Author Archives: Brenda May Gallery

Interview: Jacek Wańkowski

What is your earliest memory of making art?
Painting at school in a cold and draughty ‘art room’ in the attic of a 19th-century ‘neo-gothic’ school building.  I remember writing poetry as a distraction from the cold.

Do you listen to music when you are creating works? If so, what is on high rotation?
No – different music causes different emotional responses in me, so my emotional state can change as I work on one piece and I prefer to keep my emotions focussed and, as far as possible, in the same frame.

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When preparing for your last exhibition, did you create works around a theme or did the links between the works reveal themselves later on?
Yes, around a theme and an installation concept.

Describe the space in which you create your works (studio, lounge room etc):
Large tin shed in a paddock in a beautiful valley in the Hunter.

Do you have a favourite piece or favourite pieces? If so, which piece/s and why?
These change as I make new work.  Currently its ‘ex nihilo’ as it hovers just above the ground, looking like its ready to chase something.

What has been, for you, a defining moment in your career as an artist?
Discovering I loved sculpting, an activity that puts me ‘in the zone’ while I am working – often a sort of transcendental state.

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Home-made bread (made by me), honey and a flat white.

Art investment: Love and Money, A conversation with Peter Bobbin, Managing Principal, Rockwell Oliver

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Art investment: Love and Money
A conversation with Peter Bobbin, Managing Principal, Rockwell Oliver
Tuesday 26 August 2014, 6:30pm

More than a sheer pleasure, collecting art can be an astute way of building capital and assisting with tax planning. Join the galleries of 2 Danks Street for a special evening with Peter Bobbin, unwinding the complexities of owning and divesting an art investment portfolio.

If you are already building your collection, or considering a long-term love affair with fine art, this is the event for you. Peter will uncover the opportunities and pitfalls around superannuation, tax and estate planning and respond to your questions.

Throughout his career Peter Bobbin has earned respect for his planning and strategy skills across a range of financial services including superannuation, taxation and estate planning. He advises both individuals and businesses, working with corporate and high net wealth clients as well as accountants, financial advisers, and other lawyers.

An engaging and entertaining speaker, we are delighted to welcome Peter Bobbin to our 2 Danks Street Conversations.

$10 at the door for drinks and light refreshments.

RSVP to info@2danksstreet.com.au by Monday 25 August or call Janet Clayton Gallery on 9698 8443.

Nicole Welch exhibiting in Green at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest and completing a residency at Hill End

Illumination #6‘ by Nicole Welch has been curated into the group exhibition Green at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. The exhibition is on view from 30 August to 16 November 2014.

In addition, Nicole will be an artist in residence at Hill End in September where she will use both photography and video to create a site-specific media installation in the landscape. The aim of the work will be to reveal the embedded cultural history and idealism projected on this land since colonisation.

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Flatline performing Sketch at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

Flatline presents Sketch at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta on 11 – 13 September 2014. The choreography is by Carl Sciberras, art by Todd Fuller, sound by Mitchell Mollison and performed by Roz Wythes and Katina Olsen. Visit the Riverside Theatre website to book tickets.

This performance triptych sees three dancers, a visual artist and composer transform the theatre into a hyper-sensorial world where these three mediums push and pull one another into new territory. The work converges old and new technologies to intercept lines, curves and colours with choreographic and sound scores.

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Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro & Mylyn Nguyen exhibiting in ‘Kitchenalia’ at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

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Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro and Mylyn Nguyen have been curated into the group exhibition Kitchenalia at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. The show, on view from 28 August until the 11 October, features artists who use kitchen-related materials and subject matter within their practice. Included in the exhibition are the delicately painted glasses by Waratah Lahy, an assemblage of patty-pans by Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro’s crochet bottles and Mylyn Nguyen’s tiny tableaux contained within spoons and vessels.

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TL: Mylyn Nguyen, ‘And then she said…’ 2013, spoon, twigs, pebbles, fibre, w/c on paper, 9.5 x 16 x 4.5cm
TR: Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday’ 2013-2014, crochet textile, installation view
BL Melinda Le Guay, ‘Ruffle 1′ 2007, paper on board – framed, 48.5 x 72cm
BR: Waratah Lahy, ‘Van and Sign’ 2007, oil on glass – 2 pieces, 14.5 x 13.5 x 10cm

August 2014 exhibitions

Please join us for drinks with the Artists
Wednesday 13 August 5:30-7:30pm

MYLYN NGUYEN
So bear folded me a paper boat, packed my lunch, pointed west and told me to go and learn something

A parade of 111 migrating paper bugs, travelling across the Gallery floor and up the surface of the wall, will be the centerpiece for Mylyn Nguyen’s upcoming exhibition. This unlikely procession of meticulously created creatures, hand-made, hand-painted and individually placed, will be joined by miniature worlds encased in glass objects, echoing the aesthetic of botanical terrariums.

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JACEK WAŃKOWSKI, Carapace
“Carapace extends my investigations on perception, on things that engage the forces of nature and on things that change and grow. These sculptures pursue that moment between balance and flight, causing the precise distribution of mass, form and space to activate the piece.”

NB: Both exhibitions are eligible to be reviewed for the 2 Danks Street Award for Contemporary Art Criticism. For further details and to download an application form, visit the 2 Danks Street website here.

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Call for Proposals: ‘Sculpture Park’

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The 2015 edition of our annual sculpture exhibition will feature artworks that are capable of withstanding the elements. As these works are intended for outdoor settings, curatorial attention will be particularly paid to functionality, scale, construction and visual impact.

Scheduled each January, this show continues the tradition of opening our year with an exhibition seeking to exhibit the best and most interesting contemporary sculpture. Although there are no restrictions for this exhibition, we will only consider work made by professional sculptors that has not previously been exhibited in Sydney.

Proposals for this show must be received Friday 31 October 2014.

Submissions should be posted directly to the Gallery (email submissions and proposals sent by registered post will not be accepted) and should include a CD of recent work and images in support of the proposal, an up to date C/V, an artist statement and a separate, single page outlining the nature of the work you are proposing. Please keep it simple, no powerpoint or keynote files.

News – 2 Danks Street Award for Art Criticism + Exhibitions (31 July)

Nicole Welch exhibiting in The Third Wave
at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

The photographs by Nicole Welch held in the permanent collection at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery will be exhibited in the exhibition The Third Wave: Two Decades of the Hill End Artists in Residence Program. The exhibition will be on view from the 1 August to 28 September 2014. Nicole participated in the Hill End Artists in Residence program where she utilised the Holtermann Collection of Victorian era prints for a body of work considering the Victorian aesthetic contrasted with the archetypal Australian landscape.

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Nicole Welch, ‘Apparitions #1, Projection – Mount Arapiles and the Mitre Rock 1863, Nicholas Chevalier’
2013, pigment ink, face-mounted, 95 x 200cm (also available 61 x 130cm), edition of 6 in two sizes
(Purchased by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in 2014)


Tanmaya Bingham at Ostrale’014 in Dresden, Germany

Tanmaya Bingham‘s triptych (pictured below) from the series “I Got my Mom’s Boobs” (2013) is currently on view at Ostrale’014 in Dresden, Germany, one of the largest exhibitions of international contemporary art in Europe. The theme of Ostrale’014 this year is ‘Around You’ and the show is on view until the 28 September. Tanmaya will be exhibiting her new body of work titled English Tea Party…gone wrong starting on 7 October here at the Gallery.

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Left: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘My Kryptonite heart is the leash to my beat’ 2013
coloured pencil and mixed media on panel, 91.5 x 76cm
Centre: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Bee Fantastic and her galactic force field’ 2013
coloured pencil and mixed media on panel, 183 x 122cm
Right: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘My dog is utilitarian and a great lover’ 2013
coloured pencil and mixed media on panel, 183 x 61cm


2 Danks Street Award for Art Criticism

2dankslogoInviting new and established writers to enter the second
2 Danks St Award for Art Criticism

To review an exhibition at any of the permanent galleries of 2 Danks St from 12 July to 4 October 2014.

The main award is $1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review in Art Almanac. This year, Artist Profile also introduces a new category, offering a prize of $500 for a review which shows flair and potential and/or stretches the boundaries of current reviewing.

The panel of judges includes Owen Craven, Laura Fisher, Andrew Frost and Prue Gibson.

For further information on entering, contact Janet Clayton at Janet Clayton Gallery
on 02 9698 8443 or janetclayton@me.com

Closing date for entries is Wednesday 15 October 2014


CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Sculpture Park – January/February 2015

Brenda May Gallery accepts proposals until the end of October each year from sculptors in Australia and New Zealand, for our annual group exhibition held each January since 1998.

The 2015 edition of our annual sculpture exhibition will feature artworks that are capable of withstanding the elements. As these works are intended for outdoor settings, curatorial attention will be particularly paid to functionality, scale, construction and visual impact.

Scheduled each January, this show continues the tradition of opening our year with an exhibition seeking to exhibit the best and most interesting contemporary sculpture. Although there are no restrictions for this exhibition, we will only consider work made by professional sculptors that has not previously been exhibited in Sydney.

Proposals for this show must be received Friday 31 October 2014.

Submissions should be posted directly to the Gallery (email submissions and proposals sent by registered post will not be accepted) and should include a CD of recent work and images in support of the proposal, an up to date C/V, an artist statement and a separate, single page outlining the nature of the work you are proposing. Please keep it simple, no powerpoint or keynote files.

July 2014 exhibitions

Please join us for drinks with the Artists
Wednesday 16 July 5:30-7:30pm

▶ WARATAH LAHY, Overlooked
“My current work explores ideas of inside and outside, internal and external. I am depicting physical as well as emotional spaces through an investigation of colour, composition and pattern. I am interested in everyday scenes, focussing on details that are rich in mood, conveying an experience of place and time.”

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▶ ANNE PENMAN SWEET, Through Uncertain Lands
“In this exhibition I seek to evoke some of the excitement and foreboding encountered upon entering new and strange terrains – landscapes that lie undisturbed and unloved, forgotten and forsaken”

Writer Alert: Both these exhibitions are eligible to be reviewed for the 2 Danks Street Award for Contemporary Art Criticism. For further details and to download an application form, visit the 2 Danks Street website here.

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News – Exhibitions, Stockroom + Art Film Night (3 July)

New in the Stockroom – Robert Boynes diptych

ebaf7d14-98a8-45ce-aa3a-c1baab20a8c0Robert Boynes’ multilayered paintings have always drawn inspiration from contemporary street culture, more recently incorporating skateboarders, hooded figures and graffiti among textured backgrounds that contain text, water, signage and lights. Capturing a sense of motion and flux, each canvas stands alone as an illusive moment in time or is configured with others to create storyboards of several filmic ‘frames’.

View more paintings in our digital stockroom.

Robert Boynes, ‘Zurich – The Movie’ 2014
acrylic on canvas – diptych, 120 x 110cm, $11,500

 


Flatline performing at Queensland University of Technology

On Tuesday 22 July at 6:15pm, Flatline will be performing ‘Drawn Duet: True Gesture’ at The Block at QUT Creative Industries Precinct.

‘Drawn Duet: True Gesture’ invites drawing and dance to participate in an unlikely duet. Starting from a space akin to a life drawing class, a drawer commences his interrogation of the body. The body is at first a study, but as the body shifts and begins to move, the line is blurred and the body and mark exchange a rhythmic dialogue. The dancer and drawer impact and dissect each other, generating surprising results as old and new technologies collide.

‘Drawn Duet: True Gesture’ is performed by Sydney duo Flatline, visual artist Todd Fuller and choreographer Carl Sciberras. Flatline creates work that is a hybrid interaction between the mediums of Art and Dance.

Visit their website for further details.

Please note: Flatline and Represented Artist Todd Fuller will be exhibiting at Brenda May Gallery from Tuesday 9 September until Saturday 4 October and will present a spectacular ‘one night only’ performance during the opening.

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Black Box Projects Presents
‘Lament’ by Nicole Welch

fef8e916-9871-4247-a789-bfaa90f14a00We will be screening Nicole Welch’s meditative time-lapse film ‘Lament‘ in Black Box Projects beginning 15 July until 9 August. The film is part of the popular Illumination series, exhibited at Brenda May Gallery in 2013.

Nicole Welch, ‘Lament’ 2012
time-lapse video – 5:20mins, edition of 6

 


2 Danks Street Art Film Night

The Galleries of 2 Danks Street and Mandy Chang present
Orson Welles: F for Fake

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Tuesday July 15: 2 Danks Street Waterloo

6pm for drinks, light refreshments and a wander around our galleries
7pm for film viewing (film duration 1hr 35 minutes)

$20 payable in cash on the night

RSVP by Thursday 10 July to info@brendamaygallery.com.au or call 9318 1122
between 11am and 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (or leave a message if after hours)

Please join us for the second of 2 Danks Street’s Art Film Nights. Once again Mandy Chang, the ABC’s Commissioning Editor for the Arts, introduces one of the great art film classics, the 1973 directorial finale of Orson Welles, F for Fake. Popcorn provided…