April 2007 Issue
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April 2007 Issue



Anne Zahalka
Hall of Mirrors

Centre for Contemporary Photography
March 23 to May 12
Melbourne


Curated by Kara Rees, this 20-year survey of Zahalka’s work explores portraiture, representation and identity, and includes many iconic images. Her portraits reveal more than just the individual. With an ironic and critical voice the images cleverly divert stereotypes, capturing subcultures and a spirit of the times with acute observation.
The exhibition will include several of her memorable series including Resemblance, 1987, and Photography is Dead Long live Photography: Welcome to Sydney, 2002. (Commissioned by Sydney Airport Authority).
Also included will be new and previously unseen images. Anne Zahalka exhibition also at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, from March 14 to May 2. Anne Zahalka, Marriage of Convenience (Graham Budgett and Jane Mulfinger/ artists), 1987, cibachrome photograph



Samuel, Glen and Johnson Namundja
Namundja Brothers

Bandigan Art
March 28 to April 29
Sydney


These artists of Western Arnhem Land are alchemists of tradition and innovation. Samuel, Glen and Johnson Namundja are continuing with the ancient tradition of preserving and recording their culture through artistic endeavours. The brothers live in a landscape empowered by the activity of ancestral beings. Their paintings are intrinsically linked with their country and traditions.
These contemporary paintings declare their makers’ heritage in the distinctive and inventive rock art tradition with grace and spirituality.


Glen Namundja, Frog Story, ochre on Arches paper, 103 x 78cm



Steve Cox
Evolution

Charles Nodrum Gallery
April 12 to May 5
Melbourne


In 1859 Charles Darwin published his revolutionary book, The Origin of Species, in which he outlined his theory of natural selection and that human beings and apes had descended from common ancestors.
This exhibition looks at both apes and humans and the close connections between them. We are merely a part of the animal kingdom, a fact that we all too willingly forget.


Steve Cox, Singing Monkey, ink on paper, 32 x 25cm



eX de Medici
APW Collie Print Trust – Printmaking Fellowship Exhibition

Australian Print Workshop
April 10 to May 12
Melbourne


eX de Medici exhibits a suite of etchings produced as a result of her fellowship at APW. Her print, United Spectre #3, is also featuring in the major exhibition, The Story of Australian Printmaking 1801-2005, at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, from March 30 to June 3, 2007.
eX de Medici was the keynote speaker at The 6th Australian Print Symposium, held at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, March 30 to April 1, 2007.


eX de Medici, United Spectre #3 (detail),
printed by Rosalind Atkins at Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne,
image size 59.5 x 42.5cm, edition of 15



Peter Wade
New Work

John Gordon Gallery
March 31 to 28 April
New South Wales


In his third solo exhibition, Peter Wade has further developed and refined his unique work practices with a collection of sculptural objects made from a mixture of found objects and finely carved timber, exploring various political and social themes with a gentle, sophisticated humour.


Peter Wade, Untitled, 2007, acrylic and varnish on clay brick, 23 x 7.5 x 10cm



Abbas Mehran
Synthesis

Dickerson Gallery
April 11 to May 6
Melbourne


Reflecting on his Persian heritage and strong cultural upbringing, Iranian-born Abbas Mehran paints narratives of his past as a means of making sense of the present.
At the age of 33, Mehran left Iran to travel the world on a journey of self discovery. Experiencing feelings of displacement and discontent he realised the need to turn to his past, hoping this would help him bring a greater understanding and sense of self.


Abbas Mehran, Aroos (Bride), oil and acrylic on canvas, 110 x 180cm



Jane Burton, Lily Hibberd, Brie Trenerry
The Last Thing I Remember

University Art Gallery, University of Sydney
March 12 to April 20
Sydney


In The last thing I Remember three artists explore the rupture of narrative in the domestic sphere. Moving between interior and exterior, the artists render a sequence of oblique and unsettling psychodramas, employing theatrical and filmic modes of storytelling to suggest moments of tension and intrigue - illicit night encounters, domestic entanglements and menacing bedroom scenarios.
Together, these works can be seen as a series of narrative knots, which withhold the cathartic release of the denouement, or final resolution. Partial and oppressive, deliberately circular and repetitive, they leave a tangled trail of possibilities. Their subjects are trapped in familiar environments in each instance made strange by desire, dream or anxiety. Events occur out of sight, or without easy explanation, and the air is heavy with the weight of expectation and anxiety.
A Monash University Museum of Art Exhibition, curated by Dr Kyla McFarlane.


Jane Burton, I did it for you no.2, 2005, type C photograph



Craig Ruddy
Polar - A Dance of Contrary Energies

Richard Martin Art
April 14 to May 2
Sydney


Craig Ruddy’s art has been continuously evolving since winning both the Archibald Prize and People’s Choice Award in 2004. His work has matured into a confident, open style without losing any of the emotion evoked in his early works.
Polar - A Dance of Contrary Energies displays his beautiful, sensuous free flow open line work for which he has become renowned.


Craig Ruddy, Portrait of Luc, mixed media on board, 60 x 60cm



Ben Little
Glyphs

Rex-Livingston Art Dealer
March 29 to April 21
Sydney


Glyphs is short for hieroglyphs, which, according to the dictionary, is not only an ancient form of writing, it can also be “a character or symbol used to convey a secret meaning”.
In a media-saturated world of information overload, Little uses painting to get back to basics. He mixes his own earth-toned paint from natural pigments and ochres. The bold, gestural canvases, are an attempt to capture an instinctive, pre-language state of communication. Little’s lexicon of abstract symbols is emotive, exuberant and fluid.


Ben Little, Self Portrait, 2006, acrylic and oil on polycanvas, 89 x 120cm



Catherine Bell
Are you a man or a mouse mat

Sutton Gallery
April 19 to May 12
Melbourne


This exhibition consists of a series of miniature Persian rugs embroidered with snippets of conversations or unspoken thoughts. The selected phrases allude to crisis within intimate relationships - snatches of insecurities, frailties and ugly secrets hidden from the world.
The miniature rugs will be on the walls and floor of the gallery space. Viewers will be encouraged to walk upon the rugs, transforming the work into a performance piece. As the show progresses the rugs will become dirty and worn, reflecting the damage that is caused by the dysfunctional relationships and mind space Catherine is reflecting upon.


Catherine Bell, Affair, 2007, embroidered text on Persian mouse mat, 20 x 15cm approx



Peter Pound

Wallspace Gallery
April 19 to May 12
Sydney


Well known in the comic book and feature film disciplines, Pound’s work shocks, inspires, and seeks to illuminate the darkest fears of our personal and social conscience.
The exhibition will also showcase the unique graphic novels and artist books created by Peter Pound over the last 20 years from which the many worlds and visions expressed in his paintings are inspired and further explored.


Peter Pound, Flesh Metal, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 112 x 168cm



David Shrigley
The Poster Project

Kings Artist Run Initiative
April 13 to May 12
Melbourne


In 2006, the highly acclaimed Glasgow-based artist, David Shrigley announced on his website that he would design posters ‘for free’. People from all over the world contacted Shrigley, with requests that included invitations to weddings, ads for dance parties and even a letter of resignation.
Kings A.R.I. is proud to exhibit the entire Poster Project - all 291 of the individually designed posters reflecting that slightly warped, darkly humorous and unmistakeably Shrigley-esque perspective on the world.
Also being exhibited is Shrigley’s award-winning short film, WHO I AM AND WHAT I WANT, made in 2005 with Chris Shepherd.


David Shrigley, Poster Project
Image appears courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London



Graham Fransella
Recent Works

Stella Downer Fine Art
April 17 to May 19
Sydney


Graham Fransella’s striking canvases capture a tonal explosion of colour and multi-layered abstractions. He is concerned with presence and absence - the presence of human form and the absence of personal identity. His canvases present symbolic snapshots of people, places and time.
Born in Harrow, England, Fransella studied at the Bradford School of Art, Yorkshire, and moved to Australia in 1975. He is extensively represented in Australia’s major public collections. This year, he was awarded the Watercolour Prize , Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales.


Graham Fransella, Head on Plaster, 2006, oil on linen, 102 x 122cm



Robert Juniper
Birds and Helicopters at Kununurra: New Works

Solander Gallery
March 16 to April 29
ACT


In 2007, Solander Gallery is celebrating it 33rd year as an exhibiting gallery. Robert Juniper, Birds and Helicopters at Kununurra, 2007, oil and acrylic on Belgian linen, 100 x 120cm



Katherine Hattam
Innocent Works

Bendigo Art Gallery
March 24 to April 22
Regional Victoria


Moving away from two-dimensional forms, Hattam has developed evocative sculptural pieces by disassembling and recreating reclaimed old chairs. Hattam’s box-like structures are at once familiar and peculiar, attractive and unsettling; hinting at a utilitarian use, but ultimately ambiguous and resisting signification.
It is surprising for many to learn these books and chairs were all handed down to Hattam by her mother, incorporated into the family and eventually pulled apart.
Hattam gives books back to us, cuts them free from their moorings, and allows them to talk to us of many things ... All her books’ spines echo or highlight trunks of trees, trees that are made out of pages of paperbacks. The book is returned to its source.


Katherine Hattam, Contrary Imaginations, 2006, mixed media on paper
Courtesy of the artist and Australian Galleries





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