Author Archives: Brenda May Gallery

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

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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




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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 at Orange Regional Gallery Kedumba Drawing Award 20 August to 16 October 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 5.33.53 pmThe Kedumba Drawing Award aims to exhibit the multi-faceted nature of the drawing medium. This year Todd Fuller has been invited to show his work ‘Pink Eclipse – if you fall I will catch you’.

Exhibited artist Kevin McKay has also been invited to be a part of this highly regarded award.

< Todd Fuller, ‘Pink Eclipse – if you fall I will catch you’ 2016, acrylic, chalk + charcoal on paper

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).

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

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.

> Sign up for Todd Fuller’s email list here
> Sign up for Catherine O’Donnell’s email list here
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Todd Fuller, ‘Untitled (Little Star 8)’ 2015, charcoal, acrylic and chalk on paper, 56 x 87cm

Nicole Welch acquired by Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

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Nicole Welch’s captivating and eerie work ‘Magnificent Prospect #1‘ has entered BRAG’s impressive collection. This purchase continues BRAG’s ongoing support of Welch’s practice and builds upon their extensive collection of her work. Welch’s exhibition Eastern Interiors: explorations from Bathurst to Albury, which included the acquisition, was recently on view at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery.

> Sign up to Nicole Welch’s email list here
> View more available works here

Catherine O’Donnell on view at the Art Gallery of NSW Close to Home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016 Until 11 December 2016

Catherine O’Donnell’s, life-size, site-specific drawing installation is currently on view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. O’Donnell was one of the six artists selected by curator Anne Ryan, for this, the second edition of the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial. The exhibition engages with the themes of narrative, memory and experience, with O’Donnell’s work re-imagining a post-war fibro house of Western Sydney that is similar in construction to the house the Artist grew up in.

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 5.10.54 pmCatherine O’Donnell, ‘Inhabited space’ 2015 – 2016, charcoal on paper, charcoal wall drawing, Collection of the Artist.

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> View Catherine O’Donnell’s artist page
> Sign up to Catherine O’Donnell’s email list here
> View exhibition page on AGNSW website
> Read the article in Look magazine here


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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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