1-19 NOVEMBER 2011
The latest show Flags is a continuing examination of that fragile piece of cloth, the Flag. Whether draped, folded or hanging, these emblematic cloths are in turns divisive, uniting and subject to heated debate. Nationhood is a constantly evolving idea; always in flux, never static, and subject to redefinition by we, the living. The carved yet 'soft' hanging flags in marble evoke the powerful and fragile sense of monument and tradition inherent in the flag. This show, building on previous work exploring the trappings of nationhood, features a series of more unconventional flags, drawn from the dwindling practice of placing a flag to signify the completion of a construction. The Brick Pile Monument Series explores this practice, as random objects such as a workman's singlet or concrete bag themselves become flags that jut from piles of marble bricks. Flags serves to remind us that every flag tells a story in its erection, a kind of narrative 'piling' around its base, simultaneously physical, human, ideological, and historical.
WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS
1-19 NOVEMBER 2011
Kate Shaw's Wilderness of Mirrors is stimulated by the ubiquity of perception altering technology. Shaw intervenes the idea of 'naturalism' by an insertion of hyper real imagined colours into the landscape. In doing so, she questions the authenticity of perception, what the viewer receives from acute observation and what is induced by an imagined state of consciousness. Shaw has spent several months examining and playing spectator to our remote lands in Australia, including the Kimberlys and Arnhem Land which continue to feed her interest in examining the idea of landscape. Shaw's alternative reading of the land becomes a bizarre projection of a post-apocalyptic future-scape. Using the natural process as a loom, Shaw's technique somewhat mirrors nature's organic movement. Her paint pours create a strange magnetic tempo into a central gravitational vortex. The combination is both confronting and unnerving, creating beautiful imagery through a strange fragmentation of the natural.
the former Premier of Victoria. The portrait will hang in Queen’s hall in Parliament house.has been commissioned by the State Parliament of Victoria to paint the Hon John Brumby's portrait,
Parliament House Collection, Canberra has acquiredOutback 4, a beautiful and striking tribute to the Australian landscape and a deviation from de Jong’s urban/suburban scenes.
Woollahra Small Sculpture prize for her work Tusk Tusk. Finalists' work will be exhibited at the Redleaf Council Chambers in Double Bay, Sydney from Saturday, 22 October - Sunday, 6 November 2011.has been selected as a finalist in the 2011
Michael Lindeman and Marc de Jong have both been selected as finalists for the acquisitive City of Whyalla Art Prize. The winning artist will receive a $25,000 prize which will be announced on Thursday, 10 November at 6pm.
on 19 November. Leach will also be speaking at the launch of the book The New Romantics, by Simon Gregg, to coincide with the exhibition of the same title also at Gippsland Gallery, on view from 19 November 2011 - 22 January 2012will be exhibiting extensively throughout November and December beginning with Unknown Pleasures opening at the.
Leach has created a new body of work for the Tarrawarra Museum of Art,The Ecstasy of Infrastructure, on view from 19 November 2011 - 4 March 2012. Selected paintings of Ralph Balson and Edwin Tanner from the TWMA collection for the basis for Sam Leach’s new suite of works. Through the recontextualisation of elements of the works of Tanner and Balson within his own painting practice, Leach continues his ongoing exploration of the intersection between art, science and philosophy.
Leach will have work featured in 2112 Imagining the Future opening 2 December 2011 at RMIT University Art Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Linda Williams, will reflect research conducted by the Globalisation and Culture Program in the Global Cities Institute at RMIT concerning issues that are currently plaguing the planet, namely climate change.
Alexander Seton and Juan Ford will have work featured in the exhibition Double Vision, curated by Penny Teale at the McCleland Gallery and Sculpture Park, the exhibition, on view from 13 November 2011 - 5 February 2012, includes key works from the gallery collection as well as featuring loaned works from private and public collections and seeks to explore contemporary notions of portraiture and the body.
Darren Sylvester and Laith McGregor will both have studio exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne from 18 November - 17 December 2011. Both residencies will culminate in respective solo exhibitions at Gertrude Contemporary in November.
Alasdair Macintyre, Laith McGregor and Alexander Seton currently have work on view as part of the group show Pat Corrigan/Collector at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland from 16 September - 6 November 2011. Pat Corrigan, one of Australia's most enthusiastic arts patrons, has amassed an extensive collection of art over the last thirty years. The exhibition is a selection of the collector’s personal favourites and includes a range of media from photography to painting to sculpture.
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1 -19 November 2011
The latest show Flags is a continuing examination of that fragile piece of cloth, the Flag. Whether draped, folded or hanging, these emblematic cloths are in turns divisive, uniting and subject to heated debate. Nationhood is a constantly evolving idea; always in flux, never static, constantly subject to redefinition by we, the living. The carved yet 'soft' hanging flags in marble evoke the powerful and fragile sense of monument and tradition inherent to the flag. This show, building on previous works exploring the trappings of nationhood, features a series of more unconventional flags from the dwindling practice of placing a flag to signify the completion of a construction. The Brick Pile Monument Series explores this practice, as random objects such as a workman's singlet or concrete bag themselves become flags that jut from a pile of marble bricks. Flags serves to remind us that every flag contains a story in its erection, a kind of 'piling' around its base, simultaneously physical human, ideological, or historical.
1 -19 November 2011
The earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods and hurricanes that have plagued our planet of late has inspired Kate Shaw's forthcoming solo show, Wilderness of Mirrors. Shaw, transfixed by nature's transformative power, is creating larger scale works which collage together irregular forms of marbled paint in illusionary and hallucinogenic colour to mold beautifully abstracted and imagined landscapes.
SSFA is excited to welcome Leah Emery. In Emery's practice the feminine and domestic craft of needlework collides with the pornographic images that she references. Emery draws us in closer as we attempt to decipher the obscured image. The more explicit the imagery the greater the pull between Emery's subject and medium resulting in a beautiful clash of sensibilities.
Her work is currently showing in the upstairs gallery space as part of the SSFA September Group Show, 27 - 15 October 2011.
The National Gallery of Australia has acquired all five works from Darren Sylvester's major series What Happens Will Happen. This year, a work from the series was also awarded the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. In What Happens Will Happen, five ‘looks’ of righteous dissent, are recreated on the painted faces of singled-out subjects.
Taken from media images of protests Sylvester's images, take an arresting look at the naive yet determined idealism seen in the faces of youth protesters. However, the title What happens Will Happen trumps any sense of idealism and rather suggests that perhaps this display of youthful political passion will not amount to change. The series was exhibited at SSFA in March 2011
Laith McGregor is a finalist for the University of Queensland National Artist's Self-Portrait Prize. Entry to the biennial prize is by invitation only and aims to develop the UQ Art Museum's National Collection of Artists' Self Portraits. The acquisitive prize serves to highlight the strength of contemporary Australian self-portraiture. In 2011 the prize invites artists to take a risk, a risk that the work may not be revered, but instead may provoke. The finalist works exhibited in the show Life is risk/ Art is risk, open from 24 September 2011 - 12 February 2012.
Simon Obarzanek's work Untitled Movement No 2 #1 was the winner of the Substation Contemporary Art Prize 'Westie' Award - a non-acquisitive $1,000 cash prize for an artist from Melbourne' s west. The finalists will be exhibited from the 3 - 25 September 2011 at The Substation,1 Market Street, Newport VIC.
Matthew Allen has been awarded a three month studio residency through Sydney Non Objective (SNO) in Marrickville 2011. Funded through the Arts NSW, the artists are able to use the space as a work studio or as an ongoing exhibition space.
Michael Lindeman' s work Two magnificent oil paintings that was acquired by Griffith University Art Gallery is included in the exhibition, House Inspection: Interior Motives at the Art Gallery. The exhibition explores the relationships and tensions between modes of display seen within public galleries and domestic spaces. It is open until 1 October 2011
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Penny Byrne, for the first time, is branching into large - scale installations, further pushing the boundaries of her meticulously manipulated, politically charged, figurines. Works in the exhibition, Plausible Deniability, include: Leaking like a SIEV, a half-a-metre long decripit wooden fishing boat weighed down by figurines, which toys with the officious acronym SIEV- Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel; in Arab Spring, vintage blue and white 1950`s figurines dressed in the Egyptian flag tri-colour are offered as memorabilia souvenirs for the 2011 Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square; and in In Happier Times (Gaddafi’s Gal Guards Guarding Gaddafi) fawning shepherdesses have been appropriated to reference a ‘blinged’ Gaddafi flanked by his ever present harem of beautiful girl guards.
For the first time SSFA is exhibiting at the Korean International Art Fair. For the fair’s 10th anniversary SSFA will be amongst a handful of prominent Australian galleries exhibiting as guests of honor. New works by Kate Shaw, Laith McGregor, Joanna Lamb and Dane Lovett will be on show.
3 - 19 NOVEMBER 2011
Alasdair Macintyre’s pinnacle work, Dinky-Di, has been acquired by the Gold Coast City Gallery. Dinky-Di, a series of twelve effigies of Australia’s great artists, is a turn in Macintyre’s practiceas these works loom larger than his usual miniature figurines. Charting postwar Australian art, these figurines stand as The Twelve Disciples, paint brushes raised and ready for battle. Inspired by his personal vault of art documentaries, Macintyre has synthesized his admiration for these artists, run their likenesses through the 'Macintyre filter' and brought these artists to life in his imaginary world of 'Splatsville'.
Alexander Seton' s recent work, My Concerns Will Outlive Yours, has been acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia. The work was a part of Seton`s May solo exhibition with Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.
Simon Obarzanek has been awarded a New Work Grant by the Australia Council. Emerging grants support the creation of new work by emerging visual artists.
Artbank, the largest buyer of contemporary Australian art in the country, has acquired Matthew Allen’s work, Green over Orange. The work will be on show in Allen’s upcoming solo exhibition Field Paintings from 23 August – 19 September 2011.
Heide Museum of Modern Art has acquired two Darren Wardle prints for their collection. The works titled Symmetry of Madness and Brutal are screenprints on perspex. Wardle’s work will join an outstanding collection of contemporary art amassed by John and Sunday Reed.
Michael Lindeman’s work Paintings, Prints & Wall Hangings was a finalist in this year’s Mosman Art Prize. The prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. Established in 1947, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in Australia. Past winners include Margaret Olley, Grace Cossington Smith, and Tim Johnson. The exhibition is on at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney from the 30 July – 4 September 2011.
Juan Ford’s survey show Juan Ford: The Instant at the Western Plains Cultural Centre opens on 13 August and will be on show until 9 October 2011. Curated by Kent Buchanan it will present an overview of Ford's practice from 2004 until the present day featuring both paintings and three - dimensional work. Included in the show will be several works from his most recent exhibition with SSFA, Make Nature Better.
Juan Ford is also part of the curated exhibtion Trans at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Curated by Larissa MacFarlane and Michael Brennan, Trans explores the boundaries of printmaking. Each artist has taken up an oblique interpretation of the printmaking process, while the exhibition itself focuses on the prefix trans as a fundamental characteristic of printmaking that facilitates a shift from one space or surface to another. Open from the 1 September - 30 October at Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, VIC
Simon Obarzanek’s series, 80 Faces, will be included in the exhibition Face in a Crowd: New Portraiture at the Ipswitch Art Gallery. 80 Faces, which previously exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, presents 80 anonymous faces of people Obarzanek picked from a crowd and then requested five minutes of their time to photograph. In the body of work, the topography of the face rather than the sitters identity becomes the subject. At Ipswitch Art Gallery Obarzanek will exhibit alongside Justine Khamara, David Rosetzky and Denis Beaubois. The exhibition examines the complex issue of individual identity within today's ever-changing, global and consumer focused culture and provides insight into the diverse ways portraiture is being represented and challenged in the 21st Century. The exhibition is open from the 10 September - 13 November 2011.
Sam Leach features on the cover of the latest issue of Artist Profile. Interviewed by editor Owen Craven, the 8 page article gives readers a perceptive insight into Leach's practice.
Throughout September Darren Sylvester is to embark on his first musical tour with a run of US shows supporting fellow Melburnian, Super Melody (ex-Architecture in Helsinki), with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York. Darren will preview songs from his second album due for release early next year.
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Wardle's third exhibition at SSFA, Lost Weekend, will depict ruins of a 20th century mutant landscape. With a nostalgic tone, Wardle morphs Modernist architecture to create hyper-real landscapes. Set in a postmodernist nowhere, these buildings, rendered in intense neon colours, are decaying, disintegrating and melting.
Field Paintings will be Matthew Allen's debut exhibition at SSFA. Allen's paintings have a formal' emptiness' . Unconfined by form or shape, they are open surfaces where the material, fluid paint, presents itself in a moment of action across the surface of the canvas. Through soft gradations of tone, paint is presented without artifice or handling to highlight it's material nature. Allen's treatment of paint brings colour to the fore.
Allen, born in 1981, is an emerging Sydney-based painter who graduated from Sydney College of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Class 1 Honours) in 2004 and Master of Visual Arts in 2006.
29 SEPTEMBER - 15 OCTOBER 2011
Darren Sylvester' s work They Return to You In Song will be included in the exhibition What’s in a face? Aspects of portrait photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Drawn from the gallery's collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of photographic portraiture from the latter half of the 19th Century. Sylvester will be exhibited alongside Destiny Deacon, Patrina Hicks, Max Dupain, Olive Cotton, Carol Jerrems; together with Man Ray, Manuel Alvarex, Nan Goldin, Loretta Lux, Ben Cauchi, which will provide a larger international context to the exhibition. 24 September until the 5 February 2012
Dane Lovett is about to undertake the three month Australia Council Tokyo Studio Residency. The residential studio is located in the Waseda University district of Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku in Western Tokyo.
An interview of Dane Lovett will feature in the upcoming edition of Elephant. The quarterly title is a European based contemporary visual culture magazine whose editorial focus is to uncover new talent in contemporary visual culture. It will be available in Australia this July and can be bought online at Elephant Mag or Magnation in Sydney and Melbourne.
Juan Ford is currently completing a residency at OMI International Arts Centre which invites visual artists from every continent, to gather in rural New York State to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. During the three weeks a distinguished critic/curator is invited to lead discussions and make individual studio visits, enabling the artists to converse with many visiting art critics, gallery owners and prominent artists. Direct engagement with the New York City art world is unmatched by any other residency program. The program culminates with an 'open studio day' during which hundreds of art professionals view the work created during the time of the residency.
Matthew Allen was recently awarded the Moya Dyring Studio scholarship through the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It is a three month tenancy in the art studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris for 2012. The studio was bequeathed by expatriate artist Moya Dyring for the benefit of Australian artists and was the first studio apartment offered to Australian artists through AGNSW.
Penny Byrne's solo exhibition Political Porcelain at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra opened on July 1st. Byrne`s work will be on show in the permanent exhibition Living Democracy and will mark the first time a contemporary artist has exhibited at MoAD. Works featured in the exhibition include; Hiroshi and his friends having a whale of a time - concerned with environmental vandalism; It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas - focusing on refugees cramming onto leaking boats bound for Australia; How much can a polar bear - addressing climate change on the Arctic icecaps; and more. The show will be on for twelve months.
Juan Ford' s survey show Juan Ford: The Instant at the Western Plains Cultural Centre opens on 13 August and will be on show until 9 October 2011. Curated by Kent Buchanan it will present an overview of the Ford's practice from 2004 until the present day featuring both paintings and three - dimensional work. Included in the show will be several works from his most recent exhibition with SSFA, Make Nature Better.
Sam Leach's work Nihil Unbound will be included in the exhibition The New Arcadia at Lismore Regional Gallery. The group exhibition responds to Arcadian ideals of the landscape from a contemporary viewpoint. Nihil Unbound invites us into an intimate other world that whispers of antiquity. The natural world disintegrates into abstracted form as hard lines of contemporary architecture invade the landscape. Leach`s landscape presents a curious junction of old world and new world, as if the intervening centuries never happened. 23 July - 3 September 2011.
Sam Leach's solo show We Have Never Been Modern enjoyed sold - out success at ARTHK11. Leach also secured a large international commission as well as opportunities to exhibit his work overseas.
Penny Byrne's work Gitmo Bay Souvenirs. Closing Down Sale, All Stock Must Go! was acquired by the City of Yarra. A fantastic example of Byrne's cleverly reconfigured porcelain figurines, the work is to be a part of the city's permanent art collection.
Darren Sylvester is currently featured in the exhibtion Black Box<>White Cube which has officially opened at The Arts Centre, Melbourne. The exhibition features a survey of performance art beginning with the 1970s and spanning across decades, including mediums such as dance, film, music and staged photography. Other participating artists include Philip Brophy, Jon Campbell, Rose Farrell and George Parkin, The Kingpins, Magda Matwiejew, Jill Orr, Deborah Paauwe, Polixeni Papapetrou, Mike Parr, Alexia Sinclair, Linda Tegg, Anne Scott Wilson, and Judith Wright. The exhibition will be on view until 25 September, 2011.
Penny Byrne's touring solo show at Deakin University, Penny Byrne: Commentariat, is currently on view at Geelong Gallery in Victoria from 23 April - 26 June 2011. Byrne's engaging ceramic figures, while whimsical on the surface, at second glance, confront the viewer with a sharp wit cast to contemporary political issues from warfare, foreign policy, the environment to greater pop culture.
Laith McGregor's video work Maturing (acquired by GoMA) will be shown in the exhibition Physical Video at the Media Gallery, GoMA from 14 May - 4 September, 2011. The exhibition, a survey of video art from the 1970s onward, includes an international roster of exhibiting artists including works by Bruce Nauman (USA), Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Japan/USA/Vietnam), Dennis Oppenheim (USA), James Oram (New Zealand), Mike Parr (Australia), Campbell Patterson (New Zealand), Qin Ga (China), Sriwhana Spong (New Zealand), Judith Wright (Australia), and Erwin Wurm (Austria).
Sam Leach is participating in the cross- cultural group show, First Life Residency in Landscape at Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art in Beijing's 798 Art District. The exhibition is the final step in a project that involved Australian and Chinese artists spending four weeks in remote communities in Arnhem Land and another four weeks in provinces of western China. The artists then underwent an extensive studio session in Beijing to produce works for the exhibition. The show runs from from 15 May - 22 June, 2011.
Kate Shaw and Darren Wardle are both featured in the University of Queensland Art Museum's exhibition New Psychedelia from 7 May - 3 July 2011. The project, comprised of an exhibition, a publication and public programs, is curated by Sebastian Moody and will include existing artworks and new site-specific works.
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26 July - 13 August, 2011
Interiors takes a detour away from Joanna Lamb's usual suburban and urban exteriors to within the building. Dining rooms, lounge rooms and stairways are rendered in eye-popping colours with Lamb's distinctive flattening aesthetic. Within this flattened ground, the viewer is undistracted, forced to solely consider the spaces around us - the interiors. Lamb has participated in a number of institutional exhibitions and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Design) at Curtin University in 1997 and a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at Edith Cowan University in 1994.
26 July - 13 August, 2011
Alasdair Macintyre's personal vault of art documentaries has inspired his most recent body of work, Dinky-Di. The great legends of Australian art are brought to life in his imaginary world of 'Splatsville'. Macintyre, seduced by the magnificence of these artists, has synthesized his admiration for them and run their likenesses through the 'Macintyre filter'. His series of large figures of effigies of Australian artists including Whiteley, Olley, Gascoigne, Fairweather and Smart to name a few. Macintyre lives and works in Brisbane. He was a Wynne Prize finalist in 2009 and a finalist for National Sculpture Prize in 2005. In 2009 Macintyre was a subject of ABC TV's documentary Artscape. Born in 1970, Macintyre completed a Bachelor of Art at QLD College of Art in 1990.
Juan Ford has been awarded a residency at the OMI International Arts Centre in upstate New York, USA beginning July 2011. The OMI International Arts Centre is an esteemed, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to affording international, practicing artists the opportunity to develop new work in a culturally rich and diverse environment with access to the greater New York art scene. Juan will develop new work, exchange ideas with peers and exhibit his work to an international audience.
Joanna Lamb has been shortlisted for the Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize 2011, an initiative on the part of Bankwest to foster the creative talent of artists practicing in Western Australia. The significant $30,000 acquisitive prize is awarded for work in two-dimensional media and will be awarded in April 2012.
Michael Lindeman, Kate Shaw and Sherrie Knipe are all finalists in the 2011 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes, for their marvelous works Portrait of Wilfred 2011, Morphology 2011, and Boot Lace 2010, respectively. On view currently at the Art Gallery of New South Wales through 26 June, 2011.
Darren Sylvester has been awarded the $20,000 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Judged by Shaune Lakin, Director of Monash Gallery of Art, the award is a vibrant reflection of current practice in national contemporary photography. The exhibition is currently on view at the Gold Coast City Gallery from 9 April - 22 May 2011.
Penny Byrne’s solo show Commentariate is opens 6 May, 2011 at the Geelong Gallery in Victoria after a successful run at Deakin University Art Gallery. The exhibition consists of a collection of Byrne’s ceramic works spanning the last several years to the present with a clever focus on contemporary political topics.
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31 May - 18 June 2011
VR Morrison’s upcoming exhibition, Enchanter Moi, at Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art will be VR Morrison’s first solo exhibition since her sell out show at Melbourne Art Fair in 2008. In Morrison’s deafening yet beautiful realism, Enchanter Moi presents modern-day fairy tales blanketed in both decadence and darkness. Morrison’s historical dramas of contemporary extravagance question the worship of beauty and its ultimate decay. Enchanter Moi, will be showing at Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland from the 31 May- 18 June
Untitled Movement No. 2
31 May - 18 June 2011
Simon Obarzanek’s new body of work, Untitled Movement No. 2, which will be exhibited at his upcoming solo show at Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art from 31 May - 18 June, 2011, comprises photographs of portraits although counter-intuitively, the focus in not on the face. Rather, Obarzanek’s work is a type of portraiture that is part performance and part documentary, the focus on the theatricality of human action. Obarzanek has been described as a ‘modern anthropologist’, as he apprehends human positions into a single image, presenting the figures as purposeful isolated stills.
Sam Leach will feature in the prestigious Asia One section at the 2011 Hong Kong International Art Fair with Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art. The Asia One exhibition space aims to provide a fresh, wide ranging, and current view of the contemporary art scene to collectors, arts professionals and ART HK visitors. Artists are awarded funds to support exhibition costs and travel expenses. Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre 26 – 29 May 2011.
VR Morrison has been announced as a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Held annually, it is the highest awarded portrait prize in the world with $150,000 awarded to the winner and $10,000 awarded to the runner-up. An exhibition of the finalists is held each year at the State Library of NSW following a touring exhibition around Australia from 18 April 2011 – 26 June 2011. The winner will be announced on 3 May 2011.
Darren Sylvesterwill be exhibited as a finalist in the 2011 Jospehine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Judged by Shaune Lakin, Director of Monash Gallery of Art, the award is a vibrant reflection of current practice in national contemporary photography and now awards $20,000 to the winning artist. Gold Coast City Gallery 9 April-22 May 2011.
Alexander Setonhas been invited to participate in the 14th International Symposium of Sculpture in Friuli Venezia Griulia. Held at Reana del Rojale – Province of Udine in Italy, the symposium brings together contemporary sculptors from across the globe. 10 - 26th June 2011.
Dane Lovett is exhibiting internationally at Colette in Paris. Showcasing an eclectic selection of the latest fashion, art and music, the innovative Colette boutique is a ‘must see’ of the Capital and a wonderful accolade for Lovett.
Colette 213 rue Saint-Honoré - 75001 Paris, May 2 – June 4 2011 www.colette.fr
Penny Byrne’s work is currently on display at Gear Box Gallery. Located in the window of Motor Works Gallery at Melbourne Grammar, the meter square ‘box’ can be viewed 24/7 from the street. The objective of the gallery is to exhibit young and established artists from around Australia and to educate the Melbourne Grammar community on the importance of contemporary art. 24 March – 24 April.
Darren Wardle,Kate Shaw, Laith McGregorwill all feature in New Psychedelia at The University of Queensland Art Museum. The major project comprises of an exhibition, publication and public programs. Curated by Sebastian Moody, the exhibition will include existing artworks and new site-specific works.
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eX de Medici
3 – 21 May 2011
Renowned Australian contemporary artist eX de Medici will be exhibiting a new body of work for her upcoming exhibition Need Head at SSFA. de Medici's most recent work stems from her recent appointment as an Official War Artist for the Australia War Memorial (Solomon Islands) and her recent travel to Iran.
Working with her trademark meticulousness, de Medici interrogates the nature of violence through the study of helmets, gas masks and weapons. Her compelling body of work will be exhibited at SSFA from 3 - 21 May 2011.
SSFA ARE NOW OPEN IN ZETLAND
Sullivan+Strumpf Fine has launched their new state-of-the-art contemporary gallery space in Zetland.
Working at the forefront of contemporary art practice, Sullivan+Strumpf will provide an innovative and dynamic line-up of exhibitions and events at it's new Zetland home. A former industrial warehouse with very high ceilings, the gallery's unique larger exhibition areas offer the opportunity to develop experimental spaces and curatorial projects. The building houses three gallery spaces to showcase the work of the gallery's twenty represented artists.
'The first openings for the year are Darren Sylvester and Arlene TextaQueen on 3 March 2011. Both artists will be performing on the night along with an FBI DJ. The gallery is also hosting the first Art Month Bar.
We are currently showing our annual group exhibition- Come and see the exciting new space!
Sullivan + Strumpf welcomes new addition to the gallery emerging artist Matthew Allen. Based in Sydney, Allen graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2006 with a Master of Visual Arts degree. He has held solo exhibitions at Factory 49 and MOP galleries in Sydney and has shown in several group exhibitions including Beyond the Field at Bondi Pavillion Gallery in 2010 and the finalist show of the Redlands Art Prize in 2007.
Allen’s work focuses on the core structural elements of painting: colour, medium and process. Working out of a tradition of Modernist colour painters Allen seeks to explore the experiential reach of colour within painting.
“My work is concerned with the breath of colour experience available within painting. I am interested in the viewers subjective engagement with the “colour-space”, which is grounded in the painted object.”
Matthew Allen, 2007.
Darren Wardle is a finalist in the 2011 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The biennial acquisitive prize awards $50,000 to the winning artist. An exhibition of finalists works will be on display until 3 April 2011.
RMIT University has acquired Darren Wardle’s screen print Silent Industry. The prestigious collection reflects the broad mission of the University, provides a cultural resource for staff, students and the community and serves as an educational and research resource to the University.
Penny Byrne has been awarded a NAVA Janet Holmes a Court Artist Grant. The grant provided financial assistance with Byrne’s current solo exhibition at Deakin University Art Gallery.
Laith McGregor has been awarded a three month residency in Barcelona through the Australian Council for the Arts. McGregor has also been given a studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne.
Penny Byrne is currently holding a solo exhibition, Commentariat, at Deakin University Art Gallery. The exhibition showcases Byrne’s practice throughout the past five years. 'Commentariat' is term coined by Byrne that combines the words commentator and proletariat, and refers to 'the chattering classes' - the educated middle class urban dwellers, who comment on politics and the media through blogs and Facebook. The exhibition runs until 2 April 2011.
Michael Lindeman and Arlene TextaQueen are included in group exhibition, Subtext – Art for Literacy currently showing at Carriage Works in Eveleigh, Sydney. Presented by The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation, the exhibition explores the power of language and self-expression through the perspective of young migrants in Australia. The exhibtion continues until 5 March 2011.
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SYDNEY BALL: INFINEX
3 - 24 APRIL 2011
Sydney Ball presents Infinex, his latest solo show at SSFA. The exhibition includes new works which derive from his lates 60’s modular series. Ball has held over 70 solo exhibitions.
Born in Adelaide in 1933, Sydney Ball is one of the greatest pioneers of abstract painting in Australia. Throughout his career Ball has largely been concerned with colour, form and structure. Colour, he has written, ‘must be regarded as a structural unit, a spatial unity, a unit of light or direct sensation, with its own capacity to react aggressively against another colour. It may even have the capacity for motion’.