'Screen Surface', curated by Geoffrey Weary

- Black Box Projects, 2015

4 to 29 August

It is easy to fall into old habits of interpretation. This is particularly true of screen-based artworks when they resemble a narrative or documentary film. Invariably the question of meaning becomes associated with content and “form” is of little consequence. The works selected for this exhibition are engaged in a two–way interaction where social, environmental and identity issues are mediated through highly personalised approaches to the treatment of the surface of the projected screen image.

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Irianna Kanellopoulou

- Wanderland, 2015

4 to 29 August

This work captures the adventures and wandering tales of protagonists with a hidden, throwaway past. Released from their captivity, these characters and found objects are given a renewed purpose and claim a re-discovered and re-invented identity. These previous ‘throwaways’ are now the new heroes in a surreal, super reality and blur the line between ambiguity and recognition. Fragments of dialogues are whispered and tales are unravelled. We are allowed only glimpses into this new stage of these merging, independent worlds, as we are never shown the whole story.

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...a piece of string...

- curated by Al Munro, 2015

4 to 29 August

Textiles are ubiquitous... they are our tea towels, our footy socks and our great Aunt's floral curtains. Textiles also mark rites of passage: birthday dresses, wedding gowns, school uniforms. But textiles have also been at the centre of some of the most important concepts maths and science. The word line - one of the most fundamental units of Euclidean geometry - is derived from the Latin linea or linen, recounting the string used in ancient times to measure parcels of land. And the nautical unit for measuring speed - knots - refers to the knotted rope which was used to calculate how fast a boat was travelling prior to mechanical devices.

And it is precisely because of this combination of everyday-ness and fundamental spatial qualities that textiles provide artists with a rich ground for exploration.

'...a piece of string...' presents the work of Jacqueline Bradley, Kirsty Darlaston, Lucy Irvine, Melinda Le Guay, Jemima Parker, and Al Munro to demonstrate the diversity of artistic possibilities offered by textile-based art media. These are artists who engage with textile forms in order to test the boundaries of art/craft and to work with the specific material and cultural associations of fibre. The exhibition points to the diversity of current textile art practice and alludes to the endless possibilities a single ball of string might provide...

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Nicole Welch

- Eastern Interiors: explorations from Bathurst to Albury, 2015

1 to 26 September

Through the placement of specific historical objects into the landscape and by throwing projections onto the terrain, I aim to illuminate representations of Australia from the past by bringing them into the present. The resulting works are hybridised landscapes that reveal the multiple historical paradigms informing our present-day relationship to country.

In the Bicentennial year of the settlement of Bathurst and the subsequent opening of the eastern interior of Australia to exploration, I will follow the early pathways journeyed, stopping at significant locations to enact installations in the landscape. The region as a whole is richly represented in Australian historical collections, from explorers’ journals, to drawings, prints and paintings. The English explorer Thomas Mitchell depicted these regions in his journals of discovery titled, ‘Three expeditions into the interior of Eastern Australia, 1835’ from which the title of the project is borrowed. An antique mirror and descriptive text taken from journals will reflect and emerge from the terrain, resulting in truly incongruous images that record in real time both past and present ideologies.

James Guppy

- In Flagrante Delicto, 2015

1 to 26 September

Forty years ago I gained an honours degree in economics. While I turned away from that discipline long ago, I can’t help but watch the business of the world through that particular lens. I must say I’m not impressed. Now with the posturing, asset stripping, hostile takeovers, the whole culture of contemporary capitalism is very different. We look to our leaders for models of ethical behaviour. Our expectations are low, yet we are still disappointed, hence the subject matter that pulled me into these paintings.

I am first and foremost an artist and as such my principle desire is to create engaging artworks. The visual aesthetic here is not contemporary, nor modern. I want a tension between the ideas and those pre-modernist notions of beauty. I hope it makes the actions of these men even more reprehensible.

Nicole Welch, 'Eastern Interiors'

- Black Box Projects, 2015

1 to 26 September

An antique mirror, a symbol of history and perception, incongruously rests among rocky terrains and native bushland; capturing the shifting light of these uniquely Australian landscapes. Using a time-lapse technique to record areas within the eastern interior of New South Wales, this video work presents a disturbance of vision, as at once the scenery is shown as a vast viewpoint and a framed reflection. With this gesture, Welch creates a hybrid image that reveals how historical impressions have informed contemporary understandings of the Australian landscape.

James Guppy @ Sydney Contemporary

- Carriageworks, 2015

10-13 September

The Gallery will be presenting a small selection of new paintings by James Guppy in this, the second edition of Sydney Contemporary, Australia's newest international art fair. See you at Carriageworks from 10-13 September 2015.

Mylyn Nguyen

- Once Upon a Time, 2015

29 September to 24 October

Once upon a time I broke every watch I was given only to find I could not work out how they worked. Music boxes were dismantled and the music making part pulled apart. The death of each ladybird in my Mylyn made jar garden brought me no closer to knowing why ladybirds didn't like me. I thought if I stared at my nose, my eyebrows and the shower hose, I would figure them out eventually. I unstitched dolls clothes, unwrapped bindi seeds and stripped toy cars to their wheels and discovered more why. Why a cloud? How do birds fly? How do kites? How does the moon know when to just appear? How does water come from a shower hose?

Love. Lament. Loss.

- Black Box Projects, 2015

29 September to 24 October

‘Love. Lament. Loss.’ brings together the work of three artists who have explored these states in their complexity and intensity. Leslie Oliver asks students to recount a time they fell in love, offering stories of loves’ lived and loves’ lost. Todd Fuller’s films explore the strength required to release a burden or a joy, and Nicole Welch stimulates deliberation through a use of loaded symbols, conceptually considering the effect of imperialistic ideology on the Australian landscape.

Oliver’s empathetic documentary-style approach is contrasted with the mesmerising time-lapse technique employed by Welch. Fuller’s hand-drawn animations offer a further divergent style of moving image artwork, conveying the varied ways in which the medium of video is being used by artists to create thoughtful and captivating narratives.

Videos by Todd Fuller, Leslie Oliver, and Nicole Welch.

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Untitled Show

- curated group exhibition, 2015

29 September to 24 October

'Untitled' would appear to be the most common name attributed to a work of art. Despite the word denoting nothingness, the power of the untitled work is that it has the ability to express the opposite. Artists usually name works to convey something further about the piece to an audience, whether that is a feeling, a description, or a nod to its inspiration. An untitled work, on the other hand, asks the audience to think and question a little more in order to uncover meaning. Therefore, an encouragement and validation of a plethora of impressions and responses is formed.

The works in this exhibition will differ in style, medium, inspiration and affect. The only unifying quality will be that the works do not allow audiences to rely on a title for further instruction, and will instead be entirely open to interpretation.

Waratah Lahy

- Not far from the truth, 2015

27 October to 21 November

My current work explores ideas of truth and distortion of memory. My images are derived from photographic documentation of events that are both personal yet ubiquitous. I focus on imagery which suggests a narrative, such as the open door, the empty room and the mirror, as well as looking for pattern, colour and repetition. The resulting painted images are not replicas of the photos; each is distorted and exaggerated in order to enhance a specific mood, feeling or interpretation of the scene. The differing scale of the paintings also addresses interpretation of memory - is a small painting more personal and private, is a large painting something to be shared? With this body of work I am asking: what is the truth? Is my memory the truth, or is the act of recreating a truth in itself?

Nina Ross, 'Untitled #1'

- Black Box Projects, 2015

27 October to 21 November

'Untitled #1' is a HD video drawing on the artist’s experiences using and sharing language during pregnancy and with her newborn child. Using self-portraiture performance video, this work seeks to investigate the influence of language at the beginning of an infants life and how one learns how to communicate through interactions with others before any words are spoken. Particular influence in this process and to the work itself includes researching and experiencing the origins of turn-taking in language with her own son. This exhibition at Brenda May Gallery is the premier screening of this new work in Sydney.

Peter Tilley

- Second Self, 2015

27 October to 21 November

The shadow is one of the many visual elements within the tableau of everyday icons that populate my artworks. Its context has usually indicated an unseen presence beyond the frame of the work or signified an aspect of that which is casting the shadow. As a result of these earlier works, I have now become preoccupied with the shadow and its possibilities within a 3D format. The shadow as an expressive material object will be the point of difference and focus of investigation in developing my body of work for this exhibition. In some cases becoming the dominant 3D form, shadows will give insight into the figures' characters and provide linkages between the visual, the psychological and their manifestations.

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, Forrest 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.