Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton Western Australia
The Past Stops Now … well, not quite yet for this retrospective exhibition.
Shown at the Collie Art Gallery in May, “The Past Stops Now” exhibition has opened at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery for a further run in October 2021. With a few tweaks and changes, this retrospective of Peteris Ciemitis’ work over the past 12 years is one of the gallery’s feature exhibitions throughout October, alongside IOTA21 (the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial).
The Past Stops Now deals with three themes; Heads, Anxiety and Place. All are explored as it they were subjects of portraiture, from the Albert Tucker/Joy Hester referenced examinations of ‘Future Shock’ anxiety, to the floating, placeless depictions of trees and land.
Over 200 guests attended the opening night (Friday 1 October) which was officiated by City of Geraldton Councillor Steve Douglas and Gallery Coordinator Marina Baker. Dozens of guests also attended the artists talk by Peteris Ciemitis the following day as part of the Big Sky festival.
“The Past Stops Now” is a survey of paintings and drawings from 2008 to 2021 by Peteris Ciemitis
This exhibition deals with the effects of societal and technological change on behaviors and psyches, particularly the part runaway change plays in generating a background anxiety which has become commonplace today. Rather than simply depicting the outward effect of these changes, the works focus on our internal state, and our loss of groundedness.
“Drawing is central to life. Almost all the works in this exhibition are drawings, some on canvas and some on paper. As an artist I have been interested in working with inks and liquid paint, and the rigour and constraint it places on my practice. Every mark is purposeful; there is no turning back or redoing it. The works present the viewer with interpretations of place and the idea of absence. Similar shapes and structure are found across subjects. Much is left out deliberately. Do we see shape, movement, texture, shadow, light, fragility, strength or transience?” Peteris Ciemitis, 2019 more
Peteris and Jillian Ciemitis Numbered Exhibition photo by Kathryn Yip Ross
After extensive collaboration, Jillian and Peteris Ciemitis produced a body of work on exhibition at the Gallery, Ellenbrook. “Numbered” reflects upon the possessive and complex relationship that citizens have with urban trees, and sees them presented in dissected and disembodied forms.
The exhibition will be opened by ABC radio presenter Sabrina Hahn on Sunday August 10, at 3pm and will be followed on Sunday 17, by and artist floor talk by the artists.