RECENT Exhibitions

Catherine O'Donnell at NORTH Contemporary Art Space

- The ‘F’ Show, curated by Abdullah M.I. Syed, 2016

20 April to 7 May

The ‘F’ Show brings together a selection of female artists who have worked with and inspired the artist, designer and curator Abdullah M.I. Syed over the last decade. Showcasing works by emerging and established, local and international artists, the exhibition investigates a small cross section of contemporary female artists working today and provides a collective platform to reflect the value and legitimacy of such artists in Australia and beyond. The participating artists firmly challenge the status-quo of a capitalist art market which is often driven by male dominated power structures and has a vested interest in maintaining twentieth-century hierarchies. The artists’ strength and desire to bring change is the fuel for this exhibition.

James Guppy at Orange Regional Gallery

- Best in Show: Dogs in Australian Art, 2016

9 April to 3 July

This major exhibition explores the diverse ways in which the dog has been presented in Australian art from colonial times until the present, revealing much about our deep bond with the animal and about ourselves.

Catherine O'Donnell at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

- Wait, Weep & Be Worthy: Women, The Home Front & War, 2016

1 April to 22 May

This exhibition brings the perspectives of contemporary artists to the role of women fighting on "the home front" in World War I, reflecting on their role in society at the time, and the nature of that particular war. Though some women were involved as nurses and in other active service duties, the expected role of most was to manage the home and raise children, while dealing with shortages, their fears for the future, and the grief and trauma of losing loved ones. This exhibition will also include historical artwork and objects, and a look at the role of organisations like the Red Cross and the Country Women's Association.

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Glen Clarke

- Into the Piguenit Redux, 2016

19 March to 14 April

'Into the Piguenit, Redux' revisits a work first exhibited in Hobart 1996. Through the exploitation of disparate materials, this site-specific installation challenges our senses and addresses contemporary issues of how we respond to landscape, time and space. This consideration is achieved through a hauntingly provocative yet contemplative comparison of the pristine Australian bush landscape with the demise of war torn landscapes and zones of conflict, such as Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. and more explicitly the Temple of Baalshamin in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

Though his artworks pull audiences in with their intricacy, beauty and attention to detail, the motivation behind Clarke's work is a concern for human welfare. More specifically, Clarke has been involved with and inspired by Project Renew for some 14 years, a not for profit, Vietnamese mine risk education and UXO removal and demolition organisation.

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Sue Healey, 'On View'

- Black Box Projects, 2016

19 March to 14 April

Concerned with the act of seeing and being seen, 'On View' presents video and live portraits of Australian dance artists. The work dissects the body with an analytical intimacy, as it explores the dimensions of portraiture and how we view each other. It exposes diverse ways of thinking through the body.

Special performances will occur at times throughout the exhibition period.

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Lorraine Guddemi

- Raspirical Things, 2016

20 February to 17 March

"Using the language of the magical and talismanic, Raspirical Things are a collection of sculptural forms that explore the ephemeral nature of female desirability. As beauty must inevitably succumb to age, society's perception of female worth becomes an ever diminishing currency that often renders women invisible. Harnessing the fragility and bone like quality of porcelain, these forms express this poignant loss of beauty and celebrate the ensuing liberation from the conformity of male desire."
- Lorraine Guddemi (photo by Simon Grimes)

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