PODspace is an exhibition and education program managed on a voluntary basis by a group of emerging curators and artists.

PODspace stopped operating as a traditional gallery at the end of 2012, before experimenting with pop up exhibitions in 2013. During 2014 PODspace will again retain the pop up exhibition format, working with partners to activate spaces around Newcastle.

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December 11, 2012

MADE IN NEWCASTLE - Madeleine Kelman 11

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 12 December - Saturday 22 December 2012
Opening Night: Friday 14 December 6-8pm
GALLERY HOURS: Wed - Sun 12-5pm>

December 4, 2012

art + work = life - 3rd year TAFE students

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 21 November - Saturday 8 December 2012
Opening Night: Thursday 22 November 6-8pm
GALLERY HOURS: Wed - Sun 12-5pm

glancing - Peter Lankas

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 31 October - Saturday 17 November 2012
Opening Night: Thursday 1 November 6-8pm
GALLERY HOURS: Wed - Sun 12-5pm>

Artist’s Statement
This series of paintings continues a fascination with the ordinary and mundane everyday glimpses. The work is an eclectic mix of service stations, airport terminals and shopping centres with a sprinkling of urban and suburban imagery. The paintings capture a moment in time, simple and ordinary that we often take for granted, with social or personal narrative arising from each individual scene. The camera was a contributing factor in this work, where images are often captured at a glimpse, in a fleeting moment.
The light, natural and artificial is a linking factor; the exterior landscapes are carried by specific light and time of day, the interiors with their strange light of fluros and their glow in the night of the ‘servos’.

There is an ongoing research and fascination in the painting process itself. Some paintings have been painted in the old masters tradition using a tonal grisaille under-painting with colour glazed on top. Following my long involvement with ‘en plein air’ painting, working directly outdoors, all the work in this show has been painted in the studio, ‘alla prima’ (in one session), in the case of the old masters approach, extended ‘alla prima, where each of the two stages are done directly in one session. I want to capture the narrative related to a particular moment in time, keeping a freshness and simplicity of meaning without changing and adding intellectual process and refinement by subsequent layers or days of painting.

These paintings continue the experimentation with an oil painting technique attributed to the old masters prior to the use of solvents or the use modern chemical paint additives and mediums. Aside from some modern synthetic pigments, the entire process is fully organic, without any toxic or solvent substances, putting the studio alchemy back to full artistic control.

Cut and Paste - Mandy Robinson

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 10 October - Saturday 21 October 2012
Opening Night: Thursday 11 October 6-8pm
GALLERY HOURS: Wed - Sun 12-5pm

Cut and paste is an exhibition of collages in various forms. As a basis for
these I have used a variety of found images and objects, in combination with
my own drawings, to which I have applied scissors and paste, needle and
thread, and some digital assembly techniques.

In most cases the subjects were suggested by the found images or materials.
The series of pictures of the transit of Venus was triggered by a Google
image search at the time of that event. The sock series was inspired in part
by the work of Rosalie Gascoigne (and her celebration of the inherent beauty
of the materials she used) and in part by the cleaning out of my sock