CURRENT Exhibitions

Paul White

- Dirty Diesel & Dusty Deeds, 2018

16 May to 2 June

'Dirty Diesel & Dusty Deeds' conflates the relationship between human and land through snapshot style drawings of the Australian outback.

While at first glance they may seem reminiscent of holiday snaps, these drawings depict the effect of human intervention on the landscape.

From the seemingly insignificant to the devastating and daunting 'Dirty Diesel & Dusty Deeds' brings the viewer face to face with the ways in which their hand has cracked and moulded this red earth.

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Todd Fuller, Idaho - they're only words

- Black Box Projects, 2018

16 May to 2 June

Starting in 2004, IDAHOBIT (17 May) has established itself as the most important international day for LGBTIQA+ communities and as a monumental International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia. In recognition of this important day, MAY SPACE is screening 'they're only words' an early film by Todd Fuller and collaborator Amy Hill. Created in 2010, the young artists animate slurs and other verbal assaults they endured on the bodies of their peers to manifest the physical scars created by discriminatory words. 'They're only words' was recently included in "The Unflinching Gaze" a groundbreaking exhibition of male representation in the photographic medium presented by Bathurst Regional Gallery.

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Daniel Shipp

- Botanical Inquiry, 2018

16 May to 2 June

Botanical Inquiry is a series of photographic studies that depict familiar but fictional environments.

In these compositions the physical characteristics of the unremarkable plants I have collected from suburban streets become narrative elements which, when staged against the backdrop of common urban environments, question the contentious relationship between humans and nature. This relationship is reflected in the real / unreal qualities of the images, achieved in some part by manipulating the optical and staging properties of photography with a device that I have constructed that allows me to create the images “in camera” without relying on digital compositing techniques.

The ambiguous point of view conjured by the images is designed to be as unsettling as it is seductive.

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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.

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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.

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Matt Chun

- Still, 2018

6 to 23 June

A series of recent memento mori and plein air travelogues in watercolour, pencil and mixed media. These introspective observational drawings represent the current phase of my ongoing creative engagement with the landscape, material and community of the far south coast of NSW (Yuin country).

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.

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Daniel O'Toole

- The Long Tomorrow, 2018

27 June to 21 July

In late 2016, I travelled to Lyon, France to embark on a studio residency with Taverne Gutenberg that transformed the way I approach abstraction. In the first few days of arriving my sketches of local architecture became an obvious choice of focus for the paintings to come. I was enthralled by the geometry of gothic churches, Roman ruins, and classic French design. The colour palette of the city’s landscape and fashion influenced my work as soon as I started painting.

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 emphasise language and memory as understood through bodily engagement.

Tyler Payne, Womanhours

- Black Box Projects, 2018

15 August to 1 September

My series, Womanhours, investigates how women's body-correcting practices have transformed the social construction of women’s gender. The body-correcting practices studied include body-contour wear, Brazilian waxing, anal bleaching, salt water cleansing and fake tanning. This group of practices has become part of women’s everyday experience. Their normalisation has established a strong cultural expectation toward their performance. Self-portraiture is an effective way to critique and undermine the normative regime of media's body-correcting practices. My artwork confronts the lens' male gaze with the awkward, comic labour of body-correcting practices. The 'natural' camera image present in media is hence denaturalised.

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Bridget Dolan

- Reach, 2018

15 August to 1 September

I want to make work that communicates the complicated nature of human relationship. What civility means in contemporary life and how we reach each other across cultural and ideological divides. I draw on my experience in the performing arts as a dancer and theatre maker to paint work that holds tension between brave vulnerability, tenderness and fear.

Sybil Curtis

- Travelling South, 2018

15 August to 1 September

In summer 2016, I journeyed to Antarctica on the ship "Spirit of Enderby". This series of paintings is based on man-made structures around the Ross Sea, one of the few places where it is possible to land on the Antarctic. It was the starting point for many historical expeditions including those led by Scott and Shackleton and some original huts and their contents have been conserved. Today it is also the site of research bases belonging to a number of different countries.

One feels transient and insignificant by the sheer scale and hostility of the place. Visually it is stunning and the snow is like a canvas onto which the weather projects different moods. Changes in weather are rapid. When the sun shines, the atmosphere is so clear that the colours are intense and everything is flattened as in Japanese wood blocks. But as the cloud races in everything darkens, greys and becomes threatening.

The images are based on historic buildings and those from America's McMurdo Station and New Zealand's Scott Base. Looming over the landscape is the active volcano Mt Erebus and it is incorporated into works much as Japanese artists use Mt Fuji.

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Charlie Sheard

- DIGONOS, 2018

5 to 22 September

Dionysos, ancient Greek God of nature, ecstacy and transformation, is DIGONOS, the “twice-born”. In his Canto XLVIII, the poet Ezra Pound relates the transformative powers of Dionysos to Dante’s journey in The Divine Comedy. Pound uses the ancient Greek word Δίγονος [DIGONOS] to denote a transformation that will only manifest out of being lost in the forest for three years. I have worked on this group of paintings for the last three years.

Sydney Contemporary

- Carriageworks, 2018

13 to 16 September

The Gallery will be presenting Charlie Sheard's new body of work in the fourth edition of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia's international contemporary art fair.

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.

Kevin McKay

OVERPASS: Paintings from the urban commute, 2018

26 September to 20 October

My work responds to features that serve as orientating landmarks in my journeys across the city. These are typically bridges, overpasses and imposing manmade structures which, despite their utilitarian function and as signifiers of modernity, also provide primal geometries that rise as icons of human endeavour. Concrete and steel beams frame a space beneath, whilst raising a passage to the sky above, with surfaces and forms that make evident the invisible qualities of light and space in a vision of classical stillness that interrupts the commuting ennui, and in a flash is gone. This series spans an eight-year period and returns to motifs that inspired my interest in urban landscape painting.

Claire Anna Watson, Fractured Splendour

- Black Box Projects, 2018

26 September to 20 October

Claire Anna Watson explores the uncanny and the absurd in her recent videos. Staging interventions on common fruits and vegetables, she transforms the inherent life-giving properties of foodstuffs into humorous and psychological reveries. For the artist, the inspiration and splendour of ephemeral matter is perpetual and constant. At its core, this work considers the nature of life and the value of knowing that which sustains us.

Al Munro

- Disturbing the grid, 2018

24 October to 10 November

Drawing on my interest I the intersections of textile patterning and mathematics, this exhibition focusses on the systems and logic of woven textiles and how these might relate to painted abstraction. The ubiquitous grid of Modernism existed as the form and structure of woven textiles long before it was claimed by art, architecture and science. This work explores the relationship of simple weave structures - warp and weft - and patterns - ginghams, plaids, checks - to abstraction, and to locate an ongoing relevance for textile histories and practices to be seen as part of the expanded field of painting.

Catherine O'Donnell

- Urban Abstraction, 2018

14 November to 1 December

Urban abstraction is, in part, the result of a three month residency spent in Paris after being awarded the 2017 Terrence and Lynette Fern Cité Internationale des Arts Residency Fellowship thanks to the Power Institute, USYD. During the residency, I visited a number of housing estates across Paris built in the middle of the 20th century.

In my drawings, I aim highlight the building’s function as homes, as well as their modernist forms and lines, in order to reveal their origins as simultaneously altruistic, beautiful, impractical, and cold. An exercise in idealistic social engineering, and now a cultural signifier of lower socioeconomic communities, these estates are ultimately often deemed to be an urban planning disaster. Ironically, while these estates may be problematic on many social levels, the modernist aesthetic of what is now commonplace housing, embodies abstract geometric qualities that relate intimately to so called 'high art' concerns of modernist and minimalist abstraction.

Alexander Boynes

- As Above, So Below, 2018

14 November to 1 December

"As Above, So Below" reflects on the loss of the Australian landscape in the drive to extract what is beneath it by the fossil fuel industry; land that before anything else is held in the custody of Traditional Indigenous owners.

This melding of landscape and industry speaks of our failure to invest in a renewable future, as coal, oil and gas extraction dominate the power industry without consequence. Meanwhile standing in a rapidly changing environment, the figure represents both the catalyst and the casualty of these actions.

Todd Fuller

- Convicts and Queens: a passionate history of Australia, 2018

5 to 22 December

"My dying wish is to be buried beside my beloved James Nesbitt, the man with whom I was united by every tie which could bind human friendship, we were one in hopes, in heart and soul and this unity lasted until he died in my arms"

-Andrew George Scott, aka Captain Moonlight, 20 January, 1880

On the 6th of December 2017, as debate raged in the house of representatives regarding Same Sex Marriage in Australia, independent member for Kennedy Bob Katter suggested that the gay community and its advocates have "oh maybe, sixty years on their side" while he claimed to have "three and a half million years of genetic programming" on his side. His argument, went on to discuss aids, safe schools, gay hate crimes and his best selling book but it failed to acknowledge the rich and often concealed contribution of LGBTIQA+ individuals have played in the grand Australian narrative. Convicts and Queens reimagines a selection of Queer Australian stories, both historical and contemporary, to explore how notions of masculinity in Australia may not be innate, enduring or eternal.

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