30 Years | 30 Artists | 30 Works

- anniversary exhibition, 2015

24 November to 19 December

This year marks the 30th year of Brenda May’s career as a Gallery Director, from Access Contemporary Art Gallery in Balmain, Forest Lodge, and Redfern to Brenda May Gallery here at Danks Street. In 2015 we are looking through our archives to create a retrospective exhibition featuring one work to represent each year and a publication looking back over the last three decades. Featuring the voices of Gallery staff, clients, and art world peers, this comprehensive exhibition and publication will be a celebration of the many artists’ careers both galleries have fostered.

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Sculpture 2016: Bronze

- curated group exhibition, 2016

29 January to 18 February

Art history abounds with examples of sculptors employing bronze; from scarce, but insightful, Ancient Greek vessels, to the large-scale modernist sculptures of Auguste Rodin, Umberto Boccioni and Alberto Giacometti. Throughout the ages, this alloy has been embraced for its versatility, strength and ability to be cast into both voluminous and intricate forms.

Brenda May Gallery's next edition of the annual Sculpture show will pay homage to this important material. Although the curated selection within Sculpture 2016: Bronze will be unified by medium, this exhibition aims to portray the differing ways contemporary artists manipulate bronze within their sculptural practices.

Grayson Cooke, 'AgX'

- Black Box Projects, 2016

29 January to 18 February

AgX is an art-science project about material memory; it features time-lapse photography of photographic negatives being chemically destroyed.

The symbol "AgX" represents the silver halides; the light-sensitive compounds that constitute the celluloid image. The silver halides are the ground of the historical image, but they are also the ground of personal and collective memory. AgX shows us images transcending their memory-status, as they reduce to their material form.

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 conformities of male desire."
- Lorraine Guddemi

C.Moore Hardy

- Sydney, Sex & Subculture (historical, hysterical, & happy recollections of the queer community), 2016

20 February to 17 March

I have always wanted to leave a legacy that enhances another generation’s understanding of the Sydney Queer Community. Over the last thirty-five years, I have worked extensively as a freelance commercial photographer and voluntarily in cultural development positions for Lesbian and Gay community groups. I attempted to create images that engaged in an erotic dialogue reconstructing a visual narrative, and have followed the battles, rallies, sorrow, resilience and diversity of the queer community. This exhibition will explore my archival and documentary-style photography, endeavouring to celebrate all things queer.

Todd Fuller, 'Insubstantial Love Stores'

- Black Box Projects, 2016

20 February to 17 March

'Insubstantial Love Stories' explores themes of homosexual love and rights. This series is centred on the 'Unite project', a participatory survey of views towards marriage equality that sees members of the public confronted and comforted by two men engaged in a passionate pash.

This work extends my collaboration with Amy Hill (2008), which investigated the consequences of language on a young queer community, as well as more recent work that has subtly raised sexual-political issues.

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.

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.

'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 in 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.

Al Munro

- Pleated Logic, 2015

16 April to 12 May

The painting sin the exhibition 'Pleated Logic' continue my interest in exploring the way textile forms such a patterns and structures allow us to reconsider the spaces of abstract painting. Pleated and folded fabrics create spatial forms which are flexible and elastic; mathematically, pleating and folding allows a transformation from two dimensions to complex hyperbolic spatial forms. This exhibition draws on ideas developed on recent residencies in northern Thailand, and my interest in the heavily pleated Hmong textiles found in the region. These textiles are patterned with linear forms, often prints, stitched or embellished onto the lengths of cloth prior to pleating. The pleating and the movement it enables creates a shifting and deformation in the patterned surfaces. It is this play between spatial forms and the shifting, stretching and contracting of the patterned pleats which have informed this work.

Introducing IV

- Michèle Heibel, Bettina Hill, Louise Morgan, 2016

16 April to 12 May

This is the fourth exhibition in our 'Introducing' series. The show is a platform designed to introduce a small group of new artists and provide them with a chance to create a more substantial body of work.

Benjamin Storch

- Resonance, 2016

14 May to 9 June

Inspired by imagery of dynamical systems in nature and science, my work has been revolving around fluid, orbital loops for a good number of years.

Physically, the tactile sensation of shaping the twisting curvatures is part of my attachment to the process and the resulting forms. Conceptually and spiritually, I had a sense that on some level our actions and reactions are not that different from a trajectory circling around attractive and repulsive forces. A fluid, sensitive, non-confrontational response to the world and our internal contradictions.

The exhibition will feature some new works in alabaster alongside works in copper and stainless steel.

Op Art

- curated group exhibition, 2016

11 June to 7 July

This exhibition will cause flat lines to seemingly buckle, stationary colours to bleed and intersect, concavity to be created within even surfaces, afterimages to appear and motion to arise from stillness. Patterns will vibrate, concentric circles will quiver and depth will be deceptive. Op Art has appeared throughout many art historical movements, including Cubism, Constructivism and Dadaism. It is a genre that explores the varying illusionary optical effects that can be influenced by manipulating geometrical shapes and repeating colours. Perception differs from reality, revealing flaws within the human retina’s ability to always see things as they are. Contemporary artists continue to be fascinated by this genre, incorporating scientific and mathematical principles, formations found in nature, colour-theory, inspiration from technological advancements, as well as new media equipment, to further explore this area of ocular inquiry.