Figurative Visions: Three Artists; Three mediums
       
     
Liminal Mindscapes
       
     
Skating on Thin Ice
       
     
Material World
       
     
New Work
       
     
Hands on Studio
       
     
Lines of Site: Finding the Sublime in Canberra
       
     
Transit Lane
       
     
The Structure of Things
       
     
Internationalist
       
     
The unconscious is a rectangle
       
     
Empty Vessels and full
       
     
Templum
       
     
New Work
       
     
Self ID
       
     
Drawing Comfort
       
     
Entangled Mysteries
       
     
Infrastructure
       
     
Tar Love - What Lies Beneath
       
     
Bled
       
     
Strata
       
     
The M16 Drawing Prize 2017
       
     
Figurative Visions: Three Artists; Three mediums
       
     
Figurative Visions: Three Artists; Three mediums

Roger Beale, Rick Cochrane, Chan Dissanyake

Gallery 1

6 - 23 July 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 July

Artist Talks - 

Sunday 9th July from 2pm- Roger Beale

Sunday 16 July from 2pm- Rick Cochrane

Sunday 23 July from 2pm- Chan Dissanyake

Three Canberra artists with different styles, using different mediums and with different visions share a commitment to figuration. In this exhibition Cochrane showcases his expressive drawing and printmaking focusing on the figure in action. Dissanyake’s work is contemplative – revealing the beauty of Australian light and atmosphere by using the potential of watercolour. Beale’s pastels of landscapes and the urban form focus on moments of change and light. 

Image: Roger Beale, Bangkok Tollway, 2016, pastel on Sennelier paper.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Liminal Mindscapes
       
     
Liminal Mindscapes

Amandeep Kaur

Gallery 2

6 - 23 July 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 July

In Liminal Mindscapes Kaur experiments with digital photomontages that have layers of deliberately constructed liminal spaces in which the concept of the self is explored. The works in this exhibition consist of a video triptych projection and two dimensional works produced with prints, pen, ink and henna. 

Image: Amandeep Kaur, untitled, 2016, digital print, dimensions variable.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

www.amardeepshergill.com

 

Skating on Thin Ice
       
     
Skating on Thin Ice

Keith Bailey

Gallery 3

6 - 23 July 2017

Exhibition opens 6pm Thursday 6 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 July

Skating on Thin Ice consists of oil paintings alternating with black and white photographs depicting Antarctica, its melting ice and the animal populations that will be greatly impacted by this phenomenon. In 2012, the artist travelled to Antarctica on an expedition and experiences on that journey are explored through this body of work. 

Image: Keith Bailey, Emperors on Ice, 2017, oil on canvas, 77 x 52cm. 

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Material World
       
     
Material World

M16 Studio Artists

Gallery 1

27 July - 13 August 2017

Exhibition opens 6pm Thursday 27 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm 13 August

‘Touch’ is the focus of the annual M16 Artspace Studio Artists’ 2017 exhibition titled Material World. Artists consider touch - through their choice of materials and how they use them - to convey meaning in highly individual ways. Touch is a term that implies both physical and emotional experience: to be touched, as in inspired and/or appeal to the sense of touch through subject, object, medium and method implying touch of the maker’s hand. Every mark and choice of material speaks, appealing to the sense of touch via vision. We know how certain things feel from ‘the look’ of them. For example, a glowing red bar on a heater is too hot to touch. Artists tap into this knowing.

Thinking about the multiple meanings of ‘touch’ in regard to making and seeing, two quotes come to mind:

“You cannot move people until you touch them.” Gary O’Neil

Gary O’Neil, an American advertising/marketing guru ‘...understood that unless you touch people’s hearts, you won’t accomplish the ultimate goal of change — no matter what your profession — on a deep, heartfelt level.’

Moved to tears as she closely observed a painting of Rothko’s in his studio, arts writer Jane Dillenberger noted:

I felt as if my eyes had fingertips, moving across the brushed textures of the canvases.

Through being with an artwork in a space of departure from the usual, seeing and emotional experience can happen in unexpected ways. Such disruption can evoke curiosity, intrigue, contemplation, exploration and the making of associations, which can have an effect on people’s lives, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes contributing to new possibilities for our world. The exhibition is curated by M16 studio artist Dr Suzanne Moss.

Image: Di Broomhall, Nomads Light IV, 2016, oil on canvas, 120 x 90 cm. 

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

New Work
       
     
New Work

Rasha Ajaj

Gallery 2

27 July - 13 August 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 27 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 August

“In this seemingly unending era of global conflicts, loss, displacement and distorted histories, the lines of truth are often blurred,” says artist Rasha Ajaj. In this exhibition she examines how the forces of globalisation influence our values, beliefs, cultural acceptance and practices.

Using both traditional and modern techniques, the artist makes composition within compositions in her works as a way of challenging the notion of subjectivity to which she believes we are conditioned.

This is illustrated through the use of voided space between the things that disappear and reappear in different forms and at different times, to suit the narrative. With this exhibition Ajaj raises the question: is the freedom we uphold also the cause of our destruction? 

Image: Rasha Ajaj, Limbo, 2002, multimedia on acetate, 200 x 100 cm

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Hands on Studio
       
     
Hands on Studio

Various Artists from Hands on Studio

Gallery 3

27 July – 13 August 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 27 July

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 13 August

This exhibition showcases works by Hands on Studio members. The works explore story-telling and were all produced from Hands-On classes in 2017.

Hands On Studio is an arts organisation at M16 Artspace which seeks to “provide people with disabilities access to an art education. One of the studio’s objectives is to provide these artists with as many opportunities as possible to exhibit in mainstream gallery spaces.” 

Image: Hands on student, 'A+', 2016, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 30 x 30 cm. 

Photo: courtesy of Hands on Studio. 

Lines of Site: Finding the Sublime in Canberra
       
     
Lines of Site: Finding the Sublime in Canberra

Curated by Grace Blakeley-Carroll

Gallery 1

Artists: Jacqueline Bradley, Cathy Franzi, Kirstie Rae, Mark Mohell, Annika Harding, Caren Florance and Melinda Smith

17 August - 3 September Cathy Franzi 

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 September

Lines of Site: Finding the Sublime in Canberra draws together several Canberra-based visual artists working across a range of media whose practices examine the natural, urban and suburban environs of the city and its surrounding region. A nuanced impression of Canberra will be presented, as well as the intangible spirit of the place that informs the works and lives of exhibiting artists. 

Image: Jacqueline Bradley, Windy Shoes (detail), 2016, shoes, silk, velvet, cotton, found dry plant, 15 x 78 x 27 cm.

Photo: Brenton McGeachie.

Transit Lane
       
     
Transit Lane

Christine Jarrett, Jeanette Zvargulis, Joanne Hogan, Leeanne Jeffcoat, Jacqueline Wilkonson

Gallery 2

17 August - 3 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 September

 

The Structure of Things
       
     
The Structure of Things

Al Munro

Gallery 3

17 August - 3 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 3 September

The paintings in the exhibition, The Structure of Things, continue Munro's interest in exploring the way textile characteristics, such as pattern and structure, allow us to reconsider the spaces of scientific imaging.  This work draws on research into the relationship between various weave structures and the structures which inform molecular matter to explore connections between the two.

Image: Al Munro, Weave Distortion study 5, 2017, acrylic on paper, 25 x 25cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Internationalist
       
     
Internationalist

Gallery 1

7 – 24 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 17 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 17 September

Curated by Kirsten Farrell

It’s not a small world after all.

Four established Canberra artists, each paired with an artist in another country as pen pals, concoct a work that stems from getting to know each other’s story and place.

Image courtesy of www.freeimages.co.uk

The unconscious is a rectangle
       
     
The unconscious is a rectangle

Tony Curran

Gallery 2

7 - 24 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

This exhibition shows recent drawings and paintings made with the assistance of a digital program designed by the artist named The unconscious is a rectangle. The program acts as a generator of compositions derived from shapes and colours that Curran has drawn from life, which are then recombined into random compositions that form the basis of new paintings and drawing. The Unconscious is a rectangle is the first public display of the artist’s post-doctoral research at the Australian National University as a Vice Chancellor’s College Visiting Artist Fellow. 

Image: Tony Curran, No need to keep the Sabbath ‘holy’. You’ll ruf e the Californians but the Colombians will turn things around. (10), 2016, oil on linen, 113.5 x 83.5 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Empty Vessels and full
       
     
Empty Vessels and full

Kerry Shepherdson & Georgina Leith

Gallery 3

7 - 24 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

In these two intersecting bodies of work, both artists re-purpose a product. Kerry re-contextualizing ‘meaningless’ packaging into containers for meaning. On the other hand, Georgina empties text of its surface meaning and transforms it into a container for aesthetic meaning.

Kerry explores visual haptics, iterative patterns and colour glazing in her painting.  Her work in Empty Vessels and Full continues this exploration. Referencing the shapes of deconstructed cardboard packaging she investigates positive and negative space and explores a fascination with packaging design and the aesthetic value of discarded material.

Georgina’s work explores text as a package for meaning.  Taking the shapes of text and manipulating these, she empties the text beyond its surface meaning, to explore its deeper resonance as a form and how it can take on a new aesthetic life.

Templum
       
     
Templum

Michelle England

Gallery 2

28 September - 15 October 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 September

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 15 October

Templum is an exhibition in a darkened space offering a seat and a place to contemplate a world with wilder weather, hotter oceans and all that brings. These situations are explored through retablos, altars, objects and assemblages interlaced with sound and projections. 

Image: Michelle England, Premium Grade, 2014, oil on ceramic, cling wrap, styrofoam, paper, silk, polyester lling, 13 x 14 x 14 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

New Work
       
     
New Work

Andrea McCuaig

Gallery 3

7 - 24 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

New Works is a body of work that addresses themes of dance and gestural painting. The artist states, “In my art practice I am constantly researching potential relationships between dance movement and gestural painting. I am searching for relationships, commonalities and differences between movement in 3 dimensional space and the potential trace effects of these movements in 2 dimensional works of art.”

Viewers are encouraged to walk by the work using their own movement as a vehicle for encounter with the works. The process of walking alongside these paintings will reveal illuminated highlights in the paintings.

Using the natural physical engagement between the space and the audience, the artist’s aim is to enable the viewer to feel as though they have animated the gesture in the paintings and that they are situated within the works themselves. 

Image: Andrea McCuaig, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on board, 90 x 120 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Self ID
       
     
Self ID

Curated by Tilly Davey

Gallery 1

28 September - 15 October

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 15 October

Self ID is an exhibition by residents of Ainslie Village and Canberra-based artists Tilly Davey, Lee Grant and Blaide Lallemond. The exhibition documents and explores different forms of self identity with the residents of Ainslie Village, which is directed by Tilly Davey and located in Campbell.

Ainslie Village is a social housing complex that accommodates and provides services for disadvantaged individuals. Many residents of Ainslie Village live with no sense of self identification and have faced numerous roadblocks such as addiction, homelessness and mental health issues, which has left them feeling like outsiders. This exhibition demonstrates the artistic talent of the Ainslie Village residents and shows how art can create for individuals a sense of self identity and belonging.

Gallery visitors will be invited to collaborate with this exhibition by writing or sketching an image which they see as representing themselves. These remnants of self from the visitors will be placed on a large canvas with a thick black outline of a portrait in the gallery space. Self ID seeks to promote the value of being self aware and how every person has their own unique self ID. 

Image: Tilly Davey, D-Man, 2016, photograph, 40 x 20 cm. 

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

Drawing Comfort
       
     
Drawing Comfort

Talei Emberson, Dimity Kidston, Valerie Kirk, Suzanne Knight, Sharon Peoples, Annie Trevillian

Gallery 1

19 October - 5 November 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 19 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 5 November 

This exhibition features the work of six artists who explore relationships between drawing, textiles and comfort. Referencing English anthropologist Daniel Miller’s The Comfort of Things, the exhibition poses the questions of how is drawing relevant and integral to the processes of textiles and how we obtain a sense of comfort from objects. 


mage: Suzanne Knight, Pass the sugar, sugar, 2017, tapestry weaving- wool, cotton and lurex, 27cm x 40cm

Photo: Brenton McGeachie

Entangled Mysteries
       
     
Entangled Mysteries

Sally Blake

Gallery 2

19 October - 5 November 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 19 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 5 November

Entangled Mysteries is a new body of three-dimensional textile works by Sally Blake. The works reference author Craig San Roque’s stories about the Kore Story/ Pesephone’s Dog, alongside the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. These myths are a personification of the cyclic patterns of decay and renewal; and seasonal changes and patterns which have a particular contemporary relevance as we live through the effects of human-induced climate change. Using traditional craft practices - looped, woven and crocheted textile techniques - the artist seeks to engage with these contemporary issues that face the 21st Century. 

Image: Sally Blake, Reddening, 2015, wire, paper, yarn, ink, 130 x 130 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Infrastructure
       
     
Infrastructure

Christopher Oates

Gallery 3

19 October - 5 November 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 19 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 5 November

Oate’s exhibition comprises of landscapes of contemporary Canberra with a focus on the interaction of bush, gardens, buildings and infrastructure. The artist aims to highlight the contrast between the order of the roads, structures and utilities and the confusion of foliage. A particular inspiration for Oates is the uniquely clear light of Canberra. One of his aims as a painter is to show how this light falls on different forms and the angles and shadows it creates on different surfaces, both hard and soft. 

Image: Christopher Oates, Cotter Road, Winter, 2015, gouache on paper, 70 x 50 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

 

Tar Love - What Lies Beneath
       
     
Tar Love - What Lies Beneath

Curated by Chris Holly

Gallery 1

9 - 26 November 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 9 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

This exhibition is a photographic review of what we commonly look down upon. Tarmac covers an estimated 20% of the Australian continent. In its various forms it is a compelling surface to study photographically. This body of work is a playful and reverential study of details of surfaces we rely on to support our daily transportation through towns and cities, which are often overlooked or ignored. 

Image: Chris Holly, Tar Love - What Lies Beaneath (detail), 2016, black and white and colour photographic prints and inkjet on fabric, 50 x 100 cm each.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Bled
       
     
Bled

Scott Pollock

Gallery 2

9 - 26 November 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 9 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

Bled is an exhibition borne out of the result of Pollock having an aneurysm with a small bleed to the brain. The artist then had an episode of hypomania as a side effect of an operation.

One of the symptoms of hypomania is the release of heightened creativity. Although Pollock had dabbled in sketching and writing before, never had he felt such passion or inspiration. From that moment on, the artist went into a whirlwind of painting and writing. After experiencing this he became fascinated with mental states and how they can influence not only the creative process, but also other aspects in life. They can also be the catalyst for social issues.

Pollock’s body of work depicts heightened emotions, social issues and creative spontaneity. 

Image: Scott Pollock, Jack, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 34 x 25 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Strata
       
     
Strata

Mimi Fairall

Gallery 3

9 - 26 November 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 9 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

Fairall’s exhibition consists of a selection of mixed-media drawings inspired by ‘Primitive’ and ‘Outsider’ art. A series of gestural portraits will be shown to explore how an introduced subject matter will function within the context of her visual language. “I believe that by introducing a foreign variable to my making process - i.e. the subject matter of portraiture - I will discover new research issues in my work.” 

Image: Mimi Fairall, Un-i-digi- ed, 2016, spray paint, collage, oil pastel, acrylic, screen-print and marker on paper, 70 x 100 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

The M16 Drawing Prize 2017
       
     
The M16 Drawing Prize 2017

Galleries 1 & 2

30 November - 17 December 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 20 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 17 December

The highly acclaimed M16 Drawing Prize, which has been running since 2006, is for works produced on paper or other surfaces using either traditional or non-traditional drawing materials and techniques. The exhibition seeks to examine, challenge and open up a dialogue about definitions and perceptions of drawing.