CURRENT Exhibitions

Todd Fuller - Sir John Sulman Prize Finalist 2019, Art Gallery of NSW

11 May to 8 September 2019

Congratulations to Todd Fuller who was selected as one of twentysix finalist in the 2019 Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW for his hand drawn animation, With whom I was united by every tie (Captain Moonlite)

The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize on view until September 8.


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Peter Tilley at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

- Response, 2019

22 June to 4 August 2019

Peter Tilley will be exhibiting a new sculpture at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens for the Winter Solstice Sculpture Exhibition, 'Response'. The exhibition runs daily until 4 August 2019.

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Peter Tilley at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum

- Recent Acquisitions

28 June to 21 July 2019

A work or Peter Tilley's will be included at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum (MAG&M) in their exhibition, Recent Acquisitions. The exhibition will feature selected works acquired throughout the last 10 years from the Gallery's collection, including a collaborative work by Peter Tilley and Andy Devine. MAG&M is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10-5pm.

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Al Munro at Craft ACT Craft + Design Centre

- Pattern Translation

11 July to 31 August

     A solo exhibition by Al Munro which draws from her recent body of work. The exhibition consists of five pairs of dresses sewn from digitally printed fabrics and paintings. The process by which these pairs of works were produced involved translating textile patterns into painted forms, translating and manipulating these via the conventions of repeat fabric design to create digitally printed textiles/paintings, and then translating back to traditional painted form.
     Pattern Translation continues Munro's interest in translating and distorting mathematical patterns to explore relationships between textile patterning and painted abstraction and begins a new focus on the aberrations and slippages that can occur as a pattern, like a spoken message, is translated from one ‘language’ to another. 

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Charlotte Bakker

- Resonant Forms, 2019

17 July to 4 August

     Resonant Forms presents a body of sculptural work that considers the synchronicities between sculptural composition and musical improvisation. Drawing on the enduring connection between the fields of music and sculpture, these works are responsive to musical rhythm and movement. The steel and timber forms seek to articulate the lyricism inherent to musical composition, presenting a harmonious sequence of visual elements that explore implied and constructed sculptural space.
     Through an improvisational process driven by intuition, Bakker’s practice is informed by the legacy of steel sculpture, the practice of drawing in space and the rhythmic forms in classical and instrumental music. An extension of the practice of drawing in space allows for an investigation of linearity beyond the limitations of the flat surface, engaging with the three-dimensional through line, form and spatial tension. Utilisation of steel as a primary material exploits the connotation of its industrial uses, uncovering its unexpected expressive and poetic possibilities.

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Robert Boynes

- A whole life in a passing moment, 2019

17 July to 4 August

     We often make nonverbal observations and judgements about people, situations and even random objects as they pass before us.
     Some of these images may be burned into our memory and reappear as tropes that we recognise and repeat. They may be a pattern of habits or even personal taste - as in my case. I search for the drama of that moment or the stillness of another, which I find compelling in my ordinary life.
     Some of these works focus on the private and domestic, a reflection on internal thoughts and local matters. Others are more global in nature, portraying large scale social and environmental events. The pairing of these two positions place the works into a global context. These paintings stay with us as flashes of memory, like rapid bursts of light that resonate after our eyes are closed. Mysteries remain. 
     Robert Boynes, 2019

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BLACK BOX PROJECTS Presents, Todd Fuller - Ode to Clarence

- In conjunction with Grafton Regional Gallery 'Moving Image: From the Collection' (18 July to 1 Sept, 2019)

17 July to 4 August, 2019

The animation, ‘Ode to Clarence’ (which won the prestigious 2018 JADA prize at Grafton Regional Gallery) is a hand drawn and painted animation created during a residency at Grafton Regional Art Gallery in 2016. At the time, Grafton was undergoing a significant change due to the construction of a new bridge connecting the North and South of the town. This new construction has been in development for nearly thirty years and aims to replace an existing bridge, which is no longer suitable to the towns needs. However the existing bridge is of significant heritage status and charm, being one of only two of its kind in the world. There is a bitter-sweetness to this town’s progress as it watches the new concrete pilot structure grow alongside the beautiful iron bridge that it has both loved and loathed for many years. In this animation, a man arrives in town carrying a tiny piano. Falling in love with the bridge, he plays his piano on the banks of the Clarence River while the new bridge is constructed. Like Nero fiddling while Rome burnt to the ground, ‘Ode to Clarence’ explores changing rural identities and our relationships to them. 

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Catherine O'Donnell, finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019

24 July to 15 September 2019

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019 is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. The award is open to any artist who is an Australian resident, working in a 2D medium. Forty finalists will be selected for exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

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Ruth Ju-Shih Li

- Ruth Ju-Shih Li at Art Taichung, 2019

19 to 21 July 2019

Ruth Ju-Shih Li will be showcasing her work alongside a number of artists from around the world in this year's ART TAICHUNG. Taiwan Art Gallery Association (TAGA) launched ART TAICHUNG in 2013. Each year, outstanding artists are introduced by galleries in both Taiwan and abroad, providing to the people of Taichung with a visual art feast.

Charlie Sheard at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 2019

- Absolute Abstraction - curated by Dr Michael Hedger, Director, MAG&M

26 July to 1 September

This exhibition presents the work of Charlie Sheard, one of Sydney’s most respected abstract painters who has spent the last forty years developing a language of pure abstract forms. His practice is deeply concerned with the history and development of techniques and materials, and his large paintings reflect upon his wide ranging interest in European, Chinese and Australian cultural history.

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Agnes Tyson

- The Interior of Home, 2019

7 August to 25 August

     A well established genre for artists, ‘The Interior of Home’, consists of paintings depicting the artist’s homes, from childhood to the present. Our lives fill the interior spaces with our energy - our moods, aspirations, disappointments, fears, traumas, joy, celebrations - connections with ourselves and others. They hold our possessions and provide space for us to sleep, eat, wash, rest, play, relate, interact, think, create and daydream. Every home has a feeling, a kinaesthetic sensation that fills the space and these paintings engage with the unique energy of the places they depict. 
     The body of work also explores the more formal concerns of space, line, shape, tone and colour. It plays with spatial relationships, flat space and pattern. The paintings invite the observer to physically enter the spaces depicted. While these interiors are specific and personal, they also seek to take us to a space we may have known, remembered or imagined. 

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Alex Karaconji

- Morning, 2019

7 August to 25 August

     Morning is a hand-drawn animation about the first hour of my day. Although the plot is relatively simple, I have tried to draw each gesture and object as vividly as I can. In doing so, I have tried to reclaim a part of my day that I am rarely conscious of. Stop-motion animation is well-suited to this undertaking. It is slow and repetitive, and it often involves a close examination of subtle, almost imperceptible movements.
     Morning exemplifies my approach to drawing in both its domestic subject matter and in its attempt to intensify an experience of life through the close observation of fine details.

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Eliza Gosse

- Eggs With Soldiered Toast Buttered Well, 2019

28 August to 15 September

     Eggs With Soldiered Toast Buttered Well is a series of paintings based on a collection of memories by Australians who grew up in mid-century modernist homes.
     This gouache series is presented on off-white paper with the corresponding story printed above in reference to Tracey Moffatt’s 1994 Scared For Life suite. While Moffatt’s photographic series depicted suburban dramas, I present amusing and mundane stories that correspond to the home and to these mid-century designs.
     By portraying paintings of modernist architecture alongside personal anecdotes, I stress the importance of the design of this era in Australian history. My paintings capture a rich architectural moment in Australia’s recent past. The way we live contributes to our national identity and so it matters how we tell and retell our collective histories of home. There is a risk that these stories will be lost over time, just as the homes are being demolished. 

Indigo O'Rourke

- At the heart of all things, 2019

28 August to 15 September

     After reading The Secret Life of Trees by British science writer, Colin Tudge, I began to look at trees in a different way. I would drive to locations around Victoria to look at particular trees and whilst being so disheartened by humanity, the drought and climate change, trees would give me a sense of ease.
     Humanity is a mess, creating countless problems with the earth itself. Soil. Lakes. Air. Sea. Rivers…are all under stress. Those who care about humanity, as opposed to those concerned only with personal power and accumulated wealth, understand that global warming needs to be taken very seriously; common sense and basic biological theory, suggest that the more trees we retain and replant, the better managed water courses and soil erosion will be and even simply the temperature on the earth’s surface.
     My next exhibition 'At the heart of all things' explores intricate drawings of incredible trees in their entirely and on-site sketches of trees that I have repeatedly visited over the last two years. Trees affect my practice significantly because not only are they the paper I draw on but also the wooden frames that house them. In my heart trees are the centre of all things.

A world in a Looking Glass at Grafton Regional Gallery, 2019

Featuring represented artists Waratah Lahy and Mylyn Nguyen

5 September to 30 October, 2019

The magic and mystery of the everyday is captured in this enchanting exhibition of recent small scale works by Australian Artists at Grafton Regional Gallery.  Each artist draws our focus through the miniature and captures our attention to find the extraordinary and delight in the unremarkable.

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Sydney Contemporary 2019 - STAND G09

- Featuring Robert Boynes, Todd Fuller, James Guppy, Ruth Ju-Shih Li, Waratah Lahy, Mylyn Nguyen, Catherine O'Donnell, Charlie Sheard, Janet Taverner, Nicole Welch, Peter Tilley

12 to 15 September 2019

This year MAY SPACE will be bringing 10 of our represented artists to Sydney Contemporary with a special emphasis on painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, ephemera and video. Find us at Stand G09.

Janet Tavener

- Seedless, 2019

27 November to 21 December, 2019

Seedless, looks at the threat climate change poses to the humble seed and the catastrophic cascading effect it will have on our complex food chain. In the previous work, The Last Seed, frozen fruit and vegetables floated alongside tiny seeds encased in balls of ice. In the new chapter the primary subjects are the seeds, whose ice cocoons are melting away. Now golden, to denote their preciousness, the seeds, hemmed in by air bubbles, appear suspended in gently effervescing poolssuggestive of both the petri dish and the cosmos – microbiology and the lunar surface. These connections between macro and micro worlds highlights just how precious and precarious life on earth is.

Square - Group Exhibition

- Coordinated by Lisa Jones, 2019

18 September to 14 October

Square is a group exhibition of mid-career artists working in a range of media and across genres of painting and sculpture.

Square is an improvisation in visual art that uses a set format as an aesthetic platform or starting point for each artist. Each artist improvises on four 40 x 40cm Ash panels.

Square artists are Lynne Eastaway, Richard Dunn, Catherine O’Donnell, Daniel Hollier, Pollyxenia Joannou, Lisa Jones, Stephen Little, Tom Loveday, Al Munro and Stuart Smith.

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Ruth Ju-Shih Li - Korean International Ceramics Biennale, 2019

- Featuring represented artist, Ruth Ju-Shih Li

27 September 2019

The Korean International Ceramics Biennale 2019 presents works by 302 artists, from whom two Prize winners will be selected. The exhibition is hosted by Gyeonggi-do Province, Republic of Korea and organised by the Korea Ceramic Foundation. The online exhibition will launch on 27 September 2019 and will remain online permanently.

Keiko Matsui

- Concave, 2019

16 October to 3 November

'For some time now I have been making sculptural vessels, pursuing simplicity and eternal beauty in my work. With this exhibition I am choosing to challenge the form these vessels take. With endless options available to me, I have chosen to produce concave shapes, utilising both coarse stoneware and smooth porcelain. Curved and organic lines lead across each form, where each concave could be part of an arch or a cave; an alcove or nest; a hollow or aperture, inviting viewers to reach out and touch the object.

The new forms may look simple, yet the process is quite complicated. Each form is thrown, section by section. I cut and alter the form, rejoining pieces to create the complex curves and concaves, combining the textures of both the coarse and smooth clay bodies. By limiting my colour palette to a monochromatic range of black and white, with a hint of gold or silver, the form of each ceramic is clearly allowed to speak.

This series of vessels is one of contrast. The contrasting colours, textures, and materials working together in each object embody the disparate elements of my own personality. Within the black stoneware, I see my strength, boldness and resilience, while the white porcelain is my fragility and sensitivity. I believe the duplexity in each form not only speaks to my duality in my nature but to the contrasting aspects present within every one.'

- Keiko Matsui, May 2019

James Guppy

- What is left behind, 2019

16 October to 3 November

     In the Northern Rivers fires are very much a part of life here… bushfires, the canefields, the winter burnoffs.
A few years back we burnt a few big camphor laurel stumps that had been felled many years ago to make way for orchards and gardens. As we kept a watchful eye on the fire… we took photos.  The flames, smoke and slow charcoaling of the wood were mesmerising.
     The photographs looked like alien landscapes; strange and evocative of some other place. It was their ambiguity; the images were of burnt root balls but the scale was confusing and also suggested monumental landscapes. I began to see other worlds in them with looming mountains and far off in the distance minute trails that inhabitants might travel through.
     Such strange and elusive forms became an exercise in possibilities: the charred branches were also spinal vertebrae, the ashen root balls... crustaceans and wild boars. I began to play with the other things hidden in the smoke and fire.  There were mysteries, old mythologies and living things amongst the flames half glimpsed, intuited. Stories began to evolve as I painted. 
     The world seemed to be echoing the stories as I worked… historic heat waves, mass extinctions and migrations, predictions of chaos and doom reducing us to scrabbled existences in destroyed lands.
     Each of these paintings began with the burn we did on that winter’s day. The stories that grew in them… mark the legacy we leave behind us.
James Guppy, May 2019

Catherine O'Donnell at Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, 2019

- Cité Spinoza, Paris - Solo Exhibition

7 November to 5 December 2019

An exhibition by Catherine O'Donnell at Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, awarded for winning the Grace Cossington Smith Acquisitive Art Award in 2018.

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Ruth Ju-Shih Li at Yingge Ceramics Museum, 2019

- Florilegium, 2019

8 November to 29 December 2019

Florilegium, a Solo exhibition by Ruth Ju-Shih Li at Yingee Ceramics Museum, Taiwan.

Nicole Welch at Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, 2019-2020

- Altered States - curated group show with Tamara Dean

30 November 2019 – 8 February 2020

The exhibition will explore Australian identity and our changing relationship with our natural environment through landscape photographs which have been modified by the hand of the artist. By adjusting the expected vista, with the addition of foreign objects, figures or projections, the artists cause us to look twice at their works and question the land we inhabit and how we relate to it, now and throughout history.

- Bridget Macleod, Curator, Shoalhaven Regional Gallery, 2019

Ruth Ju-Shih Li at CC Gallery, Taiwan

- Solo Exhibition, 2020

14 January to 29 February 2020

A Solo exhibition by Ruth Ju-Shih Li at CC Gallery, Taiwan.

Hendrik Kolenberg & Evan Salmon

- Urbanscapes, 2020

29 January to 16 February 2020

Evan Salmon and Hendrik Kolenberg share an interest in making paintings of their suburban environment – streets & traffic, houses & rooftops, cranes, telegraph poles & wheelie bins, domestic and industrial settings, the working harbour, parkland & waterways. They find their subjects in the familiar everyday or commonplace, the city & suburbs as well as further afield. For Evan that includes landscape near at hand; for Hendrik, Rotterdam, his birthplace. It isn’t place that matters to them as much as the power of light to transform, intensify or surprise them.

This selection of recent paintings  features subjects close to home for each of them, around Warrawong, south of Sydney and Eastwood in Sydney’s north west, each typical of modern urbanism and its unencumbered spread north, south and west of metropolitan Sydney. Painting En Plein Air has preoccupied Evan for some years now, while Hendrik constructs his paintings from drawings and studies in pen & ink, charcoal and oil on paper.

Evan and Hendrik draw together (which is how their friendship developed) and with others but painting is a private occupation for them. This is their first exhibition together.

Top: Evan Salmon, Truck depot, Port Kembla 1, 2019, oil on linen, 51.5 x 61cm
Bottom: Hendrik Kolenberg, House fronts, First Avenue, Eastwood, 2019, oil on gesso on linen on plywood, 63 x 72cm

Catherine O'Donnell, Fibro Façade

- An installation by Catherine O'Donnell for Tweed Regional Gallery, 2020

31 January to 28 June 2020

> Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, 31 January to 28 June 2020.

     “Catherine O’Donnell’s draughtsmanship skills are some of the finest this country has even seen. Rather than create static replications of sites, she imbues her houses with a pathos and resonance which reveals her talents as a storyteller. It is this strength that draws audiences beyond the awe of her life-like drawings, evoking the shared experience of home...” - Lizzy Marshall, curator of 2168: Estate of Tomorrow
     Fibro Façade
is an installation comprising eleven meticulous charcoal drawings of elements from common fibro housing and an architectural tape outline connecting them. O’Donnell’s installation was commissioned by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and was on display there in 2018 in the solo exhibition 2168: Estate of Tomorrow.
     O’Donnell leaves the screen door ajar, pulls back the curtain, opens the window and shows the uneven lines of the venetian blinds to reveal that her renderings are equally about the occupants as they are about the structures that they call home.

Images by Silversalt Photography, courtesy of the Artist and MAY SPACE Sydney

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Ruth Ju-Shih Li at Kyoto Ceramics Centre, Japan

- Australian Flowers Exhibition, 2020

17 to 29 April 2020

Australian Flowers Exhibition, a group exhibition with Ruth Ju-Shih Li at the Kyoto Ceramic Centre, Japan.

Catherine O'Donnell and Waratah Lahy at Canberra Museum + Gallery (CMAG) 2020

- A group exhibition curated by Mark Bayly

1 August to 7 November 2020

Communities are formed by people and the built environments they construct and reside in. This exhibition examines imagery derived from, or alluding to, the built environment and ways of living in specific locations with particular identities. These material and social constructs take multiple forms - from high-rise, high-end apartments to prosaic suburban divisions, to locations where people have endured the collapse of their communities.

The focus of this project is how contemporary artists and designers translate their responses to the built environment. In doing so, the exhibition tells individual stories of the resilience and imagination of the human spirit.