MAY SPACE

Recent Exhibitions

Sydney Contemporary

- Carriageworks (Booth A14), 2017

7 to 10 September

The Gallery will be presenting a new site-specific drawing installation by Catherine O'Donnell and a selection of video artworks in the third edition of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia's international contemporary art fair.

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MAY SPACE Video Program at Sydney Contemporary

- Carriageworks (Booth A14), 2017

7 to 10 September

Alongside the site-specific drawing installation by Catherine O'Donnell, we will be presenting a trio of video artworks by our represented artists, Todd Fuller, Mylyn Nguyen, and Nicole Welch at Sydney Contemporary.

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Nicole Welch

- Wildēornes Land, 2017

22 August to 16 September

Nicole Welch's Wildēornes Land is an ambitious, monumental cinematic exhibition combining installation, photography and moving image that investigates the Blue Mountains wilderness from a historical, cultural and ecological viewpoint.

The exhibition draws upon archival records that illuminate early European romantic notions of Australian wilderness juxtaposed with contemporary ideas and concerns that reflect the inherent loss and uncertainty we now face for our natural environment.

Welch's artistic process involves traversing through areas of bushland, where she locates historically and environmentally significant landscapes to create compositions using large-scale projectors, generators, spotlights and research-inspired objects. Installations are enacted and recorded in situ, resulting in a truly incongruous image that records in real time both past and present ideologies. She spent several weeks at BigCi artist residency near the Wollemi National Park where she researched and created works for this exhibition.

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Mylyn Nguyen at Customs House Sydney

- Something Else is Alive: Sydney and the Animal Instinct 2017

17 August 2017 to 22 February 2018

Urbanised and sprawling, Sydney is deeply urbane yet paradoxically wild. A secret city of animals, both seen and unseen, exists amongst us. We are coupled and tethered to the animal world in a symbiotic relationship that stretches from the present into the past.

Birds sweep through our skies and pick at our waste, cats rule social media networks, dogs are preened and prepped, and rats scurry endlessly within close proximity. Animals are depicted through deeply symbolic decoration, from public art to architectural motifs. Yet this relationship is often overlooked.

Something Else is Alive: Sydney and the Animal Instinct approaches the idea of the animal in the city in various ways from the humorous to the downright creepy, from the symbolically sacred to the secular.

The exhibition, curated by Holly Williams and Glenn Barkley, will feature objects drawn from the City of Sydney collection and archives alongside artworks by four Sydney-based artists: Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Blak Douglas, Mylyn Nguyen and Garry Trinh.

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Mylyn Nguyen

- One day I will live in a forest, 2017

1 to 19 August

One day I will live in a forest
with goats, rabbits, a dog and a river.
I will have fish come visit me every spring and winter, and in autumn and summer, we would be off to journey islands and valleys, mountains and skies.
I will learn how to talk to dragons and listen to flowers, bears, mosquitoes and moss.
I will invite every adventure to my home in the forest with my goats, rabbits, a dog and a river, and tea would be served.

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Claire Anna Watson, 'Neoplasm'

- Black Box Projects, 2017

1 to 19 August

Claire Anna Watson explores ephemeral matter as a vehicle for discussing our relationship with humanity and the environment. In "Neoplasm", associations are linked between clinical procedures and the food we eat. In a surreal and visceral fashion, we are led to consider the slippage between plastic and natural realities and the extent to which humans have control over the environment. Watson reflects on how natural elements can become distorted and synthesised, creating new hybrid forms. We are asked to consider what humanity's role might be in the ongoing customisation and distortion of the natural world and whether humans are unwittingly cultivating a world engulfed in mutations.

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