In the words of the poet George Oppen ; There are Things we Live Among, three female artists reflect on the spaces that they inhabit physically and psychologically and respond to these notions in clay.
Annette Bukovinsky explores the relationships between the natural and built environments.
Anne Kwasner investigates objects people choose to carry with them as they migrate or flee, not just worldly objects but inner objects wrapped in memory and aspiration.
Ebony Russell explores imbued objects and notions of nostalgia and desire. Incorporating techniques and processes traditionally used in cake decorating to build environments for these objects.
Although thematically varied, these artists are brought together by the threads in George Oppen’s poem - there are things we live among and to see them is to know ourselves.
Justin Adams lives and works in the Inner West of Sydney and came back to Art late in life. It has only been in the last few years that he has been practicing Art in a productive manner. His Art debut was an Outreach exhibition at Brand X Event Space at Central Park shopping centre in 2014. Since he has been a participant in the We Are Here Now, Don’t Keep History A Mystery exhibition in May 2018 at the 107 Projects Gallery, Redfern. Most recently he was awarded the Dorothy Portrait Prize at the One Door exhibition at the Delmar Gallery, Ashfield. The picture was acquired by Trinity Grammar as part of the conditions of the 10th annual prize.
My Art practice consists of three principal styles:
1.) Mobiles: these consist of found objects and motifs. Pen, oil pastel or watercolour pencil. I tend to liken them to a 2D version of 3D found object sculptures.
2.) Portraiture: detailed and figurative. Pencil or oil pastel.
3.) Scenes: my first solo exhibition. Watercolour pencil. One of the inspirations for these works is the Argentinian artist Xul Solar. My Scenes are often referred to as Magic Realist. Another comparison sometimes made is the Outsider Art movement which has several sub genres such as Art Brut. Happy to belong to this niche of artists without formal training. My Scenes are principally colourful and festive. The figures engage in joyous ritual. Hopefully the overwhelming experience is uplifting for the viewer. The elements in my pictures can be anything from a tiger to a man in a diving suit, a man on a skateboard with no legs, people with leopard or giraffe masks, raised platforms in bright colours, little bridges, sinister kids and/or an old man in a tweed jacket smoking a pipe. Imagination is the key to my characters and their lives.
Please join us for the opening night of his solo exhibition on the 1st of March 2019 from 6-8pm.
As a painter, my introduction to the form came relatively late in the form of a gifted paintbrush and canvas in my teens. As an artist however, I have been creating, drawing and experimenting for much longer, growing up in a home of art lovers and collectors in a city perhaps best known for its art and indeed, artists – Paris.
Working mainly with acrylic on canvas, I also create collages, drawings and sketches that convey energy, strength and movement in various abstracted forms. The colours you see in my work come mainly from a base of three tubes of paint – the primary colours red, blue and yellow.
Please join us for opening night on the 8th of February from 6pm.
BLUME 2000 is an exhibition and pop-up concept store featuring contemporary design and art products inspired by flowers by Sydney-based artists and artisans.
with CERAMICS, JEWELLERY, FLORAL INSTALLATIONS, FASHION AND ART BY:
SIMONNE GORAN @simonnegoran
J YOSHIKO @j.yoshiko_
JULIA RUSH FLOWERS @juliarushflowers
ATELIER CHEVALIER @benjamin.chevalier
ALEX H MACK @alexhmack
OPENING DRINKS: FRIDAY 14.12.18, @6:00PM to 9:00PM
OPEN FOR SALES: SATURDAY - SUNDAY, 15.12.18 - 16.12.18, from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
++SPONSORED BY THE GRIFTER++
The organisers of this exhibition acknowledge that the Gadigal people of the Eora nation are the Traditional custodians of the land on which it takes place, and pay respects to Elders past and present.
Please join us for opening night of 'I Wanna Talk To Samson' a solo exhibition by Remy Roberts. 7th of December 6-9pm.
This new body of work is a development of abstraction in a cartoon graffiti like style with an outer space theme. Using simple cartoon figurative features blended with broken down graffiti patterns and collaging with bill posters and my own photographs. It is mostly about materials and process. Understanding how to use different mediums together in a more simplified approach than previous work of mine. These works are driven by how the materials speak to one another. Letting the materials guide the process of how they are created but in no particular order. Still using the same mixture of mediums. Some might start with a blob of spray paint others with a piece of collage or a pen or brush squiggle. Then building with the other mediums where they fit.
I’m having fun with finding the balance between the materials in a minimal way. Not over working things and limiting my colour palettes. I have no idea how the paintings will end up when I start I haven’t drawn a sketch for any of them. Simply exploring what works well as I go, by recognising any silly imperfections along the way and turning them into new directions. Overall I think maintaining a playful process throughout is the key purpose of their creation. 'Remy Roberts'
This exhibition celebrates the one year anniversary of Australia voting ‘yes’ to marriage equality by bringing together a range of LGBT+ artists and showcasing new work inspired by the challenges and successes faced by this community. The exhibition reflects the diversity of the community by including works from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists. The artworks featured vary not only in terms of the medium used, but also the experiences they present. Nevertheless, the artworks – and the artists – are united by their message of love and acceptance.
Opening night 15th of November 2018 6-9pm.
The social plain as explored by Raf Diallo, Henry Holder, Hugo Rose, Hamish Wallace. Through a crossing of mediums we aim to engage with social output, both as producers and fossickers. The principle and significance of our works is to experience and the artefacts which can be taken from it. We achieve this through our senses, using imagery/iconography as something cognitive, the notion of the ‘sight’ or spectacle whether it’s drawn, printed, sounded, or made of clay. Our works border on the laughable idiosyncratic sides of society and the play of time in a moment, with perhaps even a grotesque quotation bleated from the dark. Work acts as an inflexion point at which to view human experience, stopping to look back to at moments in the day to day and the evidence of the populous to be held by the gallery space.
Please join us for Nodding Puppets exhibition opening night Thursday 4th of October 2018.
“To me, these experimental paintings of people and creatures concern the representation of the reality thrust upon human beings via Internet, media, public spaces and the narrow confines of political thought, which obstruct self-enquiry. By drawing these figures that are losing their structure in a dichotomy that lacks any grander scheme is to experience a peculiar "reality" outside of the one we regularly deal in. Expressing this hostility or love to the world through art is for me the closest nourishment for reaching greater meaning." Kaspar Kagi
‘Sketchy’ a solo exhibition by Lynette Ackerman. Comprised of paintings and drawings derived from photographs taken of friends, family, and the everyday in Sydney. These works contrive of figurative and abstract directions, and explore the materiality of painting and drawing through mixed mediums. Although the works are primarily rooted in representation, they are the result of a reductive process that eliminates detail from photographs. Thus, exploring the nature of painting and drawing itself.
Opening night Thursday the 16th of August 6-8pm.
Please join us for the opening night of 'Seen&Heard' a collaborative exhibition of photographer Mikhaila Jurkiewicz and designer Erin O'Brien.
This Project is a collaborative effort, inspired by people. First and foremost it is a series of large format film photographs which focuses on women, trans, non-binary and gender diverse people who are doing interesting, exciting, and creative things in Australia. It shines a light on the creative practices of people working in music, writing, visual art, and those who work in support of women and gender diverse people in these fields and aims to put a focus on the adversities they have faced and how they seek to empower themselves in male dominated spaces.
This exhibition will be running from the 27th July until the 10th of August at Tekminimal. Opening night will be from 6pm-8pm on Friday the 27th.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the custodians of the land in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
CIGARETTES & COFFEE 13/7/18 - 20/7/18 Opening night Friday the 13th
Cigarettes and Coffee is an exhibition of photography, drawings and poetry by Yehuda Aharon and Danny Sky.
Aharon uses 35mm film, taking candid photographs of Sydney’s cafe culture. Coffee and Cigarettes captures the busy and chaotic moments of the city in a romantic and nostalgic manor, through the use of 35mm film shot on vintage cameras, all of which he has developed and printed by hand. By exposing his artwork to the uncertain and unpredictable analogue processes Aharon has partaken in every aspect of the images creation. Though not present in the images, he considers the collection at large to be a self portrait, with the artwork as a reflection of the artist.
From the socially acceptable addiction of coffee to the socially unacceptable addiction of cigarettes. Sky turns her attention on a band of outsiders who have only become social outcasts in recent history - smokers. Of course we all know that cigarettes can be fatally detrimental to our health yet they remain legal and the measures the government takes to discourage smoking don’tshow an understanding of the nature of addiction and instead demonise the people they are intended to “save”. In her art, Sky hopes to humanise these people and their choices.
Both Sky and Aharon express in their art a nostalgia for an era they have never known; a time of black and white film photography and public approval for smoking. The artists are rebelling against the era of “wellness” that we are living in, where perfecting oneself with yoga and kombucha is considered essential and personal vices are given no sympathy.
The motivation behind her work is the effects of climate change and global warming on nature and the resultant natural degeneration. Industrialization had treated nature faultily and destructed permanently. In the society we live we witness the boundless destruction of nature that is left by the unconscious exploitation of nature from the ‘footprints of time’. The drought of rivers, unfertilization of soil, exhaustion of forests and extinction of habitats is not independent of what humanity is and transform humanity to a different species.
Asiye Sarıoglu graduated from Gazi University I Department of Fine Arts in 1999. Continuing Her Master of Arts studies in Hacettepe University Faculty of Fine Arts. Asiye has had four solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions In Turkey and throughout Europe. Plus awarded a number of expositions in various painting contests.
Please join us for the opening night of ‘Fragmentation’ a two man show by Julian Allen and Remy Roberts. Both Sydney based Artists sharing a similar Art practice using mixed media.
‘Fragmentation’ is an exhibition of paintings inspired by the ever changing and diverse landscapes of Sydney. From the coast and inner city to the mountains and beyond.
These paintings represent the fragments of view points from the Artists everyday outlook. Combined with their surreal sense of imagination Allen and Roberts paint the world that they see and live in.
Don’t Fuck it Up! - Paintings and Photographs by Danny Sky
Danny is not usually a painter, preferring to draw, but her love of colour brought her back to paint for this exhibition. She loves to work with ink as the colours stay so vibrant and it is fun to pour, spill and manipulate. But she found that everything painted with it was just too damn pretty! A walk around Sydney the morning after this year’s Mardi Gras gave Danny her next spot of inspiration and so the paintings became relics of festivities - fabulous but seedy, glitter, sequins, feathers, condoms and cigarettes!
A series of photographs accompany Danny’s paintings. Shot on 35mm film, this collection depicts Sydney at night, it’s beauty and reality. With the city as her muse, Danny finds inspiration again in the fabulous and the seedy.
Please join us for the opening night of ‘In the Moment - The Art of Creation‘ a solo exhibition by Alex Wisman @Tekminimal Gallery Petersham.
The exhibition with anti-establishment themes, questions the permanence of art and explores the boundaries between vandalism, public space and art. The show also provides insight into the emotional tension an artist experiences during the creative process - fear, frustration, freedom, pride and ultimately joy.
The show-cased works encompass a broad range of medium including spray paint, collage and sculpture.
In the Moment - The Art of Creation
Please join us for opening night of 'Real News' an exhibition of paintings by Ollie Doherty on Friday the 19th of January 2018.
My practice attempts to interrogate the very nature of painting. Challenging along the way approaches to composition form line and colour. Formally my work is minimalistic and most of the canvases deceptive in their reduced palettes and sparse compositional properties held within them idiosyncrasies instinctive gestures and unplanned happenings. Unplanned moments and in this regard their paintings that hold the real news about my painting practice itself in it's growing and developing.
After exploring the realms of both painting and sculpture in my own time and at university it definitely is my main focus of life since I was 15 & i now move into a field where I'm seeking to abandon the pictorial traditions in favour of trial and error methodology. I try to deliberately interrogate formal infections in accidents into a rich blend of visual poetry. It turns out fine and it turns out playful and it's kind of like experimenting with sound. I play guitar and piano as well and I think painting and music definitely link. My Fields of vast Fields interrupted by gestures I'd like to make sure my hand is possible in the varied landscape of each work and in the spontaneous production of each individual work.
Ollie F Doherty studied painting and sculpture at UNSW Art & Design between 2007-14.
He began as a graffiti artist in his teenage years and moved into his studio practice thereafter.
He has had three solo shows and has been involved in multiple group shows. Galleries he has shown at include; Wellington Street Projects, Gaffa gallery, 107 Projects, Alaska Projects, 55 Sydenham Rd, Central Park Building, Seaview gallery, Brie Leon, Paper Plane gallery and Kudos.
Please join us for the opening night of 'Talk To Strangers' a solo exhibition of paintings by Pops Bagnall.
This is painting fed directly from the nervous system. I am
working quickly and on multiple surfaces and scales at a time.
Rambling lines send themselves into a maze; forms emerge
timidly from a drenched surface; colour smudges and bleeds
Experimenting with material, technique and time, I’m trying
to liberate myself from thinking too far into what the work
should look like or how I should paint. So much that I don’t
really know where I am going with a painting until I get there.
Pops Bagnall is a Sydney based artist who practices in painting
and sculpture. In 2012 she completed a BFA at UNSW Art &
Design. In 2013, she undertook a three-month artist residency
in Alice Springs. She has exhibited at 107 Projects, Tortuga
Studios, Kudos Gallery and 70 Mary Street.
Cell Division is a photo exhibition by Alex Bloom.
50+ photo works of the legend epidemic we've suffered for the last ten years.
Framed lambda prints from 35/120 film.
"There are tens of billions of different kinds of organic molecules.
Yet only about 50 of them are used in the essential machinery of life. The same 50 employed over and over again ingenious, for different functions in every living thing. This oak tree and me, we're made of the same stuff...
Any tree could read my genetic code." - Carl Sagan, Cosmos EP2
TekMinimal presents 'Mobile Borders' a solo exhibition by Alison Conlon. Please join us for opening night on the 27th of October.
Mobile Borders is an exhibition about migration. Through painting and installation, Conlon seeks to represent the merging and blending of dispora and draw attention to the need for tolerance in a world where increasingly people are displaced. She is concerned with issues surrounding containment and control both from a macro anmd micro perspective.
Conlon is a Sydney based artist who works in both sculptural installation and painting and drawing. Her experimentation with materiality has led to an exploration of the concept of migration. She holds a BA from Wollongong University, a Bachelor of Art Education from the College of Fine Arts UNSW, and this exhibition is the culmination of a Masters of Art from UNSW Art and Design. She also holds an Associate Diploma in Journalism from Macleay College, Sydney.
Conlon has worked in the Arts industry at the Regional Galleries Association, Museum Australia and in administration at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery. She then followed a career trajectory in education and has worked in high schools across Sydney for ten years. She has exhibited at UNSW Art and Design, Hazlehurst, Gaffa and Tekminimal galleries.
TekMinimal presents 'Cold Mittenz', a two man show by Will Maddox and Jack K. Please join us for opening night this Friday the 8th of September!
Maddox a mixed media Artist draws and paints imagined imagery of war that is represented by ghoulish figures. Jack K is an illustrator and animator also working with painting and sculpting to bring his classic cartoon style to life. Both Artists share satirical themes throughout their work. Creating scenes inhabited by quirky characters based on their observations of the real world.
TekMinimal Gallery presents new work by Robert McCauley, Daniel McClellan and Tom Kusturin
Periphery’, is a exhibition grouping together current works by three Artists. Their works are inspired and enlightened by contemporary culture and urban atmosphere. Each artist translates through their practice a view into the beauty of the often overlooked aesthetics of our contemporary urban environment. Taking notice in the small details left behind by human interaction which surrounds us everyday. Re-producing and re-designing analysations of the world as they experience it. Using a variety of media, ‘Periphery’, gives an insight into this reinterpreted world.
'TWEEKEND' is an ecstatic and fantastical stomping ground by André Shannon and Jack Atherton that merges strange video artworks, a haunted construction site, and heavy doses of pulsating humour. It’s a place that feels plonked on a turbulent vibrating platform, inviting viewers onto a ride.
Through specific set design and video work, André Shannon and Jack Atherto aim to contain the general reactiveness that people feel towards construction and development, injecting their trademark strange humour in an exciting new visiting place. This show aims to absorb viewers in a cinematic wonderland fitted out with lights and motion. The show will feature appearances by Jack and André, new video works, and a bulging energy struck by fear, boredom, restlessness and general confusion. The show is almost like a melting present day playground. It’s a place inspired by the psycho-geography of Sydney, as if the city is bound to a prognostication that will never be fulfilled.
Jack and André’s work attempts to convince us of the strength of merging everyday perceptions with cinematic visuals to reach a fantasy utopia. This time, this utopia is Tweekend. The artists hope that if people enjoy their work they’ll find inspiration from Laure Provost, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Tracey Moffat.
There is no other medium that could’ve captured the ‘moments’, that one has in a free-state of flow, more holistically than photo-collages. The ability to incorporate multiple facial expressions, glances and thoughts in a single piece, creates a trance-like exploration for the viewer; forcing you to stop, focus and feel.
It is the closest representation to mindful presence that a still-image can embody. The medium forces you to delve deeper into the scene; putting you into the same headspace that the subject inhabits.
A contagion of self-forgetfulness.
“One does not simply glance over a photo-collage.”
This series is a reminder for me as much as it is you; to always grasp the moments that make up our lives. Hold them. Be present. Be awake. For what we do with our present, our moments, our minutes, our hours, our days, is what we spend our life doing. Don’t lose it fixated on anything that isn’t here and now.
'SURFACE', a group exhibition of emerging artists working in a diverse range of practices. Surface is sponsored by local brewery Young Henry's.
Created over an extended period of about 15 weeks, each artist has burrowed deep into their practice to find the hidden and unknown, making concious decisions about what to bring back up to the surface.
Exhibition closes 13th of July 2017
Artists Antony Makhlouf, Sunita Lewis, John Roderick Paine, Scruffy Unicorn, Jake Bowen Halkett and Maya Mulvey-Santana invite you to experience NEXUS, a group exhibition bringing together multiple practices, mediums and viewpoints to celebrate creativity and making. From photography to fashion to freehand to female form there's bound to be something for all. NEXUS runs from the 23rd till the 30th of March at Tek Minimal