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Current Exhibition

Collected Works
Emma Buckland

9-20 November 2021
Gallery hours:  Tue-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm

Currently, you may not be able to view the exhibition in the gallery, but you can still view the exhibition online.

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Exhibition Statement

For the past 15-20 years my painting practice has explored the poetic, haunting and lyrical stories we confide to one another.

Using narratives from newspaper photographs, magazines and family portraits, and heavily influenced by dreams and memories tethered to a moment or interaction in time. The paintings are characterised by the disquiet of comic-strip imagery and ambiguous juxtapositions of forms, things, people and place.

My paintings have been heavily influenced by German expressionism, the painter Neo Rauch, and the photographic studies of human motion in photographer Eadward Muybridge.

I am often looking for avenues of the unexpected. Forming ironic twists to images or things you might expect.

Forthcoming Exhibitions

All My Yesterdays
Annette Spinks

24 November – 11 December 2021

Thursday, 25 November 6:30-8:30 pm
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Behold Me
Holly Gregory

8 – 24 September 2021, G1

Thursday, 9 September 6:30-8:30 pm
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Exhibition Statement

An unfolding love-story revealed through a poetic narrative of personal writings and unique hand-raised copper vessels. Exploring romance, aesthetic pleasure and the singular beauty of form, each inspired work reflects upon the intimate relationship that forever exists between artist and conceived object.

Influenced by John Keats lauded romantic poem Ode to a Grecian Urn (1820), Behold Me reflects the inherent themes of revelation and delight aligned to a sense of secret knowledge, hidden meanings, and unadorned beauty, paradoxically contained within seemingly simple, yet unfathomable vessels of significance.

Each auratic object created specifically for ‘Behold Me’ embodies personal histories and contains the enduring elements of love, labour, beauty and truth.  Through a channel of letters, poems and personal writings, viewers are given the opportunity to explore the quiet and unseen elements that are hidden and concealed beneath the silent, tactile, exterior surfaces of the vessel, initially gazed upon by the viewer.

Supermarket Wanders
Xinyi Liu (Luna)

8 – 24 September 2021, G2

Thursday, 9 September 6:30-8:30 pm
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Artist’s Statement
The moment when I look at a green chili in the supermarket, it transforms, from an ordinary vegetable to something very curious and captivating. That moment of encounter and transformation, is where this body of work starts. It is very much about wandering, mentally and physically, intuitive decisions, and chance.
The subjects of this series of drawings are all based on the fruits and vegetables I found interesting during my “supermarket wanders”. When making works, I am always more drawn to non-human subjects. They are less confronting and very generous. Unlike humans, they allow us to look directly, curiously, and sometimes even obsessively. And responding to our gaze, they also look back, inviting us to wonder, and imagine. Through such exchange of gaze, submerged, sometimes ineffable feelings and thoughts get to surface, and when they do, I try to capture them through drawing.
The reason why I go on such wanders and make works this way is very much like the Dadaists and Surrealists. While society stresses us very much to understand through logic, and to justify with reasons, I think the unconscious and illogical are often overlooked. Thus, instead of making a statement and convey a certain meaning through my works, I want my images to be very open. I hope people can look at my drawings not with logical minds nor through analytical lenses, but with their hearts, and through curious and naïve eyes.

Chromatic Rhythms

19 August – 4 September 2021

Thursday, 19 August 6:30-8:30 pm
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New dates for this exhibition will be announced.
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Exhibition Statement

Carlos’s represents in his artworks an investigation between chromatics and the integration between linear patterns, based on different composition techniques where carlos has developed the series: linear rhythmic, concentric rhythmic and aurora rhythmic. The result is given where the colour appears and fades to another colour through the visual rhythm. This creates an optical illusion in which everything static becomes a movement in which colours that do not exist in the composition can appear.
The style of visual art in which works are investigated and depicted with the use of optical illusions is called Op-art. They usually cause the viewer the impression of movement, of the existence of hidden or non-existent images or colours.

Elevating the Forgotten
Kitty Calvert

New dates for this exhibition will be announced.
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Artists’ Statement
The inspiration for Kitty Calvert’s unique assemblage sculptures, comes from a love of vintage and a desire to re-use and recycle unique pieces of discarded treasure, evoking cherished memories of childhood and making new cool stuff out of old cool stuff.
We invite the viewer to reflect on the concept of waste in the world, of recycling that waste into a new form and the potential journey each individual piece has made to its final resting place inside the sculpture. In today’s world where things are designed with obsolescence in mind, we find there is a hankering for things that last.
With the sculptures, we have given the treasure a new life. Seeing the pieces recycled, revived and restored, reimagined, reborn and reinvigorated in a way that brings new joy to a new audience.
No two sculptures are the same, each unique piece has been left in its original found state and speaks to the individual of many things. Our aim is that the sculptures give you fond memories of simpler times and transport you on your own magical journey of memory.
Kitty’s wish is to delight her audience with mischievous frivolity and quirky humor.

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To keep all visitors, and our team safe, the gallery will be strictly observing social distancing, and hygiene protocol at all time. Visitor registration will be mandatory upon entry.

81 Denmark St, Kew VIC 3101

Tuesday – Friday  12 – 6 pm
Saturday 11 – 6 pm or 3 pm on last weekend for de-install

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings by appointment

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