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T H E Q U A R T E R LY B R E N D A M AY

G A L L E R Y | 2 Danks Street Waterloo NSW 2017 | brendamaygallery.com.au

SUMMER 2016

VOLUME 2

NUMBER 1


BLA CK BOX PROJECTS

GRAYSON COOKE

TODD FULLER

SUE HEALEY

AgX 29 January to 18 February

Insubstantial Love Stories 20 February to 17 March

On View 19 March to 14 April

AgX is an art-science project about material memory; it features time-lapse photography of photographic negatives being chemically destroyed.

Insubstantial Love Stories explores themes of homosexual love and rights. This series is centred on the ‘Unite project’, a participatory survey of views towards marriage equality that sees members of the public confronted and comforted by two men engaged in a passionate pash.

Concerned with the act of seeing and being seen, On View presents video and live portraits of Australian dance artists. The work dissects the body with an analytical intimacy, as it explores the dimensions of portraiture and how we view each other. It exposes diverse ways of thinking through the body.

The symbol “AgX” represents the silver halides; the light-sensitive compounds that constitute the celluloid image. The silver halides are the ground of the historical image, but they are also the ground of personal and collective memory. AgX shows us images transcending their memory-status, as they reduce to their material form. Above and Front Cover: Grayson Cooke, ‘HN03’ 2014, film still detail, 11:30min

This work extends my collaboration with Amy Hill (2008), which investigated the consequences of language on a young queer community, as well as more recent work that has subtly raised sexualpolitical issues. Todd Fuller, ‘Unite project’ (detail) 2015, mixed media animation, infinite loop

Special performances will occur at times throughout the exhibition period. Sue Healey, ‘On View - Shona Erskine’ 2015, performance still


29 JANUARY to 18 FEBRUARY 2016

SCULPTURE 2016: Bronze Art history abounds with examples of sculptors employing bronze; from scarce, but insightful, Ancient Greek vessels, to the large-scale modernist sculptures of Auguste Rodin, Umberto Boccioni and Alberto Giacometti. Throughout the ages, this alloy has been embraced for its versatility, strength and ability to be cast into both voluminous and intricate forms. Brenda May Gallery’s next edition of the annual Sculpture show will pay homage to this important material. Although the curated selection within Sculpture 2016: Bronze will be unified by medium, this exhibition aims to portray the differing ways contemporary artists manipulate bronze within their sculptural practices. Peter Tilley, ‘In Search of the Miraculous’ 2011 cast bronze, edition of 6, 19 x 29 x 5cm

Benjamin Storch, ‘Oscillate’ 2013 cast bronze, ediion of 3, 160 x 85 x 38cm (excluding base)


20 FEBRUARY to 17 MARCH 2016 LORRAINE GUDDEMI, Raspirical Things “Using the language of the magical and talismanic, Raspirical Things are a collection of sculptural forms that explore the ephemeral nature of female desirability. As beauty must inevitably succumb to age, society’s perception of female worth becomes an ever diminishing currency that often renders women invisible. Harnessing the fragility and bone like quality of porcelain, these forms express this poignant loss of beauty and celebrate the ensuing liberation from the conformities of male desire.” - Lorraine Guddemi Lorraine Guddemi, ‘Raspirical Things’ 2014 porcelain, dimensions variable

C.MOORE HARDY, Sydney, Sex & Subculture (historical, hysterical, & happy recollections of the queer community) I have always wanted to leave a legacy that enhances another generation’s understanding of the Sydney Queer Community. Over the last thirty-five years, I have worked extensively as a freelance commercial photographer and voluntarily in cultural development positions for Lesbian and Gay community groups. I attempted to create images that engaged in an erotic dialogue reconstructing a visual narrative, and have followed the battles, rallies, sorrow, resilience and diversity of the queer community. This exhibition will explore my archival and documentary-style photography, endeavouring to celebrate all things queer. C.Moore Hardy, ‘Sexy Galaxy Drag King Sleaze Ball 4am Show, Hordern Pavilion’ 2008, print


19 MARCH to 14 APRIL 2016 GLEN CLARKE, Into the Piguenit Redux Into the Piguenit, Redux revisits a work first exhibited in Hobart 1996. Through the exploitation of disparate materials, this site-specific installation challenges our senses and addresses contemporary issues of how we respond to landscape, time and space. This consideration is achieved through a hauntingly provocative yet contemplative comparison of the pristine Australian bush landscape with the demise of war torn landscapes and zones of conflict, such as Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. and more explicitly the Temple of Baalshamin in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Though his artworks pull audiences in with their intricacy, beauty and attention to detail, the motivation behind Clarke’s work is a concern for human welfare. More specifically, Clarke has been involved with and inspired by Project Renew for some 14 years, a not for profit, Vietnamese mine risk education and UXO removal and demolition organisation.

Glen Clarke, ‘Ho Chi Minh Trail Redux’ (detail above) 2015, US $1 dollars, Vietnamese 2 Ngin Dong, cotton, 60 x 86 x 23cm


2016 EXH IBI TI ON C ALEND AR 29 January – 18 February Sculpture 2016: Bronze - group exhibition Black Box Projects: Grayson Cooke 20 February – 17 March Lorraine Guddemi | C. Moore Hardy Black Box Projects: Todd Fuller 19 March – 14 April Glen Clarke Black Box Projects: Sue Healey 16 April – 12 May Al Munro | Introducing IV Black Box Projects: curated by Stefan Popescu 14 May – 9 June Benjamin Storch | Nicholas Tory Black Box Projects: Nicholas Tory 11 June – 7 July Op Art - curated group exhibition 9 July – 4 August Dion Horstmans | Kevin McKay Black Box Projects: Erica Seccombe 6 August – 1 September Todd Fuller | Tanmaya Bingham Black Box Projects: Todd Fuller 3 September – 29 September Leslie Oliver | Ashleigh Garwood Black Box Projects: Polly Stanton 1 October – 27 October Catherine O’Donnell | Ray Haydon Black Box Projects: Grayson Cooke 29 October – 24 November James Guppy | Carol Murphy Black Box Projects: Merri Randell + Chris Denaro 26 November – 24 December “Yeah. Cheers. Thanks a lot”

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