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New Exhibitions

6-21 October 2017

Opening Event: Friday 6 October 6-8pm

Artist Talks: Saturday 21 October 3-5pm

GALLERY ONE

Kendal Heyes

Pilgrims and Strangers

6 – 21 October 2017

This series is about voyagers on the sea, those who arrive at their intended destination and those who don’t make it, and especially those who are kept on the outside of borders that ideally should be open to them.

Freedom of movement is a basic human right; therefore there should be open borders between states. The principle is that simple. I like to think at some point in the future people will look back and see restrictive national borders as the greatest injustice of this era, equivalent to the restriction of opportunities for peasants in the Middle Ages.*

In the meantime countries like Germany and Canada are at least working humanely in ways that gesture toward a future of open borders, while Australia persists with its harsh treatment of refugees under its secretive offshore detention regime.

These drawings are partly in response to the wilful cruelty of the Australian government in its treatment of refugees. The making of these images one dot at a time is literally an extended meditation on the issue of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by sea. The dot-image format also highlights the media’s often problematic role in representing refugees.

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*For discussion of open borders, see Joseph Carens, The Case for Open Borders, in The Ethics of Immigration, Oxford, 2013, p225, and Rutger Bregman, Beyond the Gates of the Land of Plenty, in Utopia for Realists, Bloomsbury, 2016, p214.

GALLERY TWO

6-21 October 2017

Carolyn Craig

Katelyn Dunn

Caity Reynolds

The Human Version of a Used Car

The failure of subjective conformance is ritualised in the practices of three contemporary female artists who each fear mail with official stamps, corner views, unkempt desire and gambling ratios.

THE CRANNY

6-21 October 2017

Annee Miron

Candy Royalle

Even The Young

Wordsmith, Candy Royalle and visual artist, Annee Miron met as artists-in-residence on Wodi Wodi land of the Yuin nation at Bundanon. Australian red cedar (Toona Ciliata) once extended through rainforests from Southern NSW to Far North Queensland. After 1778 the felling or “getting” of those cedars played a significant part in colonisation. By 1970 it was harvested almost to extinction.

As they waiver, reach, and seek to acknowledge the Australian red cedar tree, Royalle and Miron invite you to participate in their collaboration. Even The Young requires its audience to gather and activate both the words and installation, and our relationship to that past and our future.

DEEP SPACE

Catherine Polcz

Corpus: Part 2

Catherine Polcz, artist, scientist and museologist, 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 exhibition examines the body as a concept that merges science, pseudo-science, 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 within distinct theoretical frameworks. The exhibition presents a multifaceted concept of the human body through the display of sixty unique objects. This  is Part 2 of an exhibition that is  expanding over a three-month period from September to November.

Images top to bottom: 1. Kendal Heyes, Untitled, 2017, ink on paper, 100 x 150cm. Image courtesy of the artist.  2. Carolyn Craig, Angles of Incidence Panel #3, 2016, etching on folded aluminium, 254.5 x 34cm. Image courtesy of the artist.  3. (LHS) Caity Reynolds, Self Preservation Dental Plan, 2015-16, unfired clay, variable  (RHS) Katelyn Jane Dunn, Sponge photograph, 2016,  variable. Image courtesy of the artists. 3. Even The Young (detail),  2017, found cardboard, charcoal, and a little PVA glue. Image by Annee Miron 4. Catherine Polcz, Corpus, 2017, digital banner. Courtesy of the artist.

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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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August Exhibitions

 4 –  19 August 2017

Opening Friday 4 August 6-8pm

Artist Talks Saturday 19 August 3-5pm

10 Junction street Marrickville

6 minutes easy walk aong Schwebel Street from Marrickville Station


GALLERY ONE

Landscaping

Amala Groom

Kim Mahood

Nicole Monks

Katya Petetskaya

Douglas Schofield

Peter Sharp

Kristel Smits

 Landscaping brings together the work of seven artists: Amala Groom, Kim Mahood, Nicole Monks, Katya Petetskaya, Douglas Schofield, Peter Sharp and Kristel Smits. Normally understood as a process whereby land is physically modified according to an aesthetic schema, landscaping, in this exhibition, becomes a way of seeing, being and responding. The aim is to bring a variety of perspectives into a dialogue, whether they are driven by formal considerations and/or political and cultural imperatives.

GALLERY TWO

Marie McMahon

Weathered

Perforated colour-forms and flow formations. Recent paintings.

These experiments with organic form and colour come from interactions with some of the natural phenomena at Cape Banks and Cruwee Cove in Botany Bay, from fungus growing in the bush to the contents of rockpools and the perforations created by the weathering of rocks.

THE CRANNY

Jodi Woodward

Matter(ed) Memory

“Our present is the materiality of our life, it is unique for each moment of duration.” (Bergson, H. 1911)

The physicality and alchemy of this drawing investigation, uses steel and paper to contest the delicate and volatile relationship between the two mediums. Drawn with plasma and molten ash this performative record evidences time, chance and endurance, challenging notions of survival and wholeness.

DEEP SPACE

Rosie Thomas

What am I doing? Why are you here?

Time is problematic. It is a measurement of distance. A non-solid that fills a space. What am I doing? Why are you here? proposes a disorientation of ones self in a non-space. Here the artist intersects the real and the invented and invites her audience to be actively self-reflexive. The artist negotiates the moments of failure associated an unsustainable and only partially accessible poetic time-associated materiality.

Images from top to bottom: Amala Groom, Portrait of a Woman, 2015, Epsom pigment print on Ilford Gallerie gloss 310gsm, ed 1/10 + 1AP. Image: Liz Warning; Marie McMahon, Perforated Polychrome #2, 2017. Photo Warren Mackriss, Hi Res Digital Imaging; Jodi Woodward, Plate 1 (detail), 5mm mild steel and ink, 30 x 60cm, Image by Eliza McInnes; and Rosie Thomas, What am I doing? (detail) Why are you here? 2017, Image 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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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

Anthropocene

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.

The Cranny

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.

The Cranny

Francesca Mataraga

stripes and banners

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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

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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