Yanni Pounartzis – Canberra, ACT
Vineyards (in progress) and Geometric Shadows
Yanni Pounartzis works in a distinctive style of abstract, minimalist, hard edge painting with a focus on the investigation of perspective and colour.
Yanni is creating two works for Stage 1 of the Future City Public Art Project. Vineyards is an abstract interpretation of Orange’s many vineyards presented as a large scale mural that extends beyond the wall, over the pavement and onto the road. Geometric Shadows captures particular moments in time through the mapping of shadows in geometric colour, focusing attention on otherwise unnoticed and mundane urban structures.
Catherine O’Donnell – Blue Mountains, NSW
Beyond the walls
Catherine O’Donnell’s drawings are an exploration of the architecture, culture, and history hidden within the everyday-ness of the urban/suburban environment. She is interested in the way that vernacular architecture and general streetscapes of the places we regularly inhabit become recessed into our minds like wallpaper — at once visible and invisible.
For her Future City Public Art Project Catherine will reproduce her hyperrealist black-and-white drawings of doors and windows onto aluminium film and reinsert these commonplace architectural features back into the cityscape, adding an unexpected element of delight to the ordinary routes of passers-by and elevating the everyday history of these buildings.
Floria Tosca – Sydney NSW
Floria Tosca’s artwork examines the dualities of existence; strength and fragility, the beautiful and the grotesque, life and death. The artist is sensitive to our impact on the environment, as well as nature’s place in our psyche. This complex relationship of the organic and human footprint often plays out in her compositions with what is mythical, bizarre or overlooked.
Floria’s Future Cities mural Biome celebrates the biodiversity of the Orange region. A Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) stands on a throne of Cage Fungus (Clathrus cibarius) and Mycena, with its fruiting fungal bodies emerging like upheld golden arms. Common Blue Banded bees (Amegilla cingulata) and Neon Cuckoo bees (Thyreus nitidulus) adorn this throne, like jewels, with their iridescent stripes and spots while Diuris orchids, (sulphurea and semilunata) sprout from the golden mushroom arms.