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Established in 1992, Sutton Gallery is committed to the presentation and promotion of serious contemporary art by a select and highly respected group of innovative artists whose practice takes on a challenging position within today's visual culture.

A monthly program of exhibitions by those artists features work across the whole spectrum of media - painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and electronic media.

For further and detailed information on all the represented artists, please contact the gallery.

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Nick Selenitsch at Glen Eira Gallery

Posted on: 31 Oct 2014

Pattern
7-23 November
Curator: Diane Soumilas

The exhibition addresses a preoccupation with the realms of geometric and abstract patterning in contemporary practice, embracing diverse mediums including sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, digital prints, craft and video. The concept of pattern is broadly interrogated in order to address aspects of popular culture, urban environments, art history, cultural identity, memory, mathematical and scientific concepts and the natural world. Works by Mira Gojak, Anne-Marie May, Nick Selenitsch, Alasdair McLuckie, Nike Savvas and Kate Shaw are included. Patterns form a part of contemporary life from elements in interior or architectural spaces - to those that reside in our urban or natural environments or are drawn from everyday life or cultural history - inviting multiple readings and implied cultural significance.

Public programs:
Meet the artists - floor talks by Nick Selenitsch Friday 14 November at 1.30pm and Mira Gojak Friday 21 November at 1pm.
Glen Eira City Council Gallery. Free admission.

For more informaiton see here.

 

Elizabeth Gower at PointB Worklogde

Posted on: 31 Oct 2014

An Open Studio Event - October Edition
October 29, 2014 6pm - 9pm
PointB Worklodge, New York

PointB Open Studios is an initiative to further facilitate situations of discovery in a contemporary globalize context.
Featuring: Elizabeth Gower (Australia), Stephen Chambers (United Kingdom), Anita Groener (Ireland), Jesus Mari Lazkano (Spain), John R. Neeson (Australia), Kate Shaw (Australia), Claire Zakiewicz (United Kingdom)

Brett Colquhoun at Five Walls Projects

Posted on: 29 Oct 2014

Breath
Five Walls Projects
1- 29 November, 2014

Breath depicts five works, landscapes viewed through a window. With hazy blurred central areas conveying the effect of warm breath on glass, these images express a human presence or sign of life. This effect is achieved by rubbing back or erasing the image so that, as the breath appears more distinct the scene behind becomes darker. The landscape closes in as the breath appears. The negative space of the breath on the landscape has a positive breath form on an accompanying page. The breath becomes an object, the depiction of the idea.

For more information see here.

Raafat Ishak at Monash Art Design & Architecture

Posted on: 23 Oct 2014

Half a proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon
MADA Gallery
Monash Art Design & Architecture
30 October - 6 November 2014

This exegesis exhibition, Half a proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon is the final presentation of the doctoral research paper of the same name. The research and its doctoral exhibition investigated and discussed the 1915 painting Black Square by Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935) and its relationship to Mecca's black cube, the holy Kaaba in Saudi Arabia, implicating both venerable objects within a singular historical trajectory. The aim was to utilise both forms in a process of demarcation towards the creation and launch of a black cube shaped hot air balloon, the principle component of the research. The paper investigated the historical and social backgrounds of both objects in an act of overt sabotage of meanings and associations and a notional imploration to liberate the square.

Gordon Bennett awarded the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award

Posted on: 23 Oct 2014

Sutton Gallery is proud to announce that Gordon Bennett has been awarded the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to visual and creative arts. Gordon is internationally acclaimed as one of the most significant and critically engaged contemporary Australian artists, whose success came quickly after he graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1988.
He received a level of critical recognition rarely achieved by any artist, and will be remembered for the prominent role he played in questioning and exposing Australian racial categorisations and stereotypes, and powerful perspectives on the postcolonial experience.

For more information see here.

 

Congratulations Aleks Danko, Inaugural Rural & Regional Development Award Announced

Posted on: 16 Oct 2014

Sutton Gallery is pleased to announce that Aleks Danko has become the inaugural recipient of the $40,000 Rural & Regional Development Award.

The Award recognises Aleks' portfolio of work, the proposal for new work to be presented in Victorian rural centres Bendigo and Ballarat and further career development. Aleks' work has been exhibited in Australia and overseas and is held in all State Collections, major Regional Art Galleries and selected University Collections in Australia.
The Rural & Regional Development Award, supported by The Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation, is offered as part of the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2014, which focuses on the importance of sculpture, in all its forms, to inform public spaces and enrich public life. The Award recognises the important contribution of sculptors in rural and regional Victoria and provides career development opportunities.

 

Arlo Mountford at The Substation

Posted on: 15 Oct 2014

Sub12
The Substation
18 October -14 December, 2014

Arlo Mountford and Rowan McNaught present Four Escapes a large-scale sculptural installation with projected video. The work brings together a multi-layered process applied to four different objects: a CHEP pallet, a sled, a chariot and a pigeon cage. Each object-representing ideas of orientation, escape and survival-has been computer modeled, then destroyed, each fragment then re constructed, positioned and informed by the projected image.

For more information see here.

Jackson Slattery and Amanda Marburg at Incidents Above a Bar

Posted on: 15 Oct 2014

Head
Incidents Above a Bar
The Alderman
21 October - 9 November 2014

Curated by Louise Paramor and Lisa Young, Head explores the multitude of interpretations of this focal point. Though seemingly straightforward in its premise, the subject matter has rich possibilities in terms of divergence of style and psychological approach.
From dualism and rationalism, the play on the head and heart, the beheading that is going on, the influence upon language, to the persistence of figurative painting in the face of so much post modern pluralism. The Head persists in being of interest.

For more information see here.

Vivienne Binns at the Art Gallery of NSW

Posted on: 14 Oct 2014

Pop to Popism
Art Gallery of New South Wales
1 November - 1 March 2015

Spanning three decades from the mid 1950s to the 1980s, the exhibition traces the origins of pop art, its heady high period and its enduring legacy both in Australia and abroad. One of our most ambitious exhibitions ever, it will consume an entire Gallery floor and feature over 200 works, including masterpieces such as Roy Lichtenstein's In the car and his first-ever comic-style painting Look Mickey, Andy Warhol's Triple Elvisand David Hockney's Portrait of an artist. For the first time, Australian artists will be showcased among their international peers.

Elizabeth Gower at the AC Institution, New York

Posted on: 14 Oct 2014

365 Rotations
AC Institution, New York
16 October - 8 November, 2014

365 Rotations is assembled from an extensive collection of multiple paper units (tea bag tags, bar codes, product labels, price stickers) retrieved from routine domestic consumption and ‘junk mail' catalogues. Each piece is temporarily fixed into circular motifs, serving as symbols of 21st century material culture and affluence. The sheer volume and repetition of the discarded residue enables Gower to reconfigure the multiple symmetrical units, capitalizing on its inherent ‘decorative' structures, in order to aestheticize the waste material.

Each of the 365 motifs are scattered over the wall in a constellation-like installation. From a distance it is contemplative and has a ‘classic beauty', but close proximity reveals the multiplicity of familiar household detritus. By cutting‐up, sorting and re‐arranging this daily barrage, Gower re‐directs the congestion and formulaic structure of advertising into a quieter structure and content.

For more information see here.

David Jolly at St. Heliers Street Gallery

Posted on: 14 Oct 2014

Flowers
St. Heliers Street Gallery
The Abbotsford Convent
4-28 October, 2014

Nine artists from Melbourne, Sydney and Malaysia respond personally to the beauty, nature and symbolism of flowers. Curated by Rob McHaffie, artists include David Jolly,Rhys Lee,Matlock Griffiths, Lisa Reid, Caroline Anderson, Noor Mahnum Mohamed, Rob McHaffie, Nina Knezevic and Yoko Ozawa.

For more information see here.

Elizabeth Gower residency at Point B Worklodge, New York

Posted on: 07 Oct 2014

Sutton Gallery would like to congratulate Elizabeth Gower on her residency at Point B Worklodge,  in Brooklyn, New York. Which she will be completing from October 1 to November 30, 2014.

Point B Worklodge is based in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. International artists and creative professionals have used these unique work lofts and network since 1996.

For more information about the residency see here.

Anne Ferran at the Monash Gallery of Art

Posted on: 07 Oct 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY MEETS FEMINISM: Australian women photographers 1970s-80s
Monash Gallery of Art
18 October- 7 December 2014

During this period of the late twentieth century, photography helped feminism and feminism helped photography. On the one hand, feminists used the highly informative and accessible medium of photography to raise awareness of critical social issues. On the other hand, photographic artists embraced feminist themes as a way of making their practice less esoteric and more engaged with contemporary life. This productive exchange between feminism and photography fostered a range of technical innovations and critical frameworks that radically transformed the direction of visual culture in Australia.

For more information see here.

Kate Smith and Helen Johnson at Utopian Slopes

Posted on: 03 Oct 2014

Work
Utopian Slopes
8 October - 1 November 2014

Curated by Helen Johnson, Work is held in a space that formerly housed Citro Motors, a car garage for European imports, and currently operates as a gallery during its transition to a complex of lifestyle apartments, this exhibition arises from an interest in Arendt's concept of the work of art as a mode that exists at a remove from daily existence, yet contributes to the provision of ‘an "artificial" world of things.' Work as distinct from labour and action. Work that helps us to think.

Each artist has been asked to produce a painting 18 x 14 inches in size, in portrait orientation, and has determined the content and materiality of her or his own work within these parameters; the works, in turn, can be thought of as material records of work undertaken. The work performed to produce the work.

Including works by Kate Smith, Lillian Addie, Nadine Christensen, Gabriel Curtin, Ann Debono, Hamishi Farah, Katherine Hattam, Andrew Mcqualter, Aliza Nisenbaum, Nell Pearson, Robert Pulie, Mary Teague, and Alex Vivian.

For more information see here.

 

Kate Beynon announced as Archibald finalist 2014

Posted on: 10 Jul 2014

The Archibald Prize

Sutton Gallery is pleased to announce that Kate Beynon is a finalist for the 2014 Archibald Prize.
The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald's aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia's most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.

Kate Beynon was inspired to transform Sandrasegar into a contemporary version of the goddess Durga. ‘Durga represents positive, feminine creative energy and a protective force,' says Beynon. Sangeeta Sandrasegar is an artist whose practice explores post-colonialism and cultural hybridity within Australia and its relationship to migrant communities and homelands.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
19 Jul - 28 Sep 2014

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
4 October 2014 - 16 November 2014

Gosford Regional Gallery
22 November 2014 - 4 January 2015

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
16 January 2015 - 22 February 2015

Lismore Regional Gallery
28 February 2015 - 12 April 2015

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
18 April 2015 - 31 May 2015

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
5 June 2015 - 19 July 2015

Griffith Regional Art Gallery
24 July 2015 - 6 September 2015

For more information see here.

David Rosetzky at ACMI

Posted on: 03 Jul 2014

David Rosetzky: Gaps
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
August 5 - February 8, 2015

David Rosetzky creates elegant videos which feature an eclectic array of performers in carefully art directed surrounds, but stirs the surface of this seductive world with an undertow of disquiet and disconnection. Gaps continues his ongoing exploration of personal identity and the relationship - or gaps - between self and other.

For more information see here.

Lindy lee at the UQ Art Museum

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

Lindy lee: The Dark of Absolute Freedom
the University of Queensland Art Museum
20 September 2014 - 22 February 2015

Curated by Michele Helmrich, the exhibition explores Lee's acclaimed early photocopy work, and the work that evolved following her embrace of Buddhism and her Chinese heritage. Also included are recent works in which she employs pyrographic techniques to evoke the infinity of the universe, and compositions comprising flung bronze. Works have been sourced from a range of public and private collections.

For more information see here and here.

 

Gordon Bennett at the National Museum in Oslo

Posted on: 29 Apr 2014

An Appetite for Painting
The National Museum in Oslo, Norway
12 September - 4 January 2015

For the first time in fifteen years, the Museum of Contemporary Art devotes an exhibition to new contemporary painting, with an exhibition, that explores a range of expressive styles that is broader now than ever before, curated by Gavin Jantjes.

For more information see here.

 

 

Tributes to Gordon Bennett

Posted on: 18 Jun 2014

It is with great sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of Gordon Bennett, from natural causes on the 3rd of June, 2014.

He has made an invaluable contribution to Australian art and culture, and it is with great admiration and respect for Gordon and his practice that we acknowledge this huge loss.

Below are some tributes to the art and life of Gordon Bennett:

ABC Arts

Outpost

ARTAND

Australia Council for the Arts

The Guardian Australia

ArtAsiaPacific Magazine

 

 

Lindy lee in Avoca

Posted on: 23 Jul 2014

Avoca Chinese Garden (2013-14)
To be officially opened by Mr Russell Jack AM and Ms Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
11th October, 2014

The Avoca Project is Lead Organization for Avoca Chinese Garden: Small Town Transformations, a grant of $350,000 from Regional Arts Victoria to the town to create a Chinese garden in recognition of the current silence around the history of the many Chinese people who lived and worked there during the gold rush in the 1850's and afterwards.

The Garden of Fire and Water, to be officially opened on October 11th, 2014 is being created by Lindy Lee (lead artist), Mel Ogden (designer and project manager), Martin Wynne (soil expert), with Lyndal Jones as Artistic Director for the garden and associated events. This group is supported by a large committee of local residents, chaired by Jane Howe.

For more information see here.

 

 

Stephen Bush at Hazelhurst Gallery

Posted on: 13 Aug 2014

Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting
Hazelhurst Gallery, NSW
11 October - 30 November 2014

Sublime Point brings together more than 15 artists from across Australia who share common ground in the use of landscape as a signifier for aesthetic and cultural issues and understandings. Curated by Carrie Kibbler and Grahame Kime

For more information see here.

Anne Ferran at The Australian Centre for Photography

Posted on: 16 Sep 2014

Shadow Land
The Australian Centre for Photography
8 November -18 January 2015.

Presented in association with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, ACP's main galleries will be dedicated to Shadow Land the largest exhibition of Ferran's works ever held. From a career spanning almost 30 years Shadow Land includes a selection of photographic, textile, video and text works from Ferran's most significant projects and series. Ferran's images explore the residues of Australia and New Zealand's colonial histories, observing their gaps and silences and what else they reveal.
The exhibition includes her early, landmark series Carnal Knowledge (1984) and Scenes on the Death of Nature (1986), their staged classical tableaux reflecting feminist theories of representation. Also included is more recent work including Box of Birds (2013) and the artist book Prison Library (2014).

For more information see here.

Nick Selenitsch at Incinerator Gallery

Posted on: 30 Aug 2014

Leisure & Lifestyle
Incinerator Gallery
12 December - 25 January 2015

Leisure & Lifestyle celebrates the local sporting culture of Moonee Valley through a blurring of lines between art, culture and recreational pursuits. It will showcase work from a range of artists around the themes of various sports and leisure activities. The name of the exhibition is derived from many local governments' department structures, in which the departments of ‘Arts and Culture' and ‘Recreation and Leisure' are coupled together under the same directorate.

For more information see here.

Sara Hughes at the Cathedral Square

Posted on: 01 May 2014

Flag Wall
Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand
07 April - on going

The Flag Wall public artwork uses four existing flag poles near the old Post Office building to suspend hundreds of smaller colourful flags on metal cables. The coloured flags are arranged in a diamond pattern evocative of the roof tiles on the nearby Christ Church Cathedral. The pattern can only be seen from a distance. The sculpture is part of a series of artworks by Hughes and artist Chris Heaphy commissioned by the Christchurch City Council for Cathedral Square.

For more information see here.

Survey exhibition of David Rosetzky

Posted on: 03 May 2013

True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works

One of Australia's foremost exponents of video art, David Rosetzky creates intensely beautiful videos, photo-collages and installations exploring identity, subjectivity and interpersonal relationships. Lured by high production values and beautiful subjects, the viewer becomes ensnared in Rosetzky's stiflingly stylish worlds. The artist heightens the alienation of his subjects through devices such as repetition of dialogue and action, seemingly random replacement of characters and passages of choreography.True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works will particularly emphasise this play of the individual and the group in his work as it develops across time, with particular focus on his video practice.
Curated by Naomi Cass, Director, and Kyla McFarlane, Associate Curator, at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, this is the first comprehensive survey of Rosetzky's work to date. Following the exhibition's premiere at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, the exhibition will tour nationally until 2015.

23 November - 12 January, 2013
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW.

7 March - 4 May, 2014
Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD.

6 June - 27 July, 2014
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, NSW.

9 August - 5 October, 2014
Latrobe Regional Gallery,Morwell, VIC.

Late October - end December, 2014
Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts, Northbridge, WA.

April - May, 2015
Riddoch Art Gallery,Mt Gambier, SA.

1 June - 10 July, 2015
Devonport Regional Gallery, Devonport, TAS.

Late August - September, 2015
Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, VIC.