Exhibitions

Small Publishers

- curated by Akky van Ogtrop, 2015

17 February to 14 March

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some are to be chewed and digested."
(Francis Bacon in "Bacon’s Essays" by Francis Bacon and Richard Whately, 1857)

Artists' books can be handcrafted or commercially printed; unique, or in limited or unlimited editions. Forms range from the traditional codex to sculptural works, or they may have audio, video, installation, online and performance components. Many artists' books are self-published, or are produced by small presses or by artists' groups or collectives, usually in limited editions.

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Janet Parker-Smith

- Questionable Intentions, 2015

17 February to 14 March

My recent work extends my fascination with humans and nature and their boundless capacity for re-invention and rejuvenation. Using the transmutation of humans and animals, morphology and the desolation of our environment the work explores the human collective chaotic and purposeless existence on the universe. While the works appear absurd in their construction they engage with representation, evolution and metamorphosis. They show animals and humans that could be described as halfway between life and death. They are detached souls – not harmonious in character. They are stuck somewhere between the artificial and the uncultivated, and the wonderful and the outrageous.

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Nicholas Tory, 'Make'

- Black Box Projects, 2015

17 February to 14 March

Locked away in a cupboard and visible through a peephole is Nicholas Tory’s miniature video installation, 'Make', presenting the life cycle of a worker and his creation. In this work, Tory asks himself the question, "is my desire to create work, a fear of becoming redundant?" while also exploring ideas around obsessive work behaviour, and the possible absurdity of his own ephemeral art practice.

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Kevin McKay

- Glory Days: South Sydney Studies, 2015

17 March to 11 April

This series of small paintings explores the unique urban landscape surrounding the Brenda May Gallery. I enjoy finding beauty in the everyday and immersing myself in a locality where traditional working class terraces, public housing towers and contemporary development produce surprising geometries animated by atmosphere and light. They were painted en plein-air and in the studio during the summer of 2014-15.

- Kevin McKay, 2014

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'Resolving Ruins', curated by Screen Space

- Black Box Projects, 2015

17 March to 11 April

The artists in this exhibition all take the detritus of human activity as their starting point and transform and resolve this in unique and often mesmerising ways.

Videos by David Mutch, Leela Schauble, Zoe Scoglio, and Polly Stanton.

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Emily McIntosh

- Synthesis, 2015

17 March to 11 April

This new work investigates themes of cell regeneration and repair. The development of stem cell therapy and the mapping of the human genome (DNA), has provided much insight and scope into how these incredible processes than occur within live organisms and now often can be controlled enhanced, and manipulated within a laboratory or even though the more indirect influences of lifestyle, stress and heritage.

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Paper Works III

- curated group exhibition, 2015

14 April to 2 May

Paper is such a commonplace and pervasive material. We write on it, read it, drink out of it and eat off it, yet in terms of conservation it is considered one of the most fragile of mediums in the art world.

This third installment of our Paper Works series endeavours to illustrate the diversity and versatility of paper, providing a glimpse into the range of creative potential for this medium.

Artists include Lee Bethal, Daniel Chant, Todd Fuller, Lisa Giles, Nicci Haynes, Therese Kenyon, Melinda Le Guay, Jo Meisner, Louise Morgan, Nicola Moss, Helen Mueller, Al Munro, Mylyn Nguyen, Janet Parker-Smith, Pamela See, Lezlie Tilley, Elizabeth Willing.

Todd Fuller, 'Little Star'

- Black Box Projects, 2015

14 April to 2 May

By night one way, by day another,
the spinning ball of blue and the others of light.
One falls from the sky.
The dream.
To catch that ball, to be that star.

Zvezdochka, or Little Star was the 11th dog to be sent to space by the Russians. Like the others in her program, she endured extreme conditions as a scientific experiment into the effects of orbital travel on a living creature. Other dogs may dream of space, watch for shooting stars or wonder what the world looks like from above. Little Star didn’t have to wonder.

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Janet Tavener

- Memento, 2015

5 May to 6 June

In my previous work ice sculptures of both heirloom and exotic fruits were photographed as they melted in a constructed glacial landscape. These works acted as a metaphor for shrinking polar icecaps, indicators of global climate change and fragility of our food system.

In the new series ‘Memento’ the crystalline fruit and vegetables are no longer floating on a melting surface but have sunken into the ocean - semi submerged as they are swept along the icy current. Objects such a skull and fly, symbols of decay and transience, join the icy fruit and vegetables that once nourished and sustained life. The photographs have an innate sense of loss – a frozen moment in time that has already passed.

While dealing with the present, the work is also seeped in the traditions of the still life painting dating back to the 17th century in which the depiction of everyday objects represents our temporality – a Memento Mori, and our folly if we believe we can cheat nature.

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Ashleigh Garwood

- Of Other Spaces, 2015

5 May to 6 June

'Of Other Spaces' are allegorical images that exist to question the influence and power that landscape imagery holds in neutralizing societal frameworks and cultural understanding. 

The majority of early painted landscape imagery that is presented at Australian national art institutions is of a rugged, but peaceful and unified environment. There seems to be a hidden ideological agenda that informs the portrayal of the landscape, which in turn promotes that ideology. My project, 'Of Other Spaces', is a way of examining the process by which this is achieved, by which our collective memory is affected.

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Head On Photo Festival, 'Moving Image Prize Finalists'

- Black Box Projects, 2015

5 May to 6 June

The Head On Moving Image Prize was established in 2014 and forms part of the acclaimed Head On Awards which are the centrepiece of Head On Photo Festival.

Head On is Australia’s largest photography festival celebrating excellence in all genres from photo-artists from across the globe and provides a major platform for discovering new talent, re-discovering established artists and exploring new technologies and ideas.

'Mouthfeel', curated by Megan Fizell

- Black Box Projects, 2015

9 June to 4 July

Mouthfeel is defined as the physical sensations in the mouth created by food or drink. The objective of this exhibition is to stimulate a synaesthetic response in the viewer through the observation of these films. The mouth is used by these artists to trigger the sense of taste and touch by the ingestion of edible and non-edible substances.

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Multiples

- curated by Akky van Ogtrop, 2015

9 June to 4 July

An exhibition of prints, books, photographs and sculptural objects.

The ideology behind the artist’s multiple is born out of the anti-art movement, fuelled by Dadaism, Fluxus, Conceptual Art and Pop Art.

Creating artist’s multiples, typically in short runs, allows artworks to be accessible to a larger portion of the population via the employment of economical materials and processes. Also, by making reproducible artwork, the sacredness of the object itself decreases, allowing for the concept behind the work to take precedence and for these concepts to reflect the interests of their audience: the general public.

Lezlie Tilley

- camouflage, 2015

7 July to 1 August

525 Concealment

N. concealment camouflage confinement hiding covering up disguise deception masquerade anonymity incognito smoke screen hidden agenda evasion misinformation white lie subterfuge trickery suppression cover-up duplicity secrecy mystery clandestineness secretiveness conspiracy plot cipher code

Adj. concealed hush-hush covered hooded masked veiled smothered suppressed underground unintelligible obliterate stifle disguise obscure eclipsed stay in the shadows bamboozle cryptic unnamed covert arcane confidential lurking hugger-mugger evasive vague silent

Vb. conceal cover up paper over whitewash blot out bury muffle keep secret give nothing away not utter a syllable make no sign be discreet stay in the shadows bamboozle draw a veil over make no sign prowl lurk skulk conspire pussyfoot blindfold

The tiny pieces of river gravel are arranged according to the laws of chance on a formal grid to express a rhythmical pattern that carries with it a multiplicity of meaning for camouflage when covered by a layer of paint.