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July 3 - 25, 2015

 
installation - back gallery
 
Painting on velvet has a long and kitsch history. It can be tricky territory. Hannah Beehre would have acknowledged such tradition with a smile, as she set out on this pathway to something new.
The proposition: to re-create nebulae, or at the very least the illusion of deep starry space, on velvet. Her response: to use dye, acrylic and Swarovski crystals on velvet not actually black, but white.
 
installation - back gallery
 
In the most successful of these works, Eta Carinae and Carina for example, swirling galactic light is suggested in fluid waves of coloured dye. Slightly weightier areas of brushed paint with edges more defined, offer handsome counterpoint. Sometimes gold and silver leaf add shimmer in small areas where the velvet pile is excoriated to its backing. And of course, variously sized and carefully placed Swarovski crystals add further lustre and colour.
 
Eta Carinae
 
There is a directness to these works that is richly rewarding. They are both accessible yet strange. Tarantula could be straight out of the Otira Gorge: Van der Velden meets Beehre in the new millennium, lit not by the light of the moon or of the fireflies we might associate with the young Beehre (in Postcard to Dr Jacoby, 2008, for example) but beneath a sparkling crystal plane. As in the weirdly wonderful Dr Jacoby, the challenge for Hannah Beehre now is to go big.
 
Lagoon     
Tarantula
 
 
Carina
 
 
Orion M78 and Witch Head
 
 
Carina Promontory 1     
Carina Promontory 2
 
 
 

List of works

Cat’s Paw     Swarovski crystal & acrylic on velvet     700 x 500mm     $2100
Antennae    Swarovski crystal, acrylic, dye & gold leaf on velvet     380 x 380mm     $950
Helix     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     270 x 270mm     $800
Dove    Swarovski crystal & acrylic on velvet     300 x 300mm     $800
Messier 78     Swarovski crystal, acrylic, dye & gold leaf on velvet     560 x 380mm     $1500
Infrared Cirrus     Swarovski crystal, acrylic, dye & gold leaf on velvet     810 x 1220mm     $3100   
Cats Eye     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     280 x 215mm     $750  
Bug     Swarovski crystal, acrylic, dye & silver leaf on velvet     560 x 380mm     $1500 
Eagle     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     1000 x 680mm     $2700
Lagoon     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     1000 x 670mm     $2700
Tarantula     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     1000 x 675mm     $2700     
Eta Carinae     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     810 x 1220mm     $3100     
Carina     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     810 x 1220mm     $3100     
Carina Promontory 1     Swarovski crystal & acrylic on velvet     750 x 550mm     $2400     
Carina Promontory 2     Swarovski crystal & acrylic on velvet     750 x 550mm     $2400
Orion M78     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     830 x 550mm     $2500
Witch Head     Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet     830 x 550mm     $2500

All works are from 2015
Prices include GST