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.

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'DUMBSH*T VIDEO ART', curated by Stefan Popescu

- Black Box Projects, 2016

16 April to 12 May

This is an exhibition of contemporary experimental screen-works that explore new approaches and styles in an era dominated by online video, convergent media and hypercapitalism. The artists exhibited are established screen arts practitioners that are responding specifically to that brief. As the exhibition name suggests, the works are both playful and profound, challenging established notions of low and high screen culture. The works exhibited explore datamoshing, vaporwave, darkwave, witch house, glitch aesthetic, performance and new materiality.

Artists include Usama Alshaibi, Anthony Antonellis, Dario Alva, Katherine Berger, Chris Bors, Ryszard Dabek, John Di Stefano, Mr Doodleburger, Scott Fitzpatrick, Adam Geczy, Justin Harvey, Shaun Hay, Harley Ives, Scott Kieran, Kevin Khachan, Tony Lawrence, Tom Loveday, Pavel Samokhvalov, and Emma Varker.

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Introducing IV

- Michèle Heibel, Bettina Hill, Louise Morgan, Belinda Winkler, 2016

16 April to 12 May

This is the fourth exhibition in our 'Introducing series'. The show aims to showcase the work of four artists who are new to the Gallery.

In this edition we are presenting the small, delicately etched clayboard works by Michèle Heibel, the woven paper wall-mounted sculptures by Bettina Hill, the layered, laser-cut and watercolour compositions by Louise Morgan, and Belinda Winkler's finely balanced monochrome bronze and stoneware vessels.

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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.

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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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