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Sculpture 2016: Bronze

On view until Thursday 18 February!

Welcome to our first exhibition for the year – Sculpture 2016: Bronze. This show pays homage to the versatility of this important, sculptural material. Although unified by medium, the exhibition reflects the differing ways contemporary artists manipulate bronze within their sculptural practices. A few of the works have been highlighted below, however click here to view the entire exhibition.

Artists: Marguerite Derricourt, Todd Fuller, Titania Henderson (Karen Woodbury Gallery), Christopher Hodges (Utopia Art Sydney), Lucy Irvine, Anita Larkin (Defiance Gallery), Barbara Licha, Dan Lorrimer, Mylyn Nguyen, Leslie Oliver, Anne Ross, Morgan Shimeld, Benjamin Storch, Susanna Strati, Terry Stringer (Robin Gibson Gallery), Peter Tilley, Belinda Winkler.

 

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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.

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.

 

Love. Lament. Loss.

Black Box Projects
On view 29 September to 24 October 2015

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Love. Lament. Loss. brings together the work of three Represented Artists who have explored these states in their complexity and intensity. Leslie Oliver asks students to recount a time they fell in love, offering stories of loves’ lived and loves’ lost. Todd Fuller’s films explore the strength required to release a burden or a joy, and Nicole Welch stimulates deliberation through a use of loaded symbols, conceptually considering the effect of imperialistic ideology on the Australian landscape.

Oliver’s empathetic documentary-style approach is contrasted with the mesmerising time-lapse technique employed by Welch. Fuller’s hand-drawn animations offer a further divergent style of moving image artwork, conveying the varied ways in which the medium of video is being used by artists to create thoughtful and captivating narratives.

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Interview: Leslie Oliver

What is your earliest memory of making art?
I did a large pencil drawing of a house with smoke out the chimney and a man walking down a path leading from the front door towards the viewer. I did this on the inside of the door of a new home-made lowboy that my dad had made for me. It was gloss white and inside the doors were a beautiful soft matt sky blue – irresistible to a 4 year old. I was very proud but Mum and Dad displayed mixed feelings.

One day in kindergarten I clearly remember we were given a segmented five pointed star to colour-in. Most students did this in a flash with quick rough scribbles. I was trying to fill in the segments with rich even engaging colour combinations, very careful to stay within the lines. I was devastated when the teacher called “time’s up”. It was clear we were not expected to do this task properly. It was a throw-away activity. Making things well was not the aim.

The next life changing event was getting a set of encyclopedias, Science, Peoples and Places, Art and Architecture. In particular I discovered the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. On a rainy Saturday I asked my mum to buy me some paints (an extravagance at the time) she did (to my surprise and delight) and I painted a copy of Van Gogh’s wriggling “Wheat Field with Cypresses”. I fell in love with this man and his crazy painted truths. I was 10 and Mum still has it.

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When preparing for your last exhibition, did you create works around a theme or did the links between the works reveal themselves later on?
For my show Love Stories I had a clear theme for the sculptures I made. I explored relationship between forms, colours, found objects and their uses to play with the idea of the dependency in couples. When placed in the proximity or context of another form (person) a different kind of identity is defined. In past shows I have always made thematic connections between works, inviting the viewer to see connections however in this show it was fore-fronted.

Describe the space in which you create your works (studio, lounge room etc):
I rent a workshop/studio space approximately 5m x 7m in a building full of artist spaces at 1+2 Studios, Darling St in Rozelle. I have a range of power tools including a band saw, large disc and belt sander, gas and mig welders, a wood lathe (my dad made for me) and many hand tools. I have three large hardwood benches made from old stairs salvaged from the Boronia St Gallery I helped build for Brenda in 1993. It is full of salvaged materials an I like it tidy. Hot when hot cold when cold. I usually listen to ABC Radio National. Most sculpture is ‘grind’ work. A small simple idea can take days of sweat to achieve.

Do you have a favourite piece or favourite pieces? If so, which piece/s and why?
I do not have particularly strong favourites. I like to come across forgotten pieces in peoples collections and see that they have a life beyond me. I enjoy seeing them through other peoples eyes. Thought it is hard to get lucid feedback I sense peoples interest (or lack of). Occasionally I regret letting a piece out of the studio because it is not properly alive. I want to take those pieces home and give them more love. If I have rescued a weak sculpture I have warmer feelings toward it.

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What has been, for you, a defining moment in your career as an artist?
The first defining moment was being in the Foundation Sculpture class of Brian O’Dwyer at Alexander Mackie CAE. Brian’s elegant charm, passion for sculpture and “cruel” love for his students drove me to win his admiration. His very demanding but focused exercises were the very challenge I needed at the time in my life. Another defining moment was to be asked to be a technical assistant to Bob Klippel . Being asked was a great honour and privilege however the experience of being in his studio and seeing his delicate works and seeing Bob’s belief in art was transforming. Until this time I had no idea that cold metal forms could be so emotionally charged. Abstract constructions of exquisite beauty.

What did you eat for breakfast?
A blueberry muffin and a strong white coffee. The cake varies, usually with fruit but the coffee is constant. I prefer to have this after being up and awake for an hour or two. If I’m in the studio (far too rarely) this is the time when I sit and contemplate my next move.

May 2014 exhibitions

Please join us for drinks with the Artists
Wednesday 21 May 5:30-7:30pm

▶ LESLIE OLIVER, Walking Sticks – Crooks, Staves and Scepters
“As a person ultimately drawn to making sculpture, I have always enjoyed a direct connection to simple physical objects. As a boy I … went on many walks and hiking camps and would find myself a special stick to carry and befriend. Around a campfire I would decorate it with burn marks made with hot wire … All these things play a part in the my personal pleasure of making ‘walking sticks’.”

▶ HELEN MUELLER, ships in the night
“Humble pods pass us by unnoticed, to deliver their cargo of life. They are like ships in the night. Once spent, they vanish, their beauty and importance unacknowledged. In making this work, I wanted to halt their disappearance, pay them close attention, and celebrate their wonder.”

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headon2014blackboxHead On Photo Festival
Presents
Prizes for Multimedia

13 May to 7 June 2014

Join us tonight for the launch from 6-8pm!
Expect the unexpected in our Black Box Project space, exhibiting the finalists for the Head on Photo Festival, Fine Art and Documentary Multimedia Prize.

Head On is Australia’s largest photography festival celebrating excellence in all genres from photo-artists from across the globe and provides a major platform for discovering new talent, re- discovering established artists and exploring new technologies and ideas.

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