4-19 May Exhibitions

Opening Event Friday 4 May 6-8pm


Ellen Dahl

Beyond Bestimmung

Beyond Bestimmung continues my exploration of the environment as a complex site of personal, political and cultural identification, while also existing as a site of reverie and inspiration. Many encounters with the landscape oppose clear articulation, words can only hint at the profound engagement between a person and the natural environment. These works allude to instances that provoke an uncanny sense of place, a shared history and deep connection. The title Beyond Bestimmung draws on the Kantian notion of pre-determination, where an encounter of the sublime becomes an ethical imperative.

As a child, I spent extended summer holidays living with my grandparents in Rogaland on the southwest coast of Norway. They would often take me on road trips in this ancient landscape filled with misty valleys and large rock formations. There was a sense that this environment allowed for a momentarily escape from their grief of loosing their only child. The melancholy that lives in these landscapes has followed me around the world, and manifests itself as a comforting, non-specific geographical identity – a moment of intimacy that allows for a sense of place to linger in a new landscape.

Ellen Dahl is a Sydney based, Norwegian born artist working across photography, video, sound and installation. She completed her MFA by research at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2015. She has recently exhibited at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, Perth Centre for Photography and Kings Artist Run Melbourne. Often with the landscape as an entry point, her practice traces the intersection of memory and identity with a physical, political or psychological sense of place.

Image: Ellen Dahl, Beyond Bestimmung. Courtesy of the artist.

Ellen Dahl’s exhibition is sponsored by Frank Strongs


Yvette Hamilton

Karen Golland

Heidi LeFebvre

A line around that we cannot see

A line around that we cannot see brings together artists Karen Golland, Heidi LeFebvre and Yvette Hamilton in an exhibition that takes the act of mark-making as a way to explore the unseen.

Each artist uses the act of drawing as the starting point to explore that vacuum that is created by loss, absence, the unknown and the forgotten. The traces formed create both navigation and narrative and speak of the human quest to mark and memorialise the unseen and undiscovered. While each artist’s practice displays skills and expression particular to the materiality and concepts explored there is a common theme that they all refer to – that of the realm of “intricacy”. They draw out meaning through the steady pursuit of contextualising their emotional and physical landscapes. With this in mind, these three artists wish to pursue a collaborative ideal; recognise the overlaps and draw “a line around that we cannot see”.

Artist Talk/Workshop

As part of the Artist Talks on Saturday 19 May 3-5pm the artists will present (at roughly 4pm):

When an artist talks we all listen?

You are invited to come and draw while artists Yvette Hamilton, Karen Golland and Heidi Lefebvre talk about their work in A line around that we cannot see; an experimental exhibition where they lasso their ideas and coral their experiences of time, place and the importance of art making in their daily lives.

Maybe they will be expansive if your eyes are averted? Maybe you will illustrate an unexpected idea?

We, the artists, will provide blank booklets for you to fill up. We will talk about our work and then we will ask you to show us your books. We attempt to make sense of the world through our art practice but we want to practice the art of listening (ohhhhhh yeah good one!).

Please bring a pen or pencil. You will be invited to participate but it is not compulsory. There will be prizes but we will all be winners.

Image: Yvette Hamilton, Laying light (detail), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.


Rowena Grace


Anthromes are environments created by human interaction with the natural world.  This body of work presents a painterly meditation on science and nature, the implications of the Anthropocene, and the Earth as a closed system we live within.

This body of work presents a painterly meditation on science and nature using the expressive and experimental potential of painting to engage with contemporary concerns around environment, climate change, genetic engineering and the relationship between humans and nature.

The works consider the borders, the liminal spaces, between wild, unpredictable nature and human controlled environments, between the conscious mind and unconscious depths harbouring long memory of the human as a part of nature.   We live within the closed system of the Earth and its climate, where life processes, our activities and technologies are all intricately intertwined.

These paintings form part of my ongoing creative exploration of ideas of nature, culture and technology.  I draw on my experiences from a practical background in biology and environmental management.

Image: Rowena Grace, Wildscape 1.2-0, 2018, acrylic on wood, 30 x 30 x 2cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Nick Santoro

Pizza Pie Party Town

Pizza Pie Party Town is an exhibition of narrative paintings and a couple of small creepy sculptures based in an imaginary, dystopian township.

Image: Nick Santoto, In a Room of Tea and Tears, 2018, acrylic on galvanised steel, 60 x 60cm. Courtesy of Egg+Dart.


Human/Nature continues

Curated by Catherine Polcz

Human/Nature is a museum show that examines the relationship between humans and the urban ecology in Sydney’s Inner West through the collection of objects. An aesthetic journey through artificial grass, scare owls, root-clogged pipes and the hundreds of weeds, Human/Nature uncovers the biology, history and design of plants, animals and products while unveiling the everyday harmony and warfare on our streets. New objects are added to the exhibition each month.

Human/Nature is the first show at AIRseum, a new museum space exploring everyday design and secret stories of the Inner West. AIRseum is part of AIRspace Projects and curated by Catherine Polcz.