MAY SPACE

CURRENT Exhibitions

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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Waratah Lahy at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka

- Three Hundred and Sixty Six, 2017

27 April to 7 May

"Three hundred and sixty six" is the outcome of a yearlong drawing project focussing on patterns and rhythms in daily life. The exhibition is comprised of 366 drawings, one for each day of 2016, charting a journey of actively engaging and recording an aspect of everyday life. The aim of the project was to deliberately capture a moment, scene or thought that encapsulated the main focus of the day.

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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 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.

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.

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.

Robert Boynes at ANU Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

- Modern Times, 2017

22 June to 13 August

Robert Boynes's images correspond to the classic definition of modernity given by Baudelaire, who said that modern images fused the eternal with the transitory.

The luminous expanses of white canvas breathing through grainy residues of black, red and yellow in Boynes's paintings symbolise the constancy of time and space in relation to the mortal dust of individual existence.

Derived from contemporary photographs which evoke alienation, cosmopolitism, displacement and the speeding-up of events in both private and public spheres, the reduction of all to floating grains and scattered molecules creates a sober, essentially tragic vision of contemporary existence.

The fifteen year period covered by this survey, curated by Terence Maloon, is the remarkable culmination of a career which began in Adelaide in the 1960s, and makes a resume of of Boynes's lifelong preoccupations.

Robert Boynes was the head of the Painting Workshop at the ANU School of Art between 1978 and 2006. The School of Art is celebrating its fortieth year in 2017.

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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 will also coincide with an in depth survey show of Boynes's work from 2000 onward from June to August at ANU Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra.

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.

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 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


Sydney Contemporary

- Carriageworks, 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.

In the backyard

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

19 September to 8 October


Kitchen-Studio, curated by Megan Fizell

- Black Box Projects, 2017

10 October to 4 November

The artists of 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 body image, communication, labour, and the environment.

Ashleigh Garwood

- Solo exhibition, 2017

10 October to 4 November


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.

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.

This final show for 2017 brings together a range of artists who push the boundaries of ceramics.

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