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.
A print survey by Edith Cowan University at Moores Gallery in Fremantle has challenged questions of what printmaking might be through investigations across a wide range of traditional and non-traditional approaches. Works including those by Jillian Ciemitis, formed part of a special feature of the exhibition; – the “Global Echo” will concurrently exhibit a collected survey of selected printmakers in international venues including New York, Karachi, Sheffield, Lancashire and Utah.
Jillian Ciemitis’ first solo exhibition broke attendance records for the Ellis House Gallery in Bayswater, Western Australia. Cited as “being reminiscent of a contemporary Decarava” (Andrei Buters, Perth Voice, 24/01/09), the work attracted extensive aclaim and interest.
The exhibition presented contemplative black and white narratives, counterpointed with reflective images of world renowned Jazz saxophonist Troy Roberts and blues legend Matt Taylor.
1.left to right: Dagnija Greste, Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberg, 2.assembled artists at ALMA Book Launch, Customs House, Sydney
Imants Tillers, Isodore Tillers, Peteris Ciemitis
(photograph courtesy Vija Spogis-Erdmanis)
December 27, 2008
A comprehensive 256 page book surveying Latvian artists in Australia, was launched on December 27, 2008 by the former President of Latvia, Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberg, at Customs House, Sydney, Australia.
‘This is a comprehensive collection of works by Latvian artists in Australia. It lists 103 artists who are either post-war immigrants or descendants of immigrants and includeds biographies and first-person statements.
The text is in English and Latvian and has essays on Latvian culture in Australia. The artists’ statements and the stories of cultural resettlement alongside the images add an illuminating dimension.
The most well-known artist here is Imants Tillers but works by Uldis Abolins, Peteris Ciemitis, Lidija Dombrovska-Larsen and Peter Dombrovskis also impress.’ Marc McEvoy, Brisbane Times, January 20, 2009.
The book launch was accompanied by an invited exhibition of work (“AL52KD”) by many of the artists surveyed in the publication. The exhibition, curated by Andra Krumins, featured work by Peteris Ciemitis, Harijs Piekalns, Janis Nedala and Imants Tillers.