New Exhibitions

Opening Friday 2 September 6-8pm

Artist Talks Saturday 17 September from 3pm

Gallery One

Joannou/Cahill

Red Herring

Red Herring ImagesPollyxenia Joannou and Anthony Cahill have been friends and colleagues for the past three and a half decades and despite being in close contact/discourse over this time, they have never brought their practices together in a collaborative fashion.

So, during regular discussions about their work and where each artist saw their work to be heading, it was decided that they should work on a collaboration called Red Herring.

The aim of this collaboration was to explore what they surmised to be the similarities of each other’s work when exhibited side by side having been sight unseen by the other. It was decided that a theme could be used to give connection, a starting point for the exhibition. This connection was to be based on the subject of shadow as both artists felt an affinity to this as a concept and hence, Red Herring was born.

Joannou and Cahill settled on a format, proceeded to their studios and over the past 12 months, have produced this body of work.

Gallery Two

Kendal Heyes

Polynesia

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Kendal Heyes’ paintings connect to visual experiences associated with Polynesia, in particular, the paintings on velvet of Polynesian women by Edgar Leeteg, popular in the 1930’s and 40’s, and tapa cloth works, especially the freehand works from Samoa and Niue.

These paintings take from both Leeteg and the Polynesian artists an emphasis on optical effects as an aspect of painting. And like the tapa cloth works they take the form Rosalind Krauss identifies as centripetal grids: ‘Concentrating on the surface of the work as something complete and internally organized,’ each work consists of a series of departures and variations of the grid that frames it.

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Francesca Mataraga

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‘stripes and banners’ presents documentation and artefacts from a series of  painting and sculpture projects from 2012 onward.

These works differ in scale, scope and delivery quite broadly but are all based on a set of stripe motifs sourced from a series of fabric patterns. Each work was created for or adapted to a specific site or location and explores different ways of using the stripe motif. Some works are large-scale site-specific paintings or murals, other works are sculptural using domestic architecture – specifically the fence as a visual and physical mode of delivery. Further works have evolved into large-scale banners, literally becoming spatial paintings. All the works function as expanded or spatial paintings, situating the stripe motif in the landscape or in relation to existing architecture where the work in-situ is just as important as it’s photographic image.

Deep Space

Mog&Mog

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Mog&Mog are multi-disciplinary artists Alexandra Edmondson and Kate Fennell. As a creative partnership encompassing art, design, writing and film-making, they are interested in exploring perceptions of self and marginality of identity. Their new show, Future selfis an immersive installation exploring the formation of identity through storytelling.

4 images from top to bottom: 1. LHS: Anthony Cahill, Cave & Moon #4, 2016, oil on linen, 90 x 90cm. Photo credit: Anthony Cahill. RHS: Pollyxenia Joannou, Shadow Whisper, 2016, oil, pigment on wood, 90 x 90cm. Photo credit: John McRae. 2. Kendal Heyes, Untitled #10, from Polynesia series, 2016, oil and crushed marble on velvet , 120 x 91.4cm. Photo: Kendal Heyes. 3. Francesca Mataraga, ‘photographic documentation of banner for Sculpture by the Sea 2014 (Tamarama)’. Image courtesy the artist. 4: Mog&Mog, Future self, 2016, digital image.

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ARTIST TALKS

Saturday 20 August 2pm

The final day of the August exhibitions

10 Junction Street Marrickville

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Join artists Anie Nheu, Sarah Mufford, Sally Clarke, Brenda Factor and Sara Sohrabian for art talks that delve into topics ranging from the psychology of the displaced body to tessellation and the geometric ratio of 2:1:2:1:2; from inscribed skins and unintended consequences to the formation of dual identity.

The talks will be followed by relaxed conversation over tea and baking concepts presented on TableSpace downstairs, a normally dull space that transforms into a gustatory spectacle on the third Saturday of every month. Why not demonstrate your prowess in the kitchen and participate in this highly coveted exhibition opportunity? We can only encourage you!

 

Image above: August exhibitions. LtoR: Details of works by Anie Nheu, Sarah Mufford, Brenda Factor and Sara Sohrabian.

August Exhibitions

Friday 5 – Saturday 20 August

Opening Event: Friday 5 August 6-8pm

Gallery One

Anie Nheu

Forms on Edge

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One of the ideas that sustains Anie Nheu’s visual exploration is the relationship the body forms to the space it inhabits. ‘Relationship’ encapsulates the experiences of a body in a myriad of affect and effects, both tangible and intangible. The background narrative is told through a female body of a perpetual migrant who was born into a predominately patriarchal culture. Resettlement and adaptation brought changes in traditionally assigned roles. Negotiations for place and roles in new communities and at a micro level within the family were acutely felt. These ideas form the basis of the visual framework for the exhibition.

Gallery Two

Sarah Mufford

Repeat

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Sarah Mufford’s practice explores intuitive, abstract expressionistic technique juxtaposed with mathematical patterning of circular, sacred geometry derived from Eastern and Western methodologies. It is an acknowledgment of the history of abstraction and uses ritual as both process and philosophical driving force.

Overlapping, repeated circle tessellations form grids emphasising spatial relationships within the composition. The resulting four segmented star-like shapes painted in opaque white and transparent rose reference the mathematical process that Giotto and his Bottega employed in decorative sections such as fabric drapery and also in the manner with which he devised the gold star ceiling of the Scrovegni chapel in Padua, Italy. This geometric ratio is 2:1:2:1:2, or “One Between Two”.

It is also found in traditional Indian Miniature painting and used as a ritualistic mantra and methodology in the depiction of any kind of organisational, decorative pattern from leaf and flower shapes, to fabric, brickwork, carpet and flooring. In Repeat Mufford uses this method of sacred geometry to organise the pattern of tiny plant references, gold leaf work and grid.

The Cranny

Sally Clarke and Brenda Factor

Beast People

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Inspired by Dr Moreau’s experimental lab, Clarke and Factor combine, by way of a metaphorical vivisection, their practices and materials to create a hybrid installation of materials and ideas. Clarke literally references the scientist’s laboratory with a suggestion of unintended consequences while Factor produces skins impregnated with medieval imagery of fantastical creatures.

Deep Space

Sara Sohrabian

Rapture/Rupture

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Rupture/Rapture addresses the inevitability of change while acknowledging the strong hold that memory can hold over the present. For migrants, who have lost a direct connection to their culture and to the ties of their past, identity shifts between a duality. While embracing the many aspects of a new culture, a feeling of isolation, division and dislocation can ensue. Rupture/Rapture explores these complex feelings.

Images Top to Bottom: Anie Nheu, Double-Edged, 2016, mixed media on design board, 56.5 x 17cm. Image credit: Anie Nheu; Sarah Mufford: Catalunya (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist; Brenda Factor, Skins, 2016, silicon, various dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist; Sara Sohrabian, Rupture/Rapture 5, 2015. Image Courtesy of the artist.

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Saturday 23 July

Ajay Sharma

AirSpace Projects and Ashfield Library

Chai and Cheerio again

Miniature Painting Demo

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JULY EXHIBITION OPENING RESCHEDULED

to Friday 8 July 6-8pm

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the July exhibitions have been rescheduled to open on Friday 8 July 6-8pm. We ask you to join us to welcome Ajay Sharma and Stephanie Snider to Sydney and to view what are going to be three wonderful exhibitions.

July Exhibitions

8- 23 July 2016

Ajay Sharma (Jaipur)
Stephanie Snider (Brooklyn)
Vinita Sharma (Jaipur)

Opening Friday 8 July 6.00-8.00pm

After the Puja ceremony, exhibitions will be opened by
Dr. Vinod Bahade, Deputy Consul General of India, 6.30pm

Gallery One

Ajay Sharma

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Ajay Sharma, master miniature painter, returns to Sydney from Jaipur to share his observations of the changing role and status of women in India. He will also be exhibiting a Ragamala and others works in the tradition of Indian miniature painting.

Gallery Two

Stephanie Snider

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Stephanie Snider, artist and academic at Pennsylvania State University, presents her latest collages and undertakes a collaborative project with Ajay Sharma at Thirning Villa, Ashfield.

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Vinita Sharma

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We are excited to present Vinita Sharma’s first solo exhibition. Her miniature paintings depict architectural forms and intimate domestic scenes.

Images above courtesy of the artists. All rights reserved © 2016.

A.I.R. Thirning Villa, Ashfield

Ajay Sharma and Stephanie Snider will be the Artists-In-Residence at Thirning Villa, Ashfield from 17 June – 29 July.

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Keep an eye out for their workshops on the Thirning Villa website

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Thirning Villa is supported by Inner West Council

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Come and join us for Qigong.

Good for the body and good for the soul!

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For more information click on the link below

Qigong Classes

June Exhibitions

Friday 3 – Saturday 18 June

Opening Event: Friday 3 June 6-8pm

Gallery One

Unravel

Nerine Martini

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Unravel is an exhibition of drawings and sculptures. This body of work continues Martini’s interest in ideas of belonging, loss, displacement, migration, travel and home. It is a response both to the uncertainties of our time as well as a personal narrative, one that is yet to fully unravel.

Gallery Two

Site Seeing

Fiona Hooton

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The works in Site Seeing are models assembled from found, toy-building blocks and sampled fragments of film. They are constructed impressions of cities, their nightly romantic spectacle and their mortgage belts and housing bubbles.

Fiona Hooton is a Canberra-based artist who is currently the artist-in-residence at Thirning Villa, Ashfield until 16 June.

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The Cranny

It Speaks of Others

Kate Brown and Tom Hungerford

Curated by Elyse Goldfinch

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It Speaks of Others is a collaborative exhibition that will explore the unexpected and abstracted relationships between the human voice and it’s emotive, communicative force. Kate and Tom have both discovered a fascination in the human voice through their musical backgrounds and experiences as artists working with sound. By transforming the gallery into a living organ, the artists will inscribe the space through a vocal performance from 6pm – 7pm on the opening night.

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Memory Catchers

Joanne Makas

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Memory Catchers is an investigation into how memory can be carried or stored within the materiality of an object. The work grows from an inquiry into the physicality of painting and using colour as a device to trigger memories of past places, times and events.

Images Top to Bottom: Nerine Martini, Between Certainties, 2016, 104 x 187 x 132cm, plywood, woven plastic bags. Image courtesy the artist; Fiona Hooton: Codebox 3, Image courtesy of the artist; Ear, 2016, promotional image: Tom Hungerford; Joanne Makas, Tea-In-Sin, 2015, cotton, oil, acrylic, marble dust, wood, 28 x 36 x 60cm. Image: Document Photography.

ARTIST TALKS

Saturday 21 May 2-5pm

The final day of the May exhibitions

10 Junction Street Marrickville

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Join artists Michelle Heldon, Yiorgo Yiannopoulos, Amy Claire Mills and Uri Auerbach for art talks, cake and tea. Engage in conversation about art inspired by cold climates; sites of queer resistance activated by a glance; the secret life of collaboration and meditations on displacement.

ALL WELCOME

Image above: Detail of Kath Fries work from the Beguile i-vii series, 2015, archival photographic print on cotton rag paper, 43x43cm, edition 1/3. Image: AirSpace Projects

Fiona Hooton

Site Seeing: Exhibition and Residency

17 May – 16 June 2016

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Canberra artist Fiona Hooton will be taking up a one month residency at Ashfield Council’s Thirning Villa from 17 May to 16 June to coincide with her exhibition Site Seeing at AirSpace Projects. During the residency Fiona will be undertaking projects in the Ashfield Council Area.

Read on  to find out more about Fiona Hooton’s events and activities:

Site Seeing

Exhibition, 3-18 June

Opening Friday 3 June, 6-8pm. All Welcome!

AirSpace Projects, 10 Junction Street, Marrickville

New works by Fiona Hooton, Site Seeing includes models and maps of cities assembled from found, building blocks and sampled fragments of film. These assemblages investigate our conflicted relationship with cities, their public sites and private spaces.

www.fionahooton.com.au

Ashfield Stories of Place (digital project)

Stories about place not only enhance local community belonging but also give outsiders insights into the values and connections within the local community. Stories put us in touch with others, our surroundings and with ourselves.

Fiona is seeking volunteers to assist with telling digital stories about Ashfield, people, places and events. If you are interested email:

catfi@netspeed.com.au

Ashfield Lightning Talks

7.15pm, Wednesday 15 June

Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street, Ashfield

Come along to hear speakers, channel stories (5 mins each) about spirited people, places and events linked to Ashfield’s past and present.

Held in association with Ashfield locals and community groups.

Suitable for all ages

Free, bookings recommended

https://register.eventarc.com/34390/ashfield-lightning-talks

Shapeshifting – Sculpture Workshop

1012.30am, Sunday 12 June

Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street, Ashfield

Explore what’s extraordinary about the spaces and places you live, in this hands on workshop. Re-shape your neighbourhood by tearing up past and present maps and combining them with your imagination. Investigate ideas of what a ‘model’ city might be and build your own version using recycled materials.
Suitable for ages eight and up.
Free, booking recommended

https://register.eventarc.com/34066/sculpture-workshop-shapeshifting-ashfield

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