CITY LIGHTS
       
     
AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES
       
     
BLOCK BY BLOCK
       
     
NEXUS
       
     
Project Reflect
       
     
Singular Archivists
       
     
Amalgam
       
     
M16 Studio Artists
       
     
210 DEDREES
       
     
Hands On Studio show
       
     
Urban Fragments
       
     
JUST PLAYING
       
     
HOLDING THE LINE
       
     
UNDER ICE
       
     
REIMAGINED PERSPECTIVES
       
     
SILK ON THE ROAD
       
     
Edible Plants in Art
       
     
NEW WORK
       
     
Aftermath
       
     
Bloom
       
     
FEET ON THE GROUND
       
     
THE 2018 M16 DRAWING PRIZE
       
     
CITY LIGHTS
       
     
CITY LIGHTS

Julie Spencer

Gallery 1

14 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 14 June

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 1 July

In style of the Impressionists, Spencer’s exhibition hopes to capture the sense of atmosphere in the urban experience. The diffused and dappled light of rainy nights transforms the solid city scape in to atmospheric hustle and bustle. Her practice is to '..thinly apply and drip paint like falling rain, as if jewels or stained glass windows and thickly textured paint, scratched back, and overlaid until the canvas is glowing.' The lucid and gestural style of her work reflects perfectly her subject matter.

Image: Julie Spencer, Autumn Rain Bunda Street, 2016, 150 x 200 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES
       
     
AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Tim Brook

Gallery 2

14 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 14 June

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 1 July

Australian Landscapes is an immersive installation of quiet, slow and contemplative digital video work. Every image is a celebration of the unexpected beauty of that Australian icon, the corrugated-iron fence. It is a close study of surface detail that is intended to evoke memories of the colours and textures of outback experiences. Many of the images involve paint that is dripping, fading or peeling, but the images remain photographic, not painterly. The patterns were formed by random processes until they were captured in the photographic frame—they were not carefully constructed like the paintings of Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists who have inspired this exhibition. After all, it is the delicacy of detail and the harshness of ground that is so characteristic of corrugated-iron.

www.hingstonbrook.com/iron/

Image: Tim Brook, Boulder WA No. 6, 1995, digital photograph, 1920 x 1080 px.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

BLOCK BY BLOCK
       
     
BLOCK BY BLOCK

Jenny Blake

Gallery 3

14 June - Sunday 1 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 14 June

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 1 July

Blake says her exhibition was inspired by an ABC documentary about excessive landfill. 'The program piqued my awareness of waste. After finding a builders rubbish skip full of pine off cuts, I was compelled to rescue the wood blocks from landfill. Wood is a precious resource and can stored carbon long after the trees has been harvest. My new mission now - to repurpose the off cuts, block by block. Using acrylics and pallet knives, I manipulated the paint, layering, scalping and sanding back to find natural ridges and knots. The wood surface allowed a tough and energetic approach, while exposing the gentle vulnerability in the fine lines nature had composed. The wood lines reveal and mimic mountain ranges and seascapes, while presenting a constant flow of energy.' The artist heroically brings new life to this tragic chapter. 'Block by block the wasted off cuts were rescued and nurtured to embody a new life, a new landscape brought into being as an ode to their previous life.'

Image: Jenny Blake, Wave, 62 x 45cm, Acrylic on Wood Assemblage.

Photo: Oliver Armstrong

 

NEXUS
       
     
NEXUS

Brian Hincksman

Gallery 1b

5 July - Sunday 22 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 July

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 22 July

Hincksman's works in Nexus tend towards the abstract in order to suggest a connectivity between humans and all living things in the natural environment. The exhibition will have a dual focus; painting and poetry, with live readings on the opening night. The paintings enter a dialogue of philosophy, physics and psychology simply bu their construction. Technique is therefore as important as the end result, with Hincksman considering composition all manner of things, not just structural or visual;  intuition, instinct, emotion and the subconscious mind play more of a role.

Image: Brian Hincksman, The Octopus, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 90 x 60cm 

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

Project Reflect
       
     
Project Reflect

Allison Jonas Young

Gallery 2

5 July - Sunday 22 July 2018

‘Project Reflect’ is Allison Jonas Young’s most recent series of artworks. Within each circular panel we find two smaller circles, two parts within the whole. Each of the two smaller circles are mirrors to each other’s missing bits. These pairs are not incongruous, while they may appear quite different from one and other they are in fact a perfect match. Like any good complementary opposite they complete each other, they balance each other out and create harmony together.

Image: Allison Jonas Young, Luck And Openness, 2017, Acrylic on Timber, 30cmØ x 2.2cm, Photo: Allison Jonas Young

 

Singular Archivists
       
     
Singular Archivists

Llewellyn McGarry, Dierdre Pearce, Isobel Rayson, Alison Moeller and Kate McCambridge

Gallery 1a

5 July - Sunday 22 July 2018

In singular archivists the artists are exploring ways of registering their everyday presence at different levels of proximity with the surrounding space: bodily, domestic, environmental and digital. The discovery of place, the experimentation of mark-making, record-keeping practices and engagement with their environments are evident in the exhibited work. As artists, they use a combination of performance and documentary practices including photography, drawing, digital archiving and physical objects which evidence their presence in each space and the traces they leave behind.

Image: Dierdre Pearce, Alison Moeller and Kate McCambridge, one of the series fragments of an imagined existence, 2017, digital photograph documenting performance, Domain de Boisbuchet, Lessac, France, August 2017.

Photo credit: Dierdre Pearce, Alison Moeller and Kate McCambridge.

Amalgam
       
     
Amalgam

Phil Alldis

Gallery 3

5 July - Sunday 22 July 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 5 July

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 22 July

'I like working with found imagery and find something interesting about images removed from their context. The compositions are generated in Photoshop, where I have played around with imagery from different sources, ranging from the obscure to the personal, cropping, layering, flipping and distorting until something which is intriguing to me emerges. I have allowed for intuition to play a central role in the process and the accumulation of image-upon-image.- Phil Alldis

Alldis focuses on the division of space within composition, and the subtle influences of modernism in his exhibition. He is particluarly attracted, in this exhibition, to the use of text as part of his dialogue with tone, pattern and shape. The artist explores with forms and spaces until a composition achieves 'rightness'.

Image: Phil Alldis, b53, 2017, charcoal and wax on canvas, 71 x 56 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

M16 Studio Artists
       
     
M16 Studio Artists

M16 Studio Artists

Gallery 1

26 July - Sunday 12 August 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 July

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 12 August

M16’s studio artists present their annual group exhibition. Representing a broad cross-section of Canberra’s artistic practitioners, the exhibition highlights the diversity of professional art practice at M16 through paintings, prints, drawings, jewellery and objects produced by both established and emerging artists.

 

210 DEDREES
       
     
210 DEDREES

Studio Artists of Canberra Art Workshop

Gallery 2

26 July - Sunday 12 August 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 July

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 12 August

Canberra Art Workshop is a thriving studio centre for the arts in the M16 Artspace. We welcome all artists, from complete beginners to practicing professionals. Humans have a wide field of view of slightly more than 210 degrees. Members of CAW produce artworks in a surprisingly wide range of genres, mediums and techniques. This exhibition presents a range of work including life drawing, pastel, watercolour, portraiture, print making and others – all made in Canberra Art Workshop’s studio.

Image: Canberra Art Workshop, 2017.

Photo: courtesy of M16 Artspace.

Hands On Studio show
       
     
Hands On Studio show

Artists of Hands on Studio

Gallery 3

26 July - Sunday 12 August 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 26 July

Exhibitions continues until 5pm Sunday 12 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 run by CatholicCare housed 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: Installation shot of Hands on Studio's 2017 exhibition in Gallery 3.

Photo: courtesy of M16 Artspace.

 

Urban Fragments
       
     
Urban Fragments

Phil Page

Gallery 1

16 August - Sunday 2 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 16 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 2 September

Urban Fragments will present paintings which interrogate aspects of Canberra’s urban palimpsest, where the layers of its history have only been partly erased. It will use layered imagery to explore some urban incidents of this relatively young city and the environmental interventions that have made it.

Image: Philip Page, Paris Aerial 2, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 122cm.

Photo: courtesy of Dorian Photographs.

JUST PLAYING
       
     
JUST PLAYING

Clare Martin and Mike O'Kane

Gallery 2

16 August - Sunday 2 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 16 August

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 2 September

“Undirected spontaneous play is a vital part of creativity. Our art often starts with a spontaneous undirected type of play, similar to a child’s exploration or make-believe.” The artworks in Just Playing aim to preserve this light, with a sometimes joking, sometimes role-playing, point of departure. Now, what happens when play becomes more dark and sinister?

Clare Martin is a sculptor based in the Canberra region. Mike O’Kane teaches art at Otago University NZ.

Image: Clare Martin, Foghorn, 2016, copper, plastic, breezeblock, gouache, 23 x 40 x 20cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

 

HOLDING THE LINE
       
     
HOLDING THE LINE

Bruce Tunks

Gallery 1

6 September - Sunday 23 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 September

Holding the Line, a collection of paintings and sculptures, is an on-going exploration of line and energy in nature. It is a reaction to the ‘language’ of the landscape and examines the importance of line in structure formation and the relationship of these structures to the space in which they exist.

Image: Bruce Tunks, Aesthete, 2017, steel, 57 x 14cm.

Photo: Benita Tunks, courtesy of the artist.

UNDER ICE
       
     
UNDER ICE

Justine McLaren

Gallery 2

6 September - Sunday 23 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 September

Under Ice is a solo exhibition by sculptor craftswoman Justine McLaren. Her wired objects reflect the theme of the limits of existence and the wonder of survival in extreme circumstances.

Under Ice is a visual response to the artist’s research on the sea creatures that live under the Amery and Ross Sea Ice Shelves of Antarctica. Combining traditional weaving methods with contemporary materials such as discarded data cable and telephone wires, McLaren re-forms animals only recently discovered by humans.

Image: Justine McLaren, Urchin 1, 2016, copper wire, plastic, 15 x 15 x 15cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

REIMAGINED PERSPECTIVES
       
     
REIMAGINED PERSPECTIVES

Madisyn Zabel

Gallery 3

6 September - Sunday 23 September 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 6 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 23 September

Reimagined Perspectives is a solo exhibition by Madisyn Zabel that explores the contrasts and tensions that exist between three-dimensional objects and their flat representations through glass and mixed media installations.

Within this exhibition, Zabel creates a dialogue between geometric forms made from glass and their projected shapes in space. Opposing positive and negative forces, this visual collision invites us to rethink the space, the volume and the relationship between virtual and physical shapes.

Images: Madisyn Zabel, Outline Blue Detail, 2017, Glass, paint, nails, string, approx 6 x 5 x 6cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

SILK ON THE ROAD
       
     
SILK ON THE ROAD

Jeffree Skewes

Gallery 1

27 September - Sunday 14 October 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 27 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 14 October

Silk on the Road represents the culmination of combining specific artworks with the artist’s poetry presented as an exhibition of paintings, poetic works, installation and associated book launch.

It is a lucid rendering of an allegorical journey that takes place over an inexact time, across my imagined and fabled lands of the Silk Road.

Image: Jeffree Skewes, Silk on the Road Map, 2015, pen ink on rice paper and interfacing silk ribbon, 80 x 80cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Edible Plants in Art
       
     
Edible Plants in Art

The Watercolour Group

Gallery 3

27 September - 14 October

Opening 6pm Thursday 27 September

The intimate relationship between humans and plants has, through the ages, been central to the development of civilisation. Plants affect every aspect of our lives; diet, economics, customs, healing practices and artistic endeavour.

From the earliest civilisations plants were the subjects of drawings and paintings. The painting of food became a popular genre for Spanish Renaissance artists.

This series of Still Life paintings worked in gouache on black gesso takes a more modern look at edible plants in art. Works are in gouache on black gesso and incorporate traditional geometric two point perspective.

Image: Judith Hurlstone, Bodegon, 2017, Gouache on black gesso, detail.

NEW WORK
       
     
NEW WORK

Brenton McGeachie and Martin Paull

Gallery 1a

18 October - Sunday 4 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 4 November

A joint exhibition by Martin Paull and Brenton McGeachie, both-long term Canberra based artists, exhibiting paintings, drawings and photographs. This exhibition explores interpretations of landscape and sense of place.

Image: Brenton McGeachie, Untitled, 2016, Archival Pigment Print, 490 x 600 cm.

Photo: courtesy of the artist.

Aftermath
       
     
Aftermath

Murray Kirkland

Gallery 1b

18 October - Sunday 4 November 2018 

Aftermath displays a progression of images of First World War soldiers with facial injuries – from their initial injury to the final stage of their recuperation, in reverse.

Through showing images of a particular type of injury that has had little attention, I seek to draw attention to the sort of wounds that are not visible, that are not talked about enough and continue to plague the lives of returned service personnel, and to raise the question; what are we left with after war?

 

Image: William Kearsey courtesy of Kerry Neale, photographed in 2016 from the archive of the Royal College of Surgeons, Melbourne.

Bloom
       
     
Bloom

Jodie Cunningham

Gallery 2

18 October - 4 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 October

In the exhibition Bloom artist Jodie Cunningham exhibits a body of digital images that are the result of a process of personal transformation. Cunningham’s images use the language of geometric abstraction and symbolism to journal her daily observations and navigation of her emotional journey through the challenges of conflict, grief and heartbreak and the joys of connection, love, gratitude and peace.

Image: Jodie Cunningham, 2018, A little much for me, Digital print on fibre rag 310gsm

FEET ON THE GROUND
       
     
FEET ON THE GROUND

Lucille Carson and Ruth Hingston

Gallery 3

18 October - Sunday 4 November 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 18 October

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 4 November

This exhibition focuses on Ruth Hingston and Lucille Carson’s extensive and ongoing observations of human interaction and activity with and on the landscape. Featuring the local Canberra urban and suburban landscape, both artists observe the swiftness and increased impact of our human footprint.

Image: Ruth Hingston, Land 4 Sale @ Farm Gate, 2015, embroidery on linen, 35 x 35.7cm.

Photo: Tim Brook.

THE 2018 M16 DRAWING PRIZE
       
     
THE 2018 M16 DRAWING PRIZE

29 November - 14 December 2018

Opening 6pm Thursday 29 November until 5pm Friday 14 December

This highly acclaimed prize, which has been running since 2006, includes an array of work produced on paper or other surfaces using either traditional or non-traditional drawing materials and techniques. All entries are produced within the past 12 months and the exhibition seeks to examine, challenge and open up a dialogue concerning definitions and perceptions of what drawing can be.

The judges for this year’s prize are Dr. Christopher Chapman, Senior Curator, National Portrait Gallery and Alison Alder, Head of Printmedia and Drawing, ANU School of Art and Design.

Image: Nicci Haynes ,Drawing and me, 2017, (Still). Courtesy of the artist.