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  • Sera Waters in 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State

    We are excited to share that Sera Waters is currently exhibiting in the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State at the Art Gallery of South Australia, curated by Sebastian Goldspink.
    “Free/State assembles a group of artists who are fearless; the provocateurs, vanguards and outsiders – challenging histories and art forms, and in the process, offering reflections on an era of multi-faceted global upheaval. The exhibition explores ideas of transcending states, from the spiritual and artistic to the psychological, and embraces notions of freedom in expression, creation and collaboration.”
    Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State
    4 March – 5 June 2022
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    Sera Waters is an Adelaide based artist, arts writer and academic. Since being awarded a Ruth Tuck Scholarship in 2006 to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (UK), Waters’ art practice has been characterised by a darkly stitched meticulousness. Her embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures dwell within the gaps of Australian histories to examine settler-colonial home-making patterns and practices, especially her own genealogical ghostscapes. More recently Waters has been exploring how textile traditions can help navigate a future affected by climate change.

    Waters is currently undertaking research and developing her ‘Future Traditions’ project, enabled by being awarded the 2020 Guildhouse Fellowship (with Art Gallery of South Australia, supported by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation). Her solo exhibition, Domestic Arts, is currently touring South Australian regional galleries with Country Arts SA presented in partnership with ACE Open. This exhibition was developed from being the 2017 recipient of the inaugural ACE Open South Australian artist commission. Other major exhibitions include Dark Portals, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia (2013), Sappers and Shrapnel at Art Gallery of South Australia (2016) and Going Round in Squares at Ararat Gallery TAMA (2019).

    Her works are held by the Cruthers collection of Women’s art, Ararat Regional Gallery, the Art Gallery of South Australia and private collections nationwide. Waters is a studio member of Central Studios, lecturer at Adelaide Central School of Art, and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.

  • Garawan Wanambi Joins Hugo Michell Gallery as a Represented Artist

    Hugo Michell Gallery welcomes the addition of Garawan Wanambi to our represented artists!

    Born in 1965, Garawan Wanambi belongs to Marrakulu clan and works out of the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Northern Arhem Land.

    After his father’s death in 1973, Garawan was brought up by Wayuŋga Wanambi of the Marraŋu clan. Through this connection, Garawan paints Marraŋu designs, the counterpart of Marrakulu from the other side of Arnhem Bay. Garawan and his family continue to live and work at Gängan, to the south of Yirrkala, and he has emerged as one of the most gifted of the new generation of artists based there.

    Garawan extends the history and practice of Yolŋu painting. Whilst continuing to use natural pigments and miny’tji (sacred clan designs), he extends the possibilities of these methods through the mixing of natural pigments to form unique colours and deliberate tonal variations. His precise geometry and complex layering of designs create a depth of field on an otherwise flattened surface and a mesmerising optical effect. In doing this, Wanambi explores the Yolŋu concept of Buwayak ‒ simultaneously making elements both visible and invisible.

    He was a finalist in the Telstra Art Prize in 2009, 2014, 2020, and a finalist in the Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2013. In 2014 he was awarded the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Best Bark painting prize.

    Garawan has works held in a number of significant collections; Kerry Stokes Larrakitj Collection, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection (USA), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Charles Darwin University Art Collection, Artbank, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Museum of Australia, Monash University Art Museum Collection. His works are also held in private collection both nationally and internationally.

     

     

     

  • Paul Yore announced to present major exhibition at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

    Hugo Michell Gallery is thrilled to announce that Paul Yore will be presenting a major exhibition at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) as part of their 2022 program.

    The exhibition Paul Yore: Word Made Flash, curated by Max Delany, will encompass the full scope of Yore’s work—appliquéd quilts and needlework, banners, painting, collage and assemblage—drawing on the vernacular of visionary and psychedelic art, Greco-Roman forms, medieval tapestries, the decorative excesses of rococo style and trash culture. The exhibition will be constructed as a ‘gesamtkunstwerk’, with an ambitious new immersive installation presented alongside selected works from the past fifteen years, accompanied by a major new monographic publication.

    A prominent queer artist whose iconoclastic works engage with the histories of ritual, queer identity, popular culture, nationalism and neo-liberalism, Paul Yore’s garish yet playful works recast a vast array of found materials, images and texts into sexually and politically loaded tableaux, suggesting hybridity, contradictory meanings, or an overturning of stable categories altogether.

    Paul Yore: Word Made Flesh will be exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria from September 17 – November 20, 2022

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: Fiona McMonagle + Sam Gold

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the exhibitions ‘That’s Bunny’ by Fiona McMonagle and ‘Wet from a moonlight swim’ by Sam Gold.
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    That’s Bunny
    Fiona McMonagle
    ‘That’s Bunny’ presents thirteen large scale watercolour portraits which take cue from historical covers of the popular men’s magazine Playboy. McMonagle provokes audiences using this iconic imagery as a lens to re-examine the culture and long-term impact of the portrayal and sexualisation of women.
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    Wet from a moonlight swim
    Sam Gold
    ‘Wet from a moonlight swim’ looks at social, gendered, bodily experiences and relief of non-binary expressions of the self. About the work, Gold shares: “This work is reflective, the colour palette is chosen from collecting and recording times of walking and swimming at night, when I have worked through struggles with societies gaze of what is queer, what is allowed; colour and form act as offerings of these experiences.” This body of work encapsulates the beauty, sensual folds, and the fluid approach to all the many varied experiences Gold has had as a queer person.
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    Exhibition runs from: 3 February – 5 March 2022
    Official Exhibition opening: Thursday 3 February 2022_____

    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 OPEN: Justine Varga | Grant Nimmo

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘Masque’ by Justine Varga and ‘How the prisoners yearn when the forests burn’ by Grant Nimmo.
    *Please note*
    -If you wish to join us for the opening of these exhibitions, RSVP is essential to mail@hugomichellgallery.com
    -Guests for the exhibition opening are required to wear a mask.
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    Masque
    Justine Varga
    When we look at photographs, we are generally asked to view them as a window onto another place and time. The works that comprise ‘Masque’ rupture this convention by asking the viewer to simultaneously look through and at their photographicness, and from their centre to their edge. The matrixes from which these photographs derive are negatives that have been inscribed with saliva, urine, bath water, ink and paint, mingled materials of genealogical and historical remembering. These photographs also deliberately draw our attention to their margins, an area of the photograph created during the printing process itself. Refusing to give up any easy meaning, Masque stages an encounter with the viewer, an experience as much as a document.
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    How the prisoners yearn when the forests burn
    Grant Nimmo
    “There is something unsettling about the landscapes Nimmo depicts in How the prisoners yearn when the forests burn. The crispness and clarity of the works are a call to see the landscape anew, they recall the wonder of the first European colonial artists and viewing these works, it would be easy to believe that the Australian Impressionists and their complicated legacy of nationalism and sentimentality never were. Devoid of any trace of human presence these works allow the landscape the space to speak for itself.
    Taken together ‘How the prisoners yearn when the forests burn’ provides an opportunity for contemplation, underlying these works; however, there is an inescapable note of anxiety over the fragility of their subject matter.” – Bill Abrahams
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    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.
  • William Mackinnon announced as finalist in Arthur Guy Memorial Prize

    Congratulations to William Mackinnon who has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Arthur Guy Memorial Prize with his painting Strive for the light.

    Held every two years, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize attracts some of Australia’s most accomplished artists, awarding a generous acquisitive cash prize of $50,000. The Prize provides Bendigo Art Gallery with the opportunity to survey a breadth of contemporary painting by established and emerging artists from across Australia.

    The Prize was initiated by Mr Allen Guy CBE (1917-2007) to honour his brother Arthur Guy (1914-1945) whose life was tragically cut short whilst in military service in New Guinea. Inaugurated in 2003, Bendigo Art Gallery acknowledges all those who have contributed to the success of the Prize and look forward to the continuation of this prestigious and highly regarded acquisitive prize.

    The finalists’ exhibition opens at Bendigo Art Gallery on Saturday 20 November, and will be on display until Sunday 13 February, 2022. For more information, visit the Bendigo Art Gallery website.

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: The Cleansing | Yes, I am Musical

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘The Cleansing’ by Garawan Waṉambi and ‘Yes, I am Musical’ by Troy-Anthony Baylis, presented as part of Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art for 2021.
    *Please note*
    -If you wish to join us for the opening of these exhibitions, RSVP is essential to mail@hugomichellgallery.com
    -Guests for the exhibition opening are required to wear a mask.
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    Garawan Waṉambi
    Yolŋu people, Northern Territory
    In his latest exhibition titled ‘The Cleansing’, Garawan Waṉambi’s works are imprinted with the pattern of the land and sea of coastal Raymangirr, a sacred and restricted site at Arnhem Bay. These painted patterns describe and conceal larrakitj, which are used by the Marraŋu clan in sacred ceremonies at freshwater springs – representing a symbolic cleansing of the land and people.
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    Troy-Anthony Baylis
    Jawoyn people, Northern Territory
    ‘Yes, I Am Musical’ picks up its rhythm from a quaintly coded 1950s question used to identify homosexual men – ‘Are you musical?’ In this exhibition, Troy-Anthony Baylis carries forward queer culture and experience by gently and humorously prodding at language and visual culture through the resonances of popular music. The exhibition brings together three bodies of work: a major new piece in his Glomesh and ‘faux-mesh’ Postcard series; a series of small-scale Immediacy Paintings of inscriptions in paint; and his Anita Bryant Monuments collages that subvert anti-gay hate speech.
    Exhibitions run from: 6 October to 6 November
    Official Exhibition opening: Wednesday 6 October, 6-8pm
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    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.
    Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia
  • Sera Waters announced as Artist for 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art

    We are excited to announce Sera Waters will be exhibiting in the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State at the Art Gallery of South Australia, curated by Sebastian Goldspink.
    “Free/State assembles a group of artists who are fearless; the provocateurs, vanguards and outsiders – challenging histories and art forms, and in the process, offering reflections on an era of multi-faceted global upheaval. The exhibition explores ideas of transcending states, from the spiritual and artistic to the psychological, and embraces notions of freedom in expression, creation and collaboration.”
    Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State
    4 March – 5 June 2022
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    Sera Waters is an Adelaide based artist, arts writer and academic. Since being awarded a Ruth Tuck Scholarship in 2006 to study hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (UK), Waters’ art practice has been characterised by a darkly stitched meticulousness. Her embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures dwell within the gaps of Australian histories to examine settler-colonial home-making patterns and practices, especially her own genealogical ghostscapes. More recently Waters has been exploring how textile traditions can help navigate a future affected by climate change.

    Waters is currently undertaking research and developing her ‘Future Traditions’ project, enabled by being awarded the 2020 Guildhouse Fellowship (with Art Gallery of South Australia, supported by the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation). Her solo exhibition, Domestic Arts, is currently touring South Australian regional galleries with Country Arts SA presented in partnership with ACE Open. This exhibition was developed from being the 2017 recipient of the inaugural ACE Open South Australian artist commission. Other major exhibitions include Dark Portals, at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia (2013), Sappers and Shrapnel at Art Gallery of South Australia (2016) and Going Round in Squares at Ararat Gallery TAMA (2019).

    Her works are held by the Cruthers collection of Women’s art, Ararat Regional Gallery, the Art Gallery of South Australia and private collections nationwide. Waters is a studio member of Central Studios, lecturer at Adelaide Central School of Art, and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.

  • HUGO MICHELL GALLERY OPEN: ONE EYE OPEN | CLOUDED

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of ‘One Eye Open’ by Clara Adolphs and ‘Clouded’ by Laura Wills.
    *Please note*
    -If you wish to join us for the opening of these exhibitions, RSVP is essential to mail@hugomichellgallery.com
    -Guests for the exhibition opening are required to wear a mask.
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    ‘One Eye Open’ by Clara Adolphs draws upon the artists vast archive of collected photographs, recontextualising the individuals who populate them. The works are filled with solitary figures and quiet, pensive moments; moments that seem to slip away as suddenly as the paint has been applied to the canvas. Working quickly and with purpose, Adolphs allows the paint to take on a life of its own.
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    An exploration of place, ‘Clouded’ by Laura Wills has been informed by a residency undertaken in Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island. As a landscape only recently devastated by bushfires, Wills observed the epicormic growth of trees and plants – previously dormant fauna activated by smoke. Her drawings speak of her own perceptions; looking at seeds, trees, leaves, soil, all changing with time, season, and fire.
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    Exhibition runs from: 2 September – 2 October
    Official Exhibition opening: Thursday 2 September 6-8pm

    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 FINNISSAGE EVENT: Artist Talks with James Dodd & Sera Waters

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to a special ‘Finnissage’ event! Please join us for an afternoon of SALA Festival Artist talks with exhibiting artists Sera Waters and James Dodd on Saturday 28th of August, 2-4pm.
    ‘Low Pressure System’ by James Dodd & Henry Jock Walker brings together a collection of ongoing investigations and will include a new teamwork exploration. Whilst having shared many art adventures together, this will be the first duo exhibition for the pair. This exhibition plays out the affinitive connection that both Dodd and Walker have for painting, colour and abstraction.
    ‘Specks’ by Sera Waters presents a body of work created during the time of the pandemic; she grapples with her own grief amidst lockdowns and growing climatic disasters. Sera transforms specks of data, family histories, found materials, and textile traditions into tales, reminders, and laborious reckonings.
    Please join us in celebrating the end of these two SALA Festival exhibitions!
    *Please note*
    -If you wish to join us for this event, RSVP is essential to mail@hugomichellgallery.com
    -Due to the current government restrictions visitors are required to wear a mask.
    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.