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Three Exhibitions Opening Soon

Friday 10 April, 6.00 – 8.00pm

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AirSpace Projects will be closed for the first week of April as a result of the Easter break and will be reopening on Friday 10 April with three exciting exhibitions:

A New Feminine? curated by Rafaela Pandolfini

bird of doom, works by Ciaran Begley

Moments, presented by Astute Art Investments International

Please see upcoming exhibitions for more details.

Image Above: Rafaela Pandolfini. Chux. Image design by Mitch Brown.

Marilyn Schneider

Lifestyle Display

Friday 22 August – Saturday 30 August

Opening Thursday 21 August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

M.Schneider, Mega Mansion, 2012 low resMarilyn Schneider, Mega Mansion, 2012. Foam core, DVD cases, Chroma key paint, cardboard, 150 x 60 x 75 cm.

 

For Lifestyle Display Marilyn Schneider uses sculptural installation to examine the visual language of surfaces and logos in commercial spaces. These reconstructions critique the generic aesthetic looks and stylistic attitudes that present the viewer with a seemingly excessive display of wealth and status.

Using imagery derived from luxury trade shows, celebrity homes and high-end fashion stores, the installation investigates what the spectaculisation of the urban landscape reveals about our culture. Synthetic and industrial materials are used to create imitations that critique how different forms of artifice attempt to manipulate the subject in the public sphere.

Today, Saturday 19 July, is the last day to catch Ajay Sharma’s exhibition The Speed of Life.  Why not come along and join us between 3.00 – 5.00pm to say farewell to Ajay and to take the opportunity to talk to him about his work.  The process employed to create a miniature painting is incredible and the symbolism and narratives in the imagery are fascinating.

Ajay MaharajaAjay Sharma, Maharraja Dhiraj Singh, 2013. Natural pigments on paper. 21 x 16cm. Photo credit: AirSpace Projects.

 

AirSpace Projects. Open today, Saturday 19 July, from 11.00am – 5.00pm

10 Junction Street, Marrickville, Sydney

Drawing Through Journey

 

Li Wenmin and Sally Clarke

Sunday 3, 10 and 17 August, 2014, 10.30am – 4.00pm

 

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Image: Li Wenmin, Drifting clouds

A three-Sunday drawing workshop coming up in August. See Participate>Workshops>Drawing Through Journey on this site or go directly to Eventbrite for information and bookings.

Ajay Sharma: The Speed of Life. It was a wonderful opening night …

Ajay Sharma’s exhibition The Speed of Life opened at AirSpace Projects on Thursday 3 July with much fanfare. The Deputy Mayor of Marrickville Councillor Rosana Tyler introduced Mr Pawan Luthra who spoke so generously about Ajay Sharma’s work. We thought it was well worth posting. The Speed of Life will continue until 5.00pm Saturday 19 July.

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Ajay Sharma, Mother Nature (Impairment of Nature) from The Speed of Life series, 2014, pigment on paper, 30.5 x 40cm. Image credit: AirSpace Projects.

Pawan Luthra’s Speech

Deputy Mayor Councillor Rosana Tyler, Ajay Sharma, Sally Clarke, Brenda Factor and guests, thank you for inviting me today.

Growing up in India, we were surrounded by many examples of miniature art. We had them in our homes and in our schools, and often on the walls at work also. It is a great pleasure for me to be here: something that was such an essential part of my childhood, is being appreciated in my new home.

I have never been good at art myself, but as a child I would often wonder at how tedious and painstaking it must have been for the artist to create the paintings that hung in my hallway, and that my mum cherished so much. The margin of error seemed so narrow, and having no confidence in my own fine motor skills, I made up my mind fairly early that I would not enter a field in which my mistakes would be laid bare for easy scrutiny.

And so you will understand, what a privilege it has been for me to meet Ajay Sharma, India’s leading miniaturist. In a career spanning some 40 years, Ajay has devoted himself to keeping alive a centuries’ old tradition. As head of a studio of artists and students in Jaipur that was launched way back in 1984, he is involved in all aspects of the art form, including composition, drawing, conservation, copy work, in the research and preparation of pigments.

He has some fascinating stories to tell about his art, not just the process in which he creates the wasli paper on which the works are made, but also of how in the early days, he made his own paintbrushes: he physically caught the squirrels to extract the fine hair from their tails. He will assure you though, that no squirrels were killed to make up the brushes that created these, or indeed any, of his works.

Ajay has also been instrumental in taking the Rajasthani style of miniature art to some of the world’s leading art institutions, in the form of both exhibitions and workshops. Many non-Indian artists have now taken up the art form.

Interestingly, the theme of his current exhibition, The Speed of Life, finds much parallel with his own life’s work. While he has dedicated his energies to conserving and perpetuating an age-old practice, he sees around him a world that is modernising at fast pace. The Speed of Life is a lament on the loss of traditions and family values, and an increasing disconnect with nature, that such modernisation and globalisation has brought in.

The horse of course, has interesting symbolism. Representing a driving force that carries you through life, it is a symbol not only of life energy, but also of freedom of expression. As such, it turns out to be a perfect medium for Ajay.

As an observer myself of trends in the psycho-social fabric of contemporary India, I do agree with Ajay. The change is quite tumultuous really, and like a tsunami sweeping across the land, it is leaving behind some debris in its aftermath. The particular social problems that have arisen in India recently and made headlines across the world, are an unfortunate side effect of this fast-paced change. I don’t want to bring a sombre note to tonight’s event, but I think this has a significant bearing on the works of art displayed here. They speak of the far-reaching psycho-social implications of rampant and unsustainable modernisation.

Unlike Ajay however, I am a bit more optimistic about India’s youth. My own view is that as a developing country, India is going through an adolescence of sorts, struggling with issues of identity as it grapples with the notions of tradition vs modernisation. It’s going to be interesting to see how the ‘teenage’ India resolves this crisis, but at the end of it, it will evolve into unique selfhood.

India will modernise – it must modernise. And just as Ajay’s particular passion has evolved through Persian, Islamic, Mughal, Rajput, even British, influences, and survived to tell its own tale as an amalgam of all these, yet an independent and innovative art form that can be used to cast a contemporary look on life, India will make it too– with its own particular mix of traditionalism and modernism.

I thank Sally and Brenda in their vision of putting this exhibition together and sharing with all of this the talents of Ajay Sharma.

Thank you.

Pawan Luthra 2014 ©

For more information about this exhibition see Current Exhibition on this site.

Ajay Test

 Master Miniature Painter Ajay Sharma’s exhibition the Speed of Life opens this Thursday, 3 July, at 6.00pm.

All Welcome!

Danger Will Robinson! closes today, Sunday 29 June, at 5.00pm.

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Tony Albert, The Moon Is Not Yours to Take, 2014. Coca Cola cans and wire, 65 x 30cm. (Courtesy of the Artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney)

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Margarita Sampson, The Purple Peril, 2014. Textiles, variable dimensions. Photo credit: John McRae.

Also today Master Miniature Painter Ajay Sharma arrives in Sydney from Jaipur. His exhibition of paintings, The Speed of Life, opens this Thursday, 3 July, at 6.00pm.  The Deputy Mayor of Marrickville, Councillor Rosana Tyler will introduce Pawan Luthra, CEO of Indian Link Media Group, who will open the exhibition. Chai and Indian sweets will be served. All welcome!

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Ajay Sharma, Krishna Mankot, 2014. Pigment on paper. Image credit: Ajay Sharma.

Ajay Sharma will also be running two five-day miniature painting workshops from next week.  Contact SquarePeg Studios for details under Opportunities.  There is only one spot left in the second workshop but your name can go on a waiting list.

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Ajay Sharma, 2014. From the Speed of Life series.

 

AirSpace Projects and SquarePeg Studios are proud to announce that Ajay Sharma is coming to Marrickville in July to exhibit his work and to run two five-day Miniature Painting workshops. Only a limited number of students will be accepted into the workshop. For more information and enrolment go to SquarePeg Studios.

Sharma is a freelance artist and Master Mughal Miniature Painter of the Rajasthan School who has been supervising a studio of employees and students in Jaipur, India, since 1984. From 1979 until 1984 he was apprenticed under the direct tutelage of Master Painter Mahendra Sharma in Jaipur, India.

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Ajay Sharma, 2014. From the Zodiac series.

 

Sharma has built an international reputation based upon the many artists and students who have passed through his school and as a result of his teaching and exhibition history both in India and abroad. In 2010 he exhibited his collaborative works with artist Julie Evans in ‘Cowdust’ at the Julie Saul Gallery, New York. The exhibition received significant reviews in Art in America (Anna MeCugni, January 2011), Art Forum (Ida Panicelli, February 2011) and Vogue Italia (Emanuel, Lugli, November 2011). He has taught miniature painting at the Jaipur Virasat Foundation; the Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha; the University of Baroda; the Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi; the Ahmadabad Fine Arts College and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London.

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The work of Francine Haywood, first time student of Ajay Sharma.

 

Ajay Sharma is an expert in the field of Mughal miniature painting, conservation and copy work. He has formidable knowledge in the research, preparation and practice in pigments, composition and drawing, brushes and gold leaf. He specialises in all types of miniature and mural painting including Tantra painting, Rajput Painting, Kota School and Jaipur School, Rajput and his practice spans new creations, collaborations, traditional style, portrait painting and commission work. His major preservation and conservation projects include the Heritage Hotel Samode Palace and the Multan Estate in Jaipur, India.

The incredible contemporary textile artist Alex Falkiner is back!  Alex is running another of her successful Drawing with Thread Workshops at AirSpace Projects/SquarePeg Studios on Sunday 18 May from 2.00-4.00pm.

For bookings follow this link to Eventbrite

What happens when you approach stitching as a kind of mark marking?

Join visual artist and maker Alex Falkiner to learn a range of mark making techniques using needle and thread. Working with fabric with stitch you’ll have time to experiment, combine, and layer the techniques to create interesting effects. All materials, tea and bickies provided. However you are most welcome to bring along an interesting base cloth (woven only, not stretch fabric) to work into. Bookings Essential.

Suitable for stitchers and non-stitchers, drawers and non-drawers.

 

What people have been saying about the class:

“I loved the organic nature of this approach. Quite different to how I usually work and an approach I will definitely try out on my next project.”

“I learnt that embroidering doesn’t have to be perfect and that sometimes something that doesn’t have too much structure is what makes it beautiful. I personally resonated with this because lately in my own work I have been trying to achieve a more free approach in what I’m doing and not being scared to make a mistake!”

 

 

 

A bit about Alex Falkiner (aka Alfalky):

My workshops encourage playful, flexible and innovative approaches to hand-making. I like to keep groups small and intimate to allow for individual attention. Alex is excited about textile techniques because they are so portable, accessible, useful, beautiful and adaptable. Please join me in transforming ‘at hand’ materials into unexpected delights!

Experience? I’ve taught workshops for Kinfolk Magazine, Koskela, Object Gallery, Etsy, Bundanon Trust, Headspace, Gaffa Gallery, Q Station Manly, Woollahra Village Weekend, Work-shop, Gallery Lane Cove, Jurassic Lounge & the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

http://www.alexfalkiner.com

Have questions about Drawing with Thread (Marrickville, Sydney)? Contact Alfalky

 

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Artists and writers respond to the idea of landscape.

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