Friday, 4 January 2019

JOHNNY SALAMEH - January 2019


The Dictator (2018)

January 2019

Johny Salama, The Dictator, (2018)

The suitcase is a curiously emotive object. It may contain belongings but possibly also memories, and their trace, wisps of previous ‘excursions’: a little sand, a stray thread, an out of date ticket, a foreign coin.

Traffic, (2002), a poignant work by Mona Hatoum, held by the Art Gallery of South Australia, consists only of two dull-coloured mid-sized well-travelled suitcases. The cases are joined, like Siamese twins, by a hank of dark hair. Hair is often an element one finds in a suitcase – it could be yours or an Other’s.

Mona Hatoum, Traffic, (2002)

When I first saw Johny Salama’s work The Dictator, (2018), I immediately sensed the fragility of the traveller: all those cases – which is mine? is it at the bottom or the top of the pile? And what of the chair at the apex? Who could it be who might be perilously positioned atop this pile of travel ware, this accumulated responsibility – I imagined someone moving their life, their family, to another land and guarding what little they were carrying, someone looking out at the world from a place of insecure momentum.

This interpretation was not that of the artist – Salama informed me that I was looking at the chair of a dictator (and yes I should have studied the chair more closely, it was finely wrought, elegant, not an itinerant’s style at all). It was the chair of someone who sat carelessly above the miserable momentum below, someone who sat insensitively on the lives of others.

Salama is Syrian, he understands momentum, dislocation, chaos, indeed hell enforced by dictators. The suitcase is a very poignant symbol indeed.


Thursday, 13 December 2018

Klari Agar - CCP Winner

Congratulations to Klari Agar
CCP (Contemporary Centre for Photography) 
Staff Favourite 

Klari Agar Sam & Mayah 2018
CCP Staff Favourite

Friday, 30 November 2018

KLARI AGAR, 8PM Tomorrow - DECEMBER 2018

Klari Agar, 8pm Tomorrow (detail)

Visual Artist Klari Agar pushes the boundaries through her art and thought and brings to WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC the large experimental piece 8pm Tomorrow.

She is deeply interested in the objective, subjective and diverse sense of time, place and subject that is explored throughout the medium of photography.  Through the work 8pm Tomorrow Agar intends to translate this photographic philosophy into a non-photographic medium.  


When meeting over coffee Agar talks about the contemporary American photographer Nan Goldin being a strong influence in her photography and art practice.  Golden, born in 1953, became famous in the 1980s for her “gritty, intimate, often chaotic images of friends, lovers and herself in the Boston queer and party scenes of the time”.  

The influence of Goldin can be seen both in Agar’s photography (i_luv_dirt&sentientpuke) and reference to body image, sexuality, identity, chaos and society in the drawings and writings on the large piece of acetate hanging in WINDOWSPACE, which forms the 'backdrop' to a tangle, of what seem limbs, that sprawl on the 'stage' of the window.

The random writing in the work captures another influence  -  surrealist automatism (  Almost like dumping words and pictures down without thought but each seemingly influencing each other. 

Klari Agar, 8pm Tomorrow (detail 2018) 


"Ultimately, I believe it is impossible to capture the passing present unless one expresses an exact thought or feeling objectively.  Here my large-scale installation produces the experience repetitively ..."

“The work is 6 months of life reproducing consistent experiences that fell into a rhythm with the ritualistic creativity; it is deeply caught up with the personal and social atmospheres of queer youth culture".

Klari returns to Victorian College of the Arts in 2019 after taking a GAP year  - WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC has been pleased to be part of her journey of exploration in 2018.

Klari Agar will be at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC 
on Saturday 15th December 2-4pm 
join us to share her experience.

Monday, 5 November 2018



The Premier's Sustainability Award


Initiative of Karen Cherry
with artist Peter Day
and Beeac PS students




at BOAA 2018

SweepScape 2018 - Biennale of Australian Art - Ballarat

Sunday, 4 November 2018




The passerine is a percher. Birds of prey are non-passerines with ripping beaks and razor talons.

Once again, with Birds of Prey (2018), Barry Mousley has brought the gentle insights of his touch and acute observation to WINDOWSPACE – tamed as it were, these raptors, some of such magnitude and piercing eye that it’s hard to imagine them anywhere but on their own cairn or branch, eyes glinting, surveying their domain, but here they are, in the window, gathered on a dramatic branch for all to see their magnificence in detail.

Wedge-tailed eagle
Nankeen kestrel
Peregrine falcon
Black-shouldered kite
Brown goshawk
Whistling kite
Brown falcon 
Australian hobby

Detail: work in progress Birds of Prey

Mousley has confessed to his inspiration being medieval in part, he cites manuscripts and stained glass as formative influences. The bird of prey is easy to fit into that world – aperch the wrist of a mail-clad knight, but it lives too in this locality.

Again it is important to dwell on Mousley’s art ‘as ‘loving’: a caress detected in the infinite subtlety of what appears such fidelity, is what sets his work apart. There is a glow in the attention to subject accuracy, not slavish verisimilitude. There is a warmth and fervor in the desire to share a knowledge of what has been seen and found’ – in his locality – and Mousley renders this desire and his joy in the natural world so well. 
Welcome again to WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC Barry Mousley!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

..... Please Wait

Even when there is a pause between work shown at WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC there is still much to see in the window......


        Observation of visitor from Hong Kong

In the small country town of Beeac (population approx. 370) there is a    window displaying a monthly art presentation - easily seen from the Ballarat-Colac Road. The old building was previously a garage and car repair workshop,and in the 1930s was the local Harley-Davidson Motorcycle dealership. Directly across the road is a new house, replicating Australia's suburban housing of the bigger cities - the house is completely out-of-place in the windswept country landscape of Beeac. The window is waiting its next display (opening 4 November 2018), in the meantime, the house across the road reflects itself.

For those wondering and waiting next will be artist Barry Mousely 
'Birds of Prey'   

Birds of Prey, detail of work in progress ( 2018)