The Gertrude Sequence
Here begins an art of incremental shifts backwards and forwards – each rectangle presented as a snapshot of phase transition – simultaneously abstract and concrete. These objects are derived from a succession of encounters – formal, material, institutional and social. The Gertrude Sequence emerges from a series of propositions born out of an engagement with the materiality of paint, textile, the properties of support structures and how objects relate to an ‘exhibition’ space. Outwardly, these are formal exercises, realist images without illusions where registration of the process by which the work is made becomes its content. However, (quiet in appearance and made by an introvert) they brim with spectres of encounter and conversation – studio visitors, Belgian linen, shiny pleather, tumbleweed methodology, Sophie Taeber-Arp, soft eyes, et cetera…
Gallery 9 is proud to present a solo exhibition of recent work by Melbourne based artist, Paul Williams.
In Williams’ dynamic landscape paintings, matt-black backgrounds are energised and treated with bright and vividly contrasting colours. Working with the rich traditions of Australian landscape painting, Williams implements his own visions of the Australian landscape, projecting his ideas of the dreamscape, abstraction of form and colours, and the combination of the real and the imagined to create energised and highly engaging artworks.
Since graduating with a Master of Visual Arts from The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2008, Williams has held exhibitions solo exhibitions in Melbourne at Seventh Gallery (2011), Mr Kitty (2012) and at Substation (2012). During his time at The VCA he was recipient of the Alan Gordon McMillan Arts Award, the Rosemary Ricker Award and the Tania Brougham Award. He has been shown in numerous group shows in Melbourne including ‘The Directors Cut’ at The John Buckley Gallery (2009) and has been a finalist in the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Art Fellowship Exhibition at The Victorian College of the Arts (2009) and The Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship Finalists Exhibitions (1999 and 2002).
Gallery 9 is proud to present an exhibition of recent work by London and Vienna based artist Marita Fraser.
Fraser’s practice is concerned with the exploration of representation, reproduction, abstraction, materiality and the processes of art production. Her recent work has examined notions of the diagram, using this as a frame to examine how painting can sit between abstraction and representation.
Fraser graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with first class Honours in 2005 and continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna (2006-2010). She has exhibited extensively across Australia and Europe. Currently based in London and Vienna, Fraser has held solo shows with James Dorahy Project Space, Sydney; Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Vienna, and Engen Stadt Museum, Germany, as well as participating in group shows in London, Manchester, Sydney, Perth, Vienna, Eindhoven, Linz, Amsterdam, Basel, Berlin and Frankfurt.
Marita Fraser Untitled Diagram 2014 oil and metal lead on linen 50 x 50 cm
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SNO (Sydney Non Objective) Contemporary Art Projects is soon to celebrate its 10th birthday as one of Australia’s foremost artist run initiatives. As a biennial fundraising event, SNO organise an auction of artworks donated by emerging and established artists from Australia and overseas in order to maintain and further develop SNO’s ongoing projects. For SNO 110, Gallery 9 will host the auction and SNO’s birthday celebrations on Sunday afternoon 30 November.
SNO Contemporary Art Projects is an artist run initiative based in the Sydney inner city suburb of Marrickville. It was set up in December 2004 to provide an alternative critical position within contemporary Australian art supported by a curated public exhibition and education program.
To date there have been 109 monthly exhibitions showing over 350 artists from Australia and overseas. In developing these programs, SNO has established a number of important projects. These include a particular focus on providing support to young and emerging artists, the development of international networks with similar artist collectives in Europe and the USA, a resulting series of international exchanges and exhibitions, the inclusion of a parallel sound work and performance program and regular lectures and seminars aimed at increasing awareness of contemporary non objective art.
The auction will feature works by over 40 Australian and International artists and will provide a special opportunity for new and established collectors to acquire high quality artworks at very reasonable prices and at the same time provide support for the ongoing SNO projects.
image: Andrew Leslie light 110 2014 digital photograph 71 x 60 cm, courtesy the artist and Annadale Galleries, Sydney
Gallery 9 is pleased to stage its second show in the foyer at Aurora Place, Sydney, a solo exhibition of exciting recent paintings by Melbourne-based contemporary artist John Aslanidis, including his latest Sonic Network no. 14 2014, which is recently returned from Colour Music at the Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra.
Located at 88 Phillip Street, in heart of the Sydney CBD, Aurora Place comprises a residential building alongside the 41 floor office building designed by Renzo Piano for which his Building Workshop and Innovarchi Architects won the 2002 Property Council of Australia’s Rider Hunt Award for its technical and financial achievements. The building’s foyer is entered from the corner of Bent and Phillip Streets and within there is a bustling café and numerous lounges from which the exhibition may be admired.
Details about the works are available in the ONLINE CATALOGUE.
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Jelena Telecki’s third exhibition with Gallery 9 presents a series of five new paintings. As with her previous bodies of work, the dramatic subjects of the works in Stage Job stem from the artist’s devoted interest in history, film and theatre.
For Telecki, her paintings depict still images drawn from what she describes as ‘movies-in-the-head.’ They are composed from moments which have been partly lived and recalled as memories, and partly imagined. Both real and unreal, these moments are recorded only through the process of painting and so, for Telecki, her paintings are the stage on which her memories and imaginings are played, acted and danced out.
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Driving at night, you can lose track of time. The horizon is only as far as your headlights’ reach. The outlook is short range. The centre line draws you into the darkness and pretty soon you’re in another zone; the flow state of a continuous present. Time just goes.
The fastest vehicles spend most of their time completely still. Rockets stand waiting in negative time. At T minus zero, time begins. They fly for the briefest of moments, one hundred kilometres straight up, 11.2 kilometres per second. Ten long minutes.
Mountains have a trajectory as well. Their stillness is an illusion, they swell and crash like waves. 500 million years of flux have brought them to this frozen moment. They have all the time in the world.
Tony Lloyd, Melbourne, October 2014
Gallery 9 is proud to present a solo exhibition of recent work by Tasmanian-based artist Eloise Kirk.
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Since studying at Sydney College of the Arts – achieving a Bachelor of Visual Arts (hons) and a Masters of Visual art – Kirk has also completed a Certificate in Taxidermy and Animal Artistry. Kirk has exhibited her work across Australia and New Zealand, having held solo exhibitions at Constance Gallery, Hobart, Artereal Gallery Project Space, Sydney and PSH Gallery, Rozelle, as well as group shows at Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, Christchurch University Gallery, New Zealand, and Rosyln Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Eloise Kirk has been awarded numerous residences, including the 2014 Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Cité Internationale des Arts Residency in Paris, the 2013 Frazer Studio Residency and the 2014 Artist in Residence at the Tasmanian School of Art.
Miele Magic is an ongoing study into the ways sensory experiences evoked by music can trigger and enhance nostalgic memory. According to the artist it is a body of work attempting to make the abstract, less abstract.
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Through an auditory-evoked dialogue, this body of work attempts to prove that by exploring varied forms of – and themes within – particular music, sensory experiences can be triggered. Making these works, Cooke’s desire is to harness these triggers and illustrate them through minimalist geometric forms, with each element linking one trigger to another.
To commence the body of Cooke trawled through his personal iTunes history arriving upon hardcore punk band Black Flag. Their gritty and pivotal sounds immediately evoked nostalgia from Cooke’s adolescence. It was this sensory experience that acted as the foundation for the artwork that followed. Miele Magic uses the band’s iconic logo comprising of four vertical black rectangles as designed by Raymond Pettibon as its core. Each painting refers to an abstraction of the minimal emblem in both palette and form. Cooke has intended that the relationship between each geometric form acts as a metaphor of the sensory experience sparked by the initial nostalgic memory.
Will Cooke graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2011 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons). He has shown in numerous group exhibitions around Sydney and has had solo exhibitions at The Tate, Glebe (2012), China Heights Gallery, Surry Hills (2013) and Alaska Projects, Elizabeth Bay (2014). In addition to these exhibitions, Cooke has undertaken numerous private commissions, notably an installation in Above The Clouds boutique in Darlinghurst and a multi-level foyer painting for residential apartment building ‘Stella’ designed by Tzannes Associates in Zetland.
Gallery 9 is pleased to welcome back Tim Price for a solo exhibition of recent paintings.
Price is an artist who comfortably oscillates between numerous painting styles. Whether he is directing historical or political narratives with realist filmic sensibilities or leading less anatomically proportioned characters through exotic fantastical landscapes with absurd gestures and actions, the audience is invited to share the artist’s thoughtful yet jovial observations of the human experience. For the most part, the viewer is given abundant real-world signifiers to relate the work but for this exhibition we are presented with an increasingly abstract pictorial language. Distinctly Price’s palette and surface, the works vary from abstract figurative to entirely expressionist in their development based on intuition.
As ever, Price’s works have been titled according to a penchant for the absurd but titles such as yeah I always felt, what I always felt set the stage for the likely conversation exchanged by the work’s subjects and carry significance in developing narrative. Others like outdone the name suggest the lively composition and heavily worked surface have simply gone beyond the expectations of the underpainting’s previous title… more suggestive than explanatory.
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Price completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at the Australian National University in 2007 and is a current PhD candidate there. He has been exhibiting in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Hobart since 2007 and is currently living and working in Hobart, Tasmania. Recent exhibitions by the artist have taken place at Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, and Gallery 9, Sydney.