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December 2009

Congratulations

Alexander Seton has been announced as the winner of the 2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Now in its ninth year, the $10,000 acquisitive was awarded to Seton for his stunning Bianca marble sculpture I…U.

Seton has also been awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales Society Prize at this years Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Bondi Beach, Sydney. The $5,000 prize as chosen by Edmund Capon, Director of AGNSW was awarded to Seton for his sculpture On Hold Lawnmower.

Two of Darren Sylvester’s photographs, The Explanation is Boring. It's Simple. I Don't Care and Your First Love is Your Last Love, have been acquired by Queensland Art gallery.

Sylvester’s photograph Our Future Was Ours has also joined the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne collection.

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ABCTV Sunday Arts

Several SSFA artists have recently featured on ABCTV Sunday Arts. Episodes are available to download from the ABC website.

15 November 2009: The Shilo Project (download available soon)

Marc de Jong, Juan Ford, Joanna Lamb, Sam Leach and Arlene TextaQueen are all included in group exhibition The Shilo Project at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Curated by Dr Chris McAuliffe The Shilo project is based on Neil Diamond’s 1970 album, the cover of which features a connect-the-dots portrait of the musician. Over 100 contemporary Australian artists have been invited to complete their own version of the ‘blank’ cover. 28 November 2009 to 28 April 2010

1 November 2009: Art of Horror (Download available now)

This episode presented Macquarie University Art Gallery’s exhibition Horror - Come Darkness. The exhibition explored the genre of horror as an emotional state and included works by Penny Byrne, Sam Leach, Alasdair Macintyre, VR Morrison and Darren Sylvester.

Joanna Lamb Screen Prints

Coinciding with her second solo exhibition at SSFA, High Rise, is the release of Joanna Lamb’s first series of editioned screen prints, Low Rise.
The four works in the series continue Lamb’s exploration of the subtle nuances of the urban landscape.

*There are 10 editions of Low Rise 1, 2, 3 and 4 and they are available in sets of 4..

Go See…

Darren Wardle and Kate Shaw are both exhibiting at the NADA fair in Miami Florida with Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. December 3-6, 2009

Joanna Lamb features in Group exhibition Built currently showing at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Including works from the State Art Collection, the exhibition is concerned with built forms, both sculptural and pictorial, as well as with concepts of order and disorder, containment and collapse.
Over the summer: 2009/2010 exhibitions

Sydney Ball: The Colour Paintings 1963 – 2007.The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, SA. 9 November 2009 - February 2010.

Footnotes of a verdurous tale: Sebastian Di Mauro 1987-2009. Queensland University of Technology Art Museum. 31 October 2009 – 31 January 2010

The Shilo Project. Ian Potter Museum of Art. 28 November 2009 to 28 April 2010 (Including works by Marc de Jong, Juan Ford, Sam Leach and Arlene TextaQueen)

New09: Selected Recent Acquisitions. University of Queensland Art Museum. 20 November - 31 January 2010. (Featuring Alexander Seton)

Next at SSFA

SSFA 2010
4 – 21 February 2010

SFFA 2010, our opening exhibition, includes a new work from each of our represented artists. Stretching over the two floors of the gallery this exhibition previews the year ahead and is our showcase group show of 2010. A fully illustrated catalogue will be available early next year.
Featuring work from each SSFA artist:

SYDNEY BALL
PENNY BYRNE
MATT CALVERT
MARC DE JONG
SEBASTIAN DI MAURO
JUAN FORD
HELEN FULLER
SHERRIE KNIPE
JOANNA LAMB
SAM LEACH
MICHAEL LINDEMAN
ALASDAIR MACINTYRE
LAITH McGREGOR
VR MORRISON
DOROTA MYTYCH
SIMON OBARZANEK
ALEX SETON
KATE SHAW
DARREN SYLVESTER
DARREN WARDLE

SSFA will be closing on Wednesday 23 December and will reopen on Wednesday 13 January 2010.
For any enquiries between these times please contact Joanna Strumpf on 0412 615 818 or Ursula Sullivan on 0400 840 032.
We thank you for all of your support throughout this year and look forward to seeing you in 2010.

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November 2009

Switch on

ABC TV: Sunday Arts - 1 November at 5pm


Horror - Come Darkness, an exhibition currently showing at Macquarie University Art Gallery will be featured on ABC TV's Sunday Arts program this coming Sunday 1 November at 5 pm.

The exhibition includes works by Penny Byrne, Sam Leach, Alasdair Macintyre, VR Morrison and Darren Sylvester. Exploring the genre of horror as an emotional state, Horror, Come Darkness features contemporary artists using cinematic effects, literary sources and technological visualisation, painting, stills, installation, and video and sound devices, for effecting the simulation of horror. 24 September – 13 November 2009.

Congratulations

Three of Penny Byrne’s works from her recent SSFA solo exhibition Interesting Times have been acquired by regional galleries: Newcastle Region Gallery, Shepparton Regional Gallery, and Art Gallery of Ballarat. Byrne was also invited to give a speech to Visual Arts students at La Trobe University in Bendigo on 21st October 2009.

Kate Shaw and Darren Wardle will be international artists' in residence at Flux Factory in Long Island City in New York for 2 months from 1 October 2009. This residency continues to develop the strong artistic ties both artists have with America, having exhibited there in various galleries in past years.

Juan Ford has been shortlisted for the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize. As one of Australia’s newest and richest art prizes the Basil Sellers Art Prize asks artists to create a work that explores the theme of sport. A distinguished judging panel announced 14 artists shortlisted for the $100,000 Prize last month. The exhibition opens at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, in August 2010. The prize is acquisitive.

Laith McGregor is a finalist in the RBS Emerging Artist Prize (formerly the ABN Amro Prize). The acquisitive prize offers a cash prize of $15,000 and an around the world airline ticket to the winner. An exhibition of finalists’ work runs from 6 - 30 October in the foyer of the RBS Tower, 88 Phillip Street, Sydney. McGregor’s biro drawing, Blue Beard (2008) will also be featured in a forthcoming online documentary called Re-enchantment, created by writer/director Sarah Gibson about the hidden world of fairy tales. Re-enchantment will explore six classic fairy tales and delve deep into their origins, histories, and underlying themes, as well as exhibiting artwork and film clips from artists who have been inspired by these stories. One of the fairy tales looked at is Blue Beard.

Go See…

Penny Byrne, Alexander Seton, Sherrie Knipe, and Therese Howard are all finalists in the 2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Established in 2001, the acquisitive prize offers a $10,000 award for the winning sculpture. Finalist’s works are exhibited from 24 October - 1 November 2009 at the historic Redleaf Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

Darren Wardle "Design Anxiety" exhibition in New York has been a great success and if you happen to be in NY you can still view it until 9 November 2009 at Luxe/Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, 29 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002.

Sam Leach is a finalist in the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. The acquisitive prize offers a major award of $15,000. Finalist’s works are exhibited from 30 October 2009 - 2 January 2010.

The first survey exhibition of Sebastian Di Mauro’s work titled Footnotes of a verdurous tale: Sebastian Di Mauro 1987-2009 opens on the 31 of October 2009 at the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum. Curated by Simone Jones, the exhibition will run from 31 October 2009 – 31 January 2010 and will coincide with the launch of a major monograph about Di Mauro’s work. Throughout the past 20 years sculptor Di Mauro has held over 35 solo exhibitions and his work has featured in over 90 group exhibitions in Australia and abroad. Di Mauro’s latest solo exhibition on new work, Scuta, continues at SSSFA until 15 November 2009.

Marc de Jong, Juan Ford, Sam Leach and Arlene TextaQueen have been invited to participate in group exhibition The Shilo Project at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Curated by Dr Chris McAuliffe The Shilo project is based on Neil Diamond’s 1970 album, the cover of which features a connect-the-dots portrait of the musician. Over 100 contemporary Australian artists have been invited to complete their own version of the ‘blank’ cover. 28 November 2009 to 28 April 2010.

Sydney Ball, one of Australia’s most acclaimed masters of abstraction, continues the final leg of his major national survey exhibition, Sydney Ball: The Colour Paintings 1963 – 2007. Drawing from public and private collections, the exhibition examines the interests that have consumed this prolific and committed artist: abstraction and colour for decades. Curated by Anne Loxley, the third and final installment of this national touring exhibition opens 9 November 2009 and continues through to 14 February 2010 at The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, SA.

As part of the exhibition, Sydney Ball will be giving an artist talk on 14 November 2009 at the museum, and following this there will be a live performance by The Site Specific Music group (a pianist, saxophonist and cellist) who will do an improvisation inspired by Sydney Ball’s Stain paintings in the show.

Juan Ford is also exhibiting a group show titled The Skin Show at Shifted visual art space, Level 1, 15 Albert Street, in Richmond. Curated by Michael Brennan, the exhibition runs from 21 October – 7th November 2009.

Alexander Seton is exhibiting in an Albury Art Gallery touring show titled Step right up: the circus in Australian Art. This fascinating and lively group exhibition may be viewed at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington, from 24 October 2009 to 29 November 2009.

Next at SSFA

JOANNA LAMB High Rise 26 Nov – 13 December 09

Perth-based artist Joanna Lamb explores the subtle nuances of the urban landscape in her forthcoming exhibition, High Rise. This series of paintings, all based on the one high rise building, modulated into tonal variations, have evolved through a slow process of meditation. Lamb’s crisp, precise landscapes have been described as “coolly Warholian”, and their smooth, flattened finish suggests the global, interchangeable nature of each landscape - Perth could be Sydney or New York or Beijing. High Rise will be Lamb’s second solo exhibition in Sydney and is an elegant furthering of the ideas explored in, Flatlands: A Continuing Romance series of exhibitions (Sydney/Perth).

EXTROPIAN A Group Exhibition Curated by Sam Leach 29 Oct – 15 Nov 09

In his curatorial debut at SSFA, Sam Leach presents an innovative group exhibition exploring the concept of extropianism, bringing together the work of Giles Alexander, Stephan Balleux, Tony Lloyd, Charles O’Loughlin, Topologies (Donna Kendrigan & Chris Henschke), Toshiya Tsunoda and Michael Graeve. Extropianism, also referred to as extropism or extropy, is an evolving framework of values and standards for continuously improving the human condition. Extropian thinking places strong emphasis on rational thinking and practical optimism and Extropians believe that advances in science and technology will someday let people live indefinitely. Each of the works in this show relate to extropian values in some way.

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October 2009

Congratulations

Two of Penny Byrne’s works from her upcoming SSFA solo exhibition Interesting Times have been acquired by Newcastle Region Gallery.

Penny Byrne, Sherrie Knipe, Alexander Seton andTherese Howard are all finalists in the 2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Established in 2001, the acquisitive prize offers a $10,000 award for the winning sculpture. Finalist’s works are exhibited from 24 October - 1 November 2009 at the historic Redleaf Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney.

Sam Leach has been shortlisted in the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. The acquisitive prize offers a major award of $15,000. Finalist’s works are exhibited from 30 October 2009 - 2 January 2010.

Darren Sylvester’s self titled album has been launched to critical acclaim and is now available in music stores and online. The debut album was commissioned as a part of his work for the 2008 Optimism exhibition at GOMA, Queensland Art Gallery. Writing, performing and recording all of the songs on the album, Sylvester is a one-man band. It has been described as:

“a mix of wit, homage and melodic brilliance … making this strange art-pop artefact an unqualified success.” Michael Dwyer (EG, THE AGE)

“What he came up with just happens to be a contender for the slickest pop album of the year.” (INPRESS)

The album will be launched in Melbourne with other states to follow on Saturday 10 October 2009 at THE TOFF IN TOWN, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Limited edition vinyl albums are also currently available to order through SSFA.

Special Edition Cherry Red Vinyl LP
$100; edition of 200 (+ $15 postage and handling)

Black Vinyl LP
$30; edition of 300 (+ $15 postage and handling)

Laith McGregor features in a new publication Hair'em Scare'em. Produced by Gestalten, Hair'em Scare'em explores the inventive possibilities of hair as a medium for artistic expression in contemporary art and design. It will be available in bookstores across Australia from mid October 2009.

Arlene TextaQueen’s work will appear on the cover of Art Monthly’s October issue.

Go See…

The first survey exhibition of Sebastian Di Mauro’s work titled Footnotes of a verdurous tale: Sebastian Di Mauro 1987-2009 opens on the 31 of October 2009 at the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum.

Di Mauro’s sculptures, installations, paintings and artist books are featured in the collections of many key institutions including Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Victoria, Museum of Brisbane and Artbank. Throughout the past 20 years Di Mauro has held over 35 solo exhibitions and his work has featured in over 90 group exhibitions in Australia and abroad. Curated by Simone Jones, the exhibition will run from 31 October 2009 – 31 January 2010 and will coincide with the launch of a major monograph about Di Mauro’s work.

Alasdair Macintyre’s work is included in group exhibition Twelve Degrees of Latitude: Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland. The exhibition showcases works selected from 27 of Queensland’s regional gallery and university art collections. Currently showing at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville until 4 October 2009, the exhibition will tour throughout Queensland until late 2011.

Marc de Jong, Juan Ford, Sam Leach and Arlene TextaQueen have been invited to participate in group exhibition The Shilo Project at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Curated by Dr Chris McAuliffe The Shilo project is based on Neil Diamond’s 1970 album, the cover of which features a connect-the-dots portrait of the musician. Over 100 contemporary Australian artists have been invited to complete their own version of the ‘blank’ cover. 28 November 2009 to 28 April 2010

Juan Ford is exhibiting a group show titled The Space in Between - Book Project at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Curated by Tara Gilbee, the exhibition includes artists’ responses to the internal space of carved-out books.

Penny Byrne, Sam Leach, Alasdair Macintyre VR Morrison and Darren Sylvester are included in group exhibition Horror - Come Darkness showing at Macquarie University Art Gallery. Exploring the genre of horror as an emotional state, Horror, Come Darkness features contemporary artists using cinematic effects, literary sources and technological visualisation, painting, stills, installation, and video and sound devices, for effecting the simulation of horror. 24 September – 11 November 2009.

Next at SSFA

KATE SHAW
Meridian 29 Oct – 15 Nov 09


Kate Shaw’s technique begins with the pouring of paints, inks and mediums allowing her to finds forms within the results. These forms are sometimes shaped and developed, and by a process of collage, evolve as rich and luxurious landscapes. The works often refer to places – that she is either inspired by, such as Antarctica or has visited recently, such as Kakadu, otherwise the imagery comes out of the suggested forms of the paint. The paintings speak of climate change, and also of the earth’s constant state of flux. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and internationally both in solo exhibitions and art fairs and was recently acquired by the Macquarie Bank collection

SEBASTIAN DI MAURO
Scuta 29 Oct – 15 Nov 09


Using non-traditional materials such as pot scourers, astro turf and neoprene (wet suit fabric), Sebastian Di Mauro’s forms thwart the traditional notions of sculpture. Scuta (from the Latin for “shields”) will be an exhibition of wall-based neoprene elliptical shapes in red, black and yellow. Like a suspended armory, Di Mauro’s shields hang in readiness for various Greek gods to collect. For Perseus (detail left) alludes to the slayer of the gorgon, Medusa.

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September 2009

Congratulations

Laith McGregor and Simon Obarzanek have both been awarded an Emerging Artist New Work Grant by the Australia Council for the Arts. The $10,000 grant is awarded to craftspeople, designers, media artists, visual artists and arts writers with less than five years professional experience.

McGregor was recently also awarded a residency at the Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle, France, which will begin in November of this year.

Sam Leach and Laith McGregor have both been selected to participate in the Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award(formerly ABN Amro Emerging Artists Award). The $15,000 acquisitive award recognizes and promotes the work of emerging Australian contemporary artists. An exhibition of finalists’ works opens on the 7 September and runs until 18 September at the RBS tower, Phillip St, Sydney.

Kate Shaw has been announced as a finalist in the Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize. The winner of the acquisitive prize will receive $20,000. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be on display at the Tattersall’s Club in Brisbane from 7 – 11 September before it is hung in Waterfront Place, Brisbane from 14 – 25 September.
Go See…

Alexander Seton is exhibiting in group exhibition ARTLIVE at Chair and the Maiden Gallery in New York City. The annual exhibition includes works by international artists which address current issues affecting the arts community worldwide. The exhibition opens on 3 September at Chair and the Maiden Gallery, New York City. A second installation will take place on 9 September at Gallery 225 New York City.

Sam Leach is included in an exhibition in London at 3 Bedfordbury Gallery, Covent Garden, from 17 September to 28 September.

Juan Ford, Sam Leach and Darren Wardle are all included in the exhibition of finalists’ works for the 2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize from the 9 August – 27 September 2009 at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Marc de Jong, Juan ford, Sam Leach and Arlene TextaQueen have been invited to participate in group exhibition The Shilo Project at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Curated by Dr Chris McAuliffe The Shilo project is based on Neil Diamond’s 1970 album, the cover of which features a connect-the-dots portrait of the musician. Over 100 contemporary Australian artists have been invited to complete their own version of the ‘blank’ cover. 28 November 2009 to 28 April 2010

Next at SSFA

Penny Byrne

Interesting Times

1 – 18 October 2009
Opening: Thursday, 1 October, 6 - 8pm

May you live in interesting times.’ So goes the ancient Chinese curse.

With the world financial crash threatening global economic security, the continuing war on terror, ongoing instability in the Middle East, nuclear bomb aspirants in North Korea, political unrest in Iran and China, peak oil, predictions of world wide food shortages, the swine flu pandemic, rising sea levels, over population, water scarcity and drought here in Australia, and don’t forget that little chestnut – Global Warming/Climate Change – yes indeed, we do live in interesting times.


Penny Byrne 2009

Covering both floors of the gallery, Penny Byrne’s third SSFA solo exhibition includes reconfigured vintage ceramic figurines which tackle political, social and environmental issues with a hearty dose of wit and humour.

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August 2009

Welcome

Simon Obarzanek

Photographer Simon Obarzanek was born in Israel in 1968 and currently lives and works in Melbourne. Exhibiting extensively since 2002, he has gained a significant reputation for his conceptually driven photographs that explore the expressive potential of the human form. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Photography in 1989 from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology he has had several solo shows including Portraits, Max Bernstein Gallery, Melbourne (2005); 80/137 Faces (2006), Centre for Contemporary Photography (2006); 80 faces, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne (2006); and 10pm-1am, Karen Woodbury Gallery Melbourne (2007).

His work has also featured in numerous group exhibitions including Order and Disorder: Archives and Photography (2008/2009) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Art Fair, Karen Woodbury Gallery (2008) Light Sensitive (2006), National Gallery of Victoria, Figures of Question (2005) Ord Minnett, Melbourne and Commonwealth Place Contemporary Australian Portraits (2003) National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

In 2008 he was announced as the winner of the Melbourne Airport Innovators Award at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts in Melbourne. He has been a finalist in multiple prizes including the National Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery (2008) Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Gallery (2009 and 2007), William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art (2008, 2007 and 2006), National Photographic Purchase Award, Albury Regional Gallery (2007 and 2005), City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2007), City of Perth Photo Media Award, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2006), Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery (2005) and The Citygroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2005).

Simon's work is held in major public galleries including the National Portrait Gallery,. Canberra, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Congratulations

Laith McGregor has been announced as the Queensland winner of the Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award. Established in 2008 the prize distributes $184,000 to artists from each state or Territory with each individual winning $13,000 in cash and $10,000 in air travel.

Marc de Jong’s painting Outback has joined the Macquarie Bank collection. De Jong is included in numerous institutional and private collections throughout Australia.

Therese Howard has been Highly Commended in the Waterhouse Natural History Prize. An exhibition of finalists' works is on display at the South Australian Museum until 6 September. The exhibition will then tour to the National Archives of Australia in Canberra from 24 September until 15 November 2009.

Sam Leach has been invited to enter the 2009 University of Queensland Self Portrait prize. The biennial prize is acquisitive with the winning artist receiving a $50,000 cash prize. First held in 2007, this prize encourages discussion about the resurgence of interest in artists' self representation, and larger questions regarding the position of the artist in society. The winner will be announced 27 November 2009 and an exhibition of finalists’ works will be exhibited at the University of Queensland Art Museum from 28 November 2009 to 24 January 2010.

Kate Shaw has been invited to enter the 2009 Kings School Art Prize. The annual acquisitive prize awards $15,000 to the winning artist. An exhibition of finalists’ works will be held at the Kings School in Sydney from 28 – 30 of August.

Switch On…

Kate Shaw will feature in an upcoming ABC Artscape documentary focusing on the 2009 Wynne prize. Tuesday 28 July 2009, 10pm ABC 1; Sunday 2 August, 7pm ABC2.

Sam Leach will appear on ABCTV Sunday Arts in a segment which explores the influence of outer space in several artist’s work. Sunday August 16, 5pm ABC1; 7:30pm ABC2

A documentary showcasing Darren Wardle’s work is due to air on ABCTV Sunday Arts in August (Dates to be confirmed).

Go See…

Therese Howard and Sam Leach are both included in the Waterhouse Natural History Prize exhibition of finalist’s work at the South Australia Museum from 18 July – 6 September 2009.

Juan Ford, Sam Leach and Darren Wardle have all been selected as finalists in the 2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. An exhibition of finalists works will be held from the 9 August – 27 September 2009 at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Sam Leach is also included in group exhibition, Surveying the Field ,at the Moreland City Gallery, Victoria. Showcasing seven leading Australian Artists who live or work in the arts in the City of Moreland, the exhibition runs from Friday 17 July - Sunday 16 August 2009

Alasdair Macintyre’s work is included in the upcoming group exhibition Twelve Degrees of Latitude: Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland. The exhibition focuses on the history of Queensland’s regional art collections. It is first major exhibition of works curated solely from Queensland’s regional and public gallery collections. Twelve Degrees of Latitude represents a significant opportunity to focus on the vital contribution made by Queensland’s regional and public galleries to the state’s cultural landscape. The exhibition will begin at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, 21August to 4 October 2009 and tour throughout Queensland until late 2011.

Simon Obazanek, will be performing at the Sydney Opera House in Lucy Guerin's new work Untrained. Two highly skilled dancers are set against two artists who have no movement training at all. The four are given identical instructions: to execute the same series of movements. 2 – 5 September 2009

Next at SSFA

Matt Calvert
3 – 20 September

With a practice that draws inspiration from his immediate environment, Calvert’s meticulously assembled sculptures incorporate a range of discarded materials including glass, metal and plastic to reflect on his experiences with and understanding of everything from urban architecture to childhood toys.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from the University of Tasmania, in 1993 Matt Calvert was awarded aSamstag Scholarship which he used to attend Goldsmiths College at the University of London in 1994. That same year,Calvert took up a residency at the McCulloch Studio at the Cité International des Arts in Paris. In 2006 he was awarded a $20,000 New Work Grant for an Emerging Artist from the Australia Council for the Arts and was announced the winner of the City of Wyndham’s $25,000 Acquisitive Prize as part of this year’s Helen Lempriere Sculpture prize.
Calvert has been awarded residencies and commissions all over the world, including Australia, Malaysia, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Laith McGregor
Based on a True Fable
3 – 20 September


Since winning the Robert Jacks drawing prize in 2008, Laith McGregor has been firmly in the sights of curators, critics and collectors throughout the country. Graduating in 2007, the young Melbourne-based artist has been invited to participate in a string of important curated shows, including the Museum of Contemporary Art’s I Walk the Line, New Australian Drawing earlier this year, which saw one of the artist’s fine biro drawing blown up as a huge banner across the iconic Sydney building.

Working across a number of mediums, from his mesmerizing, intricate biro drawings to his compelling video works and moody oil paintings, Laith McGregor’s imagery combines the absurd, the surreal and the downright strange. Truth, as they say, is stranger than fiction, an idea which looms large in McGregor’s practice.

Based on a true fable will be McGregor’s first solo exhibition with Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art. The show will include biro drawings, paintings, video and mixed media works

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July 2009

Congratulations

Alexander Seton was recently announced as the winner of the 2009 Prometheus Art Award, with his work Life is a Game Young Man (Shuttle Endeavour). Established in 2005, the acquisitive prize valued at $15,000 encourages emerging artists to interpret our world in fresh and challenging ways and is aimed at creatively inspiring young children. Seton’s first solo exhibition with SSFA will be held next month from 30 July – 23 August.

Darren Wardle has been awarded an ‘International Export and Touring’ grant by Arts Victoria for his forthcoming solo show at Luxe Gallery in New York to be held from October 7 – November 8 2009. The program supports Victorian artists by building their international profile and by creating networks and employment opportunities.

Juan Ford, Sam Leach and Darren Wardle have all been selected as finalists in the 2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. Established in 2003, the acquisitive award offers $50,000 to the winning artist. An exhibition of finalists works will be held from the 9 August – 27 September 2009 at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Sherrie Knipe has been shortlisted for the 2009 Darebin La Trobe University Art Prize. Established in 1997, the biennial prize is dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary visual artists and arts practices across Victoria. The winner of the acquisitive prize will receive $10,000. An exhibition of finalist’s works will be held at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre from 26 June – 1 August 2009.

Therese Howard is a finalist in the 2009 Waterhouse Natural History Prize. This year saw a staggering 837 entries with only 101 artists selected as finalists. It is Australia’s richest prize for natural history art with a prize pool totaling $114,500. Finalist’s works will be exhibited at the South Australia Museum from 18 July – 6 September 2009 and will tour to the National Archives of Australia in Canberra.

Several of Laith McGregor’s works have joined the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Ballarat Art Gallery . McGregor’s first SSFA solo exhibition will be held from 3 – 20 September this year.

Switch On

Kate Shaw will feature in an upcoming ABC Artscape documentary focusing on the 2009 Archibald, Sulman and Wynne prizes which will air on Tuesday 28 July 2009, ABC 1 at 10pm.

Go See…

Penny Byrne is a guest speaker and exhibiting artist at the 2009 Australian Ceramics Triannale to be held at the National Art School in Sydney from 16 – 20 July. Titled, Facing the Future, the Triennale will focus on the relationship between contemporary ceramic practice and the emergence of diverse social, cultural and technological global forces. Byrne’s work is included in the group exhibition White Heat running concurrently with the Triennale from 12 June – 19 July 2009 at Manly Art Gallery and Museum.
Byrne will be speaking on Sunday 19 July 2009 at the National Art School in Sydney.

Juan Ford is showing in group exhibition, A Natural World, at Glen Eira City Gallery. Curated by Diane Soumilas, the exhibition includes artists whose work relates to environmental themes. 11 June – 5 July 2009.

Next at SSFA

Sam Leach
The Next Billion Years

30 July – 23 August


Sam Leach is interested in how wealth, politics and corporations have driven and shaped our culture. His stunning still life paintings of animals, encased in a layer of glossy resin, reference the 17th century Dutch still life tradition, but with a contemporary twist. His works are both exquisitely beautiful and deeply unsettling as they remind us of our own mortality. Leach’s second solo exhibition at SSFA, The Next Billion Years, includes breathtaking still life paintings which explore the ambiguous relationship between technology and animals.

Alexander Seton
Assembly

30 July – 23 August


Alexander Seton has earned a growing reputation for his marble and synthetic stone sculptures that play on optical illusion and the perception of surface. The work uses the tension and often contradiction between the traditional skill of carving and use of contemporary subject matter and concerns. In his first SSFA solo exhibition, Assembly, Seton presents a series of sculpted T-Shirts. Laboriously carved from marble and synthetic stone, Seton’s T-Shirts are manifestations of young male adult fashion and explore a discomfort with open public expressions of honesty in the age of Face book and Twitter.

June 2009

Alasdair Macintyre's work is now represented in the Griffith University Art Collection as part of a substantial gift by retiring Queensland art dealer Mrs Win Schubert, via the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts.

Kate Shaw has generously donated two paintings to be auctioned by The Brains Trust to help fund the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute. Kate is one of several leading contemporary artists who have provided works including Bill Henson, Fiona Hall, Tracey Moffatt, Marion Borgelt, Peter Alwast, Janet Lawrence, Richard Stanford and Guan Wei. The auction will be conducted by Sotheby’s director and Head of Australian Paintings, Georgina Pemberton on Tuesday 16 June 2009.

Arlene TextaQueen participated in a silent auction conducted by Marie Claire Magazine to help celebrate Go Red for Women Day. Leading artists and designers were asked to donate works based on "heart", "red dress" or "red". All proceeds from sales of the artworks went to the Heart Foundation. Go for Red Women Day is held on 12 June 2009.

Marc de Jong’s portrait of Rose Byrne appears in the new Harpers Bazaar publication, Australian Style. Incorporating Australian icons, fashion, beauty, architecture, art and travel images, the book captures the uniqueness of Australian life and style.

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Alasdair Macintyre will be the focus of an ABC Artscape Documentary this Tuesday May 26 at 10pm. Alasdair’s fourth SSFA solo exhibition, Playtime, opens on Tuesday 2 June 2009.

Go See…

Penny Byrne has been invited to be a guest speaker at the 2009 Australian Ceramics Triannale. Titled, Facing the Future, the Triennale will focus on the relationship between contemporary ceramic practice and the emergence of diverse social, cultural and technological global forces. 16 – 20 July 2009.

Byrne will be speaking on Sunday 19 June 2009 at the National Art School in Sydney. Her work is also included in Group exhibition, White Heat, at Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Running as a part of the Triennale, the exhibition offers a space for discourses of social, political and cultural concern. 12 June – 19 July 2009

Byrne is also a guest speaker at The National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association Decorative Arts Seminar on Wednesday 3 June 2009.

Juan Ford is showing in group exhibition, A Natural World, at Glen Eira City Gallery. Curated by Diane Soumilas, the exhibition includes artists whose work relates to environmental themes. 11 June – 5 July 2009.

Ford’s work is also included in Now & Then, an exhibition of key works in the Campbelltown Art Centre’s permanent collection. 8 May – 30 June 2009

Helen Fuller features in the upcoming group exhibition, Harvest, at the newly restored Museum of Economic Botany in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Curated by Peter Emmett, the exhibition focuses on plants and place and includes work from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection. The exhibition opens on Saturday 30 May 2009.

Sam Leach will be included in a group exhibition at the Moreland City Gallery in Victoria featuring the work of 6 leading contemporary artists with connections to Moreland's art scene. 17 July to 16 August 2009.


Next at SSFA

Marc de Jong PNTNGS 3/DRWNGS 1 30 June – 19 July

Following his successful PNTNGS and PNTNGS 2, Marc de Jong presents PNTNGS3/DRWNGS 1. The exhibition of de Jong’s distinctive paintings in the SSFA downstairs gallery will include imagery as wide ranging as off-shore oil rigs and junk heaps, and a portrait of Rupert Murdoch. De Jong, a bower-bird of contemporary imagery, plucks scenes of modern life from the pages of newspapers, the internet and the television. His distinctive pixilated technique of painting is easily translated to his large-scale prints, which include oversized images of the full moon, giant Hawaiian waves and binary stars. Printed in luscious flock onto phosphorescent painted backgrounds, these tactile works also glow in the dark.

Upstairs, de Jong’s drawings will be a revelation for those who have only experienced his oils and flock prints to date. The line works reference his 20th century heroes, Brett Whitelely and Donald Friend, and prove the artist’s ability with line. Over 60 small drawings will be hung Salon style and will give an entry into the artist’s life and times of the past five years. Subjects will include many of his Melbourne art world cohorts and scenes from his travels in Europe and Asia.

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May 2009

Congratulations

Darren Sylvester features on the cover of the current issue of Art World. The major article within titled ‘I’m Your Fan’ details Sylvester’s latest SSFA exhibition and introduces his self titled album which was commissioned as a part of his work for the 2008 Optimism exhibition at GOMA, Queensland Art Gallery. Writing, performing and recording all of the songs on the album, Sylvester is a one-man band. A CD will be released by Unstable Ape records in mid-2009. Limited edition vinyl albums are also currently available to order through SSFA.

Special Edition Cherry Red Vinyl LP
$100; edition of 200 (+ $15 postage and handling)

Black Vinyl LP
$30; edition of 300 (+ $15 postage and handling)

Queensland University Art Museum recently acquired Alexander Seton’s sculpture Exercise Ball (Dust Collector). Seton’s work is held in numerous institutional and private collections both within Australia and abroad.

Alexander Seton’s first solo exhibition at SSFA is from 28 July – 23 August 2009.

Seton has also been selected as finalist in the upcoming Prometheus Art Award, with his work Life is a Game Young Man_Shuttle Endeavour. Established in 2005, the acquisitive prize valued at $15,000 encourages emerging artists to interpret our world in fresh and challenging ways and is aimed at creatively inspiring young children. An exhibition of finalist’s works will be held at All Saints Anglican School in Merrimac, Queensland. 23 May to 27 May 2009

A group exhibition titled Revealing Meaning in Cloth in which Helen Fuller featured has been awarded Best Exhibition by a Collective by the Adelaide Fringe. The award was presented in partnership with the City of Prospect as part of Prospect Gallery’s third Design Biennial and the 2009 Adelaide Fringe. The exhibition featured contemporary textile works by Craftsouth members who employ experimental approaches to textile design.

Laith McGregor and Arlene Textaqueen have both been selected for inclusion in Trunk Books Volume 1: HAIR. A part of a new series to be launched at the Sydney Writers Festival, the anthology explores the powerful, symbolic and sensuous properties of hair from antiquity to the present day and showcases writers and artists from across the globe. Available from 18 May 2009.

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Arlene TextaQueen’s new series of Textanudes entitled Naked Landscapes of Victoria, was the subject of an ABC Sunday Arts documentary which aired on Sunday 12th April 2009.

Sydney Ball featured in an ABC Sunday Arts documentary which aired on Sunday 19th April 2009. Ball’s major touring survey exhibition continues at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, VIC (22 February – 26 April 09). Laith McGregor’s work also appeared as a part of a segment on the major group exhibition I Walk the Line: New Australian Drawing at the Museum of Contemporary Art. (17 March – 24 May 2009)

Both segments can now be downloaded from the ABC website.

Alasdair Macintyre will be the focus of an ABC Artscape documentary to be aired on Tuesday 26th of May.

Go See…

Sam Leach is exhibiting in a group exhibition titled Mute Relics and Bedevilled Creatures–Constructing an Antipodean Curio Cabinet at Counihan gallery in Brunswickihan gallery. Curated in celebration of Reconciliation Week 2009, the exhibition will feature the work of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists who re-interpret the concept of the curio (curiosity) cabinet and histories of museum collection and display practices. 1 - 31 May 2009.

Finalists’ works in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Awards are currently being exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 24th May 2009.

Archibald finalist
Sam Leach

The Wynne Prize finalist
Alasdair Macintyre

The Sir John Sulman Prize finalists
Marc de Jong’s
Juan Ford’s
Darren Wardle’s

At the SH Ervin Gallery the Salon de Refuses has gathered much prestige over the past decade with many of the finalists’ works equalling the standard of the finalists’ work in the other three Awards. This year SSFA artists selected in the Salon are Penny Byrne, and Kate Shaw. S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, 3 March – 7 May 2009.

Juan Ford is also a finalist in the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Award. Established in 1988, the Moran is the richest portrait prize in the world with the winner taking home $150,000. State Library of New South Wales 10 March - 3 May 2009.


Next at SSFA
Alasdair Macintyre – Playtime
1 – 21 June 2009

2008 saw Brisbane-based artist Alasdair Macintyre embark on inspirational international travel. The results will be showcased in a solo exhibition utilising both floors of the gallery and will include life-size sculptures, a scale that Macintyre is working on for the first time in his career, and will explore the quirky alternate reality of one of Macintyre’s most ambitious creations – the imaginary town of Splatsville.

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April 2009

Congratulations

Laith McGregor currently features in the MCA’s group exhibition I Walk the Line: Contemporary Australian Drawing. The exhibition celebrates the current renaissance of drawing in contemporary Australian art which has been driven by a mostly younger generation of artists. Artbank recently acquired McGregor’s video piece ‘Maturing’ which can be seen in the show. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW, 17 March – 24 May 2009.

McGregor has also been shortlisted for the 2009 Qantas Art Prize. He is one of only 24 finalists for the prize to be announced in May. The overall aim of the award is to increase awareness of Australian contemporary art by encouraging promising emerging artists to produce further work.

It is a unique art prize in that it recognises an artist's body of work rather than awarding artists for individual pieces. Eight emerging contemporary artists (one from each state and territory) will be awarded $20,000 cash and $10,000 worth of Qantas air travel to support their future work and expose their work to a wider community. With a total prize value of $240,000, it is the most generous art prize in Australia.

McGregor has several upcoming group exhibitions including Too Much of Me: 7 paths through the absurd, with detour an exhibition curated by Geraldine Barlow. Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton Campus, VIC, 15 April - 20 June 2009.

He will also feature in The more you ignore me, the closer I get, a video art exhibition curated by Alison Kubler. Queensland University Art Museum, St Lucia Campus, QLD, 2 March – 30 November 2009.

Therese Howard’s sculpture ‘A Fine Balance’ has also joined Artbank’s collection. A stunning example of her work, the piece explores the fragility of the eco-system.

Matt Calvert has been announced as a finalist in the 2009 Willoughby Sculpture Prize. Artists were invited to submit work relating to one or more aspects of the 2009 theme to rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle. The four r’s are designed to encourage discussion, generate cultural activity and connect people to place. 188 entries were received and only 48 works were selected by the panel. The winning entry will receive a $10,000 prize. An exhibition of finalist’s works will be held from 26 September – 5 October 2009 at a heritage listed incinerator building in Willoughby, Sydney NSW.

Calvert has also enjoyed success as a finalist in the 2009 Toorak Sculpture Prize. Aimed at linking the arts with business to form a unique cultural experience, the prize exhibits contemporary sculptural works in the shop windows and on the sidewalks of Toorak Rd. 1 – 31 May 2009.

Sebastian Di Mauro is making the most of his current residency in Barcelona. He reports to be travelling extensively throughout Spain, including to Malaga, Serville, Cordoba, Granada, Madrid, Sans Sebastian and Bilbao. It is no surprise that he is now making some new work, after being inspired by the great architecture and art he viewed on his travels.

Di Mauro has also received a grant from the Queensland Government to produce a monograph on his work to accompany his forthcoming survey show at QUT Art Museum. The show opens on the 29th October 2009.

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Arlene TextaQueen has been working on a new series of Textanudes entitled Naked Landscapes of Victoria, which she will ‘tour’ to various locations in regional Victoria in a custom painted Bedford van. The project is to be the subject of an ABC Sunday Arts documentary airing Sunday 12th April 2009.

Sydney Ball, will be featured in an ABC Sunday Arts documentary airing Sunday 19th April 2009. Ball’s major touring survey exhibition continues at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, VIC (22 February – 26 April 09).

Alasdair Macintyre will be the focus of an ABC Artscape documentary to be aired on Tuesday 19th of May.

Go See…

Penny Byrne's work features in the Art Gallery of Western Australia's forthcoming design exhibition THING beware the material world.. Celebrating the human impulse to shape and re-shape the world around us, it includes furniture, lighting, sculpture, moving-image and photography from across the globe. 18 April - 25 July 2009.

Finalists’ works in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Awards are currently being exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until 24th May 2009.
The Archibald is one of Australia’s oldest and most celebrated art awards. It aims to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Sam Leach is a finalist in this year’s award with his portrait of indigenous activist Marcia Langton.

The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture, by an Australian Artist. Alasdair Macintyre’s sculpture Captain America earned him a finalist place.

The Sir John Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting or genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. The work of three SSFA artists is featured in the exhibition of finalists including, Marc de Jong’s painting Hold Up, Juan Ford’s An Inverse Folly and Darren Wardle’s Black Mass.

At the SH Ervin gallery The Salon de Refuses has gathered much prestige over the past decade with many of the finalists’ works being considered formidable, quirky masterpieces in their own right, more than matching the standard of the finalists’ work in the other three Awards. This year SSFA artists selected in the Salon are Penny Byrne, and Kate Shaw. S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, 3 March – 7 May 2009.

Juan Ford is also a finalist in the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Award. Established in 1988, the Moran is the richest portrait prize in the world with the winner taking home $150,000. State Library of New South Wales 10 March - 3 May 2009.

Next at SSFA
Private Treaty
21 Apr – 19 May 09

Every year, we present an impressive stock show featuring works from some of Australia’s greatest contemporary artists. Entitled Private Treaty, the exhibition presents a rich and eclectic array of paintings and sculptures by artists including Julie Dowling, Anne Wallace, Denis Nona, Ben Quilty, Michael Zavros, Tim Johnson, and Dale Frank.

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March 2009

We are thrilled to report that several SSFA artists have been announced as finalists in the upcoming Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Awards at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The Archibald is one of Australia’s oldest and most celebrated art awards. It aims to foster portraiture, support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians.

SSFA finalist
Sam Leach

The Wynne Prize is awarded to the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture, by an Australian Artist.

SSFA finalist
Alasdair Macintyre

The Sir John Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting or genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.

SSFA finalists
Marc de Jong
Juan Ford
Darren Wardle

Winners are announced on Friday 6 March at 12 noon.

Finalist’s works will be exhibited from 7 March - 24 May 2009.


We are also pleased to announce that Penny Byrne and Kate Shaw have both been selected for the Salon des Refuses at SH Ervin Gallery.

The exhibition includes an alternative selection of the 100s of entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.

The exhibition will run from 7 March until 3 May 2009.

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February 2009

Welcome Arlene TextaQueen

Introducing an exciting new addition to Sullivan & Strumpf - Australia’s felt-tip super-heroine, Arlene TextaQueen. With the perfect solo show to complement this year’s provocative Sydney Mardi Gras festival, Arlene TextaQueen presents a selection of quirky, intimate drawings of feisty female nudes in her first solo exhibition with Sullivan & Strumpf Fine Art which opens on March 3, 2009.

After re-discovering her childhood devotion to the felt tip marker, a medium that most Australians know as the humble ‘Texta’, Arlene has dedicated herself to drawing female “Textanudes” for over a decade. Each Textanude is an intimate and collaborative exchange between herself and the women Arlene chooses to draw, some of whom include performers and sex-workers. In a location of her subject’s desire they together choose accessories, props and poses that reflect their character.

Congratulations
Juan Ford is a finalist in the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Award. Established in 1988, the Moran is the richest portrait prize in the world with the winner taking home $150,000. Winners will be announced on Tuesday March 10 at the official opening at the State Library of New South Wales.

Alasdair Macintyre’s work The Artist in Society 1.01 will feature on the Joseph Campbell Foundation website in March. Each month, the site has a column which presents the work of 3 artists whose life or art have been influenced in some way by the ideas of Joseph Campbell, a life-long student and teacher of the human spirit and mythology. Established in 1990 the foundation was created to help people learn about myth, and its relationship to religion, art and psychology.

Helen Fuller has been invited to be a part of the ‘artist in residence’ program at Pembroke School in Adelaide. A regular feature of the school’s arts calendar, the program gives students the opportunity to work with and learn from professional artists.


Go See...

Following great success at Penrith Regional Gallery in Sydney, Sydney Ball: The Colour Paintings 1963 - 2007, is now open at its second venue, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. Drawing from public and private collections, the exhibition examines the interests that have consumed this prolific and committed artist: abstraction and colour. Curated by Anne Loxley, the exhibition will tour until February 2010.

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, VIC – 22 February – 26 April 2009

The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, SA – 11 November 09 – 14 February 2010

A 100 page fully illustrated Monograph on Sydney Ball’s work has also been published to accompany the survey show and is available to order through Penrith Regional Gallery. For enquiries please phone 02 4735 1100.



Laith McGregor will feature in the Museum of Contemporary Art's exhibition I Walk the Line: Contemporary Australian Drawing. The exhibition celebrates the current renaissance of drawing in contemporary Australian art which has been driven by a mostly younger generation of artists.
17 March – 24 May 2009.

McGregor will also be included in Monash’s University Museum of Art’s upcoming show Too Much of Me curated by Geraldine Barlow. Exhibition opens April 19 2009.

Penny Byrne’s second short film titled ‘Drag King Virgins’ has been selected to screen at the 2009 Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF). Established in 1991 the MQFF is the largest queer film festival in Australia and one of the oldest in the world.18 – 29 March 2009.

Juan Ford’s solo exhibition, A Phrenologist’s Deceptions, at 24hr Art: Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art opened on the 13 February. Established in 1989 as a non-profit association, 24hr Art grew out of a long-standing desire of many individuals and organisations in the Territory for a venue dedicated specifically to the promotion and support of contemporary visual art. 13 February – 21 March

Helen Fuller is exhibiting in a group show titled Revealing Meaning in Cloth at Prospect Gallery in Adelaide. Curated by Annabelle Collett, the exhibition is presented as part of Prospect Gallery’s third Design Biennial and the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival. 1 – 22 March 2009.

Next at SSFA

Darren Sylvester
31 Mar – 19 Apr 09

The multi-talented Sylvester presents an exhibition which follows on from his installation I Was the Last in the Carpenter’sGarden seen over summer at GoMA’s much talked about exhibition, Optimism. The solo show will spread over both floors of the gallery. Downstairs will feature Sylvester’s newest work; which will include several large new photographic pieces. And concurrently in the upstairs space will host a mini-survey show of selected works from the past 5 years.

Best known for his ultra-slick photography, Sylvester’s has recently signed a record deal, to promote and distribute his debut album of ironic, cosy pop music in the coming months.

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January 2009

Congratulations

Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art is very proud to announce the addition of two new artists to the gallery, Laith McGregor and Alexander Seton. They will join the other SSFA artists in the eagerly anticipated annual group exhibition SSFA09 which opens 3 February.

Winner of the prestigious Robert Jacks Drawing Prize in 2008, McGregor works across a range of media including oil, video and the unusual medium of biro. McGregor draws on illusionary material to convey a sense of the uncanny in his work. The characters within each ‘portrait’ are derived from both factual and fictitious realms including hero worship and personal family stories. He has recently come to the attention of curators and collectors with an exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and 2009 will see his inclusion in a number of other institutional exhibitions (details to be released). Australian Art Collector named McGregor as one of the “50 things collectors need to know” in 2009. His first solo show at SSFA will be held in September.

Alexander Seton’s works are meticulous and mesmerizing and bring new life to an old tradition, marble sculpture. The Sydney-based artist admits that his works, “explore the tension and often the contradictions of using traditional skill carving to express themes of the digital age”. With virtuosic skill, Seton has turned marble into a mattress and blanket and caesarstone into pink baby’s flesh, in his work Dancing Baby (above right) based on the web phenomena of the same name that appeared everywhere in the late 1990s. Still only in his early 30s, his work is known to many through his participation in Sydney’s popular, Sculpture by the Sea, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award and his works can be found collections including AGNSW, Newcastle Regional Gallery and the Danish Royal Art Collection, Denmark. Seton will have his first project show with SSFA in July/August.

Sam Leach’s exquisite painting, Peacock Robot Arm, has been acquired by Gold Coast City Gallery. His work was amongst three of the finalist works in the Stan and Maureen Duke Award that were purchased for the gallery’s prestigious collection. The Gold Coast City Art Gallery is one of Australia's most prominent public regional Galleries. The Gallery houses the renowned City collection of contemporary and historical artworks documenting the character of the Gold Coast as well as the development of Australian art practice. Leach will be having a solo exhibition at SSFA in August 2009.

Kate Shaw’s stunning painting, Liquidity, has been purchased by the Macquarie Bank Collection. The Macquarie Bank Collection was launched in 1986 with the objective of developing an outstanding collection of art works that is readily identified with the organisation, and which reflects the spirit and persona of the Bank. The Macquarie Bank Collection has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most cohesive, considered and exciting compilations of contemporary Australian talent. The theme of landscape has been the focus of the Collection since its establishment as an area of artistic expression that is readily accessible to all. Shaw’s next solo exhibition at SSFA will be held in November this year.

Go See…<br/>
Juan Ford’s solo exhibition, A Phrenologist’s Deceptions, at 24hr Art: Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art is opening on the 13 February. Established in 1989 as a non-profit association, 24hr Art grew out of a long-standing desire of many individuals and organisations in the Territory for a venue dedicated specifically to the promotion and support of contemporary visual art. 13 February – 21 March

Next at SSFA
Juan Ford
Simple Interference
3 – 22 March

The landscape becomes us, and we it. But hasn’t it always been so? To consider ourselves somehow removed from the dirt we walk on is the result of our collective imagination at play, so it seems a personal revelation when it is made plain that it isn’t so. Perhaps this is what I am trying to paint.

Juan Ford 2008

Ford’s rich, elegant, hyperrealist portraits, and his hauntingly minimalist landscape paintings prompt us to contemplate humankind’s fragile interconnectedness with our environment.

Melbourne-based artist Juan Ford graduated from RMIT with a Master of Fine Arts (Fine Art) in 2001 after gaining first class honours for his Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) in 1998. Since graduating, Ford has exhibited extensively throughout Australia in solo and group shows. He was a finalist in the 2007 National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize at the University of Queensland.

In 2008/09 Ford’s work was exhibited in several major public institutional group exhibitions: Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art’s Contemporary Australia: Optimism; the University of Queensland Art Museum’s Neo Goth: Back in Black; The Space in Between at Bendigo Art Gallery; and in Victoria’s Hamilton Art Gallery exhibition Eye to ‘i’ – The Self in Recent Art.
Last year Ford also completed two major portrait commissions – a portrait of Richard Larkin for Monash University Museum of Art, and of Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Andrew Coats for Sydney University.

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