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Drawn from within

July 2016
John Saxby

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Among the works on paper, glass and video that visitors to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial in 2014 encountered was a gigantic boulder from the state's far west, installed by artist Peter Sharp and evoking the show's landscape theme.

This year's theme - artists' personal narratives of memory and life - aims to reflect a more interior experience.



Visual Art. Op Art

SMH (Spectrum)
25-26 June 2016
Patricia Anderson

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Op art is a movement based on optical illusion, which can be traced back to the English artist Brigitte Riley. In this show, a selection of Australian artists has created illusions on canvas, board and aluminum that exercise the eye - and dazzle it too.

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

Art Guide
14 June 2016
Naomi Gall

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"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.


The Quarterly 2.3

Winter 2016
Brenda May Gallery

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

Galleries on the move

Art Collector #76
April-June 2016
Helen McKenzie

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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."

Optical Illusion Art Exhibition Announced For Sydney

The Brag
30 March 2016
Amy Henderson

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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.

The exhibition is set to provide art that'll have us squinting with incredulous awe. Flat lines will seem to buckle and bend, stationary colours to leap and weep, patterns to quivker and writhe. Suffice to say, the deception and intrigue game will match whatever House Of Cards could ever deliver.


Colouring in for Adults

SMH (Spectrum)
5-6 March 2016

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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.

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

4 March 2016
Sharne Wolff

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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.

On show: Mardi Gras photography exhibitions

The Sydney Morning Herald (Clique)
4 March 2016

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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.

Sydney, Sex & Subculture (historical, hysterical, & happy recollections of the queer community) is a collection of 35 years' work documenting Sydney's queer community by photographer C. Moore Hardy.


The Quarterly 2.2

Autumn 2016
Brenda May Gallery

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

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Visual Art. Raspirical Things

SMH (Spectrum)
27-28 February 2016
Patricia Anderson

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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. Until March 17, Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo,

Warehouse galleries succumb to changing times

17 February 2016
Gina Fairley

An article in 2013 reported as news: 'The warehouse era begins in the Los Angeles Art World'. It was a curious headline given that some twenty years earlier American art collector Tom Patchett financed the development of Bergamot Station in Santa Monica in 1994, reputed to be the first complex of large-scale art galleries in a semi-industrial area. It housed 20 galleries that ringed its own parking lot.