VISUAL ARTS REVIEW: Kiera and Robyn Exhibition

Next door to ‘opening night’ for the Chillout Festival coincided the opening of an energetic digital media exhibition of works from Robyn Wilding and Kiera Poelsma. Located in the gorgeous village of Hepburn Springs, Chameleon Gallery sits between the Palais and Red Star Cafe. Put this on your list of ‘things to do’ if you are in the area over the next few weeks.
VISUAL ARTS REVIEW: Kiera and Robyn Exhibition
Visual Arts Review: Kiera and Robyn Exhibition Next door to ‘opening night’ for the Chillout Festival coincided the opening of an energetic digital media exhibition of works from Robyn Wilding and Kiera Poelsma. Located in the gorgeous village of Hepburn Springs, Chameleon Gallery sits between the Palais and Red Star Cafe. Put this on your list of ‘things to do’ if you are in the area over the next few weeks. Robyn’s photographic work explores the fast paced, tough nut sport of the Women’s Victorian Roller Derby League – chicks in fishnets, hotpants and helmets. Kiera’s selection of digital media images from well over 20 years will elicit everything from nostalgia to laughter. One viewer chuckled away beside me in response to one of Kiera’s images, one of the many reactions from a packed gallery on opening night. Humorous, self deprecating, angry and in your face – it’s by no means for your Grandmother (unless she’s cool, or alternative, or both in which case I’d like to meet her). Melbourne born and residing in Hepburn, Kiera has produced graphic illustrations for over 15 years. She has exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, lectured in animation, storyboarding and motion graphics software at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and the Melbourne School of Art. Kiera produced all the artwork for MABO - The Native Title Revolution CD Rom which was nominated in the factual category of the BAFTA Awards and purchased by the National Museum of Australia. Her work has been published in the Bulletin and Rolling Stone and she has won awards for Children’s Book animations and the ONYA award for best music event site on-line for Big Day Out. Robyn currently resides in Eganstown near Daylesford and was born into a family of photographers. She has been taking photos for over 20 years but only in the last couple, taken photography seriously. Currently studying at the Photo Studies College and last year official photographer for the Chillout Festival, Robyn is now venturing into commissioned portraiture and photojournalistic works. As well as being individually accomplished in their own fields they also share a supportive friendship and have been exhibiting together as part of the Chillout festival for the past four years. They share a mutual respect for each others work and support their individual processes and ideas. On arrival, works were selling at a pace and the new Chameleon Gallery had vibrancy and atmosphere. This work is quirky, colourful, playful, tough and humorous, with political undertones and narrative. Kiera’s ongoing exploration of alternative sub culture with a ‘70’s flavour coupled with Robyn’s edgy photojournalistic essay of the wild women of roller derby make for an interesting combination. Accessibly priced, and for those of you unfamiliar with graphic illustration and new digital media – this is an interesting and lively introduction. Works are also available at the gallery or online as below. Hepburn Springs the Chameleon Gallery, : Kiera & Robyn 113 Main Road. Tel: 03 5348 3158 When: Friday 6th – 26th March Visit www.thechameleongallery.com.au and www.kiera.com.au for more information.

Leesa Nicholls

Tuesday 10 March, 2009

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Leesa Nicholls is a sculptor and Arts Hub reviewer.