CURRENT Exhibitions

Vivienne Ferguson at UTS Art

- The Watters Gift, 2020

20 May to 17 July

Represented artist Vivienne Ferguson, and exhibited artists Evan Salmon and Hendrik Kolenberg are featured in a group exhibition at UTS Art, The Watters Gift. The exhibition, curated by Tania Creighton, celebrates the life and collection of Frank Watters.

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Janet Tavener Winner of the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize

- Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

22 May to 19 July 2020

Represented artist, Janet Tavener has been named the Winner of the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 (Acquisitive). As the fourth installment of the biennial prize, it is held in conjunction with the North Australian Festival of Arts to be displayed at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville, Queensland.

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Catherine O'Donnell at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

- Occupied, 2020

1 June to 5 July 2020

Represented artist, Catherine O'Donnell has been invited to participate in an exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, curated by Rilka Oakley. See information regarding the exhibition here.

On Saturday 4 July, Catherine will be giving an Artist Talk at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre from 11am. See this link for more.

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Waratah Lahy at CMAG

- Martyn Jolly's Phantasmagoria

10 June to 5 September 2020

Waratah Lahy's work is featured in Canberra Museum and Gallery's exhibition Martyn Jolly's Phantasmagoria. See more of the exhibition here.

'For artist, art historian and now collector Martyn Jolly, the magic lantern shows that came to prominence in the mid nineteenth century were much more than just the antecedent of today’s PowerPoint presentation.

They were just as common, but for their nineteenth and early twentieth-century audiences they could be uncanny experiences of phantasmagoric apparitions, powerful moments of collective witnessing, virtual journeys to exotic places, intellectual revelations of new knowledge, or even prompts for communal praying and singing. His collecting began when he realised that to really understand and appreciate the ‘magic’ of these objects that they needed to be used and with fragile collections in museums out of bounds, he began his own.'

Vivienne Ferguson at SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival

- Dingle + Hughes Collection Online

25 June to 30 September 2020

Represented artist, Vivienne Ferguson's work has been featured in the 2020 edition of SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival, taking place this year online. Vivienne's work is part of the former MG Dingle + GB Hughes Collection, which was donated to Shoalhaven City Art Collection in 2008.

The full exhibition is viewable online here.

BLACK BOX PROJECT Presents - Anna Glynn

- Above and Below

1 to 18 July 2020

Above and Below is a moving image work by award winning contemporary Australian artist Anna Glynn. In 2017, the work was acquired for the Australian Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra. This major public collection is of significant heritage value and is created specifically for Parliament House.

Above and Below reflects the character of this beautiful isolated environment and its complex and elegant natural rhythms and patterns.

Glynn was selected as the first artist in residence by the National Parks Arts Foundation US to spend 30 days off grid on the tiny island of Long Key in the Dry Tortugas National Park. She teamed up in an interdisciplinary collaboration with environmental scientist Peter Dalmazzo and in the inspirational environment at Loggerhead Key they collected video, time lapse, audio and photographs both terrestrial and aquatic, in a variety of ecotypes, in nature and in the human environment.

Glynn was given permission to quietly observe and film the only current nesting colony for the Magnificent Frigatebird in the continental U.S. During the artist in residence she observed the parallel between the forms in nature above and below the water. In this video, she creates a visually poetic work expressing her curiosity and wonderment with the natural world of the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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Peta Minnici

- Looking In; Seeing Out — Bundanon, 2020

1 to 18 July 2020

My current body of work was inspired by my month long residency at Bundanon, estate of the late artists’, Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. My proposal was to continue my exploration of perception through a series of paintings and drawings, based on its interiors and landscapes.  Arriving late in the afternoon and unable to gain access to the locked homestead, I began peering through windows and photographing all I could see, eager for inspiration.

As a result, I experienced a paradigm shift.  I inadvertently discovered that the glass allowed me to capture both the interior and the surrounding landscape in the one frame, as a play on reflections, with the mountains and trees fusing seamlessly with the architectural features of the interior. My drawings, based on window reflections, are formed intuitively over time using a technique of mark making, creating a blurring of focus and a slowing of viewing time, whilst in my paintings I aim to undo photographic representation by reducing the image into a series of shapes combined with the use of small brush strokes of tone and colour.

- Peta Minnici, 2020

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Dianna Wells

- Geomorphology, 2020

1 to 18 July 2020

Geomorphology explores the immense forces of nature that shape the ancient rock formations of the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. This region is part of the traditional lands of the Arrernte people and the indelible legacy of Arrernte artist Albert Namatjira is still evident when walking through this landscape. Thousands of years of intermittent floods have carved canyons through the quartzite, creating waterholes and creeks. Alongside these grow River Red Gums that have adapted over time, taking over dry riverbeds and sending their roots deep underground to find water. 

My practice centres on immersing myself within these environments, alongside avenues of scientific, historical and cultural research. Conversations with my geologist father, Allan Wells, have given me a deep understanding of how these natural landscapes formed over thousands of years. Throughout my childhood, I accompanied my father on geological expeditions, camping for long periods in the Central Australian deserts. As an adult, I have returned a number of times, camping in riverbeds and taking photographs of the Larapinta Trail in Tjoritja (West MacDonnell National Park).

The works for Geomorphology continue my experimentation with the materiality of the photographic medium through darkroom and digital photographic printing processes. I have reflected on questions regarding endless time and the role of water in the creation of these landscapes, and used a medium-format Hasselblad camera to distil these compositions. Black-and-white film extracts the essential information and enhances the tension expressed in the rock face and the surrounding landscape, accentuating millions of years of exposure and erosion.

- Dianna Wells, 2020

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Jane Grealy

- Dog Park and Other Things, 2020

22 July to 8 August 2020

‘This series of paintings and watercolours are based on both real and imagined observations of people, their dogs, and the surrounding landscape. Most days begin in the early hours of the morning at the dog park with my own companion, Zozo, as people begin to trickle in with their dogs and the scenes from which I conceive my works come to life. This series exposes the half-seen glimpses of life at the dog park — as breeding and behaviour are scrutinised, friendships endure, intense rivalries form, unrequited love lingers, new life and death occur in the life of these dogs and their owners. I am fascinated by the change in environment, from the highly urbanised inner-city suburbs of Brisbane, to a dog park hidden and framed by tall trees and softened by birdsong.

I love the dogs, the people, and the trees -  equally I think.’

- Jane Grealy

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Agnes Tyson

- Where Architecture Meets the Land, 2020

22 July to 8 August 2020

MAY SPACE is proud to present a new series of work by Agnes Tyson, Where Architecture Meets the Land.

This show examines the relationship between our built environment and the land on which it sits. These paintings depict buildings set in the natural surroundings of Australia. They portray various views from within and without built structures on the Australian bush landscape, investigating the interplay of organic forms, colours, and textures in the landscape with the geometric, angular shapes in architecture.

These paintings explore space, light, and sensation through their relationships with tone, colour, line, shape and composition. They seek to capture the kinaesthetic experience of being in the space they represent.

- Agnes Tyson, 2020

Image: Agnes Tyson, Winter Mornings at Bundanon Trust  2019, acrylic on linen, 88 x 60 cm.

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Rebecca Hastings

- Two minutes to midnight, 2020

12 - 29 August 2020

In 2019, a roiling surge of rage swept around the world.

Armed with placards and a unified voice, an army of adolescent activists skipped school, taking to the streets, stridently demanding an urgent halt to climate-change inaction. Now a new world hastens upon us. Inferno and infection, once the stuff of biblical stories and dystopian imaginings, are playing out as retribution for our environmental disdain. Meanwhile, The Doomsday Clock - a metaphorical timekeeper - continues its countdown to the apocalypse, ticking inexorably closer to midnight; the only deadline that we cannot ignore.

I am a parent, but I am also a human being complicit in our unravelling, and in the broken place that remains for my children. As they enter the abyss between child and adult, my charges are burdened not only with teenage angst, but with the aftermath of our complacency.

- Rebecca Hastings, 2020

Rebecca Hastings is the recipient of the 2020 Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant, Arts SA.

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Mylyn Nguyen

- Among Leaves and Twigs

12 to 29 August, 2020

Hidden from the sharp eyes of robots and other creatures, I find solace in closets, cupboards and cardboard boxes. But if I were a bug, maybe the size of an ant or smaller, I could secure myself from enemies in amongst the leaves and twigs. I could wrap myself up in a bubble of silk and saliva; building a palatial palace under a leaf.

- Mylyn Nguyen, 2020


Image: Mylyn Nguyen, You can find me up on the highest tree 2020, charcoal, ink, pastel, paper, plastic, resin, fibre, eucalyptus leaf.

Catherine O'Donnell at Hazelhurst Arts Centre

- The Home, 2020

29 August to 8 November 2020

Represented artist Catherine O'Donnell is one of six artists featured in The Home, an exhibition curated by Carrie Kibbler at Hazelhurst Arts Centre.

Loribelle Spirovski

- Memory Palace, 2020

2 - 19 September

So there

ekphrastic certainty

the plastic space
where my child-mind
once made snowmen
from candle-wax

until the pink fingers––

but, no

somewhere, a monkey's paw;
concave vessel
for bar-holding,
marble-eyes
black as a
tire-wheel

and at last
there –– where
the gumamela grows
in thick thatches

fleshy petals
opening wide

opening wide

until the trunk bends
and the corner breaks
leaving only the
necessary
particles
of
dust
and
wonder

- Loribelle Spirovski, 2020

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By a thread

- A group exhibition curated by Amy Hill and Eleanor Megna

23 September to 17 October 2020

Fibre and textile practices have long been associated with juxtaposing positions. Associations with gender and domesticity, arguments of its legitimacy as an art form, and its utilisation in aiding revolutionary change has embedded fibre art with an inherent politicisation. The power of fibre as an art making material lies in this complex history and intrinsic non-neutrality.

The artists contributing to this exhibition approach fibre practices from varied backgrounds; as painters, sculptors, drawers, or a combination of the canonical mediums. Drawing on their experiences, culture, and knowledge, these artists utilise and explore fibre to create compelling artworks.

 

Contributing artists: Anna Dunnill, Graziela Guardino, Aerial Morallos, Al Munro, Mylyn Nguyen, Chloe Smith (I Make Soft Food), Nina Walton, and Lisa Woolfe.

Ruth Ju-Shih Li - Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, 2020

- Represented artist, Ruth Ju-Shih Li, Special Prize Winner 2020

9 October 2020 to 11 April 2021

Represented artist Ruth Ju-Shih Li has been selected to participate in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale and International Competition for 2020.

Established in 2004, the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale is organised by the New Taipei City Government and hosted at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum.

Ruth Ju-Shih Li's entry Florilegium has been selected as a Special Prize winner for the Biennale. 

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Nicole Welch at Art Gallery of Ballarat

- Beating about the Bush

18 October 2020 - 7 March 2021

Represented Artist Nicole Welch will be featured in a group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Tania Smith

- Untitled (pusher), 2020

21 October to 7 November 2020

MAY SPACE is proud to present a new video work and photographic series by Tania Smith for her fourth solo exhibition.

Untitled (pusher) 2019

Pusher is a short, tragicomic video work. A harried woman in a bright red dress and stilettos bounds across a stadium pushing an empty stroller. The reason for her sense of urgency is unclear. Pusher is a wry take on parenting, anxiety, navigating public space and all of these things mixed together.

 

Untitled (pram variations) 2020

Bend. Lug. Heave. Pull. Flick. Adjust. Stretch. Squeeze. Slither. Untitled (pram variations) is a musical score. A set of scales practised on an uncooperative instrument. A steel and canvas extension of the familial body. Poking, catching, jarring and pinching. This new series of photographic works is a playful response to the physicality of caring.

 

Image: Tania Smith, Untitled (pram variations) #1 2020, pigment inkjet print.

Peter Tilley

- The Shadow Speaks

21 October to 7 November 2020

My interest in the connections between the figure and the shadow it casts, once more forms the basis of this body of work.  Images of the self were seen indistinctly in polished materials prior to the production of silvered mirrors.  Historically, this resulted in a semantic ambiguity between ‘reflection’ and ‘shadow’ and is another element I have explored in this body of work.  Some of the sculpture’s cast shadows are voids and some are material constructions, they symbolically or visually disclose withheld traits of the casting figure that may not be consciously observed.  Our usual perceptive process evaluates an object by its real cast shadow and then quickly dispenses with that shadow from our perception. Conversely, these tactile, sculpted material shadows are not only visible, but their tangible presence can be noticed and scrutinised for meaning.

Most works in this exhibition are concerned with the relationship between psychological and physical perception, or the abstract and the tangible.  In Jungian psychology, the shadow contains those parts of ourselves that remain suppressed, denied, or are unfavourable aspects of the personality, ‘the dark side of the self’.  In Jung’s words “The shadow personifies everything that the subject refuses to acknowledge about himself [sic].” Another underlying influence in all of my works is the symbolism associated with Ancient Egyptian funerary culture. The simplicity of form and reserved stance of the figure represent one aspect of this bias, and is referenced by Ancient Egyptian artistic canons

- Peter Tilley June, 2020

Peter Tilley at Sculpture by the Sea

- Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, 2020

22 October - 8 November 2020

'Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 
100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.'

Represented artist, Peter Tilley has been invited to contribute to this year's Sculpture by the Sea event at Bondi Beach. View more information here.

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Catherine O'Donnell in the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize

- Finalist, 2020

27 November - 12 December 2020

Represented artist, Catherine O'Donnell has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize with her work Union Street Window #3 (2020). Prize winners to be announced on Opening Night, Thursday 26 November 2020.

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Ruth Ju-Shih Li

- Inflorescence, 2020

2 to 19 December 2020

During a recent residency at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan, Ruth Ju-Shih Li was struck by the ability of colour to trigger memories from her childhood living in Taiwan. By experimenting with texture, colour, composition and symbols, Li attempts to give form to these memories; transforming a fleeting reminiscence into a tangible object. The delicacy of her porcelain forms reflect the fragile and transient nature of memory, while bursts of colour interrupt the intricately sculpted white porcelain, reminiscent of an unexpected memory intruding on the everyday.

The works for Inflorscence act as both personal reminders for Li, continuing her fascination with the autobiographical, as well as triggers for the audience, seeking to conjure a vast array of emotions and experiences.

Catherine O'Donnell and Waratah Lahy at Canberra Museum + Gallery (CMAG)

HABITAT: Ways of living - A group exhibition curated by Mark Bayly

6 March to 26 June 2021

Communities are formed by people and the built environments they construct and reside in. This exhibition examines imagery derived from, or alluding to, the built environment and ways of living in specific locations with particular identities. These material and social constructs take multiple forms - from high-rise, high-end apartments to prosaic suburban divisions, to locations where people have endured the collapse of their communities.

The focus of this project is how contemporary artists and designers translate their responses to the built environment. In doing so, the exhibition tells individual stories of the resilience and imagination of the human spirit.

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