Brenda May Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Polly Stanton, 'Undercurrents'

- Black Box Projects, 2016

3 to 29 September

The Kiewa Hydroelectric scheme has remained hidden under the Australian Alps for 78 years since it's inception. Below the mountainside it has continued to funnel the snowmelt and divert waterways into churning, underground turbines and through long steel pipes that carve a bright cylindrical path through alpine forest. This confluence of industry and the natural world strikes both a visual and aural moment of contrast - a juncture of environment and human endeavour that exists largely unseen and unheard.

Undercurrents is a moving image and sound work that traces the pathway of water as it travels through the distinct sites of the scheme, creating an audio-visual mapping that documents changes of place and time over a 12 hour day - from the first moments of the dawn ice-melt, to the last stages of dusk as the current is halted by the dark water of Junction Dam. Shifting and observational, the work presents a cinematic gesture of landscape that is at once ephemeral and stark.

Undercurrents was created during a supported residency at The Bogong Centre for Sound Culture.

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Ashleigh Garwood

- Under Erasure, 2016

3 to 29 September

The photographs in "Under Erasure" were taken in Iceland, where the landscape and winter light are extremely affecting and remote. The resulting images consider our expectations of nature and the landscape and how these have been pre-determined though our relationship with images.

The works are not the result of an experience recorded with the eye. Instead they are a mode of translation, a photographic reality that sits in duality and contradiction from the physical reality it stemmed from.

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Leslie Oliver

- Now and Then, 2016

3 to 29 September

Sculptures as static things invoke an awareness of time. The stillness gives us time to reassemble the elements in an act of recreation that speaks of the past. The inherent dramatic tensions within the structure send us forward into an imagined future. Einstein's view of time is like a plane in a fourth dimension where the past/present/future exists simultaneously. By holding still, a sculpture acts as a marker set into the fabric of time. I like to make things to look at... and feel myself in time.
- Leslie Oliver

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Catherine O'Donnell and Todd Fuller at Bendigo Art Gallery

- Paul Guest Prize, 2016

27 August to 16 October

The Paul Guest Prize is a non-acquisitive cash prize of $12,000 which is held every two years, highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, the Honourable Paul Guest QC and encourages artists from across Australia to engage with the important medium of drawing and to create challenging and unique art works.

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Todd Fuller

- Seven rules for raising your siren, 2016

6 August to 1 September

A dugong is a terrible thing to waste.
If one falls from the sky, you should always do your best to catch it. If you find yourself catching one, be sure to use two hands and a light touch or even better, a jar half filled with water.

Dugongs are a type of Sirenia and are the loyalist of creatures, with their waggy-slippery tails and their shiny stiff whiskers. Dugongs are generally shy, so if you manage to see a rare dugong smile, you should always smile back. A smile from a dugong is a gift in itself.

If you are a lucky person who manages to snag a dugong, here are some handy tips for looking after him:

1. Ensure he has room to swim, and frolic and grow. Dugongs like their space.
2. Make sure their tank is always clean, a tidy home is everything.
3. Tell him stories about jellyfish, seagrass and love.Especially Love as Dugongs are very into romance.
4. Scratch his back where his fins can’t reach and be sure to keep his wrinkles clean. This rule is not just applicable to dugongs, you should also be vigilant with the cleanliness of your own wrinkles.
5. Hide him from lawnmowers, they are the enemy of seagrass which is of course a dugongs favorite food in the whole wide ocean.
6. Dugongs hate curse words so be careful not to swear when they can hear you.
7. Remember to smile when the time comes for your dugong to return to the sea..

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Director's Cut

- An excerpt from the private collection of Brenda May, 2016

6 August to 1 September

Being the director of a contemporary gallery for over 30 years, Brenda May has inevitably amassed an impressive collection of artworks. "Director's Cut" is an invitation to view a selection of these acquisitions, purchased within a strict budget and curated by Brenda herself. It is an opportunity to see the works that she has chosen to live with, outside of the regular rotation of exhibitions that surround her every day at work. While a number of the artworks are by artists that Brenda has exhibited, many have also been purchased from other galleries and from unrepresented artists' studios. Despite there being no central theme to her collection, certain threads have emerged over the 30 plus years, such as an interest in process and an overwhelming desire to support living Australian artists, no matter what country they may have originally come from. Bringing the private into the public eye, this exhibition will put her personal tastes on view.

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