MAY SPACE

CURRENT Exhibitions

Mylyn Nguyen at Murray Art Museum Albury

- Found, 2017

24 January to 2 May

'Found' aims to develop the idea of 'Art by Accident' by utilising commonplace objects in their everyday settings with an added moss garden, beetle party and water droplet turn fish pond. Each peep box will feature a different everyday scene/object (kitchen pantry: a moth's party place, desk: a beetles home, footpath: moss garden, linen closet: clouds, shoes: fish pond) embellished with miniature scenes. The aim is to acknowledge what children often see within the ordinary and to remind us of what adults often forget or deem unimportant.

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MAY SPACE: FOURTEEN

- group exhibition, 2017

1 to 25 March 2017

MAY SPACE will transition from an anticipated idea into a physical reality in 2017. 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.

To display the talent already held by the Gallery upon opening its doors, we present MAY SPACE: FOURTEEN; an exhibition in which each represented artist presents a significant piece that 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.

Artists include: 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. 

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 work across multiple platforms, genres and media and are new to the Gallery.

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

Nicole Welch at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

- Wildēornes Land, 2017

1 April to 7 May

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's 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.

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Nicole Welch at Cementa17

- Contemporary Arts Festival: Kandos NSW, 2017

6 to 9 April

4 days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, photography, installation and ceramics.

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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, 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.

Catherine O'Donnell at Western Plains Cultural Centre

- Close to Home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, 2017

6 May to 2 July


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 have continued 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 those themes is a ongoing fascination with the materiality of paint, with surface, and also with the scale of the painted object and how those elements have the ability to affect the perception of the depicted subject.

More recently I have 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.

Kevin McKay

- Pavilion: 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.

Robert Boynes at Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

- Paintings from 2000 to now, 2017

22 June to 13 August


Nicole Welch

- Wildēornes Land, 2017

22 August to 16 September

Nicole Welch's Wildēorness 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's 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.

Ashleigh Garwood at Western Plains Cultural Centre

- Another Green World: Landscape in the 21st Century, curated by Dr Andrew Frost, 2017

26 August to 7 December


MAY SPACE

(Formerly Brenda May Gallery)
409b George Street Waterloo NSW Australia 2017 t: (0)2 9318 1122   e: info@mayspace.com.au
Hours: Tue to Fri 11-6, Sat 10-6 (Closed Sun/Mon, Public Holidays, Easter long weekend and mid December to March 1, 2017)

PROPOSALS

MAY SPACE is in recess. We will start accepting proposals again from March 2017, from professional artists from Australia and NZ for exhibitions and group shows ... learn more

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