James Drinkwater: exhibition 28 Jan – 14 Feb 2015

In The Arms of Moreton Figs

Ancient swells hit the bells and the buoys
Over that black and endless sea
So I think of all the paintings
Every axe and every flame
The Pioneer and You Yangs

But if we sleep now we may never leave
Leaning wind and tidal kiss
Fenced by an ocean
In the liberal minds of sharks and dogs

And if this whole thing becomes a dream
Then place me in tombs of slumber
In the halls of my youth
In the arms of moreton figs

James Drinkwater – December 2014


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Sarah crowEST: exhibition 3 December – 20 December 2014

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…



In 2013 crowEST was awarded a New Work grant by the Australia Council, and a PhD by University of Melbourne (Victorian College of the Arts) for her practice-led research project An Unaccountable Mass: bothersome matter and the humorous life of forms. In 2008 she was a recipient of the Samstag International Travel/study scholarship and spent a year in Lisbon, Portugal at the mysterious Escola Maumaus in the independent study program.

Recent solo exhibitions include: SELVEDGE, ORDER, RUPTURE, West Space, Melbourne, 2014, A SERIOUS OF OBJECTS, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2014, SOFT. HARD. EASY., C3 Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, tumbleweed methodology: a theory of the cycle of things, Craft, Melbourne, 2013, the inexplicable magnetism of an alien object, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2012, Letting the Odd One In, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, 2010.

Selected group exhibitions include: BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER, Melbourne Art Fair Project Space, 2014, DEEP TIME, TCB, Melbourne, 2014 Assembly: contemporary ceramics, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014, Unsettled Sculpture, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2013, Loosely Speaking, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2013, Cite Radieuse, MAUMAUS Gallery, Alta de Lisboa, Portugal, 2008.

Paul Williams: exhibition 3 December – 20 December 2014

Nothing Solid

Gallery 9 is pleased to welcome back Melbourne-based artist Paul Williams for his second solo show at the Gallery.

Williams’ dynamic landscape paintings are intense and vivid. His subjects share much with the rich traditions of Australian landscape painting but his own visions of the land are projections of his dreamscapes; imagined and abstracted versions of natural forms. The painted subjects are imagined places which Williams executes with energetic gestural marks. Each mark is expressive yet controlled and together they convey the artist’s fondness and familiarity towards each scene as he invents and discovers it.


Originally from Western Australia, Paul Williams’ artistic background was also previously shared with a career in music, as a long-term member of Melbourne band Panel of Judges. Williams holds a BFA from Curtain University and an MVA from The Victorian College of the Arts. He has held exhibitions with Neo Space (2014), Utopian Slumps (2013), Gallery 9 (2012), Seventh Gallery (2011), Mr Kitly (2012) and at the 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 also 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). His work is held in the Macquarie Group and the RACV collections and by collectors around Australia, in the USA and in Canada.


Marita Fraser: exhibition 3 December – 20 December 2014

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’s work deploys a means of rehearsal within its making, hybrid forms of materials, modern draperies, displayed in variegated configurations. Materials are often seen in multiple manifestations, on consecutive occasions, reissued, reattributed and renegotiated.

Painting is often unpacked into three-dimensional works with wooden frames and fabrics, referencing the traditional support systems of wooden structures with stretched fabric. These frames simultaneously act as dividers, physically framing her installations, as proposals in and for space.  Formal diagrammatic structures and repetition within fabric design are referenced as structuring systems for creating images and spatial arrangements of objects.


Sitting within the diagrammatic framework, Fraser’s collage works are populated by insertions of black material over bookplate images, both figurative and non-figurative. In Fraser’s work there appears a conflation in visual language, a practice of willing repetition or reoccurring forms with a haptic body circling, amongst geometric shapes.

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.

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SNO 110 – Fundraiser Auction 30 Nov 2014

SNO (Sydney Non Objective) Contemporary Art Projects is celebrating 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.

View the PREVIEW CATALOGUE online.

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