Michele Vescio – Thresholds and Limitations
August 26th – September 17th 2016
Opening Friday August 26th, 6-8pm
‘Thresholds and Limitations’ is comprised of five sound works by Melbourne-based sound artist and noise enthusiast Michele Vescio.
All environments are particular – in their appearance, in their smell and in the way that the shape/size and material makeup of their boundaries produce a certain quality of sound. It is the latter that fascinates Michele Vescio. Michele seeks out various environments, imbeds himself in them and records live sound. From these sound ‘reproductions’ Michele chooses parts to deconstruct, stretch and manipulate.
The final offerings are aural landscapes that are simultaneously far removed, yet intrinsically linked, to their sources. They are both pure and adulterated landscapes.
The works in this exhibition evade literal interpretation. Through the vehicle of abstraction they invite the listener to experience them in an intensely personal way.
Michele has collaborated/performed/exhibited at 24Hour Experience/Festival of Live Art, MCA ArtBar/Glitter Militia, The Rumpus Room, Feck:Art/Melbourne Fringe Festival, Tempting Failure/The Island, Projekt 3488, Contain Yourself, BONIKO/Laing, Ironside Studios, The New Recollection/Murray Art Museum Albury, Brunswick Street Gallery, Chalk Horse Gallery.
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Sound plinths | Daiana Voinescu | email@example.com
Media Players | Skye Gellmann | skyegellmann.com
Beanbags | King Kahuna | kingkahuna.com.au
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Lara Chamas – Amalgam – Al-mulgahm
29th July – 20th August 2016
Opening Friday 29th July, 6 – 8pm
Amalgam–Al-mulgahm is an exhibition of sculptural and photographic works by Melbourne based artist Lara Chamas.
Lara has taken icons of Australian culture and disrupted their familiarity by imbuing them with Middle Eastern features. In doing so, the works sit uneasily between an Anglo-Australian and Arab aesthetic and are suggestive of the existing cultural disjuncture in contemporary Australian society.
Amalgam-Al-mulgahm is a response to the fear of and perceived “otherness” of Middle Eastern culture which is still prevalent in sections of the Australian community. The project is inspired by these societal tensions and how they have played out clearly in various recent events, their portrayal in the media and in the re-actions of the Australian government.
In some works, humour has been deliberately chosen as a powerful vehicle to communicate the absurdity at the root of these fears.
The Gertrude Street Projection Festival (GSPF).
In 2015 the GSPF celebrated its eighth year of staging inner Melbourne’s most visible and accessible free large scale arts festival.
The festival celebrates projection art and lets us see familiar spaces and buildings in new, inspired ways. It’s a collaborative, volunteer effort of artists and traders, residents and community groups all brought together by The Gertrude Projection Association.
For 10 evenings in July and in over 35 sites, the length of Gertrude Street in Fitzroy is illuminated by the visions of talented projections artists for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Buildings, laneways, footpaths and tree trunks light up with site-specific, curated projections. The Festival’s diverse arts program celebrates and connects our diverse community.
Little Woods Gallery is excited to be part of the GSPF this year: https://www.facebook.com/events/259767881062347/?ti=icl
For the full festival program go to: www.gspf.com.au
Emile Zile – Untitled
Friday 15 July 2016, 7-9pm
Through live action that utilises easily accessible devices of media consumption and playback, Emile Zile will create a new digital folk art work, that is equal measure Expanded Home Cinema, Digital Ethnography and Officeworks Avantgarde.
Duncan Mac – The Atherton Marble
Saturday 16 July 2016, 6-8pm
Donned in a white rubber bondage suit, Duncan Mac creates a three dimensional canvas with his body onto which marble sculptures are projected. Members of the public are invited to pose the artist’s body (rendered blind by the bondage hood) into positions to ‘best’ accommodate the images. A history of public art – from antiquity to contemporary –is revealed over the course of the performance. The audience is encouraged to photograph and share each sculpture they have created on social media. The incorporation of social media in his performance draws a parallel between contemporary notions of what public art can be, which was once under the domain of figurative monumental sculpture.
Arie Rain Glorie – The Descent
Thursday 21 July 2016, 6-8pm
Arie’s earliest memory is of waking up in a hospital bed (circa. 1993) from an orchiopexy: surgery to move an undescended or ‘wondering’- testicle from his abdomen into his scrotum. Using this memory as a departure point, The Descent uses an ultrasound recording of an undescended testicle combined with cartoon animation to depict a microcosm seascape.
Objects float by and vessels navigate the rough and stormy sea. Gendered associations recall boyhood tropes of adventure, uncertainty and imagination, juxtaposed against a biological intervention into to a young boys sex.
Emma Mary Hall – Ode to Man
Friday 22 July 2016, 6-8pm
A farewell to men and a lamentation on the death of heroic masculinity, Ode To Man is a darkly comedic poetic performance essay celebrating the unmarried woman as agent of social change. Through live exchange between VJ and poet, the work subverts and rewinds images of masculinity, adventure and heroism, from classical sculpture to nostalgic cinema, and asks how these cultural tropes influence our economic futures and romantic ambitions in a world where women dare dream to have it all.
Kate Brown – Howling City
Saturday 23 July 2016, 6-8pm
Howling City is a sound performance incorporating experimental vocal techniques, exploring the capacities and limits of the body. Utilising the body and voice to navigate site and explore the notion of singing cities, Kate’s performance utilises physical movement derived from body weather techniques, intertwined with vocalisations that strip the city bare.
Benson Kelly – Emotion FM 24th June – 12th July
Opening: Friday 24th June , 6-8pm
Guest: D.J. Bonnaz
Benson Kelly is a prolific and talented young artist currently living and working in Melbourne. For this show, his first solo exhibition, he has created a series of striking works on paper and wood. Working solely in black and white, and using primarily permanent marker, the resultant images are both suggestive and powerful.
Timothy Dwyer – thoughtless NRGs
3rd June – 18th June 2016
Opening Friday 3rd June, 6-8pm
Performances start around 7:30pm
Guests in attendance will be encouraged to draw, scribble and write on paper rough “thoughtless energies.” These drawings will become the textures/skins for an immersive game to be launched at the exhibition end date.
Live audio/video works will also be performed on the opening night and certain days throughout the exhibition run. All of these assets will then be collated and placed within a crudely constructed interactive landscape made available for download on the final night. This game will have no objective, however it will be possible for players to destroy most of the objects within it.
A casual response to the Anthropocene, this show is simply a loose concept and process exhibition that has been rushed more than it has been planned.
Anthony Scabies – Weird at Sea
29th April – 21st May 2016
Opening Friday 29th April, 6-8pm
Weird at sea aims to explore the hostile nature of the ocean through a warped sense of humour, and Lovecraft inspired artwork. -Anthony Scabies
|“Weird at Sea” is a collection of work by Melbourne based artist Anthony Scabies. Inspired by the ethos of the author H.P Lovecraft and combining a fondness for biological illustrations and folk art, it is a richly varied exhibition of meticulously rendered digital prints. Painterly at turns, wrily humorous at others, the show resonates with a sense of the strange – bizarre alien forms sit side by side with awkward family portraits - all somehow strangely beautiful. Anthony’s work and the world it invokes may be odd and mysterious, but most of all it is deeply human.|
T.R Carter – ON THE CUSP
1st – 23rd April 2016
Opening Friday 1st April, 6-8pm
Refuse and corpses show me what I permanently thrust aside in order to live - Julia Kristeva
T.R. Carter casts off bodily remains into a concrete sludge to produce a sculptural installation as a monument to the ending and beginning of something. The work aims to explore the body and bodily refuse as fixed and charged matter. Nails, hair, and cement speak to the grief that must be restrained and cast aside in order for the artist to live. The sculptural form will materialise as a statuesque homage to the late artist Jonathan Powell with the exhibition ending on his birth date, eight years after his death.
T. R. Carter is a Melbourne based artist whose practice focuses on Video, Installation and Performance Art. Carter’s work investigates the communicative power of feminine resistance through art to open up discussions on liberated expressiveness, lived experience and grief. Carter also deals with theories of abjection within art as a tool for problem solving and is interested in the violence of the everyday. Carter has more recently begun experimenting with Photography and also Sound Art in the collective SCORE and is a member of re::set collective.
In 2006 Carter completed a bachelor of Fine Arts at UWS and in 2007 completed an Honours degree in Visual Arts, Sculpture and Installation, at SCA. In 2008 the artist co-founded and directed the ARI Serial Space in Sydney and Art Beat in Melbourne in 2010. She also completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching Visual Arts in 2012 and Masters by Research at University of Melbourne in 2013, focusing on the importance of art education within a professional context.
Carter has exhibited / performed / curated at re::set collective, Gaffa, Love/City Artist Run Festival, Raglan Street Gallery, Seventh Gallery, Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Tape Project Space, Open Studios, Bus Projects, Rear View, Open Space Gallery, Hard Party, Kudos Gallery, Electrofringe Festival, Mori Gallery, Firstdraft, Pact Theatre, Loose Gallery, Testing Grounds, Hawksbury Regional Gallery and PICA.
Rasha Tayeh – Sense[s]
4th – 26th March 2016
Opening 4th March, 6-8pm
Most art is experienced on a “do not touch” basis – you are kindly asked not to touch the work (nor sniff or lick it, for that matter).
In Sense[s], you are invited to see, smell, hear, touch and taste. Our senses are at the root of all experience and how we understand the world around us. Using food as a medium to engage the five senses, this exhibition and its associated public program, will explore the intimate connections we have with food, and deconstruct our sensations and how they relate to one another. - Rasha Tayeh
Rasha Tayeh works across a range of photography, film, sound and installation practices. She is also a nutritionist and researcher, interested in the space where art and health intersect. Her work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Alderman Gallery (Melbourne), Sustainable Living Festival (Melbourne), Transitions Film Festival (Melbourne & Adelaide), Environmental Film Festival (Melbourne), Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (Milan), Hidden Features Cinema (Edinburgh) and Life Sciences Film Festival (Prague).
Julie Burleigh, Matthew Hopkins – Small Alterations
5th- 27th February 2016
Opening Friday 5th February, 6-8pm
Image: ‘Umbrella Drawing (pink #2)’, Matthew Hopkins. Matthew is represented by Gallery 9, Darlinghurst.
Image: Julie Burleigh
I took to doing some hovering
What to do when you are forced to listen to the needle stuck in a groove? So much time is spent waiting, hanging around in places we’d prefer to avoid, but escapism can be too much like hard work. The artists in Small Alterations have turned their attention to the banal in their immediate surroundings (objects left on top of a desk, an upturned umbrella, a hospital treatment room) to reveal the uncanny in their everyday.
Julie Burleigh is an early career ceramicist whose simple functional designs and autobiographical dioramas are sold nationally through The Guild and Mr Kitly and occasionally exhibited. As a musician she has performed with People Person, The French and Hi God People in music venues and art galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria. Burleigh began her ceramics practice in 2012 and is interested in the functional and the handmade as it relates to everyday life. Recently she has applied the simplicity of these functional forms to the making of a series of dioramas, depicting institutional spaces she has encountered and adding an edge of the fantastic.
Matthew Hopkins works with sound, painting, drawing, objects, video, and text based work. He was a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize 2104 and the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship 2008, and was awarded both an Art Start, and a New Work Emerging Artist grant through the Australia Council for the Arts in 2010. Hopkins’ work is held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Artbank, and numerous private collections.
Curator: Monica Syrette
Recent work by participants at the Artful Dodgers Studios – Presence
15th – 30th January 2016
Opening Friday 15th January, 6-8pm
Art Work is a program of Artful Dodgers Studios, participants worked towards this exhibition over the past 4 months.
Reassembled electronic hardware and feedback loops offer a static residue. Ethereal marbled tablets are arranged as obscure markers, and a series of acrylic portraits fizz with atmospheric debris. Many people created the cast plaster traces and imprints of fingers, shells, and screws that are growing from the wall.
“As 21st century humans we are surrounded by a constant technological electrical presence, yet this presence is largely invisible, hidden within plastic casings. In this work the components are on the outside of the casing, the previously hidden functionality is transformed into an aesthetic form, the electric presence is revealed.” – Timothy Brown (aka Blackcloud)
“Our lives continue to swirl through time, passing though individual space, never making home to one particular moment. The changes that occur around you affects who you are and what you become, but the essence of yourself will always remain.” Jessica Lee
Sary Zananiri – Unpicking Jerusalem: a re-examination of the archives
4th December – 9th Jan 2016
Opening Friday 4th December, 6-8pm
Gallery Closed 20th Dec – 3rd Jan
Public Program: Artist talk 3pm on Saturday 12th December 2015. Poetry reading 3pm on Saturday the 9th of January 2016
Sary Zananiri is a Palestinian-Australian artist and writer. His interests are in narratives of landscape and colonialism with a focus on archive research. Unpicking Jerusalem: a re-examination of the archives is part archival study, part architectural critique the exhibition attempts to come to grips with the lost histories of what has now once again become a central commercial district for the city, while examining the slippages that have taken place. He currently teaches in the Glass Workshop at Monash University.
Download the exhibition catalog here: Unpicking Jerusalem Catalogue
Edith Barrett, Loredana Camarata, Megan McNeill, Stephanie Rushworth, Esther Sandler and Tara Whalley
6th – 30th November
Opening Friday 6th November 6-8pm
Sans Souci is an exploration of Australiana by six emerging artists from intersecting craft backgrounds. Inspired by kitschy souvenirs of the past, and their own Australian identities, the work spans a range of overlapping disciplines including illustration, textiles, installation and ceramics.
Playing with the idea of the souvenir as a cultural artefact, San Souci showcases both the beautiful and the cringe worthy.
Nyssa Levings – A Grain of Salt
9th – 31st October 2015
Opening Friday 9th October, 6-8pm
When Nyssa was a child she ran a ‘bone shop’ with her siblings, inviting family and friends to partake in a currency of bones. Now an adult, these bones become a vessel of escape. Weathered from eons of turbulent seas, lovingly repaired vertebrae, ribs, thighs and skulls are bound and beached on a dried bed of crystalized salt.
Time, labour, and renewal are strong threads running through this work, with months spent collecting, scraping, boiling and cleaning bones. Meditating on death, waste and disgust, yarn, salt and bleached bones are transformed into a boat.
Grain of Salt is a potent and melancholy installation that seems to peer into the past from an uncertain and hopeful future.
Rawrson – Codified Stereotypes
11th September – 3rd October
Opening Friday 11 September 2015, 6-8pm
An investigation into narcissistic ideals surrounding physicality, masculinity, and beauty, CODIFIED STEREOTYPES asks the viewer to consider multifaceted qay experiences. Using sculptural installation, drawing, and durational performance, this work looks at the implications of social media and online dating in creating an exclusive mono culture.
Standing under a rainbow flag leached of colour, Rawrson will spend four hours with a bar across his shoulders. Weights made from bags full of protein powder, mirrors, hair product, lubricant, empty cigarette packets, and condoms hang off each end.
“Let us no longer be bound to conventions that hinder our own progress. To look beyond, with open eyes is to see clearly with crisp senses. For stereotypes do not define us singularly but categorise us into things we may not represent… a rainbow flag of segregation and privilege – without colour.” Rawrson, 2015
Pauline Bailey – Beyond the Facade
14th August – 5th September 2015
Opening Friday 14th August 6-8pm
Pauline Bailey’s painted works explore inner city Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs. Hung salon style, images of dilapidated buildings, pubs, cafés and other structures sit mutely crammed on top of each other.
Like in the streets, well-known Melbourne institutions crowd among various paintings of grimy tiled walls, hair salons and street frontages.
Rebecca Agnew – Lived Aloof
17th July – 8th August
Opening Friday 7th July 6-8pm
Rebecca Agnew is a New Zealand born painter and stop animator based in Melbourne. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne with an MFA in 2012 and the University of Otago, Dunedin with a BFA in 2004. Recent exhibitions include: 24hr Art, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin; The Material World, Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand; Limits of Likeness, Rubicon and ‘Femmes and Hommes’, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne. Agnew was represented by Tristian Koenig Gallery in 2013 & 2014, traveling to Sydney for the Contemporary 13: International Art Fair. She also had stop animations in M100, Santiago (Chile) and Interior 2.1 (TRAMA Centro), Guadalajara (Mexico). In 2013 Rebecca was commissioned by Art bank to produce a stop animation which is now part of their permanent collection, and she was awarded the Artstart Grant in 2014.
Beth Sometimes – Confidence Pad
26th June – 11th July 2015
Opening Friday 26th June, 6-8pm
CONFIDENCE PAD is an experiment in our ability to receive energy from form and poetic function. Light hearted.
OR IS IT?
I’m thinking about how the new age has trended again, in a new shade of ambiguous, about our return to former periods of hope and confidence.
And I think about how capitalism consumes and commodifies all in its path like the nothingness. Not new information, but we confront these ideas afresh in each new phase of our existence.
-Beth Sometimes, 2015
Lorraine Heller-Nicholas – Love Triangle
29th May – 13th June 2015
Opening Friday 29 May 6-8pm
“The work examines everyday relationships, whilst searching for romance and drama in the lives of strangers. Here observation, imagination and memory mix together, simultaneously creating a feeling of innocence, passion and voyeurism. The drawings present possible relationships, in the form of love triangles, where the viewer is encouraged to imagine narratives around the moment depicted.
Drawn from photographs I have taken on the street of real people, the subjects are removed from their environment, working on the romantic idea that they are playing out their story in world of their own.
I have been looking at representations of romance, innocence and the concept of ‘possibility’ in contemporary culture. Previous work has examined the representational mechanics (particularly in cinema and television) governing the depiction of romantic love and how it can sour. As this work evolves, I am becoming increasingly fascinated with how these images contrast with real-life romantic experiences where arguments are rarely romantic. Of all popular narrative forms, Romance is perhaps the one we experience most poignantly and personally. Regardless of whether we have felt intense feelings of romantic love or not, we are encouraged to yearn for it, from chocolate commercials to music videos. Yet despite the emphasis upon the individual’s experience of romance, the stories are often similar, and stories of romance are spoken of as a universal theme; crossing language, distance and culture.”
Lorraine Heller-Nicholas is an Australian cross-disciplinary artist, working in drawing, animation, print and digital media. Heller-Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts) from RMIT and a Diploma of Visual Art from Swinburne. She is a qualified librarian.
She has been awarded studio residencies at Listhús í Fjallabyggðis, Iceland (2015), the Pan Summer studio, Pantocractor Gallery, M50 Shanghai (2014), at Taipai Artist Village, Taiwan (2006) and at Laughing Waters Artist in Residence, Eltham, supported by Parks Victoria and Nillumbik Shire Council. (2013). She was funded by ArtsVictoria to travel to Brazil to be exhibit in Southern Panaramas, 18th International Contemporary Art Festival, Videobrasil, Brazil (2012). She was a founding member of dotmov screen collective and Tape Projects (2004-2008).
Heller-Nicholas has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally since 2001.
Genèvre Becker- Beneath the Top Layer
1st May – 23rd May 2015
“Caves represent a passage between this world and the underworld. While they are formed by abrupt geological forces, they play host to internal calm. Psychologically, entering a cave can have the quality of introversion, incubation, regression to the source, psychic withdrawal or hibernation. The cave can represent a refuge, but also a confined and archaic perspective.” – ‘The Book of Symbols, Reflections on Archetypal images’, Edited by A.Ronnberg and K.Martin.
Inspired by an ongoing interest in the mythical and magical, childhood, the sacred and the intimate, these works involve staging, light and miniatures.
Clare O’Shannessey – Sentiments of Lovers Past
2rd April – 25th April 2015
Opening 2nd April 6-8pm
Sentiments Of Lovers Past will explore attraction, romance, rejection and disappointment.
Clare O’Shannessy is currently undertaking a BFA at Monash University, writes for the Yarra Reporter, and is an artist working at Artful Dodgers Studios.
Natalie Tirant – Plain
March 6th – 28th 2015
Opening Friday March 6th 6 – 8pm
Referencing traditional studio photography, Plain offers a blurred vision of the human figure in a fixed studio environment. Within the works we encounter subtle ambiguities around the human form, highlighting an altered and disordered portrait of the body. Offering no conclusions as to which gender is pre-dominant, this show actively challenges our innate understanding of the body. -Natalie Tirant
Natalie Tirant graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in photography at Monash University in 2013. She has since exhibited in a number of group shows around Melbourne including: ‘CCP Salon’ at Centre of Contemporary Photography (2013), ’All at Once, All of the Time’ at RMIT Design Hub (2014), ‘About Face’ at No Vacancy Gallery (2014), and the ‘IPF Salon’ at Strange Neighbour (2014). She also recently held her first solo show entitled ‘Exposed’ at Rubicon Ari (2014).
Lara Alexander – Waiting a million years, just for us
Curated by Amy-Jo Jory
15th February – 27th February 2015
Closing Event Friday 27th February 6-8pm
“…waiting millions of years just for us”
Irma, Picnic at Hanging Rock, film, (1975)
Investigating encounters with the sublime in the Australian landscape, Lara Alexander spent three weeks installing the exhibition, drawing directly onto the walls. Using charcoal to render burnt tree stumps and the eerie landscape surrounding Victoria’s iconic Hanging Rock, the white walled gallery space is transformed into a large-scale drawing.
When used in an Australian landscape context, charcoal is a potent material choice. Dusting the floor and cascading down the gallery walls, charred wood and gum nuts are also piled in careful heaps. Evoking a sense of melancholy and nostalgia, dried flowers arranged in the window commemorate an ambiguous tragedy.
Viewers are able to watch the ever evolving work change over the exhibition duration, and are invited to join us for the closing celebration before the work vanishes without a trace.
What happens to us when reason falters and certainties begin to crumble?
- Simon Morely, The Sublime; Documents of Contemporary Art
Lara Alexander is a student at the Victorian College of the Arts, and Artful Dodgers Studios artist.
Ben Guy – HELM
14th Nov – 6th Dec
Opening Friday 14th November, 6-8pm
“What is it about helmets? They all imply a person on a mission. To explore, to achieve, to frighten, to conquer, to quest, or even to protect…”
– Gregory Manchess
Evelyn Miburo – Ibyiza Vy’Bwami
17th October – 8th November 2014
Opening: Friday 17th October 6 – 8pm. There will be traditional Burundian food, dancing and a performance by the FLYBZ.
Workshops: Saturday 8th November, 1-4pm. Learn how to make a small Burundian basket at Little Woods Gallery. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Evelyn Miburo is a powerful human. To survive while living in an African refugee camp, Evelyn wove traditional Burundian baskets out of grass to make a little extra money to support her family.
Now living in Australia, Evelyn uses colourful strands from rice bags and continues to make her baskets. Traditionally these baskets were used for everything from wrapping a birthday present, storing food, or as decoration. Evelyn even weaves the names of her children, family or friends in to the baskets if its a birthday or special celebration,
Evelyn is the family and force behind Melbourne’s favourite rappers – the FLYBZ
Join us at Little Woods to celebrate Evelyn Miburo and her plethora of skills.
Luke Devine – Bridge
19th September – 11th October 2014
Opening: Friday 19th September, 6 – 8pm
Bridge is video work that shows the tension between the role I play to function in society and the person I am. It explores the way Australians use humour in social situations, and the uncomfortable relationship that reflex has with intellectualism. It’s not appropriate in Australia to be serious, so I relate through a latticework of jokes that form the backbone of my stories. This comic mode exists at the expense of being earnest. It creates a fissure between my means of presentation and authentic cerebral self.
In this work I bridge this divide using interpretive dance, a mode of expression that is independent of verbal communication. Between three screens, the interpretive dance serves as a counterpoint between two monologues, one serious and one comical. It illustrates a comfort zone that can be found in the non-verbal: Because sometimes people don’t feel like saying anything at all.
As Jennifer Lopez once said; ‘I just wanna dance. Is that a crime? -Luke Devine, 2014
Clara Bradley and Sharon Russell – Wool
22nd August – 13th September 2014
Opening: Friday 22nd August, 6 – 8pm
Exploring traditional crafting techniques, Wool is a collaboration between two female fiber based practitioners. Utilising their inherited skills in uncanny ways, they have an interest in the complex associations of wool as a feminine trope while enjoying the nostalgic simplicity of needles and thread.
The works in this show use tactility, colour and ornamental aspect to encourage happiness, positivity and facilitate a jubilant expression of our love for the chosen medium. - Clara Bradley and Sharon Russell
Out of Space
Rudder Exchange Visual Arts Mentoring Program
31st July – 16th August 2014
Opening Thursday 31st July 5 – 7:30pm
A group show featuring work by Artful Dodgers studio artists:
This project was supported by Victorian Government funds allocated by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board.
Joanna Anderson and Chris O’brien - Marysville
27th June – 22nd July 2014
Opening Friday 27th June 6 – 8pm
Joanna Anderson and Chris O’Brien have collaborated on drawing projects since 2010.
Chris’s practice involves building narratives around things that exist in his life – like neighbourhood houses, his friends and colleagues, and television programmes he likes. Joanna draws portraits and makes comics about true stories.
Together, Joanna and Chris combine fact with fiction to make comics in a process that requires trust, patience, and complex negotiation. They recently spoke about their book ‘Rush: with Chris in it as a police officer’ at the Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival.
Chris is currently also an artist at Arts Project Australia.
Joanna Anderson’s blog: j00naa.tumblr.com
“The house is having one of its dark days.
There was a thunderstorm. Hailstones like golf balls with jagged edges.
2 people died in the house when they were asleep and they missed out on
eating their dinner.
(Chris lives there with his 3 girlfriends, the police officers Stella, Shannon and
I’d like to try and get the plan of it. Talk to the people that own the house.
I’d like to go there and meet the people. See if they can come to the
Have you ever knocked on the door?
Maybe I’ll get you to do that.
A clock and a photo of that Kate off Neighbours
Who is ringing you up on the phone?
You, talking about doing a book together after work.
You can probably finish about 5 o’clock in the afternoon. At the police station.
Our other friends work at the police station.”
Moon Lairs +BYOMB – curated by Kati Elizabeth
1st – 21st June
5th June (Thursday) SMALL SOUNDS 6pm – 8pm
12th June (Thursday) BYOMB 6pm-8pm
19th June (Thursday) CLOSING EVENT + ZINE TALK 6pm – 8pm
curated by Natasha Vomit
A one night only experimental sound event. Limited audience places available.
BYOMB (Bring Your Own Mobile Beamer)
BYOMB is a mobile version of BYOB created by Rafaël Rozendaal
Stream video works off your phone for a one night show!
To participate, Register your participation here.
MOON LAIRS EXHIBITION CLOSING + ZINE LAUNCH
featuring the writing of
MOON LAIRS features artworks by:
Thea Mai Baumann
Amy Jo Jory
Daniel Von Jenatsch
Halszka Serefine Masash
Brooke Love Power
…. and more
Kelly O’Shea (NZ) – tear and shall, share and tell
2nd May – 24th May 2014
Opening Friday 2nd May 6 – 8pm
Image Credit: cassette tape, 2014
Kelly O’Shea uses a complex process of sharing, storytelling and sound recording to present a multi-media jewellery installation at Little Woods Gallery.
10 individuals (‘Tellers’) have been invited to share a non-fiction story about themselves or someone they know that they have not told anyone before. These written stories were then redistributed within this group, each member receiving a copy of another Teller’s story. The Tellers recorded their first vocal reading of the stranger’s story onto a cassette – a soundtrack Kelly O’Shea actively listened to while creating functional pieces of jewellery.
A typewriter and writing desk will also sit in the corner of the installation at Little Woods Gallery in Melbourne, inviting audience members to add to the collection of stories on display.
‘tear and shall, share and tell’ provides a space for investigation into the hidden and layered parts of ourselves by asking strangers to share their secrets and stories with others. Using a multi-media approach of contemporary jewellery and sound recording, and using lapsed technologies such as the cassette tape – this interactive carnival ride of sorts asks the viewer to engage, consume and also donate something of their own as part of the experience. - Kelly O’Shea
James Riches – Shelter
4th April – 26th April
Image: Untitled, 2014, watercolour paint on museum board.
Using monochrome watercolour paint on small squares of board, James Riches presents a series of drawings of a single figure.
Often frozen in mid movement, the figure is caught stepping, jumping or moving within the frame. Scattered throughout each scene are signifiers of high art tropes (marble sculptures, pillars and stretched canvases) alongside strange bushy enclaves, sheds, caravans, and empty spaces under bridges.
Repetition and the power of the copy also plays a part in the way we may consider these works, as sepia toned seemingly moldy reproductions of this strange other-worldliness play tricks on the mind. Which came first?
Curated by Amy-Jo Jory
7th March – 29th March
Image credit: Patrick Francis, acrylic paint on archival paper.
Compelled by famous and infamous historical and celebrity icons, Patrick Francis paints a variety of subjects including portraiture and still life. Transforming Little Woods Gallery into a strange pop-culture vortex, the walls are covered with images of Nicki Minaj, Kylie Minogue, Blondie, Robbie Williams and Madonna – all wide eyed and often with gaping mouths. A range of big cats are also presented here using vivid blocks of blended matte and metallic colours.
Parick Francis’s work can currently be seen as part of Melbourne Now at the NGV, and he has been invited to show as part of SafARI 2014 in Sydney. In 2012 Patrick Francis also won the prestigious Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award.
Patrick Francis is a Melbourne-based artist who has been working as a participant at Artful Dodgers Studios in the both the music and art studios, and is an artist at Arts Project Australia and at Footscray Community Arts.
Emma Morgan – Feelings Wall Paper
7th February – 1st March 2014
Opening Friday 7th February, 6pm – 8pm
Feelings Wallpaper is a new exhibition of paintings and drawings from Melbourne based artist Emma Morgan.
These works, completed on recent travels through the South Island of New Zealand, document the textiles and patterns encountered in holiday homes and small town op-shops, as well as clothing worn by the artist and those close to her.
Feelings Wallpaper is a kind-of still life portraiture, where the patterns and textures encountered in everyday life act as a meditation on homecoming, the passage of time and being lucky.
Emma Morgan has a MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts.
In Parts - Arika Roo Waulu
22 November – 1 February 2014
Opening 22 November 6 – 8pm
Image credit: Resistance, 2013, digital photograph, dimensions variable.
Implementing projection, sculptural installation, and digital photographic prints, In Parts speaks about the ongoing impact of colonisation in Australia.
Compelled by the circumstances of Pemulwuy (c1750 – 1802), famous for his sustained resistance to European settlement in Australia – whose head was gifted to Britain in 1802 and is yet to be returned to his country. With an estimated 10,000 Aboriginal Australia n bodies held in both personal collections and museum collections, Arika Waulu raises hard questions around the Australian past and prompts us to more closely examine our attitudes to the present.
Like many Indigenous new media artists around the world, creating ‘provocative’ works through revolutionary art is fast becoming the easiest, most accessible and effective way to continue the fight for basic human rights, acknowledge sovereignty and most importantly increase awareness of the effects of colonisation. Coming from a long line of Aboriginal social-changers, it makes perfect sense to create works to encourage those who may have only received a standard education (soft version) of the Australian history into a journey of self-discovery.
-Arika Waulu, Gunai and Gunditjmara
Arika Waulu is an artist and Aboriginal activist.
Bambalapitiya Deep House - Ieuan Weinman
18 October – 9 November
Opening 18 October 6 – 8pm
It all begins and ends with eating
In my head I’m eating them right now!!
If this was my last meal I’d die happy. My mum always says ‘not enough Blachan!’
We ate together for the whole month of April in 2011. I’d gone to Sri Lanka for an exhibition Non Aligned @ Barefoot in Colombo. Mariah, Vaidehi , Muhanned, Shanathanan, Lala, and I.
After many adventures I was taken to a club called the DBU to watch the World Cup (Cricket) Final.
The works for exhibition derive from photos taken that night. Empty club rooms and passageways lined with photos.
We got take away Lamprias from the DBU later that week. These Lamprais were claimed to be the most authentic in Colombo. We talked and argued a lot eating those Lamprais.
I subsequently found my genealogy on the DBU website.
The works are homage to how a mix of cultures can create a memorable dish.
Credit: to a personal friend in SL.
Ieuan Weinman resides and exhibits in Melbourne. He has worked at the VCA School of Art for the past five years. Ieuan completed his Masters of Fine Art by Research at the VCA in 2007, previously finishing his BFA at the Canberra School of Art in 1989. He has also studied sound, and graphic design. Ieuan has exhibited in Canberra, Sydney, Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Melbourne. In 2011 he exhibited at TCB and Platform and in Sri Lanka for the group show ‘Non-Aligned’ and previously exhibited at Westspace in 2009. Ieuan’s current work incorporates an active dialogue between art communities in Sri Lanka and Australia.
We are our landscape - Fiona Estelle Blandford
20 September – 12 October
Opening 20 September 6 – 8pm
“In the libraries, cultural centres and online portals of East Gippsland, maps and documentation on the 1836–1853 killings of the Gunaikurnai can easily be found. More than 150 years later, however, the region still harbours a culture of silence around the massacres and the sites where they took place.
On 24 October 2012, I went out with friends in a tinny (boat) to find Boney Point, aptly named by locals, after Angus McMillian and his men took the lives of an unknown number of Gunaikurnai there in 1840. Once the site was found we sat in our boat on the river and with a consensus we felt the heaviness and emptiness surrounding the landscape. I photographed the point as a memory of this feeling and to document what is a silent living witness in the form of a landscape.
The images I took that day have been a catalyst to beginning this work and, eventually, meeting the traditional and non-traditional owners of these landscapes. We are our landscape is a working project that asks why these sites are not formally recognised, sign posted, respected and known by all Australians.” - Fiona Estelle Blandford
One Night in Tehran - Mina Moktarani
23 August – 14 September
Opening 23 August 6 – 8pm
Mina Mokhtarani’s interactive video and sculptural installation features interviews with Iranians living in Australia – some of whom were born here, others who chose to come here, and some who can never return. Documenting the artist’s personal journey through Iran, One Night in Tehran is a glimpse into a country that is constantly being redefined by social and political shifts, increased migration, and a complex religious history.
It was interesting to see the changes in the way people of my generation view themselves compared to older generations – to see how culture evolves in and outside of a country. – Mina Mokhtarani
We are all friends - Lauren Dunn
26 July – 17 August
Opening 26 July 6 – 8pm
Looking beyond the skewed and relentless gaze of popular online social networking methodologies, We are all friends intimately reveals the ways community and a sense of contentedness can be mapped using photographic portraiture.
Slightly larger than life, these printed photographic images act as a visual analysis of the varied demographic surrounding Lauren Dunn, focusing on ties to the artist and to each other.
Each image includes the subjects face, name, age and one or more shapes. Each shape represents their connections Ii.e professional, lovers, family, friends) to myself and others in the series.
- Lauren Dunn
Shared Recognition of Esoteric Secrets - Simon Attwooll
28 June – 20 July
Opening 28 June 6 – 8pm
Whole lifetimes have been documented and captured in increasingly out-moded technologies such as analogue film and slides.
In order to read and make accessible this analogue information someone must copy and digitalise the original. Human error, technical glitches, artistic additions, edits or responses are some of the implications imposed upon the original throughout this process.
Simon Attwooll’s work is an investigation into the ways analogue recorded information is re-represented and re-reinterpreted. How does this construct an altered version of history, and how does this new version obscure the original?
If no one is around to safeguard the validity of information, then that leaves this space open and vulnerable to potential creative exploitation. -Simon Attwooll
What I Bring – What I Find
A collaborative project between people seeking asylum in Australia and Ieuan Weinman
31st May – 22nd June
Celebration Friday 21st June 12-3pm
Live music and halal feast from 12:30pm
Speakers include Gallery Curator Amy-Jo Jory, and the City of Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky.
Working in Little Woods Gallery over the month long exhibition slot, Ieuan Weinman ran workshops with people seeking asylum in Australia. Using found materials, assemblage techniques, painting and sculpture we exchanged ideas and artistic practices, and worked together towards a celebration with food and music.
Come and see what we made.
Ko Kreation – Kom Kaddel
26 April – 25th May 2013
Ko Kreation, by Kom Kaddel (aka Halszka Masash) implements knitwear as a divination tool. Channelling philosophical slogans, personal mantras morph into wearable affirmations.
Ko Kreation blurs distinctions between art, craft, and design. Kom Kaddel uses stones, sticks, leaves, digital prints and projection to contextualise the painstakingly hand-stitched one-off garments. Meditating on our post new-age climate, yarn is suspended in a virtual landscape of large scale digital images. These backdrops evoke arcade videogame aesthetics, as a jungle of clothes-racks hang from the ceiling.
Become free to unfold in the infinite possibility of post new-age coding – promoting a kind of freedom of thought. - Kom Kaddel
Portality – Kati Elizabeth
2 April – 20 April 2013
This is the third in a series of installations exploring time and fiction. Working in the space over the past three weeks, Kati Elizabeth has used the gallery as a site of experimentation. This show culminates in a special closing event including viewings of the work and the studio/laboratory space.
Portality seeks to explore an unknown technological past – melding fantasy, psychedelica, obsession, time, prophecy and technology. Moving beyond nostalgia Portality re-imagines the past, which is ultimately mysterious and unfathomable.
PIECES – Selected Artwork from the Artful Dodgers Studios
1st March – 23rd March, 2013
Showcasing a wide range of contemporary arts practice, Pieces is an exhibition of work by young people from the Artful Dodgers Studios.
Among other things this diverse group show includes sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, photography, and artist books.
Gabrielle Ann Borden
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My Structural Body - Arie Rain Glorie
1st February – 23rd February, 2013
My Structural Body brings together a series of works by emerging conceptual artist
Arie Rain Glorie. Compelled by intrinsic and reciprocal relationships between architecture and the human body, there is a specific focus on the artist’s own body. This video installation reveals the power of performative interventions within a contemporary urban context.
Preeminent Ancient Roman architect, Vitruvius, described the proportions of the human body to be the perfect design. Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ diagrams the proportions of the human body to be inscribed by the circle and the square. Piero della Francesca’s painting ‘Ideal City’, depicts a circle building inscribed by square buildings. Time and time again the human body is referenced in the search for utopian design. -Arie Rain Glorie
Presents - A R T M O N E Y
14th December – 26th January, 2013
Presents promises you security, status, knowledge, sex and the Instagram opportunity of the year! Come and share the Ikea Showroom for the Modern Urban Shaman. Experience online interests bleeding into reality. A R T M O N E Y’s product suggestions are relevant to your needs, not wants.
Opening a new tab are Darcey Bella Arnold and Jake Anthony Collins, a Melbourne based collaborative team working in mixed media whose multifaceted projects employ the language calved by popular culture, consumerism, and eminent technology. Reflecting on the nature of industry, distribution, consumption, value and the circular relationship between culture, media and technology. A R T M O N E Y invites you to become monetized, there is money to be made in the arts and A R T M O N E Y is gonna get it! There may/not be free WiFi at this event.
Riprap – Cheralyn Lim and Jaime Powell
November – 8th December, 2012
Little Woods presents Riprap; an installation by Cheralyn Lim and Jaime Powell. The project is an experiment in collaboration, showing the artists’ recently combined practice of painting, drawing, and mark making.
Riprap investigates abstraction, pattern, texture and spacial practice – techniques and processes the artists have a shared interest in. Lim and Powell’s individual practices share visual principals, but on the surface have contrasting aesthetic outcomes. Riprap marks the beginning of a collaborative practice that combines Cheralyn Lim’s fluid processes with Jaime Powell’s more structured approach to art-making.
#infinet – Kate Geck
13th October – 3rd November, 2012
#infinet is an installation by Kate Geck that investigates internet subcultures, excess, and cyber mysticism, amongst other things. Soft sculpture, perpex, coloured fluorescent tubes, faux fur and QR codes and black lights combine in this psychedelic art show.
Third Daughter – Carmel O’Brien Curated by Emily O’Brien & Justin Hinder
15th September – 29th September, 2012
Third Daughter is a posthumous exhibition of boarding school paintings and drawings by Carmel O’Brien completed at Our Lady Of Mercy College in Goulburn, New South Wales in the 1960’s.
Stunned Mullet – Anthony Stevens and Clare O’Shannessy
25th August – 8th September, 2012
The inaugural exhibition at Little Woods Gallery is by two studio artists from Artful Dodgers – Anthony Stevens and Clare O’Shannessey. The show highlights the work of two very different artists whose friendship encouraged their individual creative practice.
In true Aussie Larrikin style, Stunned Mullet was how both artists referred to themselves coming into this project, acknowledging but also making light of their initial reaction to the exhibition.
Justin Hinder, 2012