In 2015, conductor and composer David Banney encountered artist Brett McMahon’s installation work for the first time and saw in it the dynamic interplay between symmetry and broken symmetry that he was seeking in his own music. It was then that they discovered the formal and conceptual affinities between their practices and Baroque and Beyond came to life. The resulting body of new work is not so much a collaboration as a convergence, a conversation around texture, tone and contrasting sensation. Exhibition continues until 2 September 2017
Balnhdhurr - A Lasting Impression has arrived at the University Gallery. The elegant works in this exhibition are all from the Yirrkala Print Space at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, which is located in the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
Balnhdhurr refers to marks made on the ground, which are left as a sign for people to follow. An impression is scratched into the ground directing the future viewer to follow the right path. Similarly, printmaking provides a medium for passing on knowledge to younger generations, keep culture, history and identity alive and strong.
We will be hosting printmaking workshops during the course of Balnhdhurr so keep an eye on our website and social sites for details, or call the Gallery to check for updates: 02 4921 5255.
CONSALVO | LANKAS | MAHER showcases the work of three Newcastle-based artists: Dino Consalvo, Peter Lankas and Paul Maher. With 50 works on display, the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to consider the nature of artistic practice. The local landscape features in all the imagery, but each body-of-work is clearly differentiated by the artist's distinctive visual language.
Exhibition Launch: Saturday 18 February from 2pm
Exhibition Dates: 15 February - 18 March 2017
Image: Installation View from CONSALVO | LANKAS | MAHER showing works by Peter Lankas.
This year's batch of Visual Communication Design Graduates are an impressive group of creatives. 'HOT OF THE PRESS' presents a tour-de-force of exciting new talent in the design arena. The show includes sewing pattern design, greeting cards, zines, apps, tee-shirts and so much more. The exhibition closes on Saturday 26 November. If you miss it, make sure to check out the 'HOT OFF THE PRESS' website: uonvis.com/2016
Saturday 12 November is the last chance to view Dani Marti's incredible exhibition Still life in Yellow, Steel and Mandarins.
The major solo show continues Marti's exploration of the physical, psychological and emotional boundaries around intimacy, sexuality, relationships and the role of the artist.
The exhibition presents two large-scale sculptures – Black Sun a 3.5m glistening orb, and Still life in yellow, steel and mandarins, which is made from mattress frames and fruit, and conceived specifically for the University Gallery. Alongside these impressive pieces, Marti presents the video installation Notes for Bob and three woven rope works.
Exhibition dates: 6 October - 12 November 2016
Technê refers to art, craft, and skill,
and the means by which a thing is made or gained –
a process of making and thinking.
Technê: crafting technology presents work by women who engage with technology in their creative practice. These makers, artists, designers and writers explore the unique outcomes and combinations that arise through the layering of art and design.
Please join us and the artists for the exhibition opening, to be launched by Professor Mario Minichiello:
Thursday 25 AUGUST from 5:30pm
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Exhibition dates: 24 August - 3 September 2016
Image: Simone O’Callaghan, Bathtime, cyanotype, 2011
Linda Renz's PhD exhibition Re-inventing the Lolita Complex explores the tensions and nuances in historical portraits of young women, and considers the rise of the “selfie” in contemporary culture. The exhibition comprises a series of film-stills taken directly from iconic twentieth-century cinema, along side a large-scale installation of over 300 selfies.
Please join us and the artist for the exhibition opening, to be launched by Dr Miranda Lawry:
Thursday 25 AUGUST from 5.30pm
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
Exhibition dates: 24 August – 3 September 2016
Image: Linda Renz, Untitled (from Blow Up, 1966), 2015, digital print
As part of our next exhibition SHADE: Artists of the desert, we will be presenting paintings for sale from Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. Come along to preview the artworks from 4:30pm on Wednesday 6 July, before the official opening from 5:30pm.
A range of colourful works on canvas will be available for purchase, in collaboration with Warlukurlangu: the Artists of Yuendumu.
Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is 100% owned by its artists from the remote desert communities of Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia. The art centre is a place of intergenerational sharing and support, with senior and young or emerging artists working alongside each other to maintain cultural stories, create meaningful spaces for learning, and generate income for the community. Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in Warlpiri and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu. It is one of many ancestral narratives within the desert landscape illustrated by artists.
This vibrant painting is by Murdie Nampijinpa Morris and it depicts 'Malikjarra Jukurrpa' (two dogs Dreaming).
Please join us next Wednesday for the opening of SHADE. Drawing on works from the University Art Collection, the exhibition celebrates the richness of contemporary art being made in the desert. On display will be paintings from the Central and Western Deserts, Kintore, Yuendumu and the Kimberley region. We are also excited to be presenting works for sale during the exhibition, in conjunction with the artists of Warlukurlangu.
Two new exhibitions are opening tonight! Come along from 5:30pm to see over 50 of Chris Capper's beautiful paintings, and Meredith Brice Copland's luminous MPhil exhibition.
Chris Capper, memorial's, signs and icons, installation view
Meredith Brice Copland, [in]visible art: conspicuous making in an age of nano textiles, installation view