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8 Days: Your Sunday to Sunday Planner

SMH (S Liftout)
14 August 2016
Nicole Elphick

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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.



The Dobell Drawing Biennial: modestly staged, impressively rendered

The Conversation
12 August 2016
Andrew Frost

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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…



Glebe artist inspired by childhood fantasy of a pet dugong

Daily Telegraph
11 August 2016
Elizabeth Fortescue

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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.



Close to home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Art Guide website
9 August 2016
Naomi Gall

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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.

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Close to Home : Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Art Gallery of NSW
July 2016
Anne Ryan

Over the past three decades there has been a significant revival of drawing in Australia. Today there are more artists drawing, and more drawings being made, than ever before.

Close to home, the 2nd Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, includes the work of six artists whose work is connected by a simple thread of visual story-telling. Their drawings are poetic narratives, based on memory and experience. While their subjects come from the particular, they resonate beyond with universal relevance and appeal.

The artists:

- Jumaadi
- Maria Kontis

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8 Days: Your Sunday to Sunday Planner

SMH (S Liftout)
17 July 2016
Nicole Elphick

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The architecture of the beach-side suburb is charmingly depicted in Kevin McKay's small oil paintings on display for So Bondi (until August 4).



Environment art is no longer just a political voice but images that stoke the heart with passion

Western Advocate
9 July 2016
Emma Hill

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BRAG audiences will remember the highly successful Illumination: New Work by Nicole Welch exhibition, shown here in 2012. Eastern Interiors follows on, utilising similar processes while surveying new forms, destinations and histories.

Beginning in her home of Bathurst and finishing in Albury, Welch has drawn on the historic archives and journals of Thomas Mitchell, explorer and the original Surveyor General of NSW to extract the original pathways into the eastern interior of NSW.

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Art & Design

Vogue Living
July 2016
Freya Herring

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In Kevin McKay's new exhibition, So Bondi, the historic buildings of Australia's most celebrated beach are given the same dignity as would befit a formal portrait, as Blue Building, North Bondi (2016, above) illustrates. It runs 9 July - 4 August at Sydney's Brenda May Gallery.



Drawn from within

Look
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.

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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.

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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.