Brenda May Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Merri Randell + Chris Denaro, '(UN) natural urges'

- Black Box Projects, 2016

29 October to 24 November

This exhibition seeks to challenge our relationship with Australian forests.

Merri Randell creates hybrid mediated landscapes to represent her experience, depicting forests vast in scale and detail with the same forms captured from different angles and perspectives. Through the addition of sound and motion these hybrid landscapes come alive and embody the typically hidden respiratory, digestive and reproductive botanical events of these natural areas.

Chris Denaro's work focuses on the night-time experience of forests. In the absence of light the world becomes a void, and the imagination becomes a powerful and uncanny force. Denaro draws on this concept of the void - inspired by uncanny peripheral glimpses from the night-time forest.

By inserting these 'imaginary' constructions into a 'real' gallery space these artists confront audience's perceptions of nature and place.

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Carol Murphy

- Sculptural Forms IV, 2016

29 October to 24 November

This fourth manifestation of the Sculptural Forms series, first started in 2009, began after Carol Murphy came across an online advertisement for an artwork at an English Antiques Shop. This elegant figure resembled a Cycladic sculpture, with the stylisation of the head and arms entwined. Murphy explains, "I have never wanted to own an artwork more. Upon first seeing it, I was captivated, with no providence attached, it resembled to me something Henry Moore may have carved, as it required considerable skill for its size... I expect it may have been carved by a European sculptor of some note, but somehow was separated from its history."

This exhibition commenced with Murphy’s desire to create a pastiche of the work that first captured her imagination nine years ago — a response to her immediate connection to it. It is also a continuation of a series of exhibitions that presented figures formed in simple shapes, however the new works are more stylised, elongated, forced into impossible positions, and pared back of recognisable features.

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James Guppy

- Counterpoint, 2016

29 October to 24 November

For the past few years my work has been driven by an inner malaise and dissatisfaction with "the way things are". This time I am relieved to be returning to a favoured theme...a focus on intimacy, and the body.

These paintings are a celebration of flesh and touch. I wanted to get back to the essence of our being...the complex joy of love, and play between people.

The touching suggests a "music" of intimacy to me...the duets and trios play together in melodies and patterns that flow as they make contact. There are still dissonant moments but this becomes another part of the energies... The entwined flesh is a fugue of shapes and shadows.

Moved by the rhythms and textures of cherished bodies, I have played with these elements to transform lovers at play into a cantata of forms.

- James Guppy, 2016

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Robert Boynes in Contour 556

- Interventions in the Landscape, 2016

22 October to 13 November

"Contour 556: interventions in the landscape", is a new public art festival on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra from 22 October to 13 November. Curated by Neil Hobbs, the exhibition features 50 national and international artists. Robert Boynes new work, 'A Bigger Concern', will be on view in the former NGA Contemporary building at Reconciliation Place.

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Waratah Lahy at ANU School of Art

- SOA PRO, 2016

19 October to 29 October

SOA PRO is an exhibition that showcases recent works by professional and technical staff of The ANU School of Art.

A strong cross section of different modes of working and thinking; varying in discipline, materials and attitudes towards making.This exhibition highlights the artist’s individual relationship to process and engagement, the physical interaction of surface and material and combines knowledge with the instinctual.

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Grayson Cooke, 'Old Growth'

- Black Box Projects, 2016

1 to 27 October

'Old Growth' is an environmental critique and material enquiry, it consists of three video works, each of which explores different effects of resource extraction or anthropogenic climate change. Each work consists of time-lapse photography of film media being chemically degraded.

'Frack' explores "virtual fracking" - it uses chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing to dissolve photographs of sedimentary rock. 'Deforest' uses sulphuric acid (which burns to the touch) to melt photographs of old growth rainforest. 'Bleach' uses a range of bleaching agents to dissolve photographs of the Great Barrier Reef.

Each work operates as a kind of media analogue for humanity's effects on the environment; hydrochloric acid, for example, is used in fracking to dissolve fissures in sedimentary rock, and in this project it "fracks" the emulsion, seeking the "fissures" in the image where less silver is deposited on the celluloid. The project uses photographic media and corrosive chemicals to "materialize" environmental degradation along different channels than the documentary record. The ruination of the image and its relation to the environment lies at the core of this project.

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