NIKE SAVVAS

"The expression “Living on a Promise” is about potential and possibility, hope and trust. It’s also about lies, broken promises, and disillusionment. Each different work invites the viewers to engage in their own way and on their own terms. Sometimes I want the colours to overwhelm, sometimes I need them to be at the service of a proposition, and other times they do something different. I make the colour choices as I go along. I use feeling and experience."

NIKE SAVVAS is interviewed by Art Guide Australia about her forthcoming exhibition at ARC ONE Gallery, Living on a Promise 

Read the full interview here >

Nike Savvas, Living on a Promise (A1) (detail), 2017. Photo: Zan Wimberley.

Nike Savvas, Living on a Promise (A1) (detail), 2017. Photo: Zan Wimberley.

NIKE SAVVAS

Nike Savvas, Living on a Promise (A1), carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium, 52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm. Photo: Zan Wimberley

Nike Savvas, Living on a Promise (A1), carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium, 52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm. Photo: Zan Wimberley

Leading contemporary artist Nike Savvas returns to ARC ONE Gallery this October with her latest exhibition, Living on a Promise. An opening reception will be held on Thursday 26 October, 6-8pm.

Highly-recognised both in Australia and internationally for her immersive, colourful and optically charged installations, in Living on a Promise, Savvas presents a new body of work that optically activate space within striated lines of vertical colour. Small in scale, her works project large visual auras, combining high-vibrancy layered screens with oscillating colours and floating surfaces. The effect is at once mesmerising and disorienting; a pulsating mix of hue and space that tests and delights the senses.

Developed from numerous sources, including her acclaimed Liberty and Anarchy installation at Leeds Art Gallery (UK, 2012), these works offer diverse points of access, from mathematical equations and systems of logic, to perception based optics, colour and ephemerality.

Living on a Promise follows a research trip to the archives of MOMA, New York, where Savvas undertook an in-depth examination of the critically celebrated Responsive Eye exhibition of 1965. Contributing to an existing art historical discourse pertaining to optical phenomena and colour frequencies, this exhibition examines how different optical algorithms produce different outcomes – and occasionally even false colours. In these works, Savvas “seeks to dismantle conventional boundaries, overstep thresholds, and … to open into a new world of artificial patterns, optical ghosting, fugitive colours and temporal aliasing”.

Since training as a painter in the late 1980s, Savvas has consistently probed the traditional conventions of painting as a medium, such as two-dimensional space, surface and materiality. In this exhibition she explores painting’s potential anew, producing a ‘synthesised’ space in which the viewer experiences a disorientating shift in their perceptual register – a juncture between fact and subjective reception.

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ROBERT OWEN

ROBERT OWEN's Melbourne Art Tram has hit the tracks as part of Melbourne Festival. You can see 'Beautiful Stranger' on route 109 (Box Hill-Port Melbourne), which pays homage to the history of jazz in Melbourne and extends Owen's exploration of art's capacity to translate mood and emotion through colour.

The Melbourne Art Trams will be moving through the city transporting passengers from October 2017 until April 2018.

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IN THE PRESS

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Photo: James.H.H.Morgan

Photo: James.H.H.Morgan

CYRUS TANG

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Review of exhibition, All that is solid... featuring CYRUS TANG (pictured), by Derek Schlennstedt for the Upper Yarra Mail

All that is solid... continues until 12 November 2017. 

 

IMANTS TILLERS

Image: Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers unveiling The Messenger at Parliament House, Canberra. Photographs: DPS/Auspic.

Image: Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers unveiling The Messenger at Parliament House, Canberra. Photographs: DPS/Auspic.

IMANTS TILLERS' collaborative works with Michael Nelson Jagamara, for the exhibition Meeting Place, are currently showing at Parliament House. The exhibition continues through to 12 November 2017. 

An article about the exhibition features on Artshub here.  

LYNDELL BROWN & CHARLES GREEN

Image: The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW)

Image: The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW)

A sneak peak of a major tapestry in progress at The Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) designed by prominent Australian artists LYNDELL BROWN and CHARLES GREEN for the new Sir John Monash Centre (SJMC) in France.

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PAT BRASSINGTON

Pat Brassington, Permissions #6, 2013, pigment print, 21 x 18cm. 

Pat Brassington, Permissions #6, 2013, pigment print, 21 x 18cm. 

Brassington’s art defies easy compartmentalisation – it may draw on the artist’s biography, but it is not autobiographical.  The images possess a narrative, but it is not one that is easily deciphered or, for that matter, completely decipherable.  They are deliberately enigmatic images, hauntingly memorable and deliberately disturbing. 
— Sasha Grishin

Excellent review of PAT BRASSINGTON's practice and current exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Body Electric.

Read Sasha Grishin's review here

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO

The eclectic collection of models in A Working Model of the World is opening in New York City at the Sheila C Johnson Design Centre, Parsons School of Design / The New School. 

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO's maquette, Microfossil Pollen Found Here, is included in this major group exhibition which explores the way models are used to create and share knowledge. A Working Model of the World investigates the practical, philosophical and symbolic work that models do for us, and asks how we use models to contemplate, experiment, invent and teach.

The exhibition opens Thursday 28 September 6-8pm (with curator's walk-through from 5.30pm). 

It continues to 13 December 2017. 

Image:  Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Microfossil Pollen Found Here, 2014.

Image:  Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Microfossil Pollen Found Here, 2014.

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO & NIKE SAVVAS

Congratulations to MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO and NIKE SAVVAS, who have been invited to show work in the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, curated by Erica Green, founding Director of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art. Inaugurated in 1990, the Adelaide Biennial is the country’s longest-running survey of contemporary Australian art and an important platform for Australian artists to realise new works and projects of a scale that require an institutional context for their conception, realisation and presentation. 

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EUGENIA RASKOPOULOS

Congratulations to EUGENIA RASKOPOULOS, who has been shortlisted for this year’s NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Mid-career/Established). The recipient will be awarded a cash amount of $30,000 from Create NSW, a major Artbank commission of up to $20,000 and a residency at a NSW regional gallery.

Eugenia Raskopoulos's work will be featured in an exhibition at Artbank in Sydney from 26 October 2017 to 16 February 2018, with the Fellowship recipient to be announced on the opening night of the exhibition.

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Eugenia Raskopoulos, rootreroot & routreroute, 2016. Installation view Tarrawarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation. Photo: Andrew Curtis

Eugenia Raskopoulos, rootreroot & routreroute, 2016. Installation view Tarrawarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation. Photo: Andrew Curtis

NIKE SAVVAS

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NIKE SAVVAS has been featured in the prestigious journal 'Diacritics' in an extensive article on her practice, as well as the front and back covers! Diacritics, a Cornell University publication of literary theory and criticism, has included in the past important writers and philosophers such as Jacques Derrida, Michel Focault and Claude Lévi-Strauss. Keeping a strong visual component, in recent years the journal has highlighted a single artist per issue.

CYRUS TANG

Congratulations to CYRUS TANG, finalist in this year's The Churchie National Emerging Artist Prize!  

The Churchie is a highly regarded emerging art prize dedicated to innovation and excellence across contemporary, traditional and new media genres. The winner will be announced at the official opening of the exhibition, at QUT Art Museum on Saturday 11 November 2017. 

Find out more here

 

Cyrus Tang, When things start to move (still), 2017, HD video in loop. 

Cyrus Tang, When things start to move (still), 2017, HD video in loop. 

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO & JANET LAURENCE

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO and JANET LAURENCE have been curated into an exhibition at Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, titled Seeing Science. The exhibition includes a group of contemporary artists who engage with concepts of science in their practice. 

The exhibition will be on view from 15 September to 3 November 2017.

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Janet Laurence, Biologist’s Camera Trap, Aceh Camp, Fauna and Flora International, 2012

Janet Laurence, Biologist’s Camera Trap, Aceh Camp, Fauna and Flora International, 2012

JULIE RRAP, ANNE ZAHALKA and ROSE FARRELL & GEORGE PARKIN

Image: Julie Rrap, Window Dresser No.1 (Marilyn), 2000, digital print, 195 x 122cm.

Image: Julie Rrap, Window Dresser No.1 (Marilyn), 2000, digital print, 195 x 122cm.

ROSE FARRELL & GEORGE PARKIN, JULIE RRAP and ANNE ZAHALKA have been selected to exhibit in the group exhibition 'Self/Selfie' at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Curated by the Biennale Director, Fiona Sweet, the exhibition explores the whimsical nature of selfies, as well as their contribution to the growing culture of narcissism and promotion of conformist behaviour — and the development of the “anti-selfie” on social networks like Snapchat.

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ROBERT OWEN

ROBERT OWEN has been announced as one of the 2017 Melbourne Festival Melbourne Art Tram artists. 

Robert Owen's work for the tram, Beautiful Stranger is a continuation of his celebrated series Music for the Eyes, inspired by jazz, movement and light. It plays homage to the history of jazz in Melbourne, and extends Owen’s exploration of art’s capacity to translate mood and emotion through colour.

The Melbourne Art Trams will be launched on Thursday 5 October 2017.

Find out more here

DANI MARTI

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Dani Marti, My Sad Captain, 2010, 16:9, 18min. 

Dani Marti, My Sad Captain, 2010, 16:9, 18min. 

A review of The Public Body .02 at Artspace Sydney has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald.

In her article, Linda Morris draws attention to DANI MARTI's intimate and powerful video work 'My Sad Captain' (2010).

The exhibition continues through to 2 October 2017. 

Read the entire article here.

IMANTS TILLERS

Imants Tillers and Michael Nelson Jagamara unveiling The Messenger at Parliament House, Canberra. Photographs: DPS/Auspic.

Imants Tillers and Michael Nelson Jagamara unveiling The Messenger at Parliament House, Canberra. Photographs: DPS/Auspic.

IMANTS TILLERS and Michael Nelson Jagamara's newest collaborative painting, The Messenger, has been unveiled at Parliament House, Canberra, by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith. This significant painting is the third and latest major work to be acquired for the Parliament House Collection in recent years.

An exhibition of works by the two artists was officially opened at the same time - Meeting Place - Michael Nelson Jagamara & Imants Tillers at Parliament House includes collaborative and individual works from the 1980s to present. On view until 12 November 2017.

IN THE PRESS:
"Powerful message from Imants Tillers and Michael Nelson Jagamara"Sydney Morning Herald, 18 August 2017

"Unique ‘Messenger’ artwork unveiled"Canberra CityNews, 17 August 2017

CYRUS TANG

When things start to move (video still), 2017, single-channel video, duration 4:50mins, loop

When things start to move (video still), 2017, single-channel video, duration 4:50mins, loop

CYRUS TANG will be exhibiting work in Book Club, curated by Meryl Ryan, at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.

The exhibition includes contemporary artists Chris Bond, Deidre Brollo, Simryn Gill, Julie Gough, Stephen Goddard, William Kentridge, Archie Moore, Brigita Ozolins, Patrick Pound, Cyrus Tang, Ahn Wells, and writer Naomi Riddle, who acknowledge the power of books through art.

Exhibition dates: 26 August - 15 October 2017

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IMANTS TILLERS

IMANTS TILLERS has been interviewed for an article in Art Guide about the upcoming exhibition Fred Williams in the You Yangs at the Geelong Gallery. In the article, TILLERS discusses the influence of Williams in his work and Australian landscape painting.

You can read the full article here.

Imants Tillers, At the Beggining, 2013, acrylic, gouache on 54 canvas boards, 229 x 213 cm

Imants Tillers, At the Beggining, 2013, acrylic, gouache on 54 canvas boards, 229 x 213 cm