Exhibitions

Waratah Lahy

- Overlooked, 2014

15 July to 9 August

My current work explores ideas of inside and outside, internal and external. I am depicting physical as well as emotional spaces through an investigation of colour, composition and pattern. I am interested in everyday scenes, focussing on details that are rich in mood, conveying an experience of place and time.

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Anne Penman Sweet

- Through Uncertain Lands, 2014

15 July to 9 August

In this exhibition I seek to evoke some of the excitement and foreboding encountered upon entering new and strange terrains – landscapes that lie undisturbed and unloved, forgotten and forsaken.

In these uncertain lands there is an otherworldly presence, disorienting yet compelling, silently making itself known and felt. In the midst of this disorientation one can momentarily lose one’s bearings, and with it a sense of certainty and security.

Thus, temporarily lost, briefly unbalanced, one can find oneself suddenly immersed in a new and enigmatic, luminous and unknown world.

‘I could see the shape of the land, how it lay holding silence’ Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to talk: Expeditions and Encounters

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Nicole Welch presents 'Lament'

- Black Box Projects, 2014

15 July to 9 August

The video 'Lament' by represented artist Nicole Welch is a mesmerising time-lapse that strips a Victorian chandelier down to its skeletal structure and then builds it back up to its former exuberance. The video continues to cycle between these two stages.

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Mylyn Nguyen

- So bear folded me a paper boat, packed my lunch, pointed west and told me to go and learn something, 2014

12 August to 6 September

I hide behind Wolf because he is stronger than I am. Bear is wiser than I am. Wren has flight and freedom. Snail is my karma and Bees and Beetles see more gardens. I hide behind spiders because they are more delicate than I am and more humble than I am. Whales are life savers. Octopus is a problem solver. Catfish has direction.

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Jacek Wańkowski

- Carapace, 2014

12 August to 6 September

Carapace extends my investigations on perception, on things that engage the forces of nature and on things that change and grow. These sculptures pursue that moment between balance and flight, causing the precise distribution of mass, form and space to activate the piece.

Inspired by observations of the natural marine world, these works embody complexity, movement and a sense of motion frozen in time. Reduced to their minimalist constituents, they explore the tension reflected in the sudden actions and/or reactions of small oceanic creatures to external stimuli.

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Todd Fuller

- The line we walk, 2014

9 September to 4 October

To scratch the surface, to make a mark, to fold, to erase, to bend, to bleed.

Drawing is a personal obsession, through it I dissect the world its occupants and my relationship to these elements. The line we walk is a series of animated portraits, studies of movement and experiments with the drawn animation practice which has obsessed me for the last five years.

Carol Murphy

- La Baigneuse, 2014

9 September to 4 October

This exhibition references the depiction of the bather in art history, but using the medium of ceramics. It is a further examination of the sculptural form in various poses at rest and play. The figures are clad in vintage to modern day bathing costumes including some imaginary outfits! Which further adds to it being, a frolicsome look at the concept of swimwear.

Flatline presents 'Studies in Motion'

- Black Box Projects, 2014

9 September to 4 October

Flatline is an interdisciplinary collective, at its core is Brenda May Gallery artist, Todd Fuller and dancer/choreographer, Carl Sciberras. Together they merge the values of their respective genres to create a new dance/art hybrid. In Flatline’s first solo exhibition and performance in the Gallery, they will present the results of four years of experimentation. Ideas including dance as a catalyst for animation, point and space, line and the body, drawing on performance and dance as a vessel for mark making.

Greer Taylor

- out of rain, 2014

9 September to 4 October

Rain has such magical qualities that not only engage with all our senses, it delivers from the ‘heavens’ the essential ingredient required to make the life on our planet possible (who is to know what is required elsewhere?)…

'out of rain' is an exploration of rain: rhythm, repetition, transparency, possibilities.

Like rain, small repeated elements combine to build pattern and form: from knitted wire to arrangements of simple elements into transparent curtains or windows.

In our built shelters (gallery, home, office) we are ‘out of rain’ – sheltered from getting wet, the structure preventing rain from reaching the soil beneath… a soil now parched and barren of life and stripped of potential.

March 2014

Tanmaya Bingham

- English Tea Party...gone wrong, 2014

7 October to 1 November

My installation shows the aftermath of an English tea party gone wrong. The attendants of the party are all experiencing the ramifications of overdosing on tea. Group scenes of these individuals’ highs and lows are captured in large drawings on paper, which loom above a broken table situated in the centre of the room. This table and the objects once on it a tea set, tea, serving trays and sweets lie scattered in broken shards and pieces around it. However not all is destroyed as comical depictions of the Brits are preserved in small sketches on both paper and porcelain.

My tea party typifies an on going epidemic plaguing Great Britain. Tea is the most sought after narcotic on the market and has been the drug of choice in United Kingdom since the 18th century. Citizens like those depicted have become addicted to tea, its paraphernalia and ritual of gathering with other users.

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Al Munro

- Systems of the Infinite, 2014

7 October to 1 November

Systems of the Infinite, continues my interest in pattern systems and their relationship to the natural world. I draw on both traditional Japanese patterning and scientific visualisations to explore the mapping and cataloguing of nature.

Sybil Curtis

- Structures in the Landscape, 2014

4 to 29 November

When travelling through the flat, monotonous country of inland Australia, agricultural and mining structures are often visible for a considerable distance, rising like giant sculptures out of a flat plain: three-dimensional forms intersecting horizontal lines.

On an abstract level, I continue to use touches of red and yellow which vibrate with more energy when surrounded by subtle browns and greys, rather than combined with other strong colours.

Elephant in the Room

- Animal Welfare League fundraising exhibition, 2014

4 to 29 November

A portion of the sales in this exhibition, depicting critters, creatures and canines, will directly benefit the Animal Welfare League NSW. The Gallery will donate 20% of each sale to the AWL to support them in caring for surrendered, neglected and abandoned animals. AWL has been in operation for over 50 years and maintains two shelters, a veterinary clinic and twelve branches of volunteers and we are delighted to be able to support them.

Artists include Sybil Curtis, Amanda Davies, Todd Fuller, Claude Jones, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Waratah Lahy, Helen Mueller, Mylyn Nguyen, Uracha Oliver, Janet Parker-Smith, Patsy Payne and Nicole Welch.

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Christmas Show

- New and Original Works for $1,000, 2014

2 to 20 December

To celebrate the end of another year and continuing in the tradition of the ever popular Access and Brenda May Gallery Birthday Show, the Gallery presents a special Christmas Show.

Included in the exhibition will be works from our represented and supported artists, made especially for the occasion.

As in previous years, the show will be unavailable for previews and will open at 6pm sharp on Tuesday 2 December with all the works for sale generously priced by the artists at $1,000 for the duration of the show. We hope you can join us for what has proved to be an exciting exhibition.