The Clocking Tick
THURS 10 AUG - SUN 27 AUG 2017
Official opening: Thursday 10 August, 6-8pm
Beer at opening sponsored by Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
MEET THE ARTIST sessions
Saturday 12 August 11am - 4pm
Friday 18 August 11am - 2pm
Saturday 19 August 2-4pm
Sunday 20 August 11am - 2pm
Sunday 27 August 11am - 2pm
Introducing Olivia Parsonage as our newest Gallery 139 Artist.
Olivia Parsonage will be exhibiting her well-known quirky, off-beat, often dark humoured fabric illustrations and soft sculptures in this her first solo exhibition in Gallery 139.
ART review by Jill Stowell
theherald.com.au 25 August 2017
OLIVIA Parsonage’s charming exhibition at Gallery 139 has two dozen small fabric pictures on paper exploring the human condition with wit and whimsy. There are cold and grumpy morning walkers, bathers submerged in a forest pool, earnest conversations between red and fawn personages and various forms of unstable transport, all featuring animated embroidered faces.
Of course, charm is only the tip of the iceberg. Olivia Parsonage is vastly skilled at creating fabric collage, often using the most unpromising materials to dramatic effect. Somehow she manipulates the sewing machine to work on a minute scale. Somehow she is able to keep the work flat and the edges crisp.
It is good news that this self-effacing artist is now part of the Gallery 139 stable, which has the means to promote and exhibit its artists well beyond Newcastle.
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Fruit finding mission 2017 fabric illustration 21.5 x 23cm
Time's Up! 2017 fabric illustration 30 x 30cm
The morning walkers 2017 fabric illustration 21 x 26cm
Polo 2017 fabric illustration 32 x 33cm