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.
“Once upon a time I broke every watch I was given only to find I could not work out how they worked. Music boxes were dismantled and the music making part pulled apart. The death of each ladybird in my Mylyn made jar garden brought me no closer to knowing why ladybirds didn’t like me. I thought if I stared at my nose, my eyebrows and the shower hose, I would figure them out eventually. I unstitched dolls clothes, unwrapped bindi seeds and stripped toy cars to their wheels and discovered more why. Why a cloud? How do birds fly? How do kites? How does the moon know when to just appear? How does water come from a shower hose?”
– Mylyn Nguyen
‘There was a mountain and a cloud’ 2015
watch, cork, wire, flocking, wool, cotton thread, watercolour
15.5 x 6.5 x 4.5cm
Mylyn Nguyen has been chosen by The Curator’s Department to create an immersive site-specific work for Installation Contemporary. Keep an eye out for her work, it will be in an unusual location (hint: look down!).
Mylyn Nguyen, ‘The Moon’ 2015, watercolour and ink on paper, flocking, dimensions variable.
We are pleased to announce that Mylyn Nguyen has been selected for inclusion at Installation Contemporary, one of five exhibition sectors at the Sydney Contemporary art fair. On view from 11 to 13 September at Carriageworks, Installation Contemporary is curated by The Curator’s Department which is comprised of Glenn Barkley, Ivan Muñiz Reed and Holly Williams.
Mylyn’s work will be found in an unlikely location so keep an eye out for her paper insects. When you spot her installation, snap a photo with Instagram and hashtag it #MylynNguyen. Happy hunting!
Todd Fuller and Mylyn Nguyen are finalists in the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, 30 May until 26 July. Both artists were selected with work from our recent Paper Works III exhibition. Additional finalists who were also included in Paper Works III, are Glen Clarke, Lisa Giles, Helen Mueller, and Liz Shreeve.
Mylyn Nguyen’s upcoming solo exhibition titled Once Upon a Time will be on view from 29 September to 24 November. Sign up here to receive a preview of this upcoming show.
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.
Waratah Lahy, Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro and Mylyn Nguyen have been curated into the group exhibition Kitchenalia at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. The show, on view from 28 August until the 11 October, features artists who use kitchen-related materials and subject matter within their practice. Included in the exhibition are the delicately painted glasses by Waratah Lahy, an assemblage of patty-pans by Melinda Le Guay, Al Munro’s crochet bottles and Mylyn Nguyen’s tiny tableaux contained within spoons and vessels.
TL: Mylyn Nguyen, ‘And then she said…’ 2013, spoon, twigs, pebbles, fibre, w/c on paper, 9.5 x 16 x 4.5cm
TR: Al Munro, ‘Homage to the Everyday’ 2013-2014, crochet textile, installation view
BL Melinda Le Guay, ‘Ruffle 1′ 2007, paper on board – framed, 48.5 x 72cm
BR: Waratah Lahy, ‘Van and Sign’ 2007, oil on glass – 2 pieces, 14.5 x 13.5 x 10cm
A parade of 111 migrating paper bugs, travelling across the Gallery floor and up the surface of the wall, will be the centerpiece for Mylyn Nguyen’s upcoming exhibition. This unlikely procession of meticulously created creatures, hand-made, hand-painted and individually placed, will be joined by miniature worlds encased in glass objects, echoing the aesthetic of botanical terrariums.
▶ JACEK WAŃKOWSKI, Carapace
“Carapace extends my investigations on perception, on things that engage the forces of nature and on things that change and grow. These sculptures pursue that moment between balance and flight, causing the precise distribution of mass, form and space to activate the piece.”
NB: Both 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.