Our Untitled Show features artworks that differ in style, medium, inspiration and affect. The only unifying quality is that they do not allow audiences to rely on a title for further instruction, and instead are open to interpretation.
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.
▶ IRIANNA KANELLOPOULOU, Wanderland
“This work captures the adventures and wandering tales of protagonists with a hidden, throwaway past. Released from their captivity, these characters and found objects are given a renewed purpose and claim a re-discovered and re-invented identity.”
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Al Munro has embarked on a three month Australia Council residency in Tokyo. She will be researching traditional Japanese patterning and scientific visualisations to explore the mapping and cataloguing of nature.
Al Munro is also our guest curator for the exhibition …a piece of string… later this year, 4 to 29 August.
Al Munro, ‘Crystalline Infinite II’, 2014
acrylic, pigment marker on canvas, 30.5 x 30.5cm, $480
Al Munro’s crocheted series of bottles began during her Doctorate as a side project and as a homage to Giorgio Morandi. Famous for his ‘Natura Morta’ paintings of vessels in restricted palettes, Al has given Morandi’s work a three-dimensional form, carrying over the visually tactile quality of his work in the textural surfaces of her pieces.
New versions from the series are again available at the Gallery. In 2014, ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ was acquired by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery for their permanent collection and was recently featured in Australian Financial Review Magazine.
Al Munro is currently curating an exhibition titled …a piece of string…, which will focus on the use of textiles as a point of departure. The exhibition will be on view from 4 to 29 August at the Gallery.
Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ 2015, various yarns – (7 pieces)
Artworks by Al Munro and Mylyn Nguyen were featured in the article “Objects: Hand-crafted homewares” by Frances Mocnik in the recent Australian Financial News Magazine. The works photographed include Al Munro’s ‘Homage to the Everyday (Morandi and Hanssen Pigott)’ and Mylyn Nguyen’s ‘the stag beetle + the green teal leaf’ from 2014, along with a piece from the work ‘Cars’. You can still find similar work available for purchase from the Gallery Stockroom, both online and in person.
Al Munro will be going to Chiang Mai on an ArtsACT funded residency at the Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Arts in Thailand from 11 December 2014 to 20 January 2015. Al will be exhibiting works from her ‘Molecular Measure’ series at Chiang Mai University Art Centre from 15 to 30 January.
Al Munro, ‘Molecular Measure’ 14 2014
acrylic paint, nail varnish, glitter on balsa wood, 33 x 30.5 x 1.5cm
▶ AL MUNRO, Systems of the Infinite
“Systems of the Infinite continues my interest in pattern systems and their relationship to the natural world. I draw on both traditional Japanese patterning and scientific visualisations to explore the mapping and cataloguing of nature.”
▶ TANMAYA BINGHAM, English Tea Party…gone wrong
“English Tea Party…gone wrong is an installation that typifies an ongoing epidemic plaguing Great Britain; TEA, the most sought after narcotic on the British market, and the drug of choice in the United Kingdom since the 18th century.”
▶ DANIEL CONNELL, Night Light in Black Box Projects
“The project captures the ability of indicator and stand-by lights to signify and recall space. Standby lights can be abstracted into navigation points in order for an individual to recognise familiar spaces when nothing else can be seen.”
We are pleased to announce that a number of our artists have been selected as finalists in forthcoming prizes.
▶ MYLYN NGUYEN, PETER TILLEY, and IRIANNA KANELLOPOULOU
Finalists in the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture prize. Their works (pictured below) will be on view at Deakin University from the 30 October to 13 December 2014.
▶ TANMAYA BINGHAM
Tanmaya Bingham’s drawing ‘Smirk’ will be exhibited as a finalist for the competition at the 2014 International Art Festival. The piece will be on view from the 8 to 11 October 2014 in Chelsea, NYC. Bingham will be exhibiting her new body of work English Tea Party…gone wrong starting 7 October. To receive a preview of the work please sign up here.
▶ NICOLE WELCH
‘Apparitions #3‘ from Nicole Welch’s recent solo exhibition has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural Kennedy Prize. An edition of this work was also acquired by Artbank earlier this year.
▶ FLATLINE (TODD FULLER + Carl Sciberras)
Flatline is a finalist in the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award at Grafton Regional Gallery with the video work ‘A Dance for Paul Klee‘, to be screened from the 17 October to 7 December 2014.