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Now on view: Todd Fuller in Sculpture 2016: Bronze

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Our current group exhibition Sculpture 2016: Bronze features Todd Fuller’s first work in bronze. The work centres on his recurring potbellied, schadenfreude male figure – this time suspended from ‘balloons’ made from clusters of small, painted umbrellas. This is the first in a small series of sculptures on the same theme. On view until Thursday 18 February.

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


Insubstantial Love Stories
20 February to 17 March 2016

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Premiering on Saturday 20 February, is Todd Fuller’s newest animation, ‘Unite project’, a participatory artwork surveying a range of responses to marriage equality. Fuller supplied members of the public with black + white stills from the film depicting two men engaged in a passionate kiss. The participants were encouraged to respond to the image by colouring in the figures with the resulting images complied into a hand drawn animation.

You can contribute to the ‘Unite Project’ in a colouring-in session for adults on Saturday 5 March, as part of Art Month Sydney. This film invites visitors to sit and respond to the work through drawing, colouring, writing or collage. To date, over 300 participants have completed their own frames which have been scanned and inserted into the ’Unite Project’ film. Add your voice to this unique project.

> Opening drinks, Saturday 20 February, 3-5pm
> Colouring-in for Adults, Saturday 5 March, 12-2pm

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Just Draw at Newcastle Art Gallery

On view starting 6 February is Just Draw at Newcastle Art Gallery. This exhibition, co-curated by Todd Fuller, features drawings from his Little Star series. A monumental charcoal drawing by Catherine O’Donnell selected from her personal collection is also featured. Don’t miss this exhibition celebrating a range of contemporary drawing applications, show runs until 1 May 2016.

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< Todd Fuller ‘Little Star’ 2015, hand drawn film – 6:44min, edition of 8, $850

Black Box Projects – Grayson Cooke, AgX

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On view until 18 February 2016

Also on view until 18 February are two of Grayson Cooke’s captivating video works in Black Box Projects. AgX is an art-science project about material memory; it features time-lapse photography of photographic negatives being chemically destroyed. The crystalline structures we see are what is known as a redox reaction. Because of where these two metals sit in the electro-negativity series, the copper essentially ‘pulls’ the silver out of the nitrate, forming incredibly complex tree-like structures of silver suspended in solution. Click here for the exhibition page on our website.

Sculpture 2016: Bronze

On view until Thursday 18 February!

Welcome to our first exhibition for the year – Sculpture 2016: Bronze. This show pays homage to the versatility of this important, sculptural material. Although unified by medium, the exhibition reflects the differing ways contemporary artists manipulate bronze within their sculptural practices. A few of the works have been highlighted below, however click here to view the entire exhibition.

Artists: Marguerite Derricourt, Todd Fuller, Titania Henderson (Karen Woodbury Gallery), Christopher Hodges (Utopia Art Sydney), Lucy Irvine, Anita Larkin (Defiance Gallery), Barbara Licha, Dan Lorrimer, Mylyn Nguyen, Leslie Oliver, Anne Ross, Morgan Shimeld, Benjamin Storch, Susanna Strati, Terry Stringer (Robin Gibson Gallery), Peter Tilley, Belinda Winkler.

 

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30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works

30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works
On view until 19 December 2015

Our 30th Anniversary exhibition is now on view featuring a range of artworks including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and video. The thirty artists featured in this exhibition are a tiny sample indicative of the scope of the artists represented over the last thirty years in Sydney.
▶ Click here to view the exhibition page
▶ Click here to view the catalogue

The catalogue is available for $10 ($12.50 posted Australia wide)
Reserve your copy by email or visit the Gallery to pick one up.

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Important dates + changes in 2016

Brenda May Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition | 24 November to 19 December 2015
Last day of business for the year | 19 December 2015, 10am-5pm
Christmas Closure Dates | 20 December 2015 to 28 January 2016 (inclusive)
First Exhibitions for 2016, Sculpture 2016: Bronze and Grayson Cooke – video | 29 January to 18 February 2016
2 Danks Street Gala opening event | 3 February 2016, 6-8pm

2016 will see a change to our exhibition structure.
From next year, our monthly shows will open on a Saturday and end on a Thursday.

30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works – 24 November to 19 December 2015

This year marks the 30th year of Brenda May’s career as Gallery Director—from Access Contemporary Art Gallery in Balmain, Forest Lodge, and Redfern, to Brenda May Gallery here at Danks Street. In 2015 we looked through our archives to create a retrospective exhibition featuring one work to represent each year as a celebration of the many artists’ careers the Gallery has fostered.

The thirty artists featured in this exhibition are a tiny sample indicative of the scope of the artists represented over the last thirty years:
Tanmaya Bingham
Robert Boynes
Jim Croke
Sybil Curtis
Todd Fuller
James Guppy
Waratah Lahy
Melinda Le Guay
Al Munro
Carol Murphy
Mylyn Nguyen
Catherine O’Donnell
Leslie Oliver
Lezlie Tilley
Peter Tilley
Nicole Welch
Alex Asch (Beaver Galleries)
Jo Bertini (Olsen Irwin)
Graham Blondel
Kate Dorrough (Arthouse Gallery)
Caroline Durré
Rachel Ellis (King Street Gallery on William)
Brenda Humble
John Kelly (Liverpool Street Gallery)
Barbara Licha
Leo Robba (King Street Gallery on William)
Anne Ross
Marc Standing (King Street Gallery on William)
Jim Thalassoudis (Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary)
Hadyn Wilson (Frances Keevil Gallery)

▶ Click here to view the exhibition page
▶ Click here to view the catalogue

The catalogue is available for $10 ($12.50 posted Australia wide)
Reserve your copy by email or visit the Gallery to pick one up.

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Important dates + changes in 2016

Brenda May Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition | 24 November to 19 December 2015
Last day of business for the year | 19 December 2015, 10am-5pm
Christmas Closure Dates | 20 December 2015 to 28 January 2016 (inclusive)
First Exhibitions for 2016, Sculpture 2016: Bronze and Grayson Cooke – video | 29 January to 18 February 2016
2 Danks Street Gala opening event | 3 February 2016, 6-8pm

2016 will see a change to our exhibition structure.
From next year, our shows will open on a Saturday and end on a Thursday.


New in the stockroom Painting by Sybil Curtis

This new work by Sybil Curtis was painted with reference to an industrial landscape within Tarragindi in Queensland. Curtis often uses industrial subject matter, manipulating both colour and perspective to enhance the pictorial balance, beauty and warmth of these often overlooked areas of construction.

> Sign up to the Sybil Curtis mailing list here
> View more available works by Sybil Curtis here

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> Sybil Curtis, ‘The White Family Surveys Its Suburb’ 2015, oil on linen, 152 x 48cm, $5,400

Prize Winners

Glen Clarke received the coveted Mayor’s Award for his work at the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, 2015.Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 2.06.01 pm

 

< Glen Clarke, ‘Proposed Monument for Continuing Sustainability #010′ 2015, plywood, 26 x 40 x 10cm

 

 

 

► Nicholas Tory and Ample Projects are the 2015 1st place Winners of the Berlin Festival of Lights 2015 New Dimensions Award.

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► Both Glen and Nicholas will be exhibiting at Brenda May Gallery in 2016 – Watch this space!

Art Prize Finalists

JAMES GUPPY | PADDINGTON ART PRIZE

Congratulations to James Guppy who was a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize 2015 with his painting ‘The Romantic‘ from his recent exhibition In Flagrante Delicto, shown at Brenda May Gallery and Sydney Contemporary.

> Sign up to James Guppy’s email list here
> View In Flagrante Delicto here

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 1.37.28 pm< James Guppy ‘The Romantic’ 2015
acrylic on polycotton, timber frame, 120 x 82cm


TODD FULLER | HURFORD HARDWOOD PORTRAIT PRIZE

Todd Fuller is a finalist in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize 2015 at Lismore Regional Gallery with his video work ‘Animated Self-Portrait’.

> Sign up to Todd Fuller’s email list here
> View available works by Todd Fuller here

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 1.41.35 pm< Todd Fuller ‘Animated Self Portrait’, hand drawn film


TODD FULLER + LEZLIE TILLEY
FISHER’S GHOST AWARD

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We are delighted to announce that both Lezlie Tilley and Todd Fuller are finalists in the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award held at the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

> Sign up to Lezlie Tilley’s email list here

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oil, pigment, ink on terracotta, iPod playing ‘Little Star’

Ashleigh Garwood at the Australian Centre for Photography

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The Alchemists: Rediscovering Photography in the Age of the Jpeg” is a collaboration between the Australian Centre for Photography, The Australian National University and The University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts, involving an exhibition, symposium, masterclass and digital publication… The Alchemists centres on an expansive exhibition presented across all of the galleries at the Australian Centre for Photography, featuring the work of 25 artists from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Thailand. The exhibition brings together new and recent works from early-practice and established artists from the region, exemplifying new analogue/digital forms that collapse historic processes and future innovations…” – Australian Centre for Photography

> View available works by Ashleigh Garwood here
> To view the exhibition catalogue, click here

Nicole Welch exhibition opening at MAMA

Nicole’s recent exhibition at Brenda May Gallery and Sydney Contemporary will be travelling to Albury for the first MAMA partnership with a commercial gallery.

Eastern Exteriors: explorations from Bathurst to Albury will be on view at the newly renovated Murray Art Museum Albury from Thursday 12 November 2015 to Sunday 13 December 2015.

> To view the MAMA website, click here
> Sign up to Nicole Welch’s email list here
> View the exhibition catalogue here

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< Nicole Welch
‘Silence & Solitude #3′ 2015
Giclée print on archival Hahnemühle fine art paper
130 x 60cm edition of 6