Juan Ford has been announced as the winner of the People`s Choice Award at the 2010 Basil Seller`s Prize. The prestigious prize encourages contemporary artists to develop their practice, to engage with the many themes within sport past and present, and to contribute to critical reflection on all forms of sport and sporting culture in Australia. Finalist`s works were on display at Ian Potter Museum of Art from 6 August to 7 November 2010
Michael Lindeman won the open award for the 2010 Fisher`s Ghost Art Award. The annual acquisitive prize awards $20,000 to the winning artist. An exhibition of finalist works was held at the Campbelltown Arts Centre from 6 to 21 November 2010.
Sam Leach has been announced as RMIT`s alumnus of the year. The Alumnus of the Year Award recognises RMIT alumni who have made an outstanding achievement to their professional field, community or RMIT.
Leach has also been selected as one of the top 100 most influential people in Melbourne in the Age Melbourne Magazine. His work also appears on the cover of the current issue of Empty Magazine.
eX de Medici and Laith McGregor are included in upcoming group exhibition Freehand: Recent Australian Drawing at Heide Musuem of Modern Art. Presenting works of 25 contemporary artists, the exhibition includes representational and figurative works, as well as abstract, gestural, geometric and conceptual drawing, and incorporates a variety of methods and materials, from pen on paper to soundworks and wall drawings. 25 November 2010 to 6 March 2011.
Laith McGregor is also exhibiting in international Group Show The Bic Showat the White Gallery, Milan, Italy. 2 December 2010 to 15 February 2011.
Kate Shaw is included in international group show Missing Link. Curated by Martha Kriszenbaum from The New Museum in New York, the exhibition coincides with Shaw’s residency at Residency Unlimited, New York.
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Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art will close on 20 December 2010 and will reopen in early 2011 in our new space with a group exhibition. (Exact date to be advised)
Showcasing new work from each of our represented artists, the exhibition previews the year ahead. A fully illustrated catalogue will be available early next year.
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We wish you all a wonderful New Year and look forward to seeing you in our new space. For enquries while the gallery is closed please contact Joanna Strumpf on 0412 615 818 or Ursula Sullivan on 0400 840 032.
ANNOUNCING FOR 2011
Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art is very proud to announce exhibitions in 2011 with renowned Australian contemporary artists eX de Medici and Sam Jinks.
Currently based in the ACT, eX de Medici has been working across artistic forms including performance art, drawing, photography and tattoo artistry since the 1970’s. Beautifully executed, de Medici’s works are imbued with advanced technical skill and an obsessive meticulousness in their detail. In her works, de Medici interrogates the nature of violence through a study of the objects used to perpetrate violent acts including guns, knives and grenades. eX de Medici will be exhibiting with SSFA in May 2011
Melbourne based artist Sam Jinks works with silicon to produce hyper-realistic sculptural works. Working mainly with the human form, the compelling and unnerving nature of Jinks’ sculptures are the byproduct of their inconceivable realism and detail. His technical skill in recreating human textures is ‘uncanny’ and gives his figures a real-life presence in the exhibition space that has been described as ‘almost too lifelike’. Sam Jinks will be exhibiting at SSFA in September 2011
Michael Lindeman has been selected as a finalist for the Fisher's Ghost Art Award. The annual acquisitive prize awards $20,000 to the winning artist. An exhibition of finalist works will be held at the Campbelltown Arts Centre from 6 - 21 November 2010.
VR Morrison has been selected as a finalist in the Redland Art Awards. The biennial award features 4 non-acquisitive prizes. $10,000 is awarded as a first prize with runner up awards of $4,000 and $2,500 as well as the Meredith Foxton People’s Choice Award of $500. Now celebrating its 27th year the competition is showcased at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. An exhibition of finalist’s work will be held from 7 November – 5 December 2010.
Arlene TextaQueen is holding a workshop for children aged 3 – 12 at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. In Unseen Superheroes of the Working World TextaQueen invites young visitors to create their very own mini-deck of snap cards using colourful felt-tip markers before playing a game or two with friends and family at the gallery or home.
Saturday 6 November, Workshop 2–3 pm, Bookings not required
Darren Sylvester is showing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in the group exhibition Mortality. A part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Mortality explores the journey from birth to death and our survival in-between. 8 October to 28 November 2010.
Juan Ford is included in a group exhibition Outside In. Including painting, sculpture and photography, the exhibition investigates the relationship between interior and exterior, the expected and the unforeseen. McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, The Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery 3 October – 28 November 2010.
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2 – 19 December 2010
Sherrie Knipe’s Bootiful exhibition draws from ideas of excess and the ‘charm of the ridiculous’ that pervades our contemporary world. Observing the ‘tiny handbag hanging from a larger bag over the shoulder of a woman on a train, to the runners that light up as a child walks’, Knipe investigates these objects of ‘excess’ and explores their ability to express the individual. Working with traditional sculpting materials including wood and bronze, Knipe’s beautifully considered objects juxtapose with the ‘bling bling’ or contemporary ornamental quality of the represented object.
Darren Sylvester has been awarded the Adobe Honourable Mention in the prestigious 2010 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Held at the Monash Gallery of Art, the prize showcases the work of Australia's best photographers. An exhibition of finalists works will be shown from 23 September to 24 October.
Laith McGregor has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Rick Amor Drawing Prize. The $10,000 acquisitive prize held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat includes 80 works selected from over 600 entries. An exhibition of finalist’s works will be held from 25 September until 7 November 2010.
Michael Lindeman is has been selected as a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize. Established in 2004, the $20,000 acquisitive prize for a painting inspired by the Australian Landscape will be Held at Menzies Art Brands Gallery from 13 – 24 of October 2010.
Eric Bridgeman has been nominated as an emerging artist in the 2010 Redlands Westpac Art Prize. Established in 1995, the prize aims to inspire the students of Redlands school and encourage them to enjoy and appreciate the work of talented Australian artists. The acquisitive prize offers $20,000 to the winning work and $10,000 to the nominated emerging artist. An exhibition of finalist’s works will be held at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney from 18 – 20 November 2010.
Laith McGregor is exhibiting in international group show 'The Bic Show' at The White Gallery, Milan, Italy. October 26 2010 to 27 January 2011.
McGregor is also showing in the group show The Grass Is Greener, at Paradise Hills Studio & ARI Gallery from 17 September to October 2.
“Paradise Hills is Melbourne’s newest artist run gallery providing an experimental space for emerging and established artists, as well as curators, to explore adventurous avenues of creativity in contemporary art.”
Following her residency at Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at the start of the year, Arlene TextaQueen presents Naked Landscapes of Gippsland and Beyond. Curated by Geraldine Barlow, the exhibition opens at Switchback Gallery, Monash University, Gippsland, on 12 October and runs until 11 November 2010.
Penny Byrne and Darren Sylvester are both included in upcoming exhibition Power Chicks and Men Who Sew. The exhibition is the eleventh in a series curated by Barabra Flynn for major international accounting and consulting firm Deloitte and will juxtapose redheads and power chicks like Julia Gillard with men who work in ‘softer’ ways including stitching, flower arranging and sewing. Deliotte, 225 George St, Sydney 27 September to 24 December 2010.
Sylvester is also showing at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in group exhibition Mortality. A part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Mortality explores the journey from birth to death and our survival in-between. 8 October to 28 November 2010.
Marc de Jong will be included in the group exhibition Space Invaders. Drawn entirely from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, the exhibition surveys the past 10 years of Australian street art. Curated by Jaklyn Babington, the exhibition celebrates the energy of street-based creativity and recognises street stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers as comprising a recent chapter in the development of Australian printings. 30 October 2010 to 27 February 2011
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4 - 21 November 2010
Referencing the terrain of Southwest United States, Kate Shaw’s beautiful and haunting landscapes for her upcoming exhibition will be inspired by the rugged mountain ranges and canyons of this region. In creating these works, Shaw has employed 18th century landscape painting techniques, including the use of a ‘Claude Glass’ or ‘Black Mirror’, a slightly convex tinted mirror to change the tonal quality of a scene.
For the first time Shaw will also be presenting small framed video pieces where she juxtaposes imagery of her 'paint pours' with disaster footage from the internet.
Her work for the exhibition will be the outcome of her latest residency in New York. Shaw has most recently been a finalist in the Royal Bank of Scotland 2010 Emerging Artist Award and a finalist in the 2010 Wynne Prize. Shaw’s upcoming exhibition will be her fourth solo exhibition at Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art.
Sherrie Knipe has been awarded the People's Choice award for the 2010 Noosa Regional Gallery Travelling Scholarship. The national contemporary 3D art prize is presented by the Sunshine Coast Council and principal partner: Friends Noosa Regional Gallery. An exhibition of the forty finalists works will be held at the Noosa Regional Gallery from 29 July - 29 August 2010.
Darren Sylvester is a finalist in the prestigious 2010 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. The $25,000 non-acquisitive award is held at the Monash Gallery of Art and showcases the work of Australia's best photographers. This year's entries will be judged by Gael Newton, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Victoria, Max Pam, Australian photographer, and Shaune Lakin, Director of MGA. An exhibition of finalists works will be shown from 23 September to 24 October.
Juan Ford is currently completing a residency at Mildura's Art Vault in Victoria where he is researching for an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant.
Laith McGregor's work The Journey, recently exhibited in his solo exhibition Moontown at the Melbourne Art fair, has been acquired by the University of Queensland Art Museum.
McGregor's work has also joined the Museum of Old and New Art collection in Tasmania who acquired Eye Come in Piece from the Melbourne Art fair.
Sebastian Di Mauro will be exhibiting in Your Move: Australian artists play Chess an exhibition of new work by thirteen Australian contemporary artists in response to the game of chess. Bendigo Regional Art Gallery 14 August to 17 October 2010.
Kate Shaw is exhibiting new video work at Flux Factory in New York, a not-for-profit arts organization supporting innovative and collaborative art, works from 26 August to 7 September 2010.
Shaw is also showing in group exhibition I Stole It, I Borrowed It, I Broke It at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York. The exhibition features the work of five artists from Residency Unlimited, a non-profit arts service supporting artists and curators in residency and related programs. 12 to 30 September 2010.
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PRESENT AT HAND
7 - 24 October 2010
The rise of Sam Leach as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary Australian artists would seem, to many, to have been meteoric. His recent win of the Archibald and Wynne prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW has given him a massive national profile, yet to artworld insiders who have watched him since he graduated in 2003 his success is no surprise. That only William Dobell and Brett Whiteley have simultaneously won the Archibald and Wynne prizes further cements Sam Leach’s place in Australian art history.
October will see Leach’s first solo since the Archibald and controversial Wynne prize wins in Sydney. In this exhibition, titled ‘Present at Hand’, Leach’s exquisitely painted works examine our relationship to objects and what an object means to us. His subjects are irreversibly sealed in resin so we may never fully gain access to them, yet they contain and convey meaning to each of us.
Juan Ford, Darren Sylvester and Darren Wardle have all been awarded Australia Council For the Arts Established Artist - New Work Grants of $20,000. Alasdair Macintyre’s works Eternity and First Love from his recent solo exhibition at SSFA, Bloom, have joined the La Trobe University collection.
Eric Bridgeman and Juan Ford are finalists in the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize. Bridgeman's work features on the cover of the catalogue for the prize. An acquisitive prize of $100,000 was awarded to Perth-based artists Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont for their video artwork, Gymnasium. An exhibition of finalists works will be exhibited at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, 6 August - 7 November.
VR Morrison is a finalist in the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Established in 1988, the annual prize is a significant event on Australia’s arts calendar as well as the richest portrait prize in the world with $150,000 awarded to the winning artist. The winner will be announced on the 10th August 2010 and an exhibition of finalists works will be held at The State Library of New South Wales from 9 August - 5 September 2010.
Sherrie Knipe is a finalist in the 2010 Noosa Regional Gallery Travelling Scholarship. The national contemporary 3D art prize presented by the Sunshine Coast Council and principal partner: Friends Noosa Regional Gallery Inc enables the winning artist to undertake study or training interstate or overseas. An exhibition of the forty finalists works will be held at the Noosa Regional Gallery from 29 July - 29 August 2010.
Simon Obarzanek, Kate Shaw and Michael Lindeman are all finalists in the 2010 Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award (RBS EAA). Held at the Renzo Piano designed RBS Tower on Philip St, Sydney, the acquisitive prize is designed to support, encourage and provide exposure to both unrepresented and represented artists. The winner will receive a $10,000, economy around-the-world airline ticket and a brief international artistic development program.
Invited artists works will be shown over two exhibitions, with an exhibition of finalists works to follow.
Exhibition 1: Monday 9 August - Friday 20 August
Exhibition 2: Monday 23 August - Friday 3 September
Final Exhibition:Monday 6 September - Friday 24 September
Laith McGregor’s work is included in a group exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. His works I'm not here (2008) and Puppy dancing with cougar (2009) is exhibited with recent acquisitions from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists. Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 24 July 2010 - 17 October 2010.
Darren Sylvester is performing tonight as a part of the 2010 Melbourne Art Fair.
The Melbourne International Art Fair has invited Hell Gallery to host a music event at Ding Dong on Friday 6th August, to celebrate the opening of this year's Art Fair. Darren will be performing alongside Beaches, Zond and space metallers, Into The Void, who will be reuniting with Melbourne based frontman, Ronnie van Hout.
Friday 6th August, 2010
FAIRSHAKE @ Dingdong Lounge
Tickets $15 at door
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9 - 26 SEPTEMBER 2010
A practicing conservator, Byrne restores the glass and ceramics of Australia’s top museums. As an artist she uses these accomplished skills to manipulate and reconfigure vintage ceramic figurines. The results are politically charged and exquisitely beautiful objects as Byrne subverts the innocence of the original piece, tackling political, social and environmental issues, whilst imbuing them with a hearty dose of humour and wit.
Melbourne-based Penny Byrne graduated with a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art Ceramics)from RMIT in 1987. She also gained a Graduate Diploma (Ceramics and Glass Conservation and Restoration) at West Dean College, UK in 1990 before completing a law degree from La Trobe University in 1997. Collections include Art Gallery of Western Australia, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Mildura Art Gallery, Warnambool Art Gallery, Artbank and private collections in Australia and overseas including the housemuseum, collection of Corbett and Yueji Lyon, Melbourne.
Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art welcome a new addition to the gallery, photographer and video installation artist Eric Bridgman.
Australian born, with Papua New Guinean family heritage, Eric Bridgman, graduated from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2008, where he majored in Photographic Art Practice. He has exhibited in several group shows since graduating, including The State We’re In: Contemporary Queensland Photography (UQ Art Museum) and The New Fresh Cut 2008 at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. His solo exhibitions to date include Triple X Bitter (The Cube, Canberra, 2010) and Big League Balls (Blindside Gallery, Melbourne) as part of Next Wave Festival 2010. He is also a 2010 finalist in the prestigious Basil Sellers Ian Potter Art Prize (The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne).
With the assistance of the Australia Council for the Arts, Emerging Artist New Work Grant in 2009, Eric was able to realise his most recent project, New Photographs From Kokwara Trail , 2010. In late 2009, Bridgeman spent three months living in remote parts of the Chimbu (Simbu) Province, his mother country in the Highlands of PNG, revisiting family ground and searching for a deeper understanding of the nation’s contemporary post-colonial state and the histories that have contributed to it. His striking portrait style photographs inspired from these travels, involve reconstructed photographic scenarios which aims to discuss and subvert the historical and contemporary permanence of picture taking in the daily lives of Papua New Guineans.
A selection of Photographs From Kokwara Trail will be exhibited in a group show at Sullivan +Strumpf Fine Art later this year, which will also include works from three other new Sullivan + Strumpf artists, Michael Lindeman, Dorota Mytych, and Simon Obarzanek.
Sydney Ball’s 1971 gouache on paper work, “Untitled #21”, has been acquired by the AGNSW.
Eric Bridgman and Juan Ford are finalists in the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize, a prize which defines sport in the broadest possible sense. In 2010, an acquisitive prize of $100,000 will be awarded to a single, outstanding artwork, displayed in an exhibition of shortlisted finalists at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, 6 August – 7 November.
Laith McGregor’s work “The European” has been acquired by the MCA. (Image shown left is of a slide of Laith’s work that was projected each night onto Brisbane’s iconic William Jolly Bridge throughout June 2010).
Sam Leach’s Wynne Prize winning painting, “Proposal for a landscaped cosmos”, was acquired by the Newcastle Region Art Gallery.
Dorota Mytych’s work is included in a group exhibition with the theme of visual perception and deception, called “illusion/illusion”. The show is being held at The Elisabeth Murdoch Gallery, part of the McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park in Victoria from 11 July –19 September. Her work in the show includes video art of drawings composed of tea leaves which morph into alternate versions of themselves via time lapse sequences, as well as her more traditional charcoal portraits and landscapes.
The prize winning works of Alexander Seton (2009) and Sebastian Di Mauro (2001) will be on display as part of the tenth anniversary celebrations for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. These two works, along with all previous winning works are currently touring as a collection. View the next installment of the tour at Manly Regional Art Gallery from 30 July – 29 August.
Darren Sylvester’s first major solo exhibition “Take Me To You” opens in Singapore on Tuesday July 20 at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Part of this exhibition includes new photographs and embroideries. Visit the show at Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore from 21 July – 22 August.
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Melbourne Art Fair 2010 is coming up early next month and Sullivan & Strumpf will be featuring new work by Marc de Jong and Laith McGregor.
De Jong’s MAF exhibition offering, “PNTNGS 4”, will include works that focus on oft over-looked scenes from suburbia – dot-style paintings and phosphorescent flock prints of wrecked cars, fast food joints, and low-set suburban housing.
In his MAF exhibition, “Moon Town”, Laith Macgregor’s presents several paintings as well as his familiar biro and pencil drawings. Themes explored within these works include hero worship, personal family story, gender stereotypes, wisdom and authority. His work infuses surrealism in to the ordinary, articulating detailed lines into mesmerizing contemporary narratives.
MAF2010 will be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from 4-8 August. Visit the website http://www.melbourneartfoundation.com/fair/ for further details.
Darren Wardle will commence a three month studio residency at Point B Worklodge in Williamsburg New York on June 14th. Founded in 1996, Point B is an international studio program that includes artists, curators, writers and architects.
Juan Ford has completed a commission for the Westin Hotel in Sydney.
Congratulations to: Penny Byrne, Marc de Jong, Sam Leach, Alasdair Macintyre, Laith McGregor, Alexander Seton and Darren Sylvester who showed with SSFA at Art HK10. Works by all artists were well received and will be entering collections all around the world. Over 46,000 people attended the fair, up from around 20,000 last year.
Darren Wardle’s work is included in group exhibition ‘Vision’, curated by Diane Soumilas at Glen Eira City Council Gallery. 9 June – 4 July.
Juan Ford’s work is currently showing in several group exhibitions including; ‘Present Tense’ at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 May - 22 August 2010 and 'Understory' curated by Troy Ruffels, showing at Devonport Regional Gallery, 22 May - 20 June 2010.
Ford is also showing at the National Gallery of Victoria. His installation ‘Light Play’ is the second creative installation for children in NGV Kids Corner and will be on display from June – 7 November 2010.
Kate Shaw will be featured in LUMEN at Atlantic Salt in New York, a video art and projection festival featuring site-specific video installations, 3D-video technology, sound-based performances, and art interventions by artists.
Laith McGregor is having his art projected onto the William Jolly Bridge in Brisbane. In 2010, as part of the Inhabit program, Laith McGregor has been invited to develop images to be added to the ongoing projection library. Laith's projection is to commence this Friday 4 June and 1 (of 4) new slides will be projected each week for the next 4 weeks. The projection will be a permanent installation with Council working with the Museum of Brisbane.
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8 - 25 July
Often as an artist… I turn to art and the canon of art history for consolation. It is all there, and has all gone before in art history, to both the artists and their subjects… Alasdair Macintyre, excerpt from Artist Statement , March 2010
In his latest solo exhibition, Bloom, Alasdair Macintyre examines the nature of aesthetics, combined with his current thoughts on sociological and moral issues that face the human animal in the twenty-first century, particularly in relation to Australian society. Continuing in the spirit of last year’s highly successful Playtime exhibition, Macintyre once again calls upon his own self-representational alter-ego character, the fictional artist, Aecap, to manifest his feelings in Bloom, often including Aecap’s trusty canine friend, a white terrier called Impasto.
Wet - Look Capital Style
8 - 25 July
…Wardle presents viewers with a doubly fake urban-suburban fiction. Cinematic and surreal, the paintings, appearing so familiar at first, yield nightmares on the verge of happening. Barbara A. MacAdam, ART news, January 2010
Darren Wardle’s exquisitely executed paintings of abandoned architectural structures explore the extended possibilities of the painting process with his seamless nearly cinematic landscapes. Using Modernist architecture to explore spatial illusion as well as to elaborate a vision of contemporary consciousness, he brings obsessive detail to his depictions of surfaces, furniture, and other decorative elements in a given space. The resulting interiors seem schizophrenic in their attributes, and, along with the shifting perspectives he often employs within a single picture plane, give a portrait of the loneliness and confusion of contemporary existence as well as the failure of Modernism as a cohesive aesthetic movement. Human presence is implied by its absence amongst his abandoned spaces and interiors. The artifice of these hyper-real spaces is heightened by Wardle’s trademark use of extremely synthetic colour, a delirious counterpoint to the austerity of much Modernist architecture, like the return of the repressed within its ‘chromophobic’ aesthetic. Wet-look Capital Style is Wardle’s second solo exhibition with Sullivan Strumpf Fine Art.
Sam Leach has been announced as the winner of the 2010 Archibald and Wynne prizes at the AGNSW. Winning both prizes in the same year is a feat which has only ever been achieved by two other artists in the history of the prize. These include William Dobell in 1943 and Brett Whitley in 1978.
Michael Lindeman was awarded the 2010 Sulman prize. Finalist’s works will be exhibited from Saturday 27 March – 30 May 2010.
Joanna Lamb’s screen print series ‘Low Rise 1 - 4’ has been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Arlene TextaQueen has been awarded a residency and exhibition through Monash University at Gippsland Centre for Art and Design and Switchback Gallery. The exhibition will be held from 8 October – 11 November 2010
Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art are exhibiting at the 2010 Hong Kong Art Fair from the 27 – 30 May 2010. Exhibiting artists include Penny Byrne, Marc de Jong, Sam Leach, Laith McGregor, Alasdair Macintyre and Alexander Seton.
Sebastian Di Mauro has been selected to create a new work for a group exhibition titled Your Move: Australian artists play Chess at Bendigo Art Gallery. The exhibition will tour with a show coming from Britain called The Art of Chess from RS&A Gallery, London.
Bendigo Art Gallery 30 October 2010-30 January 2011
University of Qld Art Museum 25 February-24 April 2011
McClelland Gallery Langwarrin Victoria 29 May-7 August 2011
Samstag Art Museum Adelaide 14 October-16 December 2011
A documentary showcasing Penny Byrne’s work will air on ABCTV Artscape on Tuesday 27 April 2010 at 10pm.
A documentary on Darren Wardle’s work is being shown for a second time on the ABC’s Artshow on Wednesday 5 May 2010.The episode is currently available to download at iView http://www.abc.net.au/tv/iview/
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Alexander Seton Infinitely Near
8 – 27 June 2010
Infinitely Near is about what it is to romanticize the world around you and your life within it. The need, desire and compulsion to deal and describe with idealized lenses. These marble carvings of jumping castles, and assorted inflatable toys are carved in marble, caught in various states of inflation or realization; attempting to illustrate the friction between fantasy and reality.
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.
Marc de Jong
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.
The Sir John Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting or genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.
Winners are announced on Friday 26 March 2010.
Finalist’s works will be exhibited from Saturday 27 March – 30 May 2010.
We are also pleased to announce that Sherrie Knipe has 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 27 March – 30 May 2010.
Kate Shaw has been awarded a public art commission with Urban Art Projects for the Brisbane City Council.
A documentary showcasing Penny Byrne’s work will air on ABCTV Artscape on Tuesday 27 April 2010 at 10pm.
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29 April – 16 May 2010
“Yes, I wear a superhero costume. I thought I needed to be someone…why not a superhero?” Arlene TextaQueen 2008
Arlene TextaQueen is Australia’s felt-tip super-heroine of the art world. 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. Social Engagement, her next solo exhibition at SSFA, continues this artistic journey, introducing a new group of subjects. Each Textanude is an intimate and collaborative exchange between herself beautiful, feisty women Arlene chooses to draw.
Sydney Ball in Conversation with Anne Loxley
Sullivan + Strumpf present Sydney Ball in conversation with Anne Loxley, Director of Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest and curator of Sydney Ball The Colour Paintings 1963 – 2007.
Sydney Ball, pioneer of abstract painting in Australia, will give an insightful account of his experiences in New York and his artistic explorations to date.
Featured in the first Art Month Sydney Festival, the event will be held on Saturday 6 March at 11am at Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art.
Penny Byrne will be giving an artist talk at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery on Friday 12 March at 6pm. Byrne will be discussing her work featured in their current exhibition Clash: Contemporary Sculptural Ceramics which is on until 18 April 2010.
Laith McGregor’s video works Maturing and Matured are currently exhibited at SQUARE2, City Gallery Wellington. SQUARE2 is a site dedicated for moving image artworks located at the entrance way to City Gallery Wellington. The moving image works displayed in SQUARE2 play continuously, allowing audiences to experience the artwork 24 hours a day. McGregor’s works will be shown until 7 March 2010.
Darren Wardle and Kate Shaw are both included in group show The Possibility of a Painting at the Chelsea Hotel, New York from 6 March 2010 – 22 May 2010.
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Laith McGregor - Inland Sea Shanty
30 March – 18 April 2010
Laith McGregor has recently extended his creative reach into international regions with a residency at the Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle, France. Taking truly non-fiction materials and creating fictional narratives, McGregor will present his new cast of characters, the products of his residency, at SSFA in his upcoming exhibition Inland Sea Shanty.
“This story is from an outsider’s perspective. An observation of a French portside cities rich History. La Rochelle, has provided the backdrop for a fable, a seaman’s song, a sea shanty. Part autobiography, part documentation, fiction and non-fiction. Historical figures and fictitious characters morf and weave, reaffirming themselves and their presence like phantoms into the fabric of my journey like a classical poem, lives, places and paths intertwine into a new story, a comedy and a tragedy.” – Laith McGregor 2010
Darren Sylvester - Large Format Works
30 March – 18 April 2010
“Since 1998, Sylvester has consistently couched his often interconnected themes – including the fallibility of relationships, urban alienation, the passing of time, mortality – within (large)-scale narrative-driven photographic images of devastating clarity”
Darren Sylvester’s forthcoming exhibition at SSFA is the art world equivalent of his “greatest hits” album – rather fitting for an artist who has just released his first music CD…but there is a twist. The greatest hits – his iconic output dating from 2005 - including imagery familiar to anyone who has been interested in contemporary photography in the last few years – will be bigger and bolder than ever. The new large format works, measuring 120 x 160cm (an increase from the original 90 x 120cm size) have a new-found monumentality, as images of melancholic schoolboys (see Your First Love is Your Last Love 2005 above), lonely, jaded party-goers (Single Again 2005) and god-like surgeons (Who You Are or How I Meet You, I Don’t Know) are now larger than life-size and auspiciously lurk over us. Two of the new large format works have already been acquired by the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery. Editions of 3 + 2AP.
A line up of all of the gallery’s artists, Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art’s annual opening exhibition SSFA2010 will include works by three new artists this year, Simon Obarzanek, Dorota Mytych and Michael Lindeman.
Simon Obarzanek was born in Israel in 1968 and emigrated to Australia in 1974. The now Melbourne-based artist studied photography at the RMIT before moving to New York in the late 1990s. Since his first solo exhibition in 2002, Obarzanek has had several solo exhibitions throughout Australia, including a survey show, Simon Obarzanek at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne. His work is held in major public collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Obarzanek is interested in observing and capturing the poise and movement of our daily lives. Described by one curator as a “modern anthropologist”, his observations later transcend in the studio into fascinating, silent and eerie photographs - portraits of our daily contortions. Simon will be exhibiting at SSFA in October 2010
Polish born artist artist, Dorota Mytych, is a citizen of both Poland and Australia. In 1996 she received a Fine Arts degree with Honours, from the Accademia di Bella Arti, Florence, Italy. She has exhibited extensively in Poland and Australia, and in 2009 her work was seen in I Walk the Line, New Australian Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Mytych's drawings deliberately invert the idea of the portrait. Her charcoal drawings are simple and bold renderings of numerous, tiny individuals within huge group scenes in turn, make up the larger image. Mytych also uses tea leaves to recreate photographs sculpturally in order to video them. Leaf by leaf, the image slowly emerges, only to be blown away leaving complete emptiness.
Dorota will be exhibiting at SSFA in July/August 2010.
Sydney born artist Michael Lindeman has a Masters of Fine Art, from the UNSW College of Fine Arts. In 2007 he was a recipient of the International Studio and Cultural Program Residency in New York. Since 1998, Lindeman has had numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney and has also been involved in group curated shows throughout Australia, Los Angeles and New York. In Lindeman’s current work, the commodification of art object comes into play. His meticulous re-creations of classified advertisements, with their expert lettering, deliver Lindeman’s witty and thoughtful message.
Michael will be exhibiting at SSFA in July/August 2010.
Sam Leachs self portrait Self as Zip has been acquired by the University of Queensland. The portrait was included in the 2009 University of Queensland National Artists Self - Portrait Prize.
Kate Shaw has been awarded an Arts Victoria Grant 6 months residency at Flux Factory in New York.