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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.

Fun first to go, arts bodies fear

Sydney Morning Herald
6 June 2000
Peter Gotting

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Sydney's cultural institutions are bracing themselves for the introduction of the GST, fearing patrons will desert leisure activities as prices rise.


Conversely, the director of Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Brenda May, said GST uncertainty had caused a downturn in sales over the past two months.

"I think that people have pre-GST jitters," she said. "A lot of people are unsure of the full implications. People are really being a bit careful."


Selling art at the softer edge

Sydney Morning Herald
8 May 1995
Bruce James

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Brenda May is big on personality. The gamine-faced owner-director of Redfern's Access Contemporary Art Gallery has the megawatt presence one associates with talk-show television. Plus the verbal drive.


Gallery moving to get nearer the scene

Sydney Morning Herald
Michael Hutak

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After almost eight years in Balmain, Access Contemporary Art Gallery is investing $1 million to move premises to a new warehouse in the heart of Redfern's emerging gallery belt.

"The building cost us in excess of half a million, and the refurbishment will cost the same," gallery director Brenda May revealed yesterday.

Access - which specialises in Australian contemporary painting and sculpture - will begin refurbishment of the Boronia Street premises next week and plans to move into the 550-square-metre space in October.