Brenda May Gallery


James Guppy at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre

- In Flagrante Delicto, 2016/17

30 September 2016 to 12 February 2017

A recent body of work by James Guppy exhibited at Brenda May Gallery in 2015 will be travelling to Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre for his solo exhibition 'In Flagrante Delicto'.

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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.

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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Al Munro at Newcastle Art Gallery

- HOLDING, 2016/17

26 November 2016 to 5 February 2017

HOLDING, is a contemporary interpretation of 'vessels' by 25 international and national fibre artists.

While the word 'HOLDING' can allude to ideas of 'containing' and 'ownership', this group of artists will explore the notion of 'belonging' and 'home' through various textile mediums. Each artist will make a vessel referring to the notion of HOLDING while simultaneously creating structures will which create a rich visual experience.

Yeah. Cheers. Thanks a lot

- group exhibition, 2016

26 November to 24 December

Last year Brenda May Gallery celebrated the major milestone of turning 30. These three decades have been split between Access Contemporary Art Gallery (est. 1985) in various Sydney locations and Brenda May Gallery at 2 Danks St in Waterloo. The end of 2016 marks 15 years since the Gallery first became a part of this creative complex on Danks Street and also marks its last, in anticipation of being reborn as May Space in 2017. Although the Gallery had fifteen years of exhibitions, artists and clients prior to opening its doors in Waterloo, it owes many of its strengths, experiences and achievements to this complex, including: the introduction of many incredible artists to the Gallery’s stable, expanding to a more global platform across Australasia through art fairs, observing the resilience and innovation of the artworld in the aftermath of the financial crisis, and the embrace of new media technologies within the commercial art market. "Yeah. Cheers. Thanks a lot" is an ode to Brenda May Gallery's time at 2 Danks Street. An ode to the relationships made, fostered and developed; to the hard times endured and the incredible times shared; to the many anniversaries, openings and events held and enjoyed; to the other galleries within the complex that have been our peers, neighbours and support group; and to the artists that transform the space every month into something original and exciting. With this vision in mind, this exhibition will feature new works by our Gallery artists, in admiration of their talent and in honour of how they have shaped the Gallery as it stands today. This good bye to the current space is both a celebration of what Brenda May Gallery and its artists have achieved under its roof, whilst also marking this milestone before the Gallery moves onto new things… Yeah. Cheers. Thanks a lot.

Ashleigh Garwood at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

- Silver & Salt, 2016/17

17 December to 5 February

Mylyn Nguyen at Murray Art Museum Albury

- Found, 2017

24 January to 2 May

'Found' aims to develop the idea of 'Art by Accident' by utilising commonplace objects in their everyday settings with an added moss garden, beetle party and water droplet turn fish pond. Each peep box will feature a different everyday scene/object (kitchen pantry: a moth's party place, desk: a beetles home, footpath: moss garden, linen closet: clouds, shoes: fish pond) embellished with miniature scenes. The aim is to acknowledge what children often see within the ordinary and to remind us of what adults often forget or deem unimportant.

Nicole Welch at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

- Wildēornes Land - A Media Installation, 2017

1 April to 7 May

Catherine O'Donnell at Western Plains Cultural Centre

- Close to Home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, 2017

2 May to 2 July

Robert Boynes at Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra

- Paintings from 2000 to now, 2017

22 June to 13 August

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