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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

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Special Screening and Talks

Saturday 18 March 2-5pm

Video Screening

Another Kind of Girl Collective

Followed by

Curator and Artist Talks

Grace Partridge and Nicole Monks

Join us on Saturday 18 March for an hour of short videos created by Another Kind of Girl Collective. The video project has been facilitated by US community artist Laura Doggett who has worked for a number of years with Syrian refugees to help document their stories and lives. Another Kind of Girl (the short film that became the face of the project) was aired at the Sydney Film Festival in 2016, winning numerous accolades, including previews at Cannes and One World Film festivals.

The screening will be followed by refreshments and talks by curator and founder of Antidote, Grace Partridge, and Western Australian artist Nicole Monks who has created the beautiful video and sand installation each and every morn at AirSpace Projects.

This is also your last chance to catch exhibitions by Kawita Vatanajyankar, Another Kind of Girl Collective, Andy Mullens and Nicole Monks before they close at 5pm Saturday 18 March.

ALL WELCOME!

December Exhibitions

11am Friday 2 – 5pm Saturday 17 December

Opening Event: Friday 2 December, 6-8pm

Come and join us for the final round of exhibitions for 2016!

10 Junction Street Marrickville

Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Elephant and the Bush, 2003. Image courtesy of the artist.

Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Elephant and the Bush, 2003. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join us for Artist Talks and Final Hurrah for 2016, Saturday 17 December, 3pm

(gallery reopens 10 February 2017)

Gallery One and The Cranny

Grey Area

Sally Clarke, Michelle Collocott, Christine Dean, Brenda Factor, Sarah Newall, Rafaela Pandolfini, Margaret Roberts, Nuha Saad/Ali Noble, Nairn Scott, David Sequeira, Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Christine Dean, Drag Queen, 2015, oil on canvas, 89 x 89cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Christine Dean, Drag Queen, 2015, oil on canvas, 89 x 89cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Grey Area denotes confusion or a lack of clarity between two mutually exclusive forms, states, categories or rules. Twelve artists respond to this indeterminate space.

Gallery Two

Traverse

Gillian Lavery

Gillian Lavery, In Progress, Always, 2015, threads and pins, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

Gillian Lavery, In Progress, Always, 2015, threads and pins, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

Inspired by tapestry weaving and lace making techniques, this exhibition will be comprised of numerous small thread drawings that wander like constellations across the gallery walls.

Deep Space

Tabi-Tabi Po (May I Pass?)

Marikit Santiago

Marikit Santiago, Sampaguita, 2015, toilet tissue, thread, packaging tape and dried banana leaf, dimensions variable. Image: Cassie Bedford.

Marikit Santiago, Sampaguita, 2015, toilet tissue, thread, packaging tape and dried banana leaf, dimensions variable. Image: Cassie Bedford.

Tabi-Tabi Po draws upon personal experiences of Filipino superstitions and voodoo, which then serve as a metaphor for the subsequent sensations of displacement, rejection and acceptance.


A great December line-up that will keep you nourished

until we re-open on Friday 10 February 2017

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Upcoming Exhibitions

4-19 November 2016

Opening

Friday 4 November 6-8pm

Gallery One

Glenn Locklee

Con-struct Redux

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Glenn Locklee’s paintings capture his observations of the increasing redundancy of small business and domestic manufacturing; and the proliferation of high-rise, high-density living as house and land ownership become increasingly unattainable.

Gallery Two

Ellen Dahl

This Is Where We Meet

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Dahl’s photographic installation explores the concept of the island to reflect back upon the contemporary self and the political. The ‘island’ as the notion of the definitive edge, with its hard boundaries and fixed limits. The individual versus the collective. Me and you. Us and them. A metaphor for the nation state. Yet the shoreline is corroding and new islands are born.

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Jacqui Mills

Something In The Room

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Dwellers of inhabited spaces are often perceived as being the protagonists, or activators, of the spaces in which they live. Something in the Room questions the notion of presence and absence in the context of the home, suggesting that perhaps there are other protagonists activating space without the presence of the dweller.

Catherine Polcz

Herba morbus

airspace-promo-webCatherine Polcz examines the field of plant intelligence to explore the mysterious nature of plants and our relationship to nature; science fact vs science fiction and museums as trusted places that disseminate knowledge.

Images top to bottom:
1.Glenn Locklee, Density. Courtesy of the artist.
2. Ellen Dahl, Untitled, 2015, archival pigment prints. Courtesy of the artist.
3. Jacqui Mills, Something In the Room, 2016 (Video Still). Courtesy of the artist.
4. Catherine Polcz, Herba Morbus promo digital image, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

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In Motion Festival 2016

1-22 October

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OPENING NIGHT

Saturday 1 October, 6-9pm

Junction Street Marrickville

Just 6 minutes easy walk along Schwebel Street from Marrickville Station

A three-week multidisciplinary art festival unpacking the theme of motion; Progress. Movements. Time. Slippages. Futures. Change. From 1 – 22 October, presented by AirSpace Projects.

Get In Motion on the opening night as Junction Street is activated with experimental audio visual sets, performance artists on utes, videos hidden in car boots and art around every corner.

Held at AirSpace Projects in Marrickville, the controversial site of the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor, the In Motion Festival 2016 will navigate what it means to be ‘in motion’ and, in contrast, ‘still’ in a time of rapid urban, technological and ecological development. Drawing ideas and potency from this impending change to the local area, In Motion Festival 2016 will pose questions: What are we moving towards and away from? What does it mean to be in motion? How do we navigate a world in constant rapid change? The In Motion Festival 2016 will present dynamic and innovative contemporary multi-arts practice that sits at the nexus of contemporary art, performance and film.

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Curatorial Team

Anna May Kirk, Maeve Parker, Katie Winten, Nerida Ross, Emmerald Dunnfrost, Sebastian Henry-Jones, Alice Joel

Participating  Artists

Jannah Quill, Bronwen Williams, Ben Denham, Benjamin Forster, Show Us You Teeth, Eugene Ward & Patric Kuo, Harrison Witsey, Get To Work, Angela Goh, Joseph Florio, Aston Creus, Laura Woodward, Mitch Thomas, Shalini Jardin, Joe Hamilton, Ash Bell, Splinter Orchestra, Rory McKay, Ivey Wawn, Gina Wagstaffe, Danny Wild, Amrita Hepi, Cloudy Rhodes, Deb Mansfield, Nicola Morton, Brianna Kell, Hayley Coghlan

Feature Exhibition

Gallery One

Laura Woodward: Resonate

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Laura Woodward, Writhe 2015 (detail), acetal, acrylic, water, nylon hose, santoprene hose, fasteners, air fittings, motors, dimensions variable. Image by the artist and Jem Selig Freeman

Programs + Events

Every Saturday (8, 15 and 22 October) for the duration of the festival, AirSpace Projects will house public programs, performances, talk series and more from 1 – 3pm. Experience everything from future conspiracy theory talks to experimental adventure dance performances around the Marrickville area.

~ Get going, get In Motion ~

Sponsored generously by

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Artists’ Talks

Saturday 17 September  3-5pm

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10 Junction Street Marrickville

Just 6 minutes walk along Schwebel Street

from Marrickville station

Pollyxenia Joannou, Anthony Cahill, Kendal Heyes, Francesca Mataraga and Mog&Mog will discuss the ideas underpinning their outstanding exhibitions from 3pm. At 4pm tea and home-baked cakes will be served over casual conversation. Everyone is welcome to show-off their prowess in the kitchen and contribute to what’s on the TableSpace 😜; but don’t fear, we need eaters too. This is another fun, stimulating and community building event presented by AirSpace Projects!

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 1930s and 40s, 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.

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Mog&Mog

Future self

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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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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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MAY EXHIBITIONS

 Friday 6 – Saturday 21 May 2016

OPENING NIGHT: FRIDAY 6 MAY 6-8PM

Gallery One

Out of Time

Michelle Heldon, Taryn Raffan and Kath Fries

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Out of Time traces the artists’ personal engagements with place and time during their residencies in Greenland, Iceland and Finland. Their works range from drawings and sculptures to videos, photographs and installations, conveying felt experiences and responses to the pull of the magical, inner power of the landscapes, icebergs, forests, lava fields, cultures and story-telling traditions of the far north.

Gallery Two

Love Come

Yiorgo Yiannopoulos

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Sites that facilitate queer and homosexual erotic encounters are diverse. Clustered throughout the city, toilets, bathhouses, parks and the streets themselves are sites of queer sexual resistance which, when they lay dormant, can be activated with a single glance.

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Collusions

Bailee Lobb and Amy Claire Mills

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Collusions explores collaboration as a secretive and private act between two people, when we make we make together. The work is only ever discussed between the collaborators and evolves not only through their connection, but also through the exclusion of the outside world.

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Dune

Uri Auerbach

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Inspired by recent developments in Australian immigration policy, as well as the artist’s family history as exiles, refugees and immigrants, Dune is a meditation on territory and identity: a contemplation of borders, belonging, displacement and mutation.

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Images From Top: Taryn Raffan, oracle (green), 2014-2015, Icelandic, Danish and Scottish wool, cotton thread and plaster, approx. 12 x 12 x 12cm. Photo: Taryn Raffan.  Yiorgo Yiannopoulos, Cum Laude #9, 2015, pigment print, 70 x 53cm. Image courtesy of the artist.  Bailee Lobb and Amy Claire Mills, Collusions (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of the artists.  Uri Auerbach, Dune (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

AirSpace Projects currently closed while new exhibitions are installed. Reopens 11am Friday 1 April

APRIL EXHIBITIONS

Friday 1 to Saturday 16 April

Opening Event

Friday 1 April 6-8pm

ALL WELCOME

Gallery One and The Cranny
Shalini Jardin
Other/Worldly

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This exhibition explores a fusion of animal/human hybridity and questions fixed binary constructions of Otherness. Various beings and sentient life forms are de/constructed to create new meanings.

Gallery Two
Ainsley Wilcock
Grotesquing The Body Trace

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Relying on the interaction and co-presence of humour, horror, play and terror, Wilcock fuses the grotesque aesthetic with seemingly incongruous categories of images and forms. Clothing and unstable ‘bodily’ materials provide transient territories to explore ideas of presence and absence.

Deep Space
Janette Gay
Cornered

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Cornered, a multi-media digital installation will explore the manner in which our increasingly constrained and inward focussed urban environments can confine our world. The installation will play with the restricted gallery space, its corners and with concepts of being cornered and forced into restricted positions.

 

Image Top: Shalini Jardin, Hybrid Beings (video still), 2016, HD digital video: 5 mins. Courtesy of the artist.
Image Middle: Ainsley Wilcock, Composite #15 (detail), 2016, coloured pencil on Stonehenge paper, 112 x 76.5cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Image Bottom: Janette Gay, Cornered #1 (video still), 2016, HD video looped (1:20 minutes). Courtesy of the artist.

The Artists Are Present

Sunday 20 March 11-5pm

AirSpace Projects is extending it’s opening hours for the final day of Art Month!

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Over the course of Sunday 20 March, between 11-5, the exhibiting artists Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Marie McMahon, Katya Petetskaya and Emily Copp will come and go for informal conversations about their work.

RB8 copyPhaptawan Suwannakudt was born in Thailand and has been living in Australia for twenty years. She is an established artist and began her art career as a temple mural painter. Phaptawan’s contemporary installation and paintings, Reincarnation of the Butterflies, addresses her relocation to Australia from Thailand and the memories emerging from that experience.  Phaptawan’s work is in major collections and was chosen by curators Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster to be represented in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, All Our Relations, 2014.

MM3Marie McMahon, political poster-maker of 1975-90 Tin Sheds fame, has been visiting the Botany Bay National Park one day a week for three years and filling her visuals diaries with colour swatches.  These have been translated into relief models which in turn have been transformed into exquisite landscape paintings of folded colour. As well as being interesting both formally and philosophically, the fold also echoes the architectural facades of 1960s buildings Marie documented while researching in Cambodia.

The Spill_1_950Katya Petetskaya’s paintings explore the politics of contamination through oil spills. Oil spills shape Australian landscapes economically and politically because Australian companies invest in international companies that are responsible for oil spills both inside and outside of Australia including her birth place, Russia. In addition to painting Katya works as a performance artist, attempting correlationist experiments with alternative forms of knowledge that go beyond thought to understand the co-relation between body and reality.

Emily photo blogEmily Copp is passionate about the environment, particularly the impact of unconventional coal seam gas mining on communities and natural resources.  In As Above, So Below Emily translates her concerns into table platters and jewellery through new technologies of 3D printing and hydraulic pressing. Emily has worked closely with the Lock The Gate Alliance during this project and is highly motivated to explore ethical and environmental issues through her work. Emily studied at Enmore College of Design and is a community-minded and contributing tenant – along with her well-trained dog Tiga – at SquarePeg Studios, Marrickville.

 

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