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Saturday 20 May 3-5pm

10 Junction Street Marrickville

Just 6 minutes walk along Schwebel Street from Marrickville Station

1. Stella Chen, Facade of Memory: Caged, 2015-17, camera-based performance, single channel sound/installation, 150cm x 265cm. Photographer Franz Anthony

Join Eunjoo Jang and Stella Chen on Saturday 20 May 3-5pm for more stimulating talks at AirSpace Projects. AirSpace Projects’ Director, Sally Clarke, will also discuss the exhibition of original paintings by Ajay and Vinita Sharma, Review before the Storm, a preliminary exhibition before Ajay Sharma comes out in September for an exhibition of new works and workshops. The four exhibitions offer a broad range of ideas for discussion ranging from the codification of the artist to the interpretation of dreams through modern technologies.  We will delve into questions such as what makes an Indian miniature painting contemporary and how does one come to terms with generational trauma when there are only fragmented memories to work with.

After the talks we will have informal conversations over tea and home-baked cakes. It’s also your chance to catch another moving painting by wax artist Sarah Eddowes, in a most surprising location.

Misael M., Asemic Writing, 2015-2017, Installation, spray paint, canvas, oil, synthetic leather, basket, eggs. Photography by Isabel Rouch.

IWOST

Bonus Open Day

and last day of the May exhibitions

Sunday 21 May 11-5pm

10 Junction Street Marrickville

Eunjoo Jang, Vitruvian Pink, 2017, paint, ink and scratch hologram on aluminium, 120 x120cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

Ajay Sharma, Shiva and Parvati (from original series 1-4), khariya, stone pigment, 31 x 41cm. Image courtesy of the atist

 

 

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AirSpace Projects is currently closed while we install the May Exhibitions

May Exhibitions

5-21 May 2017

10 Junction Street, Marrickville

Just 6 minutes easy walk from Marrickville Station

Opening Event: Friday 5 May, 6-8pm

Artist Talks: Saturday 20 May, 3-5pm

Open Sunday 21 May from 11-5 for the 20/21 May

Inner West Studio Trail

Gallery One

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Prolegomena: About filters, codification and domestication

“One must distinguish between what is understood and what is not understood”

–Søren Kierkegaard

Prolegomena: About filters, codification and domestication stems from an attempt to expose the precarious basis of the human communicational/epistemological system. Understood from signic to symbolic systems, including all the complexities associated with the interpretation of meaning (hermeneutics).

Focusing on the treatment of certain semantic and linguistic theories (namely those of Ferdinand de Saussure, Charles S. Pierce, Umberto Eco, Edmund Husserl, Foucault, etc.), the investigation is presented as a triadic system of understanding the world

(filters, codification and domestication), with the possibility of emancipation via a fourth subversive one: The language of poetics; that constant which creates the intertextuality among apparently dissimilar topics, the epiphany after a paroxysm, the slang, the neologism, the mystics of the absurd.

“The irony rises and subverts; humour falls and perverts”, says Foucault in his Theatrum Philosophicum, and the proposal emphasises this; the best way to learn and destroy is through humour & confusion (at least that is what we think for now).

Note to the public:

This exhibition is just an ‘attempt’ and therefore we take full responsibility for the suicidal task. Any complaints will only be received in written form, with the exception of those individuals who may lack hands.

Gallery Two

Eunjoo Jang

The Illusion that is Reality

The Illusion that is Reality explores the phenomenon of virtualisation, which is often referred to as ‘blended reality’. It describes the time and space that allows a person to experience different realities, which in Jang’s case, is explored through virtual layers employing mobile technologies.

Jang’s work encapsulates the process of virtualisation and how it exceeds the limits of our physical world by creating another dimension for individuals to experience. This transition into a new dimension, an unconscious world, opens the possibility to travel into the world of dreams and imagination.

Jang uses her body to map the city area by undertaking a series of walks over a period of several months. Her routes are then reviewed and processed through Google maps and translated into a series of scratch holograms, an analogue technique of drawing on aluminium to make representations through light diffraction, reflection and interference. By allowing the elusive, moving effects of the scratch holograms and the line drawings in aluminium to co-exist, Jang balances the modalities of actual and virtual.

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Stella Chen

Facade of Memory

Facade of Memory is an installation presented by artist Stella Chen. This exhibition questions the accuracy of recollection and portrays the present as a state of flux. Chen’s work locates itself in the past and present by delving into the unreliable, fraudulent and fragmented nature of memory.

Chen comes from a traditional family in Taiwan and lives as a migrant in Australia. For Chen, the sense of dislocation created by making a home in a new country holds parallels to the traditional cultural practice of ‘Tongyangxi’, whereby girls are adopted into the family of their future husbands. Chen explores her personal history through the execution of a caged hoop skirt, which signifies her immersion into Western society while simultaneously symbolising female identity within a patriarchal world.

Deep Space

Ajay and Vinita Sharma

Review before the Storm

Ajay and Vinita Sharma have been exhibiting their works at AirSpace Projects since 2014. In September this year, they will be exhibiting new original works and a selection of copy-works in the tradition of Indian miniature painting. Ajay is a master miniature painter from Jaipur and is internationally renown for both his original paintings on paper and copy-work, which is particularly defined by his mastery of natural pigments and subject matter. He has exhibited his work at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York in collaboration with Julie Evans, an exhibition that featured in major journals such as Art in America and Artforum. Vinita exhibited her fine original and copy-works in her first solo exhibition at AirSpace Projects in 2016. Vinita has been involved in Ajay Sharma’s production and teaching studio for at least twenty years and her work is now receiving attention in its own right. This is an exciting opportunity to view their works currently available for sale at AirSpace Projects.

 

Images from top: Misael M., Topologytopologia. Courtesy of the artist; Eunjoo Jang, Vitruvian Ocean Blue. Courtesy of the artist; Stella Chen, Facade of Caged Memory, 2015, photograph, 59.4 x 84.1cm. Courtesy of the artist; Ajay Sharma, Life (Invariable Loss of Parental Guidance), 2014. Stone and natural pigments, 35.5 x 40cm. From the Speed of Life series. Image courtesy of the artist.

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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Chai and Cheerio

On Saturday 16 May we will see the closing of two wonderful exhibitions

Ajay Sharma:Past Continuous

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Screen Memories: Photographs by Kendal Heyes

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Ajay will soon be returning to his studio in Jaipur and Kendal will be making the journey back down the escarpment to the Illawarra.

To celebrate both exhibitions and to give everyone the opportunity to say good-bye to Ajay, and to Kendal, and even hello, we are going to cook up a big pot of delicious chai. This is your chance to catch the final hours of Past Continuous and Screen Memories and to see the incredible accomplishments of Ajay’s students.

Saturday 16 May, 3.30 – 5.00pm

AirSpace Projects, 10 Junction Street, Marrickville

ALL WELCOME!

 

Top image: Ajay Sharma, Hunting Scene, 2015. Image Courtesy of the Artist
Image below: Kendal Heyes, Untitled (Curtain III), 2014. Image courtesy of the Artist.

Two exhibitions opening at AirSpace Projects on Friday 1 May 6.00-8.00pm

Ajay Sharma

Past Continuous

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 To be opened by Dr Diane Losche, UNSW | Art and Design,
after the Puja ceremony at 6.30pm.
Performance of Indian classical music by
Manbir Singh (vocal), Inderpreet Singh (vocal and harmonium) and Ranbir Singh (tabla).

We are thrilled to announce that Ajay Sharma is returning to Sydney from Jaipur for his second solo exhibition, Past Continuous, at AirSpace Projects. He will be exhibiting a unique series of works as well as paintings in the Indian miniature painting tradition.

In the series Past Continuous, Ajay Sharma expresses his love and respect for the wonderful legacy of traditions handed down by his ancestors: ‘It is still very much part of us, part of our culture and of our identity.’ Yet all around him Ajay Sharma is witness to the decay of these traditions and the destruction of the exquisite remnants of the past as India undergoes rapid modernisation and social change. His work provides a profound commentary on the collision of old and new and poses the question as to whether or not anything can be done to save this legacy.


Screen Memories

Photographs by Kendal Heyes

 

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This series takes its title from Freud’s term ‘screen memory’, used to describe a vivid but banal memory that functions to hide another, more traumatic one. The series also plays with other ideas related to screens and memory-images, and how one image can give rise to another through association. Screen Memories uses contemporary and historical photographs in a series in which images from different times and places interact, creating an interplay of narratives within the gallery space.

 

Top Image: Ajay Sharma, 2015. Image courtesy of the Artist.

Bottom Image: Kendal heyes, 2015. Image Coutesy of the Artist.


 

 

Extinct Extant is open for MOST

Marrickville Open Studio Trail

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March, 11.00–5.00

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See works by Sarah Eddowes, Nicole Ellis, Hayden Fowler, Shalini Jardin, Fleur MacDonald, Raquel Ormella, Lynne Roberts-Goodwin, Sarah Newall, Ajay Sharma and Vivian White.

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A Blessing of Pets and Plants by the Order of Perpetual Indulgence

Sunday 29 March from 11.00 to 12.00

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Bring your favourite furry, scaly, slimy or photosynthesising friends along and meet Mother Cardio Pulmonary Resusitation II and her novices

10 Junction Street Marrickville

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Top Image: Hayden Fowler, New World Order, 2013. Video Still. Image courtesy of the artist

Iconoclasts and Openings have now closed.

We would like to thank all the wonderful and talented artists who participated in these two exhibitions and the visitors who came to see their fabulous work.

Information about these exhibition is available by going to Past Exhibitions on this blog.

The doors of AirSpace Projects will reopen on Friday 6 March at 11.00am.


 Extinct Extant

Friday 6 March – Sunday 29 March

Opening drinks  Saturday 7 March 3.00-5.00pm

Sarah Eddowes, Nicole Ellis, Hayden Fowler, Shalini Jardin, Fleur MacDonald, Sarah Newall, Raquel Ormella, Lynne Roberts-Goodwin, Ajay Sharma, Vivian White

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 Extinct Extant explores humanity’s relationship with the animal and plant worlds. Artists reflect on the value of plants and animals both ecologically and culturally.

More about this exhibition …

Image Above: Lynne Roberts-Goodwin. MORE THAN EVER a change of plan (burnout 1), 2014.
Archival photographic print–Museo Silver Rag 300gsm, 118 cm x 150 cm, Edition 2/3 EP. Courtesy of the artist and .M Contemporary Australia.

Today, Saturday 19 July, is the last day to catch Ajay Sharma’s exhibition The Speed of Life.  Why not come along and join us between 3.00 – 5.00pm to say farewell to Ajay and to take the opportunity to talk to him about his work.  The process employed to create a miniature painting is incredible and the symbolism and narratives in the imagery are fascinating.

Ajay MaharajaAjay Sharma, Maharraja Dhiraj Singh, 2013. Natural pigments on paper. 21 x 16cm. Photo credit: AirSpace Projects.

 

AirSpace Projects. Open today, Saturday 19 July, from 11.00am – 5.00pm

10 Junction Street, Marrickville, Sydney

Ajay Sharma: The Speed of Life. It was a wonderful opening night …

Ajay Sharma’s exhibition The Speed of Life opened at AirSpace Projects on Thursday 3 July with much fanfare. The Deputy Mayor of Marrickville Councillor Rosana Tyler introduced Mr Pawan Luthra who spoke so generously about Ajay Sharma’s work. We thought it was well worth posting. The Speed of Life will continue until 5.00pm Saturday 19 July.

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Ajay Sharma, Mother Nature (Impairment of Nature) from The Speed of Life series, 2014, pigment on paper, 30.5 x 40cm. Image credit: AirSpace Projects.

Pawan Luthra’s Speech

Deputy Mayor Councillor Rosana Tyler, Ajay Sharma, Sally Clarke, Brenda Factor and guests, thank you for inviting me today.

Growing up in India, we were surrounded by many examples of miniature art. We had them in our homes and in our schools, and often on the walls at work also. It is a great pleasure for me to be here: something that was such an essential part of my childhood, is being appreciated in my new home.

I have never been good at art myself, but as a child I would often wonder at how tedious and painstaking it must have been for the artist to create the paintings that hung in my hallway, and that my mum cherished so much. The margin of error seemed so narrow, and having no confidence in my own fine motor skills, I made up my mind fairly early that I would not enter a field in which my mistakes would be laid bare for easy scrutiny.

And so you will understand, what a privilege it has been for me to meet Ajay Sharma, India’s leading miniaturist. In a career spanning some 40 years, Ajay has devoted himself to keeping alive a centuries’ old tradition. As head of a studio of artists and students in Jaipur that was launched way back in 1984, he is involved in all aspects of the art form, including composition, drawing, conservation, copy work, in the research and preparation of pigments.

He has some fascinating stories to tell about his art, not just the process in which he creates the wasli paper on which the works are made, but also of how in the early days, he made his own paintbrushes: he physically caught the squirrels to extract the fine hair from their tails. He will assure you though, that no squirrels were killed to make up the brushes that created these, or indeed any, of his works.

Ajay has also been instrumental in taking the Rajasthani style of miniature art to some of the world’s leading art institutions, in the form of both exhibitions and workshops. Many non-Indian artists have now taken up the art form.

Interestingly, the theme of his current exhibition, The Speed of Life, finds much parallel with his own life’s work. While he has dedicated his energies to conserving and perpetuating an age-old practice, he sees around him a world that is modernising at fast pace. The Speed of Life is a lament on the loss of traditions and family values, and an increasing disconnect with nature, that such modernisation and globalisation has brought in.

The horse of course, has interesting symbolism. Representing a driving force that carries you through life, it is a symbol not only of life energy, but also of freedom of expression. As such, it turns out to be a perfect medium for Ajay.

As an observer myself of trends in the psycho-social fabric of contemporary India, I do agree with Ajay. The change is quite tumultuous really, and like a tsunami sweeping across the land, it is leaving behind some debris in its aftermath. The particular social problems that have arisen in India recently and made headlines across the world, are an unfortunate side effect of this fast-paced change. I don’t want to bring a sombre note to tonight’s event, but I think this has a significant bearing on the works of art displayed here. They speak of the far-reaching psycho-social implications of rampant and unsustainable modernisation.

Unlike Ajay however, I am a bit more optimistic about India’s youth. My own view is that as a developing country, India is going through an adolescence of sorts, struggling with issues of identity as it grapples with the notions of tradition vs modernisation. It’s going to be interesting to see how the ‘teenage’ India resolves this crisis, but at the end of it, it will evolve into unique selfhood.

India will modernise – it must modernise. And just as Ajay’s particular passion has evolved through Persian, Islamic, Mughal, Rajput, even British, influences, and survived to tell its own tale as an amalgam of all these, yet an independent and innovative art form that can be used to cast a contemporary look on life, India will make it too– with its own particular mix of traditionalism and modernism.

I thank Sally and Brenda in their vision of putting this exhibition together and sharing with all of this the talents of Ajay Sharma.

Thank you.

Pawan Luthra 2014 ©

For more information about this exhibition see Current Exhibition on this site.

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