Thursday, 19 February 2015

Upcoming shows: March - April 2015

1. Group show: Taking up Space, Articulate Project Space
Opens 6pm, 6th March 2015
Exhibition dates: 6-22 March, 2015
Address: 497 Parramatta Road, Petersham

Taking Up Space includes Anka Leśniak, Anke Stäcker, Anne Graham, Barbara Halnan, Che Ritz, Elizabeth Ashburn, Georgina Brinkman, Hannah Toohey, Helen M Sturgess, India Zegan, Janine Bailey, Janine Clark, Jennie Feyen, Jill Gibson, Katya Petetskaya, Lisa Tolcher, Loma Bridge, Rox de Luca, Sarah Fitzgerald, Susan Buret, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Veronica Habib, Victoria Lawson & Vivienne Dadour. 

Notes:  Taking Up Space is planned to coincide with the March 2015 launch of ‘Future Feminist Archives by  Contemporary Art and Feminism (CAF)’. For more info see:

Taking up Space has encouraged feminist identifying artists to select and reference a work from the Australian Feminist archive or their country of origin. For this project I will be referencing the work of the late Irish-Australian artist, Rose Ann McGreevy (1945-2014). I will be making a work that is informed by her last floor work, 'Interrupting the spatial plane' (2014).

2. Group show: Notes to a Future Feminist Archive, Affiliated Text @ Cross Art Books
Opens: 6pm, 6th March 2015
Exhibition dates: 6 March-18 April, 2015
Address: 33 Roslyn Street, Potts Point

Participating artists include: Ann Finnegan, Anna Gibbs, Anne Kay, Barbara Campbell, Bec Dean, Bianca Hester, Biljana Jancic, Bronwyn Platten, Carla Cescon, Caroline Phillips, Catherine Bell, Chantal Grech, Cherine Fahd, Christine Dean, Clare Milledge, Cleo Gardiner, Deborah Kelly, Debra Phillips, Deej Fabyc, Elizabeth Day, Elizabeth Pulie, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Fiona MacDonald, Gillian Lavery, Heidi Abraham, Helen Grace, India Zegan, Jacky Redgate, Jacqueline Drinkall, Jane Polkinghorne, Jenny Brown, Josephine Starrs, Josie Cavallaro, Julianne Pierce, Julie Rrap, Kathryn Ryan, Lena Obergfell, Lisa Andrew, Lisa Jones, Loma Bridge, Michele Elliot, Nell, Nicole Ellis, Nola Farman, Pam Brown, Philipa Veitch, Raquel Ormella, Sally Clarke, Sara Givins, Sue Callanan, Susan Charlton, Susan Joy Krieg, Suzan Woodruff, Tina Havelock Stevens, Vesna Trobec, Virginia Barratt and Zanny Begg.

'Notes Towards a Future Feminist Archive' is an exhibition planned to coincide with Contemporary Art and Feminism’s (CAF) March launch of ‘Future Feminist Archives’, a program of events that will include a conference at the Art Gallery of NSW, an exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts and a national calendar of associated exhibitions at regional galleries, university galleries and artist run spaces. For more info on Facebook see:  

Additional notes: Affiliated Text is a twelve month project coordinated by Bronia Iwanczak and Lynne Barwick. I believe that it is the only dedicated text art project space in existence, in Australia and elsewhere.  Notes to a Future Feminist Archive will be Affiliated Text's inaugural exhibition. 

3. Solo show: Museum of Fathers, Factory 49
Opens: 6pm
Exhibition  dates: 16-26 April, 2015
Address: 49 Shepherd St., Marrickville

Monday, 2 February 2015

Moving studios

22/02/2015: The adjustments to the new studio are taking more time than expected, mostly due to Sydney's impossible February heat. The adjustments are now at 70%. I'm fortunate that I have been able to recycle 100% of the building materials from my previous studio build.

Recent highlights:
1. Gary Warner's solo show at Articulate Project Space is a must see. The exhibition includes Warner's amazing drawing machine which is part Gyroscope and part kinetic sculpture. The Articulate Project Sapce blog includes video documentation and images of some of the works generated by the drawing machine: 

The drawings that Warner's drawing machine produces reminded me strongly of Stan Ostoja Kotkowski's early laser installations in Adelaide. I'm luckier than most in that I had an 'art' mum. If a train or a bus could get us there, my Mother, Brother and i would regularly trek across town in the 70s to see events such as Ostoja Kotkowski's laser projects, or head to Adelaide Uni to see a Polish film in the days before SBS TV started broadcasting.

Make haste: Gary Warner ends 1st March.

2. 55 Sydneham Road opened on Friday night. It's a super first show for the year from the 55 Sydneham Road group.
Participating artists include: Luke Parker, Carla Cescon, Anna John, Paul Greedy, Elise Harmsen, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Iakov Amperidis, Sach Catts & Nick Strike.

02/02/2015: This photograph documents a small section and obscure angle of the giant hinged 4th wall that Damon Hannon designed and built for me. The combined surface area of both sides of this structure instantly gave me an extra 6+ metres of 3m tall drawing walls. The wall was in situ for 2.5 years. This wall has now been deconstructed and moved into temporary storage. It will be reinstated in the new studio as soon as it is practicable to do so. It is the most inspiring and functional thing that I own. I have now completely moved out of my old studio and into my new studio. 

I am extremely keen to sort out the new space asap so that I can start working on a new short-lead project, three ongoing drawing projects and other selected projects that will see me 'heads down' until the end of the year.

1. It was an absolute thrill to see Rose Nolan, Peter Cripps and Gail Hasting's work in the MCA's Taking it all away: MCA Collection exhibition the other day. It was especially energising to see Nolan's playful work, It's not good to worry about space (2008). 

2. The final chapter of Feral opens at Articulate Project Space this Friday night at 6pm. 
This project has seen some excellent responses to the laboratory rationale that drives this project.  
Last chapter artists include: Lisa Andrew, Dominic Byrne, Maryanne Coutts, Richard Dunn, Sarah Fitzgerald, Juliet Fowler Smith,  Jane Gavan, Pollyxenia Joannou, Fiona Kemp, Delilah Lysses-sApo, Kate Mackay, Diane McCarthy, Alycia Moffat, Louise Morgan, James Needham Walker, Melissa Jane Palmer, Elizabeth Rankin,  Kathryn Ryan, Alexandra Sideris, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Yoshi Takahashi, Vicky Versa and Joe Wilson. For more details, please visit the APS blog: