MAY SPACE

2017 MAY SPACE EXHIBITIONS

Kitchen-Studio, curated by Megan Fizell

- Black Box Projects, 2017

10 October to 4 November

The artists in this exhibition take the space of the kitchen as the site of their performative artwork. The films echo Feminist artists of the 1970s who utilised women's work to challenge traditional ideas of domesticity. Utilising the domestic gesture of cooking and preparing food, the artists interrogate a number of broad themes including the body, labour, and collaboration.

Artists include Hana Hoogedeure & Luke O’Donnell (Australia), Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen (Denmark), Ana Prvački (United States), Nina Ross (Australia), Miku Sato (Japan), and Kawita Vatanajyankur (Thailand).

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Ashleigh Garwood

- MASSING, 2017

10 October to 4 November

Massing is an architectural term that refers to the way a building’s form, shape and size is perceived. MASSING uses this idea as a prompt to explore ways in which the landscape is perceived through shifting forms, compositions and scale. Incorporating both analog and digital photographic processes, the works investigate the intersection of the forces that change the landscape and the forces that change our perception of it.
MASSING continues my exploration of constructed landscape imagery, utilising the framework of geology to reference accumulation and erosion of time and meaning within the image.

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Backyards

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

19 September to 7 October

Anne-Marie Jean, Waratah Lahy, Leo Robba, Erica Seccombe, Lia Tajcnar, Jennifer Taylor, Ruth Waller.

The idea of a big backyard has long been considered an essential element of Australian iconic culture, synonymous with the fading aspirational ideal of a quarter acre block and a modest home. Our backyards are important spaces: mostly private, they can be practical, useful and fanciful, providing a space for imagination, creativity, toys, pets, projects and failed ambitions.

Despite most of us not having our very own big backyard, the spaces around us and closest to us continue to inspire. A backyard evokes an outdoor environment we engage with in our everyday lives, which we feel an intimate connection to, perhaps responsibility for - a place that shapes us and at times a place we shape.

As times change, notions of what we regard as our own backyard also changes and broadens. The artists in this exhibition have observed and explored significant environments in their lives. The places from which they draw inspiration include gardens, both public and private, suburban streets, local neighborhoods and bigger and wilder spaces left mostly untrammeled by development. From representative to abstract painting, ceramics to 4K HD animation, the patterns of observing and intimately engaging with these spaces emerge through the colours, textures and images created to articulate experience and place.

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Nicole Welch

- Wildēornes Land, 2017

22 August to 16 September

Nicole Welch's Wildēornes 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.

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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.

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MAY SPACE Video Program at Sydney Contemporary

- Carriageworks (Booth A14), 2017

7 to 10 September

Alongside the site-specific drawing installation by Catherine O'Donnell, we will be presenting a trio of video artworks by our represented artists, Todd Fuller, Mylyn Nguyen, and Nicole Welch at Sydney Contemporary.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kevin McKay

- Pavilion: South Cronulla Studies, 2017

13 June to 8 July

This series of paintings and ink wash studies explores Sydney's southern beachside suburb of Cronulla. It began with a small beachside pavilion. Like many others that dot Australia's coastline, this structure houses a public toilet and change room and serves as an orientating landmark, demarking the space between the working city and foreshore leisure. Despite its humble function, the pavilion represents a place of transition and like a classical temple, provides a sense of the metaphysical in its engagement with light and space. I look for the same in the suburban jumble that rises along the shore to obstruct and frame the empty space of sky and sea.

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Charlie Sheard

- Tableau and Poesia, 2017

13 June to 8 July

My paintings are pure abstraction. I work with the basic elements of painting: colour, materiality and bodily energy (drawing). My experience as an abstract painter is that colours take a particular form (or shape) requisite at any given moment to the emotions held in and expressed through the body at that moment. Colour and form are therefore married to emotion in the moment, but in order to be meaningful, this marriage must be informed by art history and an adequate mastery of techniques and materials. My recent paintings are Poems and Tableaux of moods, emotions and spirit.

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Todd Fuller, 'Icarus of the Hill'

- Black Box Projects, 2017

13 June to 8 July

Todd Fuller's hand-drawn films combine analogue filmmaking methodologies with drawing and painting. In March 2017, Fuller participated in Hill End’s Artist-in-Residence program which culminated in the animation "Icarus of the Hill". The film combines his experiences with imagery from Australian art history and Greek mythology. The resulting work explores this significant place, its history, and our relationship to it.

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Waratah Lahy

- Everyday, 2017

16 May to 10 June

Everyday is a body of work that looks at the often unnoticed and unmarked moments of everyday life. In particular, the works focus on my immediate environment: my home, my garden, my suburb, my workplace.

With this body of work I continue to explore the enduring themes of my practice, namely, the ways in which we perceive the world, and how prosaic everyday moments reveal unexpected narratives and instances of revelation. Underpinning these themes is an ongoing fascination with the materiality of paint, with surface, and also with the scale of the painted object and how these elements have the ability to affect the perception of the depicted subject.

More recently I focused on the rhythms, colours and textures of things I see everyday. I have become enamoured of rediscovering objects and places that had become invisible through familiarity.

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Off Grid

- curated by Al Munro, 2017

26 April to 13 May

As the exemplar of high Modernism, the grid is ubiquitous within contemporary life in instances as varied as the structure of city buildings and streets, to the graphs of financial indexes and the organisational logic of museums, libraries and supermarkets. But just as the grid can be seen as a device implying control and rigidity, it can also been seen as an agent of movement and change. A grid is the form of many textiles, of nets which allow the flow of water as well as the containment of a catch, of the rhythms and patterns of the natural world. The artists in "Off Grid" respond to these ideas and more, some taking the history of the grid with modern art as a starting point, others exploring the potential for the grid to make sense of the richness and immensity of the natural world and others still making use of the grid as a form of logic to structure visual a material. The artists - Emma Beer, Sally Blake, Julie Brooke, Kirsten Farrell, Jay Kochel, Al Munro, and Wendy Teakel - work across a range of media to demonstrate the ongoing relevance of the grid within contemporary art.

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Introducing V

- Matt Chun, Shane Drinkwater, Anna Glynn, Dai Li, Natasha Walsh, 2017

28 March to 22 April 2017

This is the fifth exhibition in our Introducing series. The show aims to showcase the work of a small group of artists who are new to the Gallery.

In this edition we are presenting the work of Matt Chun, Shane Drinkwater, Anna Glynn, Dai Li, Natasha Walsh.

"Working from Sydney, Taipei and my open studio in Bermagui, I use a variety of media to make images of people and places."
- Matt Chun

"I delve into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements, using repetitive mark making, aiming for a maximum visual intensity."
- Shane Drinkwater

"In Above and Below I express my curiosity and wonderment with the elegant, complex rhythms and patterns of the natural world, referencing the parallel between forms in nature above and below the sea."
- Anna Glynn

"I find waiting rooms interesting. They are like gathering places for strangers, each with different motives, emotions and moods, either excitement and/or trepidation of an unknown future. However they also share something in common, "waiting". A place for a pause and reflection before next steps."
- Dai Li

"In this series of paintings I have begun to examine the fragility of the self and the perception of the image as timeless through the genre of the self-portrait."
- Natasha Walsh

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MAY SPACE: FOURTEEN

- group exhibition, 2017

1 to 25 March 2017

MAY SPACE has transitioned from an anticipated idea into a physical reality. Supported by the 31 years of experience gained operating as Access Contemporary Art Gallery (est. 1985) and Brenda May Gallery (est. 2001), MAY SPACE aims to move forward under this new identity, reinvigorating a dedication to emerging, mid-career and established artists. The new name, new space and new direction will be coloured and shaped by fourteen people in particular - our represented artists.

We now present MAY SPACE: FOURTEEN; an exhibition in which each represented artist presents a significant work that best displays their creativity and capabilities. This inaugural exhibition will give our audience, new and inherited, insight into the vision and orientation of this third incarnation.

Robert Boynes, Sybil Curtis, Todd Fuller, Ashleigh Garwood, James Guppy, Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Catherine O'Donnell, Leslie Oliver, Peter Tilley and Nicole Welch. 

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