Congratulations to Narelle Autio and Janet Laurence who have been selected as finalists in the 2022 Bowness Photography Prize!
Over the last 16 years, the Bowness Photography Prize has emerged as an important annual survey of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country. The winning work will be awarded $30,000 and will be acquired into Monash Gallery of Art’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs.
This prize will be announced on Thursday 6th of October. The exhibition will be on display from 29 September to 13 November at the Monash Gallery of Art.
Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘The Beckoning Blade’ by Julia Robinson and ‘We are from Mparntwe, our ideas are from here and so is our art’ by Yarrenyty Arltere Artists.
The Beckoning Blade
Presented as part of the 2022 SALA Festival‘The Beckoning Blade’ delves into Julia Robinson’s long-standing preoccupation with ritual, fertility, the occult and the macabre that coalesce in this study of the tropes and trappings of the folk horror genre. About this body of work, Julia shares: “The Beckoning Blade’ is my love letter to folk horror and in particular Robin Hardy’s 1973 film The Wicker Man. The Wicker Man has long been influential in my practice but in this exhibition it comes to the fore, lending its peculiar air of exuberance, eeriness, and mischievous humour to the work.”
_____Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
We are from Mparntwe, our ideas are from here and so is our art“You mob are in the city maybe looking at our work. Thinking about our work with your city heads. We are in Mparntwe thinking up ideas. Thinking about people who drink tea from a billycan and birds who know how to find water in the desert. The city is different to the desert but when we all look at our art, we can get to know each other. We can be friends.” – Marlene Rubuntja, Yarrenyty Arltere Artist
_____Hugo Michell Gallery are proud to partner with Bird in Hand Winery for this opening event. Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!Julia Robinson’s ‘The Beckoning Blade’ has been generously supported by the Australian Government through Arts South Australia.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.
Hugo Michell Gallery welcomes the addition of Min Wong to our represented artists!
Min Wong’s sculpture and installation practice examines metaphysical and cultural esoterica of 1970’s countercultures, ‘New Age’ spirituality and recent renewed interest towards self-help and therapeutic culture. Her installations use strategies of appropriation, corporate branding techniques and nomadic meanings that are contingent and subject to the contemporary dilemma of spirituality.
Her practice explores utopias and esoteric practices to reimagine a renewal of connection between nature, community, and spirituality in coexistence. By looking back to past and present spiritual movements, Min’s installations investigate illusory hopes, desire, failure and seeks to remodel speculative worlds as possible futures within the contemporary dystopic.
Min Wong has exhibited widely across Australia and was recently included in the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State. Min has undertaken numerous international residencies including in Spain, China and Los Angeles. She has been a finalist in prizes such as Churchie Emerging Art Prize, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and in 2019 was the awarded the Sculpture prize for the Ghost Fisher Art Award. Her works are held in the collections of Artbank, Housemuseum, Charles Darwin University and the City of Adelaide.
We congratulate Min on her achievements thus far and look forward to working together in the future!
We are thrilled to share that Sera Waters has been selected for the 2022 Busan Biennale: We, on the Rising Wave.
The Biennale’s title symbolizes the constant inflow and outflow of immigrants from other port cities around the world, suggesting global interconnectedness. It is also a metaphor for dissemination in an environment of technological change, as well as a description of Busan’s rolling landscape of seaside hills.
The Busan Biennale artistic director Haeju Kim shares: “The exhibition will put forward a viewpoint that narrates the stories of backstreets in Busan, and how they are intersected and connected to that of other major cities, in an attempt to explore ways adapting to the ever-changing world as we ride the waves ahead of us.”
Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, the exhibition – an exploration of collective memory and a reflection on movement and history – will spread to Pier 1 of Busan Port and a house in Choryang from 3 September to 6 November 2022
Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘Quiet of day’ by Bridie Gillman and ‘Kuwari – Now’ by Zaachariaha Fielding on Thursday 16th of June, 6-8pm.
Quiet of dayQuiet of day has been made in response to a feeling. Each work draws from a specific moment where artist Bridie Gillman experienced a sense of letting go, of calm rushing over her, of exhaling out the day and breathing in the sky. This often happens as the sun is setting, and the trees have become silhouettes in the liminal time between the sun and the stars.The paintings are not a representation of a site, but they are based on seen things – skies, hills, gums. They translate an emotional sense of the place through abstraction, layers of colour and considered brushstrokes.This process of abstracting what Gillman sees has extended into a series of ceramic sculptures that sit alongside the paintings. Distinctive forms taken from different sites – silhouetted rocks and hills – act as the starting points for these objects.
Kuwari – NowKuwari – Now is Zaachariaha Fielding’s first solo exhibition, proudly presented by Hugo Michell Gallery.Fielding is a multi-disciplinary art originally from the Mimili Community in the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, currently working out of the APY Collective on Kaurna land/Adelaide. Having established himself as a critically acclaimed musician, the frontman for duo Electric Fields, Fielding is compelled to create art in whichever form is available to him.His creative and cultural spirit lays bare the constellations of his emotions, memories and experiences in his artworks. About his work, Fielding shares: “I was raised on desert country in the eastern Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, and come from a long line of multi-disciplinary artists. I am compelled to make work that honours the visual language of my ancient culture. The iconography reflects the way I live my culture in the present, as a constant feature of my world, and visualises how I interact with the beings that populate the Tjukurpa I’ve inherited.”
Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!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.With deep gratitude Bridie Gillman acknowledges that the works in this exhibition have been made in response to experiences on Turrbal, Yuggera, Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr Countries.
We are thrilled to share that Clara Adolphs and Fiona McMonagle have been shortlisted for the 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize.
The 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize is a signature event that showcases the diversity and excellence of Australian contemporary painting practice. Through these prizes, staged since 1938, the Gallery has amassed an exceptional representation of Australian paintings whilst supporting contemporary practitioners. Showcasing the best of contemporary Australian painting practice, this $30,000 acquisitive award and biennial exhibition will feature 28 works by leading and emerging Australian artists. Collectively, the stylistic approaches and thematic range of these works reflect the currency and relevance of painting today.
The 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize finalist exhibition will be on show at Geelong Gallery in Victoria from 25 June to 11 September 2022, with the recipient of the $30,000 acquisitive 2022 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize to be announced on Friday 15 July at 6pm.
Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ’12 Frames’ by Paul Davies and ‘Future History’ by Tony Garifalakis.
Paul Davies work is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction, and figuration. In his works, featuring modernist architectural homes set in idyllic landscapes devoid of human form, viewers are encouraged to inhabit the space and generate their own narrative.
The works in this series, first begun in 2017, take their starting point in pre-existing, printed imagery that is sourced from contemporary interior design manuals and hotel brochures, Garifalakis digitally manipulates the originals to create beguiling and seductive new images, ones that retain a hint of their origin, such as surface textures like aluminium, wood and carpet, whilst at the same time transforming them into something new and unrecognisable._____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.
The 2022 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Art Prize finalists have been announced!
Richard Lewer has been announced as a finalist for the Archibald Prize; and Clara Adolphs is a finalist in the Wynne Prize. Congratulations to Richard and Clara!
Presented by Art Gallery of New South Wales, the exhibition will run from 14 May – 28 August 2022.
The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.
This is the fourth time that Richard Lewer has been represented in the Archibald Prize with a portrait of Elizabeth Laverty. “And I will keep painting her for as long as she’ll let me, or until we win!” says Lewer, whose practice has long explored the endurance, consistency and discipline that is required as an artist.
Laverty and her late husband, Sydney pathologist Colin Laverty, built one of Australia’s most significant collections of contemporary art, while supporting the Indigenous communities they visited.
“Liz is not just involved in the arts; she has many facets to her life. It is an honour to deepen my understanding of her past, present and future with each passing year. Nowadays, Liz is more vulnerable in many ways than when I first met her, yet she remains vibrant and open. She is well-informed on contemporary issues, socially adept and outward-looking. Liz continues to give back,” says Lewer.
“I have painted her daily morning ritual, sitting at the breakfast table surrounded by newspapers, planning her day in her heavily inscribed diary.”
As part of a major commissioning program to celebrate the opening of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ new building in late 2022, Lewer has created portraits of the many people involved in the construction of the Sydney Modern Project.
About this work Clara Adolphs shares: “I began painting clouds as a kind of backdrop for my figurative works, although they soon revealed themselves as the centrepiece. They are figurative beings, towering and monumental. Their formations are in a state of constant flux. The painting is one moment in their time of continuous change.
This particular cloud, a Cumulus congestus, was painted from a formation accumulating on the afternoon of Christmas Day, 2021. These clouds bring rain and unsettled weather, but from afar it was a perfect day.”
The exhibition will run from 14 May – 28 August 2022 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
As part of Kate Just’s exhibition PROTEST SIGNS featuring hand knitted homages to protest signs around the world, Just has created a piece to raise funds for charities working on the current Ukrainian humanitarian crisis.
This unique artwork is a hand knitted Ukrainian flag mounted on a plywood board with a Tasmanian oak picket stick. The words PEACE – in black – are knitted into the flag design.
To raise money and go into a draw to win this work, Just is inviting individual members of the public to donate $50 or more to one of three charities:
Care Australia – a Australian charity raising funds to end global poverty. They have an ongoing focus on women and girls and a specific focus on the Ukraine right now:
Click here to donate!
Go Fund me to support Vulnerable Black people in the Ukraine: Diaspora and Students – Many Black people are facing racism in Ukraine. At the borders trying to escape, they are facing abuse and refused access to trains, busses and support. Members of this Black coalition are working with partner orgs and will be travelling to bordering countries to help bring people home and ensure that this process is done smoothly.
Click here to donate!
Voices of Children – a Ukraine based charity providing psychological assistance and practical evacuation assistance to women, children and families affected by armed conflict.
Click here to donate!
You can donate to any of the three charities. $50 minimum donation, but more is encouraged and welcome.
Provide your name and receipt evidence of your donation to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will go into a draw to win the artwork. The draw will be done live on Instagram stories on morning of the 6th of May and the winner will be also notified by email. The more people who enter, the more impact we will have!
– One entry per person regardless of amount donated
– Individuals only
– Shipping costs covered within Australia only
– Freight will be arranged after the show concludes in mid May
Pictured: Kate Just, Peace (Ukraine), 2022, knitted wool as placard with plywood stand, 56 x 50 cm
Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of PROTEST SIGNS by Kate Just and Purple haze by Min Wong. Please note that due to the current government restrictions visitors are required to wear a mask and check-in upon arrival.
Kate JustPROTEST SIGNS are a series of intensively produced, hand-knitted pictures of protest signs mounted on canvas and wooden boards. Each picture or sign forms a knitted homage to a real image of protest the artist has collected on and offline including from social media, news media or real protests. This suite of knitted protest signs addresses a broad range of significant social and political issues of our time including feminism, sexual harassment and assault, reproductive freedom, LGBTQIA+ pride and discrimination, racism, sexism, transphobia, and ecological crisis.The intimate, complex translation of these hand-made signs into knitted form invites a close tactile engagement with the value of protest signs – which are usually ephemeral, dynamic, funny, made by everyday people with at hand material, and discarded after use. This body of work about the ‘signs of our times’ continues Just’s engagement with urgent social change movements and heralds the potential we all have to change the world with our own two hands.
Min WongPurple haze is an ongoing investigation into acts of ritual, spiritual intent and mediated spaces within domestic settings. Purple haze adopts interior design strategies to sculptural forms to make them into functional objects in which the viewer can participate in ritual. These work can be viewed as spiritual décor, a reimagined visual language for contemporary esoterica.The work hybridises iconography to combine symbols of consumerism and spirituality. It borrows visual symbols from energy medicines such as crystal healing, chakra balancing, and astrology. Practices that are largely transactional, commodifying human interactions with the natural world and its elements. Such mixing and reconfiguration prompt viewers to re-examine their assumptions about holistic practices, interconnected consciousness, and their relationship with nature. Purple hues represent Sahasrara, the seventh primary chakra in Tantric yoga. This colour is associated with pure consciousness and other attributes including wealth, extravagance, grandeur, and devotion.
Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!