MAY SPACE

Upcoming Exhibitions

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 will also coincide with an in depth survey show of Boynes's work from 2000 onward from June to August at ANU Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra.

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.

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.

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.

Nicole Welch

- Wildēornes Land, 2017

22 August to 16 September

Nicole Welch's Wildēorness 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.

Ashleigh Garwood at Western Plains Cultural Centre

- Another Green World: Landscape in the 21st Century, curated by Dr Andrew Frost, 2017

26 August to 7 December


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.

Backyards

- curated by Waratah Lahy and Anne-Marie Jean, 2017

19 September to 8 October


Kitchen-Studio, curated by Megan Fizell

- Black Box Projects, 2017

10 October to 4 November

The artists of this exhibition take the space of the kitchen as the site of their performative artwork. Utilising the domestic gesture of cooking and preparing food, the artists interrogate a number of broad themes including body image, communication, labour, and the environment.

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Ashleigh Garwood

- Solo exhibition, 2017

10 October to 4 November


Out of Line

- group exhibition, 2017

7 to 25 November

Most works of art start with a simple line, whether that be for a preparatory sketch or giving form to an idea. The field of drawing is therefore one brimming with possibilities, innovation, and cross-pollination. "Out of Line" will pay homage to the fundamental nature of drawing, whilst also aiming to see these lines jump off the page, defy expectations and merge with other fields. This group exhibition will provide a survey of how drawing-based practices comprise a variety of aesthetics, mediums and technologies.

Ceramic Revisions II

- group exhibition, 2017

28 November to 23 December

Pots, tiles and clay figurines have taught us fascinating details about ancient societies and "Ceramics Revisions II" conveys how artists interact, form narratives, voice opinions and create aesthetic compositions with this medium today. The second edition of a series that started in 2009, this show ranges from fine vessels to sculpted forms, encompassing a variety of ceramic techniques, as well as clay types - from terracotta to bone china.

This final show for 2017 brings together a range of artists who push the boundaries of ceramics.

Nina Ross, 'Baby Gestures'

- Black Box Projects, 2017

28 November to 23 December

Baby gestures is a response to holding my sleeping child and trying to remove them from my body without waking. Exploring the performative gestures undertaken to not disturb them, the video uses self portraiture performance for the camera to enact the sometimes subtle and not so subtle bodily movements.

It is not until babies stop breastfeeding that they learn they are not part of their mothers body. This video seeks to represent the separation and individual entities in this close relationship.

On-site

- curated group exhibition, 2018

6 to 24 February

Simple lines and forms constantly surround us. We house ourselves in geometrical shapes, work in towering blocks and marvel over inventive configurations of contours and boundaries. "On-site" brings together a group of artists with differing aesthetics that have chosen the built environment as the subject of their work. Interpreting urban landscapes, enlivening industrial sites and representing domestic structures, the artworks in this exhibition will reveal the unnoticed elements, hidden moments and engaging angles of our everyday surroundings.

reminiSCENT

- curated by Megan Fizell, 2018

27 February to 17 March

reminiSCENT surveys contemporary artists initiating multisensory experiences through olfactory encounters. Smelling is classified as a “bodily sense” in that along with touch and taste, in order to be ‘known’ or perceived, they need to be experienced with the body. Scent receptors are located in the olfactory cortex, a zone of the brain that overlaps with the limbic system, the area responsible for some memories and emotion. As a result, scents are often linked to memories and form associations that are highly individualised and subjective. The artworks in this exhibition privilege the sense of smell over that of vision and emphasises language and memory as understood through bodily engagement.

MAY SPACE

(Formerly Brenda May Gallery)
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