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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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SEPTEMBER EXHIBITIONS

END WITH A BANG!

Ali Noble and Nuha Saad: Glitter is Going Under!
Francesca Mataraga and Merryn J Trevethan
Sarah Newall: Girl Shed III

Thursday, Friday 11-6pm and Saturday 11-5pm

There’s fun this Saturday at AirSpace Projects!

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11am-12pm: Free Crochet Workshop with Sarah Newall

 Bring your own project or mending and Sarah will get you started

3-5pm: Sarah Newall: Performance Painting

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Nuha Saad and Ali Noble will be hanging out at
AirSpace Projects for most of the day so why not drop in and say hello?

10 Junction Street Marrickville Sydney

SEPTEMBER EXHIBITIONS

Friday 4 – Saturday 19 September 2015

 

Please join us for opening drinks
Saturday 5 September 3.00-5.00pm

 

AirSpace Projects  10 Junction Street   Marrickville   Sydney


GALLERY ONE

Ali Noble Nuha Saad Pink Final

‘Glitter is going under!’ So declared Le Corbusier in his critique of ornament. I like to imagine him emphatically banging a lectern with his fist when he says this, or maybe it’s uttered with a cool and confident voice in a smoky men’s club while sipping whisky. There’s no glitter or gilded edges in our installation; but there is flocking, felt, golden curves and ornament with no formal function.
‘Decadence’, mutters Le Corbusier.


GALLERY TWO

Francesca Mataraga and Merryn J Trevethan

Merryn J TREVETHAN 'seigementality' and Francesca Mataraga 'fence fragment'

Merryn J Trevethan’s work focuses on the uncertainty of perception, using colour to explore the complexity of vision. In this exhibition, Trevethan presents works from her Storm Series of Artist books, objects and recent paintings that distill her daily perceptions and tease out the spatial relationships found in the densely populated architectural environment, as viewed from the 12th storey of her apartment block in Singapore.

Francesca Mataraga presents floor fragment (2015), a sculptural piece and a hypothetical installation. As with other work in this series it explores colour, pattern and form through experimentation with scale, by adapting a pre-existing stripped fabric pattern to an architectural situation.

Image: Merryn J Trevethan, The Siege Mentality, 2015 (left). Francesca Mataraga, floor fragment, 2015 (right). Both images courtesy of the artists.

The Cranny, Deep Space and Outer Space

Sarah Newall: Girl Shed III

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Girl Shed III is the third iteration and will be the last part to complete the sustainability garden project in the courtyard of AirSpace Projects. Girl Shed is a ramshackle free-form shed designed to provide a creative space and water catchment for the garden. Over the course of the exhibition Sarah Newall will be living onsite creating art that will change and develop the exhibiting space as well as doing daily menial tasks: cleaning, cooking, eating and gardening.

Image courtesy of Sarah Newall.

Poster Spaces for Leisure Artist Talk

Francesca Mataraga will discuss her installation Spaces For Leisure over a cup of tea at 2.00pm Saturday 14 June.  This installation examines the table as a communal space and is paired with a series of wall drawings that are responsive to the adjoining jewellery workshop, SquarePeg Studios.  Attention visionary architects: this work would look brilliant in any corporate or apartment foyer or boardroom!

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Francesca Mataraga’s ‘Spaces for Leisure (an installation for AirSpace Projects)’ is opening on Thursday 5 June between 6.00 and 8.00pm. The exhibition will run from Friday 6 June until Saturday 21 June. Francesca Mataraga is a site responsive artist who has created some phenomenal installations including ‘a to b (wall work for Articulate Upstairs)’, Vitrine (Kandos Projects) and Elisabet at Queen Street Studios/Frasers. We are thrilled to be hosting ‘Spaces for Leisure (an installation for AirSpace)’ and look forward to seeing how this wonderful artist transforms our space.

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Francesca Mataraga, a to b (wall work for Articulate Upstairs), 2013. Photo credit: Johan Palsson.

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the  Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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