Thursday, December 10, 2015

CALL OUT FOR VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST IN EMILY SANDRUSSI'S LATEST ART PROJECT...




Call out for volunteers to take part in a contemporary art project!! Melbourne based artist Emily Sandrussi is currently looking for female volunteers to assist with a new body of work. 

Working with a set of 1994 Encyclopaedia Britannica books (which the artist's mother gave her) Emily is assembling a group of 29 women to assist her in reading all 29 volumes - an act from which a series of artworks will be generated. For more information contact info@artereal.com.au 

*Volunteers do not need to be based in Melbourne to participate in this project.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

ANNE MACDONALD & ANDREW LAVERY // WHAT'S IN THE TOY BOX?


Anne MacDonald_Cherish (kitty doll)_2010_Fine art inkjet print_Edition of 5_90 x 70cm

Anne MacDonald and Andrew Lavery have both been invited to participate in What's in the box?, a group exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery which runs from 27 November - 24 December 2015.

What's in the box? is an exhibition of works particularly for children but also suitable for adults in need of a little nostalgia in the lead up to Christmas. 

Participating artists include: Hamilton Darroch, Troy Emery, Gordon Fitchett, Anna Glynn, Freya Jobbins, Andrew Lavery, Anne MacDonald, Alasdair Macintyre, Kendal Murray, Susan O'Doherty, Anna-Maria Sviatko, Hiromi Tango, Mike Worrall, Goulburn Regional Woodworkers Inc & more from the gallery collection.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

LOUISE ZHANG // FROM OLD GROUND


Louise Zhang_Here for more than a few moons (detail)_2015


Louise Zhang has been invited to participate in From Old Ground at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Coinciding with the 2015 Bicentenary celebrations of the colonial settlement of Bathurst, From Old Ground commemorates the Central West region’s early Chinese migrant history and features the work of four Australian and Chinese artists, Jason Phu, Louise Zhang, Ren Hang and Jess Bradford.

Producing specially commissioned work spanning ink painting, installation, video and photography, each of the artists engages with the fragmented narratives and silent monuments of this important chapter in Bathurst’s social, cultural and economic history.


Louise Zhang_Here for more than a few moons (detail)_2015


Louise Zhang revisits the landscape of Golden Gully, located between Hill End and Tambaroora, where Chinese alluvial gold miners were particularly successful around the 1850s. Once a centre of social and economic activity, the landscape now lies dormant, with only subtle traces of Chinese miners’ circular shafts-silent monuments to the site’s past life. 

Zhang recasts Golden Gully’s distinctive natural and human-made rock formations and orifices in acrylic paint, foam, plaster, polyurethane and resin. The fragments that result are presented as quasi-geological specimens, frozen in time yet bursting with the energy of a bygone era. 


Louise Zhang_Here for more than a few moons (detail)_2015


Louise Zhang_Here for more than a few moons (detail)_2015


Curator Joanna Bayndrian says: “This is a timely opportunity to uncover the lesser-known stories of a formative period in Australia’s history. These newly commissioned works focus on the remnant narratives of Chinese migration in the Central West. Collectively they actively shift the memory of the region’s Chinese heritage from the sideline, to the centre of public imagination. Importantly, From Old Ground acknowledges the historical depth of the cultural diversity that we celebrate today.”

From Old Ground has been funded by Museums & Galleries NSW’s Curatorial Support Initiative in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. The exhibition runs from 27 November 2015 until 24 January 2016.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

FINALISTS // THE 64TH BLAKE PRIZE


Liam Benson_The Crusaider_2015_Inkjet print on cotton rag paper_Edition of 5_90 x 134 cm
(Photographed by Alex Wisser)


 
Shoufay Derz_Someone digging in the ground (black) (left) & Someone digging in the ground (red) (right)_2015
Pigment print on cotton paper, custom frame stained eucalyptus and rust_Edition of 5_99 x 92cm


Congratulations to our artists Liam BensonShoufay Derz and Zan Wimberley on being selected as finalists in this year's Blake Prize.

"The 64th Blake Prize has three prize categories that challenge artists to investigate ideas, issues and engage audiences in conversations surrounding spiritual thought and religion in contemporary art. All the Blake Prize’s are strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but any work entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.

From 2016, The Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will deliver The Blake Prize as a biennial event into the future. Casula Powerhouse will maintain the guiding principles of The Blake Prize in continuing to engage contemporary artists, both national and international, in conversations concerning faith, spirituality, religion, hope, humanity, social justice, belief and non-belief. The Blake Prize is an aesthetic means of exploring the wider experience of spirituality and all this may entail with the visionary imagining of contemporary artists."

The winners will be announced on 12 February 2016.

To learn more about the Blake Prize, click here.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

LOUISE ZHANG // #THETHINGSILOVE❤


Image courtesy of Daniel Boud and Carriageworks


Louise Zhang was recently invited to participate in #TheThingsILove❤, a photographic project by Daniel Boud, commissioned by Carriageworks and BresicWhitney.

#TheThingsILove❤ celebrates the act of collecting - a universal fascination with art, objects, fashion, colour and history.

The project features the collections of Abdul Abdullah (artist), William Yang (artist), Penelope Seidler (architect), Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan (of Bassike), Kylie Kwong (chef), Will Edwards (of Archie Rose), Elizabeth Tillman (of TEES), Rarriwuy Hick (actor), Louise Zhang (artist) and Julian Day (artist and journalist).

Friday, November 27, 2015

SYLVIA SCHWENK // Croydon International Film Festival and the 13th In the Palace International Short Film Festival


Sylvia Schwenk, Water ways, (6 minute loop ) 
 

Congratulations to Sylvia Schwenk whose latest film Water ways will be screening at two film festivals over the coming weeks: the Croydon International Film Festival in London on 28 November 2015; and the 13th In the Palace International Short Film Festival in the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, from 8 to 13 December 2015. 

Water ways is a visual documentary that transports us into the lives of a community living on the rivers in Indonesia. The film shows a slice of everyday life, starting with a group of children playing in the wash of the boat; and a tangle of boats that ultimately leads us to the main protagonist of the film, an older woman who shares her point of view with us. This woman absorbs the details of life around her from the edge of a timber yard, as she completes her morning rituals. She takes us into her world, a textured and fascinating place that we are invited to experience.

Sylvia has also been invited to exhibit two of her films, A shared space and Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty as part of a group exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Entitled Outer space and curated by Adam Porter, the exhibition utilises the idea of space as a metaphor to explore the limits and agency of the physical body and human existence within the physical environments. 

A shared space is a visual documentary that gives a rare insight into what happens before and after a funeral service. The film opens on a graveyard on a beautiful serene sunny day. Grave diggers are working in a quiet, harmonious way preparing a grave for a burial. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining - but all is not as it seems.

Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty is a mesmerising film of a man the artist invited to perform in a maximum security prison. The man dances with a lawnmower to the music of a harrowingly beautiful waltz, in an area surrounded by perimeter fencing, alarmed fences, and razor wire.

Outer space will run from 5 December 2015 to 7 February 2016 at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

SHOUFAY DERZ // IN CONVERSATION WITH NOULA DIAMANTOPOULOS & LINDY LEE


Shoufay Derz_Someone digging in the ground (the hole)
2015_Pigment print on cotton paper, custom frame stained eucalyptus and rust_Edition of 5_99 x 92 cm


To coincide with her current solo exhibition The Wish, Shoufay Derz will sit down with fellow artists Lindy Lee and Noula Diamantopoulos, for a discussion on their individual practices and the role which doubt plays within the creative process. 

DATE: Saturday 1 December 2015
TIME: 6pm drinks, 6:30pm panel talk
LOCATION: Artereal Gallery - 747 Darling St, Rozelle NSW 2039

This panel discussion will be followed by a brief meditation session.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

YIORGO YIANNOPOULOS // 2015 ARTEREAL GALLERY MENTORSHIP AWARD


Yiorgo Yiannopoulos_Belly Button_2015


Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) student Yiorgo Yiannopoulos has won the 2015 Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award, presented at the opening of the 2015 SCA Undergraduate Degree Show on Tuesday 17 November. 

The photomedia student received the award for his series of pigment prints entitled Checkmate. The series takes its name from the at-home infidelity test kit CheckMate, which is commonly used in forensics and used in this instance to create Yiannopoulos’ body of work. 

Artereal Gallery’s Director and Owner, Luisa Catanzaro, said "For an emerging artist at such an early stage in his career, Yiorgo has produced a body of work which is both nuanced and conceptually sophisticated. We were particularly impressed with the way in which Yiorgo experiments with material and process as a means to communicate issues surrounding gay identity and the sexual topography of the body and the space in which it exists. There is a subtle tension between the poetic aesthetics of Yiorgo’s works, and the underlying politics of identity being explored within the work, which is intriguing and thought-provoking….” 

Checkmate comprises two larger prints, Marketplace (before) and Marketplace (after), and six smaller prints titled Chin, Neck, Chest, Hand Towel, Belly Button and Black Briefs. Yiannopoulos’ art practice is focused on spaces that allow gay men to fulfil their desires, and to find intimacy in covert ways that often defy convention and have implications on identity and sexuality. 

As the 2015 recipient of the Artereal Gallery Mentorship Award, Yiorgo will work closely with the Artereal Gallery team as part of a twelve month long mentorship program culminating in a solo exhibition in December 2016.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

SHOUFAY DERZ // THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL NEW MEDIA FORUM


Shoufay Derz_洗手 (xǐshǒu) Wash Hands_2015_Single channel video loop_Duration variable_Edition of 5


Shoufay Derz has been invited to present her work as part of the 4th International New Media Forum at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China. 

Coinciding with this symposium, Shoufay will be exhibiting her video work as part of The Fate of The Image, a group exhibition curated by Wang Chunchen from China Academy of Fine Arts Museum which runs from 25 November - 30 December 2015.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ARTEREAL GALLERY IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE NOW REPRESENT BEN ALI ONG


Ben Ali Ong_Nyctophilia 13_2015_Archival inkjet pigment print_Edition of 3_29.5 x 37 cm


Artereal Gallery is excited to announce that we are now representing Ben Ali Ong. Ben Ali Ong is a Sydney based artist working predominantly across photography, video and mixed media. Choosing to work solely in black and white, his brooding photographs are defined by their use of dream-like imagery and explore recurring universal themes - life and death, the poetics of every-day existence, the pain and suffering of the human condition contrasted with the beauty and mystery of the urban environment and the natural world. 

Often blurry, grainy and scratched – Ong’s pictorial choices appear to be made completely at random, creating a disjointed and surreal narrative... Preferring the artworks to speak for themselves, Ong presents them in a manner that allows the viewer to construct their own meanings and interpretations, in order to achieve a state of self-reflection. This idea is concurrent throughout all of Ong’s works and is inspired by Surrealist film and writing. The notion of the artwork being an open-ended fragment with multiple arrangements as well as the potential to convey a subconscious, or spiritual source.

The inherent allure of Ben Ali Ong’s practice stems from the psychological pull which draws the viewer into each work. Ong’s work has an underlying sense of anguish and sorrow (perhaps even horror) which clings to these black and white photographs. The shadowy, brooding drama and chiaroscuro of the artist’s work captures the delicate interplay between lightness and darkness in a way which acts as a visual metaphor for the vagaries of human existence; alluding to the idea that the beauty and fragility of life are inseparable from the horror and sorrow which accompany it. The resulting emotional pull resonates with and touches some deep inner core which resides within all humanity, transporting us away from our everyday existence. In this way, Ong’s photographs and video works, which are at once both beautiful and frightening, achieve a timeless, unknown, almost half forgotten quality or existence which touches upon ideas of life, death and morality.

Ben is currently showing work as part of Decisive Moments, a photography exhibition at Contact Sheet gallery - as reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Mosman Daily...