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  • Hugo Michell Gallery Open: William Mackinnon & Toby Pola

    You are invited to the first exhibition opening at Hugo Michell Gallery for 2016, for William Mackinnon’s ‘Internal Weather’, and Toby Pola’s ‘Uniform Choice’.

    William Mackinnon presents ‘Internal Weather’, a series of new paintings examining abiding themes of home, coastal Australia, and journeys physical and psychological. These large-scale works, with their bold compositions and manipulations of paint, deserve contemplation in the flesh, revealing small patterns within the landscape. Mackinnon continues to make a strong name for himself as a contemporary Australian painter, garnering widespread national and international attention. We are thrilled to present his second solo show at Hugo Michell Gallery – his first as a represented artist.

    In Toby Pola’s new series of sculptures, the artist plays with our perception of material through a honed understanding of woodcarving. The works read as a black comedy, referring to a youth rich in skate culture, street art and irony. ‘Uniform Choice’ invites viewers to delve into Pola’s calculated world of altered objects and wit.

    We’d love you to join us in celebrating a fantastic start to the year. See you there!

  • Sera Waters Joins Hugo Michell Gallery as a Represented Artist

    Hugo Michell Gallery is thrilled to announce that Sera Waters has joined its roster of represented artists!

    Waters is an Adelaide-based artist whose mixed-media soft-sculpture works are imbued with a dark and emotive meticulousness. Waters thinks of her practice as a process of “exorcising fears”; a way to work through the ideas, attitudes and stories that underpin our lives and often go unexamined. She is a master of her trade – especially of needlework and embroidery – and the extensive time and labour required by her practice mirrors her devotion to its narrative explorations and conceptual concerns.

    Waters first showed at Hugo Michell Gallery in 2015, with Spectre Folk. We can’t wait to exhibit more of her spectacular work!

    Have a look at her artist profile here.

    Sera Waters, Gentlemen’s Park: Back Nine (Cadell conquers the river), 2015, Linen, beads, cotton, trim, hand-made beads and sequins, felt, card, stuffing, 25 x 35 cm

    Image: Sera Waters, Gentlemen’s Park: Back Nine (Cadell conquers the river)’, 2015, linen, beads, cotton, trim, hand-made beads and sequins, felt, card and stuffing, 25 x 35 cm.

     

    Sera Waters, Minerals, 2013

    Image: Sera Waters, Minerals, 2013, from Crystal Palace, mixed media, installation dimensions variable.

  • Lisa Roet’s ‘Golden Monkey’ Collaboration Unveiled as Part of ‘White Night Melbourne’

    Lisa Roet’s Golden Monkey, a collaboration with Inflatable Design and Felipe Reynolds, will be unveiled on Saturday 20 February at 7pm at the Melbourne Town Hall, as part of White Night Melbourne. Golden Monkey has been supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

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    Image: Lisa Roet, ‘Golden Monkey’, 2015, mixed media inflatable installation on Melbourne Town Hall, approximately 10m (h). Photo: Discovering Melbourne (@discoveringmelbourne on Instagram).

  • Works from Justine Varga’s ‘Accumulate’ Series Acquired by the National Gallery of Australia

    Three works from Justine Varga’s Accumulate series have been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia!

    EdgeEnter and Exit (Red state) are now on display at the NGA as part of Australian Art Now.

    Congratulations to Justine on this most exciting acquisition!

     

    Justine Varga, Edge, 2015, from Accumulate Series, Type C Hand Print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, edition of 5

    Image: Justine Varga, Edge, 2015, from Accumulate, type C hand print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, ed. of 5.

     

    Justine Varga, Enter, 2015, from Accumulate Series, Type C Hand Print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, edition of 5

    Image: Justine Varga, Enter, 2015, from Accumulate, type C hand print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, ed. of 5.

     

    Justine Varga, Exit, 2015, from Accumulate Series, Type C Hand Print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, edition of 5

    Image: Justine Varga, Exit (Red state), 2015, from Accumulate, type C hand print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, ed. of 5.

  • Artists Announced in the Fleurieu Art Prize 2016

    The Fleurieu Art Prize, the richest landscape prize in the world, will present a diverse selection of artists working across multiple-media celebrating Australian landscape. Established in 1998, this non-acquisitive prize is valued at $65,000 and will be the first time the prize has been exhibited in the CBD. The exhibition will take place at the Samstag Museum of Art, running from 3 June to 29 July 2016.

    The winner will be announced at the launch on the 2nd of June and judging panel includes: Nigel Hurst, Director, Saatchi Gallery London; Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales; and Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art.

    A huge congratulations to Narelle Autio, Ildiko Kovacs, Janet Laurence, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Sera Waters and Amy Joy Watson who have all been shortlisted for the prize!

    For more details and a full list of participating artists, click here.

    Richard Lewer, Yowie, 2015, from Believe It or Not, oil on canvas, 153 x 153 cm

    Image: Richard Lewer, Yowie, 2015, oil on canvas, 153 x 153 cm

    William Mackinnon, Strange Country, 2016, acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen, two panels, 200 x 150 cm each

    Image: William Mackinnon, Strange Country, 2016, acrylic, oil and automotive enamel on linen, 2 panels of 200 x 150 cm

     

  • Lisa Roet’s ‘Heart Beat’ at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation

    Lisa Roet’s Heart Beat will exhibit at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation from 26 February to 2 April.

    Lisa Roet is renowned for her exploration of the complex ape-human intersection.

    In Heart Beat, presented by the AEAF in partnership with Adelaide Festival of Arts, a giant hybrid gorilla/human heart pulsates to a blood-rushing soundscape, in a realm of science fiction where contemporary spirituality and ethical dilemmas collide.

    With a hint of freak show ‘smoke and mirrors’, this groundbreaking and immersive 4D video installation uses the mutations of Roet’s own body to examine how cutting-edge scientific technology affects ‘humanness’.

    Produced in collaboration with musician Charlie Owen (Beasts of Bourbon / Divinyls) and scientific animator Drew Berry (Walter and Eliza Institute).

    This project has been supported by The International Primate Heart Project based at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Arts Victoria, Melbourne Heart Care and the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

    For opening dates and times, click here.

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    Image: Lisa Roet, Heart Beat, 2014, installation view, installation dimensions variable.

  • Janet Laurence’s ‘H2O: Water Bar’

    Janet Laurence’s latest project will be exhibiting in Sydney from 13 to 28 February from 6 to 9pm at Paddington Reservoir Gardens:

    “Sydney’s latest must-visit tasting bar is serving something more precious than vintage French bubbles or Japanese whiskey: our natural water supply.

    H2O: Water Bar is a reflective, glassy glistening installation by Janet Laurence that allows you to sample a variety of water sourced from diverse regions of Australia.

    Outfitted like an apothecary or laboratory, H2O: Water Bar is set amongst the heritage industrial space of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens’ inner chamber, opened to the public especially for this installation.

    Australia’s identity is forever tied to our relationship with water, from the waterholes used as weapons during the colonial era, to the long droughts that affect our regional communities, and the environmental threats to the future of Australia’s ground water. By inviting you to experience the qualities of different Australian waters, H2O: Water Bar helps us to better understand the complexity and fragility of this vital resource.”

    Read more about the project here and here!
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    H20 Water Bar
    Janet Laurence's H20 Water Bar
  • Trent Parke in ‘Public Image, Private Lives: Family, Friends and Self’ at the Art Gallery of South Australia

    Public Image, Private Lives: Family, Friends and Self is now open at the Art Gallery of South Australia!

    The spectacular exhibition features works by our own Trent Parke, as well as by Julia Margaret Cameron, Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain, J.H. Lartigue, Andy Warhol, Carol Jerrems, Pat Brassington, Sue Ford, Mark Kimber, Ann Newmarch, Ian North and William Yang.

    Public Image, Private Lives, open until July 3, delves beneath the surface of familiar (and some unfamiliar) images in Australian and international photography, to highlight close connections between the photographer and subject, whether they be friends, family members or the photographers themselves.

    Parke most recently exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2015, premiering The Black Rose. Public Image, Private Lives presents works by Parke from the iconic The Christmas Tree Bucket.
    Trent Parke, Hotdog Man, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, Pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
    Image: Trent Parke, Hotdog Man, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
    Trent Parke, Celebrity heads, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, Pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
    Image: Trent Parke, Celebrity heads, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
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    Image: Trent Parke, Dash and doll, 2008, from The Christmas Tree Bucket, pigment print, 72 x 90 or 32 x 40 cm, ed. of 8
  • Hugo Michell Gallery at Art Stage Singapore

    Hugo Michell Gallery is pleased to announce that it will exhibit at Art Stage Singapore, from 21 to 24 January 2016.

    Art Stage Singapore is the leading Asian art fair connecting the world to the best of Asian contemporary art. Art Stage Singapore presents the diversity of contemporary art rising from the region, including galleries and artists from Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

    For Art Stage Singapore 2016, Hugo Michell Gallery will present a selection of works from Magnum photographer Trent Parke’s The Black Rose, new works by painter William Mackinnon, and new works by Ukranian-born Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk, also known as Miso.

    Trent Parke, Cockatoo #1, 'The Black Rose' series, 120 x 150cm

    Image: Trent Parke, Cockatoo #1, Newcastle, 2011, from The Black Rose, pigment print, 120 x 150 cm, ed. of 7.

     

    Coast to coast

    Image: William Mackinnon, Coast to coast, 2015, oil on synthetic canvas, 150 x 200 cm.

     

    Stanislava Pinchuk [Miso], Moon (Protest Deaths in Ukraine, Jan-May 2014), 2014, pin pricks on paper, 150 x 110 cm

    Image: Stanislava Pinchuk [Miso], Moon (Protest Deaths in Ukraine, Jan-May 2014), 2014, pin-pricks on paper, 150 x 110 cm.

  • Trent Parke’s ‘The Camera is God’ at Monash Gallery of Art

    The Monash Gallery of Art presents Trent Parke’s The Camera is God. This is a significant exhibition by and for Parke, the internationally-renowned Australian photographer. The MGA will be presenting this exhibition alongside a range of Parke’s work recently acquired for its collection. The Camera is God will run from 26 November 2015 to 21 February 2016.

    See MGA website for more details.

    Trent Parke, No_893, Candid portrait of a man on a street corner, Adelaide Australia, 2013, Pigment print, 80 x 60 cm, From the camera is God series

    Image: Trent Parke, No. 893, Candid portrait of a man on a street corner, Adelaide, Australia, 2013, from The Camera is God, pigment print, 80 x 60 cm, ed. of 2.