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The ERA we live in
The ERA we live in

Exhibition dates 11 July - 2 August 2014

Curated by Annabelle Collett.

The ERA we live in is a touring exhibition celebrating the diversity, vitality and creativity that defines an era.

Twenty-one artists have been selected to exhibit works that demonstrate a connection to Adelaide's eastern metropolitan regions. This connection is not limited to geographical residence but also includes cultural, historical, professional, religious and social connections.

The ERA exhibition will be featuring the works of local artists Susan Long, Rebecca Cooke and Malcolm Koch. You can read more about these three artists and see a preview of their work below.


Susan Long

Susan Long is a community artist, who has been exhibiting since 2000. Born and educated in Perth, she has also lived and worked in other cities in Australia and overseas. 

In 2009, Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design in Painting and Installation at the Adelaide College of the Arts. In the same year, she joined the Helpmann Academy Artist Register, which resulted in a solo exhibition at The Cellar Door Gallery at the Wirra Wirra Vineyards in McLaren Vale.

Susan's past exhibitions include the Prince Alfred College Contemporary Art Exhibition, the Loreto SPRINGART Exhibition and the Watershed Art Prize.  Since 2002, she has been a member of the Red House Group Inc, Gallery M, Multi-Cultural Centre, Oaklands Park and regularly exhibits in the members exhibitions. She exhibited paintings in the City of Tea Tree Gully Ceramics and Painting Competition from 2004-2009.

Urban Abstracts No.1

Urban Abstracts No.2

Top Image: Susan Long, Urban Abstracts No. 1, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40cm. Courtesy of Susan Long.

Bottom Image: Susan Long, Urban Abstracts No. 2, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40cm. Courtesy of Susan Long.


Rebecca Cooke

As far back as Rebecca Cooke can remember she has always had a compulsion to draw and paint. She was born in Adelaide and spent several of her younger years in the Alpine region of north-east regional Victoria. Major influences include memories of her childhood, an adoration of colour and pattern, and the bushland and country close to her present home.

Graphic art training has given Rebecca an appreciation for designing patterns and she is particularly interested in motifs found in traditional visual arts, textiles and architecture from around the world. Her sketchbooks are full of doodles, mark-making and oddities, which eventually find their way into her paintings. Birdlife, animals, plants, trees, sky and waterways often feature in her works.

Rebecca takes great joy in following her own path and ever-evolving style and her one greatest wish is to always paint, explore and be true to her intuition. She likes to interpret the details in environments she physically explores, enjoys and feels connected to. Her eyes are constantly drawn to details and colour.

Moonlight Falling Totem, Trees of St Agnes

Image: Rebecca Cooke, Moonlight Falling Totem, Trees of St Agnes, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 95 x 95 cm. Courtesy of Rebecca Cooke.


Malcolm Koch

Malcolm grew up and was educated in Tea Tree Gully. He had five years of formal art training prior to entering University. He graduated from UniSA in 1989, and began work in 1990 as a sole trader in the graphic design industry. In 2001 he became creative director of Malcolm Koch Design Pty Ltd. Malcolm’s views of painting have led him to coining the phrase, 'Membrane Art'. Since then, this absolute aesthetic-thought has become his life’s pursuit. He has just been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize for 2014.

Like the dramatic South Australian geological landscape that inspired it, Membrane Art evolves through a process of time and events. From the outset, the pristine canvas is folded into a succession of undulations; one direction, then the other, each changing axis gaining texture and colour as the work progressively reveals its evolving form.

Simple in concept, yet complex in execution, Membrane Art is an aesthetic idea that Malcolm created to decipher the physiology of our world. His inspiration began as an awestruck child on family holidays travelling through the outback. The endless hours motoring along bone-rattling roads with infinite panoramas was a time of reflection and the catalyst that ignited his desire to paint.

Malcolm Koch

Image: Malcolm Koch, MA #23, 2011, oil on Belgian linen, 880 x 1270 mm. Courtesy of Malcolm Koch.

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