MEDIA: PRESS + PUBLICATIONS
News and editorial for MAY SPACE covering exhibitions and/or artist features. Please click on the links to view the full article.
Several galleries are enriching their business by making moves around tow, in regional areas and overseas. In Sydney, opening with a new identity is MAY SPACE formerly Brenda May Gallery to all-new premises at 409b George Street, Waterloo presenting 'MAY SPACE: FOURTEEN' from 1 to 25 March. ...more
Art Guide Australia
In 2001 the Danks Street arts complex opened in the then unfashionable Sydney suburb of Waterloo. Soon the neighbourhood was bristling with foodies, designer furniture outlets and high-rise apartments. In December 2016 the much-loved arts complex closed its doors to make way for yet another block of flats. Brenda May Gallery was one of the original Danks Street tenants. Her eponymous gallery is gone, but, after more than 30 years, Brenda May is still in business. ...more
18 February 2017
The collection of mainly Australian and New Zealand works – 291 to be precise – has been assembled over 20 years. Now Elliott and Eyes have decided to open it to the public, showing small groups through the house by appointment. ...more
Information about the launch of MAY SPACE and our relocation to 409b George Street, Waterloo. ...more
In 2011, American academic Garrett Stewart surveyed artists using books as a sculptural medium in Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art. In this text, he identifies 'bookworkers' as a group of artists who 'set about reworking a found volume rather than fashioning a new one for publication or display'. This essay will sample four contemporary 'bookworkers' engaging with bound books in involved, process- heavy methods. Whether it is through deconstruction and collage, tangible language mapping, physical alterations of the actual pages, or painstaking duplication, these artists ask us to reconsider the boundaries of the printed and bound book. ...more
26-27 November 2016
After more than three decades since it was first established and 15 years at its current site, Brenda May Gallery says goodbye. See a retrospective of the artists who have exhibited under its roof, including Nicole Welch's Tondo #4 (pictured) ...more
18 November 2016
Newcastle's newest major prize for painting, donated by the Newcastle Club Foundation, has been awarded to well-known local artists Andy Devine and Peter Tilley for their collaborative work, Response #35.
Their work was chosen from a very high quality group of eleven finalists selected from over 70 entries by the former director of the Newcastle Art Gallery, Ron Ramsey, and his fellow judges after many hours of deliberation. ...more
10 November 2016
A charcoal almost-to-scale drawing of an early 1960s fibro home in the Housing Commission Green Valley estate is among artworks on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Inhabited Space, by Glenbrook artist Catherine O'Donnell, explores the emotional impact of the way we build, which was also a focus of her Masters thesis. ...more
Installing this edition of the biennial took the efforts of many. Sydney artist Catherine O'Donnell is pictured realising her large-scale charcoal and pencil wall drawing Inhabited space, Jumaadi is arranging his work Halfway to the light, halfway through the night and Richard Lewer's nine drawing series makes its way onto the wall, while a young Gallery visitor approaches O'Donnell's finished work. ...more
29 September 2016
Catherine O'Donnell doesn't argue when people comment that her near life-size charcoal drawing, Inhabited Space, is just "an ugly Western Sydney house". "Yes. It is. But other tings attach to (these houses) for," O'Donnell says at Art Gallery of NSW, where the work hangs in the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial. ...more
Als jong meisje leerde Melinda Le Guay breien. Ze blies deze vaardigheid nieuw leven in door het maken van een serie bijzondere jurkjes, getiteld Con ict. Voor dit project bestu- deerde de kunstenaar het proces van het breien om meer te weten te komen over de arbeidsintensieve herhaling die ook dit 'vrouwenwerk' kenmerkt. Ze breide haar delicate, transparante sculpturen van ijzerdraad in plaats van de gebruike- lijke zachte materialen. Het verbeeldt een con ict tussen enerzijds bescherming van de fysieke en psychische gevoeligheid van vrouwen en anderzijds de blootstelling ervan. In de schijnbaar gewone, mooie jurkjes brengt ze met het gebruik van een 'mannelijk' mate- riaal de bescherming van het kwetsbare en fragiele in beeld. ...more
Byron Arts Magazine
Originally from England, James Guppy emigrated to Australia over 30 years ago and settled in the Northern Rivers. He has been awarded the Border Art Prize and Blake Prize for Religious Art, among others, and has exhibited twice in the Archibald Prize. ...more