Self ID
       
     
Templum
       
     
Amplified
       
     
Drawing Comfort
       
     
Entangled Mysteries
       
     
Infrastructure
       
     
Tar Love - What Lies Beneath
       
     
Bled
       
     
KW@N3$
       
     
The M16 Drawing Prize 2017
       
     
Gesture Light
       
     
Rebirth of Reason
       
     
Chrises of Content
       
     
Indiana Jones' dark reflection Belloq's taunt from the Cairo meeting, Raiders of the Lost Ark
       
     
Osculate
       
     
It is. They are.
       
     
Wrapped in Sky
       
     
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 Lallemand. 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. 

Templum
       
     
Templum

Michele 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: Michele England, Barramys parvus (too late), 2017, gouache on board, 23 x 30cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Amplified
       
     
Amplified

Andrea McCuaig

Gallery 3

28 September - 15 October 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 28 September

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 15 October

Amplified is a body of work that addresses themes of dance and gestural painting. These paintings have evolved from influences gained during a 2016 fieldtrip to the USA, to research works from the Abstract Expressionist movement. The scale and style of the works in Amplified respond, in part, to my encounters with works by Cy Twombly, Brice Marden and Ellsworth Kelly (among many others) in the Fisher Collection in MOMA, San Francisco.

Further responses in Amplified have evolved from my on-going crossdisciplinary practice - involving dance, choreography, video, experimental drawing and painting. The enduring themes that drive my expanded enquiry lie in kinaesthetic relationships between embodied motion in dance and painting and how these movements can be re-enacted to generate gestural abstraction.

The large-scale work in Amplified began by creating a processional choreographic sequence with my colleague and friend Liz Lea. After creating the dance movement and recording it on video, I then generate drawings that trace out some of the linear movements of the dance piece. These linear drawings form a composition for the painting by enabling me to envisage the placement of the movement on the canvas. The painting surface is then prepared and the gesture re-preformed on a two dimensional surface to create the work. The final stage of the process presents a live performance of the original choreography placed to correspond with the gesture in the painted works. Renowned dance artist Liz Lea will perform this piece for the opening.

My aim is to create gestural paintings that animate the sense of energy, space and movement that mirrors the experience of dancing in three-dimensional space. This work is crucially concerned with tracing out the dynamic linear movements in dance by presenting the elemental form and directional flow of the movement of the human body. It is my hope that this work will provide opportunity to pause and reflect on the relationships of beauty that occur when the human body is in motion.

Andrea McCuaig is a graduate in Fine Art Painting and Graphic Design and a current candidate for Doctor of Philosophy at ANU School of Art. Currently working from her studio at M16 Art Space in the ACT. Andrea has exhibited in Australia for the past 18 years and holds collections in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. Forthcoming exhibitions in 2017 are; Selected Works at Form Gallery Queanbeyan June 1–18, Amplified at M16 Art Space 28 September–15 October.

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Image: Andrea McCuaig, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on board, 180 x 240 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. 


Image: 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, Sprouting, 2017, patinated copper wire, 23x14x14 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/installation inspired by Scott Pollock's journey into the art world - how it happened, what inspires him, the process of creativity and ultimately finding his voice.

Scott discovered his creativity after having an aneurysm with a small bleed on the brain. As a side effect from the operation he had an episode of Hypo Mania. One of the symptoms of Hypo Mania is the release of heightened creativity. Although he had dabbled in sketching and writing before, never had he felt such passion or inspiration. From that moment on, he went into a whirlwind of painting, writing, painting, writing. He was obsessed.

After experiencing this, he became fascinated with how our mental state or being can be the most powerful influence on our lives - how those moments of extreme emotions can, and do, shape our lives in so many ways.

The main artwork for the exhibition captures his journey from the aneurysm through to where he is today in regards to his art. A lot of his works aim to capture those moments of extreme emotion. The exhibition space will be turned into something similar to his studio -  not only full of painting materials but also of the things that give and gave him inspiration - photos, sketches and personal items of importance - it will be a place of creativity. Among the studio his artworks will be displayed - hanging on walls, perched on easels, leaning against walls or in the bin.

 

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

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

KW@N3$
       
     
KW@N3$

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 - 15 December 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 30 November

Exhibition continues until 5pm Friday 15 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.

Image: Jacqueline Bradley, Draw a Line, 2015, pencil, steel dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Gesture Light
       
     
Gesture Light

Rachel Bruhn

Gallery 1

18 January - Sunday 4 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

Gesture light is a collection of 1000 small watercolour paintings plus animation. The project is based on the changing colour and light that endure over a repetitive sequence. The work presents as an overall pattern and when each piece is seen individually the intimate marks and gestures are seen. The individual circles form a rhythmic articulation of time passing. 

 

The artist has been inspired by formal and minimalist approaches to the production of art making, and enjoys working with ideas of small precious shapes usually overlooked.

 

Image: Rachel Bruhn, #A001, 2016, watercolour on rag, 19x14.5cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Rebirth of Reason
       
     
Rebirth of Reason

Corralee Rooney

Gallery 2

18 January - Sunday 4 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

‘Imagine if you could present your beliefs in a picture, expressed in colour?’ queries the artist. This exhibition is a series of abstract works that seeks to make us question life in a philosophical and abstract sense.

 

Image: Corralee Rooney, Petri Dish of Colour Theory, 2017, watercolour and ink, 129 x 92cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

 

Chrises of Content
       
     
Chrises of Content

Chloe Gray

Gallery 3

18 January - Sunday 4 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 January

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 26 November

Chrises of Content is not a single body of work, it’s a constantly evolving dialogue of self-reflection, and this is its most current evolution. Once it was an alter ego named Collie-K, and then it was Chole with her pet spider Jeffery. It’s always changing, always searching and always just a little strange. This is how Gray purges her anxiety, a coping mechanism to empty the artists' whirring thoughts and lock them down somewhere so she can move onto the bigger things. When things get out of control, she indulges in self-reflections of cathartic writing and making that, she has branded herCrises of Content.

 

Image: Chloe Gray, Untitled, inkjet on paper, 2014, 90 x 90cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Indiana Jones' dark reflection Belloq's taunt from the Cairo meeting, Raiders of the Lost Ark
       
     
Indiana Jones' dark reflection Belloq's taunt from the Cairo meeting, Raiders of the Lost Ark

Darren Nedza, Camille Thomas, Patrick Larmour

Gallery 1

8 February - Sunday 25 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 8 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 25 February

The character Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark taunts Indiana Jones by suggesting that were he buried under the sands of Egypt for several centuries even he would be worth something. Meant as an insult inside the context of the film it highlights the allure objects that have lasted past an individual's lifespan can hold. This film about “archaeology” made in the 1980s and set in the 1930s is in itself as an artefact. This moment piqued the artists' interest to explore different and changing ways of living across contemporary and historical periods.

 

This multi disciplinary exhibition hopes to reveal the way age old situations are communicated contemporarily, and to highlight the touch of history in the design of modern life. 

 

Image: Patrick Larmour, Bags, 2016, oil on linen, 100 x 100 cm. 

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Osculate
       
     
Osculate

Jenny Lyons

Gallery 2

8 February - Sunday 25 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 8 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 25 February

Designed especially for Gallery 2, this exhibition has been crafted from close up footage taken on the Queensland coast, focusing on the spiralling creations and disruption of bubbles in swash. It is thought that a part of the human brain is dedicated to recognising spiral patterns. This work artistically highlights these attractive and disorientative patterns, encouraging the audience to decipher the work through an awareness of their own physical responses.

 

This work will contribute to wider conversations concerning the brain: body and human, nature divided, and those exploring shared ideas and techniques between Australian Indigenous and Western trained artists.

Image: Jenny Lyons, Tidal Force - Section 1, 2011, painted glass, 25 x 30 x 14cm. 

Photo: courtesy of the artist. 

It is. They are.
       
     
It is. They are.

Lauren Butler

Gallery 3

8 February - Sunday 25 February 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 8 February

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 25 February

 

In this collection the artist experiments with unlikely textural and media combinations to create luscious, garish and bizarre artworks that explore the notion of being present with what is. Butler employs a spontaneous and subconscious creation style such that the elements in each work appear to materialise randomly from the monochromatic canvas background. This is achieved by working intuitively, with little deliberation. As a result, the elements feel impotent and unstable. Some are held down with thread. For now they are suspended here, but there is a sense that at any second they might move, morph or subside; the same way 'now' is constantly morphing into 'then'. The strange but visually delicious works draw the viewer into the 'now' as unexpected textures, shapes, shimmers and threads are examined in detail and touched with the eyes. They are made to be viewed and absorbed in the present. They simply 'are'.

 

Image: Lauren Butler, Untitled #3, 2017, mixed media, 45.5 x 61.5 x 3.4cm.

Picture: courtesy of the Artist. 

 

Wrapped in Sky
       
     
Wrapped in Sky

Carmel McCrow

Gallery 1A

1 March - Sunday 18 March 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 1 March

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 18 March

 

“…and always there’s a keyhole, which we prisoners call a sky”

                                   OSCAR WILDE

 

Sky…the result of an ancient explosion still in progress. The universe, still expanding, constantly changing, a living environment where sparks continue to fly. Above is the immeasurable scale and complexity of the universe, from which our minds, having immense capacity for thought and imagination, offers a vast array of manifestations. The sense of scale is majestic, inviting contemplation of the infinite, but with air and light movement constantly affecting change in colour, intensity and patterning, can also offer intimate glimpses of what may lie beyond our mundane world, to the sublime.

 

Image: Carmel McCrow, Liquid Gold, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.