More exhibitions on view in August

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Glasshouse Regional Gallery
Until 28 August 2016

A trio of Todd Fuller’s hand-drawn animations will be on view later this month in a solo exhibition at Glasshouse Regional Gallery. The selection includes Fuller’s sold out film ‘adrift‘, his collaboration with musician Abby Smith ‘One and Only‘ and the Gallery favourite ‘Summer’s End‘. These animations, among others, can also be viewed on our website here.

Pictured: Todd Fuller, Exhibition Install of ‘Inside the Line’ 2016, Glasshouse Regional Gallery

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Goldmoss Projects, Vancouver
Until 20 August 2016

Tanmaya Bingham’s incredible drawings will be a part of a three person exhibition in Vancouver. This is a satellite show presented by Goldmoss Projects that will take place in Callister Brewing in BC, Canada.

Pictured: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Ecstasy’ (detail) 2016, colored pencil and mixed media on panel, 91 x 182cm

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 5.37.04 pmBlack Harvest
Manly Art Gallery & Museum
Until 4 September 2016

Peter Tilley’s touring collaborative exhibition with Andy Devine includes both individual and joint artworks, referencing the Hunter Valley Region.

Pictured: Peter Tilley + Andy Devine, ‘Response #20’ 2014




Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 5.39.58 pmPaul Guest Prize Exhibition
Bendigo Art Gallery
27 August to 16 October 2016

Both Catherine O’Donnell and Todd Fuller are selected as finalists for the Paul Guest Prize for contemporary drawing.

Pictured: (top) Todd Fuller, ‘how to raise a siren’ 2016, hand drawn film – 6:46mins, edition of 8
(bottom) Catherine O’Donnell, ‘Urban dwellings series 1’ (detail) 2016, pencil on paper, 25 x 59cm

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Todd Fuller, Catherine O’Donnell and Kevin McKay at Artarmon Galleries William Fletcher Rome Residency Exhibition 13 to 27 August 2016

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Every two years the William Fletcher Foundation awards an artist a residency with the British School at Rome. In 2013, Todd Fuller was chosen as the Rome Resident, and Kevin McKay in 2011 with Catherine O’Donnell as a finalist. All three artists will have work on view in this exhibition at Artarmon Galleries that looks at the artists involved in the three iterations of this prestigious award.

< Todd Fuller, ‘The lobby’ 2013
oil, pigment + copper on terracotta, 39 x 14 x 22cm

Todd Fuller at Grafton Regional Gallery Storylines: Drawings from Near and Far 31 August to 23 October 2016

At the end of this month a solo exhibition by Todd Fuller will open at Grafton Regional Gallery during his artist in residence with the gallery. This residency is in conjunction with 2016 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA).

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Todd Fuller, ‘Untitled 5 (Postcards to the Pope)’ 2013, chalk, charcoal, watercolour + acrylic on paper, 78.5 x 108cm

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Just Draw at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery Featuring Todd Fuller and Catherine O’Donnell 19 August to 2 October 2016

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Catherine O’Donnell, ‘Available for Public Hire’ 2009, charcoal and graphite on paper, 150 x 430cm

Represented artist Todd Fuller has co-curated a snapshot of Australian contemporary drawing practices with Lisa Woolfe for the touring exhibition Just Draw, which will be on view at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery this month. Catherine O’Donnell’s impressive drawing ‘Available for Public Hire’ was selected from her personal collection, and the show also features Fuller’s hand-drawn animation ‘Little Star’, along with a number of drawings from the same suite.

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Todd Fuller, ‘Untitled (Little Star 8)’ 2015, charcoal, acrylic and chalk on paper, 56 x 87cm

TODD FULLER and DIRECTOR’S CUT on view until Thursday 1 September

We are pleased to present you with the exhibition catalogues for Seven rules for raising your siren by TODD FULLER and Director’s Cut, an excerpt from the private collection of Brenda May.

▶ Click here to view the lookbook for TODD FULLER
▶ Click here to view the lookbook for DIRECTOR’S CUT



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Todd Fuller, ‘how to raise a siren’ 2016
hand-drawn film – 6:46mins, edition of 8
$950 (1/8, 3/8, 4/8 – SOLD. 2/8 – RESERVED)



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On view from Saturday 6 August to Thursday 1 September 2016

Join us for drinks with Todd on Saturday afternoon, 6 August, 3-5pm

▶ TODD FULLER, Seven rules for raising your siren
After 18 months of immersive work, Todd Fuller’s latest film presents an imaginative tale that brings together two unlikely characters: a sea dugong (sirenia) and a boy. In Fuller’s trademark style, the hand drawn film was created using paint and charcoal — erasing, re-painting and drawing to conjure movement in the resulting artworks. Drawing regularly at Sydney Sealife Aquarium, Fuller observed Sydney’s dugongs, Waru and Pig, becoming acquainted with their gestures, mannerisms and movements.

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▶ DIRECTOR’S CUT, An excerpt from the private collection of Brenda May
Being the director of a contemporary gallery, Brenda May has inevitably amassed an impressive collection of artworks. Bringing the private into the public eye, Director’s Cut is an invitation to view a selection of these acquisitions, all purchased within a strict budget over the last thirty years.

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How to raise a siren…


The word ‘siren’ carries multiple meanings. It is an alarm: a loud prolonged sound signifying danger, a warning to all within earshot that something is amiss. Greek mythology depicts sirens as hybrid bird-woman creatures whose enchanting song lured unwary sailors to their deaths. At some point the lore of sirens merged with legends of Nereids or sea nymphs, giving rise to accounts of mermaids recorded in sailor’s logs for centuries. The term siren is also applied to another seemingly mythical creature that has historically been mistaken for the fabled mermaid – the dugong. A family of marine mammals belonging to the order of Sirenia, dugongs are more closely related to elephants than aquatic mammals such as dolphins or whales. Gentle beings, vulnerable to environmental change and the loss of their habitat, they are almost comical in appearance. Despite a body the shape of a large, pale jellybean with fins and the head of a cow, the dugong improbably possess a sentient grace and familiarity of expression that carries echoes of humanity.

In How to raise a siren, 2016, multi-disciplinary artist Todd Fuller gives consideration to different interpretations of the term siren, while also using the dugong as a means to explore themes of conservation, innocence, naivety, imagination and love. The hand-drawn animation, set to a soundtrack of ocean waves, opens on a monochromatic coastal landscape tinted with a palette of blues that range from inky purple through to vibrant turquoise, occasionally balanced by warm gold tones that colour the sands of Sydney’s Bondi Beach. A vintage shark alarm indicates that there may be some kind of danger present, a notion soon compounded by the appearance of ominous shapes on the horizon – dark, threatening ships that cast lawnmowers into the pristine water.

A sense of nostalgia is palpable, the sound of waves evoking memories of days spent by the sea, hunting for treasures in rock pools at low tide. A child stands on a rock holding a jar, a tiny dugong falls from the sky and is captured, rescued, taken home to be raised and nurtured. The ships return in different guises throughout the video – a menacing presence in a poster on the wall of the child’s room or as toys in the bathtub – infiltrating otherwise familiar scenes of security. A pervasive reminder of the effect we have on the marine environment, but also representative of the way the everyday reality of living can impact creativity and imagination. How to raise a siren isn’t just a narrative about environmental conservation, though the preservation of the natural world is an undeniably important theme. It is also a chronicle about the importance of safeguarding imagination in a world where reality often imposes limitations on our hopes and our dreams.

When the dugong falls from the sky, it is as a manifestation of inspiration and creativity, and a personification of the vulnerability of our aspirations. Despite the ever-present hazards and dangers of the world, the dugong is cared for and protected, swimming happily in fish bowls and bath tubs, growing and flourishing even as the child matures and becomes an adult. Eventually, outgrowing every vessel and receptacle, too large and exuberant to be limited or contained, the dugong is transported back to the ocean, and set free.

Written by Tai Spruyt, August 2016

New in the stockroom

Mylyn Nguyen:

Three new framed works by Mylyn Nguyen are now available in the Gallery’s stockroom. Each work in this series places detailed paper moths either in conversation or lined up in an entomological fashion. Versions of these furry cut-out creatures have previously featured in collaborative pieces Nguyen created with Todd Fuller and more recently installed beneath the feet of attendees to the 2015 edition of Installation Contemporary at Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks.

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< Mylyn Nguyen, ‘Meeting’ 2016 (+ detail image)
watercolour, acrylic, flocking, fibre on paper
25 x 25 x 4.5cm (frame size) – $750

Also available are ‘Meeting Too’ ($650) and ‘Moth Parade‘ ($850)






Todd Fuller:

Currently suspended from the rafters at Brenda May Gallery is a new sculpture by Todd Fuller that sees a portly bronze figure being carried by a cluster of umbrellas.

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< Todd Fuller, ‘he just leapt, closed his eyes and hoped for the best II’ 2016, bronze, steel, found objects, swivel, clip and wire – unique, 119 x 78 x 73cm variable – $6,800


Catherine O’Donnell | Mosman Art Gallery:

‘Silent Sentinel’, a large-scale, meticulously executed, charcoal drawing that appears to be simultaneously unfolding and crumbling before the viewer’s eyes, has been acquired by Mosman Art Gallery.

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Catherine O’Donnell, ‘Silent Sentinel’ 2013, charcoal on paper, 150 x 216cm

Todd Fuller | Maitland Regional Art Gallery:

Maitland Regional Art Gallery has acquired ‘Untitled Bunnies’, a mixed media collage that displays joy, motion and contemplation.

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Todd Fuller, ‘Untitled Bunnies’ 2011, mixed media collage on paper, 51 x 110cm

Quarterly 2.3

We are pleased to present the seventh edition of our Quarterly publication which contains the exhibition information for July – September 2016. You can view Quarterly 2.3 by clicking here.

Upcoming exhibitions include Dion Horstmans, Kevin McKay, Erica Seccombe, Todd Fuller, Polly Stanton, Ashleigh Garwood, Leslie Oliver, and the curated exhibition Director’s Cut: an excerpt from the private collection of Brenda May.