Catherine O'Donnell's 'celebration of the overlooked' transforms humble locations into experiences of significance, writes Vanessa Berry.
Experience Sydney's thriving arts community this month during the ninth annual festival of 'Art Month' on from 1 to 25 March across a multitude of galleries and creative spaces from the city to the suburbs. The program is brimming with exhibitions, performance, workshops, talks, walks and studio tours featuring a vast array of works across all contemporary art forms. Highlights include: 'the Collectors' Space' exhibition at MAY SPACE from 1 to 17 March...
1 March 2018
There's a big difference between viewing art in a gallery and viewing it in someone's home. The first option lends itself to detached study, while art hung on a living room wall often comes hand-in-hand with a human story and personal history. It's an intimate experience few art lovers get to enjoy.
This Art Month, a new exhibition, Collectors' Space, will blur the line between these two formats. Held at May Space in Waterloo, the exhibition plucks art from the homes of artists and curators and opens it up to public viewing.Read online: https://www.broadsheet.com.au/sydney/art-and-design/article/sydneys-most-intimate-art-exhibition
January - March 2018
Curator Kate Britton clearly had a steak of inspiration when she was asked to concoct something for the 2018 Collector's Space at MAY SPACE. As artistic director of Art Month Sydney 2018, Britton will delve into the personal collections of carefully selected artists and practitioners who include Abdul Abdullah, Tony Albert, Tess Allas, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, and Emma Price. Those included all have stellar careers and long-term commitments to the artists they have supported.
17 January 2018
Daniel Mudie Cunningham
When I think about trauma, my thoughts inevitably drift towards musicals. The emotional, physical, spiritual and sexual abuses I've experienced - especially in my youth - somehow shaped who I am today as a queer man who sees the world through music. The genre of the musical thrives from making sunshine of shit. Bad things happen, but transforming them into song and dance makes us feel like everything will be alright in the end.
Read online here: http://www.artmonthly.org.au/blog/billy
Internationally recognised and locally loved, Carol Murphy is a sculptor best known for her figurative sculptural method and textured vessels. With more solo exhibitions under her belt than she has fingers and toes, this well-seasoned artist's work often features thick-limbed figures that dance around the themes of innocence, suggestiveness and fulfilment, or a lack thereof. Whether it's introspective figures in demure tones or coltish characters draped in bold colours, the work produced by Carol Murphy is always exceptional.
24 November 2017
Tomorrow is the last day to catch this display of contemporary drawings. A nod to the fundamental nature of the medium, the exhibition's roll call of over 20 artists includes Noel McKenna, Catherine O'Donnell and Paul White. All are welcome to attend Saturday afternoon's artist panel conversation, Drawing Conclusions.
11-12 November 2017
Group exhibition Out of Line pays tribute to the fundamental nature of drawing and the depth of potential behind the simple line. Exploring a variety of aesthetics, mediums and technologies, the pieces in this exhibition aim to defy expectations. Featured artists include Margaret Ackland, Edgar Schilter, Mylyn Nguyen and Anastasia Parmson.
October - December 2017
Sydney-based artist and photographer Ashleigh Garwood began 2017 with a residency at the University of Idaho in the Astrophysics Department, deciphering astrophotography, and the myriad scientific lenses used to determine the colour and composition of the universe beyond our sight--radio and gravitational waves, weather patterns, and mapping inferences, for example.
These composite dimensions and systems of information beyond regular vision are what interests Garwood, who is also currently completing an honours year in photography at the University of Technology, Sydney.
12 October 2017
Ashleigh Garwood is drawn to dramatic landscapes: the frigid majesty of glaciers, the caldera of volcanoes, deep ruptures in the surface of the planet; places that have an otherworldly ambience. But the photographs she presents in her solo show, Massing, are literally not of this earth. Or rather they are and they are not.Read online: http://artguide.com.au/ashleigh-garwood-photographs-the-future-in-massing