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April 2007 Issue
Hall of Mirrors
Centre for Contemporary Photography
March 23 to May 12
Curated by Kara Rees, this 20-year survey of Zahalka’s work explores
portraiture, representation and identity, and includes many iconic
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
March 28 to April 29
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
Glen Namundja, Frog Story, ochre on Arches paper, 103 x 78cm
Charles Nodrum Gallery
April 12 to May 5
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
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
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,
Peter Wade, Untitled, 2007, acrylic and varnish on clay brick, 23 x 7.5 x 10cm
April 11 to May 6
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.
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
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
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
Polar - A Dance of Contrary Energies
Richard Martin Art
April 14 to May 2
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
Rex-Livingston Art Dealer
March 29 to April 21
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
Are you a man or a mouse mat
April 19 to May 12
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
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
and mind space Catherine is reflecting upon.
Catherine Bell, Affair, 2007, embroidered text on Persian mouse mat, 20 x 15cm approx
April 19 to May 12
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
Peter Pound, Flesh Metal, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 112 x 168cm
The Poster Project
Kings Artist Run Initiative
April 13 to May 12
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
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
Stella Downer Fine Art
April 17 to May 19
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
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
Graham Fransella, Head on Plaster, 2006, oil on linen, 102 x 122cm
Birds and Helicopters at Kununurra: New Works
March 16 to April 29
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
Bendigo Art Gallery
March 24 to April 22
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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