Employing the diminishing art of stone carving through his sensuous and seamless forms, SENDEN BLACKWOOD tirelessly labours upon his hand-carved and polished pieces, building a relationship between his aesthetic ideas and the physical attributes of the stone. Within his current exhibition, kaiu, Blackwood has worked in a range of scale and materials, showcasing his diverse technical ability. He creates stone pieces that evoke a visceral admiration through their impressive display of skill, and encourages a simple engagement with cast bronze works that sit comfortably in the hand.
Though contemplative and in subdued shades of black, white and grey, HELEN MUELLER’s current exhibition, Forest requiem, has elicited excited and perceptive responses from viewers. The restricted palette allows the complex layered forms of the branches to create alluring imagery, thoughtfully paired with areas of blank space to accentuate certain shapes and configurations.
▶ SENDEN BLACKWOOD
“I feel like everything I want to say is written in the lines and planes of each piece. The repetitive physical process of carving translates my decisions and ideas into a subtle language, inherent in the finished form.”
▶ HELEN MUELLER
“This melaleuca forest formed the starting point for the woodblock prints in this exhibition. In the working process I discovered that struggle can result in rich complexity, in elegance and grace.”
On Friday 8 March, Art Month Sydney will be hosting the Waterloo precinct Art Bar at 2 Danks Street. All the Galleries will be open till 8pm, with the Art Bar kicking off at BMG from 8 till late. We hope you can join us for drinks and and some TGIF fun!
Brenda May Gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition in our project space, Brenda May Annex, by the text-based artist >[sdc]<. Of his work, the Artist writes, “The surface of these paintings, their slowly constructed skins by way of layering and collage techniques, marries the technological space from which their realm of dialogue is drawn and the physical act of painting as a means of interpersonal negotiation.”
Helen Muller, ‘Oscuro 1’ 2012, woodblock prints – unique, 94 x 64cm
Helen Muller, ‘Oscuro 2’ 2012, woodblock prints – unique, 94 x 64cm
I have focused on the dark side of chiaroscuro. Dark as in obscure, unfathomable. A case of the more you look at the trees, the less you can see the forest.
The making of these prints was much less premeditated than the finished pieces suggest. It started with a gnarled and weathered dead branch found on the beach and wended its way through an unpredictable process of exploring what this branch evoked. The making process as a transit to inner realms.
Helen Mueller, June 2012
‘Oscuro 1′ and ‘Oscuro 2′ are currently on view at the Gallery as part of Chiaroscuro until 28 July 2012.
Our curated group exhibition, Chiaroscuro, will be on view until Saturday 28 July 2012. Light and shade have been used in a variety of mediums, from the delicately etched shadows of botanic specimen by Rachel Ellison to the illuminated glass eggs by Peter Nilsson.
Helen Mueller focused on the darker side of chiaroscuro. Her new series of ethereal woodblock prints were inspired by “a gnarled and weathered dead branch found on the beach”. The works may contain several layers of different sections of the large woodblock and as Mueller whimsically quips, “the more you look at the trees, the less you can see the forest.”
A staff favourite is the collaborative film ‘Moon‘ by visual artist Lorraine Biggs and sound artist Lila Meleisea which is an eight minute film created during a residency in the Cradle Mountain and Vale of Belvoir areas in Tasmania. We have been entranced by the tiny movements of flora and fauna in the river environment, paired with calming musical notes and the natural sounds of birds, frogs and rustling plants collected alongside the video footage. Meanwhile, very slowly, the reflection of the moon subtly traces its way across the screen. (signed edition of 50, $120 each)
We are pleased to introduce a new feature on the Brenda May Gallery blog: stockroom collections. Each collection will contain an image gallery of thumbnails which individually link back to the full size image and details of each artwork. This week, our collection highlights artwork priced under $500.
Next week the curated group exhibition Paper Now will open at Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby. Our represented artist Melinda Le Guay and exhibited artist Helen Mueller both have work included in the show. From the exhibition website:
“Paper Now comprises thirty works by eleven Australian artists who share a common approach to their current practice through the use of paper as the primary medium. Paper is part of our everyday experience – we use it at home, at work, in our leisure time. It is functional, ephemeral and transient. Rarely does it extend into the realm of the aesthetic. In this exhibition artists Sally Aplin, Bronwyn Berman, Marguerite Derricourt, Melinda Le Guay, Brigiat Maltese, Nerine Martini, Helen Mueller, Maryann Mussared, Jenny Pollak, Liz Shreeve and TianLi Zu employ concepts and techniques from a range of artistic and cultural traditions to transform our experience of paper. They cut, fold, stitch, etch, stamp, trace, draw and paint on and with paper highlighting the sensuality and fragility of this extraordinarily versatile substance.”
Paper Now runs from the 28th of January until the 4th of March.