Previously showing at Brenda May Gallery

Jonathan Leahey - Soft

17 November to 20 December 2009

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   In various stages of decay, their innards on display, the teddy bears congregate to contemplate their essence. They sit in a circle around the swarf. It’s the stuff that defines them. It fills them and gives them shape; it’s what’s inside them.
   These abandoned toys are no longer the cuddly talismans of childhood. Generic cuteness has been replaced by individual character as they have been molded and shaped by life’s slings and arrows. No longer new, some are damaged and unravelling, they are missing eyes and limbs, their stuffing is falling out.
   The bears surround an object that is an external representation of their very being. What is on the outside, and what is on the inside, is the same stuff. You just can’t see it until the armour is pierced and the cracks appear.


Daniela Turrin - score-cut-crease-fold

17 November to 20 December 2009

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pull another box off the shelf and out tumble cookie cutters, old chocolate boxes, cotton reels, fishing flies, rubber balls... all manner of things. Each has been collected because, of course, it might be useful one day. Though, there’s also the delicious pleasure in happening upon one of these forgotten boxes every once in a while and simply sifting through the minutiae of past ramblings – projects conceived and then forgotten.

I delight in what often-overlooked details can unexpectedly reveal; and their propensity to trigger memory, longing and curiosity. Perhaps it’s possible to rekindle childhood wonder and surprise by looking... again...


Carol Murphy - Interspace

20 October to 15 November 2009

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This exhibition will explore the connectivity between forms: examining
negative spaces, inner spaces and the spaces created by the removal of
matter.




I am interested in portraying points of connectivity and dependence
as suggested by the work “Mother and Child II” (see Ceramic Revisions).
The man / child’s arms are reaching into the mother / woman’s breast
cavities clinging to her – the child or the lover’s embrace.




The exploration of inner space is an attempt to illustrate an
emotional element within the work; one of reaching in and through the
forms. The appearance of the work is still stylised with a restrained
use of colour (white and grey tones prevail) but with a more
recognisable figurative element.

Helen Mueller - navigating the unknown

20 October to 15 November 2009

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For quite some time now, I have been captivated by water. It is my muse and hunting ground for inspiration. I am a kayaker and love to glide silently across a liquid sea. My gaze has wandered over time, from the surface to the deep, from what I know to what I don't. Here below it is always mysterious and never predictable: sometimes it brings piercing clarity, other times murky darkness. It is always unknown.




Water has become a metaphor for my personal unknown. It carries with it traces of what I might have known and things I have forgotten. My journey across water is a journey in search of an inward sea.

The Flower Show - curated group exhibition

22 Sept to 18 Oct 2009

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Picture left, top to bottom, Lorraine Biggs "Blossom 1", "Blossom 2" and "Blossom 3"

Featured artists include:

James Guppy, Nicola Dickson, Sybil Curtis, Tanmaya Bingham, Lorraine Biggs, Irene Grishin Selzer

Left: Lorraine Biggs, "Blossom 1" to "Blossom V"

Melinda Le Guay - Take Care

25 August to 20 September 2009

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My current work is a visceral response to compulsively collected materials - discarded, unloved and in a state of flux or demise. Through the process of gathering and ordering, repair and reappraisal, my work attempts to articulate transition and transformation.

In this show I create unlikely juxtapositions between raw materials and the objects that they have been transformed into. Copper wire, for example, is lovingly transformed into a delicately knitted dress that is at once protective and dangerous.

Marc Standing - Terra Australis Incognita

(the unknown land of the south)
25 August to 20 September 2009

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Terra Australis Incognita is a continuation of ideas that were first developed in a body of work produced in 2006 called Waking Dreams: An Australian Portrait. In this recent work I have begun to explore issues concerning identity within an historically colonial context. This has come about through my interest in exploring different connotations of 'colonialism' from an African perspective, where I was born, as compared to the Australian experience.

The concept of 'terra australis' was based firmly within a colonial epistemology. To this day this continues to have an impact upon contemporary notions of Australian cultural identity.

Jim Croke - New Work

28 July to 23 August

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The process of making art is cloaked in mystery. In 1926 Wallas identified four steps in the creative process: “The investigation and information gathering period, the incubation period when the creator does a lot of work at the subconscious level, the illumination period when the solution becomes clear, and the verification period where the solution is evaluated, elaborated and improved.”* This struck me as an accurate description of how I work.

Information gathering is happening all the time - when art is such an important part of your life you are always incubating ideas. The development of a sculpture itself, until a solution becomes clear, can take months or even years and some works are never resolved and have to be abandoned. Sometimes the most difficult (and rewarding) part is evaluating your own completed piece. To evaluate the work the artist has to perform a most difficult balancing act. You have to be severely self critical, sensitive and self aware, objective but in the end confident enough to back your own judgment. This is a high risk process, as is a life in art, but all art must contain risk because that is where the excitement is.

This show is smaller in scale than my last, but hopefully contains plenty of risk.

*Wallas cited in S. Woolfe, The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady, (University of Western Australia Press, 2007) p.49
Left: Jim Croke, "Beyond Here Lies Nothing", 2009, steel, iron - hinged gates, 240 x 390 x 7cm

Sybil Curtis - Interface

28 July to 23 August

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The interface between two different elements has more energy and excitement than being within one of the elements. So it is when two colours or textures meet or a curve intersects with a straight line. So it is where land meets water: one solid and stable the other constantly shifting and elusive.
Left: Sybil Curtis, "In A Garden of Steel", 2009, oil on linen, 90 x 90cm

Hadyn Wilson - Stories from the Archive

2 to 28 June 2009

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This exhibition is one of a series which relates to my continuing interest in mainly extinct or threatened species of plants. I use ‘fictional narratives’ as a vehicle for presenting the sometimes very abstract concepts of deep time and our ability to imagine this.

Hadyn Wilson
May 2009

Ceramic Revisions - Curated Group Exhibition

30 June to 26 July

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Carla Priivald - New Painting

30 June to 26 July

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Patsy Payne - Chimera

2 to 28 June

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Joel Bliss - World After

5 to 31 May 2009

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I have attempted to create an apocalyptic vision of potential future environmental neglect. My materials are raw and rough - representative of the harsh reality of a degraded Australian environment. Imposing in scale, my sculptures create a feeling of an impending threat.

Mylyn Nguyen - the amazing magicool journey of bear and me and the friends we met Along the way

5 to 31 May 2009

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I have always wanted an imaginary friend. When I turned 22 I imagined that I had an imaginary friend when I was 6 years old. When I turned 23 I started to draw pictures of what he would look like: black with beady eyes. At 24 he turned into a greenish monster and morphed into glass every time we played hide and seek. At 25 I decided that I didn’t need him anymore. I was all grown up and was embarrassed about the bear figurine I made for my desk at work, meant to keep me company in my little windowless office. I packed him away when I was 25½ and became too busy for playing.

When I turned 26, I blew out the candles and wished for my alien mother ship, my black beady eyed friend and a giant bear. I now ride the train to work with a glass friend in my pocket, a bear in my bag and a conversation with the little dust bunny in the crack of the window seal, populated by three little villages and a bug. I still get embarrassed. But I do it anyway..

Introducing II... Michael Edwards, Amanda Schulz, Clare Toms

7 April to 3 May

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Lezlie Tilley - Precursor

7 April to 3 May

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Last year I travelled to USA and Europe and produced a series of photographs that has influenced new paintings. Most of the photographs were taken in Stockholm, northern Sweden and Cape Cod, USA, around dusk, when the sun had just fallen below the horizon.

The majority of the paintings depict Angermanalven, the longest river in the north of Sweden that travels from the alpine regions bordering Norway, to the Baltic Sea in the east. Here, the photographs were taken during the summer, when the light fades around midnight, creating a heavy contrast of tone and casting shadows of pine forests that surround the rivers edge.

Leslie Oliver - Narrative Objects and Surfaces

10 March to 5 April

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Will Coles - New Sculpture

10 March to 5 April

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Peter Tilley - Midway Along the Path of Life

10 February to 7 March 2009

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In this body of work, which includes small bronzes and larger cast iron sculptures, the figure embarks upon a journey that could be interpreted as a voyage through time rather than space.

The androgynous figure lingers and is reluctant to let go, yearning for a past just gone, apprehensive of an uncertain future. Seemingly ordinary journeys take on symbolic values in the search for meaning in life.

Al Munro - Bird Show

10 February to 7 March

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SCULPTURE 2009 - Animal Farm

14 January to 7 February 2009

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An Orwellian homage or a fun romp through the farmyard.

In Orwell’s novel, animals are used allegorically to demonstrate how society can be manipulated and exploited by those in positions of power. His mastery is found in his ability to create such an entertaining menagerie through which to illustrate this serious story. This exhibition aims to achieve the same social commentary via a group of entertaining and enticing sculptural objects.

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