra's works on display at the NAS Gallery (in-between the works of painters India Mark, to the left, Karmyn Gibson, right and ceramicist Caleb Reid-Boqust in the foreground).
2. Céleste Cebra's works on display at the NAS Gallery.
3. Cebra's works in the photography studios on campus.
The National Art School Gallery Manager and Curator Judith Blackall in conversation with James Valentine about the NAS 2015 Graduate Exhibition with the work of Céleste Cebra Kotevich from her Interstitial Interiors series centred behind them; followed by some close ups of Céleste's photographs.
Of the exhibition Judith Blackall states: "You certainly can see some great talent in there... Talent but it's also commitment, drive and a dedication to professionalism. Those are the qualities which I admire, I look for, and I see it in their work."
All works from the exhibition are for sale until the 5th of December here: http://gradshow15.nas.edu.au/collections/celeste-kotevich
Watch The Mix 28/11/2015 episode here: http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/mix/NU1596H043S00
The National Art School Graduate Exhibition 2015 showcases the work of students completing their Bachelor of Fine Art in 2015, including Céleste's!
Come and celebrate the 2015 class of graduating students with an exhibition of their work on display at the National Art School:
Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 5pm
Friday 27 November to Saturday 5 December 2015
Opening night: Thursday 26 November, 6pm – 9pm
Forbes Street Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Australia.
The Habit of Seeing exhibition is running at the Stairwell Gallery, National Art School from the 1 October till 30 October 2015. Opening night is 8 October, 6pm - 8pm.
No. 1 Sydney University from the series Intersitial Interiors in situ at the Stairwell Gallery.
No. 2 U.T.S. from the series Intersitial Interiors in situ at the Stairwell Gallery.