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The August exhibitions have now concluded and we are now preparing the galleries for the installation of the September exhibitions

1-16 September 2017

Opening: Friday 1 September, 6-8pm

Talks: Saturday 16 September, 3-5pm

GALLERY ONE

Red Herring II: Construct

Anthony Cahill and Pollyxenia Joannou

This collaboration explores what Cahill and Joannou 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 ‘construct’ (a complex image or idea constructed, piled or put together).
 
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 AND THE CRANNY

Wood Is Part Of Life

Ajay Sharma

Master miniature painter Ajay Sharma and partner Vinita Sharma, will be presenting new paintings and works in the tradition of Indian miniature painting from their studio in Jaipur. Ajay Sharma’s series, Wood Is Part Of Life, is about the cycle of life. It is a reflection on how trees are part of this cycle and how wood accompanies us from birth to death.

Ajay Sharma’s exhibition will be accompanied by two 5-day miniature painting workshops. There are still places left in Workshop 2 from 11-15 September. Go to SquarePeg Studios for more information and bookings.

GALLERY TWO AND THE CRANNY

Recent Paintings

Vinita Sharma

AirSpace Projects presents new paintings by Vinita Sharma as well as works in the tradition of miniature painting. Vinita Sharma has taken elements from different aspects of ancient Indian culture such as paintings, books, clothing, everyday implements, motifs and symbols and combined those elements to create her own unique compositions.

DEEP SPACE

Catherine Polcz

Corpus: a guide to the human body

Catherine Polcz, artist, scientist and museologist, this year presents Corpus: a guide to the human body, a pop-up museum that explores the body, medicine and materiality through the display of historical artifacts, scientific tools and art. This will be an expanding project at AirSpace projects over a three-month period, from September to November.

This exhibition will examine the body as a concept that merges science, pseudoscience, design and art. The simultaneous exploration of these themes allows us to creatively consider our relationship to our bodies throughout history and in different disciplines with distinct theoretical frameworks. The exhibition presents a multifaceted concept of the human body through the display of sixty unique objects.

Catherine Polcz is an artist, scientist and museologist. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Biology and a Masters in Plant Science and has studied documentary media and photography at universities and artist-run centres in Canada. She creates interdisciplinary projects that inspire critical thinking about science. Her recent project, Herba Morbus: Museum of Plant Intelligence, was a researched and playful exhibition about historical and contemporary ideas around plant sentience and behaviour. In addition to curating her own museum exhibitions, Catherine is a curatorial researcher with the unconventional and critically renown design centre, Mmuseumm, in New York.

To view expansions of this exhibition please note the dates below

October 6-21
Opening: Friday 6 October, 6-8pm
November 3-18
Opening: Friday 3 November, 6-8pm

This project has been supported by


Images top to bottom: 1. September exhibitions composite image 2. (left) Anthony Cahill, Monument, 2017, oil on canvas, 140 x 140cm. Image courtesy of the artist and (right) Pollyxenia Joannou, Construct, 2017, oil on canvas, 140 x 140cm. Photo credit: John McRae 3. Ajay Sharma, Youth, 2017, stone pigments, khariya on wasli paper, 29.5 x 40cm. Image courtesy of the artist. 4. Vinita Sharma, Untitled, 2017, stone and natural pigments with khariya, gum arabic on wasli paper, 25.5 cm x 35.5cm. Image courtesy of the artist. 5. Catherine Polcz, banner for corpus: a guide to the human body. Courtesy of the artist.

 

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ARTIST TALKS

Saturday 22 July 3-5pm

Join the artists for talks and afternoon tea this Saturday

Gallery One

Fangled

Sally Clarke, Brenda Factor,

Sean O’Connell, Laura Woodward

Gallery Two

Lorna Grear

WeaveThe Cranny

Marian Abboud

Kiss Them While They’re Sleeping

Deep Space

Claire Field and Bronwyn Treacy


Images top to bottom: Fangled features a composite of details from top: Laura Woodward, The Tolling, 2016, mixed media, courtesy of the artist; Sean O’Connell, Franjipani, 2017, Sean O’Connell, Frangipani, 2017, 30,000 volts AC 800Hz across Fuji Velvia 100 colour slide film, 22 x 22 x 8cm. Image courtesy of the artist; Sally Clarke, Big Cow, plasticine on wall, 2015. Luminere Imaging; and Brenda Factor, After Louise B., spray paint on aluminium, 2008. Luminere Imaging; Lorna Grear, Moonjoybei, 2017, hand drawn ink on paper digitally manipulated, 70 x 42 cm. Image courtesy of the artist; Favoureconomy banner, 2017, courtesy of Claire Field and Bronwyn Treacy.

 

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ARTIST TALKS

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

Misael M.
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.

The Cranny

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.

April Art Talks

Saturday 22 April 3-5pm

Join us for the next round of artist talks by Vilma Bader, Sarah Eddowes and Rebecca Shanahan (Paula do Prado’s exhibition is up but sadly she can’t join us). View Paula do Prado’s vibrant fabric collages, Vilma Bader’s responses to her northern artist residency, Sarah Eddowes’ experimentations in wax and Rebecca Shanahan’s feminist knitting project. Hear artists talk about everything from the doors of Tallinn, spruce and beech, linguistics and semiotics, waxy surfaces, the fusion of the geological and bodily, as well as gendered work under surveillance.  What else would you want to be doing on your Saturday afternoon? If stimulating artist talks are not enough then consider this: we are making cakes!

Four fabulous must-see exhibitions

10 Junction Street Marrickville

A 6-minute easy walk along Schwebel St from Marrickville Station

April Exhibitions

7 – 22 April 2017

Opening: Friday 7 April 6-8pm

Artist Talks: Saturday 22 April 3-5pm

All Welcome!

Gallery One
Paula do Prado
Bomba

The Bomba artworks are made from a mix of humble materials: fabric samples, cloth remnants, paint and paper. The use of collage on fabric and paper relates to the traditions of ‘making do’ and the bringing together of seemingly disparate, unrelated and disjointed elements assembled together to create something new and cohesive. In Afro-Uruguayan culture there are still strong links to superstition and the merging of Christian and West African religious beliefs. Lines become blurred and slippages occur between religion, magic, art, music, dance, ritual and ceremony. Bomba or blast becomes a visual metaphor for cultural collisions and explosions, resistance and survival.

Paula do Prado is running a Fabric Collage Workshop, Bomba: Offcuts, and has organised two Afro-Latin Dance Workshops run by Mariu Meneses Betervide. Go to Paula’s page on the AirSpace Projects blog for booking links here

Gallery Two
Vilma Bader
Northern Encounters

Northern Encounters consists of two bodies of work – Käsintehtyjä Suomessa (Handmade in Finland) conceived and made in situ during a residency in Finland and Geometry and Colour System in the Doors of Tallinn researched in Estonia and completed in Australia. The works explore the mnemonic function of linguistics, semiotics and space in the construction of identity.

Käsintehtyjä Suomessa (Handmade in Finland) 2016 is an installation-based work that functions as a collection of visual poems. Made entirely from Finnish birch and spruce, the integrity of the wood is preserved. Paint is used sparingly and expressive gesture and concern for surface textures are retained, juxtaposing the hand of the artist with that of nature.

In Geometry and Colour System in the Doors of Tallinn 2017 the flattening of perspective and focus on geometric shapes and colours collide with the many linguistic metaphors and aphorisms associated with the door.

The Cranny
Sarah Eddowes
Imprints

Sarah Eddowes’ work explores the object as a static imprint of a process of transformation. Coming from a background in animation, she is interested in showing direct movement in her animated work and the extension of this to the implication of change in the static object. Despite the abstract nature of the imagery, it alludes to certain universal processes of change, notably those of the geological and the bodily. The translucency of the wax recalls bodily textures, the organic shapes resemble cells, organs or bruises, and the pervading colours of pinks and cool turquoise are rooted in the tones of the body. Elements of geology such as structural shifts and faults, layering and compression of sediment are also recurring visual features.

The process of slicing is a prominent theme, both as a method of transformation and as a means of revealing a specific view of an object’s interior, much like a geological cross section or a magnetic resonance image (MRI). This process is similarly employed in animation and cinema where an illusion of motion is created by revealing one image at a time. In this way, her static work may be seen as cinematic objects.

Deep Space
Rebecca Shanahan
Home Security

Home Security uses performed actions and self-surveillance to synthesise ideas about temporality, gendered labour and contemporary conditions of existence. Filming herself with security cameras, the artist unravels adult jumpers and uses the yarn to knit children’s hats. Home Security models and reveals the invisible volunteer labour (usually women’s) that underpins capitalist economies yet is unaccounted for. The history of women knitting for others is often political, and this work operates in the current context of global family trauma and displacement. Unfolding in real time, the activities and video meditate on transience and the multiple networked presences of performed and documented everyday life.

2018 Callout

Images top to bottom:
Paula do Prado, Bewitched/Embrujada 2016, fabric collage, 71 x 67cm. Image: Alex Wisser.
Paula do Prado, Rebel/Rebelde 2016, fabric collage, 73 x73cm. Image: Alex Wisser.
Vilma Bader, Geometry and Colour System in the Doors of Tallinn, 2017, acrylic on plywood on 48 panels, each 19 x 11cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
Sarah Eddowes, Cells II, 2016, wax and wood, 25 x 33cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
Rebecca Shanahan, Home Security, 2017. Image: Rebecca Shanahan.
Callout, airspace Projects.

 

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AirSpace Projects is now closed until Friday 2 October, when four new exhibitions activate the space.

Join the artists for opening drinks

Friday 2 October 6-8pm


GALLERY ONE

Marlene Sarroff

Sustained Expansion

Marlene Sarroff Pub shot copy


GALLERY TWO

Allison M. Low

Oddlings

dorothy-web copy 2


THE CRANNY

Marikit Santiago

Altar Ego

Malakas & Maganda copy


DEEP SPACE

Anna Kirk

Optical Avatar

Anna Kirk Pub Shot


Please highlight Upcoming Exhibitions under Exhibitions and Proposals on the AirSpace Projects menu to find out more.


Images top to bottom

Marlene Sarroff, Installation view multiple visions and (mis-steps), 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Allison M. Low, Dorothy, 2015, graphite and gouache on paper, 90 x 71cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Marikit Santiago, Malakas & Maganda, 2015, acrylic, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 120 x 160cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Anna Kirk, Optical Avatar, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

All images copyright of the artists ©2015

 

Chai and Cheerio

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

Ajay Sharma:Past Continuous

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And

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.

Air Salon

with

Kaye Shumack

Sunday 22 March, 2.00-4.00pm

Are you a practising artist wanting a space to reflect on your work with others?

This two-hour salon offers practising artists – in any medium – a friendly space for discussion about their works-in-progress. At each salon, artists have the opportunity to speak about their work and to gain insights and feedback from other artists. The intention is to create an open space for dialogue and critique, to support artists in the development of existing and new directions.

The salon will be led by Kaye Shumack, who has over twenty years teaching experience in art and design.

Kaye in studio

Normally the salons will take place on the last Sunday of every month 2-4 pm at Airspace Projects, with no more than 12 participants at each session (the first salon, however, will take place on Sunday March 22). A $10 fee for use of the space will be collected on the day from each participant.

The Premier Salon

Sunday 22 March 2.00-4.00pm

Be a part of it!

The first salon will be fairly informal. If you can, bring a work-in-progress, some thoughts about it, and also some examples of your previous work (digital or hard copy is fine). If you feel like it, bring an image of work by another artist who inspires you in some way.
This will give us some options for discussion.
The plan is to provide some really helpful and positive feedback for everyone, regardless of medium. And have an enjoyable afternoon!

To book a place in the first salon on Sunday March 22, email sally@airspaceprojects.com

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