November Art Conversations
Saturday 19 November from 3pm
Your last chance to catch four wildly diverse exhibitions!
10 Junction Street Marrickville
An easy 6 minute walk along Schwebel Street from Marrickville Station
Come along to AirSpace Projects this Saturday and join Glenn Locklee, Ellen Dahl, Jacqui Mills and Catherine Polcz in casual and stimulating dialogue about the ideas and methodologies embodied in their current exhibitions.
Followed by afternoon tea!
Many know Glenn Locklee as one of the most generous contributors to Sydney’s art scene. Glenn regularly visits galleries around Sydney and enthusiastically promotes the work of other artists through social media and blogging. Now it’s his turn! Glenn Locklee’s grandparents migrated to Australia from China and started a furniture-making business in South West Sydney, which his parents continued to manage. This is the environment in which Glenn grew up. His paintings capture a wide range of Sydney urbanscapes, particularly those where light industrial zones are rapidly transforming into high rise apartment blocks. His works have opened up all sorts of conversations from the erasure of memory through Sydney’s rampant development to his work’s relationship to non-objective abstraction. It’s always great talking with Glenn. For more information visit Glenn’s blog: Glenn Locklee
Ellen Dahl, photographer and video artist, grew up in Norway. Her images, video and objects create a melancholic space informed by the darkness of Northern Hemisphere winters and sparsely inhabited Norwegian landscapes. Here she uses the idea of the island as a metaphor to explore relationships and politics. The spaces she explores offer a poetry of emptiness and isolation, while at the same time being brutally unforgiving. The relationship between the works in this exhibition have been painstakingly calibrated, perhaps not so much to create specific meanings as to evoke a mood that facilitates particular forms of reflection. Read Yvette Hamilton’s essay here
Jacqui Mills is an award winning video artist and Master of Fine Arts candidate at UNSWAD. Her work, Something In The Room, communicates through a sensitive play of light and shadow cast upon objects in her home. While there is a strong sense of absence, her observations bring a selection of inanimate objects to life, objects that have passed through time and many hands to arrive in this space that surrounds her. It could be that this work addresses the very notion of being.
Catherine Polcz draws upon her combined education and experience as an artist and scientist to present a fascinating ‘museum’ dedicated to plant consciousness. Conceptually resembling a cabinet of curiosities, her exhibition explores humanity’s relationship to the plant world, our efforts to ascertain the nature of plant intelligence and the culture that has developed around this question. It is both quirky and enlightening. Yet, are we any closer to finding out what a plant knows? Catherine is a recent arrival to Sydney from Toronto and has worked on some great projects including Mmuseumm in New York. Read Alicia Nauta’s exhibition essay here
Images top to bottom:
1. Glenn Locklee, Urban Fragment 13 (detail), 2016, oil on Alupanel, 33 x 35cm
2. Ellen Dahl, New World, 2016, archival pigment print on photo paper 33 x 46cm
3. Jacqui Mills, Something in the Room, 2016, video projection 09:35 min loop, stereo sound
4. Catherine Polcz, cultural artifact on display in Herba morbus
(all images courtesy of the artist)
4-19 November 2016
Friday 4 November 6-8pm
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.
This Is Where We Meet
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.
Something In The Room
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 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.
Glenn Locklee has written a lovely positive review of Anie Nheu and Jan Fieldsend’s exhibition Playbox: sixtoeight
Playbox continues from Thursday 7 August to Saturday 9 August and again from 14 to 16 August, 11.00am to 6.00pm Thursday/Friday and to 5.00pm Saturday.
Anie Nheu, Problem Child, 2014. Acrylic paint on wire mesh. Photo credit: AirSpace Projects.
Jan Fieldsend, Quick Sketch, Swan, 2014. Paoers – carbon, crepe, found japanese woodblock. Photo credit: AirSpace Projects.
And just in case you want to know what it’s all about:
Sydney artists Anie Nheu and Jan Fieldsend work independently then collaboratively to bring together a collection of unlikely objects and materials to stunning effect. While the title Playbox holds childhood associations, this exhibition delves into adult considerations of bodies, emotions, memories and inter-cultural space. Seductive hand painted and drawn surfaces are juxtaposed against industrial and manufactured materials that carry signifiers of culture, place and history. The result is a sophisticated installation crafted with intense deliberation and intelligence.
Informed by the thoughts of the Japanese school of thought Mono-ha (Nheu) and the practice of Ikebana (Fieldsend), extensive time and attention has been paid to the arrangement of things to provide a multi-sensorial experience. Western art history has not been overlooked and references to Minimalism, the Pattern and Decoration Movement and Abstraction abound.
While there is a strong sense of play and collaboration in this installation, playmates Nheu and Fieldsend have left behind a sense of nostalgia, and an emotional residue that is unsettling but fascinating. Works titled Problem Child, Disassembled Monument for a Slow-Motion Dancer and The Tooth Fairy are all shaped and placed in such a way that that it leaves no doubt that this installation is not a consequence of child’s play.