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Anna Culliton

 

ANNA CULLITON
Blues In The Bottle

To be opened by Cazzbo, jug player with Mick Conway and his Junk Band

To see work scroll to the right

Anna Culliton returns to NG Art Gallery on Wednesday 22 October with Blues In The Bottle, paying homage to the Australian craft movement and DIY rock and roll. To be opened by Cazzbo, who plays the jug for Mick Conway and his Junk Band, Culliton’s masterfully created ceramic series inspires a tapping of the foot, a swaying of the body and the twang of the country.


With her works previously displayed at Tamworth Regional Gallery and invited back for the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival, NG Art Gallery is eager to present Culliton’s newest exhibition. Sister of renowned Australian painter Lucy Culliton, Anna lives up to the family name with quirky clay figurines promising a sell-­out show.

 

 


Culliton explores the “art of playing the jug” with idiosyncratic and melodic ceramic and terracotta figures lazily attending to their homemade instruments mounted on empty resonating chambers, the once traditional favourite of rock and roll jug bands.

Culliton labels jug bands as the “DIY department” of the music industry, and for this reason feels drawn to them as they share similar second-­class, lowbrow comparisons that the art of pottery faces against the fine arts. Being referred to as ‘junk’ bands, the instruments displayed are assembled with various pieces of ‘rubbish’ reflecting necessity as the mother of invention - “the making of music when you’ve got nothing else”.

 

 

 


Accompanying this exhibition Culliton offers delightful porcelain tiles that become windows into the joyous experience of music. Moments of jug bands, dancers and enthusiastic crowds are sure to inspire nostalgic grins.

The artist’s studio is currently located at Lithgow Pottery, where demijohn bottles were created in the late 1800s. The shape of these bottles has therefore been adopted by Culliton in an attempt to document the undervalued music movement that contributed to what rock and roll is today.

Successfully fusing traditional and contemporary ceramic techniques, Culliton lives up to her family name. Reliefs, wheel throwing, rich under-glazes and multiple firings in the kiln make her work immaculately one of a kind.

 

 

 


Blues In The Bottle runs from 22 October - 8 November 2014.

For further information, please email ng@ngart.com.au

Previous Exhibitions:

Native Pets

Cowboy Clay

Miss Molly's Ceramic Circus

ANNA CULLITON
Blues in a Bottle (7 works)
Glazed Ceramic
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Bass Player on Bottle
Glazed Ceramic
47 x 26 x 26cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Bass And Dancers
Glazed Porcelain
15 x 31 x 4.5cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Clothes Line on a Bottle
Glazed Procelain
36 x 29 x 29cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Harmonica Player on Bottle
Glazed Ceramic
38 x 18 x 20cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Jug Band
Glazed Porcelain
14 x 32 x 3cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Jug Man
Glazed Porcelain
31 x 16 x 3.5cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Jug Player on Bottle
Glazed Ceramic
38 x 18 x 22cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
One Man Band (detail)
Glazed Ceramic
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Spoon Player
Glazed Porcelain
31 x 14 x 7cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Three Sisters on Bottle
Glazed Ceramic
40 x 22 x 23cm
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Untitled
Glazed Ceramic
2014

$POA

ANNA CULLITON
Banjo Player on Bottle
Glazed Ceramic
37 x 16 x 20cm
2014

$POA