I have recently returned from an extended trip to Adelaide where I felt very privileged to be able to print at the Bittondi Printmakers Association studio in Aberfoyle Park. I made the above book the Hallett Cove (re)collection. The cover, pictured above, is made by over-printing the two blocks used for the book parts. I was also able to do some experimenting for upcoming prints about the same park. (Many thanks to the lovely people at Bittondi for making me so welcome)
Hallett Cove Conservation Park is an important geological site on the southern suburban coast of Adelaide that was opened in the late 1970s, and which I first visited as an art student in the early 1980s.
One of my favourite landforms at the park is the Sugarloaf (pictured below) a sandstone formation where the layers of colour are immediately evident, pinks, yellows, browns and purples. Unfortunately, on my first visit to the park soon after I arrived in Adelaide, there was evidence of someone leaving the assigned boardwalk and attempting to climb up one side and down the other, leaving great pink/purple gashes of sliding footprints. But thankfully by my return visit two weeks later these had mostly eroded from the site after the intervening rains. This also served to show the ever-changing nature of this beautiful landscape and its evocation of the great themes of life and death and the passing of time. (Black Cliff, Hallett Cove, pictured at the end of this post)
While in Adelaide I was also able to take part in some Bittondi Printmakers member exhibitions, to coincide with the annual SALA festival. Here's a link to a post about the show and the historic gallery in Torrensville in which it's held.
And other exhibition highlights were of course the Dorrit Black retrospective at the Art Gallery of South Australia and The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the South Australian Museum.
But the biggest highlight for me was the Barbara Hanrahan Studio. Changing exhibitions are held in the gallery/studio at the rear, and sometimes the house is also open which contains over 250 of Barbara Hanrahan's works on display in every room, on every available wall space. The house was open for a couple of viewings during the SALA Festival and I spent a happy hour there with a Bittondi friend, in the quiet, reverential home that Hanrahan shared with her partner.
See links in the previous post, for exhibitions in Adelaide (and elsewhere) that I am currently involved in.