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Art critic John McDonald reviews Bill Henson's solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9
"Bill Henson’s work serves as a warning against fixed ideas and generalisations."
In the Sydney Morning Herald today, art critic John McDonald reviews Bill Henson's solo exhibition currently on view at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
To read the full article, pick up a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald today or click the link.
Kirtika Kain's exhibition 'Lustration' at Firstdraft
Kirtika Kain's exhibition 'Lustration' is currently on view at Firstdraft, Sydney.
Lustration (from Latin lustratio, “purification by sacrifice”), features a large-scale silkscreened drawing developed on site over a week-long period.
The work is influenced by methods of the Situationist International group, who created expanded three dimensional drawings that were methodically planned yet spontaneously executed. The activist group would cut and collage city maps, retaining sites of unconscious intensity and link them with red arrows to create new blueprints of urban spaces.
Firstdraft is the final pitstop of Art Month's East Sydney Art At Night Walking Tour. The event will take place this Saturday 13 March from 7-9pm at Firstdraft in Woolloomooloo.
To RSVP, click the link.
Daniel Boyd on ABC Radio National's 'AWAYE'
Daniel Boyd discusses the ideas behind his new installation for the Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney with Daniel Browning on ABC Radio National's 'AWAYE'!
The installation, titled 'Pediment/Impediment', is based on five of the half a million objects in the university’s collection.
Peter Craven reviews Bill Henson's solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
"Bill Henson's new exhibition features stark and stunning images from photographs taken more than 20 years ago."
Peter Craven reviews Bill Henson's solo show.
To read the full article, click the link.
Bill Henson in Artist Profile
"Since his first solo show at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1975, Bill Henson has been captivated at the liminal, the evasive, and the in-between. Traversing cool grey zones including adolescence and suburbia, his photographic images offer neither conclusions nor condolences to audiences who sense a mystery at work beneath their beautiful surfaces."
We are thrilled that Bill Henson features on the March issue of Artist Profile.
Erin McFadyen’s essay on Henson prepares us for his new solo exhibition which, using his archives, reconsiders his work as a younger artist, the passage of his life and works over time. The formal devices in Henson’s work, whether landscape, portrait or group of figures – transient paths, gaps and connections – touch our emotions and invite us to contemplate the power of love and death without fear.
Bill Henson's solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery opens tomorrow, 5 March.
Bill Henson's 'Sic Transit'
We are delighted to announce the release of Bill Henson's new publication 'Sic Transit', a 164-page hardcover book, housed in a bespoke slipcase, and produced in a strictly limited edition.
This Saturday, 6 March, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery will be holding a book signing with the artist. Copies of 'Sic Transit' will be available to purchase on the day for $155.00.
Exhibition on view at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery from Friday, 5 March.
Position Vacant at RO9
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is seeking a part-time paid Intern to join our digital media team in Paddington. The internship is six weeks in duration, with the role being 3 days per week that may include working Saturday’s within a roster. The role’s primary responsibility will be to help maintain and update the gallery’s extensive digital and physical photographic archive and corresponding catalogue database.
John McDonald reviews Nyapanyapa Yunupingu's 'The Little Things'
"It’s rare to step into an exhibition and feel bowled over, but this was the case with Nyapanyapa Yunupingu’s exhibition, The Little Things, at Roslyn Oxley9."
— John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Feb 2021
Art critic, John McDonald, reviews 'The Little Things' now showing at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Visit Yunupingu's exhibition until 27 February.
'Every Heart Sings' - A Children's Book by Patricia Piccinini
"Remember to look up. Among the amazing creatures that fill the sky, one day you might just see a skywhale too..."
Published by the National Gallery of Australia, 'Every Heart Sings' is Patricia Piccinini's first children’s book.
“I grew up in Canberra and I first realised I wanted to be an artist when I visited the National Gallery of Australia as a teenager. I now live and work in Melbourne and, as an artist, I am interested in what it means to be alive in the present day. I hope to create a world somewhere between the one we know and one that is almost upon us, and to focus on the emotional lives of the new creatures that might emerge. I am interested in our relationships with them and with nature. I work with a studio of people to help make my work, starting with my drawings and ending up with a sculpture, or a video or even a hot air balloon. 'Skywhalepapa' 2020 is a work that continues my relationship with the people of Canberra that began with the 'Skywhale' in 2013. Together they form a skywhale family that will take to the air over Canberra and go on to explore the country and the world. 'Every Heart Sings' is a project that talks about nature, family, evolution, care and wonder. They float into our lives to make us smile and think.”
Dale Frank Botanical Gardens in Better Homes and Gardens on Channel 7
Tune in to Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens this Friday 12 February at 7pm to get an inside look at Dale Frank Botanical Gardens, located on 50 acres of dry garden landscape in the Hunter Valley.u2060
Click the link to stream the episode online.
'For Our Country' is nominated for 'Building of the Year' Award
We are delighted that 'For Our Country' is nominated for ARCH DAILY'S Building of the Year Award! You can find out more about the project and cast your vote for via the link in at the top of our Instagram profile.
'For Our Country' is the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial, designed in collaboration with Kudjla/Ganglu artist Daniel Boyd.
Launching TOMORROW - 'SKYWHALEPAPA'
“Every heart sings is a project that talks about nature, family, evolution, care and wonder. They float into our lives to make us smile and think.” – Patricia Piccinini
Launching in Canberra tomorrow at 5.30am, Patricia Piccinini's Skywhalepapa is a monumental sculpture in the form of a hot-air balloon. A new companion piece to Skywhale, together they form a skywhale family that will be launched near the Gallery and take flight over Canberra three times. Following the Canberra flights, the sculptures will also float across the skies of Australia as a National Gallery Touring Exhibition throughout 2021 and 2022.
'SKYWHALES: EVERY HEART SINGS' – WORLD PREMIERE
- RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY, 7 FEB 2021 -
This SUNDAY 7 February Patricia Piccinini’s new skywhale family will be flying in the Canberra skies.
Watch Skywhale fly alongside her new companion Skywhalepapa for the first time. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, with the support of the Balnaves Foundation, this will be Skywhalepapa's global debut.
An immersive sonic experience will accompany the skywhales, with a special live performance of We are the Skywhales by Jess Green and band supported by the Luminescence Children’s Choir.
Due to COVID-19, numbers are strictly limited for this free, family-friendly event and registrations are essential. As part of COVID-19 protocols, the launch will take place within a designated fenced area and only ticket holders will be permitted entry. Read more about what to expect on the day.
Image: Patricia Piccinini’s new airborne sculpture “Skywhalepapa” (at left) prepares for lift-off alongside its companion, “Skywhale”. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Brook Andrew at 'Space YZ'
In times of alarmingly diminishing art school options in the tertiary and higher education systems, 'Space YZ', commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre and curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, draws inspiration from the visual arts legacy of Western Sydney University.
From the first graduating class in 1986 to the final cohort as the curtain closed in 2009, the art school was a pioneering hub for experimentation and risk-taking across a broad variety of media.
Staged twelve years since the closure of the art school, Space YZ presents significant early works created by Brook Andrew and 87 other Visual Arts and Electronic Arts alumni during their undergraduate studies or within two years of graduation.
‘Space YZ’ references the university gallery established on campus in 1992. A transitional space, the gallery was literally an oversized corridor connecting the Z Block art studios to the rest of the university on the Kingswood side of the Penrith campus. Less a destination than an idling walkway, Space YZ speaks to the metaphors of transition and connection that abound at art school; where ideologies are challenged and unique artistic identities forged.
In loving memory
Vale Virginia Fraser. I was saddened by the news yesterday at the passing of Virginia Fraser. My dear friend and an integral part of our 20-year collaboration between Destiny Deacon, Virginia Fraser and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Virginia was a beautiful person - she was sound, sensitive and perfect in every way. Virginia will be sorely missed. Our love and thoughts are with Destiny 🖤
Destiny Deacon in UPTOWN Art
Destiny Deacon's 'Man and Doll (c)' is currently occupying Melbourne's Windsor Place in the format of a street poster. Located at the back of Hotel Windsor, this large-scale poster reproduction forms part of UPTOWN Art Exhibition, a free outdoor art initiative supported by the City of Melbourne.
'Man and Doll (c)' draws on the influence of feminist printmaking and political posters of the 1970s and her own previous work with paste-ups.
'DESTINY', the largest retrospective of Deacon's work to date, is open at the National Gallery of Victoria through to 14 February 2021.
Daniel Boyd in his exhibition 'Pediment/Impediment'
In his exhibition 'Pediment/Impediment', Daniel Boyd has re-imagined sculptural reliefs from our collection of casts. This project challenges Enlightenment ideas, using dappled light to reveal and shadow these works from the Classical world.
If you haven’t been following, #ConnectingCollections is an ongoing series connecting museums worldwide and this month’s theme is 19th and early 20th century casts. Plaster casts and replicas of original artefacts, from small cuneiform tablets to monumental relief panels, were popular at this time for both study and display. The Nicholson amassed a collection of some 250 casts between 1890 and 1941. While many were given away in the 1960s to schools and communities across Sydney, around 80 small and large casts remain in the collection.
The casts displayed in 'Pediment/Impediment' include two reliefs from the Temple of Apollo at Bassae (NM2008.6.3-4), two reliefs from the Siphnian Treasury at Delphi (NM2008.5, NM2008.37) and a cast of relief XXXI of the Parthenon Frieze (NM2018.129). Central to the room is the plaster model of the Acropolis made by the German sculptor Henrich Walger circa 1895 (NM2008.4).
Exhibition runs until June 2021.
Brook Andrew - Artsy's 'Most Influential Artists of 2020'
We are thrilled that Brook Andrew was named as one of Artsy's 'Most Influential Artists of 2020' this week.
Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro - Parramatta Square Public Art
We are delighted to announce that Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro have been successful in their Parramatta Square Public Art submission.
This 8 meter tall chrome bus pays tribute to the vehicle bought by Parramatta Eels coach Jack Gibson for his 1981 premiership-winning team. The sculpture will be installed in the new Parramatta Square Precinct.
Photo rendering by Urban Arts Projects.
Bill Henson's 'Sic Transit' now available to purchase
We are delighted to announce the release of Bill Henson's 'Sic Transit' - a sumptuous 164 page hard cover book, with uncoated dust jacket, housed in a slipcase.
Published by Stanley Barker Books, Bill Henson’s 'Sic Transit' presents the panorama of a world shadowed by the images and memories of the past. Two boys wrestle like an act of love, an act of wonder. A face that could be the face of a girl or boy looms in the bewilderment of passion or preoccupation. Bodies tussle and are at peace. There is an effortless knowledge of the body as window of the soul but also a sense of the inscrutable, of that which is beyond time, though at every point time is echoed in immemorial gesture as an adolescent looks at his foot, as a temple beckons and glows in soft light, as a remembrance of other and older ways of imagining. This is an art of shadows and whispers and things known far off. It is a set of images haunted by the spectres of the past even as it uses the grammar of the body finding its way in darkness and touches of light.
It is an art full of the distanced golden glow of the classical and especially the Roman past which also pays homage to the sublimity of Rembrandt’s “Prodigal Son”and the depth of compassion it radiates. But in this sequence of photographs Henson reveals the world of ways in which history is shaded and comes to fade. And so it passes: Henson captures the glory of the world of images as it does. It also honors the ways in which every novice’s discovery traces an ancient ritual and notates an enduring dream. - Peter Craven
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro in 'You Are Here'
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present new works by Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro in 'You Are Here'.
"Kites and planes come from the same family but the philosophy behind flying kites and planes are quite different. A kite is a flying object that inspires daydreams while locating you within a specific time and place. Like a pin stuck in a map, the tethered kite marks us within the here and now. Conversely, an airplane makes the yearning to be somewhere else completely, a possible reality.
We have reversed the evolution of manned flight by taking Australian Air Force surplus plane parts and with a bit of paint and string, turned them into Japanese kites. We have used traditional Japanese kite designs because a) they look really awesome and b) Japanese kites are not representative of a culturally hermetic system: Chinese Buddhist missionaries introduced kites to Japan during the Nara period (710-794 AD).
We have in turn appropriated Japanese kite designs to create a body of work that is indicative of our own personal experience of COVID-times. The cessation of International flight cancelled our planned artist residency in Niigata. This residency was to be a period of research looking into the giant kite flying community of Shirone. Therefore 2020 was spent in our studio, daydreaming about kites. This body of work is indicative of the Iso-Age, a time when we have surfeit of global knowledge at our fingertips but we are literally grounded in one place." — Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, 2020
Exhibition opens 3 December at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
'A Painting Show' at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present a cross-generational exhibition, 'A Painting Show' featuring new works by three of Australia’s most important painters working today.
All three artists are expressive, gestural and considered in their mark making - masterful colourists conjuring up vivid, fantastical realms, yet their unique styles have paved their way as distinct voices within the Australian and international art world.
Paintings by Tom Polo, Gareth Sansom and Jenny Watson are exhibited within the unique context of the last month of 2020 where the fibres of society are strained. Within a social fabric of distanced inter-personal relationships, disconnection and technological interfaces dominating modes of communication, painting allows us to take space and stand still.
Daniel Boyd at Chau Chak Wing Museum
The Chau Chak Wing Museum presents a series of new contemporary art commissions in the museum’s Penelope Gallery. The inaugural project is Daniel Boyd’s fantastic ‘Pediment/Impediment’.
Exhibition runs until June 2021.
Image: Daniel Boyd, installation using a model of the Acropolis at Athens (NM2008.4), 2020.
'Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now'
We are delighted that the following Roslyn Oxley9 artists are included in the National Gallery of Australia's largest exhibition of Australian women's work, 'Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now':
Del Kathryn Barton;
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro;
Destiny Deacon & Virginia Fraser;
The Estate of Rosalie Gascoigne;
The Estate of Bronwyn Oliver;
'Know My Name' showcases art made by all women. Told in two parts, it brings together over 400 works drawn from the Gallery’s collection and other collections across Australia.
Featuring lesser-known and leading artists, 'Know My Name' tells a new story of Australian art. By bringing together artists from different times, places and cultures, the exhibition upends the assumption that modern and contemporary Australian art is a male-dominated narrative.
View 'Know My Name' at the NGA until 4 July 2021.
Kaylene Whiskey in Vault Magazine
We are thrilled that Issue 32 of Vault Magazine showcases the extraordinary work of Kaylene Whiskey.
'APY Sistas' (2020), featured on the front cover, will be included in Whiskey's upcoming show at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in May 2021.
Whiskey was the 2018 Sulman Prize Winner and the 2019 winner for general painting at the Telstra National ABoriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
Whiskey lives on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in the remote north-west of South Australia and works at Iwantja Arts, Indulkana. Whiskey’s paintings celebrate heroic power, pop culture and cultural knowledge as the blended reality that is contemporary life in a remote Indigenous community of Central Australia.
Deborah Hart in conversation with Fiona Hall
Curator Deborah Hart recently lead a conversation with Judy Watson and Roslyn Oxley9 artist Fiona Hall.
We are delighted that Fiona Hall is included in the NGA's exhibition 'Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now'.
New works by Gary Carsley in 'ARBOUR ARDOUR'
OPEN: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present new works by Gary Carsley in 'ARBOUR ARDOUR'.
New works by Linda Marrinon in 'Scene at Edfu and other sculptures'
OPEN: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present new works by Linda Marrinon in 'Scene at Edfu and other sculptures'. Emerging in the 1980's, Marrinon's work is informed by an interest in feminism, architecture and art history.
Kirtika Kain has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship
We are thrilled that Kirtika Kain has been selected as one of eight finalists in the 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship.
Valued at $30,000, this Fellowship is offered by the NSW Government through Create NSW to enable a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. With over 100 years of history, the Fellowship is a key exhibition for profiling the dynamism and breadth of emerging contemporary artistic practice in NSW. Now in its 24th year at Artspace, it continues to define new generations of contemporary art practice for both artists and audiences.
Each year Create NSW convenes an independent judging panel of esteemed colleagues to determine the finalists, whom Artspace acknowledges for engaging with insight and passion in assessing what was again a highly competitive round of proposals.
Of the eight finalists, one artist will be awarded the Fellowship at an announcement ceremony streamed live via Facebook on Thursday 12 November at 5:30pm.
View Kain's fantastic works at Artspace until 13 December.
Image: Installation view, '2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship', Artspace Sydney.
Daniel Boyd - winner of The Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture.
We are delighted to announce that 'For Our Country', by Daniel Boyd and the Edition Office, has been awarded The Nicholas Murcutt Award for Small Project Architecture.
The Australian Institute of Architects has announced the winners of 2020 National Architecture Awards, celebrating projects of all types that “go above and beyond” and enliven their surroundings.
A total of 44 projects were recognized, 25 receiving national awards and 19 given commendations.
Boyd's Australian War Memorial Commission in collaboration with Edition Office was just one of over 473 entries, from 14 countries in the Indo-Pacific, showing progressiveness and innovation in an enormous diversity of contexts.
'For Our Country' is the inaugural National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra and located on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country. The work provides a space from which to contemplate and commemorate Indigenous connection to country and the sacrifice that Indigenous serving men and woman have made in the protection of their country.
Photography: Ben Hosking
Extended: David Noonan's solo exhibition 'David Noonan: Stagecraft'.
We are thrilled about the extension of David Noonan's exhibition 'David Noonan: Stagecraft'.
Visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat until 31 January to view Noonan's fantastic solo show.
Exhibition: Linda Marrinon 'Scene at Edfu and other sculptures'
NOW OPEN: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present new works by Linda Marrinon in 'Scene at Edfu and other sculptures'. Emerging in the 1980's, Marrinon's work is informed by an interest in feminism, architecture and art history.
Often displaying a keen sense of humour, her modestly scaled figures and busts draw on techniques associated with 19th century figurative sculpture. Marrinon's statuaries and plaster tableaux portray historical figures and archetypes drawn from the fathomless archive of our times. Considering the span of Marrinon's subject matter, time is a condition with which the sculptor freely plays.
Visit Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery until 6pm.
Image: Exhibition view, Linda Marrinon, 'Scene at Edfu and other sculptures', Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (30 October - 28 November 2020). Photo: Luis Power.
Exhibition: Gary Carsley 'ARBOUR ARDOUR'
OPEN NOW: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present new works by Gary Carsley in 'ARBOUR ARDOUR'.
'ARBOUR ARDOUR' is the most recent in a series of room-based flourishes by Gary Carsley that contest among other things: the increasing correspondence between spectacle and material privilege in both art and life and the collapse of historical memory, with all of its attendant intended and unintended consequences. In these immersive environments, laboriousness can be best understood as a calculated expression of queer disruption; where perversely, manuality is a highly refined and conceptual act.
Positioned within a multi-perspectival pergola elaborated by Architect Renjie Teoh around 3 IKEA PAX closets and a suite of geometrically shaped Draguerreotypes1 positioned by the artist as a series of outward looking windows and doors, 'ARBOUR ARDOUR' is more than the sum of its parts. Liminal and latently lavender, this exhibition continues the artist’s engagement with the garden as a trans-cultural, temporally fluid stage where theory becomes practice.
Visit the gallery today until 6pm.
Image: Exhibition view, Gary Carsley, 'ARBOUR ABDOUR', Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (30 October - 28 November 2020). Photo: Luis Power.
Dale Frank in the NGA
"As a kid I had Robert Rauschenberg images pinned to my bedroom walls – his goat and tyre. At the age of 14 or 15, I saw a series of paintings by Robert Ryman in an American exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Ryman’s work built upon my emphatic love for Rothko. Equally, at the same time or shortly after, I came across Vito Acconci and Paul Thek. Overlaying all this was the view of artists in movies." - Dale Frank
Find out where Dale Frank's inspiration led... Now on display on Level 2 at the National Gallery of Australia.
Image: Dale Frank, 'He garaged his new Range Rover as the ABC was due the next day to interview him on what it was like being an artist today even though Sue thought he should park it in the front drive', 2006, varnish on canvas, 200 x 200 cm.
Art Collector's 'Pull Focus' with Bill Henson
Bill Henson discusses his work 'Untitled' (2017-2020) which currently forms part of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery's presentation at 'Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020'.
The 'Pull Focus' video series takes its lead from Art Collector's print magazine feature of the same name, focussing in on what makes a particular artwork WORK as a work of art.
Sydney Contemporary's 'Top picks by our friends'
Brook Andrew, Tracey Moffatt, Bill Henson and Tom Polo were recently featured in Sydney Contemporary's 'Top picks by our friends'.
The 'Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020' platform will be live until 31 October.
Tracey Moffatt receives an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is thrilled to announce that Tracey Moffatt has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society overnight.
Honorary Fellowships are awarded to distinguished people who have an intimate connection with the science or fine art of photography. These leading photographic artists are recognised for their innovative work of the highest calibre.
Photo: Tracey Moffatt by Claudia Fitzpatrick (2019).
IN CONVERSATION: Alexie Glass-Kantor speaks with Brook Andrew
Watch a recording of last week's live 'in conversation' between Brook Andrew & Alexie Glass-Kantor to mark the occasion of Andrew's current exhibition 'This Year' at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, 25 September – 24 October 2020.
Isaac Julien | 'Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass' in San Francisco
'Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass' is a film installation by Isaac Julien that explores the life of the visionary African American writer, abolitionist, statesman, and freed slave Frederick Douglass.
Julien's ten-screen immersive installation is due to open tomorrow at the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco.
Julien will also take part in a series of online discussions with artists, thinkers, and scholars in conjunction with the exhibition. All talks are free and take place via Zoom.
The Long Run #3: John Wolseley on revealing landscapes for 60 years
For over 60 years John Wolseley has been visiting, capturing and sharing his experience of landscapes. But what does it mean to create and innovate over six decades? And what can Wolseley teach us about the life-stages of an artist?
Art Guide Australia’s newest podcast series 'The Long Run' considers this question with artists who have had careers spanning 60 years, each reflecting on their art and lives.
In this third episode Wolseley, one of Australia’s most well-known landscape painters and printmakers, speaks to us from his home in regional Victoria. Moving to Australia from England in 1976, he’s known for immersing himself in an environment before painting it, capturing landscapes ranging from the mountains in Tasmania, to wetlands and rivers, to the floodplains of Arnhem land. Known as a great storyteller, Wolseley captures worlds that invite engagement with nature and the environment.
Brook Andrew is leading artists in urgent times
Brook Andrew's passions have never been contained to the artist's studio, from his interest in the anonymous Indigenous sitters of early ethnographic photographs and memorials to the lives lost in Australia's frontier wars, to the repatriation of human remains.
Andrew speaks to ABC Arts guest host Rosa Ellen about what drives him and what he set out to do as the first Indigenous artistic director of the Biennale of Sydney, which he renamed NIRIN. His latest exhibition, 'This Year', is currently on view at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
'Oscar Wilde's "The Nightingale and the Rose"' nominated for Short Film of the Decade by AACTA
We are delighted to announce that Del Kathryn Barton's short film 'Oscar Wilde's "The Nightingale and the Rose"' has been nominated for Short Film of the Decade by AACTA. This 2016 film was directed in collaboration with Brendan Fletcher and produced by Fletcher and Angie Fielder.
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery at 'Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020'
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present a selection of artworks in 'Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020' from 1-30 October 2020.
In the first online edition of the art fair, the gallery will be presenting five major works by the following artists: Dale Frank, Fiona Hall, Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, and Tom Polo.
Exhibition: Brook Andrew | 'This Year'
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is pleased to present new works by Brook Andrew in 'This Year'.
This immersive exhibition originates from a series of collages Andrew made recently from an extensive archive in his Melbourne studio. In frantic actions of cutting and pasting, the artist combines disparate elements of printed matter, from contemporary newspaper headlines, fashion magazines and mid-century comic books to historical anthropological texts and an original edition of engravings from the complete works of British satirist William Hogarth (c. 1860).
The juxtaposition of contemporary sources with the historical, and the popular with the academic, reveals the ways in which the media and visual culture continue to nurture obsessions with capital, race and catastrophe and influence modes of being that sway from hope and joy to ignorance and despair.
Nyapanyapa Yunupingu at her solo exhibition 'the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupingu' at the MAGNT
After having been delayed by Northern Territory travel restrictions, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu was finally able to see her extraordinary solo exhibition 'the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupingu' at the Museum and Art Gallery the Northern Territory in Darwin. MAGNT was honoured to welcome Nyapanyapa and her family from Yirrkala.
Yunupingu's next solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is due to open in late January 2021.
Images: Exhibition view, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, 'the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupingu', Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, (25 May - 15 October 2020).
2020 Sir John Sulman Prize Finaist - Caroline Rothwell
Image: Caroline Rothwell, 'Vault', 2020, acrylic on linen, 163 x 183 cm.
2020 Sir John Sulman Prize Finaist - Gareth Sansom
Image: Gareth Sansom, 'Looking for God in abstract art', 2020, oil and enamel on linen, 185 x 245.5 cm.
2020 Sir John Sulman Prize Finaist - Tom Polo
Image: Tom Polo, 'retreat and return (the arrival)', 2020, oil and acrylic on canvas, 183.5 x 275 cm.
2020 Wynne Prize Finalist - Imants Tillers
Image: Imants Tillers, 'Prayer for rain', 2020, synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 54 canvas boards, 227 x 212 cm.
2020 Wynne Prize Finalist - Caroline Rothwell
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to congratulate Caroline Rothwell as a finalist in the 2020 Wynne Prize.
Image: Caroline Rothwell, 'Symbiosis (bluebeard orchid)', 2020, hyrdrostone, canvas, paint, epoxy glass, stainless steel, wood, hardware, 213 x 60 cm.
2020 Wynne Prize Finalist - Gareth Sansom
Image: Gareth Sansom, 'No man is an island', 2020, oil and enamel on linen, 185 x 246 cm.
2020 Wynne Prize Finalist - Del Kathryn Barton
Image: Del Kathryn Barton, 'I take it down to the flow', 2020, bronze, acrylic-painted MDF plinth, 190 x 75 cm.
2020 Archibald Prize Finalist - Louise Hearman
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to congratulate Louise Hearman as a finalist in the 2020 Archibald Prize.
Image: Louise Hearman, 'Barry Jones', 2020, oil on masonite, 61 x 64 cm.
New Online Viewing Room - 'The Timbre Texture'
We are delighted to present the fifth instalment of our Online Viewing Room Series - 'The Timbre Texture'.
This group of women artists selected are impeccable makers. Adept at working across varied mediums, their practices are multifarious in both their materials and in their ability to articulate wide ranging concepts simultaneously.
The selection of artworks showcases varied textures and artists whose attention to detail and hand-making allows them to explore the very nature of materiality. The neutral palette of white and black allows surface above colour and form to come into the focus.
Image: Sarah Contos, ‘Chair and Ottoman’, 2019, repurposed cane, screen-print on canvas, foam, wood; 92 x 114 x 86 cm; 34 x 85 x 51 cm.
Isaac Julien | 'Lina Bo Bardi: A Marvellous Entaglement' in Madrid
Take a look inside the three-screen premiere of Isaac Julien's solo exhibition 'Lina Bo Bardi: A Marvellous Entaglement' which opens today at Galeria Helga de Alvear in Madrid.
Daniel Boyd | #TogetherInArt Interview
Take a look inside Daniel Boyd's studio in the lead up to his exhibition 'AND THE HORIZON SWALLOWED THE TORTOISE' which was on view at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in August of this year.
Hear from the artist about the development of his work, readdressing history, and his hopes for the future.
RO9 artists included in 'Chromatopia' at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
We are delighted to announce that works by Dale Frank, Gareth Sansom and Tracey Moffatt are included in 'Chromatopia' at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
'Chromatopia', an exploration of how and why artists use colour, was inspired by a rarely seen work acquired more than half a century ago. 'Harvest', painted by Dame Laura Knight on the cusp of the Second World War, is a tonic for our times and the inspiration behind this spectral journey.
Image: Exhibition view, Dale Frank, 'Paler Than Pale Custard Cream Moonlight Off White Old Ivory Irish Linen Cream Neutral Beeswax Cornsilk Falmouth Hawaiian Sunset Paloma Burnous (Pansy!)', Art Gallery of South Australia (4 September 2020).
Photo: Saul Steed.
Exhibition: Patricia Piccinini 'The Gardener's Eye' at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present a highly anticipated solo exhibition with one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Patricia Piccinini.
The Gardener’s Eye features an iconic hyper-realistic life-size sculpture, an assembly of smaller mechanical sculptures, her signature Panelworks, and a suite of drawings.
Art Collector Magazine's Michael Do speaks to Patricia Piccinini
Art Collector Magazine's Pull Focus video series takes its lead from its print magazine feature of the same name. Here, Art Collector focuses in on what makes a particular artwork WORK as a work of art.
Watch Michael Do in conversation with celebrated Australian artist Patricia Piccinini about the works in her forthcoming exhibition 'The Gardener’s Eye' at opening at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery on Thursday, 20 August.
John Nixon's passing
Roslyn and Tony Oxley are saddened to learn of the death of John Nixon, a great Australian Artist who had a formative influence on the Gallery in the 1980’s. He was widely admired for the integrity of his practice. His passing represents a big loss for our community. Our condolences go to Sue and Emma.
Patricia Piccinini in Romance Was Born
Photographer Allissa Oughtred has captured Patricia Piccinini and her daughter Roxy dressed in Romance Was Born in her Melbourne studio.
This is an exclusive preview of her new works which are due to be shown in her solo show 'The Gardener's Eye' which opens on 20 August at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Click the link to see more.
Julie Rrap on ABC's 'The Art Show'
Julie Rrap has been preoccupied with the female body since the 1980s, with images that challenged the male gaze and set her on a course to become a major figure in Australian feminist art. So what is her take on the changing politics of the body happening in visual art right now, and how does she reflect on her formative years?
Rrap recently spoke with Namila Benson from ABC's 'The Art Show' about her creative journey around the female form.
To listen to the conversation, click the link.
New Viewing Room - 'The Power of Language!'
We are delighted to present the fourth instalment of our Online Viewing Room Series - The Power of Language!
Our lives are shaped by language: the social media we engage with, the news we read, and the signs we follow, all dictate how we connect and experience the world. Text and language have long been a powerful vehicle in the artistic expression of leading conceptual artists since the 1960s, namely Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, John Baldessari, and Lawrence Weiner. In this time of stillness, we seek more than ever before to enrich our lives with text and visuals that fire the imagination, rouse visual pleasure, and inspire intellectual excitement.
From anagrammatic wordplay to esoteric quotations, and from ‘the subtext of existence’ to draconian proscriptions on the Untouchables, these poignant text-based works are a celebration of our artists who harness the immediate and transformative power of language in the visual realm.
To view ‘The Power of Language!’, click the link.
John Wolseley creates a story around the life-cycle of a beetle
In a recent project with Kids' Home Publishing, John Wolseley creates a story around the life-cycle of a beetle local to his forest studio, using all the techniques which have made him a renowned artist and naturalist. This is a mini masterclass in creativity as play, with a beautiful reading of the finished book by the author.
Wolseley's works featured in the video include:
'Longicorn Beetle engravings', 2019
relief print found wood on Japanese tissue
30.5 x 40.5 cm each
'Beetle engraving 4', 2019
relief print from found wood on Japanese tissue
40.5 x 30.5 cm
'101 Insect Life Stories No 40. Coleoptera', 2017
etching with watercolour
30 x 40.5 cm
To watch the full clip, click the link.
Julie Rrap in ‘Shadow Catchers’ at the AGNSW
Body double (2007), a work by Julie Rrap, is the centrepiece of Shadow Catchers at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Rrap has worked with notions of the double in sculpture, video and photography since the early 1980s. Two silicon rubber casts of the artist’s body lie corpse-like on a stage, one face down and one face up. A ghost-like figure of a man or a woman is projected onto the bodies. The projection of the body rolls across the stage from one figure to the other, appearing to resuscitate the silicon forms.
Drawing on the Gallery’s collection, including the work of more than 57 artists and recent acquisitions on display for the first time, ‘Shadow catchers’ considers how the shadow, along with the mirror and the body double, have been employed and examined by photographers since the invention of the medium. Photographs can provide doubles and emotional surrogates on which to affix our attachment – but what kind of doubles and what kind of intimacy?”
Shadow Catchers has been extended until 2021.
Image: Julie Rrap, ‘Body double’, 2007, digital tape (betacam) shown as single channel digital video, colour, silent, two silicon rubber sculptures, motion sensor, duration: 00:11:38 min, aspect ratio: 16:9, display dimensions variable.
‘DESTINY’ at the NGV
"Despite or perhaps because of their apolitical-seeming, bordering-on-superficial visual content – blak dollies and blacker comedy are frequent tools – the works of Destiny Deacon are intensely political. They speak strongly of dispossession, displacement, death and destruction, of the rape and torture of Indigenous women…"
This is an edited excerpt of Claire Coleman's essay commissioned for and published in the catalogue to accompany the (temporarily closed) exhibition ‘DESTINY’, at the NGV in Melbourne until 31 January 2021.
To continue reading 'Destiny Deacon: Showing colour' in Art Monthly Australasia, click the link.
Bill Henson's Garden
As well as being an internationally renowned photographer, Bill Henson is also a passionate gardener. His home and photography studio are embraced by a lush and layered wilderness. It’s hard to know where the garden begins and ends, and that’s the way he likes it.
ABC Radio National goes inside Henson's garden in Melbourne's inner north which was once a concrete car park but now, around raked gravel, are huge trees, palms and a few family favourites.
To listen to Henson's conversation with Jonathan Green, click the link at the top of our Instagram profile.
Tracey Moffatt in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
We are delighted to present Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Kaldor Public Art Projects' 'do it (australia)' artists.
Tracey Moffatt is one of 18 Australian artists and creative figures to contribute to Kaldor Public Art Projects’ first online project. Hear from Moffatt at 25 minutes 30 seconds.
Hans Ulrich Obrist is famous for his marathon interviews with artists from all over the world which go for hours. In this Zoom Webinar conversation, each interview lasts approximately 10 minutes. Tune in for 10 minutes or for the whole event!
Exhibition: Daniel Boyd 'AND THE HORIZON SWALLOWED THE TORTOISE'
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present new works by Daniel Boyd in 'AND THE HORIZON SWALLOWED THE TORTOISE' which opens on Wednesday 15 July.
This poignant exhibition continues the artist's trajectory by uniting three highly personal subject matters: Greek mythology, familial ties to the land, and symbolism of the Australian native bush stone-curlew in Aboriginal cultures.
This pertinent new body of work emerges from the unique conditions of lockdown, where times of crisis give gravitas to artists like Boyd, who express histories of oppression and resistance. In creating spaces for questions and dialogue in art, Boyd places the Aboriginal experience closer towards the center of contemporary Australian discourse, and gives voices to people who are exiled, marginalised or displaced.
Image: Exhibition view, Daniel Boyd, 'AND THE HORIZON SWALLOWED THE TORTOISE', Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (15 July - 15 August 2020). Photo: Luis Power.
Daniel Boyd in Art Collector Magazine
"There is a tendency in Australian art history to segregate the art of Aboriginal people from the broader field of Australian art. Separatist terms such as "Aboriginal Art", "Urban Aboriginal Artist" or even "Folk art" reflect an ongoing colonial hierarchy that contemplates Indigenous communities and their culture as distinct from the concerns and agendas of Australia today. To conceive of Australian art and Aboriginal art as separate streams of practice reflects a misunderstanding of the independence of Australian culture.
Daniel Boyd is a testament to an expanding field of artists working to create a more self-aware set of cultural relations in Australia that celebrates the nuance, potency and urgency of Indigenous practitioners and their histories."
This month's issue of Art Collector Magazine features Daniel Boyd in a text written by Michael Do. 'INTO FOCUS' includes a discussion around his current exhibition 'AND THE HORIZON SWALLOWED THE TORTOISE' open at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Artist Profile: Destiny Deacon
The exhibition 'DESTINY', opening at the end of July at the National Gallery of Victoria, surveys an impactful body of work by Australian artist and activist Destiny Deacon. Included in the show are multimedia works made collaboratively with Erin Hefferon, Michael Riley, Lisa Bellear and Virginia Fraser.
Rose Vickers talk with Deacon and Fraser about the boundaries and definitional challenges of their ongoing collaborative practice.
OPEN: David Noonan's solo exhibition 'David Noonan: Stagecraft'
David Noonan's solo exhibition 'David Noonan: Stagecraft' is now available to view in person as the Art Gallery of Ballarat reopens its doors to the public today.
In association with the exhibition, the Art Gallery of Ballarat has published hand-bound art catalogues which are beautifully designed by Ben Cox and include an essay by Curator Julie Mc Laren and a large format reproduction of Noonan’s work. These catalogues are now available to purchase and are strictly limited to a numbered edition of 240. To view online, click the link at the top of our Instagram profile.
Image: Hand bound large format catalogue, 20 pages, 369 x 330 mm.
Curator Leigh Robb on David Noonan - 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Art
In David Noonan's collages on film and tapestry, collected images drawn from a vast array of sources are superimposed, overlapped, cut up, cut out, dis-placed and re-placed within the picture plane, as if props on a set or actors in a scene.
Curator Leigh Robb speaks on David Noonan's works as part of the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Art: 'Monster Theatres'... "We can see a stage that is populated by a number of figures. They all appear to be in a process of waking up and it's almost like a moment in a zombie film."
Callum Morton in AGNSW's 'Shadow Catchers'
As Callum Morton's exhibition 'View from a Bridge' fills Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, his works 'Screen #4 Chargrilled' (2006) and 'Screen #7 Here and There' (2006) are displayed in the recently reopened 'Shadow Catchers' at the AGNSW.
Repost from Michael Brand, AGNSW Director: "Callum Morton’s miniature drive-in cinema from 2006 on the left with its screen burnt black (Screen #4 Chargrilled). It’s “malfunctioning” sister structure is on the right (Screen #7 Here and there) with Soda_Jerk’s After the Rainbow in between, reimagining the twister in The Wizard of Oz as a time machine hurtling Judy Garland’s Dorothy into a bleak future."
Callum Morton has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1998.
'the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunipinu' at MAGNT
At the age of 75, Nyapanyapa Yunupinu has reached a milestone in her career with her major survey exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin.
Featuring more than 60 of Yunupinu's works, 'the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupiu014bu' marks the first-ever solo exhibition held at MAGNT for an Aboriginal artist. Visit the MAGNT to see Yunupiu014bu's show until 15 October.
Nyapanyapa Yunupiu014bu has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 2008.
Image 1: Exhibition view, Nyapanyapa Yunupinu, 'the moment eternal: Nyapanyapa Yunupinu', Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, (25 May - 15 October 2020).
Photograph: Merinda Campbell. Courtesy of Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Dale Frank in AGNSW's 'Under the Stars'
Taking a transhistorical approach, 'Under the stars', at the Art Gallery of NSW, presents stargazing and mapping by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, highlighting the commonalities and connections in our shared attempts to understand the night sky and our place in relation to it.
Dale Frank's 'Stephen Hawking' (2001) and 'Stephen Hawking and the illusion of size' (2001) currently reside in 'Under the stars' at the AGNSW.
Dale Frank has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1982.
Image: Installation view, 'Under the stars', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (1 July). Photo: Claire Visitserngtrakul.
Artwork: Dale Frank, 'Su2060tephen Hawking', 2001, synthetic polymer paint and varnish on canvas, 200 x 260 cm; Dale Frank 'Stephen Hawking and the illusion of size', 2001, synthetic polymer paint and varnish on canvas, 200 x 260 cm.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture showing Isaac Julien's 'Lessons of the Hour' (2019)
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is revisiting a video tour of its exhibition Slavery and Freedom to celebrate Juneteenth, the annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the US that has long been celebrated among the African American community but still remains largely unknown to the wider public.
The founding director, Lonnie Bunch, highlights slavery-related objects that tell stories of resilience and survival like freedom papers, shackles for children and identification buttons worn by slaves. “The most important factors that have shaped African American culture have been the impact of institutional slavery and the desire for people to be free,” Bunch says. “Slavery shaped everything in America, from farm policy to education to politics.”
New York’s Metro Pictures Gallery is streaming Isaac Julien’s Lessons of the Hour (2019) this weekend to mark Juneteenth. The film tells the story of the same Frederick Douglass noted above, who self-emancipated as a young man and became one of the foremost abolitionists and civil rights campaigners, both in the US and internationally. He was also was a strong believer in the social power of the then burgeoning technology of photography; he is sometimes cited as the most photographed American of the 19th century, ahead of Abraham Lincoln.
Lessons of the Hour revolves around Douglass’s famed speeches and is named after the final major speech that he gave in Washington, DC, where he died in 1895. This film is a single-screen version of Julien’s ten-screen installation of the same name and was filmed in Washington, DC, Scotland and at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. The film will be available to stream on the gallery’s Vimeo page from Friday at 12pm EST until midnight on Sunday.
'Exploring the work of Destiny Deacon, one of Australia’s leading contemporary Indigenous artists' in Vogue Australia
As one of Australia’s leading contemporary Indigenous artists, Destiny Deacon has more than lived up to her name. With a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Myles Russell-Cook, the gallery’s curator of Indigenous art, explores the duality of comedy and tragedy that informs her work.
To read Vogue's article 'Exploring the work of Destiny Deacon, one of Australia’s leading contemporary Indigenous artists', written by Russell-Cook, click on the link.
Viewing Room: 'Caroline Rothwell: Arrangements'
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to present 'Caroline Rothwell: Arrangements' as the fourth instalment of our Viewing Room Series.
It is with the spirit of discovery we view the sculptures by Rothwell in 'Arrangements', embodying the weird and wonderful through the mindset of exploration and detailed research into botanical history.
Rothwell’s work is the meeting point of the artificial and natural, the historical and contemporary. She holds space for the most beautiful of objects, hybrid species that challenge us to question past narratives and seek new positions of enquiry. At first glance, they are contemporary manifestations of exquisite botanical specimens, perhaps once immaculately rendered as drawings. On closer look, uncomfortable and disconcerting juxtapositions emerge: glossy tongues entwine biomorphic beings; industrial metal pipes meet floral beauties; QR codes are delicately held like prized, rare fauna in a bejewelled hand.
Callum Morton in conversation with ABC's Namila Benson
Callum Morton recently spoke with Namila Benson from ABC's 'The Art Show' about the nature of monuments and activism, in light of the Black Lives Matter protests taking place across the world.
Morton's exhibition 'View from a Bridge' is open at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery until 4 July. u2060
To listen to Callum Morton in conversation with ABC's Namila Benson, click the link.
Rosalie Gascoigne's Found Landscapes
Rosalie Gascoigne captured the Australian landscape by assembling objects she found within it, finding beauty in weathered discarded road signs and farming equipment. Her distinct representations of Australia and her contribution to art gained her an Order of Australia in 1994. Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery has been representing Gascoigne since 1989 and her estate since 1999.
ABC's archive-based series 'The Rewind' takes us back to 1991, as ABC's Art Australia visits Gascoigne in her home. To watch the clip, click the link.
Callum Morton in conversation with Art Collector's Edward Colless
"We are living in end times... I guess we always are. It is particularly horrible at the moment. We talk about the end of all sorts of things - capitalism, globalisation, the planet - so in a way the windows are looping around this idea of an end... meditating on what kind of end it will be." u2060
- Callum Morton in conversation with Art Collector's Edward Colless, discussing the relevance of his monumental structures currently installed at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.u2060
To watch the full cut, click the link.
Exhibition: Callum Morton 'View from a Bridge'
We are delighted to present Callum Morton's View from a Bridge, opening to the public at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery on Thursday, 4 June!
View from a Bridge will feature three wall sculptures that replicate the window frames on the facade of the Sirius Building, located in The Rocks, Sydney. In adding a theatrical element to the work, Morton has inserted a pulsating light into each sculpture that changes colour to correspond to the audio track of the computerised voice of Siri.
Melbourne Art Fair
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery’s Viewing Room at the virtual Melbourne Art Fair is now live via Ocula.
Isaac Julian's 'Lessons of the Hour' at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts
Lessons of the Hour, a multi-channel film installation and photography exhibition, dramatises key moments in the life of Frederick Douglass.
Lessons of the Hour is a ten-screen film installation and exhibition of related photography by Isaac Julien that offers an immersive, poetic meditation on the life and times of Frederick Douglass. The freed slave, abolitionist, and statesman (who was also the most photographed man of the nineteenth-century), helped shape the national conversation around race and representation for generations.
Incorporating excerpts from Douglass’ most arresting speeches and dramatizations of his private and public milieus, the work is a contemplative journey into Douglass’ zeitgeist that unfolds through multiple perspectives presented simultaneously on different screens. Douglass’ oratory and writings on topics ranging from slavery to photography suggest ways in which his lifelong advocacy of freedom and equality may be reexamined through a contemporary lens.
Lessons of the Hour is presented with a selection of works from the McEvoy Family Collection, a curated video program in the McEvoy Arts Screening Room, and a calendar of public programs to be announced.
Tom Polo in conversation with Art Collector's Tai Mitsuji
"The figures or the characters in these works were almost like parts of bodies that were reliant upon another. In this case, we've got a thigh and a calf and they exist as almost two characters of the same being. So, I've been thinking about personas or ideas of intimacy - forced intimacy... this idea that the calf and the thigh are really connected and in order to function they need to work together."
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery's Tom Polo discusses his work 'family feud (calf vs thigh)', currently in the Stockroom at Roslyn Oxley9, with Art Collector's Tai Mitsuji.
The 'Pull Focus' video series takes its lead from Art Collector's print magazine feature of the same name, focussing in on what makes a particular artwork WORK as a work of art.
Isaac Julien, 'Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement', Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Isaac Julien’s film Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement will be available to view in 2020 at Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain. Curated by Manuel Cirauqui, the exhibition opens on 25 June 2020 and continues until 27 September 2020.
Image: Isaac Julien, Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement, 2019, nine-screen video installation, super-high definition (4K), color, 9.1 surround sound, ash wood plinths, Duration 39 min 08 sec.
Tracey Moffatt in conversation with Silvia Karman Cubiñá
Join Executive Director & Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá of The Bass Miami in conversation with Roslyn Oxley9 artist Tracey Moffatt.
'Montages: The Full Cut', 1999-2015, Moffatt's virtual exhibition, is currently on view via @TheBassSquared or via the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery IGTV.
The eight video works are part of the museum’s collection and survey the nature of representation and genres of cinema.
To watch Tracey's conversation, click the link!
New Viewing Room - Faraway, So Close!
We are delighted to present the third instalment of our Online Viewing Room Series - 'Faraway, So Close!'
Inspired by the title of a Wim Wenders film, 'Faraway, So Close!' 1993, this selection of artworks brings into focus the separateness of living and considers the rewriting of intimacy in our digital age; inviting us to reach out, empathise, and to dive into the feelings of our own human emotion.
Isolated in our own private worlds, individuals are coming to terms with the new ways of living. The frantic rush of life has slowed down and we take a breath, a pause, a moment to reflect and observe one another at an orbit. Through shared experiences we are together - so close, yet so far away - existing in a world where intimacy and the power of the human touch have been altered.
To view ‘Faraway, So Close’, click the link!
Mikala Dwyer on ABC's 'The Mix'
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery's Mikala Dwyer was featured on a recent episode of ABC's 'The Mix' which focuses on the (currently closed) 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres.
When discussing her prophetic sick bay that sits at the very front of the exhibition, Dwyer said:
"Its all about illness, and wellness, and viruses, and contamination, and quarantine. It was something I was thinking about a year ago and now it is our life at the moment."
To watch the full 29-minute episode, visit ABC's iView or click the link. You can listen to Dwyer from 1 min 57 secs.
The 2020 Adelaide Biennial reopens on 8 June.
Tom Polo is featured in Episode One of Parramatta Artists’ Studios
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery's Tom Polo is featured in Episode One of Parramatta Artists’ Studios new podcast series called ‘Studio Conversations’.
Tom sat down with Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran for a casual chat about their work and studio lives at PAS Rydalmere, where they are both in residence. The podcast covers topics such as the process of making, where ideas begin, as well as the importance of the ‘exhibition as medium’. To listen, tap the link!
Del Kathryn Barton to start Puff, the Magic Dragon film 'by end of year'
We are delighted to announce that our much loved Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery artist, Del Kathryn Barton, will be shooting a feature film inspired by 'Puff, the Magic Dragon', scheduled to start shooting before the end of the year.
'Puff' is inspired by her massive painting 'sing blood-wings sing', a five-panel, 12-metre wide work unveiled in 2017 as part of her 'The Highway is a Disco' show at the National Gallery of Victoria.
That painting was, in turn, inspired by Peter, Paul and Mary's 1963 song 'Puff, the Magic Dragon', about the friendship between a little boy and a dragon and the dragon's retreat into isolation when the boy stops believing in him.
But the "hybrid" film, featuring stop-animation, live action and visual effects, is far from a kids' picture, despite having a yet-to-be-cast 12-year-old as its lead. It is, rather, "a fairytale for adults," Barton said.
To read the full article, visit the Sydney Morning Herald website.
Isaac Julien’s Political Memory
On Wednesday, April 22, the Neuberger Museum of Art will virtually host filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien in conversation with Louise Yelin, co-curator of Julien’s exhibition 'Western Union: Small Boats' (2007).
The three-screen film installation, which opened in February (and is currently closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic), reflects Julien’s longstanding engagement with the legacies of slavery and colonialism and a compositional approach that incorporates narrative collage across large-scale, multi-screen projections. As Yelin told me when I visited the Neuberger in February, Julien wants to “create a style for political remembering.”
Online Exhibition: Dale Frank | 'Shaun taught piano'
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is thrilled to present new works by Dale Frank in Shaun taught piano for our first online exhibition.
With the new addition of powdered pigments, there is a watercolour-like translucency to these dazzling new works that make them shimmer in ethereality, like floating cosmos, lost in the dream of a summer’s day. At times with a glaring vibrancy, they draw us in. They are addictive: swirling layers that seem to capture eternity and defeat time.
With their brilliantly reflective surfaces, the works become both the observed and the observer. Frank keeps us at a distance conceptually, gifting us with his seductive outer world which becomes us, the viewer and the world we have stepped into. Frank’s explorations offer up a considered discourse into the history of painting, questioning both the artist's and the viewer's role while holding space for this discourse, just like his paintings, to change and evolve over time.
Destiny Deacon: New publication 'Destiny', National Gallery of Victoria
To coincide with Destiny Deacon’s major retrospective in March 2020 the National Gallery of Victoria will launch a beautiful new publication entitled DESTINY.
DESTINY opens in March 2020 and will continue until August 2020 at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. See the NGV’s website for more information about the exhibition and the accompanying publication.
Image: DESTINY publication, courtesy of the NGV.
Destiny Deacon, 'Destiny', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Destiny Deacon will present over 100 multi-disciplinary works made over a 30-year period, including newly commissioned works created with artist and long-term collaborator Virginia Fraser, in her major retrospective DESTINY at the Art Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
DESTINY opens in March 2020 and will continue until August 2020 at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Image: Destiny Deacon, Smile, 2017, lightjet print, 102 × 127cm
Art Guide reviews Destiny Deacon's show 'DESTINY' at the NGV
Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions the exhibition DESTINY at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, is currently closed.
Andrew Stephens of Art Guide reviews Destiny Deacon's show 'DESTINY'.
Art Gallery of Ballarat will highlight David Noonan's Stagecraft exhibition and other collection pieces online
Its physical doors might be closed but the Art Gallery of Ballarat is opening up its online doors so people can view the latest exhibition and other highlights of the collection from their loungerooms.
An exhibition by internationally renowned Ballarat-born and raised artist David Noonan was open just three days before the gallery closed its doors amid the coronavirus crisis, but a taste of the exhibition will be posted online.
David Noonan, 'David Noonan: Stagecraft', Art Gallery of Ballarat, NSW
David Noonan will be presenting a major survey show at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in March 2020 entitled David Noonan: Stagecraft. The exhibition brings together silkscreen collages on fabric, tapestries and film which David Noonan has made between 2015 and 2020.
David Noonan: Stagecraft opens on 14 March 2020 and continues until 18 June 2020 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC.
Image: David Noonan, Untitled, 2015, silk screen on dyed linen collage, steel tray frame, 204 x 289 x 6 cm.
Brook Andrew on biennales, the art world and new ways of seeing
Currently the Biennale of Sydney is closed until further notice.
As artistic director of NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, artist Brook Andrew is bringing together over 90 artists, creatives, collectives and communities from Australia and across the globe.
Click the link to read Brook Andrew's conversation with Tiarney Miekus.
Exhibition Opening: Fiona Hall | 'Afraid Cascade'
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is thrilled to present new works by Fiona Hall in Afraid Cascade. Please join us on Friday 6 March, 6-8pm.
This exhibition is part of Art Month Sydney; Art at Night: Paddington & Woollahra. Exhibitions throughout the precinct will be followed by an opening party at UNSW with music, performances, food and drinks.
Image:Fiona Hall, Afraid Cascade, 2020, oil paint on aluminum drink cans, 30 x 33.5 cm
David Noonan and Mikala Dwyer, 2020 Adelaide Biennial: 'Monster Theatres', Adelaide
The Adelaide Biennial begins on 29 February 2020 and continues until 8 June 2020.
Image: David Noonan, Dark and Quiet Place, 2017, 28-min film
Exhibition: Harley Ives | 'Garlands for YouTube'
Exhibition continues until 29th February 2020.
Sarah Contos, 'The Long Kiss Goodbye', Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, WA
Sarah Contos is included in The Long Kiss Goodbye at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, WA. This exhibition opens on 8 February and continues until 9 May 2020.
Image: Sarah Contos, Sarah Contos Presents: The Long Kiss Goodbye, 2019, Screen-print on linen, canvas and lame, digital printed fabrics and various found fabrics, PVC, poly-fil, glass, ceramic and plastic beads, thread, artists' gloves, 330 x 610 x 25 cm
Artist Talk: David Griggs | 'Mankini Island'
David Griggs will be presenting an artist talk and walk through for his Mankini Island exhibition today at 3pm to celebrate the Paddington Art Precinct open day.
David Griggs artist talk and walk through: 3pm at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery TODAY.
Exhibition Opening: David Griggs | 'Mankini Island'
Exhibition continues until 29th February 2020.
Exhibition Opening: David Griggs | 'Mankini Island'
We are delighted to be presenting a new exhibition by David Girggs, Mankini Island. Join us for the exhibition opening on Friday, 7 February 2020, 6-8pm.
Image: Exhibition view, David Griggs, Mankini Island, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (7 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020) Photo: Luis Power.u2060
Exhibition Opening: Harley Ives | 'Garlands for YouTube'
We are delighted to be presenting a new exhibition by Harley Ives. Do join us for the exhibition opening on Friday, 7 February, 2020, 6-8pm.
Image: Harley Ives, Pictures with Flowers, 2019, 2 channel moving image with sound, Approx. 3min seamless loop, Install dimensions 157 x 194cm (still)
Mikala Dwyer and David Noonan feature in the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Art: 'Monster Theatres'
In 2020, the Adelaide Biennial celebrates a 30-year milestone as the nation’s longest-running curated survey of contemporary Australian art. Since 1990, the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art has created career-defining opportunities for more than 350 artists and presented to close to one million visitors .
Titled Monster Theatres, the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art invites artists to make visible the monsters of our time. Curator Leigh Robb says ‘Monsters ask us to interrogate our relationships with each other, the environment and technology. They force us to question our empathy towards difference across race, gender, sexuality and spirituality'.
Curator Leigh Robb says 'Monster Theatres proposes an arena of speculation, a circus of the unorthodox and the absurd, a shadow play between truth and fiction. The title is inspired by a group of provocative Australian artists. Their urgent works of art are warnings made manifest. These theatres are theirs.’
Kirtika Kain 'Stone Idols' at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
OPENING NEXT WEEK: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to welcome the new year with a highly anticipated solo exhibition of new works by Kirtika Kain.
'Stone Idols' features a large-scale material painting and a series of printed silkscreen works. Created during the lockdown, the exhibition is Kain’s visual response to 'The Prisons We Broke', one of the first Dalit feminist autobiographies. Using a rich array of religious materials, Kain translates the visceral language and imagines millennia of stigmatisation and suppression faced by India’s lower castes.
Her work interrogates the idolisation of deities and beliefs that continue to bind her community to servitude. This exhibition reflects the artist’s ongoing interest in shedding light to neglected histories, recasting the historical representation of her community and contributing to the dearth of surviving Dalit art and material culture.
Exhibition opens Thursday, 28 January.
Nyapanyapa Yunupingu 'The Little Things'
OPENING NEXT WEEK: Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to welcome the new year with a highly anticipated solo exhibition of new works by Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.
This is the artist's first exhibition following her popularly and critically acclaimed solo show in 2020, 'the moment eternal' at Darwin's Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). Featuring more than 60 of Yunupingu's works, this major presentation is the first time MAGNT has held a solo exhibition for an Aboriginal Australian artist.
Acclaimed for her extraordinary gift of mark making and storytelling, Yunupingu is one of the most celebrated and influential Aboriginal Australian artists. Her art practice remains independent of bark painting traditions that she inherited from the Yirrkala region/Yolgnu people of Arnhem Land where she lives. Her figurative and abstract works unleash a unique set of personal narrative paintings revolving around her own experiences.
Exhibition opens Thursday, 28 January.
Brook Andrew Reflects on 'This Year' with Ocula
For over 25 years, Brook Andrew has developed an extensive archive of vernacular objects and printed matter in his Melbourne studio, which he draws together in collages, sculptures, and museum interventions as a means of shedding light on neglected narratives.
These archives have been collected from different places, whether from contemporaries like Marcia Langton, whose collection of past editions of The Saturday Paper Andrew took in; gathered from museums during residencies, such as the 1951 book Orixás by Pierre Verger, which the library of the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève was going to throw out, or rare postcards purchased from international auction houses.
Daniel Boyd, 'VIDEO WORKS', Carriageworks, Sydney
Daniel Boyd’s VIDEO WORKS will be opening next year at Carriageworks. The presentation is an immersive composite of three major video installations by Boyd. Set to a score by Canyons, VIDEO WORKS is an experience that is both otherworldly and grounded; expansive and atomic.
VIDEOWORKS opens 8 January 2020 and continues until 1 March 2020 at Carriageworks, Sydney.
Image: Daniel Boyd, Yamani, 2018, single channel video, 19 mins, 17 secs.
Seasons Greetings: Summer Break Dates
Season’s Greetings from all of us at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery! Thank you for your support during a successful 2019. We look forward to sharing an exciting new programme with you next year!
The gallery will close for summer break from 22 December 2019, and will re-open on 21 January 2020.
Image: Hany Armanious, Snake Oil, 1994, hotmelt oil paint, glasses, dimensions variable
'AUSTRALIA. ANTIPODEAN STORY', Padiglione D'Arte Contemporanea, Milan
32 contemporary Australian artists including Brook Andrew, Daniel Boyd, Destiny Deacon, Fiona Hall, Callum Morton, Patricia Piccinini and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu will be presenting work at the Padiglione D'Arte Contemporanea, Milan for their newest international exhibition AUSTRALIA. ANTIPODEAN STORY.
AUSTRALIA. ANTIPODEAN STORY opens on 16 December 2019 an continues until 9 February 2020 at the Padiglione D'Arte Contemporanea in Milan.
Image: Patricia Piccinini, Kindred, 2018, silicone, fibreglass, hair, 103 x 95 x 128 cm
Kirtika Kain, 'uppercase', Gallery Lane Cove, NSW
Kirtika Kain is presenting a new body of work uppercase at Gallery Lane Cove tomorrow night.
Exhibition opening: Tomorrow night, 6 December, 6-8pm at Gallery Lane Cove.
Kirtika Kain will hold a print making workshop on 16 January 2020.
Kirtika Kain will also be in conversation with Judith Blackall on 18 January 2020, 11am – 12pm at Gallery Lane Cove.
Image: Kirtika Kain, 2019.
Isaac Julien, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019
Isaac Julien will be presenting his 2019 film, Lessons of The Hour at Art Basel, Miami Beach. You can find Isaac Julien’s film in the fair’s Kabinett sector. This artwork is being presented by Metro Pictures, New York. See the Art Basel website for more information.
Image: Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour (film still), 2019, single screen video installation: 35mm film and 4K digital, color, 7.1 surround sound, duration: 24'45".
Daniel Boyd featured in Australian Financial Review: Michael Bleby, 'New public square for Circular Quay precinct'
The Australian Financial Review has recently published an exciting article announcing a new public artwork designed by British architect Sir David Adjaye and contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd. This incredible artwork will be installed in Sydney's Circular Quay precinct and will be finished by 2022.
Image: A render of the new city plaza on George Street, designed by British architect Sir David Adjaye and contemporary Aboriginal artist Daniel Boyd. Adjaye Associates (render)
Exhibition Opening: Sarah Contos | 'The Bite Mark of a Butterfly'
We are delighted that Sarah Contos will be presenting new work at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in her exhibition The Bite Mark of a Butterfly. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, 28 November, 6-8pm!
Artwork details: Sarah Contos, Bed, 2019, repurposed cane chairs, leather, stainless steel hardwares.
Angela Brennan, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC
Angela Brennan’s incredible painting, Kind of but not really, is a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC.
The Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition continues until 8 December 2019 Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC.
Image: Angela Brennan, Kind of but not really, 2019, oil on linen, 221 x 181 cm
Patricia Piccinini Commission: 'Skywhalepapa'
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, have announced today that they have commissioned a new hot-air balloon artwork by Patricia Piccinini entitled Skywhalepapa for 2020 as part of the Balnaves Contemporary Series. We can't wait to see to the family flying together
Image: Patricia Piccinini sketch of Skywhalepapa. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia.