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Brenda May Gallery

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2 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017 Australia
T: 02 9318 1122 www.brendamaygallery.com.au

Open: Tue to Fri 11-6, Sat 10-6 (Closed Sun/Mon)

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February 2015

Small Publishers – curated by Akky van Ogtrop, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
February 17 - March 14

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some are to be chewed and digested.” (Francis Bacon in “Bacon’s Essays” by Francis Bacon and Richard Whately, 1857) Artists’ books can be handcrafted or commercially printed; unique, or in limited or unlimited editions. Forms range from the traditional codex to sculptural works, or they may have audio, video, installation, online and performance components.. Many artists’ books are self-published, or are produced by small presses or by artists’ groups…

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Janet Parker-Smith – Questionable Intentions, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
February 17 - March 14

My recent work extends my fascination with humans and nature and their boundless capacity for re-invention and rejuvenation. Using the transmutation of humans and animals, morphology and the desolation of our environment the work explores the human collective chaotic and purposeless existence on the universe. While the works appear absurd in their construction they engage with representation, evolution and metamorphosis. They show animals and humans that could be described as halfway between life and death. They are detached souls –…

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Nicholas Tory – Make, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
February 17 - March 14

Locked away in a cupboard and visible through a peephole is Nicholas Tory’s miniature video installation, ‘Make’, presenting the life cycle of a worker and his creation. In this work, Tory asks himself the question – is my desire to create work, a fear of becoming redundant? while also exploring ideas around obsessive work behaviour, and the possible absurdity of his own ephemeral art practice.

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March 2015

Resolving Ruins – curated by Screen Space, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
March 17 - April 11

The artists in this exhibition all take the detritus of human activity as their starting point and transform and resolve this in unique and often mesmerising ways.

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Emily McIntosh – Synthesis, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
March 17 - April 11

This new work examines cellular replication and scientific innovations being used to create new biological materials.

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Kevin McKay – Glory Days: South Sydney Studies, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
March 17 - April 11

This series of small plein air paintings explores the unique urban landscape surrounding the Brenda May Gallery. I enjoy finding beauty in the everyday and immersing myself in a locality where traditional working class terraces, public housing towers and contemporary development produce surprising geometries animated by atmosphere and light. – Kevin McKay, 2014

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April 2015

Paper Works III, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
April 14 - May 2

Paper is such a commonplace and pervasive material. We write on it, read it, drink out of it and eat off it, yet in terms of conservation it is considered one of the most fragile of mediums in the art world. This third installment of our Paper Works series endeavours to illustrate the diversity and versatility of paper, providing a glimpse into the range of creative potential for this medium.

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Todd Fuller – Little Star, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
April 14 - May 2

By night one way, by day another, the spinning ball of blue and the others of light. One falls from the sky. The dream. To catch that ball, to be that star. Zvezdochka, or Little Star was the 11th dog to be sent to space by the Russians. Like the others in her program, she endured extreme conditions as a scientific experiment into the effects of orbital travel on a living creature. Other dogs may dream of space, watch for…

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May 2015

Janet Tavener – Memento, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
May 5 - June 6

In my previous work ice sculptures of both heirloom and exotic fruits were photographed as they melted in a constructed glacial landscape. These works acted as a metaphor for shrinking polar icecaps, indicators of global climate change and fragility of our food system. In the new series ‘Memento’ the crystalline fruit and vegetables are no longer floating on a melting surface but have sunken into the ocean – semi submerged as they are swept along the icy current. Objects such…

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Ashleigh Garwood – Of Other Spaces, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
May 5 - June 6

‘Of Other Spaces’ are allegorical images that exist to question the influence and power that landscape imagery holds in neutralizing societal frameworks and cultural understanding. The majority of early painted landscape imagery that is presented at Australian national art institutions is of a rugged, but peaceful and unified environment. There seems to be a hidden ideological agenda that informs the portrayal of the landscape, which in turn promotes that ideology. My project, ‘Of Other Spaces’, is a way of examining…

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Head On Photo Festival – Moving Image Prize Finalists, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
May 5 - June 6

The Head On Moving Image Prize was established in 2014 and forms part of the acclaimed Head On Awards which are the centrepiece of Head On Photo Festival. Head On is Australia’s largest photography festival celebrating excellence in all genres from photo-artists from across the globe and provides a major platform for discovering new talent, re-discovering established artists and exploring new technologies and ideas.

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June 2015

Mouthfeel – curated by Megan Fizell, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
June 9 - July 4

Mouthfeel is defined as the physical sensations in the mouth created by food or drink. The objective of this exhibition is to stimulate a synaesthetic response in the viewer through the observation of these films. The mouth is used by these artists to trigger the sense of taste and touch by the ingestion of edible and non-edible substances.

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Multiples – curated by Akky van Ogtrop, 2015


Brenda May Gallery
June 9 - July 4

An exhibition of prints, books, photographs and sculptural objects. The ideology behind the artist’s multiple is born out of the anti-art movement, fuelled by Dadaism, Fluxus, Conceptual Art and Pop Art. Creating artist’s multiples, typically in short runs, allows artworks to be accessible to a larger portion of the population via the employment of economical materials and processes. Also, by making reproducible artwork, the sacredness of the object itself decreases, allowing for the concept behind the work to take precedence…

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