Author Archives: Brenda May Gallery

Peter Tilley + Andy Devine, Black Harvest – touring exhibition

blackharvestOn April 23, the touring exhibition Black Harvest by Peter Tilley and Andy Devine will open at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. The show will remain on view until the 5 June 2015. Thus far, Black Harvest has travelled to Moree Plains Gallery, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, The Glasshouse Port Macquarie, and will finish at Manly Art Gallery and Museum in 2016.

The collaborative and individual works in the show reference the landscape and industry of Newcastle. Themes include sustainability and environmental degradation.

Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday’

Al Munro’s crocheted series of bottles began during her Doctorate as a side project and as a homage to Giorgio Morandi. Famous for his ‘Natura Morta’ paintings of vessels in restricted palettes, Al has given Morandi’s work a three-dimensional form, carrying over the visually tactile quality of his work in the textural surfaces of her pieces.

ccc92604-2afa-4973-a338-f734da24be78New versions from the series are again available at the Gallery. In 2014, ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ was acquired by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery for their permanent collection and was recently featured in Australian Financial Review Magazine.

Al Munro is currently curating an exhibition titled …a piece of string…, which will focus on the use of textiles as a point of departure. The exhibition will be on view from 4 to 29 August at the Gallery.

Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ 2015, various yarns – (7 pieces)

New in the Stockroom: Robert Boynes, ‘Light Shaft’

New to our Gallery stockroom is the 2011 painting ‘Light Shaft’ by Robert Boynes. This multilayered painting continues his tradition of drawing inspiration from contemporary street culture. The figures walking the sidewalks of the urban landscape are layered with texture creating a sense of motion and flux.

Robert Boynes’s next exhibition In Plain Sight will be on view from 7 July to 1 August. Click here to join his preview list to receive related news and exclusive invitations.


Todd Fuller and Ashleigh Garwood, Finalists in Chippendale New World Art Prize

Congratulations to Todd Fuller and Ashleigh Garwood who are finalists in the Chippendale New World Art Prize. Selected is Todd’s new video, ‘Little Star’ and new photographs, ‘Six Views of a Wave’, by Ashley.

Todd Fuller will be exhibiting ‘Little Star’, at the Gallery during Paper Works III, from 14 April to 2 May. Ashleigh Garwood’s first solo exhibition at Brenda May Gallery will be held 5 May to 6 June.


April News

Please note: the 2 Danks Street Complex will again be closed
the Easter long weekend (Friday to Monday inclusive) and Anzac Day

32dd8335-01fb-494c-96e0-29f4531e5dc5Irianna Kanellopoulou, ‘Bertie and friends’ 2008, moulded, hand-built & hand-painted Belgian chocolate, cocoa butter, food grade colouring. Irianna’s next exhibition, Wonderland will be on view from 4 to 29 August 2015 at the Gallery.

Don’t miss our current exhibitions by Emily McIntosh and Kevin McKay on view until Saturday 11 April. In addition, we have an excellent program, Resolving Ruins, screening in Black Box Projects, curated by Screen Space, Melbourne.


Up next we have our biennial exhibition, Paper Works III, featuring nineteen artists from around Australia who use paper in innovative ways. Complementing this curated group exhibition will be Todd Fuller’s newest hand-drawn animation, ‘Little Star’, which is comprised of over 6,000 individual stills and will be screened in Black Box Projects. Both exhibitions will be on view 14 April to 2 May.

Congratulations to Todd Fuller, winner of the People’s Choice award for ‘Little Star’ at The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing. In addition, a special edition of the film has been acquired by The PLC Sydney Collection, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney.


Emily McIntosh and Kevin McKay, on view starting 17 March

On view from Tuesday 17 March
to Saturday 11 April 2015

“Again using glass, this work continues my examination of cellular replication and scientific innovations being used to create new biological materials.”

▶ KEVIN MCKAY, Glory Days: South Sydney Studies
“This series of small paintings explores the unique urban landscape surrounding Brenda May Gallery. They were painted en plein-air and in the studio during the summer of 2014-15.”

EVENT REMINDER: This Saturday 14 March from 3-5pm we are holding a special event to launch the book ‘Howl for a Black Cockatoo‘, part of the exhibition Small Publishers, curated by Akky van Ogtrop – we hope you can join us.

▶ Click here to view The Quarterly, volume 1, number 2.



7f91c1b8-3e5d-4a8e-86e9-0739cf3ea8c4RESOLVING RUINS
curated by Screen Space
for Black Box Projects
17 March to 11 April

The artists in this exhibition all take the detritus of human activity as their starting point and transform and resolve this in unique and often mesmerising ways. Videos by David Mutch, Leela Schauble, Zoe Scoglio, and Polly Stanton.

Leela Schauble, ‘Synthetic Species Motion Study No. 7′ 2013, HD video, edition of 4. Animation: Axe Motion Graphics. Sound: Mitchell Kurz

Nicholas Tory – Make

I am returning to the starting point of my artistic practice with the first in a new series of intimate, highly detailed small scale video installations – ‘Make‘.

Peering through a crack between two white cupboard-like doors, perfectly framed by the 4mm opening that the viewer peers through, is a miniature world, floating in a small black void. The viewer sees a man endlessly working. He is pedalling a machine that collects and processes his sweat. The processed perspiration travels through the machine, is fed to an organism, helping it to grow, bloom and then eventually die. The seamless loop is only 20 seconds long, but the mesmerising sequence is designed and built to continue forever.

After many years working in the artistic and cultural events sphere, directing award-winning projection shows like VividSydney 2012′s ‘City Life’ on Customs House, and 2014′s ‘Urban Tree Project’ on the CTA building, Martin Place, I am exploring a new direction. My hand-drawn seamlessly looping 20 second video animation ‘Make’ is designed to be engaged with for a fleeting moment or indeed an entire day. The work is installed in a custom-designed white video box. A miniature computer controls a custom programmed infinite loop animation that is projected onto the internal wall of the narrow space inside. While this new gallery work will be made in parallel with my collaborative, large scale public projection and light art practice, this new hand made animation explores a much more personal range of themes. The profundity and futility of work, the way we define our lives by our work, and our perception of time, are the core themes of ‘Make‘.

- Nicholas Tory, 2015

Al Munro + Mylyn Nguyen in Australian Financial Review Magazine

Artworks by Al Munro and Mylyn Nguyen were featured in the article “Objects: Hand-crafted homewares” by Frances Mocnik in the recent Australian Financial News Magazine. The works photographed include Al Munro’s ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ and Mylyn Nguyen’s ‘the stag beetle + the green teal leaf’ from 2014, along with a piece from the work ‘Cars’. You can still find similar work available for purchase from the Gallery Stockroom, both online and in person.


Peter Tilley ‘In Search of the Sea’ acquired by Hunter Valley Private Hospital

b62bb606-7432-4596-b387-55b5156a49fdToday the Hunter Valley Private Hospital will be unveiling their recent acquisition of Peter Tilley’s 2012 sculpture, ‘In Search of the Sea’. This imposing sculpture will have pride of place, installed on the front lawn of the hospital.

Peter Tilley will be exhibiting a new body of work from 27 October to 21 November 2015. Sign up here to receive a preview of this upcoming show.

Peter Tilley
‘In Search of the Sea’ 2012
cast iron, Corten steel
186 x 60 x 124cm
Shown installed at Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi 2012