We would like to thank Andy Wear for his generous donation to the space. And the media storm has been quite amazing.
Check it out here.
Idea to batter and fry Sir Sidney Nolan's original sketch 'came in a dream' to Andy Wear
Portrait of a dickhead - Andy Wear
The Artist of Destruction
Buyer defends fried Nolan portrait
Sidney Nolan drawing deep-fried, sold on eBay
Andy Wear - Pan Fried Nolan - Fundraising auction
Some Grinch stole money from the Brunswick Arts Space Christmas Party kitty...and, while we may not ever see the moolah again, we do have the opportunity to recoup some of the losses by way of an auction...yessum, here is your chance to own a Sidney Nolan (albeit a crumbed and fried version thereof) at a fraction of their standard auction price! First bid? Go on...take a shot...all profits will go to Brunswick Arts (unless they're obscene, in which case Andy will take a reasonable cut to pay for his grandfather's counselling...).
This was an important fundraiser to help us to get through the holiday period. So please support us and get a significant piece of contemporary Australian art in the process!
The Brunswick Arts
More party less Arty
Friday 16th December 6 to 10pm
There will be...
* Less arty, more party
Alister's twisted christmas mix
and more to be anounced!
* Cheap Beer
* An arty Kris Kringle (Bring an art work to be in it!)
*The Art Vending Machine
*Andy Wear in the project space and Rex J upstairs
*Pin the Horn on the Unicorn (an interactive art game by Max Dominic Piantoni
_Opening 18th November, 6to8pm
19th November to 4th December
Gallery One and Two:
The Fluid Ink Project
By Artstop 21
Huseyin Adiguzel, Raymond Vagi, Beverly Downs, Boo Cooper, Robert Dri, Gavin Jackson, Thomas James, Veronica Joseph, Catherine Lim, Joseph Mato, Ernest Ladner, George Paul, Anh Phung, Tracey Power, Dennis Shead, Trevor Silverwood, Geoffrey Walter, Robert Weir, Stefano Conti, Esmarelda Renaud
The Fluid Ink Project is a multi-faceted collective of artists from Artstop 21 in Brunswick. Through the process of sculpture, drawing, media and animation the project has developed intimate, powerful narratives and images within the work.
The artist is best
The artist is first on my list.
The artist is going to be kissed.
The wonder of the artist will never cease
They will paint you a masterpiece
So you should take part in the art.
Except from ‘The Artist’ by Gavin Jackson; 2011.
ARTSTOP 21 has been developed by Arts Access Victoria in partnership with Stewart Lodge Residential Services, The Olive Way, and Metlink.
Don't give up on life
solo show by Rex J Walheim
Rex J Walheim's work investigates the nuances of pixels through the use of slow motion and close-ups which emphasize the Generative nature of digital media. Walheim explores abstract and orange scenery as motifs to describe the idea of infinite space. Using alive loops, non-linear narratives, and slow-motion images as patterns, Walheim creates meditative environments which suggest the expansion of time...
Words come easy: I have a dream.
solo show by Andy Wear
In 1942, Andy Wear’s grandfather was stationed in regional Victoria. While there, he met and befriended Sidney Nolan. Nolan was always a prolific sketcher, and sketched Wear’s grandfather; he presented him the portrait prior to leaving for England.
In September 2011, Wear had a dream that he gently removed the portrait from its frame, and then crumbed it and deep-fried it.
So distracted was he by this dream, that in preparing for the exhibition he finally came to (re)enact it and display the effort. So here, witness this rather significant family heirloom, basted with egg, crumbed, and deep-fried.
Words come easy.
_Mal Webb, Slumber Race, Mary + Jono
Wed 30th November
An evening that will do something to at least one of your senses, if not all 9, and will massage your ear bones til they high-five each other through your brain.
Only $8/$5!Doors 6:30 pm
Mal Webb 9pm
+ Slumber Race 8pm
Mim Crellin (vocals), Hugh Stuckey (guitar), James Gilligan (bass)
+ Mary & Jono 7pm
Mary Webb (vocals and guitar) & Jono Webb (cello)
Solo shows by Beth Rose Caird, Chloe Vallance and Ozlem Sen
Opening Fri 28th October 6 to 9
29th to 13th Nov
Beth Rose Caird
The study of the old masters traditional symbolist use of pose has influenced Caird's photographs, using ambiguous bodies void of identity, the 'everybody' to photograph women.
With an emphasis on exaggerating pose and the camera's gaze she has created a dialogue about how gender identity exists within performative images.
The series consider how women see themselves in relation to the classical ideal of women in art, pursing the cyclic dichotomic nature of how women are see over centuries, and more importantly, how they see themselves.
Chloe Vallance - Being here; that's why I want to be there
Influenced heavily by poetry and philosophy, Vallance’s existentialist creative process uses the visual tension apparent in positive/negative space as a larger metaphor for current sociocultural conditions. The artist works from photographic reference, addresses ambiguity and ambivalence, particularly around notions of self/other, individual/collective and nature/nurture. Capturing a cultural zeitgeist in which ‘human beings are both the participant and the spectator’, the works symbolically articulate contemporary collective spatiotemporal longings.
In art I feel like I’m creating something permanent – not just drawings or colors or collages but my thoughts, my experiences, my feelings, my frustrations, happiness... my life in short. My works are made of many different materials that I find and collect as I walk along the beaches, through the woods, along streets in many different countries; in fact anywhere I find inspiration. I collect whatever I think might be of use from seashells to magazine cut outs to egg shells. I categorize them according to their texture, color, shape and size. I spend a lot of time considering their form and whenever I look at a fragment, I see the larger whole. In a way, these materials form a sort of ‘diary’ that documents not only what I see, feel, touch but also what I think, imagine, dream, live while I create – a process which makes me endlessly happy.
"Something Different" will be my first exhibition. Come... I need to know what you think...
Gallery One & Two:
Bag of Trains
A collaboration between Colleen Jones and Alister Karl
Opening Friday 23rd September
21st to 25th
Colleen and Alister went out collecting trains in a green safeway bag, when it was full they decided that they had better make something meaningful out of them.
Curated by Morgan Jones
Lauren Farrugia . Ander Rennick . Nicole Willis . Alfred Liu . John Brooks . Adam Cunningham . Marlee Hamilton . Marisa Lai . Stephanie Gilmore . June Lam . Kari McInney-McRae . Morgan Jones . Caitlin Jennings . Benjamin Richie . Jason Harris . Andre Hillas . Chelsea Candy . Bill Noonan
Destinations are often considered the most important part of life and the journeys are only tolerated. A group of young artists have decided to explore the different aspects of transit in life and see what it has to offer.
Diary excerpts by Erin Crouch
Gallery One, Two & Three:
Distance 1, The Distance Collective
Opening Friday 30th September 6 to 9pm
1st to 16th October
FeFiFoFum . Jade Maguire . Sarah Georgopolous . Sarah McEwan . Tonia Rowe . Vic McEwan
The Distance Collective is a group of artists with a common thread – distance. Distance in terms of physical space and artistic practice. We all live in different locations in NSW and Victoria. We approach our art making through different practices, yet we are connected through friendship and an interlaced web of making together over the years. Once upon a time we all lived in Sydney together, now technology keeps us together, making our distance, not so distant.
This exhibition is part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 21 Sept - 9 Oct 2011.
Check out the face book event.
Brad Hammond, Private Void Initialize()
Opening Friday 30th September 6 to 9pm
1st and 2nd October
Having spent a large part of my life exploring the depths and extensions of modern technology, living with and through it, I have started to feel its dehumanizing pull. In this piece, cutting-edge depth camera technology is employed to capture and interpret the viewer's movements. Inviting them into an abstract exploration of an inner space of cold logic, where the mind and technology meld and feed off of one another and waves of glitchy chaos and visceral sonics will bath your mind. When do you stop, so technology can live?
Music kindly provided by: Sk'p (soundcloud.com/skiponline)
Check out the face book event.
Gallery One & Two:
Bec Thorpe, Hope Garden
Hope Garden is a collection of images and text that came from a personal project I undertook in January 2010. I was downhearted about many things at the time, but most relevantly my garden
Solo show by Ellen Taylor
_ This exhibition features work created for the gallery from the gallery. The large black drawings featured are the final step of several investigations of the space using the artist own body. This includes the use of lighting and the body to create a series of tracings and shadows on the gallery walls. These are then collected and documented and used as material to fuel the final drawings.
The process in this work although perhaps not highly evident in the final drawings, forms an integral part of the work itself. From original action to the recording to creation of the final drawings, this exhibition is a study in the transformative powers of art.
YOU zine has made a six hour long film documenting the complete making of one week's issue of YOU.
The complete film is screening on Friday 5th August 2011 between 3pm and 9pm at Brunswick Arts, 2A Little Breese Street, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.
There will also be a YOU letter writing zine workshop happening while the film is shown. The letters written in the workshop will appear as the next week's issue of YOU.
Please drop in for a few minutes to write a letter and see a little bit of the film. Or if you are felling really hardcore bring along some popcorn and a dozen choc-tops and settle in for the whole six hours.
Solo shows by Sally Kidall, Jesse Dayan and a collaboration by Jessica Kelly and Tae Schmeisser
Opening July 8th 6 to 9pm
Running July 9th to 24th, 2011
Jesse Dayan "An Evaporating Sentiment"
Beginning with the still life and the inherent theme of the Vanitas, ‘An Evaporating Sentiment’ is a collection of oil paintings that through a study of the relationship between memory and space, explore the shifting currents of nostalgia and the fragile nature of recollection
Whilst the imagery of these paintings is typically nostalgic, rather than referencing particular memories the paintings seek to explore the nature of memory by evoking abstract passages of time.
In 'Poetics of Space' Gaston Bachelard makes the observation that a sense of concrete duration is never maintained in memory, instead memories are motionless and at their most vivid when they have been coupled with the experience of space. ‘The finest specimens of fossilised duration concretised as a result of long sojourn, are to be found in and through space.’
In this temporal context the divisions of space rendered within a still life can be thought to harbour capsules of duration and the shifting shadows within an interior space can be felt to represent the slow march of evaporating time. The clean reflection from a mirror doubles not only space but also time, creating cycles and loops which present a revenant feeing of familiarity, whilst the blurred reflections from glass can be thought to manifest moments of temporal shift and reverie.
Sally Kidall, Translations
Translations is a new series of documentary photographs by Sally Kidall of her experimental ant and honey installation. They capture snapshots of the ants' dynamic lives whilst performing their collaborative duties and communal feeding. These aerial scenes are reminiscent of peak time urban life, with heaving crowds jostling for place whilst boarding trains or dining at bars; all wearing their standardized attire.
Sally experiments with unstable and vulnerable materials, creating works that change, grow and transform during their display. Through site-specific environmental installations and photography, Sally seeks to challenge the predictability of expectations & ‘cultural homogeneity’. Her art practice is inspired by the complexities, equilibrium and fragility of the natural environment, and by the ways in which our man-made systems work within, or in opposition to, these natural systems. The focus of her practice is the concept of transition, including notions of unpredictability, vulnerability, and ephemerality. Her work is informed by issues relating to human ecology, consumption and materialism.
Jessica Kelly and Taë Schmeisser “We Live Here”
Drawing inspiration from urban iconography and intangible environmental elements such as the flight patterns of birds, Jess Kelly and Taë Schmeisser explore the often overlooked beauty of the everyday. Working with precious metals, recycled materials, paper and thread to pursue their curiosity and engagement with both physical and abstract moments and landscapes, these two artists present a body of work which above all else, reflects a true love for this world we all live in.
The American Astronaut - Film Screening Fundraiser
30th June 7pm
New Holland Theatre Company and Brunswick Arts Space invite you to join us for a night of mud-spattered chaps and star-dusted space-helmets as we screen Cory McAbbe's sci-fi, musical-western with rugged Lo-Fi sets and the spirit of the final frontier all packed into a space fairing steam train.
New Holland Theatre Company is producing a stage version of The American Astronaut as part of the 2011 Melbourne Fringe Festival and all money raised at this event will go towards the development and production of the show.
With Special Guest Cat Full of Ghosts http://tiny.cc/n2e7u
7pm Thursday 30th June 2011
$5 donation at the door
Dress up as a space cowboy and receive a free badge
Watch the teaser!
Third annual Candle Ends Festival
Short performance festival
Wed 22nd to Sat 25th June
Welcome to Candle Ends Festival, a fringe festival on the fringes of the fringe. Candle Ends Festival is a miniature festival now in its' third year of showcasing some of the most exciting new performance in Australia. Our aim is to create a space for artists, directors and writers to play and experiment. To take chances and make exciting, daring pieces of theater. Performances of 10 minutes or less are performed at Brunswick Arts Space and we invite artists to try out new works-in-progress rather than finished shows; take a chance and come up with something totally new. The past 2 festivals were exciting melting pots of music, dance, theater, spoken word, experimental sound and digital projection. Brunswick Arts Space became a hive of activity over the 4 nights of the festival and 2011 will be no exception;This year we want to build on the excitement and imagination of last years festival and create a menagerie of performances from a diverse range of performance crafts. Creating fast-paced evenings of performance to excite and enthuse audiences.We already have a number of brilliant artists interested in being a part of Candle Ends Festival and we're on the look out for more. So get in contact with us about your performance idea and be a part of Candle Ends 2011. Thanks for your interest and support and we hope to see you at Brunswick Arts Space in June.
Solo shows by Elizaveta Maltseva and Jason Beale
Opening June 3rd 6 to 9pm
Running June 4th to 19th
Gallery One and Two:
Jason Beale, Back and Forth
In the show “Back and Forth” I present a selection of paintings made over the last five years, along with a number of new works. Looking back, I was inspired by local street scenes, simple figures, faces and gestures. These are realistically painted for the most part, and draw on photographic imagery, taken and found. Over this period my approach varied, according to both subject matter and artistic mood. Underlying the work is a desire to use the painting medium simply and directly, and so to embody some of the unspoken, and unseen, poetry of ordinary life. Looking forth, the artist gropes towards a more magical reality, yet one still based on the elements of the everyday.
Elizaveta Maltseva, The Apartment
“The Apartment” is a body of work through which I explored the motions of space and memory.
I briefly lived with my sister in Moscow from November to February 2008. This was an incredibly eventful and at times, traumatic experience. Upon my return to Melbourne, I began to actively reconnect with the memories of our apartment and the times we shared there, through a drawing and printing medium.
New Works by Monique Barnett
Opening Friday 6th May 6 to 8pm
Running 7th to 22nd
“I won’t be happy till I’m as famous as God”.
This project explores famous culture and the relationship between society and the up lifted figures, specifically in print media.
The show will be an exploration into the anxiety of contemporary culture created by mass media and celebrity. The works are derived from images of famous people from print media and represented in a fictive space. Using the camera lens, the famous figures are distorted, foreshortened and abstracted. The figures work together to create an aggregated sense of depth and movement. Monique Barnett is interested in the materialistic charm of mass media figures and popular culture, their alluring power and star position in society.
Curated by Alister Karl and Adele Smith
Opening Fri 1st April 6 to 9pm
Running 2nd to 17th April, 2011
Each year, LAUNCH brings together a group of recent graduates from higher education institutions around Melbourne. Always a highlight of the year’s exhibition calendar, LAUNCH is a survey of some of the year's most dynamic, diverse and insightful new work.
Images - clockwise from top left:
Ground - Music and Familiar Space in Visual Art
as part of the Brunswick Music Festival
Opening Fri 18th, 6 to 9pm
Running 17th to 27th March, 2011
T.A.L.L . Luke You . Androniki Douramakos . John Stevens . Simon Lawlor . Riki-Metisse Marlow . Alister Karl . Peter Davison . Carmen Reid . Emma Waters
Performing artists at the Launch:
Andy Wear . Peter Davison . G.N. Carazo and R.M. Marlow . The Church of Hysteria .
The space we live in can often feel like the physicalisation of a musical riff. It sums up our daily rhythms, reminds us of where we are, and defines the way we move throughout the world. Where local space is concerned, these sensations tend to seem more concentrated.
The frequent reminders become catchier, more annoying, more vivid, more mundane, more invisible, more grounding. Like music, local space is frequently felt more than it is understood, and therefore capturing it can seem more intangible.
In this exhibition, a number of local visual artists will explore their own experiences of the collision of familiar place and musical sensibilities. This exhibition is being run as a part of the Brunswick Music Festival, and will be launched with performances by local musicians responding to and interacting with the work on display in the gallery.
There will also be two other performance evenings at the space during the exhibition:
7:30-10pm, Thursday 24th March 2011
Music starts 8pm
This newly formed Quartet will be performing a tribute to Ornette Coleman. Ornette Coleman is one of the most significant improvisor/composer in history. He is one of the major innovators of the 1960's avant garde movement. As a tribute Smeathers/Pankhurst/Browne will be performing Ornnette's compositions as well as using Ornette's harmolodic concept and other Ornette Coleman improvisation concepts and ideologies.
Allan Browne - Drums
Scott Tinkler - Trumpet
Sam Pankhurst - Bass
Jon Smeathers - Alto Saxophone
a solo saxophone performance by one of Australia's young virtuosos. Definitely not to be missed!
DUNE by David Lynch
A Very Suggestible Cinema
Thursday 24th Feb, doors at 7pm
In these troubled times, a trip back to 1984 is just the ticket - The planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune.
David Lynch 80's sci fi
What's not to love?
If you're still not sure:
"He who controls the Spice, controls the universe!"
and there's beer & pizza too.
Opening Friday 4th Feb 2011, 6pm to 9pm
Running 4th to the 20th February, 2011
First Prize winner is Liz Walker.
Second Prize winner is Jennifer Bishop.
People's Choice winner is Deanne Jolley.
Brunswick Arts annual fundraiser open entry prize.
First prize: Free show at Brunswick Arts!
Second prize: $50 Art Materials voucher.
Peoples Choice: Organic food hamper.
Have a sneak peek.
Ol' King Cole plays Brunswick Arts
With special guest Peter Davison.
Thursday 10th Feb.
Doors at 7pm
Do you feel like listening to
Acousmatic / Tape music / Country / Folk
with a liberal dose of bombastic and a good portion of heartache?
Ol’ King Coel is a contemporary troubadour with an ear to the ground and a telescope to the sky. Fashioned through the sounds of singer/songwriters such as Huddie Ledbetter, Johnny Cash, Tim Buckley & Bill Callahan.
Musicians that Ol’ King Coel has supported include: -
Glenn Richards (Augie March), Dave Graney, Oka, Luluc,
Wagons, Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride), Mick Hart,
Abbie Cardwell, The Beards, Lion Island.
Thursday 10th February.
Doors at 7pm
Check out his my space site.