MAY SPACE

2014 Brenda May Gallery EXHIBITIONS

Christmas Show

- New Works for $1000, 2014

2 to 20 December

To celebrate the end of another year and continuing in the tradition of the ever popular Access and Brenda May Gallery Birthday Show, the Gallery presents a special Christmas Show.

Included in the exhibition will be works from our represented and supported artists, made especially for the occasion. All sold work will be remove and replaced so do check back.

As in previous years, the show will open at 6pm sharp on Tuesday 2 December with all the works for sale generously priced by the artists at $1,000 for the duration of the show. We hope you can join us for what has proved to be an exciting and fun exhibition.

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Sybil Curtis

- Structures in the Landscape, 2014

4 to 29 November

When travelling through the flat, monotonous country of inland Australia, agricultural and mining structures are often visible for a considerable distance, rising like giant sculptures out of a flat plain: three-dimensional forms intersecting horizontal lines.

On an abstract level, I continue to use touches of red and yellow which vibrate with more energy when surrounded by subtle browns and greys, rather than combined with other strong colours.

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Elephant in the Room

- Animal Welfare League fundraising exhibition, 2014

4 to 29 November

A portion of the sales in this exhibition, depicting critters, creatures and canines, will directly benefit the Animal Welfare League NSW. The Gallery is pleased to donate half of their commission on each sale to the AWL to support them in caring for surrendered, neglected and abandoned animals. AWL has been in operation for over 50 years and maintains two shelters, a veterinary clinic and twelve branches of volunteers and we are delighted to be able to support them.

Artists include Sybil Curtis, Amanda Davies, Todd Fuller, Ashleigh Garwood, Jody Graham, Claude Jones, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Waratah Lahy, Helen Mueller, Mylyn Nguyen, Uracha Oliver, Janet Parker-Smith, Patsy Payne, Hanna Tai, Lezlie Tilley, Peter Tilley, and Nicole Welch.

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Robert Boynes

- Paintings from the 1960s - 1970s

These works were created while Robert Boynes was in London and exhibited as a solo exhibition, curated by the late Nick Waterlow, OAM, at Bear Lane Gallery in Oxford in 1969.

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Tanmaya Bingham

- English Tea Party...gone wrong, 2014

7 October to 1 November

My 'English Tea Party...gone wrong' is an installation that typifies an ongoing epidemic plaguing Great Britain; TEA, the most sought after narcotic on the British market, and the drug of choice in the United Kingdom since the 18th century.

In this installation addicts have gather together for the ritualistic "Tea Party" but something has gone wrong. The degradation of the party becomes apparent in its aftermath as each junkie is feeling the adverse effects and ramifications of overdosing on tea.

Group scenes of these individuals' highs and lows are captured in large drawings tacked to the wall. Extruding out from the base of each drawing, across the floor, are low banquet tables covered in white tablecloths. Each table has disheveled tea and tea paraphernalia randomly distributed between mounds of scones, jam and random objects. This installation is just one example of what is happening on a large scale throughout England.

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Al Munro

- Systems of the Infinite, 2014

7 October to 1 November

'Systems of the Infinite' continues my interest in pattern systems and their relationship to the natural world. I draw on both traditional Japanese patterning and scientific visualisations to explore the mapping and cataloguing of nature. The pattern structures and colour codes make reference to scientific technologies, but also to the understandings of patterns from visual practices such as textiles, ceramics and architecture.

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Daniel Connell, 'Night Light'

- Black Box Projects, 2014

7 October to 1 November

The project captures the ability of indicator and stand-by lights to signify and recall space. Standby lights can be abstracted into navigation points in order for an individual to recognise familiar spaces when nothing else can be seen. The imagination acts upon space, referencing indicator lights as a signifier to determine where things are, or where things should be. Collectively, indicator and stand-by lights are experienced in the form of personal constellations; constellations that become a second nature to the occupants of an inhabited space.

Standby and indicator lights are collected and charted across a wall. They cluster and disperse in accordance with their observed relationship to one another. Lights are abstracted to engender the unseen spaces they reside in.

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Todd Fuller

- Studies in Motion, 2014

9 September to 4 October

Drawing is a personal obsession, through it I dissect the world its occupants and my relationship to these elements. 'Studies in Motion' is a series resulting from two years collaboration with Carl Sciberras and our collective Flatline. It features studies of choreographic sequences, their physics, energetic states and an intuitive response to the two. Furthermore it is a series of experiments with the drawn animation practice which has obsessed me for the last five years.

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Carol Murphy

- La Baigneuse, 2014

9 September to 4 October

This exhibition references the depiction of the bather in art history, but using the medium of ceramics. It is a further examination of the sculptural form in various poses at rest and play. The figures are clad in vintage to modern day bathing costumes including some imaginary outfits! Which further adds to it being, a frolicsome look at the concept of swimwear.

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Flatline, 'A Dance for Paul Klee'

- Black Box Projects, 2014

9 September to 4 October

Just like drawing, dance can be the process of taking a line for a walk...

Flatline is an interdisciplinary collective, at its core is Brenda May Gallery artist, Todd Fuller and dancer/choreographer, Carl Sciberras. Together they merge the values of their respective genres to create works which are a new dance/art hybrid. 'A Dance for Paul Klee' is a choreographic score forged from the logic of mark making after several drawing classes with a group of dancers. The piece is filmed on a beach made famous by Arthur Boyd and then articulated by a hand drawn transcription of itself. The culmination of these elements sees art and dance augment one another while taking part in a filmic duet of sorts.

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Greer Taylor

- out of rain, 2014

9 September to 4 October

Rain has magical qualities that not only engage with all our senses, it delivers from the 'heavens' the essential ingredient required to make the life on our planet possible (who is to know what is required elsewhere?)?

out of rain has a triple meaning:
- under our roof we are sheltered "out of rain"
- what comes "out of rain"? - new growth
- what happens when we are "out of rain"? - desert

The works in out of rain refer in some way to this triple meaning together with reference to the 'lifecycle' of water: rain, clouds, mist, deluge, its seepage into the earth - to comment about cutting off supply.

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Mylyn Nguyen

- So bear folded me a paper boat, packed my lunch, pointed west and told me to go and learn something, 2014

12 August to 6 September

I hide behind Wolf because he is stronger than I am. Bear is wiser than I am. Wren has flight and freedom. Snail is my karma and Bees and Beetles see more gardens. I hide behind spiders because they are more delicate than I am and more humble than I am. Whales are life savers. Octopus is a problem solver. Catfish has direction.

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Jacek Wańkowski

- Carapace, 2014

12 August to 6 September

Carapace extends my investigations on perception, on things that engage the forces of nature and on things that change and grow. These sculptures pursue that moment between balance and flight, causing the precise distribution of mass, form and space to activate the piece.

Inspired by observations of the natural marine world, these works embody complexity, movement and a sense of motion frozen in time. Reduced to their minimalist constituents, they explore the tension reflected in the sudden actions and/or reactions of small oceanic creatures to external stimuli.

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Waratah Lahy

- Overlooked, 2014

15 July to 9 August

My current work explores ideas of inside and outside, internal and external. I am depicting physical as well as emotional spaces through an investigation of colour, composition and pattern. I am interested in everyday scenes, focussing on details that are rich in mood, conveying an experience of place and time.

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Anne Penman Sweet

- Through Uncertain Lands, 2014

15 July to 9 August

In this exhibition I seek to evoke some of the excitement and foreboding encountered upon entering new and strange terrains - landscapes that lie undisturbed and unloved, forgotten and forsaken.

In these uncertain lands there is an otherworldly presence, disorienting yet compelling, silently making itself known and felt. In the midst of this disorientation one can momentarily lose one?s bearings, and with it a sense of certainty and security.

Thus, temporarily lost, briefly unbalanced, one can find oneself suddenly immersed in a new and enigmatic, luminous and unknown world.

"I could see the shape of the land, how it lay holding silence" Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to talk: Expeditions and Encounters

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Nicole Welch, 'Lament'

- Black Box Projects, 2014

15 July to 9 August

The video 'Lament' by represented artist Nicole Welch is a mesmerising time-lapse that strips a Victorian chandelier down to its skeletal structure and then builds it back up to its former exuberance. The video continues to cycle between these two stages.

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Collectors

- An excerpt from the private collection of Gordon Elliott, 2014

17 June to 12 July

"I like collecting both established and emerging artists and feel that my connection with the art is the important issue... Art works find their own place in our home."

- Gordon Elliott, 2013

Artwork by Rick Amor, Peter Booth, John Coburn, Stephen Glassborow, James Gleeson, John Kelly, Alex Kosmas, Euan MacLeod, Noel McKenna, Anne Ross, Terry Stringer and Ross Watson.

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Collectors

- An excerpt from the private collection of Jeff Hinch, 2014

17 June to 12 July

"I could not imagine living in a house with blank walls... my collection is how I can express myself, it is a representation of who I am."

- Jeff Hinch, 2013

Artwork by Joel Bliss, Robert Boynes, Will Coles, Fiona Fenech, Sarah Field, Todd Fuller, James Guppy, Carol Murphy, Anne Ross, Amanda Schulz, Marc Standing, Kylie Stillman and Lezlie Tilley.

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Fallen Fruit, 'Fruit Machine'

- Black Box Projects, 2014

28 June to 12 July

An ongoing project in which teenagers (age 12 to 17) are recorded on video eating a variety of fruit. A study in how we actually eat, the portraits range from graceful to awkward and comical, as the teenagers navigate what they quickly come to realize is a not-so-simple task.

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world.

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Leslie Oliver

- Walking Sticks - Crooks, Staves and Scepters, 2014

20 May to 14 June

As a person ultimately drawn to making sculpture, I have always enjoyed a direct connection to simple physical objects. As a boy I had pet stones and took delight in feeling their weight and smooth cool surface in my hand. I also went on many walks and hiking camps and would find myself a special stick to carry and befriend. Around a campfire I would decorate it with burn marks made with hot wire. I was also brought up on the stories of Moses and had images of his staff parting the waters or turning into a serpent. All these things play a part in the my personal pleasure of making "walking sticks".

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Helen Mueller

- ships in the night, 2014

20 May to 14 June

Humble pods pass us by unnoticed, to deliver their cargo of life. They are like ships in the night. Once spent, they vanish, their beauty and importance unacknowledged. In making this work, I wanted to halt their disappearance, pay them close attention, and celebrate their wonder.

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Head On Photo Festival presents Prizes for Multimedia

- Black Box Projects, 2014

13 May to 7 June

The Head On Prize for Fine Art and Documentary Multimedia is the newest prize that forms part of the acclaimed Head On Awards which are the centrepiece of Head On Photo Festival.

Head On is Australia's largest photography festival celebrating excellence in all genres from photo-artists from across the globe and provides a major platform for discovering new talent, re-discovering established artists and exploring new technologies and ideas.

The Festival is presented by Head On Foundation, a not-for- profit organisation that aims to promote photo-art, encourage excellence and innovation and raise awareness of important issues through the art of photography.

www.headon.com.au

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In Tandem

- curated by Olivia Welch, 2014

22 April to 17 May

Although artistic partnerships are abundant in the art world, not all are alike. In Tandem, curated by Olivia Welch, began with the pairing of six of Brenda May Gallery's represented artists to form three duos who have interpreted this brief of collective creation in differing ways. Where Mylyn Nguyen and Todd Fuller have collaborated to create joint narratives of whimsy and curiosity through sculpture, Al Munro and Waratah Lahy have worked in conversation with one another, using aesthetic and thematic crossovers as a point of departure to realise individual bodies of work. Leslie Oliver and Melinda Le Guay have demonstrated another type of artistic relationship, collecting and swapping items with one another that will compose works reflective of their mutual obsession with rescuing materials.

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Melinda Le Guay

- Material matters, 2014

22 April to 17 May

As I focus on, or move from one activity to another in my domestic realm, I am always gathering and processing materials to do with my practice; everyday "stuff" provides a lot of matter I use in my art-making. In collaboration with these disparate materials, the processes I employ are also the ones I use in my home, my studio.

Gathering, cleaning, drying, pressing, sorting and ordering are time consuming, contemplative and compelling. When ordered, the matter takes on the appearance of a collection.

In conjunction with other materials, the inherent qualities of each part pose interesting challenges, sometimes resulting in unplanned outcomes.

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Landscape

- a group exhibition, 2014

22 April to 17 May

An intimate exhibition looking at contemporary interpretations of the landscape. This exhibition features work by Robert Boynes, Melinda Le Guay, Anne Penman Sweet, Mark Stewart, Peter Tilley and Nicole Welch

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dLux Media Arts presents 'Scanlines remix'

- Black Box Projects, 2014

25 February to 10 May

dLux MediaArts presents 'Scanlines remix', a selection of Australian video art by contemporary established and emerging artists in parallel with works drawn from the dLux archive spanning thirty years of media arts practice.

The exhibition, curated by Sarah Vandepeer, aims to showcase the dynamism and variety of contemporary video practices and locate them within the recent tradition of Australian media art histories. Embracing current practitioners, the exhibition highlights artists who have Australia-wide and international significance.

Scanlines remix is informed by the Scanlines online database, which brings together information about Australian video artists, curators, organisations and events since the 1960s. Material on this site has been compiled from several important archives relating to video art, including the dLux MediaArts d/Archive, the archives of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Stephen Jones Archive of Art & Technology in Australia.

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Peter Tilley

- Figure in the landscape, 2014

25 March to 17 April

The inclusion of the figure in the landscape can add a powerful element to a three dimensional statement. This is because the human form is capable, like nothing else, of depicting a range of human experience from fate, to authority and awkwardness, to self-deception, while at the same time displaying an underlying dignity. The language of figurative realism is simply, for me, the most effective way of portraying what it is to be human.

The simplified form of the figure should remain anonymous and elemental, as they are intended to be universal models of humanity. That simplicity of form also conveys a complex message. There is a duality of meaning; an aspect that I have pursued and consciously incorporated in my work, with the possibility that some times these several meanings may be ambivalent or contradictory.

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Nicole Welch

- Apparitions, 2014

25 March to 17 April

In this series of photographs of media installations in the Australian landscape, projected images emerge from the terrain and escarpment, appearing and receding simultaneously. These works reveal the embedded cultural history and idealism projected onto this land since colonisation, centering on the Australian Romantic landscape painters who brought a European sensibility and vision to their depictions of this 'new' world.

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Dianne Gall

- Disconnected, 2014

25 February to 22 March

My work derives itself from my personal experiences and observations as a woman in Contemporary Australia. I have chosen the filmatic stage to portray my characters, making my own version of Noir - my Femme Noir. The characters in my paintings often appear disassociated in their environments; there in physicality but removed and mentally detached, existing in their own worlds. Women stare into space, involved in their private lives, housed in their own environments. Here there are pristine interiors, with patterned walls and floors, whilst the shadows play with the psychological presence of people inhabiting the scenes.

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Linda Van Niekerk

- 10 Years On, 2014

25 February to 22 March

My approach to design has evolved since my first exhibition at Brenda May Gallery in 2004, however my desire has always been to create bold sculptural jewellery that sits well on the body.

The exhibition will include new work whilst reviewing the work of the past decade, demonstrating an elegant timelessness that transcends fad or fashion.

NB: this is just a small selection of the work on exhibition in the Gallery...

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Group

- a group exhibition, 2014

25 February to 22 March

A selection of new work by Robert Boynes, Bianca Chang, Lorraine Guddemi, Mylyn Nguyen, Leslie Oliver, Anne Penman Sweet, Lezlie Tilley and Peter Tilley.

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Sculpture 2014

- curated group exhibition

29 January to 22 February

First held at Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Brenda May Gallery's former incarnation, this annual exhibition features an engaging and eclectic collection of artworks, and continues to provide a significant platform for the ever-evolving medium of sculpture.

Brenda May Gallery accepts submissions throughout the year, from both Australia and New Zealand, for the Sculpture Series, aiming to present a curated exhibition of interesting and innovative contemporary sculpture that varies aesthetically from year to year.

This year includes works from Andrew Best, Walter Brecely, Marguerite Derricourt, Todd Fuller, Lisa Giles, Lorraine Guddemi, Emily McIntosh, Al Munro, Mylyn Nguyen, Leslie Oliver, Benjamin Storch, Greer Taylor, Lezlie Tilley, Peter Tilley and Jacek Wańkowski.

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Sydney Underground Film Festival presents 'Film Cunst'

- Black Box Projects, 2014

29 January to 22 February

A bold, unashamed celebration and investigation of the feminine in film art. This show, curated by Stefan Popescu, is an exhibition of Sydney's most daring and unique women artists working in a field that is arguably the most marginal at this point in time. These works are not narrative films, nor are they video art or video installations. These works push moving-image to its limits and use the cinematic situation as a specific mode for their art to be viewed. This program contains diverse works with complementary themes of performance, gender, power, nature, surface, materiality and the corporeal. Unapologetically cutting through the facade of social politeness, they engage the spectator at a visceral level and eloquently foreground the unspoken.

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