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  • Trent Parke – Magnum Photos

    Magnum Photos speak with Trent Parke about his series ‘The Crimson Line’ exhibited at Hugo Michell Gallery in 2019.

    “At the beginning of the Covid-19 shut down, Trent Parke and his creative collaborator and partner Narelle Autio, were concerned about what it would mean for their livelihoods. A number of exhibitions were planned for Australia, including one at the Michael Reid Gallery in Sydney of Parke’s most recent work “The Crimson Line”. This project is his first since stepping away from photography in 2015, after seven years working intensively on his meditation on Home, The Black Rose. Exhausted, Parke sought to reinvigorate his creativity by exploring film making with Autio. This led to critical success with A Summation of Force, their resulting film and VR production, taking them to film festivals all over the world and ending up at Sundance.”

    Read the full article here.

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Fiona McMonagle | Jahnne Pasco-White

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Fiona McMonagle’s ‘Titled’ and Jahnne Pasco-White’s ‘becoming-with (reconfigured)’.

    Fiona McMonagle’s recent body of work ‘Titled’ speaks to the complexity and conflict via the portrayal of women in pop culture. The paintings in this series challenge us to question how we feel about powerful independent women, as well as exploring the way in which these portrayals may be viewed as either strengthening or marginalising.

    The portraits in ‘Titled’ are of women who are variously considered Queens and Princesses – Crowned by the people. Traditional views of Queens and Princesses evoke images of greatness, divinity, fame and power. Images of Divas in particular are often idealised, figures of perfection, of almost divine beauty and radiance.

    In ‘Titled’, McMonagle provokes the limitations and potential oppression of female empowerment by examining the compelling legacies and narratives of such popular icons across both the 20th and 21st centuries. Through these portrayals of pop icons who are: fragile and powerful; feminine and strong and independent, ‘Titled’ questions the role(s) of the empowered female. What sacrifices have these women made for their celebrity and what accolades have they been afforded? Finally, ‘Titled’ is a celebration of women – their struggles, complexities and their strengths.

    Jahnne Pasco-White’s expanded painting practice considers the intersections between materiality and temporality. Her work is characterised by the labouring of delicate supports. Specifically, she is interested in the layers of authorship that are variously evidenced and concealed by the artist’s mark-making, as well as their continual processes of decay and renewal.

    ‘becoming-with (reconfigured)’ draws upon works made whilst a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne, and later shown at Gertrude Glasshouse in November 2019.

    For the artist, to think and act ecologically implies an interconnectedness, in one form or another. Donna Haraway maps the implications of such interconnectedness as ‘becoming-with’, such that human-nature separation is refashioned as a myriad of bodily connections. Timothy Morton prefers ‘the mesh’. More concretely, the late Deborah Bird Rose emphasised instead ’embodied knots of multispecies time’, which usefully gets us closer to ecological processes of decay and renewal.

    Jahnne Pasco-White is represented by STATION Gallery. ‘becoming-with (reconfigured)’ has been generously supported by the Marten Bequest and the Australia Council for the Arts.

    Exhibition Opening Thursday 25 June 6-8pm
    Exhibition runs from: 25 June – 25 July
    *Please note if you wish to join us for the opening of these exhibitions, RSVP is essential.*

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    Pictured: Fiona McMonagle, Punk, 2020, Watercolour, gouache and ink on paper, 157 x 115 cm.

    Pictured: Jahnne Pasco-White, becoming-with 31, 2019, Lilly pilly berries, oil stick, crayon, acrylic, pencil, fabric dye, cotton, paper, linen on canvas, 220 x 180 cm.

  • Elvis Richardson – Art Collector

    Elvis Richardson speaks with Daniel Mudie Cunningham about her ‘Settlement’ series which will be exhibited later this year at Hugo Michell Gallery! Thanks to Art Collector for the feature in their ‘Pull Focus’ video series.

    “In her ongoing interrogation of domestic settings and the notion of ‘home’, Richardson’s work communicates a certain precarity and anxiety. The sculptural forms in ‘Settlement’ explore ideas around how we settle in domestic spaces, the relationship of our homes with the earth beneath them, as well as what we ‘settle for’.”

    View the full article here.

    Pictured: Elvis Richardson, Settlement, 2018, Mild steel, powder coated pink, 180 x 80 x 45 cm
  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Plan B

    We’re back!

    Hugo Michell Gallery are delighted to welcome you back – in person, to our gallery spaces. Bringing you a new exhibition, Plan B with a selection of incredible works from our storeroom, many of which hav not been exhibited before. Featuring; Sally Bourke, James Dodd, Tony Garifalakis, Lucas Grogan, Rob Howe, Ildiko Kovacs, Trent Parke, Justine Varga, Sera Waters and Amy Joy Watson.

    Plan B: 2 June – 20 June

    Exhibition runs from 2 June until 20 June.

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

     

    Tony Garifalakis, Babylon US

    Pictured: Tony Garifalakis, Babylon US, 2013, cotton, woven polyester, nylon & cesarine, 180 x 90 cm

  • Melbourne Art Fair: Viewing Rooms

    Australasia’s most progressive forum for contemporary art and ideas, Melbourne Art Fair has launched a free Virtual Art Fair, running 1–7 June. Hugo Michell Gallery is pleased to preview a selection of works, including a solo exhibition by established artist Richard Lewer, titled ‘Richard’s Disasters’.

    “While the physical fair slated for this year is rescheduled to February 2021, Melbourne Art Foundation is partnering with Ocula to present the Melbourne Art Fair Viewing Rooms, showcasing new and iconic works online.”

    Ocula Viewing Room

     

    Pictured: Richard Lewer, The story of the wheelbarrow and the hernia, 2020, oil on aluminium, 76 x 76 cm
  • New Collectors in VR

    Thanks to Citymag for featuring our exhibition, ‘New Collectors’ in VR!
    It’s the final days of the exhibition in the gallery, but you can still view the exhibition at anytime – with thanks to Jumpgate VR.

    ‘New Collectors’ | until 23 May

    Featuring: Narelle Autio, Sally Bourke, Gerwyn Davies, Bridie Gillman, Eliza Gosse, Rob Howe, Amy Joy Watson & Andy Nowell
    Open by appointment.

    View the exhibition in VR here.

    Read the Citymag article here.

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: New Collectors

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the online exhibition of ‘New Collectors’ featuring work by Narelle Autio, Sally Bourke, Gerwyn Davies, Bridie Gillman, Eliza Gosse, Rob Howe, Amy Joy Watson & Andy Nowell.

    ‘New Collectors’ provides an accessible and exciting opportunity to introduce a fresh audience to collecting contemporary art. The exhibition features work from eight of Australia’s leading and emerging artists who will present works priced between $650 and $3,300.

    Exhibition runs from 17 April until 23 May.

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    Pictured: Amy Joy Watson & Andy Nowell, Shona, 2020, metallic thread on digital print, 50 x 36 cm

  • Temporary Gallery Closure

    Our gallery spaces are now temporarily closed to the public. As always, we are accessible online and you can contact the gallery directly to receive digital materials regarding exhibitions and available works.

    It is important for our cultural sector that we continue to support artists and creative outcomes. We extend our support and sympathy to all impacted in our community.

    We’re excited to share upcoming projects as we shift to a digital platform. Look forward to seeing you in person, on the other side!

    Pictured: Paul Yore, You Are Not Alone, 2017, Wool needlepoint, 50 x 28 cm (irreg).
  • Hugo Michell Gallery Update

    An update regarding Hugo Michell Gallery accessibility during COVID-19.

    We are closely monitoring Government instruction regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and as a result have suspended all upcoming opening night events. The gallery spaces are open with the current exhibition program to continue as scheduled.

    To ensure the wellbeing of our visitors and staff, we will be observing social distancing and increasing cleaning and hygiene procedures. As recommended, if you are unwell or have been in close contact with someone who is unwell or has travelled overseas within the last 14 days please stay at home and visit us online.

    It is important for our cultural sector that we continue to support artists and creative outcomes. We extend our support and sympathy to all impacted in our community.

    For those who wish to engage with the gallery at a distance, we will be increasing our social media and online content. As always, you can contact the gallery directly to book an appointment or to receive digital materials regarding available works.

    Pictured: Richard Lewer, ‘Be Good, Be Kind, Be Careful‘, 2020, acrylic on found map, 110 x 180 cm.
  • Fiona McMonagle at Bayside Gallery

    Fiona McMonagle’s solo exhibition ‘Classy’ launches on the 14th of March at Bayside Gallery!

    “Melbourne-based artist Fiona McMonagle is well-known for her watercolours that probe the darker side of pedestrian life in the suburbs.
    Featuring watercolour, oil painting and video works that span the last decade plus a suite of new paintings, this major exhibition focuses on notions of class within Australian society, and recollections of suburban youth subculture.

    Close to life-size and at times confron­­­­­­­­ting, a large number female subjects – featuring pop culture icons, friends and archetypal others – illustrate McMonagle’s exploratory use of the watercolour medium. These delicate yet brutal works convey the ambiguities of representing ourselves and others.
    A special feature is the ambitious animation ‘The park at the end of my road’, which is displayed for the first time since its commission by the 2016 Adelaide Biennial.”

    Join the opening celebrations from 2-4pm Saturday 14 March.

    Pictured: Fiona McMonagle, Princess, 2017, oil on linen 101.5 x 112 cm