MAY SPACE

CURRENT Exhibitions

Ashleigh Garwood at Western Plains Cultural Centre

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

26 August to 3 December

A growing number of recent academic and philosophical writing has concerned itself with the notion of the anthropocene, the proclamation of a new geological period brought about by humankind's effect on the planet, from the effects of global warming to ocean pollution to the industrialisation of developing nations. Another Green World is an exhibition that surveys the concept of an art of the landscape in the contemporary era, encompassing painting, video, installation, sculpture, photography, conceptual practices and performance, by a selection of female contemporary artists both emerging and established. The exhibited works will encompass an historical consciousness of the landscape genre both from Western and Indigenous traditions as well as being open speculation about the future of the biosphere itself. Another Green World is curated by Andrew Frost.

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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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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. 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, Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen, Ana Prvački, Nina Ross, Miku Sato, and Kawita Vatanajyankur.

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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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Catheirne O'Donnell and Nicole Welch at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

- Go West, 2017

13 October to 3 December


Todd Fuller at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

- The Unflinching Gaze: Photo Media & the Male Figure, curated by Richard Perram OAM, 2017

14 October to 3 December

The Unflinching Gaze: photo media & the male figure is a major exhibition of over 200 photographs and video works by 62 artists (24 Australian and 38 international) and deals with how the male figure has been represented in photo media over the past 140 years.

The exhibition is curated by Richard Perram OAM, Director Of BRAG, an openly gay man, who brings his "queer" gaze to his selection of images of historic and contemporary photography and film. The exhibition is also an important opportunity to inform and educate the Bathurst community and affirm the local LGBTI community.

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Out of Line

- group exhibition, 2017

7 to 25 November

Most works of art start with a simple line, whether that be for a preparatory sketch or giving form to an idea. The field of drawing is therefore one brimming with possibilities, innovation, and cross-pollination. "Out of Line" will pay homage to the fundamental nature of drawing, whilst also aiming to see these lines jump off the page, defy expectations and merge with other fields. This group exhibition will provide a survey of how drawing-based practices comprise a variety of aesthetics, mediums and technologies.

Ashleigh Garwood at Artspace

- 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship

8 November to 9 December


Ceramic Revisions II

- group exhibition, 2017

28 November to 23 December

Pots, tiles and clay figurines have taught us fascinating details about ancient societies and "Ceramics Revisions II" conveys how artists interact, form narratives, voice opinions and create aesthetic compositions with this medium today. The second edition of a series that started in 2009, this show ranges from fine vessels to sculpted forms, encompassing a variety of ceramic techniques, as well as clay types - from terracotta to bone china.

Regardless of the form, this final show for 2017 brings together a range of artists who are masters of their medium.

Nina Ross, 'Baby Gestures'

- Black Box Projects, 2017

28 November to 23 December

Baby gestures is a response to holding my sleeping child and trying to remove them from my body without waking. Exploring the performative gestures undertaken to not disturb them, the video uses self portraiture performance for the camera to enact the sometimes subtle and not so subtle bodily movements.

It is not until babies stop breastfeeding that they learn they are not part of their mother's body. This video seeks to represent the separation and individual entities in this close relationship.

On-site

- curated group exhibition

6 to 24 February

Simple lines and forms constantly surround us. We house ourselves in geometrical shapes, work in towering blocks and marvel over inventive configurations of contours and boundaries. "On-site" brings together a group of artists with differing aesthetics that have chosen the built environment as the subject of their work. Interpreting urban landscapes, enlivening industrial sites and representing domestic structures, the artworks in this exhibition will reveal the unnoticed elements, hidden moments and engaging angles of our everyday surroundings

Todd Fuller, UNITE project

- Black Box Projects, 2018

27 February to 17 March

In the face of a postal plebiscite, Sydney based artist Todd Fuller will undertake a third iteration of his video, "Unite Project", first shown for Mardi Gras 2016. This project is a participatory artwork surveying a range of responses to love and marriage equality.

Fuller sent members of the public black + white drawings depicting two men engaged in a passionate kiss. The participants were encouraged to respond to the image by colouring in the figures, with the resulting images complied by Fuller into a mixed media video animation.

"In the first and second iterations of the project, the bulk of responses were overwhelmingly positive. I did receive a few drawings that were torn up, crushed or with the eyes violently poked out, but the vast majority of responses depicted love, support, rainbows and strength. It was a really important project for us when it started and now in the face of the postal plebiscite, it feels more important than ever to illustrate the shift in views on this issue through art", says Fuller.

"Over 400 people have already engaged in the process of having received, responded and returned the drawings, each one becoming a single image in hundreds of stills edited together into the animation. The ritual used in the original process seems quite apt as our community now face a postal vote to decide our rights… and so "Unite Project - 3rd generation" is born".

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Tania Smith, Untitled (walking)

- Black Box Projects, 2018

17 April to 12 May

Untitled (walking) shows a woman in high heels navigating back and forth over a range of surfaces- rocky cliffs, sand dunes, or man-made spaces such as offices and bathrooms. Each surface creates its own set of challenges for the faceless woman, who persists onwards in a continual march across the terrain, and back and forth across the screen.

Untitled (walking) conveys my interest in mimetic gestures (as detailed by theorist and psychoanalyst Luce Irigaray). I perform in feminine accoutrements such as dresses and heels to signify female experience. In the performances I employ a slightly exaggerated manner that points to the comedic language of slapstick. The video is tinted blue and screened without sound to reference silent cinema, a continuing interest for me and my work (my work has been strongly informed by the cinematic slapstick of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, reframed through a feminist lens). The video is shown looped, trapping the woman in an endless pursuit, back and forth, ever onwards, again and again....

Peter Tilley

- Seeing the Shadow, 2018

17 April to 12 May

A shadow that gives an insight into the human figure's character and situation is the aim of this body of work, not so much the figure or object, but the shadow it casts, a shadow that in some way reveals more about the figure than would normally be revealed, the inner self. The psychological aspects that can be associated with the shadow are a particular aspect that forms a relatively important component of this body of work. The focus is on how, through materiality and form, the shadow as a three-dimensional medium may be capable of giving an insight into the character of the individual.

MUGGED!

- group exhibition, 2018

5 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.

reminiSCENT

- curated by Megan Fizell

24 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 emphasises language and memory as understood through bodily engagement.

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