Elyss McCleary | Khi-Lee Thorpe | Matthew Engert | Peter Aldrich
The title for this show is borrowed from the writers Claude Cernuschi and Andrzej Hercyznski who in their essay, The Subversion of Gravity in Jackson Pollock’s Abstractions, describe Pollock’s employment of gravity as a means “to extend the duration of his gestures”.1 In easel painting, finding new ways to form gesture, be it, by the brush or through other more unorthodox means (Brice Marden with his extended stick serves as a good example), has been an important pursuit by many artists.
The four artists in Extended Gestures build on this endeavour. Their marks are records of bodily activity, as they pursue methods that are provisional and intuitive. Bold strokes of colour are applied with careful attention to the stroke’s intensity and speed. They innovate ways to disperse paint, be it, through maximum thinning, or strokes that are at once, abbreviated and extended. In Extended Gestures the gesture is distilled, the painting process renovated and the very orthodoxies of easel painting challenged.
1. Cernuschi, Claude, and Andrzej Hercynski. "The Subversion of Gravity in Jackson Pollock's Abstractions." The Art Bulletin 90, no.4(2008):616-39.
Opening Friday, May 18th 6-9pm
Exhibition runs: May 16th -June 2nd
Arcade (back space)
suite 2, level 1 / 119 Hopkins St, Footscray
open wed - sat 12-5pm
(Arcade Project Space is a Five Walls initiative)
Image credit : Elyss McCleary “Drooping Style”, Oil on linen, 51cm x 41cm, 2017
My painting has been included in first exhibition of 2018 at James Makin Gallery. The Summer New Group Show opens this evening featuring works by Andrew Chan, Carla Fletcher, Betra Fraval, Jack Rowland and Paul Ryan.
The exhihibition is on from the 17th January to 10th February 2018.
Moon in the River, Oil on linen , 2018. 157cm x 123cm
OPENING THIS THURSDAY | B-SIDE
2nd November 2017
6 – 9pm
For B-SIDE, BLINDSIDE will present a large-scale exhibition of work for sale by our accomplished and significant alumni. Each artwork on display in B-SIDE will be linked to a partner work (a b-side), which will be revealed only to the buyer.
All funds received will help to support the activities of one of Melbourne's leading not-for-profit contemporary art spaces.
This is a great opportunity to pick up some amazing artwork by a selection of Melbourne's leading practitioners.
Sale starts at 6pm sharp.
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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS AND THEIR B-SIDE:
Adriane Hayward with Anna Dunnill
Alica Bryson-Haynes & Ria Green with Lizzy Sampson
Andrew Tetzlaff with Ania Walwicz
Boe-Lin Bastian with Elyss McCleary
Bridie Lunney with Sophie Cape
Carly Fischer with Shannon Lyons
Ceri Hann with Lynda Roberts
Charles O'Loughlin with Amy May Stuart
Chris Bond with Wes Thorne
Claire Anna Watson with Sarah Wilmot
Claire Mooney with Natalie Mather
Clare Rae with Melanie Irwin
Colleen Boyle with Rebecca Najdowski
Craig Easton with Joyce Huang
David Thomas with Rushdi Anwar
Diego Ramirez with Katie Paine
Drew Pettifer with Louis Cooper
Eva Heiky Olga Abbinga with Ceclia Dowling
Gabriel Tongue Nilsen with Billy Bartley Nees
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison with Theo Strasser
Hana Vasak with Jacqueline Stojanovic
Hannah Raisin with Tsohil Bhatia
Hanna Tai with Eliza Turnbull
Jessica Curry with Harry McLean
Jessie Scott with Miranda Leibscher
John Brooks with Audrey Tan
Julia Powles with Peter Westwood
Kate Just with Kellie Wells
Kate Robertson with Kirsty Macafee
Kate Rohde with Emma Homfray
Kate Shaw with Siobhan Ryan
Kawita Vatanajyankur with Kunthong Sumree
Kiron Robinson with Tori Lill
Leslie Eastman with Natasha Johns-Messenger
Lucie McIntosh with Maya Chakraborty
Martina Copley with Francesca Rendle-Short
Melanie Jayne Taylor with Marc Sancho
Nicholas Chilvers with Peter Clynes
Penelope Hunt with Tara Gilbee
Peter Westwood with Julia Powles
Phuong Ngo with Kali Michailidis
Pip Ryan with Natalie Ryan
Ria Green with Clare Humphries
Ross Coulter with Ben Burgess
Ruth Johnstone with Barbe Scarlette
si ma va with Anonymous
Steven Rendall with Andrea Eckersley
Tai Snaith with Sean M Whelan
Xanthe Dobbie with Elizabeth Mitchell
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS:
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Four Pillars Gin, Impact Digital, Sample Brew, Samuel Wynn & Co, T'Galliant, Untold Rum and Wolf Blass.
A big thank you to ACCA, Aesop, Búl Clothing, Fini Frames, Gorman Clothing, Heide MoMA, Hound and Bone Fine Art Printers, Kim Soo, The Lifted Brow, Lucky Buster, Studio Thomas Lentini, The Melba Spiegeltent, Third Drawer Down,Tillda Flowers and Welcome to Thornbury for their generous gifts as a part of our raffles.
Graphic | Jessica Pitcher
Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000
Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm–6pm
Closed on public holidays
(+61 3) 9650 0093
info@BLINDSIDE.org.auBLINDSIDE is an independent contemporary arts space located in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Our mission is to push and foster contemporary talent, providing a discursive platform for collaboration and experimentation.
BLINDSIDE operates on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. BLINDSIDE acknowledges them as Traditional Owners and would like to pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
THE MEANS MAKE THE ENDS
12th - 28th October, 2017
Hugo Koha Lindsay
Max Lawrence White
Nth Space has been a fantastic gallery offering artists and curators a free space for the last six months. Due to tenure reasons, it will be the final show this weekend. I would like to thank Nth Space directors Kubota Fumikazu, Matthew Engert and Russel Dammers for all their generous support. Come celebrate all the goodness of this place this Saturday!
I have a painting in the upcoming show Primacy curated by Matthew Engert
PRIMACY June 21 - July 8 2017 Opening: 2-4pm Saturday June 24
Peter Aldrich, Matthew Engert, Kubota Fumikazu, Aaron Martin, Elyss McCleary, Joanna Mortreux, Jennifer Whitten
Curated by Matthew Engert Stephen McLaughlan Gallery Level 8, Room 16 Nicholas Building 37 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000 Open 1-5 pm Wednesday - Friday 11-5pm Saturday & by appointment 0407 317 323
Nth. is excited to present Settings, a suite of new paintings by Elyss McCleary.
“The stacking of things and gestures of paint are collaged up the wall. There are three different instances of the work: a painting, a reconstructed shelf, and a long mirror. All the different forms unpack the colours to make shapes and settings to themselves – an ambiguous subject of colour that suggests it’s us and our surroundings.
Adopting a response to the interior space of the corridor at Nth., the display of this installation continues my interest in assemblage of colour. These new works contain a measure of closeness to smaller areas, enlarged motes of seen things in in-between spaces, colour blurred and abstracted in its forms in-between the rhythms of the body charged with pulse and hesitation. The distinction between the internal and external space of the work and what it rests on is like a chaotic order, remaking the organisation of colour combinations and structuring of which way they are painted-in from back to front, front to back.
Collecting and responding with immediate application of paint, where things are positioned, to various spaces outside and inside, giving intimacy to the spatial energies of that. Over-emphasising the play of light on surface to colour compositions. Settings reassembles and saturates the fleeting motes with colour, paying close attention to observing spatial substructures of colour and forms.
The scenes within the paintings are intimate but undetermined spaces, with settings that could be of anywhere or time, really; that play with the perception of surface and depth of colour placements.
This exhibition considers our emotional and remembered relationship to colour combinations. Placing perspective, and call and response to observing things and energies taken from walks, interiors and imaginings of made-up imagery in front of me. As an entry point forlight and dark luminosity and colour romanticism; evoking the real and imagined and fantasised – a chase-sequence of motes.
Opening: 6-8, Saturday 3 June
then, by appointment until 10 June
The Nillumbik Prize 2017 FINALISTS EXHIBITION 1 JUNE - 30 JUNE
Thursday 1 June
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Barn Gallery, Montsalvat
7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham VIC 3095
You are invited to the Nillumbik Prize 2017 exhibition to be opened by Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke.
First prize of $5000 and two commendations of $500 to be announced by Dr Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director, Collection and Curatorial Management, National Gallery of Victoria.
Light refreshments provided
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 9439 7712
Penelope Aitken, Liliana Barbieri, Kellie Joy Barnes, Peter Ben, Janette Bird, Matt Blackwood,
Maria Colaidis, Samuel Condon, Stephanie Davies, Magdalena Dmowska, Ella Dunn, Helen Edwards, Annita Furey, Silvi Glattauer, Claudia Gleav, Lloyd Godman, Ev Hales, Siri Hayes, Savina Hopkins, Paul Kalemba, Denise Keele-bedford, Sean Kennedy, Tracey Lamb,
Jo Lane, Elyss McCleary, Anna McDermott, Louise Meuwissen, Gabriella Moxey, Terrianne Murray, Gay O’Connor, Irene Pagram, Matthew Quick, Gwen Scott, Jodi Stewart,
Linda Swinfield, Camilla Tadich, Ronak Taher, Erin Tappe, Liz Walker and Michelle Williams
April Group Show
5th - 29th April 2017 Opening Saturday 8th April 2-4pm
Matthew De Moiser
JAMES MAKIN GALLERY
67 Cambridge Street, Collingwood,
Victoria, 3066, AUSTRALIA
What’s Happening Here? takes a look at some of Melbourne’s most interesting emerging abstract painters. This group of artists produce works that are full of vigour, colour, and abject freedom. The title is a play on a common query about abstract art’s meaning as well as a reflection on an apparent surge of young artists working with imagery of this kind in Melbourne.
Artists: Eleanor Louise Butt, Nyah Cornish, Minna Gilligan, Anthea Kemp, Merryn Lloyd, Elyss McCleary, Laura Skerlj and Jahnne Pasco-White
The Town Hall Gallery 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 312
Opening: Saturday 18 March 2017
Exhibition continues to Sunday 7 May 2017
Venue: Galleries 1, 2 and 3
SUMMER 40 Group Exhibition Rubicon Ari
Sarah Gosling, Lizzi Morris, Francis Cannon, Kinai Wong, Camille Thomas, Katie Paine, Isabelle De Kleine, Brad Rusbridge, Jordan Hickey, Joseph Flynn, Nicholas McGinnity, Emma Michaelis, Pip Ryan, Ryan McGennisken, Nicholas Ives, Danny Frommer, Xanthie Dobbie, Julia Trybala, Nyah Cornish, Emma Orbach, Prue Stent, Kimberley Liddle, Patrick Lamour, Rebecca Agnew, Travis Vella, John Brooks, Elyss McCleary, Kubota Fumikazu, Adam Stone, Peter Thomas, Justin Hinder, Jordan Wood, Darren Nedza, Elly Steinlauf, Portland Francis, Aly Westwood, Dean Thompson, Sabastian Franz, Josh Hook.
Opening Launch: Wednesday 1st February 6pm -9pm Exhibition Dates: February 1st- February 18th 2017 http://www.rubiconari.com.au/
Screen, oil on masonite, 22cm x 27cm, 2016.
Ive very much enjoyed the last 2 years studying at the VCA, Im pleased to celebrate to have completed a Masters of Contemporary Art. The exhibition opens on Monday, come along and see what everyones been making!
This years annual group show at Koskela in Sydney opening Saturday 19th November, 4-6pm.
Featuring works by Gunjan Alyawadi, Elizabeth Barnett, Emily Besser, Fiona Chandler, Margaret Kamaree Ross, Emma Lipscombe, Wendy McDonald, Sylvia McEwan, Elyss McCleary, Michele Morcos, Mignon Steele and Melanie Waugh.
Exhibition runs from November 12th -December 24th, 2016.
Koskela 1/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, NSW, 2018.
My painting The Runaway has been shortlisted as a finalist for this years Incinerator Art Award for Social Change at The Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds.
Opening night: Friday, 14 October, 6pm – 8pm (all welcome)
The works from 36 Australian shortlisted artists for the annual Incinerator Art Award have recently been announced. The gallery’s annual contemporary art prize will present an exhibition of the works that respond to the award’s call to action of ‘art for social change.’
Inspired by the legacy of architect Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony, the Incinerator Art Award has a strong focus on environmentalism and social activism, and looks to reinforce the idea that art can create deep and long lasting social change.
The award will be judged by Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer of Creative Arts at La Trobe University, Hannah Mathews, Senior Curator at Monash University Museum of Art and Jason Smith, Director at Geelong Gallery.
Prize recipients of the $10,000 Boathouse Award and the $3,000 Incinerator Gallery Award opening night on Friday, 14 October. The $1,000 People's Choice Award will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.
Lachlan Anthony, Zanny Begg, Peter Burke, Peter Cheng & Molly Biddle, Kevin Chin, Catherine Clover, Perran Costi, Adam Cusack, Gabrielle de Vietri, Julia deVille, Lauren Dunn, Kailum Graves, Matthew Greaves, Paul Handley, Deanna Hitti, Dominic Kavanagh, Deborah Kelly, Bridget Kennedy, Laresa Kosloff, Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, Ashlee Laing, Ben Landau, Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, Jorge Mansilla, Elyss McCleary, Sarah McEwan, Shane McGrath, Kent Morris, Salar Niknafs, Lani Seligman, Nola Taylor, Frank Veldze, Elvis Richardson & Virginia Fraser, Louisa Wang, Dianna Wells, Bethany Wheeler
Incinerator Gallery 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds , Vic 3039
Im pleased to have my painting Albert Street, North Melbourne (Bedroom Space No.2) selected as a finalist in this years M Collection Art Award at Gallery Smith. The Exhibition is from 25th August to 3rd September 2016.
Robina Astley, Pam Bain, Monique Barnett, Sue Beyer, Jeremy Blincoe, Elanore Louise Butt, Isobel Clement, Samuel Condon, Adam Douglas, Nick Driden, Nanou Dupuis, Peter Fifer, Kubota Fumikazu, Sarah Gosling, Larissa Gray, Ginny Grayson, Penelope Hunt, Julie Keating, Wyatt Knowles, Harley Manifold, Elyss McCleary, Larissa McFarlene, Becc Orszag, Shirley Ploog, Brad Rusbridge, Julian Smith, Tania Smith, Adam Stone, Greg Wood, Diana Young.
My exhibition Bedrooms-opens at Rubicon Ari , Wednesday 13th April
Bedrooms can be perceived as private spaces, repeatedly hosting the dreamer resting for they say up to one third of our time here. The presence of their inhabitants, guests, objects and occurrences come about day and night. In this series the approach to this setting is engaged in a process of conversations and visits to friends to paint their room, accompanied by a taped up photocopy still image of a film or tv show that the person holds strong in their memory.
Throughout the discussions about the selected imagery a formation around what is perceived, imagined and recalled in media and film reveal the connection of the subconscious. The actuality of the person’s lodgings they are currently in and the screenshot placed above the bed reference a hovering of stored afterthoughts and existing moments in both real time and sleep time when images are created. The absence of the room dweller/s in the paintings produces an interior of a portrait of thoughts which sit in both past, present and future worlds.
This project began in late 2015 and records collaboration between the space in a way being the protagonist for scenes of its own inhabitants over time.