Friday 6 February – Saturday 21 February

AirSpace Projects is expanding it’s exhibition space into the indoor driveway and basement next door. The new development also includes a workshop/seminar area as well as an outdoor courtyard where Sarah Newall is currently undertaking a three-month sustainability project. To celebrate this expansion, we are holding a group exhibition called Openings. Artists will be interpreting the term as they see fit.

Participating artists: Annie Aitken, Susan Andrews, Janine Bailey, Kylie Banyard, Mike Barnard and Jacqui Mills, Ciaran Begley, Robert Bennetts, Anthony Cahill, Sue Callanan, Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Leo Coyte, Rox De Luca, Lynda Draper, Michele Elliot, Alex Falkiner, Jan Fieldsend, Natalie Gock, Veronica Habib, Natasha Halicki, Yvette Hamilton, Kendal Heyes, Pollyxenia Joannou, Erin Keys, Deborah Kelly, Hyun-Hee Lee, Glenn Locklee, Fleur MacDonald, Francesca Mataraga, Tony McDonald, Fiona Meller, Jacqui Mills, Sarah Newall, James Nguyen, Anie Nheu, Rafaela Pandolfini, Sue Pedley, Jane Polkinghorne, Emma Price, Margaret Roberts, Catherine Rogers, Nuha Saad, Marlene Sarroff, Kristel Smits, Helen M Sturgess & Mo Giddy and Sam Valenz

A Selection of Works

Annie Aitken

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Looking for Closure, 2015. Mixed media, 14 cotton and plastic zips. 159 x 106cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Susan Andrews

Wedge, 2015. Acrylic on timber, 60 x 30 x 6cm. Image credit: Susan Andrews.

Kylie Banyard

Domescope Haze 1, 2014. Lambda print, 64 x 81cm, edition of 3 plus 2 artist proofs. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kylie Banyard is represented by Galerie Pom Pom.

Ciaron Begley

Ciaran Begley
Private View, 2015. Light, found objects, ceramic, RGB projector part, variable dimensions. Image courtesy of AirSpace Projects.

 Robert Bennetts

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Random Openings, 2015, Acrylic and oil pastel on Stonehenge Paper, 75 x 60cm

Random openings in the visual fabric encourages new interpretations of preconceived spatial concerns.

 Sue Callanan

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In the space of a breath: device for circulating air, 2015. Air conditioning duct, variable up to 6 x 0.6 x 0.5m. Image courtesy of the artist.

This work is occupied and animated by a performer so that it appears to hover between utlititarian object and living form. Once the performance is completed it takes on other configurations in its resting form.

 Leo Coyte

Under the Arches, 2015. Oil on board, 40 x 45cm.

Leo Coyte is represented by Galerie Pom Pom.

Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen

 Vox Humana Study, 2011. Ink on Wenzhou paper, 24.5 x 38.5cm

The human voice forms an invisible thread connecting one person to another. Linking mouths to ears, vocal vibrations join the openings into our bodies. Through physical resonance, we can affect the mental and emotional state of another being. This ink study is a visual exploration of this thread.

Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen is represented by Atrium Gallery

 Rox De Luca

Rox De Luca is a visual artist based in Sydney Australia. She received a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) from Canberra School of Art (1985) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration, University of NSW (1988).

De Luca’s recent works focus on the concepts of abundance, excess and waste; and are reflections on the plastic detritus she collects predominantly from Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach.

Saved White, 2014. Mixed media. Dimensions variable: 230 x 35cm.

Saved White (openings), 2015. Mixed media. Dimensions variable: 40 x 20 x 13cm.

 Lynda Draper

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Vessel, 2014. Ceramics. 16 x 21 x 16cm. Image courtesy of AirSpace Projects.

Lynda Draper is represented by Gallerysmith, Melbourne

 Michele Elliot

Michele Elliot
Floatation Device (whitewash) 1-3, 2014. Gifted clothing, cotton thread, fabric printing ink, various dimensions. Image courtesy of AirSpace Projects.

 Alex Falkiner

Plinth Creatures 1, 2, 3. 2015. Mixed media, various dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist.
Alex F detail
Floating Fragment Drawing (detail), 2014. Mixed media and pins, variable dimensions. No image.

Jan Fieldsend

Night Sky: i felt a cleavage in my mind, 2015. Screen print, drawing, collage, textile and flocking, 24 x 40cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Night Sky II: black hole, 2015. Screen print, drawing, collage, textile and flocking, 24 x 40cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Night Sky III: camera obscura, 2015. Screen print, drawing, collage, textile and flocking, 24 x 40cm. No image available.

Natalie Gock

Nat Gock
Blossom Studs. Sterling silver and paint, variable dimensions.

 Kendal Heyes

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Untitled (PN3), 2015. Acrylic, oil and pigment on velvet, 122 x 92cm. Photo credit: Kendal Heyes.

 Pollyxenia Joannou

Emigre #2 and Emigre #1, 2014. Felt, wood & cotton, L110 x H46 x D42 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Red Rectangle, 2013. Felt, polymer acrylic, wax pencil, 70 x 70cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Émigré series
To arrive
Far from what is familiar
Bringing what is familiar
The past
The future
The unknown
The hybrid

Deborah Kelly

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 Notes on the intransigence of Venus (Sheela), 2012. Paper collage and UV protective matte varnish on hand-made Korean mulberry paper, 40.5 x 31cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

 Hyun-Hee Lee

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Money Money Money, 2015. Paper, ink, silk thread on canvas, 31 x 31cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Money speaks many languages in the modern world. I have used money as a symbol of good luck as it can open many possibilities in life. Often used as a dedication in religion or as a gift on special occasions especially in a superstitious culture such as Korea.

Hyun-Hee Lee is represented by Artereal gallery

 Li Wenmin

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Encounter – The Taste of Rain, 2015. Pencil, pen, watercolour and paper collage. 23 x 23 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Li Wenmin is represented by Flinders Street Gallery

Glenn Locklee

Glenn Locklee ascent copy
Ascent, 2015. Oil and blue tape on ply, 40.4 x 30.4cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

 Fleur MacDonald

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Victory, 2015. Gouache on 12mm ply, 40x40cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

 Francesca Mataraga

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banner for Sculpture by the Sea 2014 (Tamarama) – close up view from beach & view from road with runner, 2015. 2 photographic images of installation/sculptural work, each 88 x 30cm.

Installation/sculptural banner work: 22.39m x 1.95m/0.975m

banner for Sculpture by the Sea (Tamarama), 2014, was a work installed along the south railing above Tamarama beach for the duration of the 2014 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. The work functioned as a spatial painting, set against the dramatic landscape of the beach. The banner is the latest in a series of works commenced in 2012, that use stripes based on various fabric patterns as a form of expanded painting, exploring size and scale in architectural space. This body of work presents the striped motif in different formats and uses different materials to create large-scale installations that respond to architectural spaces or the landscape.

 Tony McDonald

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Tilt, 2015. Acrylic on board, 30 x 53.5cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Fiona Meller

Fiona Meller
While I Breathe I Hope (imaged: bangle and ring), 2015. Cast Sterling silver, various dimensions. Image coutesy of AirSpace Projects.

 Jacqui Mills

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Out Of Time, 2015. Video still. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sarah Newall

Sarah Newall
Flowers picked on the way to the opening, 2015. Cotton yarn, acrylic paint, pine and plywood. Variable dimensions. Image courtesy of AirSpace Projects.

 Anie Nheu

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A Feeling on Openings, 2015. Acrylic on plywood. Organic dimension (roughly 90×85 cm). Image courtesy of artist.

Rafaela Pandolfini

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Pitch er Plant, 2013. Photograph in frame, 10 x 15cm.

 Nuha Saad

Nuha Saad Column II 2011 copy
Column II, 2011, Acrylic on wood, 63.5 x 29 x 29 cm. Photo credit: Jenni Carter

 Marlene Sarroff

Bridging the Gap, 2015. Acrylic, foam board,38 cm width 122 cm length (variable ). Floor/wall work

 Kristel Smits

Kristel Smits

Helen M Sturgess and Mo Giddy

Helen Sturgess and Mo Trade Secrets
Trade: Secrets, 2015. Mixed media. Variable dimensions.

Do you have a secret? Something you’ve never told anyone, or avoided telling someone? In this work, a web of secrets is spun in the dark, as each participant reveals their secret to another, anonymously …



Review by Fleur MacDonald, SIXTOEIGHT