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With Op Art what you see isn't what you get

Art Guide
14 June 2016
Naomi Gall

The term op art (optical art) was coined by Time Magazine in 1964. Op art explores the optical effects that can be garnered from the use of geometrical shapes and various colour contrasts. Op Art at Brenda May Gallery challenges its audience and makes them question what they are seeing. Incorporating various technologies and media equipment, the 16 artists in this group exhibition delve deeply into this area of visual ambiguity. ...more

The Quarterly 2.3

Winter 2016
Brenda May Gallery

Exhibition information and news for the third quarter - July-September 2016 - at Brenda May Gallery. ...more

Galleries on the move

Art Collector #76
April-June 2016
Helen McKenzie

Time has been called on the Danks Street art gallery precinct in Sydney.

Galleriest Brenda May says that she would be looking to buy a gallery space, if possible. Preferred locations for the new space are Zetland, Alexandria, Redfern, Roseberry, Chippendale, Paddington, Darlinghurst and East Sydney. "I like Change, it is good for artists and collectors," says May. "Ideally it would be good to be with like-minded individuals, but not necessarily just other galleries. Parking is important, people are time poor so parking just once makes sense." ...more

Optical Illusion Art Exhibition Announced For Sydney

The Brag
30 March 2016
Amy Henderson

The Op Art exhibition is set to hit Sydney, and we won't quite know what we're looking at.

As potent as a good case of inception, the art exhibit Op Art is set to warp reality and perception in one big manipulation of geometrical shapes and repeating colours. ...more

Colouring in for Adults

SMH (Spectrum)
5-6 March 2016

Todd Fuller's hand-drawn animation The Unite Project explores marriage equality and artistically inclined Sydneysiders are invited to contribute a frame to the work by colouring in a black-and-white still of two men kissing. ...more

20 things to see, hear. Art | Insubstantial Love Stories

4 March 2016
Sharne Wolff

Themes around homosexual love and gay subcultures are explored in several shows at Brenda May Gallery. Among them, artist Todd Fuller's 'Unite Project' considers our attitudes to marriage equality. As part of Art Month Sydney, a special colouring-in session will be held on Saturday between noon and 2pm for those who'd like to contribute to Fuller's work in progress. ...more

On show: Mardi Gras photography exhibitions

The Sydney Morning Herald (Clique)
4 March 2016

To coincide with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, there is a suite of photography exhibitions exploring LGBTQI communities, identities and cultures around Sydney and Melbourne. ...more

The Quarterly 2.2

Autumn 2016
Brenda May Gallery

Exhibition information and news for the second quarter - April to June 2016 - at Brenda May Gallery. ...more

Visual Art. Raspirical Things

SMH (Spectrum)
27-28 February 2016
Patricia Anderson

Lorraine Guddemi creates metaphors for the ephemeral nature of feminine beauty in a series of enigmatic objects in fine, white filigree porcelain. They have the immediacy of talismans and amulets. ...more

Warehouse galleries succumb to changing times

17 February 2016
Gina Fairley

After 15-years, an Australian arts institution has fallen to gentrification. The cluster of galleries is being forced to rethink the warehouse complex model. ...more

Iconic Sydney photographer C.Moore Hardy's grand finale

Star Observer
16 February 2016
Shannon Power

Her photographs of Sydney's queer community are an institution, catch C.Moore Hardy's work in all its glory at a massive exhibition at the Brenda May Gallery. ...more

Western Sydney's landscape inspires latest crop of artists at Parramatta Artists Studios

The Sydney Morning Herald
12 February 2016
Andrew Taylor

The alternative is a garage that is Saharan in summer and arctic in winter. So it is easy to understand why Catherine O'Donnell took up a residency at Parramatta Artists Studios.

"It's also nice to leave my home and my garage to get away from the cooking and the cleaning," she says. "You know, grabbing washing off the line because it's going to rain. It helps me focus."

O'Donnell's gaze is focused on the urban landscape of hardscrabble suburbs in western Sydney, which she documents in intricate charcoal sketches.

"Essentially my artist practice is what I see as the beauty in the uncelebrated and the ordinary," she says. "It's really the abstract forms and underpinning geometry that interests me and the configuration of the doors and windows and fibro sheeting." ...more

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