Absence of Line | March 2023 Art Est Art School and Gallery

Absence of Line | March 2023

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger | Mangrove Series IV - Into the Light

Absence of Line | Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger | 3-28 March 2023

Winner of the 2022 GreenWay Art Prize, Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger's solo show examines two environments in a new and exciting way. Exploring the fringe between land and sea through mangrove drawings and then the ocean floor through text, Lea reveals to us the unseen or forgotten.

Using canvas and linen as the substrate for her mangrove drawings, Lea allows the material to evoke the mangroves' surface. Her drawings advocate for environmental change in our rivers and coastline. She exposes the beauty of these plants through chiaroscuro, juxtaposing the dark of a pessimistic future with the light of our hope for a changing world.

Beyond the coastline and into the Coral Sea Marine Park, Lea's drawing examinations will include works that began with her residency onboard the Schmidt Ocean Institutes research vessel, the Falkor. Taking the code used by computer systems to translate information gathered by multibeam sonar Lea takes you on an undersea land journey that only this code can reveal.

Dates: 3 - 28 March 2022

Times: Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm | Sunday 5, 12 and 26 March, 10am-4pm

Closing event: Meet Lea for closing drinks on Sunday, March 26th from 2-4pm. Come celebrate Lea's remarkable show, including an artist talk from lea between 2.30-3pm. You won’t soon forget it.

Entry: Free

Location: Art Est Art School | 10 Hill St, Leichhardt NSW 2040

Exhibition catalogue

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Workshops with Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

The Space Between | Sunday 26 March 10am-1pm - CANCELLED

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger is an environmental artist exploring the connections surrounding human impact on islands and isolated environments. Examining through immersive residencies as an artist/tourist, traveller and observer, Lea's aim is to look beyond the travel guide rhetoric. Creating artworks and installations examining the impact of the Anthropocene and consumerism on the utopian destination.

In 2022, Lea was awarded first prize in the Greenway Art Prize. She exhibited her environmentally based artworks in a solo exhibition at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, and was also selected for 2 group exhibitions internationally. Ancestral Echoes: A Decade of Bio Art SVA New York and the Nautilus Oceans Exhibition at the Explorers Club New York. In Australia, Lea was invited to exhibit in the Heysen Landscape Prize, SWELL Sculpture, Wyndham Prize, The Alice Prize, North Queensland Ceramic Biennale and North Sydney Art Prize.

Lea completed a Master of Fine Art (2016) and a Master of Contemporary Art (2014) degrees at Sydney College of the Arts - University of Sydney Australia. Lea works tirelessly to disseminate the research and resulting artworks in exhibitions and at conferences — internationally and in Australia. Her research has been published in peer reviewed journals and a book, and she has been invited to deliver several formal lectures and papers at conferences in Australia and around the globe. Lea was recently invited to speak at the Royal Society of NSW in a talk titled: ‘Antarctica: This Ain’t No Mirage - the value of art in disseminating scientific information’.

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