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)

Sunday, 14 October 2018

.........on the trail - conversation and art material sale

Conversation on Saturday 27 October at 4.30 - 6.00pm

 Annabel Nowlan will speak about her art practice and inspiration behind the work 'Dogma'.

Come and enjoy light refreshments and good conversation – a nice end to a day of exploring art in the Otways

Free and all welcome
Instagram: #annabelnowlan


Saturday 27th October 2018

Excess Art Materials
Buy what others don't need
Sell what you don't need

79 Main Street, Beeac

Sunday, 30 September 2018


Dogma (detail 2018) 

Annabel Nowlan has a long connection to land; the land of her family farm and of the Wiradjuri people at Bimbi in south western NSW. Nowlan, a practicing mixed media artist and Sustainable Landscape Designer now lives in the northern suburbs of Melbourne - a long way from the farm. 

The appealing garden surrounding the home and studio of the artist clearly  reflects a strong connection and respect for native flora, the need to grow, recycle and re-use and to carefully look after the surrounds.  Annabel Nowlan’s  and design practice stems from this long and strong connection to land, her views, thoughts and experience.

Pre White Settlement - Warracknabeal  - Annabel Nowlan 

Things that inspire me - Annabel Nowlan
Sunset in Bimbi NSW


In Nowlan's words the themes of 'Dogma' are a diversion from the usual concepts pursued".  Nowlan goes on to say " artists inevitably draw on their identity and personal experience that continue to influence their lives and values".

Hanging in 'the window' at Beeac are swings constructed  simply and methodically using rope and glass panels; the rope looks like the cord of a robe with a knot at the end.    When we see a swing we think of childhood and the joy of swinging effortlessly high and low, fast and slow sometimes with and without fear.  The text is hand-cut stencils blasted on to glass panel, it is traditional and regal looking.  

The words poverty,chastity and obedience  prompted a visit to the dictionary.   But, why a glass seat?


"The sand-blasted text on the glass seats of the swings sets up a parody between the notions of freedom, versus the authority of virtue. The standard association of a swing is fun, a temporary dalliance from gravity and thrill of flying through the air, however, in this context they represent the opposite; essentially daunting, unusable, breakable and even capable of causing injury".

Dogma (detail 2018) 
Etched glass panels, rope

Nowlan's personal view is that freedom of desire and love are essential elements of life, and installing rigid moral barriers against personal freedom further incites perverse behaviour and corruption.

Dogma responds to much of present day conversation about religious authority and public and private institutions historically trusted and respected. The  work deserves quiet reflection of personal experience and feelings about the text, the virtues instilled and influence on our growing self.

WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC on inviting Annabel to show work discussed the possibility of having a loose link to the theme of  Corangamarah Art Prize  (  The $10,000 Acquisitive Art Prize is held in the small town of Cororooke not far from Beeac and asks artists to explore the theme con.ceit – a concept; that which is conceived, imagined or formed in the mind, an idea, thought, image, a personal opinion.

the work 'Dogma' Annabel encourages and somewhat provokes thought, questions and opinion by those who pass by and who stop for minute or two...……

Perish the thought 2 (2018)
Copper, salt, copper patina on tarpaulin and ply

The long paddock (2018)
Mixed media on tarpaulin on ply

"Obviously I am a staunch and happy Atheist these days".   

                                                                                                   Annabel Nowlan, 2018

To listen to Annabel speak about her arts practice come along to WINDOWSPACE - BEEAC 
on Saturday 27 October 4.30 - 6pm.
This is part of the Colac Otway Arts Trail and a pleasant way to end the day.     
Free, refreshments provided.