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by jraffan
posted 25/02/2012

Arts Monday 27 February 2012

Destiny Deacon, The 3 diss graces, 2009, inkjet print from digital image on archival paper, 60 × 45cm. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Hello Dollies!  ArtiFacts Eastside.

Join me, Jane Raffan, for a program that delves into the psychological and symbolic resonances of the doll, as explored in the exhibition Hello Dollies! at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

I’ll be chatting with  the Gallery’s Curator and Collections Manager Dr Shirley Daborn, and Acting Director Victoria Harbutt, and we’ll be examining the myriad of  interpretations on display in this fabulous and fascinating exhibition.

The exhibition features more than twenty artists with work dating from the 1940s until the present day. Hello Dollies showcases works of art across diverse mediums including a life size woolen knitted sculpture, intricate pen drawings, photography, painting, assemblages and projection.

Exhibiting artists include Peter Baka, Penny Byrne, Gunter Christmann, Will Coles, Matt Coyle, Destiny Deacon, Adrienne Doig, Fiona Fenech, Rosalie Gascoigne, Barbara Hanrahan, Joy Hester, Di Holdsworth, Linde Ivimey, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Alasdair Macintyre, Tracey Moffatt, Mirka Mora, Janet Parker-Smith, Joan Ross, Sally Smart, and Peter Spilsbury. Also included is a variety of exquisite miniature doll tableaux.

More on the exhibition can be found here: http://www.penrithregionalgallery.org/Hello%20Dollies.php?mode=preview

And taking cues from the exhibition, the program’s music will also focus on the doll, and will be be a mix of jazz, blues, R&B and other vocal pieces, with a few surprises,  including tracks by Memphis Slim, Cat Power, Duke Ellington, Lunia, Paloma Faith, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and more.

As always, I look forward to your company.