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Yvette’s Love & Light and Eden

April 3, 2014 – 3:42 pmOne Comment

yvette1aEditor: It’s been an extremely arty week. Award winning artist and Archibald nominee, Yvette Coppersmith’s, exhibition only has a couple of days left. Below is a description of her work and some photographs of her beautiful pieces. After that, we have a story from The Eden Project’s Gideon Reisner.

From Yvette Coppersmith:






Julia Kristeva’s Black Sun (1989) raises the idea that melancholy from loss of love can be transformed creatively by giving visibility where there is a void; that art can be an object replacing the love that was lost.

For Love and light Coppersmith has produced a new series of still life paintings which also function as self-portraits. Collaborative in nature, the project began through the exercise of asking a selection of former lovers to create a model of a reclining nude in remembrance of the artist’s body.

Exploring ideas of memory, loss and desire, the resulting figures served as the subjects for a series of paintings that distort notions of the male gaze. Presented as a reclaimed trove of relationship artefacts and a gestural recollection of the self, the artistic interpretation of the figures serve to assert the artist’s body and reframe the memory of each relationship – a transference of love from the transient exchange to the artwork itself. Coppersmith holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, 2001.

Recent solo exhibitions include Art House, Chalk Horse, Melbourne Art Fair, 2012; Summer House, Gallery Ecosse, Exeter, 2011; Loft Suite, Chalk Horse, Sydney, 2010; The Opera Room, Horus and Deloris, Sydney, 2009; Blue Series, Blindside Artist Run Space, Melbourne, 2008; and Still/Moving (with Jacqui Stockdale), Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, 2006. Selected group exhibitions include Breathing Room, curated by Jaime Tsai, MOP Projects, Sydney, 2013; High Definition, Paradise Hills, Richmond, 2011; The Carnival of Mysteries, performing as the Carnival Hand Portraitist, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne International Arts Festival, 2010; The Outsider, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray; Selecta, West Space, Melbourne, 2005; and New Growth, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, 2005. Coppersmith was winner of the inaugural Metro 5 Art Prize in 2003 and the Maude Glover Fleay Award, VCA Graduate Exhibition, in 2001. She has been finalist in the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Arthur Guy Painting Prize, Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Archibald Prize and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Love and light will take place in the Project Room at Utopian Slumps from 15 March to 5 April 2014, together with New works from Rhys Lee. For further information please contact Melissa Loughnan on +61 3 9077 9918 or melissa@utopianslumps.com.









The Eden Project’s Next Phase

The Eden Project logo (cropped)By Gideon Reisner:

“This idea is going to change the world, you’ll see”

“This is going to be big, no-one else is doing it”

I’ve heard those statements at least a million times. I also know that more often than not, nothing actually happens. Why? It’s because of this statement that invariably follows:

“Problem is, I’ve got no idea where to begin”.

The Eden Project’s mission is to capture and channel this spark of entrepreneurial spirit, so it can be used to create effective and meaningful change.

The Eden Project was started by a diverse group of leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers in the Australian Jewish Community. These leaders had a burning desire to address those questions and these challenges. The Eden Project believes that innovation is the key to positive social change, and we want to build and foster the creation of a community based on that theory of change.

To achieve this, The Eden Project supports innovative ideas that are by or for the Jewish community with a social, environmental or communal benefit. Unlike any other organisation in the world, The Eden Project supports the individual through the complete innovation lifecycle.

The Eden Project wants to create long term, systemic change in the Australian Jewish Community. The Eden Project wants to take an idea from being nothing more than a flicker of neurons or a hushed conversation to a funded, sustainable and effective project. To help everyone out there who doesn’t know where to start.

Currently, The Eden Project is running it’s ‘Entrepreneurs Workshop Series’. The workshops expose innovators to skills and knowledge delivered by experts in marketing, business skills and strategy to provide innovators with the tools and ammunition they need to give their idea the best chance of success.

In the words of Deon Kamien, a committee member for The Eden Project:

We’re going to allow new ideas to succeed. Ideas that previously wouldn’t have had a chance. Supporting the entire lifecycle of a project helps us push ideas all the way through to implementation. That way, we can make sure that these ideas are ones that can initiate and continue to create meaningful change in our community”.

The latest workshop; ‘The Contest for Attention: Practical Marketing‘ is taking place on the 7th of April, at The White House in St Kilda. For more information on how to book a ticket and get involved, visit www.facebook.com/theedenproject1 or contact hello@edenproject.com.au.

Now we can overcome the barriers for change, and start building an innovative community.

Gideon Reisner is the Project Manager for The Eden Project.
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