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Q&A with Michael Ciavarella

Describe your artistic practice.

My practice is studio-based, predominately focused on painting and
collage.  My work is generated through found images. I spend a lot of
time looking through second hand books, online, magazines, newspaper
and other visual media.

Could you tell us a bit about your upcoming exhibition Prima Facie?

‘Prima facie’ is a Latin expression which appealed because definitions
of it invariably employ visual metaphors, such as ‘at first sight’,
‘on the face of it’.  The exhibition consists of figurative paintings
of people, faces sometimes obscured, in various poses, performing
different tasks.

The way the source imagery for each painting is
dealt with varies from painting to painting.  Some have little or no
change, relying on changes in scale and cropping to transform them.
Other paintings combine two separate images together like collage,
while others are transformed through the painting process in a more
spontaneous way.

The narrative threads which run through and across
the paintings is really important to me; the way the paintings might
relate to one another, or how they may rub up against each other, in a
strange kind of dance.  While using humour and absurdity as a key
tool, the works bear out a tension between trivial and earnest

Who are Melbourne artists who you admire?

Helen Johnson – her paintings have an uncompromising intelligence and
subvert a number of painting conventions.

Ross Coulter – multi media artist who has an impressive commitment to
ambitious large scale projects, that have an element of collaboration.

Patrick Pound –  I really love his use of found photographs, and the
way he deploys methods of the museum/archive. The groupings and
juxtapositions are a delight and source of wonder.


Prima Facie is showing at Long Division Main Gallery from April 6 – 27. Gallery open 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday or by appointment.

Opening night:
Thursday, April 6th

Michael Ciavarella, Ryoko Kaneta & Abigail Varney Exhibition

Schoolhouse Studios presents:

Michael Ciavarella, Ryoko Kaneta & Abigail Varney Exhibition at Schoolhouse Studios


Opening night:
Thursday, April 6th

Exhibition dates:
March 6th – 27th
Gallery open 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday or by appointment


Michael Ciavarella (Long Division Main Gallery)
Prima Facie

Ryoko Kaneta (Long Division Project Space)
The Whisper of Nature

Girls in various sizes, large and small, appear in the works of Ryoko Kaneta. These girls are personifications of natural objects, phenomena, intentions, and memories. Kaneta reproduces the local thinking and traditions of a land through the stories created by these personifications. These girls, who fill the entire surface of the image, all exist in different times. The wealth of this information entertains the viewers of her works. These narrative works remind us of the thinking of an era in which all things were considered to have a mind. These aspects of nature that have been turned into characters could be seen as a bridge that connects the story with we contemporary people.

Abigail Varney (Outdoor wheat-paste)
Super Tamade