Mind the Gap is one of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s most ambitious projects inviting five contemporary artists to work with Casula’s local model train group. The artists and the model train club have collaborated to build artworks that model trains will travel through. Model train layouts usually aim to replicate in intricate detail natural landscape and architecture as realistically as possible. The artists taking part have each coincidentally proposed fantastical worlds that are far removed from traditional model train scenery including an internal landscape of the body, a speculative future Utopia, a Baroque inspired dreamscape, a ghost train and a love train. This project merges two disparate communities and their creative worlds. One of the very few parameters for this project is that a working model train will travel through the work, allowing artists and railfans to share ideas and skills with spectacular and innovative results. David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton feature alongside, Sarah crowEST, Emily Hunt, Owen Leong, Clare Thackway and Gregory Hodge.
This work involves the illusion of a ghost train weaving through a neglected Australian rural landscape. Contemplating the abandoned networks of train lines, stations and townships that crisscross country Australia, the work interrogates this notion of progress by creating a narrative that only moves forward via a repetition of the past.
image: David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton Time Trap 2014 timber, model train and track, polyurethane, felt, wire, glass, cardboard, LEDs, paint, paper, gatorboard, electronics
28 November – 25 January 2015 at Casula Powerhouse
Congratulations to Tony Lloyd, whose painting Melt was awarded winner of the 6th Annual Belle Arti Prize at Chapman & Bailey Gallery, 350 Johnston St, Abbotsford, Melbourne. The exhibition continues until Saturday 24 January 2015.
Gallery 9 artist Matthew Hopkins is taking part in a curated exhibition that will pay tribute to the late artist, Mike Kelley. The tribute takes the form of a curated installation over both of 55′s gallery spaces. Hopkins will exhibit alongside Carla Cescon, Hany Armanious, Ned Jaric, Ruth McConchie, Raquel Caballero, Jesse Hogan, Ronnie Van Hout, Quinto Sesto, and Mike Kelley.
Opening night is Friday the 21 November, 6pm until late, at 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville NSW.
Gallery 9 artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran will be exhibiting a solo exhibition at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space from the 5th of December 2014 to the 14th of February 2015. The exhibition, One Hung Bitch, Volume II will expand on Ramesh’s painting and ceramic practice, focusing on his attempt to address issues of queer fertility, misogyny, masculinity and femininity through the creation of a quasi-spiritual, religious place of worship.
Gallery 9 artist and recipient of the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, will discuss his work alongside fellow artists, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Baden Pailthorpe, Jonny Niesche, Leyla Stevens, Marian Tubbs, Sarah Contos, Tessa Zettel and Tim Bruniges. The floor talk will be on Saturday 15 of November, 2014 at 2pm at the Artspace galleries in Woolloomoolloo.
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran will join fellow artists Ben Quilty and Julie Fragar as part of a portraiture panel for the Contemporary Print Symposium to be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. The two day event, presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia & University of New South Wales Art & Design, will explore portraiture and the technical aspects of printmaking and collaboration. Ramesh will be speaking on Friday 21 of November.
Dates: 21 and the 22 of November, 2014.