MAY SPACE

Upcoming Exhibitions

Todd Fuller at Gympie Regional Gallery

- How to Raise a Siren, 2018

10 January to 24 February

Todd Fuller's hand drawn films have been captivating audiences since 2010. His unique style of animation combines analogue film-making methodologies with drawing and painting techniques. In 2016 Todd Fuller created the animation how to raise a siren, which begins with the unlikely incident of a small seacow falling from the sky at Sydney's Bondi beach. The mammal is caught in a jar by a young boy, which is the start of a lifelong companionship. The non-linear narrative considers themes of conservation, imagination, time, liberation, loss and freedom. This mesmerising animation belongs to a highly accessible body of work of the same theme that will compel audiences of all ages. Todd Fuller, the artist, is represented by MAY SPACE, Sydney.

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On-site

- curated group exhibition, 2018

7 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 who 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.

Caroline Garcia

- Black Box Projects, 2018

7 to 24 February

Caroline Garcia is a culturally promiscuous, performance maker. She works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery.

Garcia's practice is shaped by alterity, echoing notions of cultural ambiguity and displacement by adopting the role of shape shifter - sliding into the gaps between cultures, experiences of otherness, and timeless clichés of exotic femininity. She takes an intersectional approach to contemporary dance (read: twerking), the politics of cultural identity and the diasporic body.

Todd Fuller, UNITE project

- Black Box Projects, 2018

1 to 17 March

In the face of a postal plebiscite, Sydney based artist Todd Fuller will undertake a third iteration of his video, "Unite Project", the first edition shown for Mardi Gras 2016. This project is a participatory artwork surveying a range of responses to love and marriage equality.

Fuller sent members of the public black + white drawings depicting two men engaged in a passionate kiss. The participants were encouraged to respond to the image by colouring in the figures, with the resulting images complied by Fuller into a mixed media video animation.

"In the first and second iterations of the project, the bulk of responses were overwhelmingly positive. I did receive a few drawings that were torn up, crushed or with the eyes violently poked out, but the vast majority of responses depicted love, support, rainbows and strength. It was a really important project for us when it started and now in the face of the postal plebiscite, it feels more important than ever to illustrate the shift in views on this issue through art", says Fuller.

"Over 400 people have already engaged in the process of having received, responded and returned the drawings, each one becoming a single image in hundreds of stills edited together into the animation. The ritual used in the original process seems quite apt as our community now face a postal vote to decide our rights… and so "Unite Project - 3rd generation" is born".

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Art Month Collectors' Space

- curated by Kate Britton, 2018

1 to 17 March

Each collector has a deep and enduring connection with the local arts community and the artists in their collections, which reflect these relationships. This year's Collectors' Space, generously supported by AON, will shine a light on these stories of connection, engagement, and the journey of an art work from studio to collection and beyond. It will showcase contemporary collections that traverse an exciting diversity of artists, practices and mediums, and share insights into the incredible works on display, each of which has a life of their own beyond their present 'owners'.
- Kate Britton

Straight Outta Canberra

- curated by Alexander Boynes, 2018

21 March to 14 April

It was once said that the best thing to come out of Canberra was the Hume Highway, yet in the space of a decade the national capital has gone from being a place where residents said 'Don't tell anyone I'm from Canberra' to now saying 'Don't tell anyone ABOUT Canberra'. More than anything this has to do with the city finally developing a personality independent of what happens up at Parliament House, and the recognition of the rich cultural sector bubbling below the surface.

Once upon a time the rite of passage for ANU School of Art graduates was to leave Canberra as soon as possible in order to 'make it'. The irony is that internationally recognised artists who have called Canberra home (including Alison Alder, Vivienne Binns, Robert Boynes, eX de Medici, Rosalie Gascoigne, Richard Larter, Mandy Martin, Jorg Schmeisser, Ruth Waller etc. etc.) in part made it because they stayed.

Following in these footsteps, "Straight Outta Canberra" presents a group of ambitious emerging artists who have realised the benefits of an easygoing city that is host to every national institution under the sun. Artists include Tom Buckland, Tony Curran, Sanne Koelemij, Julian Laffan, Cat Mueller, Dionisia Salas, Rebecca Selleck and Rosalind Lemoh.

Tania Smith, Untitled (walking)

- Black Box Projects, 2018

18 April to 12 May

Untitled (walking) shows a woman in high heels navigating back and forth over a range of surfaces- rocky cliffs, sand dunes, or man-made spaces such as offices and bathrooms. Each surface creates its own set of challenges for the faceless woman, who persists onwards in a continual march across the terrain, and back and forth across the screen.

Untitled (walking) conveys my interest in mimetic gestures (as detailed by theorist and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray). I perform in feminine accoutrements such as dresses and heels to signify female experience. In the performances I employ a slightly exaggerated manner that points to the comedic language of slapstick. The video is tinted blue and screened without sound to reference silent cinema, a continuing interest for me and my work (my work has been strongly informed by the cinematic slapstick of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, reframed through a feminist lens). The video is shown looped, trapping the woman in an endless pursuit, back and forth, ever onwards, again and again....

Peter Tilley

- Seeing the Shadow, 2018

18 April to 12 May

A shadow that gives an insight into the human figure's character and situation is the aim of this body of work, not so much the figure or object, but the shadow it casts, a shadow that in some way reveals more about the figure than would normally be revealed, the inner self. The psychological aspects that can be associated with the shadow are a particular aspect that forms a relatively important component of this body of work. The focus is on how, through materiality and form, the shadow as a three-dimensional medium may be capable of giving an insight into the character of the individual.

Helen Mueller

- Systems, 2018

18 April to 12 May

For this body of work in progress, I continue my examination of natural forms by looking carefully at root systems. These systems have visual and functional similarities with vein systems in the body and river systems in the landscape. These complex systems are interrelated in their purpose of channeling life-sustaining flow. In a broader sense, they stand as metaphor for interconnectedness and universality.

I have chosen to work with woodblock cutting and printing as my primary medium. The process of making by hand, and the repetition of cutting and printing, open up a space first for enquiry and then for meaning to emerge. This way, my work will build for the duration of the project.

MUGGED!

- group exhibition, 2018

6 to 23 June

To add some warmth to our gallery this June, we have invited artists to make a selection of unique mugs. Each Saturday we will fill purchased mugs with a different complementary hot beverage, so that gallery-goers can escape the cold and enjoy the shows with a warm drink in hand.

MUGGED! will include specially made pieces by emerging, mid-career and established artists with varying approaches to making, allowing for diverse interpretations of this ubiquitous object.

Alex Karaconji, The Flaneur

- Black Box Projects, 2018

6 to 23 June

"The Flaneur" is an animation that I began in 2015 and finished towards the end of 2016. It depicts a loosely autobiographical walk from Taylor Square to Circular Quay. At the time, I was studying my Masters degree at the National Art School and I was walking around Darlinghurst on a daily basis. The flaneur was a concept that I discovered during my research and which I found, to my delight, provided an honest conceptual framework for my art practice. The term ‘flaneur’ originated in Paris during the 19th century and it refers to a solitary person (at the time, male) who aimlessly strolls around the city. The concept of the flaneur helped to facilitate my pursuit of what Charles Baudelaire once described as “the epic side of actual life”. The Flaneur is my attempt to capture the epic side of urban life as seen through the slightly distorted lens of a city-wandering artist.

Janet Tavener

- The Last Seed, 2018

27 June to 21 July

The series titled "The Last Seed", draws its content from Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, that houses 5,000 species of essential food crops deep within the Arctic permafrost. The vault was supposed to be an impenetrable, modern-day Noah's ark for plants, a life raft against climate change and catastrophe. But a recent flood threatened its security - heavy rain occurred at a time of year when the temperature was usually well below freezing.

Scientists are building repositories of everything from seeds to mammal milk in a race to preserve a natural order. Creating cabinets of curiosity serving to remind us of our own mortality, of our mistakes and failures – a modern day Memento Mori.

reminiSCENT

- curated by Megan Fizell

25 July to 11 August

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.

Julie Brooke

- A Skewed Hypotenuse, 2018

26 September to 20 October

I'm fascinated by how abstract shapes and contrasting colours can create illusory optical effects. In this series of new paintings I use skewed grids and repeating geometric forms to explore how carefully orchestrated colour combinations can conjure fugitive colours and shifting illusions of three-dimensional space. These abstract gouache paintings encourage the viewer to discover the tipping point at which illusions of colour and space appear and disappear.

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