Previously showing at Brenda May Gallery

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Dianne Gall - Disconnected, 2014

25 February to 22 March

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My work derives itself from my personal experiences and observations as a woman in Contemporary Australia. I have chosen the filmatic stage to portray my characters, making my own version of Noir - my Femme Noir. The characters in my paintings often appear disassociated in their environments; there in physicality but removed and mentally detached, existing in their own worlds. Women stare into space, involved in their private lives, housed in their own environments. Here there are pristine interiors, with patterned walls and floors, whilst the shadows play with the psychological presence of people inhabiting the scenes.

Linda Van Niekerk - 10 Years On, 2014

25 February to 22 March

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My approach to design has evolved since my first exhibition at Brenda May Gallery in 2004, however my desire has always been to create bold sculptural jewellery that sits well on the body.

 The exhibition will include new work whilst reviewing the work of the past decade, demonstrating an elegant timelessness that transcends fad or fashion.


Sculpture 2014 - curated group exhibition, 2014

29 January to 22 February

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First held at Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Brenda May Gallery’s former incarnation, this annual exhibition features an engaging and eclectic collection of artworks, and continues to provide a significant platform for the ever-evolving medium of sculpture. 

Brenda May Gallery accepts submissions throughout the year, from both Australia and New Zealand, for the Sculpture Series, aiming to present a curated exhibition of interesting and innovative contemporary sculpture that varies aesthetically from year to year.


Sydney Underground Film Festival presents 'Film Cunst' - Black Box Projects, 2014

29 January to 22 February

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A bold, unashamed celebration and investigation of the feminine in film art. This show is an exhibition of Sydney’s most daring and unique women artists working in a field that is arguably the most marginal at this point in time. These works are not narrative films, nor are they video art or video installations. These works push moving-image to its limits and use the cinematic situation as a specific mode for their art to be viewed. This program contains diverse works with complementary themes of performance, gender, power, nature, surface, materiality and the corporeal. Unapologetically cutting through the facade of social politeness, they engage the spectator at a visceral level and eloquently foreground the unspoken.

Art Stage Singapore - Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre, 2014

16 to 19 January

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In 2014, Brenda May Gallery will be presenting Mylyn Nguyen's installation, 'Bombus', comprised of life-sized bumblebees, intricately crafted out of hand-painted, cut and folded paper at Art Stage Singapore. Each bumblebee sits atop a fine clear acrylic strand with a perspex base, constructed so that the slightest breeze or even a breath causes the colony to 'hover'. As one would expect of a bumblebee, they have a furry, black and yellow striped back, however Nguyen's tiny creatures also have a green strip of lawn, and some carry minute, cut-out, watercolour houses, complete with driveways and trees.

Christmas Show - $1,000 and under, 2013

3 to 21 December

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Continuing the tradition of the ever popular Access and Brenda May Gallery 'Birthday Show', the Gallery presents a special 'Christmas Show' to celebrate the end of another year. Included in the exhibition will be works from our represented and supported artists, made especially for the occasion.

As in previous years, the show will be unavailable for previews and will open at 6pm sharp on Tuesday, December 3 with, of course, all the works for sale at $1,000 and under. We hope you can join us for a drink and a bite to eat at what will surely be an exciting exhibition.

At the conclusion of this exhibition, the Gallery will be closed until January 29, when we reopen with Sculpture 2014. However if you happen to be in Singapore, we would be delighted to see you at Art Stage, Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre, January 16-19.

A big thank you for 2013 and best wishes from all at the Gallery - we look forward to seeing you in 2014.


The OnGOING GaGa SaGa curated by Akky van Ogtrop

12 to 30 November

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With this exhibition, curator Akky van Ogtrop continues her GaGa exhibition series, this time with the focus on Fluxus, Pop and beyond. It is Pop, with a twist — an exhibition of multiples, artists’ books, zines and other printed matter that turns art into a fingertip sensation.

Constructing a creative philosophy that was anti-bourgeoise, anti-aesthetics, anti-authorship, anti-institution and above all anti-art, George Maciunas urged Fluxus to be a living art that was relational, functional and approachable for all demographics. Fluxus became an ‘intermedia’ movement that spread internationally - adopted and adapted with its growth. The movement, which still continues, played an important role in the opening up of definitions of what art can be.

Robert Boynes Concrete Music

12 to 30 November

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A field of dots found on a wall in Fremantle became the trigger for a series of works that in some way reflected the sounds, codes & cultural bonds common in our urban environments. All of these observations are fleeting; seen out of the corner of our eyes & ears. As the titles of some pieces suggest these images are seen in a “Daze”, at a “Terminus”, or on a “Causeway”. These anonymous shadows respond to ambient “Crowd Noise” & generate a form of “Concrete Music”, that is ever present in our city spaces.

Lezlie Tilley Simple Beauty

12 to 30 November

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The endless repetition of these gridded patterns, based on the honeycomb, can grow large enough to engulf the universe. They can be simple or complex, formal or informal, be stretched or squashed, distorted in endless ways, be flat or warped and can develop from a 2D plane into a 3D form. These possibilities provide endless ways to form and re-form the simple grid of down and across.

The graphics become an instrument for processing and connecting all kinds of information from technological, social, biological, philosophical, personal, geometric, mathematical and scientific networks.

Will Coles Death Wish

22 October to 9 November

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We are all kings and queens of this disposable plastic empire.

Consumerism is the core of everything we know; denial is everything we live by. Concepts of democracy and freedom are now meaningless, as the products bought own those who make the decisions. We are buying the rope to hang ourselves with, beautifully packaged and slickly marketed.

When triviality rules, when your possessions own you, when you aspire to subjugation to a brand, you have reached the end of your usefulness as an individual, a society and a civilisation.

Art + Science a curated group exhibition

1 to 19 October

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The faculties of art and science are inextricably connected. Images are used to illustrate experiments and discoveries, and scientific ideas have influenced artistic movements, such as Impressionism and the Renaissance. Photography?s original scientific categorisation is another example of this relationship involving inspiration, cross-pollination and the rethinking of disciplinary boundaries.

'Art + Science' aims to explore and examine these multifaceted connections.

Sugar, Sugar curated by Megan Fizell

1 to 19 October

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This exhibition will feature contemporary art made exclusively with sugar by ten female artists. By embodying the ephemeral nature of the substance, many of the installations will only last for the duration of the exhibition.

As a species, we are predisposed to seek out sugar to supplement our diet. "Sweet tooth" and "sugar rush" are colloquial phrases used to describe our bodies' cravings for and reaction to the substance. Our inclination to seek out the sweet stuff speaks to the pervasiveness of sugar in the visual arts.

Artists include Matina Bourmas, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Judith Klausner, Stephanie Jones, Claire McArdle, Shelley Miller, Mylyn Nguyen, Janet Tavener, Claire Anna Watson and Elizabeth Willing.


Doble & Strong

10 to 28 September

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Robert Doble and Simon Strong?s third collaborative exhibition, and first in Sydney, marks a return to their fascination with the science of modifying and manipulating the human body.

Their new works will depict imagined morphological changes and cross-species hybridizations, as well as continuing a visual aesthetic which renders the internal to the surface and magnifies cellular detail.

Joel Bliss Hard Metal

20 August to 7 September

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I am investigating techniques of traditional hand-worked metal fabrication sparked by an interest in early 20th century car manufacturing - a process which relied on skilled metal workers. With this new body of steel works I have endeavoured to use hand tools, making way for a more intimate relationship with the material. I think of steel as a substance that can be transformed from a hard, rigid medium into a softer, more malleable and flexible material.

As a performance piece on the opening night of the exhibition, I will relate my sculpture back to the cars from the early 20th century by assembling a complete working 1928 Model A Ford in the Gallery space.

Irianna Kanellopoulou Wild Things Roam

20 August to 7 September

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In my work, narratives explore issues of identity and (dis)placement through a transformation of images and found objects outside of their initial intent and purpose.

The featured protagonists unveil a macrocosmos of masked identities, fragmented conversations and fleeting moments. Deliberately shifting relationships between human and animal qualities, the figure becomes a cultural object that projects a narrative of a ?new and improved? reality; a super reality.

Todd Fuller There's no place like Rome

20 August to 7 September

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In 2012, Todd Fuller was the recipient of the William Fletcher Travelling Fellowship. Included in this award is a three month residency at the British School at Rome from April to June this year. During this period he will undertake an autonomous study of the works of the Masters, refining and developing his skills as a draftsman while granting new life to the parchments of the past through animation.

Al Munro Patterns from an invisible world

30 July to 17 August

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I use drawing-based media to examine processes of scientific representations of the natural world. The work in this exhibition stems from research in crystallography; the study and mapping of atom arrangements within a solid. It is fascinating how crystallographic diagrams form endlessly repeating grids of complex symmetries that translate the natural world into the visual and mathematical language of geometry and pattern.

The drawings in the series Patterns from an invisible world take a number of complex crystallographic grids as their starting point. By using the intersections of the grid lines as a template, I map a random series of points in space to create new maps of an undiscovered invisible world.

Marguerite Derricourt Travelling Light

30 July to 17 August

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My initial investigation into the life of moths started with the journey taken by the Bogong moth from Queensland to the caves of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales and the mountains of Victoria. The annual migration of these creatures is long and arduous, and often they are blown off course and end up clustering on the lighted windows of city buildings.

This exhibition is a variation on the theme of nature, migration, flight and the changes that come about during this process.

Tanmaya Bingham Pigs and their friends

30 July to 17 August

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I used to think I could demystify, unravel and reveal our dynamics and patterns as humans. The further I go down the creative path the more I realize this is a pointless quest because it is void of mystery. Although we often fear the unknown and unpredictable we overtly or covertly desire its magic.

My artwork's role, whether drawing, painting, sculpture or installation, is to confound and give a different and often macabre perspective on a world that is rapidly becoming homogenized. My motive is to highlight and exaggerate imperfections and unique qualities that individualize us rather then conforming to societal glorification of perfection and beauty.

This creates a platform for the viewer to be in a didactic exchange with himself or herself in order to re-evaluate their perceptions.


Mighty Small co-curated by Olivia Welch

9 to 27 July

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Artwork on an immense scale often enthrals and consumes, whereas smaller works captivate on a much more intimate level, drawing the viewer in for closer inspection. This exhibition will not simply be concerned with works that are little, but works that defy the very notion of small meaning less or denoting an absence. It will present work that is compact, but is in every way just as powerful, notable and spectacular.

Arun Sharma (de)composition: lovers

9 to 27 July

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The artwork in this exhibition deals with the cyclical pattern of nature.  Between birth and death there is the complex life we live.  Being aware of our mortality we seek connections and form relationships. Intimacy leads to new life, which becomes the remnants of ourselves.

Janet Parker-Smith Little Wonders

18 June to 6 July

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This new series of collages and objects deal with ways of seeing. Using humour, they explore displacement and aim to provoke enquiry into how one receives, perceives and imagines physical ?otherness?.

The work explores nature?s boundless capacity for reinvention and rejuvenation, as well as the necessity for these processes as a means of survival. Referencing nature and alchemy, the work discusses the effects of progression and existence on nature and our environment.

Amanda Stuart Lines of Desire

18 June to 6 July

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My art practice explores the crackling tensions that arise when natural and cultural heritage collide. Using my experience as a park ranger, my work strives to convey the complexities that characterize human interactions with outsider species, focusing on species that are perceived as repugnant, dangerous or vermin.

In March 2013, I completed a PhD in Visual Arts at the ANU School of Art Sculpture Workshop, where my sculptural practice researched the tense relationship between wild dogs, dingoes and humans in southeastern Australia. My current practice develops the powerful themes that emerged from this project.

Benjamin Storch Slowly Turning

28 May to 15 June

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The sculptures I create often embody mathematical principles related to dynamics and topology, as this provides a means of visualising their complexity via CAD. Gravity makes it difficult to use softer mediums, so there is an interesting tension between the ethereal, fluid intention and the often tedious manipulation of rigid metal. In a way, the manual process has become part of the intention and leaves a tangible trace of the tensile forces at work.

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