MAY SPACE

2007 Brenda May Gallery EXHIBITIONS

Birthday Show

- Group Exhibition celebrating 22 years, 2008

From 4 December

To celebrate twenty two years of representing Australian artists, we will once again end the year with a special Birthday Party. All work on display will be new and unpreviewed and will include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media works. We hope you will be able to come along and join us for a drink and a bite to celebrate the end of another year.

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Jimmy Rix

- Amulet, 2007

6 November to 1 December

During Medieval times, the mindsets of the rich and poor were very different. To escape their suffering, poverty and isolation, the poor turned to religion or mythology.

It was through the acts of imaginary characters that the poor learned about chivalry, charity and love to help them deal with their everyday problems. These acts remain embedded in our subconscious to this day.

This exhibition presents a personal interpretation of these myths that we all know and love.

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Rachel Story

- Into the Light, 2007

6 November to 1 December

A photograph is a trace of something that has or will disappear. For me, both ceramics and photography have the ability to capture a gesture, to express the fleeting and momentary. The fragility of the ceramic object is belied by its ability to survive intact, long after the maker has gone. It perhaps fulfills a primitive need to create a form which may endure ? a dispute with death itself. This act must surely be at the heart of all art, the desire to leave a trace, a memorial to our own existence. This body of work is centered around the desire to capture a life as a series of gestures or moments. A reflexive grasping at time itself.

The Gestures series conceptually relies on the incorporation of anonymously donated human bone ash. Each Gesture stands for a moment in a life, a repetitive act of making, which encapsulates in its entirety the sum total of that which an individual leaves behind. The last mortal traces of a single human being dissipated in a series of moments, monuments or mementos. An invisible component, the ash reflects the invisibility of death within our culture, and the anonymity of the individual themselves. Death is hidden from view, it exists, but we don?t see it. The acceptance that the bone ash is, in fact, incorporated, requires the viewer to take a leap of faith. To accept the existence of the ash although it remains unseen. The incorporation of human bone ash in this installation asks the viewer to engage with their own mortality. Our attitudes towards death reflect upon our personal feelings about the inherent meaning of life. An inevitable challenge that we will all be faced with, whether we personally choose to contemplate death in life or not.

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Peter Tilley

- Place and Circumstance, 2007

9 October to 3 November

The title for the exhibition refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the use of materials. The aged tin and found materials provide an element of surprise, chance and unpredictability. The sculptures and wall pieces capture a particular moment in time and are reminders of our universality.

The exhibition will look at the individual in our complex contemporary condition. It will include a variety of animal and figurative works. The animals are avenues for affection, patience, compassion and protection that are not always available in human relationships. They also serve as a metaphor for human behaviour and personality. They provide access for humanity to both the natural world and the art world?s complex vocabulary of symbols and allegories.

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Hadyn Wilson

- Lost Australian Botany and New Fictions, 2007

9 October to 3 November

Most of my recent work has entailed creating theatrical settings within shallow boxes and comprising a strong graphic orientation with a narrative content. This combination of approaches remains, as always, within the service of my overriding preoccupation with environment and our relationship to it.

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Julie Byrnes

- A Smile In The Mind, 2007

11 September to 6 October

I am on Sal's side. I enjoy using wit, irony, parody, satire to make my point or no point at all. It just happens and I can't do anything else. There is a bubble, somewhere deep in the soul and it lies around making itself useless and finally pops to the surface in the nick of time to express the next thought. And thank goodness for that.

My thoughts are ordinary. That's the fun part - taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. In so doing I am happy to bend the rules and see what happens. Stuff just happens. Call it post expressionist, pre expressionist, never expressionist, surreal, abstract, conceptual ? whatever ? but I aim to employ the imagination and intellect of the viewer via the bubbles and smile in the process.

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Angela Macdougall

- Spontaneity, 2007

11 September to 6 October

The title for the exhibition refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the use of materials. The aged tin and found materials provide an element of surprise, chance and unpredictability. The sculptures and wall pieces capture a particular moment in time and are reminders of our universality.

The exhibition will look at the individual in our complex contemporary condition. It will include a variety of animal and figurative works. The animals are avenues for affection, patience, compassion and protection that are not always available in human relationships. They also serve as a metaphor for human behaviour and personality. They provide access for humanity to both the natural world and the art world?s complex vocabulary of symbols and allegories.

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Leslie Oliver

- Gesture Here Gesture Now, 2007

14 August to 8 September

Sculpture can have the special quality of defying time with a moment, a gesture or form frozen still.

As viewers, we move around a static work in our ethereal world of flux where nothing is fixed or able to be re-lived. In the presence of certain sculptures, time and movement feel more palpable. These new works are made as gestures or greetings from a parallel universe where everything is eternally silent and still to the busy, ever fluid world we inhabit.

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Helen Mueller

- Travelling North, 2007

14 August to 8 September

The metal of my printing plates has loosened and spun itself into a vessel form. And, as if printed, the vessel has multiplied, once for every day of my journeying year.

The porous vessels both receive and contain. They are boats to move the soul. They follow maps drawn by filaments of knowledge and intuition.

There is no destination, only direction, as I take a course due north.

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Carla Priivald

- Paintings + Graphics, 2007

17 July to 11 August

I have photographed graffiti art around the world. To make my work, I use the text, stencils and graphics I find in urban art spaces.

I first construct a digital image and then re-create it in paint. I build the layers over many months and work on several paintings at a time. ?Devil on a Wall?, (pictured) shows graphics from the Berlin Wall, Prague, Slovenia, Melbourne and Sydney.

The works explore social narratives that concern youth culture and graffiti art as a communicative act.

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Andrew Best

- New Sculpture 2007

17 July to 11 August

Since the late 1990s my work has oscillated between figuration and abstraction. This has been expressed mainly in drawing and sculpture.

In this body of work I am seeking to define my own abstract visual language. My sculptures represent the real world as well as more intuitive responses to my environment.

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I'm as Mad as Hell ...

Curated Group Exhibition, 2007

26 June to 14 July

"I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I?m as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!? Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, ?I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!? Then we'll figure out what to do...?

Such was the call to power made by Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network. Beale?s words seem to have an even greater resonance in the twenty-first century where our lives are dictated by global terror and the hysterical responses to it.

For this exhibition we have asked our artists to consider what maddens them and what they are willing to stand up and shout about.

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Barbara Licha

- Fractals, 2007

29 May to 23 June

"In physics, mathematics and in nature there are shapes and structures which, although they appear to be irregular and random, nevertheless have a special pattern of regularity in their 'randomness'. This regularity, called self-similarity, derives from the fact that, even when magnified, these systems still look much the same.?* By observing people I realise that meaning in faces, and the mental/physical/emotional language of bodies, speak of individuality but also become anonymous as people blend into masses. When part of a crowd they become examples of self-similarity.

In my last exhibition I depicted aspects of the human condition with a strong focus on the repetitive nature of lines and the multiplication of faces. To merge chaos and order will remain an interest, but I will also explore the connection between the figure as an individual and the crowd as blend of characters - as Fractals.

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Catriona Stanton

- Estranged Tables, 2007

29 May to 23 June

Nostalgia for the imaginary freedom of childhood has instigated these works. I have attempted to bring the child?s presence into awareness through miniaturisation. Diminutive scale permits the imagination to roam freely into stored memories and unknown adventures. Reminiscing on my affinity with Australian Eucalyptus forests I wonder how this relates to the Euro-centric woods of fairy tales stored in my imagination. The perilous journey into the unknown in fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood is encapsulated in the image of the dark forest.

There is also rich mythology surrounding the Australian bush epitomised in paintings by Frederick McCubbin and films like Picnic at Hanging Rock. Landscape is a concept shaped by our culture and imaginations. I have chosen the forest as the setting to explore the blurred boundaries between fantasy and factitiousness, the real and the imagined.

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Al Munro

- Future Farming, 2007

1 to 26 May

Future Farming continues my investigations into the patterns and codes used to represent and ?map? the natural world. It also draws on an interest in the relationship between prints - both traditional and digital - and scientific thought.

The works reference the historical role prints have held in circulating and controlling information about the natural world. The works also refer to contemporary projects in mapping nature such as genetic profiling and Dolly the sheep.

By using techniques such as conventional collage, I draw attention to nature as a construct that is open to change, manipulation or reinterpretation.

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Marc Standing

- New Painting, 2007

1 to 26 May

The human condition has been a strong influence in the majority of my work which is why I always return to the figure as subject matter. My interest lies in trying to capture the allusive essence of our nature; that live, raw nerve.

In this new body of work, the adolescent provides a vehicle in which to portray our vulnerability and awkwardness. The onset of puberty can be a time of isolation and dislocation. The empty masses of colour in the paintings emphasise this displacement; a shifting equilibrium between claustrophobia and freedom. For many of us the memories of adolescence take us back to the domesticity of our childhood; our homes, families, pets, fears, and awakenings. Therefore the paintings throw back identifiable and familiar memories. I have attempted to keep a raw intensity to the work. I do not want polished surfaces; I want to see under the skin.

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Art + Humour Too

- Curated Group Exhibition, 2007

3 to 28 April

Following on from the success of our 2005 exhibition we present Art + Humour Too. This show promises to offer the viewer a unique blend of Art + Humour that draws its power from a serious social discourse on contemporary life. It will include the whimsical work of our regular artists accompanied by others for whom a look on the lighter side of life is equally essential. With that in mind we hope you?ll join us for a serious laugh..

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Liz Stops

- Carbon Credits, 2007

6 to 31 March

My focus remains with landscape. This body of work is made up of tree-like objects that are an extension of the porcelain forms I have been making for several years. They have been made mainly from the materials used to define and delineate my immediate landscape, for example fencing wire and corrugated iron. My intention is to reinforce the notion that all of the landscape we inhabit is artificial and constructed and needs care in its design and use to be sustainable.

"Carbon Credit 1: Framework of Decay", 2007, wire, paper pulp, 72 x 115 x 100cm

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Patsy Payne

- Mountain Building, 2007

6 to 31 March

This new body of work uses the form of the mountain as a metaphor. The concept is developed through drawing, and subsequently ?mountain building? is undertaken through 3D modeling into vertical laser cut slices of glass. The drawings are illusory, made of shimmering lines of graphite dots that draw out the key profiles and shapes of the mountains. The mountains hover, as if dislocated from the ground, and take on the appearance of clouds - mountains made of air.

What makes us feel overawed in nature? Our most fundamental relation to the gigantic is articulated in our relation to landscape, as it surrounds us. We are enveloped, surrounded, enclosed within its shadow. Where we can know the gigantic only partially, the miniature presents us with an analogue, a mode which matches world within world, controlled, balanced and in proportion. The transparency of these forms will bring us into the view as giants to consider our huge footprint within the natural world where our undeniable and ongoing relation to nature is to control and exploit the resources within it.

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James Guppy

- The Weather Reports, 2007

6 February to 3 March

For the last few years I have been exploring that unease in the world; the sense an impending millennial something is in the air. Although this something may be the consequence of human actions there is a logic that natural forces are being fatally stirred.

I have noticed that billowing clouds accompany most modern disasters. Whether explosions, collapsing buildings, volcanoes or storms; beautiful clouds of smoke, rain, dust or debris hang over humanity. This seems to be an essential part of the violence of destruction and a veil over what lies within.

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Sculpture 2007

- Form Without Function, 2007

17 January to 3 February

This year we are focusing on artists working in glass and ceramic within a sculptural rather than functional idiom.

This exhibition acknowledges new and inventive ways of working with these mediums. Frequently there is a sense that these materials dictate the creation of functional objects, often taking the form of vessels. For this exhibition we have amassed a group of artists whose works strongly confront this stereotype.

This show will be part of Sculpture 2007; on exhibition in selected Sydney galleries each January. This regular event was established at Access Gallery in 1998 and continues to be a platform for the promotion of sculpture

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