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Ico & Fwendz Exhibition
7:00pm | 1/259 Riley St, Surry Hills, Surry Hills
After clogging all your news feeds for the last little while we are finally having our collaborative exhibition showcasing our work from the last couple of years and launching Becks handmade bespoke jewellery company ico studio. It's been a lot of hard work to get here and we really appretiate all of your support and look forward to seeing you all on the night. Beck & Shannon
MCA ARTBAR curated by Jason Wing
7:00pm | 140 George Street, Sydney
MCA ARTBAR ‘United Nations’ curated by Jason Wing
What would a country without borders mean? Artist Jason Wing has invited leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to respond to this question at this month’s MCA ARTBAR.
Reflect on cultural celebration and connection when you explore what unites us as humans with a night of art, music and interactive workshops.
Tickets here: http://bit.ly/2dzvz1k
Jason Wing is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation and painting. Influenced by his bi-cultural upbringing, Wing explores the ongoing challenges that impact his wider community.
Auction It: the PSM Fundraiser Story 2
6:00pm | Goodspace Gallery
UTS Photography and Situated Media Students are raising funds for our graduation exhibition in November and we're hosting an auction at Goodspace, on top of the Lord Gadstone in Chippendale.
It's the annual opportunity to get in and buy some PSM works before they skyrocket in value!!!
Gold coin donation on entry would be much appreciated!
Silent auction starts at 6pm and finishes at 8pm. We're asking all potential buyers to bring cash on the night so that you can take the work away right there and then. If other payment and delivery methods are needed then we can work something out.
Come and help us raise funds, and have some beverages.
Joo Hyun Michelle Kim
With special guest stars;
Framework launch: Future . Feminist . Ecology
5:00pm | Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington
The fourth (and final) edition of Framework for 2016 'Future . Feminist . Ecology' is launching on Friday the 28th of October! This edition will explore feminism, futuring and the possible ecologies of a future feminist society.
FRAMEWORK is a critical art journal, published twice every semester. This publication facilitates, encourages and celebrates arts writing and critical dialogue at UNSW Art & Design.
Featuring writing by:
Celebrate the end of semester with some critical art writing, wine and cheese, video works screened for one night only and performance works!
‘Work Out’ & ‘Blueprint / Picture Start’
6:00pm | 497 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt
‘Work Out’ by Linden Braye, Terry Hayes, Margaret Roberts, Katherine Scott, William Seeto and Sardar Sinjawi; & ‘Blueprint / Picture Start’ by Sue Pedley & Virginia Hilyard.
Opening: Friday 28 October, 6-8pm
Artists’ Talks: Saturday 5 November, 3pm – Terry Hayes, Margaret Roberts; Sunday 13 November, 3pm - Sue Pedley, Virginia Hilyard, Helen Grace.
Open Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, 29 October-13 November
‘Work Out’ shows the work of artists Linden Braye, Terry Hayes, Margaret Roberts, Katherine Scott, William Seeto and Sardar Sinjawi.
To 'work out' suggests the two apparently different processes of solving a puzzle in the mind and exercising the body in space. Even though these are commonly thought of as different processes, there has also long been an interest in the inter-dependency of the mind and the body. Artists implicitly accept that inter-dependency when they employ a spatial vocabulary - whether virtual or actual—to test the mind. In philosophy, Merleau-Ponty discussed this inter-dependency in terms of relationships between perception and reflection, for example as he reflected in 1964:
“Left to itself, perception forgets itself and is ignorant of its own accomplishments. Far from thinking that philosophy is a useless repetition of life I think, on the contrary, that without reflection life would probably dissipate itself in ignorance of itself or in chaos. But this does not mean that reflection should be carried away with itself or pretend to be ignorant of its origins. By fleeing difficulties it would only fail in its task”. (Maurice Merleau-Ponty, ‘An Unpublished Text’ in The Primacy of Perception, trans James M. Edie, Northwestern University Press, 1964, p19)
The phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty was drawn on by artists in the mid 20th Century to explain their growing interest in extending their spatial language from the virtual space of images to the actual space of the body as well. The work shown in ‘Work Out’ inherits and emphasises that interest by being puzzles that are resolved or explored by bodily moving around or from some other actual spatial engagement. The particular interest that each of these artists has in this area is outlined below.
In the past, Linden Braye would don the costume of a generalised animal, and, while her loyal dog Luna was alive, challenge Luna (as well as human audiences) to work out what she had become. Luna tried to do this by running around and barking. Since Luna has passed on, Linden has sometimes become birds, attempting to leap into the sky or search for scraps in the ground or rubbish bins.
Terry Hayes will work with ‘aboutness’, as in “What is this artwork ‘about’?” once the (art) and the (ab) have been worked out.
Margaret Roberts will show the geometric processes that Francesco Borromini is thought to have used to work out the footprints of his 17th century baroque churches, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza. They will be shown as wall drawings with facility for visitors to physically move parts to work out how its thought the shapes were devised.
In his long-term project, After a Beam of Light, Sardar Sinjawi explores the formation of images via the simple interaction of people and objects in spaces also populated by transparent reflective surfaces. He does this by asking viewers to work out the disjunctions between what they see from a single spot and what they know by moving around. He arrived at this by experimenting with clear perspex and mirror to create objects that are illusory like holograms, but that are actually mental entities that viewers themselves create through the conjunction of reflection and their own spatial location. He gives viewers the opportunity to understand that it is they who create the illusory object, just as they can also undo it by moving behind the reflection to see the illusory object disappear.
In a different way, Katherine Scott also problematises the image, using projections that ask viewers to work out their formation and relationship to the images' likenesses in the space that is occupied by both image and viewer.
William Seeto will show work that is a continuation from his project, 'The Space in Between' that explores the transformations produced by simple physical processes such as folding/unfolding/extension and that asks viewers to work out how those changes come about.
Also at Articulate Upstairs
‘Blueprint / Picture Start’ by Sue Pedley & Virginia Hilyard
Curated by Helen Grace
Opening: Friday 28 October, 6-8pm
Artist/ Curator’s Talk: Sunday 13 November, 3-5pm
Open Hours: Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm, 29 October-13 November
Sue Pedley and Virginia Hilyard frequently collaborate but this exhibition takes us back to their individual practices. More importantly it explores the beginnings of the technical image itself, in the threshold space of its emergence. In this work, both artists explore what we could call ‘the analogue digital’ in a direct use of digits (fingers) in this thoroughly hands-on media archeology.
Pedley’s ‘Blueprint’ evokes not only a history of the photographic image, but also a history of technical drawing, in the projective sketches of architects’ and surveyors’ plan-making. The blue intensity of the cyanotype has its origins in the long development of colour and in this case, the 1704 appearance of Prussian Blue – the first modern synthetically-produced colour, arriving as an accident of experiment. Wait a few years and along comes photography and the cyanotype, developed in Sir John Herschel’s chemical experiments and appearing for the first time in 1842 in Anna Atkins’ photograms. The molecular structures, aerial topographies and patterns seen under a microscope that are suggested in this series of Pedley’s cyanotypes directly reference this history, adding to it, painting lines on the surface. The images in their fugitive quality evoke the ephemeral image, suggestive of another Herschel ‘siderotype’: the ‘breath print’, a mixture of ferro-tartaric acid and silver nitrate. After exposure, no image appeared until someone came along and breathed on the print and the moisture of breath oxidized the iron, activating the latent image.
Virginia Hilyard returns us to the materiality of cinema and precisely to the logic of montage: to the splice, that very intersection of frames combining one scene and another and the process of holding them together. By focusing on and enlarging this moment, the material base of the image appears in its luminous translucency as abstract composition. It is only in the stillness of these images of time frozen that an otherwise invisible picture is able to appear in the diversity of random components and contents. This abstraction of the cinematic image at the degree-zero point of movement brings us face to face with the underlying chemical nature of filmic processes, less visible now in the even more abstract nanoscopic structures of digital image-making. What Hilyard’s images capture in its essence is the pure potential of movement, that moment when the image is animated in the juxtaposition of frames moving. It is a metaphor too of the beginning of life itself in the recombinant form of cells sharing parts of each other to form a new organism. This is foregrounded in the title, Picture Start, words that appear on film leader in their insistent modernist command.
Both bodies of work are located at the ‘picture start’ point, when the image itself comes into existence. Both bodies of work have a regenerative/recombinant quality, re-using materials to produce new life forms, or in this case, we might perhaps say, movement-images.
Exhibition Openings: James Guppy, Carol Murphy, and Merri Randell + Chris Denaro
3:00pm | 2 Danks St Waterloo, Sydney
Exhibitions on view from 29 October to 24 November 2016.
▶ James Guppy, Counterpoint
▶ Carol Murphy, Sculptural Forms IV
▶ Merri Randell + Chris Denaro, (UN) natural urges
Create or Die’s Open Studio Showcase!
10:00am | 10-12 Mitchell St, Sydney
Create or Die Artists and Creative Practitioners are opening the doors to their practice to showcase the work they have been creating and talk to you about their art, process, methods and ethos behind their art.
The Open Studio Showcase will include a program of art, talks, workshops, live installations and intimate conversations by artists including;
Mary Van Gils
Create or Die is an Arts & Creative organisation committed to championing innovation, freedom of expression and excellence in the Arts and Creative Practice.
We are a collective of writers, filmmakers, multi-platform artists, photographers, illustrators, fine artists; above all else…we are story-tellers. We produce authentic creative projects, artistic work and content that push the boundaries and treat people as intelligent unique beings.
Our development programs assist artists and creative practitioners in the continued growth and development of their practice, as well as promoting wider participation, exploration and conversation of the arts, creativity, philosophy and social change.
We are passionate about making space and opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaborations, and our headquarters in Marrickville is designed to enable just that; a space for building, creating, painting, shooting, lighting, writing and more.
We facilitate collaborations between artists that may otherwise not get the opportunity to work together, including visual arts, light industrial and high technology practices.
We believe the arts and creativity are a vital part of a thriving and sustainable society.
“Difference” By Dylan Coombe
2:00pm | 3 Blackfriars Street Chippendale, Sydney
About the exhibition:
Difference explores the ephemeral relationship between the sky and the landscape beneath it. Distilled by a constant minimalist composition, ambiguity intends to challenge the viewer to explore each image both individually and collectively to draw conclusions about the constantly changing environment.
About The Artist:
Dylan Coombe is a South Australia based visual artist specialising in photography.
Utilising a range of uncommon analogue and digital equipment and processes, Dylan explores ephemeral and enduring elements of the world, both in their relationship to each other and individually.
Dylan’s photographs have received national and international recognition and have been shown in exhibitions around Australia and overseas.
In 2015, his work was featured by Art Platform in New York, at Photo Independent in Los Angeles and also appeared in the Silvershotz Magazine.
Mitzi Vardill – Embedded
1:00pm | 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards, Sydney
“Fiona Connor, Sydney de Jong, Audrey Wollen”
5:00pm | 4/111 Macleay Street, Potts Point
29 October — 10 December, 2016
Opening: 29 October, 5-8 PM
“Fiona Connor, Sydney de Jong, Audrey Wollen”
Fiona Connor, Sydney de Jong, Audrey Wollen
As part of “Fiona Connor, Sydney de Jong, Audrey Wollen” a series of press releases written by Catherine Dale, Harry Dodge, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Jacob Schmidt and Bedros Yeretzian will be released in the weeks preceding the opening on the 29 October. If you would like to receive all 5 texts via email please subscribe to our mailing list at http://www.minervasydney.com/ or write firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Harry Dodge, Press release #1
Sunday 30 Oct
Uncouth Occasion – Live Wall Art
12:00pm | 115 Regent Street Chippendale, Chippendale
'Uncouth Occasion' - Sunday Arvo Live Wall Art
Vinyl DJs Gonzo x Feethands
$10 Margaritas + $10 for 3 tacos
The Still Life Exhibition Opening
3:00pm | 165-167 Salisbury Road, Corner St Marys Street, Camperdown, Sydney
The Still Life Exhibition features work by Graham Marchant, Paul McKnight and Nikki Suebwongpat.
Please join the artists to celebrate the exhibition's opening on Sunday 30th October, 3-5pm.
Preview and Purchase will be helf from 11am on Saturday, 29th October.
Exhibition continues to 20th November, 2016. All Welcome.
Monday 31 Oct
Exhibition Launch: 24 H(OUR) Diner, by Emma Price
6:00pm | 183 Regent St, Redfern, Sydney
31 October – 10 December 2016
24 H(OUR) DINER*
A sampling of all night treats for the city that’s been forced to sleep.
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* 24 H(OUR) DINER, by Emma Price, was originally commissioned by Performance Space for Day For Night: 24 Hours, 2016.
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Strange things happen late at night. Any 24-hour institution – whether a truck stop, a convenience store, a casino, Pancakes at The Rocks or a sex shop – becomes a twilight zone, where time is suspended and queer is in the air. 24-hour diners have a special magic to them, the kind of bizarre dreamlike state that settles over a place where the lights never go out and the coffee never goes cold. A kind of 3a.m. eternal.
In the grand traditions of the ‘bottomless cup café’, 24 H(OUR) DINER rises from the ashes of Sydney’s nocturnal spaces, recolonising the colonised, taking up space and making the invisible visible. It’s a space that brings back belonging; it is ‘ours’. A place where FaceTime™ is replaced with face-to-face time and with each revolution of the clock’s hand across its face, these revolutions in their truest definition overthrow social order in favour of a new system.
Awash with neon lighting and neon-green-screen green, the space shifts and morphs as oral histories, alternative narratives and spatial reconfigurations occur. Oh, and there is coffee and donuts.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice GAY.
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OPENING DRINKS: Halloween Night, 31 October 2016 6-8pm
Beers brought to you by our besties at Murray's Craft Brewing Co
Image credit: Hospital Hill.
Tuesday 1 Nov
Richard Denny, The Red Notebook
6:30pm | 102 Burton Street Darlinghurst, Darlinghurst
I stumbled across Richard Denny's art on a trip to Melbourne one year and was immediately taken back by the vibrancy and compositions of the work. These bright collages made from vintage maps and acrylic paint on paper. The works are often double flattened, painted within the painting and framed within the frame.and lacquered giving the overall appearance of a rich painted surface.
The style that springs to mind is Figurative and Expressionist. His figures appear optimistic, wide eyed and some what dazed. A feeling of the familiar, inviting the veiwer into a childlike world on a sunny day with works filled with warmth, colour, movement and innocent.
The collages have simple positive up beat words made from cut out letters. The content in the maps is used to full extent, as characters are born from the shapes of rivers, mountains, borders and the rest of the lines and markings on the paper scattered over the work. The letterts draw the eye to dart around to spell the word, creating a flickering movement among the shapes.
All works are suburbly floated in a stained Victorian ash frame behind glass, by Chapman and Bailey Melbourne.
Please join us for opening night drinks Tuesday 1st November 6:30- 8.00.
Stories, tales and observations of journeys and adventures undertaken in 2014 are brought together in this series.
The Red Notebook
"From travels around Kerala’s red dust and heat.
From the top of the cliffs of Varkala, along the still backwaters to the old town of Cochin.
Spring in Copenhagen, still needing five layers of clothing to keep out the cold northern wind.
And Amsterdam, full of COBRA colour and lines of tourists waiting to see the work of dead, now famous.
Pintxos in San Sebastian and mist from the Bay of Biscay.
The shine of the Guggenheim which was empty inside.
Dirt of industrial Yorkshire and the bleak terraces of a Lancashire town.
London, with rain and Matisse and the Cable Street mural.
The Welsh capital with hens and lobsters sweating in its rare heat.
Onto the Baltic states, desperately waiting for Spring.
Down in Wellington with rain and wind attacking the face.
The Abel Tasman track with clear skies and single figures.
The end of winter in Hobart and thinking ahead to the darkest month in Lapland to end the year".
Exhibition from 1st November - 28th November 2016
Work in Public collections:
The Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia
The Kondas Centre, Viljandi, Estonia
The Museum of Naïve Art Latvia
The National Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Curator, Gordon R Carmichael
5:00pm | 6 Napier St, Sydney
1 - 5 November 2016
OPENING NIGHT TUESDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2016 5-7pm
a paradigm / a pixel / a culture / a frame / a screen / a euphemism / a square/ a box
SQUARE/BOX is an artist intitiated project curated by Ailsa Weaver with nine emerging creative practitioners associated with the Master of Art program at UNSW Art & Design.
Artists: Karen Riethmuller, Danny Giles, Lisa Stratigos, Tamara Pavlovic, Vanessa Martinez, Viviana Barrero, Luke Robinson, Michelle Chanique, Karen Lee
These contributing artists explore gender, sexuality and technology across an array of diverse material and conceptual work. The exhibition offers intensely personal answers to universal contemporary questions. What is the experience of the physical self in the digitised age? How porous is the membrane between sexuality and gender? How do social politics feature in a culture of cyber anarchy? Can we identify anachronisms of the future by evaluating the values of the past?
Image: Karen Riethmuller, Object (Beauty Lies Within), pigment print, dimensions to be anounced, 2015
Square/Box, Group Show
5:00pm | 6 Napier St, Sydney
SQUARE / BOX
Viviana Barrero, Michelle Chanique, Danny Giles, Karen Lee, Vanessa Martinez, Tamara Pavlovic, Karen Riethmuller, Luke Robinson Lisa Stratigos.
Curated by Ailsa Weaver
2 - 5 November 2016
OPENING TUESDAY 1 November 2016, 5 - 7pm
a paradigm / a pixel / a culture / a frame / a screen / a euphemism / a square / a box
'SQUARE/BOX' offers intensely personal answers to universal contemporary questions. What is the experience of the physical self in the digitised age? How porous is the membrane between sexuality and gender? How do social politics feature in a culture of cyber anarchy? Can we identify anachronisms of the future by evaluating the values of the past?
Viviana Barrero / Michelle Chanique / Danny Giles / Karen Lee / Vanessa Martinez / Tamara Pavlovic / Karen Riethmuller / Luke Robinson / Lisa Stratigos
Nine interdisciplinary practitioners associated with the UNSWA&D Master of Art program explore gender, sexuality and technology in SQUARE/BOX, an artist initiated project curated by Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership (MCCL) candidate Ailsa Weaver.
Assistant Curator, Kudos White Cube Internship Program: Alex Malcolm.
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6 Napier St Paddington NSW 2021
11am-6pm Wed to Fri, 11am-4pm Sat
Wednesday 2 Nov
GEMINI – RITA THERESE
6:00pm | Goodspace, 115 Regent St Chippendale 2008 NSW
Rita Therese is a Melbourne artist, photographer and sex worker.
Influenced by hooker and sex culture Rita Thereses’ work challenges male constructs of female sexuality. She explores the tension between sexuality for oneself, and for the male gaze – an existence in a world that doesn’t always have a separation between the two.
“Gemini”’ is body of work that is about duality, the balance between hard and soft elements. Bondage and silks, light and darkness, sadness and joy, love and hate. Retaining the ‘glamour’ aesthetics of traditional porn, “Gemini” also suggests notions of vulnerability and softness.
One night only, Wednesday November 2nd from 6PM
Day of the Dead Exhibition
7:30pm | 431 King St, Newtown
Over the past 2 years I have travelled to Aguascalientes in Mexico for dia de los muertos, which is also the birthplace of artist and activist Jose Posada - the creator of La Catrina. This is an exhibition of my photographs from those trips, please feel welcome to come along to the opening night on the 2nd November ( the day of the dead ). All prints are available for purchase.
P.S. Dressing up and face painting is encouraged but not a prerequisite for the night.
November at Firstdraft
6:00pm | 13-17 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
Please join us at Firstdraft for the opening of our November 2016 exhibitions!
Opening Wednesday, 2 November 6-8pm
Artist talks Thursday, 24 November 6-7pm
ATHENA IN THORNS
Amber Boardman & Teelah George
METHODS FOR MAKING EYE CONTACT
Thoughtless Extravagance refers to a desire to splurge during critical times. This exhibition adopts the format of an immersive installation built around the concept of a Palengke, a type of public marketplace that is common throughout the Philippines. A series of sculptural tableaux and video works create the framework for this cultural milieu, in order to interrogate the hierarchies of taste, class and race.
The title of the exhibition is taken from The Civil Code of the Philippines that operates to protect people from each other, in this case, prohibiting any incidents of ‘thoughtless extravagance.’ The rationale for this legal provision outlines: “when the rich indulge in pleasure or display during a period of acute public want or emergency, they may unwittingly kindle the flame of unrest in the hearts of the poor who thereby become more keenly conscious of their privation and poverty and who may rise against the obvious inequality.” (Tolentino, I Civil Code of the Philippines (1990), pp. 91)
In Thoughtless Extravagance, a playful choreography emerges through the assemblage of disparate objects and images that include banal, everyday items, sculptural reproductions of tropical produce made from skin-whitening soaps, samples of popular culture and anthropological artifacts. These encompassing elements also function as markers of culture and class, and their arrangements merge the language of museology with kitsch sensibilities, nouveau riche aesthetics, and colonial ideologies of beauty and the Tropics.
Thoughtless Extravagance offers the eccentricities of tropical paradise, and its intoxicating colour, sound, movement and hospitality. It negotiates the complex relationship between cultural aesthetic and economic value by questioning exploitative social systems, especially notions of labour, privilege, wealth inequity, colourism and authorship. Thoughtless Extravagance is a space that carries histories of colonisation and seeks to confront contemporary consumer culture and capitalist imperialism, as well as the commodification of race, the shortcomings of anthropology and the impossibility of not fetishising otherness.
Divine Debris: Worshipping the Invisible, Demanding an Explanation.
Grappling the relationships between the ego and the spirit by way of altered states of consciousness and poetic contemplations of the everyday. This exhibition is primarily concerned with the transcendental and the languages used as an attempt to explain or symbolise the divine. “Divine Debris” is part of an ongoing intuitive development of a body of work consisting of physical manifestations or ‘poetic relics’ from both the personal and cultural transcendental realm. An observation on the way humans have intentionally attempted to represent the unexplainable, and the rituals through which we, unconsciously, by some evolutionarily force, strive to create and recreate this realm from the sediment of inherited cultural representation. Upon considering an anthropological artefact, in a museum (particularly a religious or ritualistic relic), a certain anxiety for the future may stir the conscience. A kind of future that exists outside the notion of time. When entering a temple, mosque or church we see the intricate geometry, the vibrant colours and light amongst the heavy, time weathered stone. One may sense an uneasy feeling of connection to something akin to a computer program or virtual reality software. As if maybe these metaphors for the transcendental realm of the divine represent not only our pre human origins but also where we are heading as a species into a virtual post-physical rhizomatic network of the Internet, or other such scientific advances, one anticipates the discovery of the realm of anti-matter. We worship the invisible. But demand imagery and an explanation.
ATHENA IN THORNS
This show is another iteration of reckoning with shame, perforating my ideas of self, that has become a critical aspect of my practice.
I move through shame as a method to identify and collapse capitalist pragmatics. Here I am addressing the shame I once had with my Filipina ancestry.
A pair of foam platform wedge heel flip-flops serves as a viscera in moving through questions of class, culture, and gender. Implicit in this pair of flip-flops is a femininity that runs through my maternal lineage and that I recognised in other Filipina women around suburban, south side Brisbane. It was once a sticky point of shame. Now I use it to wade through the various tensions this kind of femininity pulls at, both sexually and politically, against and within my queer body.
One of the main questions in developing this work is: how can reckoning and queering with this shame of Filipina femininity and ancestry decentralise capitalistic, patriarchal ideals? In addressing points of shame the aim is to shift those shameful feelings brought on by living in this capitalist patriarchy towards adoration. This brought about other questions of how, as a queer mestiza living in Australia, do I honour my ancestry? How productive is honour – if within my filo side there is a bloodline of colonisation, an appetite for capital, and embodied whiteness*?
Sullenness, despondence and disobedience are tools that I use in the initial stages of coming to my own terms, or severing ties with this capitalist patriarchy. However, in this queering it is more a question of finding pleasure in honouring and abiding to my filo-ness. This exhibition brings elements of my family home, specifically my mothers taste in décor, which I see as a prime example of camp (earnest), reconfigured in an affect of queerness. It is an atmosphere that is simultaneously familiar and imagines a futurity where I feel at ease to move through.
*I have plenty of this already and trying purge.
Amber Boardman & Teelah George
METHODS FOR MAKING EYE CONTACT
Methods for making eye contact is a two person painting show featuring Sydney based, American born Amber Boardman and Perth based Teelah George.
The exhibition of new work will bring together two different approaches to portrait painting through the dialogue that emerges during the development process.
Both artists use painting as a way to manifest imagined characters. Boardman invents and exaggerates personalities, influenced by friends, family, celebrities and associates. These new characters are placed in ironic, sometimes baffling situations that subvert narrative thresholds. George uses painting as a way to laminate history and mythology with present day experience, building layers of material through a process of adding and removing. Often initiated by oral and written stories, the portraits seek to parallel the ambiguity of historical record with visual art.
Both artists manipulate notions of portrait painting as a means of representation, introducing characters that are slippery, confronting and open-ended. The materiality of paint becomes an important vehicle that may bridge the relationship between the imaginary and physical.
During the process of developing the work, George and Boardman will communicate via Skype and email, sharing progress and responding to each other’s work. They will also begin 10 paintings each and send them by post to the other to complete. The portraits become way to develop a network of painted characters.
Caroline Garcia (Sydney, NSW) is a culturally promiscuous, performance maker. She works across live performance and video through a hybridised aesthetic of cross-cultural dance, ritual practice, new media, and the sampling of popular culture and colonial imagery.
Caroline’s practice is shaped by alterity, echoing notions of cultural ambiguity and displacement by adopting the role of shape shifter – sliding into the gaps between cultures, experiences of otherness, and timeless clichés of exotic femininity. She takes an intersectional approach to contemporary dance (read: twerking), the politics of cultural identity and the diasporic body. She is concerned with forgotten choreographies, mimetic movement, alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths, and the cultural make up of the Filipina.
Caroline has presented at Underbelly Arts Festival, Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival (VIC), Proximity Festival (WA), Junction Arts Festival (TAS), MCA ARTBAR, Art Month Sydney, and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, among others. She has exhibited at the ACMI, CCP, The Substation, Firstdraft, Sydney Contemporary, The Sydney Film Festival Hub and UTS ART. Caroline is currently developing a new multi-disciplinary work called Flygirl, as part of The Curtis R. Priem EMPAC Residency in New York, facilitated by Australia Council for the Arts.
Szymon Dorabialski was born in Sydney to Polish migrant parents. As a child he was so terrified of other people that he could not be sent to kindergarten. Growing up in semi-remote bushland suburbia, his only friends were the local dogs, who would all show up at his home at sunrise to begin another day of questionable activities. Szymon has since become more or less a man and has learnt to coexist with humans in activities considered more or less appropriate. He is currently a candidate for MFA at SCA.
Athena’s practice spans sculpture, drawing, and writing. Her practice is driven by the desire to generate an atmosphere by which queer life is sustainable. Part of figuring that out is to make sculptures and installations that use materials that are connotative of capitalism’s excess, nuanced with past shame and queer hope. Presently, her writing practice involves feeling like a dog and swimming in other people’s waters. She is a Scorpio with a Sagittarius rising and a Capricorn moon.
Currently, Athena is based in Sydney. In 2014 she undertook a studio residency at Eastside International Projects, Los Angeles, and was a recipient of the ArtStart grant from the Australia Council. In 2015, she was awarded First Class Honours in Fine Art from the University of New South Wales Art & Design. And exhibited that graduating work as part of the national award prize Hatched at the Perth Contemporary Institute of Contemporary Art this year.
Amber Boardman’s mythic depictions of human fates and foibles prove her to be a subtle trickster. She seduces the viewer by improvising with juicy wet-into-wet paint, eye-catching jewel-like hues and earthy, fleshy tonalities. Her imagery – at once desirable and wryly repugnant – taps into the ‘universal toddler’ in all of us by flagrantly testing our attitudes to the boundaries of acceptable behavior, and then – with evident sympathetic fondness for her characters – offers comforting distance through cartoon-like form. Her pictures skew and flatten perspective into fabulous patterns and impossible angles to propel narrative’s capabilities.
Boardman (born 1981, Portland, Maine) has exhibited her paintings and animation throughout the US, Australia and internationally. Her work was included in Sydney Contemporary (2015) and BAM’s Next Wave Festival (2010). She is represented by Edwina Corlette Gallery (Brisbane). The recipient of multiple awards, most notably Most Provocative Award (Atlanta Biennial), the Australian Post-Graduate Award (University of New South Wales) and the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund Visual Arts Grant, she holds an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Studio Art from Georgia State University. Her works are held in numerous public and private collections.
Teelah George (b.1984, Perth) is a visual artist, working primarily in painting, drawing, print and installation, employing archives and collections as a point of departure and questioning within her practice.
Recent exhibitions include: New Strokes (Gallery 9, Sydney), All-Seeing Eyes by the Beige Garden Bed (Pet Projects, Perth) both 2016. Epic Narratives (PICA, Perth), Face Vase and Rag Painting (Bus Projects, Melbourne), Getting Things Done (Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide) all 2015. George was selected as the non-acquisitive winner of the Fremantle Print Award 2015, overall acquisitive winner of the City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award 2014, has been a finalist in the Guirguis New Art Prize 2015, Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2014, Fremantle Print Award 2013, and a semi finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2013.
Her work is held in the Art Gallery of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Collection, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art and the City of Joondalup Collection.
A Very DLUX Video Lounge
6:00pm | 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Annandale NSW 2038, Australia
Come lounge with us as a wide range of video art dances across gallery walls designed to make you question yourself and your place in the world. Mingle with artists and art lovers while digesting the ongoing discussions surrounding the state of the arts. Get a little light-headed by sipping on swell libations all the while knowing that the lightening of your wallet is lifting the prospects of our projects and programs.
Translation: Chat with creatives and peers while you enjoy some amazing video art. Entry is free with bar proceeds going to support dLux's wide range of artistic endeavours.
Image: Luke Hespanhol 'Maybe, Maybe Not' | 2015 | Computer Generated Video | 5:20 http://www.nanoluke.com
Western Sydney Jam: A Visual Arts Forum
6:00pm | 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula
Western Sydney is one of the most multicultural regions in NSW, representing 1 in 10 Australians and is home to the largest number of Aboriginal people in NSW.
With the growing number of influential artists coming out of this region we ask a panel of speakers to consider:
-How has this region shaped you and your practice?
-What are the opportunities and challenges facing the arts in this region?
-What does regionalism mean in a globalised world?
Marian Abboud, Artist
David Capra, Artist and Spokesman for the Western Sydney Arts and Cultural Lobby
Shivanjani Lal, Artist
Djon Mundine OAM, Curator, activist, writer, and occasional artist
Adam Porter, Curator, Casula Powerhouse
with more to be announced
Facilitated by Natalie Wadwell
Free event registration required via eventbrite.
Biophilic Design Forum — Curated by Penny Craswell
6:00pm | 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington
In association with the 2016 Fugitive Structures pavilion, Green Ladder by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, join us for a free architecture & design discussion featuring special guest panellists:
Georgina Reid, Founder and Editor, The Plant Hunter
Philip Thalis, Founding Principal, Hill Thalis Architecture and newly appointed Councillor at the City of Sydney
Moderated by Penny Craswell, The Design Writer
Biophilia, our human affinity for nature, is proven to have significant physical and psychological benefits, yet as our cities grow and population density increases, we are in danger of becoming increasingly cut off from access to the natural environment.
Inspired by Fugitive Structures 2016 architect Vo Trong Nghia’s mission to green cities through architecture, this forum will explore recent biophilic design projects in Sydney and speak to some of the city’s most influential advocates about how we can continue to bring nature into our lives.
Wednesday 2 November, 2016
6–8 pm for a 6:30 pm start
at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16-20 Goodhope Street
Paddington NSW 2021
A free event, RSVP is essential as places are limited — book via Eventbrite or by calling 02 9331 1112 Tuesday to Saturday.
And I will Grow from this | Martin Claydon Opening Night
6:00pm | 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove
Join the winner of the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards Martin Claydon for opening drinks on November 2nd 6-8pm.
Martin's exhibition And I will Grow from This explores Australian identity through masculinity, politics, gender and the media. The exhibition tackles issues of identity, displacement and a sense of belonging through drawings, paintings, wall hangings, installation and video.
To read more about the exhibition and artist refer to the Gallery Lane Cove blog link below:
Creations in Wood | Woodworkers Association of NSW Opening
6:00pm | 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove
Join the Woodworkers Association of NSW for opening drinks on 2nd November 6-8pm.
Creations in Wood is an exhibition of furniture, sculpture and objects made by some of the most talented wood workers in the region.
To read more about the exhibition and for artist interview please click the Gallery Lane Cove blog link below:
The Gifted and the Damned Exhibition
6:00pm | 220 William Street, Woolloomooloo
Opening Night Exhibition- ( based on the famous twin peaks )
6 - 8pm
After party at "The Old Growler" down stairs 8pm -close
Come and celebrate this exhibtion
Thursday 3 Nov
GIRL POWER Australian Premiere
6:00pm | 29-53 Hugo Street, Sydney
Girl Power is an international graffiti documentary about women who devoted their lives to street art or graffiti. The movie will come with a different view on this current phenomenon that is often understood as vandalism by the wide audience. The film will point to the fact that graffiti community is not formed by only men, but that women have their own specific place in it. Girl Power documentary is for people who are interested in art, sociology, psychology or gender topics, but also for ordinary viewers who will definitely take interest in this not yet documented topic.
Girl Power The Australian Premiere will feature LIVE Artists & Performers showcasing the visual and vocal elements of Hip Hop Culture.
DATE: THURSDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
LOCATION: REDFERN COMMUNITY CENTRE
LIVE ART by
STUDIORCC local Band
This event is FREE for all ages. Hosted by Last Minute Productions pty ltd & STUDIORCC Redfern Community Centre Collabration Partnership with Stayfly Sydney
Sany, Jan Zajíček
Jan Zajíček, Zdeněk Marek, Sany, Ondřej Rybár
6:00pm | 4/450 Elizabeth St Surry Hills, Sydney
I would love you to join me for opening night celebration on
Thusday 3rd Nov
Sunday 6th for Tea and conversations
The exhibition will be open every day till 15th November
JADE is an expression of my love and respect for nature, highlighting the magnificence, beauty and vulnerability of trees and the birds that rely on them.
The collection captures the detail and majesty of the Moreton Bay Fig trees of Anzac Parade and Randwick. The unnecessary destruction of these significant trees, by the NSW government, has compelled me to spend many hours under their canopies, leading to the creation of these works.
'Sitting in the shade
under the canopy of a majestic Fig Tree
and observing, drawing, painting.
Tracing her lines with a sensitive touch I feel calmed, at peace and protected....
She shelters me, shows me more than I had seen before. Love blooms and deep gratitude for her
untold gifts grow in me,
tainted with sorrow at knowing her
imminent brutal future.'
Opening Night: National Art School Postgraduate Exhibition 2016
6:00pm | Forbes St, Darlinghurst
The National Art School Postgraduate Exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary art. Twenty-seven Master of Fine Art students will exhibit work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill. The exhibition is free, with much of the work for sale – including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, photomedia and sculpture.
Opening: Thursday 3 November, 6–9pm
Exhibition: 4–12 November 11am–5pm
Open studios: 4–5 November 11am–5pm
Cash Bar available
Sharini Samarakoon | Connection
6:00pm | Level 1, 370 Bourke St (enter via Folonomo Restaurant or Gratia cafe), Sydney
JOIN US FOR THE OPENING NIGHT OF SHARINI SAMARAKOON EXHIBITION AT THE FOLONOMO GALLERY IN SUPPORT OF Gunawirra, A NOT-FOR-PROFIT PBI ORGANISATION MADE UP OF ABORIGINAL AND NON-ABORIGINAL PROFESSIONALS WORKING SIDE BY SIDE FOR FUNDAMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THE LIFE OF ABORIGINAL FAMILIES, THEIR INFANTS AND CHILDREN.
THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 6-8 PM
Folonomo Gallery (Level 1, 370 Bourke St, Surry Hills)
Sharini Samarakoon is an artist, social activist and a registered art therapist. She describes her works as "quirky, eccentric, colourful and psychedelic with almost always a social messages behind them."
Sharini uses mixed media from clay and mosaic pieces to found objects such as dried leaves. Her works are drawn from the perspective of a child, being in wonderment of the world around.
Sharini is an art therapist at Gunawirra where she works with Aboriginal children from ages 3-8 dealing with transgenerational trauma.
Sharini is donating 100% of the profits from this exhibition to Gunawirra. "As an art therapist, I deeply charish the work this organisation does to promote understanding and alleviate trans-generational trauma in Indigenous community."
The exhibition is on view from Wednesday 2 to Wednesday 30 November.
Closed on Mondays
Joanna Williams | Exhibition
6:00pm | Level 1, 370 Bourke St (enter via Folonomo Restaurant or Gratia cafe), Sydney
JOIN US FOR THE OPENING NIGHT OF JOANNA WILLIAMS EXHIBITION AT THE FOLONOMO GALLERY IN SUPPORT OF THE Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION PROVIDING CLINICAL MUSIC THERAPY AND COMMUNITY MUSIC PROGRAMS.
THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 6-8 PM
Folonomo Gallery (Level 1, 370 Bourke St, Surry Hills)
Joanna Williams works across photography, installation, projection and print to explore her interest in architectural and city space, permanency and perspective. Consistently throughout her practice is a manifestation of the fold, a process based response and experimentation with Michel de Certeau’s processes of resistance, as well as an exploration of the limits that regulate our urban spaces and provoke alternate strategies for addressing the way city spaces are constructed, regulated and negotiated.
30% OF PROFITS WILL BE DONATED TO NORDOFF-ROBINSON MUSIC THERAPY AUSTRALIA:
Folonomo Gallery donates 100% of its gallery fee to charity. This means that 30% of artwork sales (the usual gallery fee) goes to a cause that the exhibiting artist is passionate about. Joanna has chosen to support Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.
"Even as someone who does not suffer from a disability, but who always struggled to fit into the industrial schooling system I have full belief in creative and out of the box strategies to address all areas of mental and physical health and education. It was not until I attended art school, met fellow like minded artists, approached study and art making in a concentrated and creatively freeing environment did I build the self confidence, self awareness and understanding of how I perform best. Creativity- and music in particular, has provided these people with an essential tool for communication which for many of them is an everyday struggle. It is a true inspiration to see the positive trajectory of patients self esteem, communication and social skills, as well as mental and physical abilities."
The exhibition is on view from Wednesday 2 to Wednesday 30 November. Gallery hours:
Closed on Mondays
Curated by Artemis Projects
Friday 4 Nov
Annual Opening – 34 Open Art Studios
6:00pm | 111 Lennox St Newtown, Sydney
Come the the annual open art studios weekend this November from Friday the 4th at 6pm. Running until Sunday th 6th you have a chance to grab a bargain by buying directly from the artist and see where they work, including Sulman Prize 2014 winner Andrew Sullivan. Drinks are available on opening night for a gold coin donation. Lennox St Studios is one of Sydney's oldest artist run spaces with 34 artists on display - Don't miss out!
****You might even grab a bargain too by buying directly from the artist.****
This year we will kick off at 6pm on Friday 4th and finish on Sunday 6th. We will have some art drawing classes, talks and demonstrations.
****Opened by the honourable Justice Elizabeth Fullerton****
Stay connected to our facebook page for more details as the vent draws closer.
4A Symposium – Twenty Years
9:30am | Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus, Sydney
Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art will stage a major symposium event, Twenty Years, in November 2016, with support from the Power Institute, Sydney University, the Asian Australian Studies Research Network and the China Studies Centre.
Twenty Years brings together those who have played a role in the development of 4A as a leader in Asian contemporary art in Australia since 1996. Discussion on the past, present and future work of 4A will be led by artists, curators and academics. A keynote presentation by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, Middle East and North Africa, will be followed by an in-conversation between Raza and Edmund Capon, OBE AM, Chair of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
Speakers confirmed for the symposium include: Abdul Abdullah, Dr Ien Ang, Alex Bowen, Prof. Mark Ledbury (Director of the Power Institute), Lindy Lee, Owen Leong, Dr Jacqueline Lo, Aaron Seeto, Dr Mikala Tai (Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art), Dr Stephen Whiteman, and John Young.
Registration for the Twenty Years symposium is free, but a donation is encouraged to enable 4A to continue our activities for the next twenty years (and beyond!).
Karl Mattas Opening
6:00pm | 112 Glebe Point Road Glebe, Sydney
Veiws from Clarkes Oint, nudes and still life
Edwina Brennan ‘Pursuit of Paradise’ Opening Night Drinks
6:00pm | 245 Parramatta Road, Annandale
Please join us in celebrating Edwinas Solo Exhibition 'Pursuit of Paradise' at Tetch Gallery on Friday 4th November from 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Edwina Brennan is a Sydney-based artist who is best known for her acrylic landscapes that showcase the atmospheric effects of light and colour, as seen in her 2013 exhibition,
'Moments in Time'.
Her latest solo show, 'Pursuit of Paradise' features similar landscapes as well as dynamic explorations of flora and fauna. Complementing her botanical illustrations are a series of vibrant watercolour birds, each one displaying its own individual personality.
Further investigating the themes of light and colour are a set of abstract, mixed-media paintings.
Edwina completed a Bachelor of Art Education at the College of Fine Arts in 2006 and has been teaching for art for over a decade. She aims to capture an eclectic snapshot of places, creatures and colours that excite and entertain her audience.
November Exhibitions: Opening Event
6:00pm | 10 Junction Street, Marrickville
Friday 4- Saturday 19 November 2016
Glenn Locklee: Con-Struct Redux
Ellen Dahl: This Is Where We Meet
Jacqui Mills: Something In The Room
Catherine Polcz: Herba morbus
Opening Event: Friday 4 November, 6-8pm
Glenn Locklee's paintings capture his observations of the increasing redundancy of small business and domestic manufacturing; and the proliferation of high-rise, high-density living as house and land ownership become increasingly unattainable.
This Is Where We Meet
Dahl’s photographic installation explores the concept of the island to reflect back upon the contemporary self and the political. The Island as the notion of the definitive edge, with its hard boundaries and fixed limits. The individual versus the collective. Me and you. Us and them. A metaphor for the nation state. Yet the shoreline is corroding and new islands are born.
Something In The Room Dwellers of inhabited spaces are often perceived as being the protagonists, or activators, of the spaces in which they live. Something in the Room questions the notion of presence and absence in the context of the home, suggesting that perhaps there are other protagonists activating space without the presence of the dweller.
Herba morbus is a museum-style exhibition that explores the theme of plant intelligence. By displaying illustrations and artifacts from the field, Herba morbus examines the ways in which we try to understand plants; and asks a question that eternally mystifies:
What does a plant know?
Examining the question from a scientific, pseudoscientific, mythological and art perspective, Herba morbus traces the idea of plant intelligence from its Aristotelian roots to the present day.
Image details top left clockwise:
Glenn Locklee, Density. Courtesy of the artist; Ellen Dahl, Untitled, 2016, archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist; Catherine Polcz, Herba Morbus promo digital image, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Jacqui Mills, Something In The Room, 2016, video still. Courtesy of the artist.
Openings on the first Friday of the month 6-8pm
Preview from 11am first Friday of the month
Week 2 and 3
Artists' Talks 3pm on the last Saturday (week 3)
Please check our blog http://airspaceprojects.com for any changes
COMA – Gallery Launch
6:00pm | 137 Bayswater Road, Rushcutters Bay
COMA is pleased to announce the official launch of the gallery with our first exhibition, True Love Over Physics, and to invite you to the public opening on Friday, 4 November, from 6 - 8 pm.
True Love Over Physics is a group show exploring the nature of creation in its many forms and the idea of creation before and over anything else. Each artwork included approaches the theme individually, and together present a uniform vision of varying patterns of creation and corresponding thought processes. Artists taking part are: Cornelia Baltes, Gabriele Beveridge, Ophelia Finke, Brian Kokoska, Ebecho Muslimova, Oliver Osborne, Jon Pilkington, Yves Scherer, Colin Snapp and Chris Succo.
We would love for you to join us on the opening night. Friends and family welcome.
Saturday 5 Nov
PAUL KEMP Exhibition 2016 Launch
2:00pm | 6 Scott Street, Pyrmont
Paul Kemp has developed a sustained, articulate vision of the natural over the last 33 years. He takes the phenomena of sky, wood, rock and water, and distils them to a harmonious essence. Like a fugue in music or rhyme and rhythm in poetry all of nature is themed, unified by fundamental forces. These forces are physically organising, determining the structure of natural forms. Just as potions of matter are attracted to each other due to gravity or electro-magnetism forces the landscape has grown and evolved under the constraint of universal physical forces. Kemps practice focuses on perceiving the evidence of this influence despite the superficial disparity of the landscape. Working in this vein, Kemp has depicted the symmetries between micro and macrocosms of the landscape. Each facet of nature is potentially analogous, as each is formed by a common rhythm of shared forces. The human body, which is subject to the same formative forces, undergo in Kemps paintings, metamorphosis with trees, lightning, rock and cracks. This is not pareidolia but an attempt to relate structure. Paul Kemps paintings enable us to consider our perceptions of nature in the light of essential unity.
The exhibition Launch is Sat 5th November 2-4pm. The exhibition will be open 11am to 3pm daily until Friday 11th November 2016.
Elizabeth Kelly – Tangents, Opening
2:00pm | 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
Please join us for the opening of Tangents by Elizabeth Kelly, one of Australia's leading glass artist.The natural light which fills our gallery and the courtyard are a perfect match for for this breathtaking work.
Drawing inspiration from organic geometry, Kelly has thrown into the mix saturation of hue and infinite colour possibilities to produce glass sculptures that allow the viewer to appreciate what is already evident in the natural world. This exhibition is set to inspire and delight.
Tanya Chaitow – A cup of sea to sail in
3:00pm | 2 Danks Street, Sydney
A Cup of Sea to sail in
31 October – 12 November 2016 (Depot II Gallery)
1 November – 26 November 2016 (Stella Downer Fine Art)
Both opening Saturday 5 November, 3 – 5pm
"We set off in boats. The stars were the lights on top of the masts. We didn't know that stars are like fossils, imprints of the past, sending light like a message, like a dying wish. We set off in boats, thought we'd sail to the rim of the world and slip over the edge like a raft on a waterfall, spinning to the place we knew existed, if we dared to find it."
A gap in time. Jeanette Winterson
Early explorers set off into the unknown. They circled the world like satellites aiming to reinvent themselves and rewrite history. Guided only by the moon and stars they searched the Unknown for freedom and a piece of land. The traveller and eternity under the vast cloudless sky.
The moon circles the earth once every 28 days. She must find the reflection of its fullness in the sea, and then slowly turn her face away as if searching for something new or looking for something lost a long time ago. And so we continue as the explorers of our hopes. History repeats itself. Our brief excursions through time leave barely a trace.
We travel through life heavily bound by our expectations and disappointments. We are like turtles flying through the sky. Guided by starlight we set sail on our paper boats. We are inconsequential against the elements. All our hopes and dreams are like a pocket of air in an upturned boat as we struggle to find our way in the dark. We find our reflections, full, in the sea, and we slowly turn our faces away
In the image and likeness of the moon, we rewrite ourselves.
A Cup of Sea to sail in invites the viewer on an emotive journey. Speaking to the inner child within the adult, TANYA CHAITOW’s fanciful paintings and drawings blur past and present, fact and fiction, internal and external reality, to engage the viewer’s imagination. Adopting a naive style, CHAITOW is able to work intuitively to capture fleeting mental states and her poetic works are charged with a powerful psychological resonance.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, TANYA CHAITOW immigrated to Australia in 1978. She completed her Masters of Fine Art at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales at the end of 2007. CHAITOW has had seven solo exhibitions since 2007 and exhibited in over fifty-five group shows since 1988. Her work is represented in both public and private collections in Australia, South Africa and the USA.
Eden Lennox – Party Animals, Opening
2:00pm | 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
Please join us to celebrate Eden Lenox's latest body of work Party Animals. We are very thrilled to be showing her work it both excites and challenges, come and find your party animal?
“The notion of preciousness is the key consideration of my practice. I examine it in terms of how preciousness is shaped by an individual’s cultural and territorial identity, and how an individual’s relationship to a culture and space is expressed within the realm of objects and the contemporary consumer marketplace”. Eden Lennox
Eden Lennox’s latest series, ‘Party Animals’, is an
assembly of art objects that she has created from
intricately reworked and recontextualised materials:
from gold leaf and sterling silver to vinyl records,
bottle caps, dolls and miniatures. These party
animals are – much like the Day of the Dead, currently
getting underway in Mexico – rare and inherently
paradoxical: they might allude simultaneously, for
instance, to the idyll of a teddy-bears picnic, or the ferocity of a “political animal”.
Opening exhibition : Le Tour de Fence by Peter Fisher
7:00pm | 248 Bronte Rd, Waverley
Le Tour de Fence by the artist Peter Fisher
When : Saturday 5th November
7pm - 10pm
Where : Vincent & Dupree' salon
248 Bronte Road, 2024, Waverley, NSW.
What's on : LIVE music with Billsbry - Art - Culture - Food/Drinks & good vibes.
To help the art collective to grow up, Le Petit Bistro will be serving home made food and drinks BY DONATION.
FREE ENTRY (no byo please)
Event proudly support by :
Peter Fisher is an Australian artist who lives in Bondi. Peter became aware of the beauty of wood when he built a deck at his Tamarama home. One day, he just ripped down his paling fence and became obsessed with the impact that the elements have on the texture, grain and colour of fence wood and has since recycled his fence into art using paint and stains to celebrate this.
Blank Slate- Launch of BSA-Collective
10:30am | 63 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown
BLANK SLATE, 1st November 2016- 28th January 2017
Launched by Katherine Knight, Arts Activist and Historian,
Saturday 5th November 10.30am - 1pm
BLANK SLATE is the launch exhibition of the BSA-Collective and the beginning of an exciting creative dialogue in Western Sydney.
The exhibition responds to the historic significance of the Blacktown Visitor Information Centre, which was oringinally the site of the first primary school in Blacktown in the 1800s.
Current members: Jan Cleveringa, Nazanin Marashian, Rosalind Stanley,Susannah Williams and Alex Cyreszko have all created new works in response to the site, these works include, sculptural installation, painting and textiles.
Monday 7 Nov
Print Exhibition: Gnomes
6:00pm | 1A Bedford street, Newtown
This months Print Exhibition features the talented artist GNOMES
Get down to the opening night proudly supported by our friends down the road at Young Henrys.
All works exhibited are for sale with 100% of the sale going to the artist.
Beach Burrito proudly supporting creative creatures across Australia since 2007.
Tuesday 8 Nov
John Bokor 2016 Exhibition Opening
10:00am | 177 William Street, Sydney
John Bokor's 'Everyday World' exhibition for 2016, features mostly oil still life paintings.
Exhibition Dates: November 8 to December 3.
For Inquiries please call (02) 9369 9727 or email email@example.com
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David Eastwood: The Atemporal Mirror (solo exhibition)
6:00pm | 278 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst, Sydney
5 - 30 November 2016
Robin Gibson Gallery
278 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm
OPENING: Tuesday 8 November 6-8pm
'The Atemporal Mirror' reflects David Eastwood’s interest in posthumously reconstructed artists’ studios. Focusing on Francis Bacon’s studio, a recurring motif in this exhibition is the circular mirror dating back to Bacon’s first career as a furniture designer. Eastwood’s multilayered paintings explore the shifting contexts of Bacon’s mirror, a witness to the various phases of the artist’s workspace, from his sleek design studio in 1930 to the chaos of his painting studio from the 1960s onwards, and to its current status as a museum artefact at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
Gilles Deleuze identifies the significance of mirrors within Bacon’s work, describing them as “prostheses-instruments” which extend and contort the body. There is a philosophical significance implied here, challenging the notion of a privileged, autonomous human subject. Bacon’s protagonists are typically disfigured and augmented by non-human props, and the dependence on the mirror as a prosthesis might be understood as a useful metaphor for the artist’s relationship to the studio as a contributor to the creative process.
Working towards this exhibition, Eastwood created a copy of Bacon’s blemished mirror and positioned it in his own studio opposite the easel. Disrupted reflections observed within the patinated silver have informed a corresponding approach to painting. Visual interference emerges via layers of gestural marks that act as a counterpoint to the figurative elements. Much of the imagery in the paintings is derived from archival photographs in the Francis Bacon Studio Database at The Hugh Lane. A key source of inspiration is a set of images from the 1960s featuring George Dyer, Bacon’s lover, posing in front of the studio mirror for photographer John Deakin. For Eastwood, the workspace of Francis Bacon becomes a virtual studio. Its complex historical and present-day contexts are encountered through the mirror, reimagined as an atemporal portal.
Monumentalism – Early Career Curator Award
5:00pm | 6 Napier St, Sydney
Tim Bruniges, Kuba Dorabialski, Igor Grubić, Biljana Jancić, Jan Kempenares, Marko Lulić, Kusum Normoyle
Curated by Anthony Bautovich
9 - 19 NOVEMBER 2016
OPENING NIGHT TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2016, 5-7PM
Our collective memory is shaped by the ideology of the day. The politics of memory enables a regime to record its version of the past. History is conditioned by this shared remembrance.
The decaying brutalist monuments from Tito's Yugoslavia form the backdrop for 'Monumentalism' - an exhibition curated by Anthony Bautovich at Kudos Gallery opening on Tuesday the 8th of November from 5-7pm.
Designed and built in the ‘60s and ‘70s these gestures to modernism are located at sites of battles and concentration camps commemorating the victims of fascism in WWII.
The exhibition will bring together International and Australian artists to respond to the emotional, political and social impact of the failings of the single party state
The exhibiting artists are Croatian multimedia artist Igor Grubić, Dutch photographer Jan Kempenaers, Sydney artists Tim Bruniges, Biljana Jancić, Kuba Dorabialski, Kusum Normoyle and Vienna based artist Marko Lulić.
Image: Jan Kempenares, 'Podgarić', 2010.
'Monumentalism' is curated by Anthony Bautovich with the assistance of the Early Career Curator Award, presented by Kudos Gallery.
6 Napier St Paddington NSW 2021
11am-6pm Wed to Fri, 11am-4pm Sat
Wednesday 9 Nov
Italy Monochromes : Double Vision
6:00pm | 38 Lander St, Sydney
You are invited to the opening of
ITALY MONOCHROMES : DOUBLE VISION
A two person show by LJ Polley-Peters and Alexi Keywan
Opening Wed 9th Nov 6-8pm, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney
Exhibition continues through until Saturday 19th of November 2016
Thursday 10 Nov
6:00pm | 48 Victoria Rd, Sydney
Two Sydney based artists share their inspiration with a new audeince. Join us for opening night drinks on Nov 10 @ 6pm.
Silent auction of 2 artworks for the homeless will continue throughout the exhibition.
The Weight of Cold Meat: New Paintings by Caleb Reid
6:00pm | 76 Paddington St, Paddington
Caleb Reid is an artist on a journey. Raised in Bronte Beach, he has been surrounded by creative and artistic people for as long as he can remember.
His visceral works are powered with emotion, engaging the viewer at a primal level. Abstracted human forms lead the eye this way and that; the frenzied figures find rest in a sudden calm.
'The Weight of Cold Meat' is his first solo show with Piermarq in Paddington, comprising a body of new work from 2016.
Join us on Thursday 10th November 2016 to celebrate a powerful body of work and the beginnings of an amazing artistic journey.
Friday 11 Nov
Balmain Art & Craft Show Opening Night
7:30pm | 2 Eaton St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia
Please join us for a fabulous evening celebrating the 21st Birthday of the Balmain Art and Craft Show! Have the first opportunity to view and buy from our Art Gallery,Artisan Markets and Silent Auction. Fully catered as a moveable feast, tickets are now available online! $55 per person or $100 for a couple - www.balmainartandcraftshow.com.au.
Sunday 13 Nov
Sydney Camera Market!
10:00am | 40 William Henry St, Ultimo
The next Sydney Camera market, and last one for 2016, is on Sunday 13 November from 10am-2.30pm!
Don't miss out on the bargains with prices often cheaper than eBay!!
The 2017 Sydney Camera Markets are on Sunday 5 March, 9 July and 19 November, 2017.
Wednesday 16 Nov
Exhibition opening – D_O_T
6:00pm | 27-39 Abercrombie St, Sydney
16 November - 11 December 2016
Opening 16 November 6-8pm
Doris Bush, Martha MacDonald, Isobel Major, Candy Nelson, Maureen Poulson, Beyula Puntungka.
Curated by Siân McIntyre. Exhibtiion Designer Anne-Louise Dadak
Presented by Verge Gallery in collaboration with Papunya Tjupi Arts.
Dotted surfaces showing u-shapes and circular patterns in earthy ochre and red tones are immediately recognisable as Western Desert dot paintings. D_O_T explores what lies beside, beneath and around these dots.
This exploration endeavours to question contemporary perceptions of Western Desert art, challenging the expectations and conditions of creative practice and the nature of value and representation of contemporary Australian art from Central Australia. D_O_T presents the work of six artists from Papunya, home of the Western Desert Art Movement. The intricate line work and patterning illustrate detailed stories that are significant and particular to each individual artist. These drawings will be lifted off the page and translated into installation, saturating the pompom gallery space with dynamic lines and stories from the Central Desert. D_O_T exhibits a contemporary installation of works made by current artists illustrating their world view, lived experience and knowledge in an inner city Artist Run gallery.
Thursday 17 Nov
U N I F O R M // Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier
6:00pm | 103-105 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Opening of the exhibition UNIFORM by the collaborating pair Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier
UNIFORM is an exhibition with instructions - take the work home in exchange for your clothes.
The exhibition will be open Fri 18 - Sun 20 Nov, 11-5P
Nov at Verge Gallery :: MOP Projects // Modes Of Practice
4:00pm | Jane Foss Russell Plaza, City Rd, University of Sydney, Darlington
NOVEMBER AT VERGE GALLERY // MODES OF PRACTICE
NOVEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 3
OPENING NIGHT NOVEMBER 17, 6pm-8pm
Ron Adams, Kate Beckingham, Keiran Butler, Lucas Davidson, Daniel Hollier, Richard Kean and Carla Liesch.
MODES OF PRACTICE brings together past and present MOP Projects committee members Ron Adams, Kate Beckingham, Keiran Butler, Lucas Davidson, Daniel Hollier, Richard Kean and Carla Liesch in this allied location and timely exhibition. Our mode of practice is our way of thinking about making, a philosophy that is nurtured through the experimental nature of our artist-run-spaces. In collectively discussing this exhibition, the artists have all conceptualised a work borne of their most significant moments working with MOP Projects, as they celebrate the end of an important 14-year Sydney institution. This is encapsulated by the work of co-director Ron Adams.
Adams’ large text installation will declare: ‘I am the son and heir of nothing in particular,’ referencing The Smiths’ 1984 song How Soon is Now? In this work Adams’ revisits MOP Projects’ Our Lucky Country series held in partnership with Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in 2005-2007. In 2007 Naomi Evans wrote of the works’ “observation that we are of a time where the past no longer promises a grand inheritance.” 1
These words haunt the uncertain territory of the arts in Australia today. But they also speak to opportunity, “the fact that not one thing defines us, that we are a composite of parts, not one leading above the others.” 2 This exhibition comes from community, a composite of many parts, a collection of many voices and modes of practice that continue to drive artistic creation and education in Australia.
1 Naomi Evens, ‘Five Choices of Death’, Our Lucky Country (still different), curated by George + Ron Adamss, Edited by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Mop Projects + Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 2007, p34-37.
Friday 18 Nov
Tribute to the Flyest X Stayfly annual exhibition
6:00pm | Goodspace Gallery
Stayfly Sydney turns 3 this year and we celebrate with a series of events created to showcase the superwomen of the collective.
This year's exhibition will be held at the Goodspace Gallery upstairs from the Lord Gladstone Hotel and will be showing a group exhibition of 20+ artists and their vision and tribute to the FLYEST.
We welcome you to come down and celebrate our birthday, enjoy and purchase art and of course get your drinks quenchers!
******Special Feature for the night will be the super smart and revolutionary clothing label, fashion icons and design babes at FKN.GRLS *******
DJs will be spinning till late and yummy food available!
EXHIBITING ARTISTS FOR OUR 2016 SHOW:
Ayla the Caveman
...and more to be announced!
HAUS OF DIZZY
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