Click each thumbnail for a large image and artwork details. Artists included in this collection: Tanmaya Bingham, Tammie Castles, Will Coles, Todd Fuller, James Guppy, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Helena Leslie, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Janet Parker-Smith and Jimmy Rix.
No one sees themselves the way the world sees them, as one’s reflection is, of course, seen in reverse. This show is an opportunity for the artists to share their unique view of themselves and to redirect the focus from the celebrity of the sitter, back to that of the artist. Not limited simply by traditional representation, unfettered by medium, In the Mirror will endeavour to offer a different view from the portrait as defined by and typically selected for the Archibald Prize.
Artists include Deborah Beck (courtesy Wilson Street Gallery at Danks), Tanmaya Bingham, Will Coles, Todd Fuller, James Guppy, Stephanie Jones, Manisha Lee, Barbara Licha (courtesy Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney), Simon Maberley, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Janet Parker-Smith, Nic Plowman (courtesy Anthea Polson, QLD), Elizabeth Pozega, Josh Raymond, Oliver Tanner, Lezlie Tilley and Greg Warburton.
Tanmaya Bingham‘s meticulously rendered mixed media drawings feature the portraits of friends and associates. Often mistaken for photographs, the realistic portraits fuse fantastical elements drawn from around New Mexico where this series was conceived and produced.
The works from Not What it Seems, by Waratah Lahy, are based on a series of old, found photographs and continue the artist’s fascination with what others find interesting enough to photograph. The palette was derived from the colour distortion that occurred to the photographs over time and the works show scenes ranging from fields dotted with cows to a church, simple domestic interiors and people at the racetrack.
Congratulations are also in order for Waratah who has been awarded a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Please be aware that Gallery will be closed from 5pm December 24, reopening Wednesday, January 18 with Sculpture 2012.
New work by TANMAYA BINGHAM and WARATAH LAHY will be on view starting Tuesday 22 November. Please join the Artists for a drink to celebrate the launch of their solo exhibitions on Saturday 26 November from 4-6pm.
Tanmaya Bingham‘s new body of work titled ‘Countermanding Saturation‘ comprises six large-scale paintings and thirteen smaller works. The comical and the macabre interchange in these drawings, strive against what Bingham calls saturation, the ‘emotional, physical or intellectual stimulation’ of either the interior or exterior worlds.
|Left: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Catching My Bird’ 2011, colour pencil and mixed media on board, 42 x 32cm
Right: Waratah Lahy, ‘Race Day at the Track’ 2011, oil on canvas, 50 x 50cm
The new paintings by Waratah Lahy continue to explore her ongoing fascination with the simplicity of the overlooked: people, places, light and colour. She finds inspiration in everyday scenes that are often lost in the deluge of contemporary visual culture.
Intricately detailed images perfectly executed are characteristic of Tanmaya Bingham’s artistic practice. An ode to this is her work ‘Amalgamation’, part of a 2009 series of the same title. In this work she unites the multiple stages of human life to create one all encapsulating form. This autobiographical work is laden with symbolism that combines her childhood, adolescence and adulthood into a hybrid human that, despite it’s distortion and personal connection, has a universal quality in its nature. The most salient feature suggesting a combination of selves are the eyes, which have shadowed multiple sets demanding attention through their direct gazes. This insinuates that this figure is looking at the world through the eyes of her past, present, and perhaps, future.
The luminescent body that extends across the stark black background in ‘Amalgamation’ simultaneously contains an alien, human and spiritual quality in its form and placement. A lead that extends from her belt is connected to a hybrid creature that her left hand affectionately hovers over. The other hand is outreached, acting as a vector line towards a small grave. On the figure’s left shoulder a manifestation of self is comfortably perched. A connection to place is visually revealed as the figure’s body melds into her surroundings, creating ambiguities between the body and the land through the use of colour and symbolism. Bingham has used coloured pencil across a painted black background to create this highly emotive and unarguably skilful amalgamation of her selves.
Left: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Amalgamation’ 2009, colour pencil, mixed media on board, 242 x 120cm
|Left: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Frozen Malady 4′ 2011, watercolour on unglazed porcelain, 10.5 x 6 x 6cm
Right: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Frozen Malady 10′ 2011, watercolour on unglazed porcelain, 9 x 6 x 5cm
According to Bingham, “These artworks are an exploration and exaggeration of individual human maladies which when brought to light and frozen in time become unique imperfections that equal perfections.” Bingham delicately applied watercolour to unglazed porcelain in this series of 10 works first exhibited in the Sculpture 2011 show.
|Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Face-Hands 2′ 2010, colour pencil and mixed media on board, 21 x 29.5cm|
My artworks investigate the mechanics of human dynamics and the neurological processes that create patterns in our daily lives of which we are often not aware.
I observe my own psychological, sociological and genealogical patterns, as well as those of my immediate circle of friends and family. Although the content of my work is highly personal, the themes are universal. Each artwork, or series of artworks, explores these patterns demonstrating how they can be altered to create new sequences and thus new results.
I believe that we learn through example, through the stories of others, which is why I choose myself and my family and friends as my primary subjects. Therefore, each artwork, whether painting, sculpture, drawing or installation, is laden with personal symbolism.
When delivered in a visual form these concepts become a metaphoric map that seeks to be meaningful for both the subject and the viewer.
Tanmaya Bingham, 2010
Congratulations to Tanmaya Bingham whose work, ‘Royal Kebab 1′ (pictured left) won the mixed media category of the ‘Wide Open 2′ show at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in NYC. The exhibition, whose jury included Nat Trotman the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, received close to sixteen hundred entries from which only ten percent were accepted. ‘Wide Open 2′ is on view until 27 March 2011 at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.
Bingham‘s work is concerned with her own “psychological, sociological and genealogical patterns”. Her narrative work is personal and “investigate the mechanics of human dynamics and the neurological processes that create patterns in our daily lives of which we are often not aware.”
Left: Tanmaya Bingham, ‘Royal Kebab 1′ 2010,
colour pencil + mixed media on board, 38.5 x 38.5cm