Ara Dolatian – Guard, 2022
Ara Dolatian's interdisciplinary practice explores the relationship between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. His ceramic works are hybrid ecosystems, models of utopian cities, and sculptural experiments. The work is also imbibed with numerous ideas centred upon conceptions of "the studio," and the conceptual domain of socio-environmental politics. The work examines cultural ecologies associated with lost and stolen artefacts within the Al-Jazira region, the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers also known as Mesopotamia. The work is a tangible visual memory of sculptural deities, architectural forms, and vessels; the intentions are not to replicate the pieces but draw from them They are eccentric forms with peculiar colour schemes, pleasing curves and fragile edges inspired by archaeological figures and decayed architectural sites
Ara received a Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) from RMIT University (2012) and a Master in Social Science Environment and Planning (2014). His interdisciplinary practice explores the relationships between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. It conflates a number of ideas around the themes of the studio and laboratory and in turn social and environmental politics. Ara has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been involved with many projects supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, and City of Melbourne. Ara is represented by James Makin Gallery in Victoria and Scott Lawrie Gallery in New Zealand.
It's not just blue
November 24 - January 21
A gathering of works by Australian artists, crafts people and designers, in a maximalist exploration of the colour blue in all its hues.
Anke Kindle / Anna Varendorff / Anne U / Ara Dolatian / Ash Allen / Bastard Ceramics / Camille Laddawan / Caro Pattle / Christopher Plumridge / Curio Practice / Dean Norton / Dean Toepfer / Ebony Russell / Ella Saddington / Georgina Proud / House Editions / Iluka Sax-Williams / Jess Sellinger / Jordan Fleming / Kristin Burgham / Louise Meuwissen / Lucy Tolan / Michael Gittings / Nicole Lawrence / Owen Rye / Real Non-Real / Sguscio / Shimara Carlow / Tara Shackell / Terunobu Hirata / Tia Ansell / Yen Qin
Material: Earthenware,, glaze oxides
Dimensions: approx. 16 x 14cm
Please note, works purchased as gifts will be made available for collection by December 20 for the gifting season, all others will remain on exhibition until January 21