MAY SPACE

2017 MAY SPACE EXHIBITIONS

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 Endís 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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