Artbank has launched its latest exhibition, bringing together a large body of visual and digital work by 12 Indigenous artists from the Nyapari community in South Australia.
Two years in the making, the community-led exhibition tells Tjukurpa (sacred stories) in a unique and innovative way using different mediums including painting, ink drawing and performance video. The exhibition is particularly important as it is during the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Some of the videos on display include the native language of the artists. There is supporting material available with translations and essays explaining the work.
The exhibition will be on display at Artbank’s Sydney gallery, 222 Young Street, Waterloo Mondays to Fridays (9am to 5pm) until 4 November 2019.
Find out more: http://artbank.gov.au/exhibitions/tjungu-palyangku/
THE SPACE Gallery is proud to support and exhibit African art this July.
The solo exhibition is by Nadine Saacks, ‘The Lost Tribe of the Omo Valley’, will feature the vanishing Surma tribe living in the Omo Valley, also known as one of the best places on earth to see indigenous people living as they have done for millennia. The Surma tribe have a long history of body painting, decorative scarring and piercing. The result? A beautiful and colourful collection of portrait photography leaving so much to the imagination.
“Africa has so many magnificent sites and spectacular features it was difficult to curate just 2 shows. It’s such an incredible continent and I can’t wait to share it with everyone”, says Owner and Art Curator of THE SPACE Gallery, Pascale Rajek.
2 – 14 July: Solo Exhibition by Nadine Saacks (see gallery opening hours)
7 July from 1 – 3 pm: Official Opening Celebration with Nadine Saacks
A visit to the State Library used to take about an hour when one visited an exhibition that took up the two main original galleries with space going to the Shakespeare Place entrance to the Level One Galleries. However when I attended the newly expanded Gallery spaces it took me several hours to view the exhibitions and even then I could not get to the ground and lower ground exhibition spaces. Accordingly the Gallery now has up to seven exhibition spaces.
My main aim to visit the Library was to see somewhat harrowing and graphic photos of the Canon World Press Photo Awards. These were held in a brand new gallery called the Martin Crouch Gallery. I was told by one of the Security Guards that this beautiful new space with hand painted drapes by Wendy Sharpe was a result of the freeing up of office and administration spaces. Continue reading NEW GALLERY SPACES @ THE STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES→
Illustrator and digital artist GWA (aka Wade Goring) presents PROFOUND ABSURDITY, the latest batch for his weird and wild creations.
Drawing inspiration from a myriad of sources including comics, street art, advertising, social media, queer culture and organised religion, GWA’s work could be categorised as pop surrealism through the lens of the gay male sensibility – if you wanna get pretentious about it.
“The weirder the better” the artist has said in describing his work. “We are living in absurd times. So much around us doesn’t make any sense, from who our leaders are to the decisions that they make to the continued ignorance of the human race regarding our impending extinction via climate change to the rise of alt right ideology whose subversion of free speak and freedom of religion is the height of hypocrisy”. He continues “I think my work reflects our world’s absurdity. There’s often a contradiction in what I’m presenting, largely in the use of bright appealing colours. Beyond the colours is a darker concept or idea. It shocks in a mild way and has humour but I hope a story is told too”. Continue reading DIGITAL ARTIST GWA’S NEW EXHIBITION @ THE M2 GALLERY→
The current solo exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is work by Nada Herman entitled FLOWERS AND VISTAS .
Herman is based in Avalon and comes from the famous Herman artistic family. This exhibition is bright, bold ,joyous and colourful, with many thickly applied layers of paint on the various canvases.
Herman vividly captures various views of Sydney and its foreshores. One such view is from Balmoral to Neutral Bay. .The Neutral Bay painting uses the various buildings on the right hand side of the canvas to take our eye back to the Harbour Bridge.
There are large canvases focusing on Sydney Harbour with the Bridge and Opera House prominently featured as a background for sailing boats.
There are also hot summer reflections of life at the beach , crowded with sand beach towels and umbrellas .(eg A Day at the Beach) .This is contrasted with some works showing the bubble and flow of the sea in various moods ( eg Palm Beach , Sea Spray)
Flowers feature in many of the works – there are some wonderful vibrant still lives of flowers in vases ( eg Agapanthus , Lilllies and Lemons and Daisy Bouquet – in the later, note the fallen flowers outside the vase on the table ) but also flowers are used as a major part of the composition in some canvases dominating the foreground ( eg Beach Floral). Red hot pokers explode in the foreground in Red Hot Pokers Lillies and Agapanthus and the lilies complement them .The pokers also monopolise Red Hot Pokers Over Palm Beach .
Wonderful paintings of waterlilies with orange koi also are also included ( look for the upside down koi – is it a reflection? ) .
A vibrant energetic exhibition celebrating our harbour and flora.
FLOWERS AND VISTAS by Nada Hermann runs at the Mosman Traffic Jam Galleries until 29 May 2019
Be part of a MASSIVE exhibition launch on Saturday 18 May as two new exhibitions come to our galleries. Admission is free. All are welcome.
IN-Formalism witnesses the evolution of abstract non-objective art in Australia from 1968. The exhibition surveys the key generations of artists who have contributed to the ongoing language of abstract art. The exhibition presents these art works alongside a chain of references to the Liverpool area, revealing the influences of abstract non-objective art as broad and still constantly evolving. IN-Formalism launches Saturday 18 May.
Drawing from iconic and classical images of the Madonna and Child (created mostly by men), artists in Everyday Madonna respond to the ideas of motherhood from their own perspective. They respond to societal and cultural expectations of motherhood to create an expanded definitions of mothers: real, imperfect, resilient, vulnerable, leaders of resistance, fierce protectors and artists. Everyday Madonna launches Saturday 18 May. Continue reading EXHIBITION LAUNCH: IN-FORMALISM AND EVERYDAY MADONNA→
After 25 years in the US, The Color Queen is back home!
Join her on Saturday, July 13 – 6-10pm to celebrate the grand opening of her new historic gallery in Paddington at her soiree reception where she will paint live!
Scientifically endorsed and world famous for her ability to see 100 million more colors than those with regular vision, Concetta creates masterpieces with oil on canvas which become a window to her hyper-pigmented world.
Live Music, Morsels and Libations are Free to all.
RSVP required at firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibition “Visions Of The Muse” will run from July 11 – Aug 7. Gallery hours are Thurs-Sat 11-6pm, Sun 2-5pm & by appointment. Call 0476134901 for more details.
Grand Opening – Saturday July 13 – 10pm – Exhibition Dates 11/7 – 7/8/19 at the Convetta Antico Gallery, 465 Oxford Street, Paddington.
The latest exhibition at the Mosman branch of Traffic Jam Galleries is luminous.
Hugh McLachlan’s sculptures are of shiny, highly polished steel , perhaps somewhat Surrealist , and rather dreamlike .Quite romantic. Simple flowing lines are used, there are eyeholes in the sculptures and lots of symbolic hearts. It is as if they are curved and growing.
McLachlan’s NARCISSUS KISS BUBBLE series further explores the Narcissus myth – a search for love that is playfully romantic , or is it about being trapped in self absorption from which one can’t escape?
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN, the pioneering series of cinematic films about exhibitions, galleries and artists returns for a sixth season with Degas: Passion for Perfection, in cinemas across Australia from 6 June 2019. Directed by David Bickerstaff, the film journeys from a superb exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, where the UK’s most extensive Degas collection is held, to Paris and Italy, where Degas spent his formative years and taught himself to paint.
The current vibrant and exciting exhibition at Traffic Jam Galleries , UNTITLED , features guest artists foreign to the gallery space. This particular exhibition has been curated from local and interstate practitioners at varying stages of their artistic journeys .
These works may challenge, inspire and excite, with diversity being a key factor, reflected through the multiplicity of practice, subject matter and medium ranging from wood and bronze to various types of paint and methods of printing and including butterflies and gold leaf. The whole of the Gallery space is used for this particular exhibition and don’t forget to check both sides of the windows as some works are displayed facing the street.
In no particular order the artists are as follows JUDE HOTCHKISS . AL ROBERTS . TESS CHODAN . SIMONE READ . LEON LESTER. YVONNE MOLONEY-LAW . AYJAY . NIK UZUNOVSKI . ANNABEL SCANLEN and RICHARD CROSLAND.
TESS CHODAN is represented by some extraordinary beautiful and thought provoking butterflies and fauna in bell jars .They have quite a Victorian feel at first sight – and are sourced from antiques – but are very contemporary with the attention to detail and concern for the environment (look at the bees in Diaspora).
RICHARD CROSLAND has three striking wooden sculpture works on display – a thrumming speedy go kart, an amazingly finely detailed Engine with interlocking parts ( which works) and a huge representation of the London Eye. The detail is amazing , the craftsmanship and design sensational.
JUDE HOTCHKISS has several dynamically explosive thickly textured abstract paintings showing, full of tumbling brushstrokes and texture capturing the weather ( eg Stormbreak ) .
AYJAY is represented by three paintings with dynamic use of colour and composition commenting on religion and death
LEON LESTER ‘s swirling, cascading op art works – contrasted with ones that are full of cool straight lines – captivate and at times delight others calmly reflectively lead the eye.
YVONNE MALPNEY -LAW has provided some exquisite, seemingly fragile and delicate intaglio prints of various landscapes .They appear to be water colours but aren’t.
SIMONE READ ‘s series of aerial views of various rock pools around Sydney with their dynamic use of composition and outstanding use of texture are magnificent .The viewer could be in the water.
AL ROBERTS’s bronze sculptures are striking and challenging , including a fish , two sculptures of nude males and a strange John the Baptist like head( Adam’s Apple) .All commenting on the changing ageing human body.
ANNABEL SCANLEN has three subtle yet rather Surrealist like drawings included.
NIK UZUNOVSKI has several abstract bright bold and colourful swirling works showing as part of the exhibition.
A very arresting exhibition .
The present exhibition UNTITLED runs at the Traffic Jam Galleries Neutral Bay 8-29 March 2019