VAULT EXTRA 28 July 2023
LENNOX ST. GALLERY
Anthony White's Manifestation exhibition showcases a series of 10 paintings responding to Sydney Nolan's Eureka Stockade mural. Through vibrant and emotive canvases, White reclaims the painterly gesture as a powerful form of dissent. Inspired by history and diverse influences like Picasso's Guernica and the work of Anselm Kieffer and Joseph Beuys, White's art speaks to the past, present and future, captivating viewers with its expressive language and exploration of figurative motifs. The exhibition at the Lennox St. Gallery features White's dynamic works that evoke chaos and thought-provoking narratives. From large-scale history paintings to abstract and less narrative compositions, White delves into themes of civil disobedience and the relationship between man, body, and society. Through his unique visual language, he invites us to reflect on the zeitgeist of our crisis-ridden world while contemplating the potential of creativity to challenge norms and amplify the truth.
12 July – 30 July 2023
Image credit: Anthony White, Manifestation, 2023, acrylic polymer on linen, 120 x 150cm. Courtesy the artist and Lennox St. Gallery
SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
The exhibition Writing Backwards showcases four Sydney-based independent publishers whose work emerges from artmaking, offering insight into their unique creative processes. Curated by Emma O’Neill and Alex Gawronski, this exhibition challenges the conventional art-publishing paradigm by recontextualizing existing published works. It is part of a series of exhibitions at SCA Gallery focused on independent artist organizations, emphasizing their dynamic, inventive, and collaborative contributions to contemporary art. The featured publishers include Hag Mag, Runway Journal, Pebble Press, and Stolon Press.
10 August – 9 September 2023
Image credit:Janey Li, Writing Backwards exhibition banner. Courtesy SCA Gallery
GOVETT-BREWSTER ART GALLERY
Te Hau Whakatonu | A Series of Never-Ending Beginnings
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Te Hau Whakatonu | A Series of Never-Ending Beginnings, showcases the work of 23 artists spanning over 50 years of Toi Māori. It includes monumental works by Brett Graham and Ana Iti, as well as new commissions from Ngahina Hohaia and George Watson. The landmark survey spans across the Govett-Brewster and Open Window, and a 'Whaiwhakaaro' public program will encourage community members, cultural leaders and artists to engage in meaningful dialogues between selected works. Curated by Taarati Taiaroa, the exhibition features renowned artists such as Shane Cotton, Fiona Pardington, Michael Parekōwhai and many others, creating a dynamic exploration of artistic narratives and conversations.
5 Aug 2023 - 11 Feb 2024
Image credit: Ngahina Hohaia, Roimata Toroa, 2006, woollen blanket, embroidery silk, ribbon, 250 x 900cm. Courtesy Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth
Australia's first digital art auction
Artbid is an innovative Australian platform that is revolutionizing the art industry by creating a digital online live auction system for artists to showcase their artworks and collectors to bid on them. The platform features emerging and established contemporary artists through an invite-only selection process, ensuring a curated and diverse selection of high-quality artwork available for purchase. The first live auction is scheduled for August 6, 2023, with subsequent auctions to be held monthly. Through this digital approach, Artbid transcends traditional auction models, enabling collectors to view, bid, and acquire artworks from the comfort of their own homes, expanding the potential buyer pool beyond traditional gallery visitors. This disruptive approach challenges the rigidity of traditional art auction houses and embraces the power of social media, particularly Instagram, where many millennial and Gen Y artists prefer to sell their art. Artbid provides a non-exclusive digital solution to support artists' commercial objectives, allowing them to set reserve prices for their artworks to ensure they are sold at a fair value.
6 August 2023
Image credit: Emma Currie, Here but really not,
SILK LAUNDRY ART PRIZE
Entries Now Open
Entries are now open for Silk Laundry’s second Art Prize, inviting established and upcoming artists worldwide to showcase their work and unique perspective on the world. This year's photography contest celebrates the intricate details of insects through the art of photography. Entrants are invited to submit their photographic works capturing the diverse beauty of arthropods from 'Nature's Laboratory,' with a focus on insects, butterflies, bugs, spiders, and caterpillars. The prize pool is valued at over $15,000 AUD, and entrants are required to share location details, the device used for photography and the highlighted insect species alongside the narrative, inspiration, or emotions captured in their visual description. Three winning works will be selected by a jury comprising Silk Laundry's creative director, Katie Kolodinski, fashion photographer Ezra Patchett, and art director Esther Martinez.
Until 7 September 2023
Image credit: Silk Laundry Art Prize, reproducing Jean Luc Gleizes photography, 2023. Courtesy Silk Laundry
Xiangni Song's captivating and distinctive paintings are showcased at VillageOneArt, where she explores the intersection of physical and emotional realities. Through soft gradients and loose brushwork, her compositions depict domestic scenes infused with imaginative observations and evocative moods. The artworks feel both realistic and dreamlike, inviting viewers to form unique connections to the world through a mesmerizing colour palette and carefully crafted yet free-flowing painting style. Song's nebulous approach to world-building reflects on identity, dreams, and social structures, evoking emotions like memory and longing at a visceral level. In this solo presentation, Song offers a playful yet profound exploration of figuration, presenting new perspectives for a new generation. By infusing domestic scenes with surreal elements, Song enhances the aspects of reality, creating a sense of wonder that resonates with viewers.
Until 29 July 2023
Image credit: Painting by Kitty Napanangka Simon just outside Lajamanu