Al Munro, ‘Untitled 2′ 2015
acrylic paint on plywood, 43 x 31cm
‘Untitled’ would appear to be the most common name attributed to a work of art. Despite the word denoting nothingness, the power of the untitled work is that it has the ability to express the opposite. Artists usually name works to convey something further about the piece to an audience, whether that is a feeling, a description, or a nod to its inspiration. An untitled work, on the other hand, asks the audience to think and question a little more in order to uncover meaning.
The works in this exhibition will differ in style, medium, inspiration and affect. The only unifying quality will be that the works do not allow audiences to rely on a title for further instruction and will instead be entirely open to interpretation.
“Once upon a time I broke every watch I was given only to find I could not work out how they worked. Music boxes were dismantled and the music making part pulled apart. The death of each ladybird in my Mylyn made jar garden brought me no closer to knowing why ladybirds didn’t like me. I thought if I stared at my nose, my eyebrows and the shower hose, I would figure them out eventually. I unstitched dolls clothes, unwrapped bindi seeds and stripped toy cars to their wheels and discovered more why. Why a cloud? How do birds fly? How do kites? How does the moon know when to just appear? How does water come from a shower hose?”
– Mylyn Nguyen
‘There was a mountain and a cloud’ 2015
watch, cork, wire, flocking, wool, cotton thread, watercolour
15.5 x 6.5 x 4.5cm
Black Box Projects On view 29 September to 24 October 2015
Love. Lament. Loss. brings together the work of three Represented Artists who have explored these states in their complexity and intensity. Leslie Oliver asks students to recount a time they fell in love, offering stories of loves’ lived and loves’ lost. Todd Fuller’s films explore the strength required to release a burden or a joy, and Nicole Welch stimulates deliberation through a use of loaded symbols, conceptually considering the effect of imperialistic ideology on the Australian landscape.
Oliver’s empathetic documentary-style approach is contrasted with the mesmerising time-lapse technique employed by Welch. Fuller’s hand-drawn animations offer a further divergent style of moving image artwork, conveying the varied ways in which the medium of video is being used by artists to create thoughtful and captivating narratives.
In a recent segment filmed at Sydney Contemporary for the ABC’s “The Mix” by James Valentine, James Guppy was interviewed with the delightful collectors, Simon + Julie Ford. The piece aired on 19 September but it can still be viewed on ABC iview here until 4 October.
Mylyn Nguyen has been chosen by The Curator’s Department to create an immersive site-specific work for Installation Contemporary. Keep an eye out for her work, it will be in an unusual location (hint: look down!).
Mylyn Nguyen, ‘The Moon’ 2015, watercolour and ink on paper, flocking, dimensions variable.
We are delighted to announce that Catherine O’Donnell has joined Brenda May Gallery as a represented artist. O’Donnell is already well-known for her intricately detailed renderings in charcoal of streetscapes and urban dwellings. This year she completed a stunning series focusing on the soldiers and nurses of the Gallipoli campaign in moments of relaxation and solidarity. O’Donnell’s works finely balance inclusion and omission, executed with an astounding attention to detail.
We excitedly welcome Catherine to our stable of artists and look forward to sharing her thoughtful and impressive works with you!
▶ Catherine O’Donnell
Catherine O’Donnell graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from the National Art School in Sydney in 2014. In the same year she was awarded a residency at the British School at Rome, participated in six group shows, exhibited a suite of works in her solo exhibition ‘A Notion of Home’ and was an Artist in Residence a Penrith Regional Gallery. This year has been equally busy, with O’Donnell completing the residency in Rome, undergoing a residency at Parramatta Artist Studios, exhibiting in group shows in Italy, executing a solo exhibition held at Penrith Regional Gallery and receiving a Highly Commended at the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award.