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Art + Dance

Artist Profile
May 2014
Sarah Vandepeer

In the darkened theatre of Sydney's Carriageworks, a pair of dancers is clustered to the right of a stark white sheet, spotlighted; they eclipse each other, arms outspread like Leonardo's 'The Vitruvian Man'. Opposite, in the foreground of the stage, a lone male figure is curled over a desk, the implement in hand gently illuminated. A static electro soundscape crackles, heightening the tension as the audience waits. ...more

Playing with Nature

SMH - Spectrum
3-4 May 2014

A group exhibition showcasing the many ways the landscape can be interpreted in different media includes canvases by Mark Stewart, whose ethereal, all-encompassing panoramas are composed of small squares. ...more

Separately Working In Tandem

Trouble Magazine
May 2014
Olivia Welch

Working creatively with another person is not always an organic or immediate process, even when you hold them and their practice in the highest esteem. Canberra-based artists Al Munro and Waratah Lahy have endeavoured an artistic partnership that has not resulted in collaboration, but in conversation. ...more

Exhibition Brief: In Tandem

Art Almanac
May 2014

Although artistic partnerships are abundant in the art world, not all are alike. 'In Tandem', curated by Olivia Welch, is the paring of six artists to form three duos who have interpreted the brief of collective creation in differing ways. Where Mylyn Nugyen and Todd Fuller have created joint narratives through sculpture, Al Munro and Waratah Lahy have worked in conversation with one another, using aesthetic and thematic crossovers as a point of departure to realise individual bodies of work. Leslie Oliver and Melinda Le Guay have composed works reflective of their mutual obsession with rescuing materials by collecting and swapping items. ...more

The Shortlist: In Tandem

SMH - The Planner
25 April 2014

Creative collaboration is put to the test in the group exhibition 'In Tandem' (running until May 17). Curator Olivia Welch has turned artistic matchmaker to pair off six artists and see what works evolve, with Mylyn Nguyen and Todd Fuller's whimsical sculpture proving twice as nice and double the fun. ...more

Collectors take centre stage

Art Collector
April 2014
Jane O'Sullivan

If you're the sort of person who immediately asks a new acquaintance what art they like, then chances are you'll be interested in a new project being mounted at Brenda May Gallery in Sydney that puts collectors in the spotlight. In June the gallery will exhibit art from the collections of two Sydney-based collectors, Gordon Elliott and Jeffrey Hinch. It is the first in what is intended to be a series of exhibitions taking place every two years showing what people are collecting. ...more

Unwind: Going out

The Sun-Herald
20 April 2014

Curator Olivia Welch tests out the old maxim "two heads are better than one" with the group exhibition In Tandem (running until May 17). Welch reconfigured six artists into three pairs to see what would emerge, with Mylyn Nguyen and Todd Fuller's playful sculpture (right) a highlight. ...more

Rescue, Gather and Collect: Leslie Oliver + Melinda Le Guay

Volume 2, Issue 1
Olivia Welch

Characteristically, Melinda Le Guay was a little early and Leslie Oliver, a little late. Knowing that these
two respected artists had only ever met briefly and informally, and that I had to therefore facilitate their meeting, was a tad daunting. Working as an assistant for Brenda May Gallery throughout my degree with the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, I have been familiarised with many of the Gallery's artists via databases full of images and archives bursting with information. ...more


Ceramic Review
March/April 2014

Lorraine Guddemi - 21 Reasons to Repeat Myself, porcelain paperclay, 2013, H65cm (Photo: Greg Piper). Sculpture 2014, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 29 January - 22 February 2014. ...more

All About the Work

Virgin Australia Voyeur
January 2014

Works by Todd Fuller, Lorraine Guddemi, Jacek Wankowski, Lezlie Tilley and Al Munro (Object 4, above) will be among the pieces on display at Brenda May Gallery's 'Sculpture 2014', an annual exhibition that provides a platform for the ever-evolving sculptural art form. ...more

Film Cunst

The Sydney Morning Herald - Spectrum
25-26 January 2014

The Sydney Underground Film Festival presents some of Sydney's most daring women artists working in film. ...more

5 Paper Art Works You Should See at Art Stage Singapore

Blouin Artinfo
18 January 2014
Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop

Every art fair brings a crop of photo-opportunity art works that stop visitors in their track and this year's Art Stage Singapore is no different, from the pink flying pig of Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa at Galerie Vanessa Quang and the dog hugging a R2D2 look alike robot by DORK at Galleri S.E to the giant whale-ship by Pierre Matter at Opera Gallery. ...more


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