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30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works

30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works
On view until 19 December 2015

Our 30th Anniversary exhibition is now on view featuring a range of artworks including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and video. The thirty artists featured in this exhibition are a tiny sample indicative of the scope of the artists represented over the last thirty years in Sydney.
▶ Click here to view the exhibition page
▶ Click here to view the catalogue

The catalogue is available for $10 ($12.50 posted Australia wide)
Reserve your copy by email or visit the Gallery to pick one up.

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Important dates + changes in 2016

Brenda May Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition | 24 November to 19 December 2015
Last day of business for the year | 19 December 2015, 10am-5pm
Christmas Closure Dates | 20 December 2015 to 28 January 2016 (inclusive)
First Exhibitions for 2016, Sculpture 2016: Bronze and Grayson Cooke – video | 29 January to 18 February 2016
2 Danks Street Gala opening event | 3 February 2016, 6-8pm

2016 will see a change to our exhibition structure.
From next year, our monthly shows will open on a Saturday and end on a Thursday.

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30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works – 24 November to 19 December 2015

This year marks the 30th year of Brenda May’s career as Gallery Director—from Access Contemporary Art Gallery in Balmain, Forest Lodge, and Redfern, to Brenda May Gallery here at Danks Street. In 2015 we looked through our archives to create a retrospective exhibition featuring one work to represent each year as a celebration of the many artists’ careers the Gallery has fostered.

The thirty artists featured in this exhibition are a tiny sample indicative of the scope of the artists represented over the last thirty years:
Tanmaya Bingham
Robert Boynes
Jim Croke
Sybil Curtis
Todd Fuller
James Guppy
Waratah Lahy
Melinda Le Guay
Al Munro
Carol Murphy
Mylyn Nguyen
Catherine O’Donnell
Leslie Oliver
Lezlie Tilley
Peter Tilley
Nicole Welch
Alex Asch (Beaver Galleries)
Jo Bertini (Olsen Irwin)
Graham Blondel
Kate Dorrough (Arthouse Gallery)
Caroline Durré
Rachel Ellis (King Street Gallery on William)
Brenda Humble
John Kelly (Liverpool Street Gallery)
Barbara Licha
Leo Robba (King Street Gallery on William)
Anne Ross
Marc Standing (King Street Gallery on William)
Jim Thalassoudis (Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary)
Hadyn Wilson (Frances Keevil Gallery)

▶ Click here to view the exhibition page
▶ Click here to view the catalogue

The catalogue is available for $10 ($12.50 posted Australia wide)
Reserve your copy by email or visit the Gallery to pick one up.

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Important dates + changes in 2016

Brenda May Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition | 24 November to 19 December 2015
Last day of business for the year | 19 December 2015, 10am-5pm
Christmas Closure Dates | 20 December 2015 to 28 January 2016 (inclusive)
First Exhibitions for 2016, Sculpture 2016: Bronze and Grayson Cooke – video | 29 January to 18 February 2016
2 Danks Street Gala opening event | 3 February 2016, 6-8pm

2016 will see a change to our exhibition structure.
From next year, our shows will open on a Saturday and end on a Thursday.


Untitled Show

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.

Artists include Tanmaya Bingham, Robert Boynes, Jim Croke, Sybil Curtis, Todd Fuller, James Guppy, Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Catherine O’Donnell, Leslie Oliver, Lezlie Tilley, and Peter Tilley.

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Untitled Show

On view 29 September to 24 October 2015

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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.

 

September 2014 Exhibitions

Please join us for drinks with the Artists
Wednesday 10 September 5:30-7:30pm
with the Flatline performance, ‘Imprint’, at 7pm

NB: All of 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.

▶ CAROL MURPHY, La Baigneuse
“This exhibition references the depiction of the bather in art history, but using the medium of ceramics. It is a further examination of the sculptural form in various poses at rest and play.”

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▶ TODD FULLER, Studies in Motion
“Drawing is a personal obsession, through it I dissect the world its occupants and my relationship to these elements. Studies in Motion features studies of choreographic sequences, their physics, energetic states and an intuitive response to the two.”

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▶ FLATLINE, A Dance for Paul Klee in Black Box Projects
“Flatline is an interdisciplinary collective and at its core is artist Todd Fuller and dancer/choreographer Carl Sciberras. ‘A Dance for Paul Klee‘ is a choreographic score forged from the logic of mark making after several drawing classes with a group of dancers. The piece is filmed on a beach made famous by Arthur Boyd and then articulated by a hand drawn transcription of itself.”

Flatline is a finalist in the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award at Graftion Regional Gallery with the video work ‘A Dance for Paul Klee‘, to be screened from the 17 October to 7 December 2014.

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▶ GREER TAYLOR, out of rain
“The works in out of rain refer in some way to this triple meaning together with reference to the ‘life-cycle’ of water: rain, clouds, mist, deluge, its seepage into the earth – to comment about cutting off supply.”

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Carol Murphy + Jacek Wańkowski, Closing 16 June

The current exhibitions by CAROL MURPHY and JACEK WAŃKOWSKI will be on view until Saturday 16th of June, 2012.

Carol Murphy‘s wry sense of humor is found throughout her collection of new work in imago and is celebrated in the dramatic ceramic figure, ‘Drink Me‘. A bald woman, sits with her legs akimbo in a very unladylike manner, wearing a rouge bra, lace panties and stripy stockings whilst chugging a bottle of beer. The titles of the two works pictured below are from a poem written for the exhibition by Murphy last year…

“if one eats cake …one grows bigger.
drink me
can you live on cake alone.”

The stainless steel sculptures by Jacek Wańkowski are set against black walls to illuminate their reflective flat planes. Displaying rhythmic lines and forms, each geometric sculpture presents a stage in the biological process of metamorphosis, which is also the title of his show. Wańkowski has embodied his pieces with characteristics of the fundamental elements found in nature through the use of enamel paint discreetly colouring the elongated tips.

Carol Murphy + Jacek Wańkowski, Opening 29 May

Please join us for drinks
with the Artists

Saturday 2 June 4-6pm

Carol Murphy’s new exhibition titled imago explores change and body image, referencing story telling and social media. The small, therianthropic ceramic sculptures depict both transformations and Murphy’s playful nature.

Jacek Wańkowski states that the stainless steel abstract sculptures in Metamorphosis “investigate ideas of perception, of known and unknown things that engage the forces of nature and of change and growth.”

Stockroom Collection: Artworks with Animals

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.

 

Focus On: Carol Murphy

Throughout art history the reoccurring theme of ‘the embrace’ has permeated visual imagery. Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso and Roy Lichtenstein among others have created works based on this motif. Carol Murphy, in her 2009 exhibition Interspace, portrayed notions of connectivity in her sculptures, one of which conveys an embrace of two figures. This work, entitled ‘Embrace,’ does not feature the lust, romance and passion of other works developed around this theme, as it is contrarily pensive and quiet. ‘Embrace’ depicts a female bust with a male bust behind it. It looks as if the hand and arm of the man is reaching through the woman’s chest in order to hold her and pull her closer. The subdued grey hue used, and the mild expressions portrayed, allows this work to have a pared-back and simple beauty. ‘Embrace,’ which is representative of its exhibition Interspace emotionally and stylistically, conveys a physical and figurative complex relationship of lack and fulfillment. As explained in the exhibition statement, Murphy’s intentions were to “…explore the connectivity between forms: examining negative spaces, inner spaces and the spaces created by the removal of matter.”

Left to right: Carol Murphy, ‘Embrace’ 2009, ceramic, 46 x 29 x 26cm; Carol Murphy, ‘Enid (is equipped for all situations)’ 2011, ceramic on timber base, 40.5 x 13 x 10cm

Murphy’s colour palette may have been restricted and her figures minimalist in this exhibition, but she has another line of work that is playful, intricate and full of colour. In Murphy’s 2011 exhibition The importance of being Ernest… no Enid this side to her work was in full fruition. The Josephine Baker inspired ‘I Got Hungry,’ her ‘Ouch! I said pin-up girl!’ and her appropriation of the character Enid from the Ghost World comics, ‘Enid (is equipped for all situations),’ all have an adorably fun element to them. The thick-limbed figures have a child-like innocence despite their often quite adult characterisations.

Left to right: Carol Murphy, ‘Spot Wants To Play Too’ 2012, ceramic, timber, metal, 39.5 x 11 x 7.5cm; Carol Murphy, ‘Empty Woman’ 2008, ceramic, timber base, 41 x 13 x 12cm; Carol Murphy, ‘Ouch! I said pin-up girl!’ 2008, ceramic, metal, fibre, on timber base, 43 x 14 x 8cm

The most recent work by Murphy in the Gallery is ‘Spot Wants To Play Too.’ This anthropomorphic male figure is attached to a timber base and stands with his hands by his sides. This is the first obviously male figure Murphy has created in a number of years and is a companion piece to the 2011 exhibition. It is a quite detailed piece, with each individual toenail scratched out and painted. The pink spotted green shorts he is wearing displays a protruding package, playing into the adult-innocence paradox prominent in her work, as mentioned earlier. The head of the figure is obviously a mixture of human and canine with its downward ears and melancholy expression representative of the work’s title. Also in the Gallery at the moment is her paired-back and stylised piece ‘Empty Woman’ and when displayed with works such as ‘Spot Wants To Play Too,’ it is interesting to see Murphy’s dichotomous styles interacting.