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Visual Art - Robert Boynes

Sydney Morning Herald (Spectrum), p.18
26-27 July, 2008
Leesha McKenny

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Boynes nails his canvases to the floor before he runs the silk screen over them, rubs them back with a scrubbing brush and gets the screen back out again. It's a process that can result in up to 30 layers n each of these featured work, which portray seemingly generic urban scenes (but are actually London, Sydney, Canberra et al) of an an everyman commuter moving through his everyman city. Unlike Boynes's earlier work, it is the commuter he's interested in here. Along with rain sweeping through thoroughfares, he captures them as the forever shifting and changing lifeblood of a city.

At Work and Home With Robert Boynes

Capital: Culture, Art, Society, pp.52-57
Issue #35, July-August 2008
Helen Musa

Left: Images: Elizabeth Hawkes

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When I visited him recently at his Macquarie home and studio where he has lived since 1982, he was rushing to finish work for Beaver Galleries' exhibition at the Melbourne Art Fair and for a solo show at Brenda May Gallery in Waterloo from July 15 to August 9 as part of the Biennale of Sydney's "Parallel Program."

Journey Through Urban Jungle - Robert Boynes

Canberra Times (Panorama), p.22
12 July, 2008
Philip O'Brien

Left: Images: Richard Briggs

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When Robert Boynes retired as head of the Painting Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art in 2006, he decided he needed a larger home studio. Freed from the demands of teaching and administration, Boynes whose work is featured in major Australian and international galleries was now able to concentrate full-time on his own art. He wanted a studio with a higher ceiling, column-free space and plenty of blank walls.He approached Canberra architect Dennis Formiatti to design and build the structure.


Metro Picks - Will Coles

Sydney Morning Herald (Metro)
11 July, 2008, p.25
Tracey Clement

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More than 20 artists wrestle with the inevitability of death in this show. Highlights include works by Jonathan Leahey, James Guppy and Nick Stranks (Bronze Classic, left). Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, 9318 1122.
Tracey Clement

Biennale of Sydney 2008 - Robert Boynes

18 June 2008

Left: Chinese Cinema, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120cm

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Robert Boynes works through a series of oppositions within his practice, both in terms of his subject matter and his creative process. He simultaneously draws attention to the outside and the inside, public and private, static and animated, the unique and the repeatable. In his new show at Brenda May Gallery in July, Boynes reflects on the nature of our urban existence by presenting his audience with snapshots of the often-mundane aspects of our lives: walking through the city, waiting for a train, pausing on the street.


The private and public nature of disease: art as a transformative medium - Melinda Le Guay

20 May 2008
J Lynn Fraser, BA(d) MES

Left: Melinda Le Guay,

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In Western society, with its emphasis on physical perfection, those who are ill or have "wounded" bodies become "the Other" - separated from society both physically, in institutions, and socially. This may well be more for society's comfort than the individual's given that, for the public, disease and intensive medical procedures are connected with taboo subjects, such as pain, blood, fragility and mortality.


Who Let The Dogs Out - Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery - Angela Macdougall

17 May 2008
Curated by Merryn Gates

Left: Angela Macdougall 'Hi' 2007 painted sheet iron/timber base 145 x 70 x 30 cm

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A long story in short bites

Who let the dogs out features a collection of entrancing works by over 60 artists from around Australia. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, video and works on paper, represent the dog in a diverse number of manifestations: at rest, at play, or at work. The exhibition's themes reflect the many different roles the dog takes on in the world of humans, and how important they are in our lives. Through the eyes of the artist we can ponder the origins of the dog, and its spiritual presence for Indigenous Australians.


Walkabout #3 - Danks Street, Waterloo (2017)

Time Out Sydney
Issue 25: April 30-May 6, 2008, pp.36-37
Luke Benedictus

Left: photo: Daniel Boud

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The standard recipe for urban gentrification works something like this. First, locate a suitable patch of industrial wasteland where the police sirens wail and broken glass litters the streets. Next, whip up some artistic buzz by opening a gallery to give the area a bit of bohemian cachet and cultural oomph. Sprinkle liberally with organic cafes and boutiques. Then simply pop in the oven and wait for the property prices to rocket.


Brenda May Gallery - An Amazing Location

Art World
February/March, 2008, p.21

Left: Photo by Jack Blundell

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Gallery Barry Keldoulis' former neighbour at Danks Street in Sydney, Brenda May Gallery, has expanded into the vacated GBK space. The extra room enables the gallery to exhibit and stock more sculptural work, a particular passion of director Brenda May. "In the past, people collected paintings until they ran out of wall space, and it was only then that they'd begin collecting sculpture," she explains. "Now sculpture has a strong audience of its own. People are more discerning and interested. Quite frankly, it's taken a while to engender respect, and this is finally coming to fruition.


A body of work taking up arms - Sculptor Will Coles likes to take the art world by surprise, writes Elizabeth Fortescue

The Daily Telegraph
26-27 January 2008
Elizabeth Fortescue

Left: Guerilla tactics ... Will Coles with his toy soldier sculpture at Danks St, Waterloo. Picture: KATRINA TEPPER

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For those who have ever been to see the popular Sculpture By The Sea under a cover of darkness, they might have spotted one of Will Coles's cement television sets somewhere on the cliff-top between Bondi and Tamarama.

Coles, 35, was rejected from the seaside exhibition in 2005, and every year since he's taken delight in the guerilla tactic of installing six or seven of his televisions alongside the authorised sculptures.

In the first year, Coles says, organisers took a while to notice his renegade activity.


A work of 'ominous beauty' wins inaugural Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize - James Guppy

Gold Coast City Art Gallery
1 December 2007

Left: Smoke Signals 2006 Synthetic polymer paint on linen, 180cm x 180 cm

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Guppy has not only received the $10,000 first prize but his work has also been separately acquired for the Gold Coast City Gallery Collection. ...more

Open Gallery - Sculpture 2007

Sydney Morning Herald
26-28 January 2007
Clara Iaccarino

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Sculpture 2007
'Form without function' celebrates fragile materials and ornamental pieces. There are Rachel Kingston's paper aeroplane 'Love Letters', crafted from porcelain and revealing numerical codes among the delicate folds; Julie Bartholomew's salute to a brand-obsessed society with 'I Am LV (Louis Vuitton)', 'I Am Chanel' and 'I Am Prada'; while Mylyn Nguyen's 'Oh Black Bird' is an installation of intricate birds on sticks with tiny gothic houses visible through their glass bellies.