Important dates + BMG 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-6pm
Christmas Closure Dates | 20 December 2015 to 28 January 2016 (inclusive)
2 Danks Street Gala opening event | 3 February 2016, 6-8pm
First Exhibitions for 2016, ‘Sculpture 2016: Bronze’ and Grayson Cooke | 29 January to 18 February 2016

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

Catherine O’Donnell Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016 Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Catherine O’Donnell is one of only six artists chosen to participate in the second Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, on view the Art Gallery of NSW from 30 July to 11 December 2016.

> Sign up to Catherine O’Donnell’s email list here
> View more works by Catherine O’Donnell here

Art Gallery of New South Wales acquires two major works by Robert Boynes

We are thrilled to announce that the triptych ‘Blind Leading the Blind‘ from Robert’s recent exhibition In Plain Sight, as well as the major work ‘Auto Sex‘ from the 1960s, have entered the collection of the AGNSW.

> Sign up to the Robert Boynes email list here.
> View more available works by Robert Boynes from his 1960s – 1970s period here
> View his recent show In Plain Sight here

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< Robert Boynes ‘Auto Sex’ 1968
synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 150 x 150cm



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Call for Proposals: ‘Op Art’

Brenda May Gallery is seeking proposals from professional practising artists in Australia and New Zealand for the following curated group exhibitions.

munro_2016Op Art, 11 June to 7 July 2016

This exhibition will cause flat lines to seemingly buckle, stationary colours to bleed and intersect, concavity to be created within even surfaces, afterimages to appear and motion to arise from stillness. Patterns will vibrate, concentric circles will quiver and depth will be deceptive. Op Art has appeared throughout many art historical movements, including Cubism, Constructivism and Dadaism. It is a genre that explores the varying illusionary optical effects that can be influenced by manipulating geometrical shapes and repeating colours. Perception differs from reality, revealing flaws within the human retina’s ability to always see things as they are. Contemporary artists continue to be fascinated by this genre, incorporating scientific and mathematical principles, formations found in nature, colour-theory, inspiration from technological advancements, as well as new media equipment, to further explore this area of ocular inquiry.

Proposals for Op Art must be received by Friday 1 April 2016.

Submissions should be emailed directly to the Gallery with images (with captions) in support of the proposal, a link to an artist website, an up to date C/V, an artist statement and a separate, single page outlining the nature of the work you are proposing. Please keep it simple, no powerpoint or keynote files.

NINA ROSS, Language and the body – Black Box Projects, until 21 November

Language and the body” is the premier screening of two recent works, ‘Untitled # (pregnancy)’ and ‘Untitled #1 (origins of turn taking)’. Using self-portraiture performance video, these two HD videos draw on my experiences using and sharing language during pregnancy and with my newborn child. – Nina Ross, 2015

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Nina Ross, ‘Untitled #1 (origins of turn taking)’ 2015, HD video, 16:9, 2:43 mins looped, colour, sound, edition of 5, $550

Peter Tilley and Waratah Lahy exhibition lookbooks

We are pleased to present you with the exhibition catalogues for Second Self by PETER TILLEY and Not far from the truth by WARATAH LAHY. Both exhibitions will be on view until Saturday 21 November with the opening on Saturday 31 October from 3-5pm.

▶ Click here to view the lookbook for Peter Tilley
▶ Click here to view the lookbook for Waratah Lahy

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▶ BLACK BOX PROJECTS: Nina Ross 27 October to 21 November

“‘Untitled #1′ and ‘Untitled #1 (origins of turn taking)’ are HD videos drawing on the artist’s experiences using and sharing language during pregnancy and with her newborn child. Using self-portraiture performance video, this work seeks to investigate the influence of language at the beginning of an infants life and how one learns how to communicate through interactions with others before any words are spoken. Particular influence in this process and to the work itself includes researching and experiencing the origins of turn-taking in language with her own son.”
– Nina Ross, 2015

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On view from Tuesday 27 October to 21 November 2015

Afternoon drinks with the Artists, Saturday 31 October, 3-5pm

▶ WARATAH LAHY, Not far from the truth
“My current work explores ideas of truth and distortion of memory. I focus on imagery which suggests a narrative, such as the open door, the empty room and the mirror, as well as looking for pattern, colour and repetition.”
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▶ PETER TILLEY, Second Self
“The shadow is one of the many visual elements within the tableau of everyday icons that populate my artworks.”
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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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