MAY SPACE

Current Exhibitions

Robert Boynes at ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

- Modern Times, 2017

22 June to 13 August

Robert Boynes's images correspond to the classic definition of modernity given by Baudelaire, who said that modern images fused the eternal with the transitory.

The luminous expanses of white canvas breathing through grainy residues of black, red and yellow in Boynes's paintings symbolise the constancy of time and space in relation to the mortal dust of individual existence.

Derived from contemporary photographs which evoke alienation, cosmopolitism, displacement and the speeding-up of events in both private and public spheres, the reduction of all to floating grains and scattered molecules creates a sober, essentially tragic vision of contemporary existence.

The fifteen year period covered by this survey, curated by Terence Maloon, is the remarkable culmination of a career which began in Adelaide in the 1960s, and makes a resume of of Boynes's lifelong preoccupations.

Robert Boynes was the head of the Painting Workshop at the ANU School of Art between 1978 and 2006. The School of Art is celebrating its fortieth year in 2017.

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Robert Boynes

- Five Decades, 2017

11 July to 29 July

Robert Boynes's art practice has seen an active five decades with physical moves across national and international boarders, transformations in thematic content and shifts in overall aesthetic. Five Decades will travel from his 1960s and 1970s neo-pop pieces that reflect his time in London and a fascination with the trendy capitalist culture and swinging 60s; via his thick, painterly canvases portraying massive desolate, drowning cities that were created in Australia, but inspired by Los Angeles; to his multi-layered screen print/painting interventions of topographical cities and crowds in the 1990s and intimate contemplations of city life, social commentary, surveillance and human existence in the later years. This exhibition will explore Boynes's conceptual and visual evolution throughout these decades through a curated selection of paintings chosen from his studio. Work by Boynes is held in every major art collection across Australia and this show will feature companion pieces, forerunners and alternate versions to these acquisitions as well as work that has never previously been exhibited in Australia. Five Decades coincides with Modern Times, an in-depth survey show of Boynes's work from 2000 onward from 22 June to 13 August at ANU Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra.

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Daniel O'Toole, 'Interruption'

- Black Box Projects, 2017

11 July to 29 July

This video featuring James Watkins was made using milk and ink to experiment with kinetic distortion and figuration.

Using real world environmental elements and the unmoving human face to confront the viewer and draw focus to the tension between, a static state and the force of life events that interrupt our calm.

Even in a still state, the figure is moving subtly and these nuances seem to become pronounced in contrast to the inclusion of the flowing liquid.

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