28 May 2011

Art Guide Australia launches iPhone app

We're pleased to be involved with the new Art Guide Australia iPhone App. Download it here for the most up to date coverage of what's on in the visual arts.

24 May 2011

Danie Mellor joins Karen Woodbury Gallery

Karen Woodbury Gallery is pleased to announce that Danie Mellor has joined the gallery.

We look forward to exhibiting Danie's work in 2012.
Please contact the gallery on info@kwgallery.com regarding available works.

Piccaninny Paradise 2010

22 May 2011

Titania Henderson: News

Our congratulations to Titania Henderson who has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious 9th International Ceramics Festival, Mino in Japan with her work Piled Up (Orange) 2008/09.

Please contact the gallery on info@kwgallery.com for enquiries about available works.

20 May 2011

Artist Profile: Current issue

The current issue of Artist Profile is a feast for the eyes in more ways than one!

Del Kathryn Barton features on the cover and in an in-depth interview with Owen Craven - offering a sneak peek into her studio and exquisite new works in progress. Brett Ballard previews Jane Burton's stunning new body of photographic works and Dan Rule talks to Locust Jones.

Certainly a bumper issue and definitely worth picking up a copy...

18 May 2011

Gallery Interview: Monika Tichacek

On the eve of her highly anticipated performance and solo exhibition after an absence of 6 years from the arts scene we spoke to Monika Tichacek about art, life and what's been keeping her inspired...

breathing dark soil maze 2009/11

Describe your work in 5 words. Mysterious, Alive, Manifest - un-manifest, Intricate

Tell us about your practice? I am still very interested in the experience of self. Still investigating myself personally in relation to what is present in my inner life. Whilst this is the constant, the environment where the self is engaged has changed. My earlier works reflects my sense of self being very anchored in the physical and social constructs of femininity with an air of oppressive confinement and constriction. In the Shadowers I dove more deeply into the psyche, portraying parts of the ego through distinct characters. Habituated workings of the mind were exposed as self-limiting and self-torturous. The relationship to the natural world was portrayed as conflicting and disturbed. The behaviour of the different characters was controlling and destructive... And yet throughout the darkness there were many glimmers of light, literally communicated via the use of light and sequins, jewels and rubies glistening in images of death and decay.

During my past years with much time spent in silence in nature I was able to see my western cultural inheritance. Our approach to nature, one of domination, control and destruction our cultures obsession with superficial surface appearance. The Shadowers was an outcry at this condition, like taking the lid off the pressure cooker. Since then, and in my travels I have let nature teach me and I have spent much time investigating the nature of the mind. Therefore now my interest in the experience of self is investigated via my interest in the complex workings of our ecosystem, which I believe is a metaphor for the internal workings of the body/mind experience.

I am finding that drawing is very intimate and very kinaesthetic. There is not so much separation between myself and the process - in the sense of embodying the process directly. I felt that with the video works there was a lot of process, which was very practical, and to do much with planning before I would get to the part of physical embodiment of my ideas. With drawing the process is happening right in that moment, I have to be intensely present.

the Albert Street boys pitching in to get Monika's work off the truck

The new exhibition at Karen Woodbury has been long awaited, tell us about the journey of making this project come to life? That is too big a story really! All of my travels and life essentially collide into this project. Everything I have experienced up until now has brought me to express in this way at this point. However, I can say that the drawings began in the jungle, where I sat in 2 months of semi solitude. I would break open some ink pens and randomly splatter the paint on the paper. Then I would sit and watch to see what shapes would emerge. I would draw what I saw and that was the beginning of this drawing series.

Beauty shattered all ideas of who I am 2011
(performance with harpist Robert Neil 120 minutes)

Tell us a little about your travels. Much time spent in nature, listening, observing and letting go of the fast paced life as much as possible. I experienced as much as possible of indigenous ceremony and ways of life as possible.

Who or what inspires you to keep making? Art is my language. It surpasses the intellect and cannot be confined or categorised. It is endlessly creative with limitless potentiality. I like that…it’s a doorway to touch infinity.

What path led you to become an artist? Ever since I was little I wanted to be an artist and I used to draw from the time that I could hold crayons. Art was always my favourite subject in school. After high school I went to art school for a year in Zurich. I then diverted for a few years and studied social sciences to quench my thirst to know more about the human psychological and social experience. However I eagerly went back to art as my creative side was dying in such an intensely academic environment.

What does a typical day in the studio involve? There isn’t really a typical day, but with this last project it would mostly be drawing. I also spent a lot of time just looking and meditating on the painting with my eyes open until the shapes to be drawn would appear.

to all my relations 1 2009/11 (detail)

What is your dream project? Whatever comes from the most genuine place of inspiration

If you could live with any artwork ever made what would it be? I do live with it - I live in the bush…Actually it is the light, and the way it plays with the surfaces…to me it is one of the most beautiful visual experiences.

the space in everything 2009/11

14 May 2011

Albert Street Galleries Open Day

The annual Albert Street Galleries Open Day is in full swing and it's great to see so many people brave the cold to listen to our program of speakers across the 5 galleries, visit the pop up book store and enjoy a burger from Beatbox Kitchen.

Anne Marsh's discussion of Monika Tichacek's newest body of work, to all my relations, was a full house! We look forward to doing it all again in 2012.

Monika Tichacek | to all my relations | until May 28

07 May 2011

Monika Tichacek | to all my relations

Monika Tichacek's newest body of work, to all my relations, has been a highly anticipated event at Karen Woodbury Gallery and for Monika's many dedicated followers. It was 2005 when we last saw a major body of work by Monika and this new performance and series of sublime watercolour, ink and gouache works on paper have certainly been worth the wait. The performance aspect of the exhibition is taking place as I type it is quite simply uplifting and moving - and a privilege to experience (May 7 3-5pm).

Monika Tichacek, to all my relations, is current until May 28.

Note: We will post images and footage as soon as they are available.

06 May 2011

2011 Albert Street Open Day

We have a great line up in store for the 2011 Albert Street Open Day including a performance by Jill Orr, a curated pop-up Book Store by Perimeter and food by Beatbox Kitchen. Each of the galleries in the street will host a program of special guest speakers - see the website for more details here.

At Karen Woodbury Gallery we will be presenting Anne Marsh, Professor Theory of Art and Design Monash University from 2:30-2:50pm. The line up promises a really engaging day celebrating contemporary art making.

See you there!

04 May 2011

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