Installing this edition of the biennial took the efforts of many. Sydney artist Catherine O'Donnell is pictured realising her large-scale charcoal and pencil wall drawing Inhabited space, Jumaadi is arranging his work Halfway to the light, halfway through the night and Richard Lewer's nine drawing series makes its way onto the wall, while a young Gallery visitor approaches O'Donnell's finished work.
29 September 2016
Catherine O'Donnell doesn't argue when people comment that her near life-size charcoal drawing, Inhabited Space, is just "an ugly Western Sydney house". "Yes. It is. But other tings attach to (these houses) for," O'Donnell says at Art Gallery of NSW, where the work hangs in the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial.
Als jong meisje leerde Melinda Le Guay breien. Ze blies deze vaardigheid nieuw leven in door het maken van een serie bijzondere jurkjes, getiteld Con ict. Voor dit project bestu- deerde de kunstenaar het proces van het breien om meer te weten te komen over de arbeidsintensieve herhaling die ook dit 'vrouwenwerk' kenmerkt. Ze breide haar delicate, transparante sculpturen van ijzerdraad in plaats van de gebruike- lijke zachte materialen. Het verbeeldt een con ict tussen enerzijds bescherming van de fysieke en psychische gevoeligheid van vrouwen en anderzijds de blootstelling ervan....more
Byron Arts Magazine
Originally from England, James Guppy emigrated to Australia over 30 years ago and settled in the Northern Rivers. He has been awarded the Border Art Prize and Blake Prize for Religious Art, among others, and has exhibited twice in the Archibald Prize. Read online here: https://issuu.com/byronartsmagazine/docs/bam.issuethreefinal
SMH (Spectrum), p.16-17
10-11 September 2016
In its first incarnation, the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial concentrated on landscape. For the second biennial, subtitled Close to Home, curator Anne Ryan has come up with something much cooler, namely "narrative based on memory and experience".
Skill is more conspicuous in Catherine O'Donnell's Inhabited Space (2015-16), but there is an emphatic side as well. Known for relatively small, precise pencil drawings of buildings, O'Donnell has taken a new turn here, finding a way to make those drawings inhabit an entire wall.
26 August 2016
A member of the order Sirenia, the vulnerable dugong is an herbivorous aquatic mammal and a siren of the sea. Via works on paper, sculptures and a beautifully hand-drawn animated video, artist Todd Fuller's latest show dispenses handy tips on how to care for a stray dugong if you're lucky enough to catch one falling from the sky. Fuller's refreshingly sensitive story of love and imagination will appeal to the child in everyone.
Artist Profile, p.86-91
For Catherine O'Donnell a later start to art has not limited the conceptual maturity of her practice. She began making art in early 2000, her drive has been fuelled by a lifelong connection to place and the home. Drawn to the familiar and unrepresented. O'Donnell depicts everyday images from plumbing to suburban homes, moving between hyperrealism and abstraction in her construction of geometric shapes and forms.
SMH (S Liftout)
14 August 2016
The second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial: Close to Home (until December 11) presents images from Jumaadi, Maria Kontis, Richard Lewer, Noel McKenna, Catherine O'Donnell and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.
12 August 2016
Catherine O'Donnell's massive Inhabited Space (2015-16) is a wall drawing that depicts the simple lines of the suburban fibro house; its windows and screen doors hyper detailed charcoal on paper drawings. Together, the schematic outline and the detail coalesce, and like Yunupingu's drawings, float between abstraction and figuration. Read online here: https://theconversation.com/the-dobell-drawing-biennial-modestly-staged…
11 August 2016
In a consumer society, the precious commodity of imagination is in just as much peril as the gentle dugongs whose dwindling supply of seagrass has put them on the endangered species list.
So says Glebe artist Todd Fuller, 27, whose new artwork was inspired by his childhood fantasy of a pet dugong. Fuller's hand-drawn animation Seven Rules for Raising Your Siren is on view at Brenda May Gallery.
Art Guide website
9 August 2016
Presenting the work of six artists, Close to home is the second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial. Jumaadi, Maria Kontis, Richard Lewer, Noel McKenna, Catherine O'Donnell and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu explore narratives based on memory and experience. With an intense intimacy and personal poignancy, these six storytellers present complex themes, from death to depression, that are both beautiful and unnerving.