- » 20/04/2017:
As part of her solo exhibition, Oh Window, at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Agatha Gothe-Snape is presenting a series of performances in May. In preparation for the performances, Gothe-Snape will conduct a series of walks around the Roppongi Hills area in the immediate vicinity of MAM. These walks are open to all. Meet in front of the Mori Art Museum information desk (Mori Tower 3F, to the left of the Mori Art Museum ticket counter). Each walk is 10.30-11.30am. Dates as follows: Sunday, April 23; Monday, April 24; Sunday, April 30; Monday, May 1; Monday, May 8; Sunday, May 14; Monday, May 15; Sunday, May 21; Monday, May 22; Sunday, May 28.
- » 12/04/2017:
Mitch Cairns is presenting some new drawings and sculpture in a two-person exhibition, TUG OF WAR (ROPE), TUG OF LOVE (BON-BON), with Matthew Tumbers at the Sydney artist-run-initiative, KNULP, opening Friday 14/04/17, 6-8pm.
- » 07/04/2017:
Yasmin Smith in coverage of Biennale of Sydney's announcement of first 21 artists in Artist Director Mami Kataoka's 21st Biennale of Sydney in The Guardian.
- » 06/04/2017:
Today the Biennale of Sydney announced the names of the first 21 artists selected by Artistic Director Mami Kataoka for the 21st Biennale of Sydney. Congratulations to Yasmin Smith on her inclusion on this list. Smith is one of three Australian artists on the preliminary list (the list includes Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Ai Weiwei, Brook Andrew, N.S. Harsha, Koji Ryui and George Tjungurrayi). Exhibition dates 16/03/18 - 11/06/18.
- » 28/03/2017:
Huge congratulations to Diena Georgetti for being awarded the 2017 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize for her work THE HUMANITY OF CONSTRUCTION PAINTING. The $ 25,000 acquisitive award is in its 21st year and is this year guest curated by Callum Morton. Judges of the 2017 prize were Judith Blackall (Director NAS Gallery), Mark Harpley (Visual Arts Coordinator, Redlands School) and Justin Paton (Head Curator of International Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales). Following the tradition of the prize, Morton invited twenty established artists to participate in the exhibition who in turn each invited an emerging artist. Previous winners of the prize include Vernon Ah Kee, Gordon Bennett, Pat Brassington, Mikala Dwyer, Callum Morton, Ben Quilty, Julie Rrap and Imants Tillers. The Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize is on exhibition at the NAS Gallery, National Art School, Sydney until 20/05/17.
- » 26/03/2017:
Agatha Gothe-Snape's solo exhibition, Oh Window, at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, curated by Haruko Kumakura has been reviewed by Franz Thelmair as a Critic's Pick on Artforum.com.
- » 25/03/2017:
In the lead up to The National: New Australian Art opening this week at AGNSW, Carriageworks and MCA, Agatha Gothe-Snape in today's The Australian newspaper talking about her six year project 'The Fatal Sure/The National Doubt', a long form documentary about Australian art commencing now, commissioned to link the three venues over three iterations of The National with the final work being presented in 2021. Gothe-Snape takes Robert Hughes' monologue at the conclusion of Episode 8 of The Shock of the New (1980) as a starting point.
- » 23/03/2017:
It is a pleasure to announce that Diena Georgetti's CABLE (2016), exhibited in ART as COMPANION at The Commercial in 2016, has been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. CABLE joins Georgetti's BLOK PLASTIK/Division (2007) already in the AGWA collection.
- » 22/03/2017:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is talking on the panel, Situating Practice, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the opening week events for The National: New Australian Art. Panel participants are Daniel Browning, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Helen Hughes and Tom Nicholson, moderated by AGNSW curator, Anneke Jaspers. Thursday 30/03/17, 12.30-1.30pm. Free but booking necessary here.
- » 22/03/2017:
Archie Moore is presenting a talk at Carriageworks, Sydney, about United Neytions, his major new flag installation commissioned for The National: New Australian Art. Saturday, 01/04/17, 10am, free, no booking required.
- » 17/03/2017:
Diena Georgetti and Agatha Gothe-Snape have been invited by guest curator, Callum Morton, to present new works as part of the acquisitive $ 25,000.00 Redlands | Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School Gallery. The 2017 exhibition marks the 21st year anniversary of the high profile prize. Each year a guest curator invites a number of established artists to participate who in turn each invite an emerging artist. For the 2017 exhibition, Georgetti has invited Brisbane-based Spencer Harvie and Gothe-Snape has invited Sydney-based Ella Sutherland. Exhibition dates 28/03/17 - 20/05/17.
- » 03/03/2017:
Review of group exhibition Harvest - Diena Georgetti, Patrick Hartigan, Robert Pulie - at The Commercial by Claudia Arozqueta on New York-based Art Agenda.
- » 24/02/2017:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that Archie Moore is one of thirty artists selected for Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial. Curated by Tina Baum, the exhibition brings together established, mid-career and emerging Indigenous artists from across the nation, whose works mark the ongoing resistance, resilience and defiance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people against colonisation from first contact to recognition through the 1967 Referendum (granting Indigenous peoples the right to be counted as Australian for the first time) and up until today. Moore will be exhibiting a range of artworks acquired by the NGA since 2012. Exhibition dates: 26/05/17 - 10/09/17.
- » 11/02/2017:
Review of Agatha Gothe-Snape's solo exhibition, Oh Window, at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, by Kent Wilson on The Submachine.
- » 11/02/2017:
Coverage of Mitch Cairns' exhibition, Stray Geranium, at the end of last year in the Sydney round up by Wes Hill on Frieze.com.
- » 11/02/2017:
Clare Milledge has a major body of work in the NETS Victoria touring exhibition, Erehwon, curated by Vikki McInnes. Erehwon exhibition artists: Brook Andrew , Claire Lambe , Clare Milledge , Mikala Dwyer and Tony Garifalakis. At Warrnambool Art Gallery until 12/06/17.
- » 09/02/2017:
Clare Milledge is presenting an new installation, by invitation of Tori Wrånes, as part of What Remains, a group exhibition curated by Silja Leifsdottir at Fotogalleriet, Oslo. Artists include Liv Bugge, Kristina Bengtsson, Toril Johannessen, Ditte Knus Tønnesen, Tori Wrånes featuring Clare Milledge. Exhibition dates 09/02/17 - 19/03/17.
- » 03/02/2017:
Congratulations to Yasmin Smith for being one of five artists shortlisted for the 2017 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award. The $ 50,000 prize will be announced at Shepparton Art Museum on June 17. Finalists are Glenn Barkley, Karen Black, Laith McGregor, Jenny Orchard and Yasmin Smith. The exhibition will comprise all new work commissioned for the award exhibition.
- » 01/02/2017:
Agatha Gothe-Snape's 2012 wall painting, Emotional Wall with Everything Else, recently acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is currently on display as part of Primavera at 25: MCA Collection. Gothe-Snape's wall painting was originally commissioned by Shepparton Art Museum as part of their ongoing Drawing Wall series. Emotional Wall with Everything Else is based on the Lüscher colour test, a psychological test invented by a Swiss psychotherapist, Dr Max Lüscher in the early 1970s. The Lüscher test claims to objectively measure a person's psychological state through their responses to specific colours. A traditionally-trained signwriter is employed to write the cursive script on the final panel. The artist sees this last panel as a contemplative space, with the hand-painted white text offering difference and respite.
- » 30/01/2017:
Coinciding with her solo exhibition, Oh Window - MAM Project 023 - at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Agatha Gothe-Snape will present a talk about her exhibition, joined by collaborating artist Tsuda Michiko. Following the talk, a short performance by Gothe-Snape along with artist/musician Anna John will be given in the MAM Project 023 exhibition space. Saturday 04/02/17, 14:00-15:30. Book here.
- » 23/01/2017:
Yasmin Smith is exhibiting works from her 2015 Ntaria Fence series in the group exhibition, World Material, guest curated by Chloé Wolifson at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. The exhibition opens Saturday 28/01/17, 4-6pm and continues until 25/02/17. Artists include Connie Anthes, Rebecca Gallo, Eloise Kirk, Michelle Nikou, Lisa Sammut, Lotte Schwerdtfeger, Yasmin Smith and Louise Weaver.
- » 18/12/2016:
The Commercial will be open by appointment only from 18/12/16 - 08/02/17, with limited availabilty due to the summer break. Please contact us by email if you would like to arrange a visit during this period.
- » 12/12/2016:
Agatha Gothe-Snape has a solo exhibition, Oh Window, at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, her first solo exhibition in Japan. For Oh Window - MAM Project 023, Gothe-Snape will interpret the view of Tokyo from the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower venue, along with the MAM motto, as a metaphor for the ‘Life’ of ‘Art + Life’ to create a number of imaginary ‘windows’ in the windowless exhibition space. The site-specific installation will include text, video footage and objects developed from conversations between Gothe-Snape and Museum staff, and discoveries the artist has made around Roppongi Hills. A series of performances will complement the content of the installation, staged over the duration of the exhibition, both in the gallery itself and in settings around Roppongi Hills. exhibition dates 04/02/17 - 11/06/17.
- » 06/12/2016:
Emily Hunt, Clare Milledge, Archie Moore and Robert Pulie have work in the group show, Mnemonic Mirror, curated by Gary Carsley and Kylie Banyard, at Griffith University Art Museum. Exhibition dates 08/12/16 - 11/03/17.
- » 01/12/2016:
Agatha Gothe-Snape has been invited to produce a significant new work for The National: New Australian Art. The National is a major exhibition partnership between three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The National is a six-year biennial initiative presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021. The inaugural exhibition dates of The National are 30/03/17 - 25/06/17.
- » 01/12/2016:
Archie Moore has been invited to produce a significant new work for The National: New Australian Art. The National is a major exhibition partnership between three of Sydney’s premier cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. The National is a six-year biennial initiative presenting the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021. The inaugural exhibition dates of The National are 30/03/17 - 25/06/17.
- » 29/11/2016:
Tess Maunder was the recipient of the inaugural 2016 MPavilion and Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award. "'Dwelling' as a political form", her commissioned essay on architecture and memory in the work of Archie Moore, is out now in the December issue of Art Monthly.
- » 21/11/2016:
Big congratulations to Emily Hunt for being awarded a nine month residency at the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems, Germany (between Cologne and Frankfurt). The Schloss Balmoral fellowship comes with a generous stipend as part of a program by the institution of the Foundation for Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate to support international visual artists in one nominated artistic genre or one theme each year to enable deeper mutual creative cross-fertilisation among the resident artists. The 2017 intake commences in June and will focus on ceramics.
- » 14/11/2016:
A series of Michael Riley's early urban portraits, which included a significant number of dancers, are in the exhibition Naya Wa Yugali (We Dance) at Carriageworks, Sydney. The exhibition, curated by Tahjee Moar, is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Dance Association College. Founded by Carole Johnson in 1976, indigenous dance workshops in Glebe and Redfern led to the formation of the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre (AIDT) and a school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance that is now known as NAISDA. Naya Wa Yugali (translating to We Dance in Darkinyung language) features oral histories, a new commission by Vicki Van Hout and Marian Abboud and the work of artists including Tracey Moffatt, Michael Riley, Juno Gemes, Lee Chittick and Elaine Kitchener. Until 11/12/16.
- » 11/11/2016:
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is celebrating its 25 year anniversary this weekend with lots of performances and events. On Sunday 13 November, Hossein Ghaemi is presenting Passing Within & Singing for New Stars, a new two-hour performance as part of the celebrations. Two performances 11am and 2pm, Sunday 13/11/16.
- » 11/11/2016:
Mary Teague is presenting a two-person exhibition with Luke Parker, Sydney Crystal Show, at the artist-run initiative 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville. Exhibition dates 11/11/16 - 27/11/16.
- » 27/10/2016:
It is a pleasure to announce that an Estate edition of Michael Riley's 1990 portrait, Avril and Miya, has been acquired by the University of Technology Sydney Collection.
- » 27/10/2016:
It is a pleasure to announce that Agatha Gothe-Snape's Book Marks FOUR (Margo Snape and Rollo May), recently exhibited in her solo exhibition Volatile Medium at The Commercial, has been acquired by the University of Technology Sydney Collection.
- » 21/10/2016:
Interview with Anna Kristensen in Two Thousand by Del Lumanta on Cover, Kristensen's first solo exhibition at The Commercial, opening Saturday 22/10/16, 5-7pm
- » 21/10/2016:
Hossein Ghaemi has produced an audio podcast in two parts for Status Effect as part of an ongoing series of longform podcasts produced and edited by Andrew Varano. For Part I: Closest Star to the Moon (0:00-18:50), Ghaemi is in conversation with his mother, Nahid Ghaemi, talking about dreams and the Moon in English and Farsi. "I love the Moon." In Part II: Second Sight (1:16:50 - 1:42:56) Nahid Ghaemi sings and more conversation. "Sometimes I thought I am supernatural. My thinking might be a dream."
- » 20/10/2016:
Coverage of Archie Moore's work, Crop (Noun/Verb), for Contour 556 in The Canberra Times. Moore's work, a planting of a Daisy Yams food crop and encyclopedias, is located on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, just to the North of the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden.
- » 17/10/2016:
Archie Moore is exhibiting an outdoor work, CROP (Noun/Verb), in Contour 556, a new public art festival on the foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. He is planting a bed of Yam Daisies (Microseris lanceolata), a local indigenous food plant that "represents a point where Western science and Indigenous knowledge came into contact. Without any visible forms of what was known then as agriculture, (to the Europeans) the Yam Daisy was just a field of flowers and not a crop. Aboriginal people had education, science, astronomy, trade routes, a legal system, villages etc. but this wasn’t visible due to the sense of racial superiority the occupiers brought with them." Contour 556 features fifty local, national and international artists responding to the layers of Canberra’s history. Exhibition dates 21/10/16 - 13/11/16. Maps and further information on the Contour 556 website.
- » 10/10/2016:
It is a pleasure to announce that Diena Georgetti's ARMOUR, recently exhibited in Painting. More Painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, has been acquired by the UQ Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
- » 03/10/2016:
Emily Hunt and Clare Milledge have been shortlisted for the 2016 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney. Both artists have produced new bodies of work that will be exhibited as part of the scholarship exhibition at SCA Galleries until 1 November. The winner of the $ 28,000 award will be announced at the opening of the exhibition, Wednesday 05/10/16, 6-8pm.
- » 03/10/2016:
From 4pm on Saturday 08/10/16, the final day of her solo exhibition, Volatile Medium, Agatha Gothe-Snape will execute Afterword, the companion drawing to Foreword which was executed in the gallery at the commencement of the exhibition as part of the performance Eight Mediums, No Audience after Chris Brennan.
- » 21/09/2016:
Coinciding with Holy Balm's launch tour for their brilliant second album, Activity, band member, Emma Ramsay, has interviewed Robert Pulie about his paintings, Activity Fliptych, adorning the album's cover. The Sydney launch of Activity is at Newtown Social Club, Saturday 24/09/16, 8pm. Activity, is available on vinyl from Chapter Music.
- » 02/09/2016:
On the first day of the exhibition, Painting. More Painting, Mitch Cairns is giving an artist talk at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. 3pm, Saturday 03/09/16.
- » 31/08/2016:
It is a great pleasure to announce that The Commercial now represents Patrick Hartigan. Hartigan (b. Sydney, 1977) is a painter with a mind also for drawing and the moving image. His paintings, brushy renderings of classic genres (portraits, nudes, interiors, still lifes), pull childhood and familial nostalgia from the comforts of memory and push artist legacies around (a Picasso head, a Modigliani nude, various permutations of Brancusi) as fresh material. This core forms constellations in his exhibitions with imagery that is emotionally and formally more abstract and more sparing. Predominantly oil on found supports, his recent paintings demonstrate a sculptural mindfulness, incorporating dimensions of depth and time beyond the flat plane. His work is housed in The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, The Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Wollongong University Art Collection. Patrick Hartigan has been the art critic for The Saturday Paper since its inception in 2014.
- » 30/08/2016:
A sequel to Neverwhere presented at Gaia Gallery in Istanbul in 2015, Clare Milledge is exhibiting several recent works in the group exhibition, Erewhon, curated by Vikki McInnes at Margaret Lawrence Gallery, at the University of Melbourne. Exhibition artists are Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Tony Garifalakis, Claire Lambe, Clare Milledge and Justene Williams. Erewhon is a NETS Victoria and Asialink Arts touring exhibition, traveling to several regional venues over the next eighteen months. Margaret Lawrence Gallery exhibition dates: 02/09/16 - 01/10/16.
- » 08/08/2016:
It is a pleasure to announce that Agatha Gothe-Snape's Emotional Wall with Everything Else, commissioned by Shepparton Art Museum for a Drawing Wall project, has been acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
- » 05/08/2016:
Yasmin Smith is presenting a site-specific process based work, Contours of Our Heart, for Sculpture at Barangaroo. Engaging with the recent massive excavation and relandscaping of the Barangaroo site, Smith has sourced local sandstone, a prominent feature of Barangaroo Reserve but also synonymous to Sydney. Sandstone also denotes the colonial city as it was a popular building material from the late 1790s to the 1890s. Typical of her development of glazes related to specific sites and histories, Smith has ground Barangaroo sandstone to form a site-specific clay and glaze and is inviting participation in daily workshops to create individual clay pieces. A kiln, the centrepiece of a makeshift campsite, is heated daily to fire the clay pieces and to allow for glazing. Yasmin Smith in Sculpture at Barangaroo, Nawi Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve, 06/08/16 - 21/08/16.
- » 26/07/2016:
Big congratulations to Tess Maunder who has been awarded the MPavilion/Art Monthly Writing Award. The prize has been awarded from a field of applications on the basis of a 200-word proposal for a 2,000-word essay exploring one or more aspects of the field of interdisciplinary practice within art and design today. The subject of Maunder's essay will be Archie Moore's work from the 20th Biennale of Sydney, 'A Home Away From Home (Bennelong/Vera's Hut).' She will present her piece in person during MPavilion's 2016/17 program.
- » 16/07/2016:
Video interview with Anna Kristensen in her studio at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, in 2013.
- » 13/07/2016:
It is with great pleasure that The Commercial is supporting the first project outside London for House of Voltaire, the fund-raising arm of leading independent arts organisation, Studio Voltaire. House of Voltaire will be in-residence at 80 Collins Street, Melbourne at the former Le Louvre Townhouse from 14 to 24 July. The lauded London store's first Melbourne shop will be selling a cornucopia of unique artworks, limited-edition prints and specially-commissioned homewares, clothing and accessories by artists and designers of world notoriety in support of Studio Voltaire's renowned exhibition and artist studio program. House of Voltaire contributors include: Laura Aldridge, Anton Alvarez, Aaron Angell, Hany Armanious, Peter Blake, John Booth, Boys Forever, Pablo Bronstein, Matt Connors, Craig & Karl, Enrico David, Michael Dean, Jeremy Deller, Nicole Eisenman, Simone Rocha & Kim Gordon, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Sharon Hayes, Camille Henrot, Emily Hunt, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Helen Marten, David Noonan, Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan, P.A.M., April Crichton & Nicolas Party, Eddie Peake, Tom Polo, Roksanda, Eva Rothschild, SIBLING & Jim Lambie, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Peter Pilotto & Francis Uprichard and Francesco Vezzoli. | House of Voltaire at 80 Collins Street, Melbourne opening hours: Monday to Thursday & Saturday 10-6; Friday 10-8; Sunday 12-6 | www.houseofvoltaire.org | www.studiovoltaire.org
- » 13/07/2016:
In 1990, Michael Riley donated the first edition of his A common place: Portraits of Moree Murries to Moree Plains Gallery, where the series of fifteen black and white portraits were taken. The photographs are on exhibition at Moree Plains Gallery for NAIDOC week along with photographic portraits by Greg Weight and John Williams. Coverage of the exhibition in the Moree Champion.
- » 13/07/2016:
Archie Moore's video, Blood Fraction, acquired last year by the University of Queensland, will be included in group exhibition, beyond the Tower - UQ Art Museum - 40 years and counting, to mark the 40 year anniversary of the museum. exhibition dates: 15/07/16 - 13/11/16.
- » 09/07/2016:
The exhibition of Michael Riley's 1990 series, A common place: Portraits of Moree Murries, has been extended until 23/07/16.
- » 08/07/2016:
A two-minute video excerpt of Agatha Gothe-Snape's one hour performance, 'Rhetorical Chorus (LW)', presented for PERFORMA 15 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture 18/11/15 is now available for viewing on The Commercial's website.
- » 04/07/2016:
Mitch Cairns and Diena Georgetti are two of fourteen focus artists whose work will be given solo presentations in the larger exhibition Painting. More Painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, curated by Max Delany, Annika Kristensen and Hannah Matthews. "Painting. More Painting will be the first major institutional exhibition of contemporary Australian painting in over a decade. The work of fourteen influential Australian painters will be presented in a series of solo studies offering in-depth insights into the evolution of these artists’ interests, techniques and approaches. These will be complemented by an extensive panoramic survey presented in ACCA’s main exhibition hall that brings together works by over sixty senior, mid and early-career Australian artists, offering audiences the chance to draw on the many diverse conceptual, polemic and stylistic connections that exist between generations." Painting. More Painting. will be presented in two chapters: Chapter 1: 29 July – 28 August 2016, Chapter 2: 1 – 25 September 2016. Cairns and Georgetti are both producing a series of new works that will be presented in Chapter 2 of the exhibition.
- » 28/06/2016:
Article today by Brooke Boland on ArtsHub about recent public art commissions in Sydney, including Agatha Gothe-Snape's forthcoming installation in Wemyss Lane, Surry Hills, "Here, an Echo." co-commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and the City of Sydney.
- » 23/06/2016:
Anna Kristensen and Robert Pulie have works in the exhibition Blind, curated by Shane Haseman at the Sydney artist-run inititiative, KNULP. Exhibition dates 23/06/16-10/07/16.
- » 20/06/2016:
Mitch Cairns' portrait of philanthropist Reg Richardson recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery alongside Howard Arkley's portrait of Nick Cave and Adam Cullen's portrait of Neil Armfield. Cairns' portrait of Richardson was runner-up in the 2014 Archibald Portrait Prize. An article about the painting features in the current issue of the NPG's magazine, Portrait.
- » 08/06/2016:
Concurrent with their exhibition at The Commercial 10/06/16 to 09/07/16, Michael Riley's 1990 portraits of the Aboriginal community in Moree, A common place: Portraits of Moree Murries, will be on display at the State Library of New South Wales. An audio interview with Ronald Briggs, Indigenous Services Librarian at the SLNSW, is available on the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association website. Briggs is himself from Moree. The SLNSW exhibition continues until 28/08/16.
- » 01/06/2016:
Lillian O'Neil has been awarded a two year studio residency at the Gasworks Arts Park in South Melbourne, administered by the City of Port Phillip.
- » 13/05/2016:
The Commercial is looking forward to exhibiting at Auckland Art Fair 25/05-29/05/16. The gallery will be closed for the duration of the fair, reopening 08/06/16 during the installation week of the Michael Riley exhibition. We will be contactable by phone and email as usual.
- » 11/05/2016:
Emily Hunt is exhibiting in the group exhibition, OVERUNDERSIDEWAYSDOWN, curated by Glenn Barkley at Manly Art Gallery & Museum. The exhibition is presented jointly with the Australian Ceramics Association. Opening Friday 13/05/16. Exhibition continues until 26/06/16.
- » 10/05/2016:
Archie Moore's 'A Home Away from Home (Bennelong/Vera's Hut)' is singled out as a highlight in Jennifer Higgie's review in Frieze of the 20th Biennale of Sydney curated by Stephanie Rosenthal.
- » 09/05/2016:
Congratulations to Agatha Gothe-Snape on being awarded the second Biennale Legacy Artwork commission. The Biennale of Sydney and City of Sydney today announced that the 2016 Biennale Legacy Artwork Project will be created by Gothe-Snape, the second time this 25 year jointly-commissioned public art work has been awarded. The 2016 Legacy Artwork will be a work developed during the ‘20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed’, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal. The final work will relate to a series of three scored walks that Gothe-Snape is presenting during the course of the Biennale and which are already underway. These performances will result in a major new permanent public artwork for the City of Sydney’s City Art Collection. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said, “I applaud Stephanie Rosenthal’s proposal of Agatha Gothe-Snape as the recipient of the 2016 Legacy Project. I am delighted her work will connect with the residents of Sydney and reveal their stories. The success of events like the Biennale shows there is enthusiastic public support for contemporary art in Sydney – people want to be inspired, challenged and delighted by art, and Agatha’s project will, I’m sure, succeed on all fronts. The City is committed to making Sydney the sort of place where groundbreaking art is encouraged and appreciated.” Full press release on the Biennale of Sydney website.
- » 06/05/2016:
Emily Hunt, Clare Milledge, Archie Moore and Robert Pulie have works in the group exhibition, Mnemonic Mirror, curated by Gary Carsley and Kylie Banyard, at UTS Gallery. The exhibition continues until 01/07/16 before travelling to Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, later in the year.
- » 17/04/2016:
It is a pleasure to announce that Archie Moore's 100 selfportrait photographic installation and related video, Blood Fraction, has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia.
- » 15/04/2016:
It is a pleasure to announce that Clare Milledge's painting Copulatory Vigilance has been acquired by Artbank.
- » 08/04/2016:
As part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Agatha Gothe-Snape with Brooke Stamp presents 'Here, an Echo', a series of three scored walks over three Sundays - 17/04, 15/05 and 5/06 between 3.30-4.30pm. These choreographies for the city begin in The Domain and culminate in Wemyss Lane in Surry Hills. They are expansive, non-monumental and discursive events. Further details on the Biennale of Sydney website.
- » 08/04/2016:
Archie Moore's 'A Home Away From Home (Bennelong/Vera's Hut)' is given extensive coverage in Nathalie Thomas' review of the 20th Biennale of Sydney on Melbourne-based blog, Natty Solo.
- » 06/04/2016:
Archie Moore's work, 'A Home Away From Home (Bennelong/Vera's Hut)', is singled out as "One of the most affecting commissions" in Jon Bywater's review of the 20th Biennale of Sydney on New York-based Art-Agenda.
- » 31/03/2016:
The Commercial is looking forward to exhibiting at Auckland Art Fair 25-29 May 2016. Presented will be a group exhibition of all new works by Mitch Cairns, Gunter Christmann, Diena Georgetti, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Narelle Jubelin and Clare Milledge. (Stand A5)
- » 24/03/2016:
The Commercial is closed for the Easter break. Normal gallery hours resume 30/03/16.
- » 20/03/2016:
Mary Teague has been selected by this year's curator, Mikala Dwyer, for the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the NAS Gallery. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 23/03/16, 6-8pm and continues until 14/05/16.
- » 18/03/2016:
Archie Moore is presenting an Art Forum talk at the Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School in Darlinghurst 1-2pm, Wednesday 23/03/16. The talk coincides with Moore's major new work, 'A Home Away From Home (Bennelong/Vera's Hut)' in the Royal Botanic Gardens for the 20th Biennale of Sydney. FREE. All Welcome.
- » 18/03/2016:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is presenting a talk for the Biennale of Sydney at the site of her billboard work, 'Physical Doorway (Three Ways)', on Cockatoo Island on Sunday 20/03/16, 12 noon. "Physical Doorway (Three Ways) is the third manifestation of this text, the first appearing as a PowerPoint Show TRYING TO FIND THE PHYSICAL DOORWAY.pptx at Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany in 2015 and the second Physical Doorway and Energetic Wedge in a group show TPOLR at The Commercial Gallery Sydney in late 2015."
- » 14/03/2016:
A Welcome to Country for Archie Moore’s 'A Home Away From Home (Bennelong/Vera’s Hut)', a major new work for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, will take place on Wednesday, 16 March at 10:00am, Bennelong Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. This occasion is an opportunity to acknowledge the traditional owners of the site known as Tubowgulle, on Gadigal land. Gadigal Elder, Uncle Charles (Chicka) Madden will present the Welcome with a smoking ceremony by Mathew Doyle. All welcome.
- » 02/03/2016:
In the lead up to his work for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, a major outdoor project in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, Archie Moore speaks with Tess Maunder. Full interview on Ocula.
- » 21/02/2016:
Big Ego Books, the brainchild of collaborators Emily Hunt and Raquel Caballero, has found a bricks and mortar home at Alaska Projects in the Kings Cross carpark. "Big Ego Books arose from the desire to bring together a library of great artists and writers whose original, inspiring and sometimes maniacal work resides on the fringes of popular culture. A passion project for Sydney-based collaborators Raquel Caballero and Emily Hunt, Big Ego Books is a personally sourced and curated online collection of fascinating, hard-to-find, and frequently unusual titles that reflect the singular tastes and preoccupations of its creators." The launch of Big Ego Books at Alaska Projects is Wednesday 24/02/16, 6-8pm at Kings Cross Carpark, Level 2, 9a Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay. Ongoing opening hours Saturday and Sunday, 1-6pm.
- » 08/02/2016:
Clare Milledge is exhibiting in Magic Object - the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, curated by Lisa Slade, held at mulitple venues across Adelaide. Milledge's work will be presented at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at the University of South Australia. "With attendant meanings and manifestations, including contemporary artists’ interests in the talismanic, in cultural rituals and material riddles, this exhibition offers the ‘Wunderkammer’ as a tool with which to both view the world and critique it." The Adelaide Biennial is the longest-standing survey of contemporary Australian Art. Exhibition dates: 27/02/16 - 15/05/16.
- » 05/02/2016:
Works from Michael Riley's earliest series of conceptual photographs, Sacrifice, are included in Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge. The exhibition, curated by Stephen Gilchrist, "surveys contemporary Indigenous art from Australia, exploring the ways in which time is embedded within Indigenous artistic, social, historical, and philosophical life. For Indigenous people, the past is understood to be part of a cyclical and circular order known as the “everywhen”; conceptions of time rely on active encounters with both the ancestral and natural worlds. While the exhibition focuses on the last 40 years of Indigenous art, it also includes historical objects from the rich collections of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology to underscore both the continuity of cultural practice and remarkable adaptive innovations." Exhibition dates: 05/02/16 - 18/09/16.
- » 01/02/2016:
MItch Cairns' book, THE READER'S VOICE, that accompanies his solo exhibition of the same name at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, is being launched at The Cross Art + Books Saturday 06/02/16, 4-6pm. 33 Roslyn Street, Kings Cross. All welcome. THE READER'S VOICE is published by Gang Atelier. Collages from the book are viewable on The Commercial website and available for purchase.
- » 01/02/2016:
Clare Milledge is exhibiting in a three-person exhibition curated by Alexie Glass and Talia Linz at Artspace, Sydney. "Featuring new, site-specific work commissioned from three of the inaugural Artspace One Year Studio Artists: Nick Dorey, Mikala Dwyer and Clare Milledge, Dämmerschlaf highlights the states of consciousness that arise through creative practice. It explores ideas around the supernatural, the occult, alternate spiritualities and ways of perceiving reality, as well as the physical and conceptual thresholds between the studio and the gallery." Dämmerschlaf continues until 28/02/16
- » 31/01/2016:
Interview with Mitch Cairns as part of the Art Sets series about some of his favourite works in the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection.
- » 10/01/2016:
A video interview with Clare Milledge on Sydney College of the Arts, website.
- » 18/12/2015:
It is a great pleasure to announce that The Commercial now represents Anna Kristensen. Kristensen (b. 1983) is a painter who navigates pathways and boundaries between painting, photography and various forms of photo-reproduction within the disparate dimensions of actual surface flatness and illusory pictorial depth. Painting is sometimes brought into the sculptural round. Recent work is informed by two residencies undertaken in the USA: the Australia Council for the Arts’ Greene Street Studio in New York and the prestigious Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska (both 2013). An overview of key works is now viewable on The Commercial’s website. Kristensen’s first solo exhibition at The Commercial will be in the second half of 2016.
- » 16/12/2015:
The Commercial will be closed for the Summer break from 20/12/15 until 02/02/16. Saturday 19/12/15 is the final day of Lillian O'Neil's solo exhibition, Pause before the fall. The gallery will reopen with Mary Teague's solo exhibition on Friday 05/02/16.
- » 14/12/2015:
Congratulations to Hossein Ghaemi for being awarded one of seven twelve-month, free studios at Artspace, Sydney. The Artspace studio program was relaunched in 2015 to offer artists substantial studio space as well as allowing them to undertake ambitious projects, expand their practice, receive engaged critical feedback from Artspace curators, to meet international curators through the Artspace Visiting Curators program, amongst other things. Hossein will take up his Artspace studio in early 2016.
- » 12/12/2015:
It is a pleasure to announce that Mitch Cairns' work Reg Richardson AM has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
- » 04/12/2015:
Review of Agatha Gothe-Snape's work for Performa 15, Rhetorical Chorus (LW), on Hyperallergic.
- » 02/12/2015:
Narelle Jubelin at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in the Sydney Morning Herald.
- » 01/12/2015:
Narelle Jubelin's major 1998 installation work, 'Case No: T961301', is being exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, as part of the exhibition, The Biography of Things. "Artists use objects, archives and collections to trace the labyrinthine stories that live behind things. The Biography of Things reveals narratives of loss, intrigue, histories and people, from the objective to the subjective. Working as if detectives, the artists in this exhibition bring a lively approach to object encounters, revealing much about what time has concealed or forgotten." The exhibition is curated by Juliana Engberg, Annika Kristensen and Hannah Mathews. Jubelin's 'Case No: T961301' traces the sale in the 1990s of British fighter jets to Indonesia for aggression against East Timor and the destruction in 1996 of one such jet by the activist Plowshares Four group using common domestic utensils. exhibition dates: 05/12/15 - 21/02/15
- » 25/11/2015:
Tim Schultz is speaking as part of a panel this Saturday at the National Gallery of Victoria in relation to the exhibition, Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes. Speakers: Tim Schultz, Artist, Lesley Harding, Curator, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Dr Anthony White, Senior Lecturer, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne and Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art. 2pm Saturday 28 November, 2015 at NGV Australia. Tickets available from the NGV website.
- » 18/11/2015:
In addition to her solo performance on 18/11/15, Agatha Gothe-Snape is presenting work at Performa 15 as part of the collaborative group, WrongSolo (Brian Fuata, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Shane Haseman). On Saturday 21/11/15 at 5pm and Sunday 22/11/15, at the Performa Hub, WrongSolo present Cardinals, a short three-part performance centred around an imagined dialogue between the cardinal point ‘North’, and the intercardinal points ‘South-East’ and ‘South-West’. Accompanied by clarinettist Megan Clune and curated by Amelia Wallin. Further information on the Performa 15 website.
- » 09/11/2015:
Emily Hunt has been shortlisted for the National Self Portrait Prize at the UQ Art Museum in Brisbane. The $ 50,000.00 biennial by invitation only prize is this year curated by Michael Desmond and will be opened and judged by Jason Smith, Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Thirty artists are shortlisted for the prize, including Fiona Foley, Julie Gough, John Nixon, Patricia Piccinini, Andrew Sayers and Philip Wolfhagen. Announced Friday 13/11/15, 6:15pm. Exhibition dates: 14/11/15 – 13/03/16
- » 29/10/2015:
Agatha Gothe-Snape has created four fundraising editions (three posters and a luxury beach throw) to raise funds for the presentation and documentation of her Performa 15 project, Rhetorical Chorus (LW), to be presented at the New York Society for Ethical Culture 18/11/15. Each edition is AUD 500.00. Full details via this link.
- » 28/10/2015:
Agatha Gothe-Snape and Archie Moore have been selected for the 20th Biennale of Sydney: The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed, to be presented 18/03/16 – 05/05/16. Artistic Director, Stephanie Rosenthal, has conceived of the Biennale at seven main venues conceived as ‘embassies of thought’. Both Gothe-Snape and Moore are developing new projects for ‘in-between spaces’ in Rosenthal’s curatorial scheme that are framed “in terms of our interaction with the digital world, displacement from and occupation of spaces and land, and the interconnections and overlaps between politics and financial power structures.”
- » 24/10/2015:
Narelle Jubelin in The Australian in Malcolm Turnbull's office.
- » 11/10/2015:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is developing a major new work for Performa 15 in New York in November this year. Performa is the pre-eminent biennial of international performance art. On 18/11/15 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Gothe-Snape will present Rhetorical Chorus (LW), a performance inspired by a chance encounter with legendary conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner that explores the role of the physical body in transmitting and receiving knowledge. Her most ambitious and formal performance work to date, Rhetorical Chorus (LW) pieces together a gestural lexicon of Weiner’s hand movements, and an expanded verbal vocabulary gathered from his every text work. Rhetorical Chorus (LW) is a visual and aural collage of images, texts and sounds. It presents an improvised choral performance in the byzantine tradition of cheironomia, a musical system notated by hand gestures, accompanied by an animated digital PowerPoint presentation, each illuminating the dual lexicons of Lawrence Weiner. Unraveling the interconnected legacies and influences of modernism and conceptual art in their respective practices, Gothe-Snape follows these threads through acts of embodiment, expression and transference in this layered and multi-sensory circulation and consumption of knowledge. Gothe-Snape's work for Performa has been jointly commissioned by Performance Space, Sydney and the Keir Foundation with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts as well as private donors. Rhetorical Chorus (LW) has been selected as one of fourteen focus Performa Commissions. Other Performa Commissions for 2015 are by Ryan Gander, Jesper Just and Oscar Murillo.
- » 08/10/2015:
It is a pleasure to announce that a selection of Gunter Christmann's 1975 and 1977 works on paper have been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
- » 02/10/2015:
Congratulations to Narelle Jubelin and her collaborators, Fiona MacDonald, Maria Madeira and Victor De Sousa, for winning the 2015 Freemantle Arts Centre Print Award. The $ 16,000.00 prize was awarded for their print work, Elastics / Borrocha / Elástico (2012 Timor-Leste Mobile Residency Archive). The large offset lithograph, printed by Big Fag Press Sydney, is the outcome of the four artists traveling to eleven of the thirteen districts in a mobile residency in East Timor. This Australian-led project, facilitated by the late curator Jennifer Phipps, delves into the history of one of our closest regional neighbours, presenting an insight into Timorese culture and crossing cultural boundaries through print. The work’s title ‘Elastics / Borrocha / Elástico', is borrowed from the universal collaborative children’s jumping game. The 2015 judging panel, consisted of Marian Crawford, Maurice O’Riordan and Gemma Weston.
- » 02/10/2015:
It is a pleasure to announce that Archie Moore's video work Blood Fraction has been acquired by the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.
- » 01/10/2015:
Mitch Cairns is presenting a solo, project exhibition, The Reader's Voice, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, curated by Linda Michael. The exhibition includes a large new group of collages, a bronze and substantial new artist book that documents the new work. "Somewhere between cartoons, writing, and concrete poetry, these collages by Mitch Cairns are inspired by all these forms, and by music. As with his painting, he imposes limits that paradoxically allow freer expression; for example using French, a language he doesn’t speak, or letters to make images. Cairns plays with thoughts, ideas and memories with great economy and wit, using the now-defunct Letraset, and Zazzle stickers of images from a personal archive." exhibition dates: 24 October - 21 February.
- » 29/09/2015:
Tim Schultz is exhibiting a major body of work in Lurid Beauty - Australian Surrealism and its Echoes at the National Gallery of Victoria. The exhibition "presents over 200 paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, fashion, films and photographs as well as considering theatre and performance in an exuberant exploration of Surrealism and its profound influence on Australian art and creative life." The exhibition is curated by Max Delany, Simon Maidment and a curatorial team and brings together historical and contemporary works. It includes works by Leigh Bowery, Pat Brassington, Max Dupain, Dale Frank, James Gleeson, Louise Hearman, Josey Kidd Crowe, Sidney Nolan, David Noonan, Joshua Petherick, Rosslynd Piggott, Stuart Ringholt, Eric Thake, Albert Tucker. A substantial catalogue is being produced to accompany the exhibition in which Schultz's text, 'Historicism and Manic Revolt' is being reproduced in full. NGV Australia at Federation Square. Exhibition dates 09/10/15 - 31/01/16.
- » 27/09/2015:
Archie Moore has a solo exhibition at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at the University of South Australia as part of Tarnanthi the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. Moore will be presenting his installation of aromatic portraits based on memory, Les Eaux d'Amoore. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition with a text by Djon Mundine OAM. Exhibition dates 09/10/15 - 04/12/15.
- » 27/09/2015:
Mitch Cairns is exhibiting a large group of cartoons in the exhibition DEADPAN - Five Contemporary Australian Artists and Humour, curated by Abigail Moncrieff, at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition includes work by Mitch Cairns, Heath Franco, Ronnie van Hout, Z. O'Mahoney and Nat Thomas. Exhibition dates: 02/10/15 - 21/11/15.
- » 21/09/2015:
Review of Archie Moore's exhibition, Blood Fraction, at The Commercial by Sharne Wolff on The Art Life.
- » 17/09/2015:
Clare Milledge is shortlisted for the 2015 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Award. The FLMATA supports a Sydney College of the Arts graduate to continue the development of their practice through international travel. The $28,000 prize is awarded on the basis of an application and visual assessment by a panel of judges. This year's award will be announced at the opening of the exhibition at the Rozelle campus on 07/10/15.
- » 16/09/2015:
It is a pleasure to announce that Diena Georgetti's works COMMUNITY of the people / Nordic and COMMUNITY of the people / Bouquet have been acquired by the Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand.
- » 16/09/2015:
It is a pleasure to announce that Mitch Cairns' work Peter Powditch has been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
- » 07/09/2015:
Djon Mundine OAM, member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales, curator, writer, artist and activist, will open Archie Moore's solo exhibition, Blood Fraction, at The Commercial on Saturday 12/09/15 (during Sydney Contemporary) at 6:45pm.
- » 28/08/2015:
Please note changes of date for Archie Moore's exhibition, Blood Fraction. The exhibition will be viewable from Wednesday 09/09/15 during normal gallery hours during the week of Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks. Opening drinks will be held Saturday, 12/09/15, 6-8pm.
- » 25/08/2015:
The Commercial is exhibiting for the second consecutive year at the biennial Sydney Contemporary art fair, 10/09/15-13/09/15, at Carriageworks. It will present a group exhibition in the Current Contemporary section - Booth A01 - with all new works by Mitch Cairns, Diena Georgetti, Emily Hunt, Narelle Jubelin, Clare Milledge, Lillian O'Neil and Robert Pulie. In addition to the gallery's stand, Stephen Ralph has been selected for the Installation Contemporary section, curated by The Curators' Department (Glenn Barkley, Ivan Muñiz Reed and Holly Williams). A large group of Ralph's cast concrete sculptures will be exhibited. Information about fair opening hours and tickets for opening night is available on the Sydney Contemporary website.
- » 24/08/2015:
It is a great pleasure to announce that The Commercial now represents Narelle Jubelin. Jubelin (b. 1960, Sydney, lives Madrid since 1996) has an extensive exhibition history which, from the outset, has been marked by international scope and rigour. An overview of key exhibitions is being developed on The Commercial website where an attempt has been made to reproduce her miniature petit point renditions in 1:1 scale. The Commercial will present an intimate introduction to Jubelin’s work as part of a group exhibition at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 10/09/15-13/09/15. It will be the first time that her work has been seen in a primary commercial context in Australia for a decade. Her first solo exhibition at The Commercial will be in mid-2016.
- » 11/08/2015:
Clare Milledge is exhibiting a series of five new glass paintings in the group exhibition, Neverwhere, at Gaia Gallery in Istanbul. Curated by Vikki McInnes, Director of Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the University of Melbourne, Neverwhere also features work of Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Tony Garifalakis, Lou Hubbard, Veronica Kent, Claire Lambe and Kathy Temin. The exhibition is supported by Asialink Arts as a part of Australia in Turkey 2015: Celebrating Contemporary Australian Culture and coincides with the opening of the Istanbul Biennale. Neverwhere exhibition dates 14/08/15 - 12/09/15.
- » 23/07/2015:
An interview with The Commercial and friends about the Art Money initiative that provides interest-free loans (up to $ 20,000) for buying contemporary art.
- » 20/07/2015:
Yasmin Smith is presenting a talk about her large ceramics installation, Ntaria Fence, at The Commercial on Saturday 25/07/15, 4pm.
- » 20/07/2015:
Congratulations to Emily Hunt for being shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) at Artspace Sydney. Valued at $ 30,000.00, "The NSW Visual Arts Fellowship is Artspace’s key exhibition for profiling the dynamism and breadth of emerging contemporary artistic practice in NSW." Finalists will present work in the exhibition, and the winner announced on Thursday 12/11/15.
- » 18/07/2015:
Nice coverage of recent group exhibition, TPOLR, at The Commercial, by Patrick Hartigan in his piece in this weekend's The Saturday Paper.
- » 17/07/2015:
Huge congratulations to Mitch Cairns for being awarded runner-up for the second consecutive year in the $ 100,000 Archibald Portrait Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for his portrait of fellow painter, Peter Powditch. The Archibald is on exhibition at the AGNSW until 27/09/15 before it goes on its regional gallery tour. Tour details on the AGNSW website.
- » 10/07/2015:
Hossein Ghaemi has work in the group exhibition RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, curated by Michael Do at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. The exhibition continues until 23/08/15.
- » 09/07/2015:
Congratulations to Mitch Cairns for being selected as a finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize with his portrait of painter, Peter Powditch. "I was drawn to the idea of painting Peter after attending the recent POP to Popism exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW. The inclusion of Powditch’s Seascape II to my mind reaffirmed the significance of his work. In general, Peter’s work is characterised by a directness of purpose, exemplary draftsmanship and an incisive approach to painting problems. He is an unapologetic image-maker." (Cairns) The Archibald winner is announced on Friday 17/07/15 with the exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW continuing until 27/09/15.
- » 06/07/2015:
Clare Milledge is interviewed by Neha Kale in issue 10 July 2016 of Vault New Art & Culture magazine.
- » 02/07/2015:
Archie Moore is shortlisted for the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015 at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. His sewn linen flag series, 14 Queensland Nations (Nations Imagined by RH Mathews), is included in the exhibition. The prestigious $ 50,000.00 award is announced tomorrow night, 03/07/15, in Perth. The exhibition continues until 12/10/15.
- » 01/07/2015:
Latrobe Regional Gallery is exhibiting Michael Riley's 1996 documentary film, Blacktracker, a film based on the life of the artist's grandfather, Alexander Riley, a legendary tracker who worked for the NSW Police Force from 1911-1950 who "has done more to solve major crime, recapture jailbreakers and save lives than any other Aboriginal man in that state." Exhibition dates: 04/07/15 - 02/08/15
- » 01/07/2015:
It is a great pleasure to announce that The Commercial now represents Diena Georgetti. Georgetti (b. 1966) has been a significant figure in Australian contemporary art, making paintings that cut through expectation since the outset of her career in the late 1980s. Her work emerged within the context of the artists and curators surrounding Store 5, the influential artist-run-initiative in Melbourne, though Georgetti has gone on to mark out an idiom entirely her own, inspiring a pronounced and dedicated following particularly amongst the art cognoscenti. An overview of key exhibitions has been developed on The Commercial website. The Commercial presented two new paintings by Georgetti as part of a group exhibition at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair in September 2015 both of which were acquired by the Chartwell Collection (housed by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki). Georgetti's first solo exhibition at The Commercial will be in mid-2016.
- » 26/06/2015:
Clare Milledge and Mary Teague have work in the painting group show, Casual Conversation, at Minerva, Sydney. The exhibition continues until 08/08/15
- » 22/06/2015:
Works by Mitch Cairns, Gunter Christmann, Emily Hunt, Clare Milledge, Michael Riley and Mary Teague are included in the group exhibition, Writing Art, curated by Scott Donovan, at Artspace, Sydney. "Writing Art illustrates how the use of text has evolved into an integral and multifaceted aspect of contemporary art. The use of text may be fundamentally material, focusing on the resonant connotations of words. It may be punning and self-referential. It may be spatial and constructive. It may draw close to poetry while maintaining a strong visual identity. It may be documentarian, or mockingly so, where text is suggested as part of a narrative, or fictional, archive. Ultimately, it is the sheer mutability of the textual within the context of the visual arts that allows it to keep speaking, amongst works and to an ever-growing audience receptive to the form." Opening Thursday 25/06/15, 6-8pm. Exhibition continues until 16/07/15.
- » 16/06/2015:
Archie Moore is exhibiting in a two-person exhibition with Matt Calder, Re-locating the Land, at System Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The exhibition poses the question, "How can we know what it means to experience land in totally different parts of the world? How does the land, its raw matter and our use of it shape us and our views of ourselves?" The works by both artists replicate the raw features of their childhood environments and experiences of clay. The exhibition continues until 26/06/15 and is part of ‘A Cross-cultural Working Group on “Good Culture” and Precariousness’, the exhibition seeks to make sense of and identify paths to discussion through the radical cultural difference at play in interactions between people from Aboriginal Australian communities around Brisbane and people from Ashington, Northumberland as they develop guidelines for collective responses to insecure neoliberal circumstances."
- » 09/06/2015:
It is a pleasure to announce that Archie Moore's works Aboriginal Pagan, Aboriginal Anarchist and Aboriginal Percent have been acquired by Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne.
- » 25/05/2015:
The Commercial is pleased to announce the release of Agatha Gothe-Snape’s POWERPOINTS Catalogue (2008 - ongoing) Series 3. POWERPOINTS is an ongoing series of digital artworks that have been created with Microsoft PowerPoint. They are endless loops with sound. POWERPOINTS parallel Gothe-Snape's broader conceptual practice stemming from improvisational performance. POWERPOINTS are purchased as an entire series which is updated periodically with releases of new works similar to a subscription. Subscribers receive each new release at no extra cost. POWERPOINTS are a numbered, open edition. With the Series 3 release, there are now forty-six works in the POWERPOINTS Catalogue. POWERPOINTS can be viewed in any format that supports Microsoft PowerPoint at any scale. PowerPoint software has recently been released for smartphones and tablets (both Mac and Android). POWERPOINTS subscribers include: The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, the University of Western Australia, Perth; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; private collections internationally. POWERPOINTS subscriptions are AUD 800.00 (incl. GST). Email subscription inquiries to [email protected].
- » 21/05/2015:
A review by Stella Rosa McDonald of Buruwi Burra (Three Skies) on The Art Life.
- » 26/04/2015:
The catalogue from Clare Milledge's 2014 exhibition, Altus Duel: Total Environment, at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, is now published, with text by Kyla McFarlane.
- » 24/04/2015:
The gallery is open ANZAC Day, Saturday 25/04/15, 11am-6pm. It is the final day of the Michael Snape exhibition at 146 Abercrombie Street. Emily Hunt's exhibition, Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence, has been extended one week until 02/05/15.
- » 13/04/2015:
Ivan Cheng and Brooke Stamp are presenting a performance in the Michael Snape exhibition at 146 Abercrombie Street, Redfern (next door to The Commercial). Thursday 16/04/15, 6:30pm for 7pm start. The performance will be approximately 15-20 minutes in duration. The Michael Snape exhibition is jointly presented by The Commercial and Australian Galleries.
- » 13/04/2015:
The Commercial is pleased to be a registered participant in the Art Money scheme. Art Money was launched in April 2015. It provides interest free loans for buying art at participating galleries. Loans are available for artworks priced from $750 to $20,000. Art Money is delivered by 10 Group and supported by the City of Sydney as part of their Cultural Policy Action Plan. Art Money provides interest-free repayments over ten months. Contact the gallery or Art Money for more information.
- » 31/03/2015:
Review of Emily Hunt's solo exhibition at The Commercial, Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence, written by Sharne Wolfe on The Art Life.
- » 30/03/2015:
The Commercial will be closed for the Easter break, Friday 03/04/15 - Tuesday 07/04/15 inclusive.
- » 28/03/2015:
Agatha Gothe-Snape, Mitch Cairns and Gunter Christmann have work in the exhibition 21st Century Heide: The Collection Since 2000, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. The exhibition presents 1500 artworks acquired by the Museum since the turn of the century. Exhibition dates: 28/03/15 - 14/07/15.
- » 28/03/2015:
Big congratulations to Hossein Ghaemi for winning (equal first prize) the 2015 Stonevilla Studios Wearable Art Prize, sponsored by Marrickville Council. The judge of this year's prize was Hany Armanious.
- » 25/03/2015:
Archie Moore has a new video work, Blood Fraction, in the 2015 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize that opens tonight at the National Art School Gallery in Sydney. Moore is one of twenty-one artists invited by guest curator, Tim Johnson, to make work for the prize who have in turn each invited an emerging artist to participate. Moore has invited Brisbane artist, Dale Harding. The exhibition continues until 23/05/15 at the NAS Gallery.
- » 25/03/2015:
Emily Hunt is presenting a talk about her current exhibition, Doctrine of Eternal Recurrence, at The Commercial on Saturday 28/03/15, 4pm.
- » 23/03/2015:
It is with great pleasure that The Commercial and Australian Galleries together present an exhibition of new works by Michael Snape in a temporary exhibition space at 146 Abercrombie Street, Redfern (next door to The Commercial). The exhibition comprises six major new steel sculptures and is accompanied by a text by James Angus. Exhibition dates: 28/03/15 - 25/04/15.
- » 11/03/2015:
The Commercial is excited to announce that Emily Hunt is the recipient of a 2015 Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship for painting. She will use the scholarship to pursue her interests in decorative painting on ceramics in Belgium. She intends to undertake a rigorous six-month painting program at the Van der Kelen Logelain School for decorative painting in Brussels.
- » 09/03/2015:
Mitch Cairns is contributing to a discussion panel on the centrality of painting as part of the Art Month Sydney program. Wednesday 11/03/15, 6.30pm at King Street Gallery on William.
- » 03/03/2015:
Mitch Cairns is exhibiting in a group exhibition, Outside Thoughts, curated by Wes Hill at Contemporary Art Tasmania in Hobart (formally known as CAST). The exhibition includes work by Mitch Cairns, Emily Floyd, Danie Mellor and Darren Sylvester and is part of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival. Exhibition dates are 18/03/15 - 19/04/15.
- » 26/02/2015:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is in the '100 Contemporary Artists of Our Time' issue of Tokyo-based magazine, Bijutsu Techno, vol. 67, NO. 1019, with a text by Reuben Keehan. BT is a monthly magazine, first published in Japan in 1948 and, with the current issue, will be published in a separate English and Chinese edition to be circulated in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Gothe-Snape (#70) is the only Australian artist in the list. Other artists include Urs Fischer, Hito Steyerl, Hernan Bas, Ryan Gander, Tino Sehgal, Sterling Ruby, Oscar Murillo, Shilpa Gupta, Simon Denny, Josh Smith, Teppei Kaneuji, Cao Fei, Thomas Houseago, Kara Walker, Pussy Riot and Eva Rothschild.
- » 23/02/2015:
Mitch Cairns will be giving an artist talk about his solo exhibition, FINCHES, Saturday 07/03/15, 4pm. This is an Art Month event.
- » 16/02/2015:
Matthew Holt's excellent text, 'Midnight All Day: Notes on Mitch Cairns' New Work', commissioned to accompany the current exhibition, is available as a pdf on The Commercial website.
- » 13/02/2015:
Mitch Cairns' solo exhibition, FINCHES, previewed by Sharne Wolff on The Art Life.
- » 05/02/2015:
Archie Moore is presenting an artist talk on his 14 Queensland Nations (Nations Imagined by RH Mathews) flag series at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute on Saturday 07/02/15, 11am.
- » 01/02/2015:
Archie Moore is presenting a solo exhibition of his most recent flag series, 14 Queensland Nations (Nations Imagined by RH Mathews), at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide. The series of fourteen sewn linen flags was commissioned by the University of Queensland where they were first exhibited in September 2014 followed by a second exhibition at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in October-November 2014. The exhibition at Tandanya is Moore's first solo exhibition in South Australia. exhibition 06/02/15 - 28/03/15.
- » 28/01/2015:
The Commercial is about to have a little facelift. Due to the tight schedule of builders and other tradesmen, we unfortunately have to end Lillian O'Neil's exhibition two days earlier than planned. We apologise for any inconvenience. The last day of the show is Thursday 29/01/15, 6-8pm. There will be nothing on exhibition at the gallery during the renovation period but we will be on the email and phone as usual. The gallery will reopen on Friday 13/02/15 with Mitch Cairns' exhibition, 'FINCHES' which we're very much looking forward to ... as well as to seeing the new us.
- » 26/01/2015:
Emily Hunt co-dictates with former Duke Magazine collaborator, Raquel Caballero, TV Tunes Dance Off at the MCA Art Bar, bringing judges Frances Barrett, David Capra and Isobel Parker Philip into the fray. Friday 30/01/15. Tickets at www.mca.com.au
- » 20/01/2015:
The Commercial Gallery is a nominee for the Prudential Eye Awards Best Gallery Supporting Emerging Asian Contemporary Art being announced 20/01/15 at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Both Members of the Global Eye Academy and non-members invited by the Academy's Board may be Nominators for the various award categories.
- » 19/01/2015:
Archie Moore is a finalist in the $ 50,000.00 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award. The prestigious, non-acquisitive award was founded in 2008 and is hosted by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The fourteen finalists are: Megan Cope, Karla Dickens, Sandra Hill, Simon Hogan, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Nongirrnga Marawili, Archie Moore, Vincent Namatjira, Steaphan Paton, Eunice Porter, John Prince Siddon, Tjala Collaborative, Carlene West, Billy Yunkura Atkins. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition at the AGWA on Friday 03/07/15. The selection panel consists of Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Kimberley Moulton, writer, curator and Project Officer for the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum and Clotilde Bullen, Curator of Indigenous Art at the AGWA.
- » 05/01/2015:
Gunter Christmann's 50-year retrospective at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, curated by Lesley Harding, was named on Blouin ArtInfo's list of Ten of the Best Art Exhibitions in Australia (non-commercial) for 2014.
- » 19/12/2014:
Clare Milledge is one of seven artists awarded an Inaugural Artspace Non-residential Studio for 2015. Clare will begin the 12 month free studio in February 2015. A key part of the rebranding of Artspace's identity, "[t]he relaunch of the Artspace studio program as free, bolstered by curatorial advocacy, acknowledges the necessity for a studio program in Sydney that offers space for artists to create new work and involvement in a program that leverages crucial professional development opportunities."
- » 13/11/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is participating in a series of artist talks at Artspace, Sydney, as part of the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) exhibition. Agatha is exhibiting six new works from her POWERPOINTS catalogue. Artists included in the talks are Tim Bruniges, Sarah Contos, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Jonny Niesche, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Baden Pailthorpe, Leyla Stevens, Marian Tubbs and Tessa Zettel. Saturday 15/11/14, 2pm.
- » 10/11/2014:
Tim Schultz presented a paper on The Commercial's stand at Melbourne Art Fair 14/08/14 about three historical/historicist paintings of the 1990s. The full text is now published on The Commercial website.
- » 03/11/2014:
An interview with Hossein Ghaemi about his 2013 performance, THE DEFICIENT OF SOLUTION DEVELOPMENT: QUIZZING MAKES REMEDY at the Tiny Stadiums Festival in Sydney, with video footage of the performance, on the Das Platforms website.
- » 29/10/2014:
Coverage by Ian Warden of Archie Moore's Canberra Contemporary Art Space exhibition in today's Canberra Times. For the record, the constellation in 'Kamilaroi Nation' is the Pleiades (Seven Sisters), not the Southern Cross.
- » 29/10/2014:
It is a pleasure to announce that Lillian O'Neil's work The Lonely Isle has been acquired by Artbank.
- » 26/10/2014:
Lillian O'Neil's monumental collage, The Lonely Isle, currently on exhibition at Artspace, Sydney, as part of the 2014 NSW Visual Artists Fellowship (Emerging), will be be shown at The Commercial as a single-work exhibition (as originally intended by the artist). It will be the focus of our end of year closing drinks on Friday 19/12/14 and will continue on exhibition when the galley reopens on Wednesday 14/01/15 until early February. The Lonely Isle is O'Neil's largest work to date and has been acquired by Artbank. It is the first work of O'Neil's acquired by a public collection.
- » 25/10/2014:
A two-minute excerpt of Hossein Ghaemi's Primavera video, 'Truth', on the website. Primavera: Young Australian Artists, curated by Mikala Dwyer, continues at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia until 30/11/14.:
- » 20/10/2014:
Archie Moore's 2012 work, Clover, is included in the group exhibition, 'The Subtropic Complex', at Art on James Street for Resort in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, curated by Tess Maunder. "The word subtropic has long been used as a marketing strategy and cultural signifier to promote Brisbane. The climate is used to distinguish the city from other capitals and its narrative seduces international visitors to travel and do business. Climate is a curious term, with two key meanings: the prevailing weather conditions of a region on the one hand, and as a way to describe the dominant attitudes of a place on the other. It is primarily this cultural sense of climate that can be felt in the exhibition Subtropic Complex, though there is heat." opening Thursday, 23/10/14. exhibition: 23/10/14 - 23/11/14.
- » 19/10/2014:
Emily Hunt is exhibiting in the group exhibition, 'Sideshow', at UTS Art gallery, Sydney. Curated by Isobel Parker Philip, the exhibition "adopts the spatial logic of the circus sideshow as an allegorical blueprint for exhibition display." It includes work by: Pat Brassington, David Capra, Christopher Day, Charles Dennington, Heath Franco, Andrew Hazewinkel, Matthew Hopkins, Emily Hunt, Anna John, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Polixeni Papapetrou, Sarah Parker and Tom Polo. Opening Tuesday 28/10/14, 6-8pm, exhibition: 28/10/14 - 28/11/14.
- » 17/10/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape has a solo exhibition, 'Free Speaking', in Studio 12 at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. The exhibition of marks the end of her two year studio in Melbourne and comprises a series of drawings tangentially related to her work produced earlier this year for the 8th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art. exhibition 17/10/14 - 15/11/14.
- » 16/10/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is giving an artist talk at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, in relation to her work in the exhibition Framed Movements. Tuesday 21/10/14, 6pm.
- » 16/10/2014:
Archie Moore has a solo exhibition opening at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Darwin. 'False Friends' foregrounds Moore’s new media practice, and involves the re-staging of earlier works alongside new works that have been specially made for the NCCA. Curated by Wes Hill, the exhibition will bring to light Moore’s interest in vacillating identities, with the artist directing his practice towards specific sociopolitical issues while shirking clear-cut resolutions. Exhibition: 17/10/14 - 08/11/14.
- » 15/10/2014:
Emily Hunt's works in Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists are now on The Commercial website. The exhibition, curated by Mikala Dwyer, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia continues until 30/11/14.
- » 13/10/2014:
Robert Pulie and Mary Teague have work in the group exhibition, 'Work', curated by Helen Johnson at the artist-run-initiative, Slopes, Melbourne. "Whatever we do, we are supposed to do for the sake of “making a living”; such is the verdict of society, and the number of people, especially in the professions who might challenge it, has decreased rapidly. The only exception society is willing to grant is the artist, who, strictly speaking, is the only “worker” left in a laboring society." Hannah Arendt, 1958. The exhibition continues until 01/11/14 and includes work by: Lillian Addie, Nadine Christensen, Gabriel Curtin, Ann Debono, Hamishi Farah, Katherine Hattam, Andrew Mcqualter, Aliza Nisenbaum, Nell Pearson, Robert Pulie, Kate Smith, Mary Teague, Alex Vivian. Slopes, 9 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.
- » 09/10/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is exhibiting in Framed Movements at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. The exhibition investigates the potential that lies at the shifting boundaries between dance and art. Exploring how a movement-based approach to the occupation of time and space is practiced in dance and in the realm of contemporary art. The exhibition brings together a series of Australian and international artists who use a choreographic approach in their work. Curated by Hannah Matthews. Exhibition: 10/10/14 - 23/11/14
- » 04/10/2014:
Archie Moore's new linen flag series, 14 Nations, recently exhibited at the University of Queensland as part of Courting Blakness: Recalibrating knowledge in the Sandstone University, is traveling to the Nation's capital. They are being exhibited at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in Archie Moore: 14 Queensland Nations (Nations imagined by RH Mathews). Opening Friday 10/10/14, 6-8pm. exhibition dates: 10/10/14 - 15/11/14.
- » 03/10/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is exhibiting a new POWERPOINT in Art as a Verb at Monash University Museum of Art, a major thematic exhibition that takes as its departure point the concept of art as action. It draws upon the energy of fluxus and happenings, and looks back to dematerialisation of art. Art as a Verb presents a range of projects from the 1960s to today that challenge the traditional role of the artist and the site of the museum. exhibtion: 03/10/14 - 16/12/14
- » 02/10/2014:
Clare Milledge has curated an experimental laboratory, Psychomagic: Dead Matters, at the artist-run-initiative, 55 Sydenham Rd. The exhibition culminates in an event this Friday, 03/10/14. From 6pm, the final installation can be viewed before its decomposition beginning at 6.30pm with various phenomena involving Clare Milledge in collaboration with fellow artists, Ryan Bell, Kel Henderson and Hana Hoogedeure as well as Sam Wickham and David Haines and Joyce Hinterding.
- » 02/10/2014:
It is a pleasure to announce that Archie Moore's work Aboriginal Rainbow has been acquired by Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane.
- » 30/09/2014:
The Commercial is presenting a two-week exhibition of Mitch Cairns' cartoons to frame the launch of his new book. Dip or Skinny Dip is a compilation of cartoons by Cairns with an accompanying text intervention by Brian Fuata. It is presented as a limited edition, bespoke publication and is the first publishing project by Gang Atelier. Dip or Skinny Dip will be launched at The Commercial by Erik Jensen on Sunday 12/10/14, 4-6pm.
- » 28/09/2014:
James Valentine does short interviews with Primavera 2014 artists on ABC Television's The Mix 27/09/14. Now on ABC iview. Hossein Ghaemi "the works start talking to each other, they breathe on each other" (3:25 - 3:48) and Emily Hunt "a refined brokenness" (23:11 - 24:25).
- » 27/09/2014:
Gail Hastings is seeking support for a new studio project.
- » 26/09/2014:
A selection of works from Michael Riley's 1995 series, they call me niigarr, and his 1997 film, Empire, are included in the exhibition BLAK: Forced into images at AAMU - Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht. The exhibition includes work by Richard Bell, Bindi Cole, Destiny Deacon, Fiona Foley, Michael Riley and Christian Thompson. Exhibition dates 12/10/14 - 04/01/15.
- » 26/09/2014:
Review of Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists at the Musuem of Contemporary Art Australia by Stella Rosa McDonald on The Artlife.
- » 25/09/2014:
Hossein Ghaemi and Emily Hunt, along with fellow Primavera 2014 artists, Ben Denham, Nick Dorey and Marian Tubbs, are giving artist talks at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia tonight, 6-7pm.
- » 24/09/2014:
Mary Teague's recent exhibition, Language of Art, at The Commercial has been reviewed in the September 2014 hard copy of Frieze Magazine, written by Eleanor Ivory Weber. Online for subscribers.
- » 24/09/2014:
It is a pleasure to announce that Emily Hunt's work Dread Head June has been acquired by Artbank.
- » 08/09/2014:
Mitch Cairns is exhibiting in a group exhibition, No fond return of love, at the artist-run-initiative, the Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown. The exhibition includes work by Angela Brennan, Mitch Cairns, Charles Dennington and Liang Luscombe. Opening Thursday 11/09/14, 6-8pm. Exhibition: 11/09/14 - 28/09/14.
- » 05/09/2014:
Archie Moore has a major new body of work on exhibition at the University of Queensland. 14 Nations is a series of fourteen new flag works by Moore created for the exhibition Courting Blakness in The Great Court of the UQ St. Lucia campus. The exhibition, curated by Fiona Foley, was accompanied by a two-day symposium, Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University, at which Moore also presented a paper. 14 Nations speaks to the "public's awareness of the many nations that existed here before European arrival and this idea of nationhood." The fourteen 'nations' of Moore's flags came from the early 20th Century anthropologist, R.H. Matthews, who posited fourteen Aboriginal nations in the Queensland area. At once acknowledging Matthews' insights into the multiplicity of Aboriginal cultures but mindful of their inauthenticity, Moore created ficticious flags for each of the purported nations. The original idea for the presentation of the work, initially approved by the university, ultimately met with resistance and permission was revoked. In the end, only ten of the fourteen flags have been included in the exhibition. The four large flags intended for the flag poles on the Forgen Smith Tower allegedly contravened flag protocols and were not allowed to be installed there. A silent protest in acknowledgement of this censorship was staged at the opening of the Courting Blakness symposium. Courting Blakness, curated by Fiona Foley, includes work by Michael Cook, Megan Cope, Karla Dickens, Nathalie Harkin, Archie Moore, Ryan Presley, r e a and Christian Thompson. The Great Court, University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus, Brisbane. Exhibition dates: 05/09/14 - 29/09/14.
A publication is being produced that documents the exhibition and symposium, due to be released in 2015. The Courting Blakness exhibition is to be opened by the Hon. Linda Burney MP on Friday 05/09/14, 6-8pm.
- » 27/08/2014:
In lieu of a regular opening for the Gunter Christmann exhibition at The Commercial, a special Spring afternoon celebration will be held at the gallery on Saturday 20/09/14, 2-6pm. Details of the live program will be announced closer to the date. The exhibition comprises six paintings made in the year leading up to the artist's death in November 2013 and coincides with the 50-year retrospective currently on exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
- » 05/08/2014:
Archie Moore is exhibiting in the group exhibition, South, curated by David Corbet at Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre. "SOUTH brings together the work of thirteen leading contemporary artists from three regions: Australia, Mexico and South Africa. While their practices and cultural backgrounds are diverse, they are united in the shared response to their identity as artists living and working in the relatively remote southern part of the world. The work presented is personal, political and socially engaged and reflects the changes in our globalised society." Artists include: Eric Bridgeman, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, Hasan and Husain Essop, Michael Goldberg, Newell Harry, Archie Moore, Zanele Muholi, Diego Ramirez, Betsabeé Romero and Joan Ross. And, thank you to the writers: Pamella Dlungwana, Cuauhtémoc Medina and Kevin Murray. Opening Thursday 7 August, 6-8pm. Exhibition dates: 8 August - 6 October, 2014.
- » 05/08/2014:
Mitch Cairns has been shortlisted for the 2014 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize. The recipient of the acquisitive award will be announced on the evening of Friday 29 August and the exhibition of shortlisted works will be on display at Geelong Gallery from 30/08/14 -23/11/14. The guest judge for this year's prize is Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art.
- » 01/08/2014:
The Commercial is exhibiting three important historical paintings from the 1990s (Marquise and Psyche both 1993 and The Toilet of Venus, 1996) by Tim Schultz at Melbourne Art Fair. Schultz will present a talk about these works on The Commercial's stand (E113) at 2pm on Thursday 14/08/14.
- » 29/07/2014:
The Commercial is excited in anticipation of its first presentation at Melbourne Art Fair in the Royal Exhibition Building. The Vernissage takes place on Wednesday 13/07/14 between 6-10pm. The gallery will be presenting a rotating group exhibition in Stand E113 on the ground floor. Further details of the presentation will be announced shortly. Melbourne Art Fair 13/07/14 - 17/07/14. Please note that the Sydney gallery will be closed for the duration of the fair. Hossein Ghaemi's solo exhibition will continue for a week after the fair, ending 23/08/14.
- » 26/07/2014:
A preview of Gunter Christmann's 50-year retrospective now on at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne until 16/11/14 has been published on Art Guide, written by Megan Backhouse.
- » 24/07/2014:
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, is presenting a major retrospective of Gunter Christmann's work. Curated by Lesley Harding, "'Gunter Christmann: Now and Then' is the first exhibition to survey the fifty-year career of this remarkable Australian artist. It includes sound works, photographs and drawings alongside his paintings, and traces the evolution of his major themes and series, from the geometric and constructivist abstracts, splatter and shaker box paintings through to his sensitive figure studies, silhouette paintings and landscapes." A catalogue has been produced to accompany the exhibition. Exhibition dates 26/07/14 - 16/11/14. Curator, Lesley Harding, is giving a floor talk Saturday 26/07/14 at 2pm.
- » 23/07/2014:
An interview with Mikala Dwyer, curator of this year's Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art Austraila, has been published by Broadsheet. Primavera opens September 23 and includes Emily Hunt and Hossein Ghaemi, whose solo exhibition, WIDE BLUE YONDER AND THE ALMIGHTY HOOF (a painting show!), opens this Friday night at The Commercial.
- » 23/07/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is exhibiting in Octopus 14: Nothing Beside Remains that opens this Friday 25/07/14 at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. The exhibition is curated by Tara McDowell and includes thirteen Australian and international artists. "The exhibition considers the building that houses Gertrude Contemporary as a living organism, accruing its history over time, with each renovation, addition, coat of paint, and temporary resident." For her work, 'An Uncertain Reader', Gothe–Snape "asks Gertrude Studio Artists from the program’s 30-year history to nominate a text that influenced them during their residence. In a performative work that concerns both immaterial labour and access to knowledge, gallery invigilators will read the collated reader during the month-long exhibition, accumulating the collective labour of their reading in the process." Exhibition dates: 25/07/14 – 23/08/14
- » 18/07/2014:
Mitch Cairns has been named runner-up in this year's Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for his portrait of philanthropist Reg Richardson AM. The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow 19/07/14 and runs until 28/09/14. The Archibald then tours regionally at the following venues: 4 October 2014 – 16 November 2014: Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; 22 November 2014 – 4 January 2014: Gosford Regional Gallery; 16 January 2015 – 22 February 2015: Maitland Regional Art Gallery; 28 February 2015 – 12 April 2015: Lismore Regional Gallery; 18 April 2015 – 31 May 2015: Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery; 5 June 2015 – 19 July 2015: Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery; 24 July 2015 – 6 September 2015: Griffith Regional Art Gallery.
- » 12/07/2014:
Archie Moore's exhibition of aromatic portraits, Les Eaux d'Amoore, has been extended for a week, now finishing Saturday 19/07/14. Hossein Ghaemi's exhibition now opens Friday 25/07/14.
- » 10/07/2014:
Mitch Cairns is a finalist in the 2014 Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with his portrait of philanthropist Reg Richardson AM. The winner of the Archibald is announced at noon on Friday 18/07/14, Sydney time. Cairns was a finalist in the 2013 Archibald (with a self-portrait) and a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2013 (with a portrait of Agatha Gothe-Snape) and 2010 (with a portrait of Brian Fuata).
- » 07/07/2014:
A selection of Gunter Christmann works from the 1960s and 1970s are included in the group exhibition SNO 106 'Returning to The Field' at SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Sydney. "In 1968 John Stringer was the chief exhibition officer at the National Gallery of Victoria and he was entrusted primarily to develop a temporary exhibition called The Field, for the opening of the new gallery building on St Kilda Rd." "The ideas for this exhibition [at SNO] are based on two main beliefs. Firstly, to trace the history and the critical distance that new formalist abstraction in Australian art has undertaken since 1968. The second objective is to position in this trajectory of ‘abstract’ art, a set of contemporary counterpoints that re-address some of the aspects and outcomes created by both the artists and curators at the National Gallery of Victoria at that time." (extract from letter to invited artists from Andrew Leslie & Ruark Lewis) Artists in the exhibition are Suzie Idiens, Jacky Redgate, Deborah Dawes, Jacqueline Rose, Bill Wright, Sydney Ball, Gunter Christmann, Bengitj Ngurruwuthun, Michael Johnson, Wendy Paramour, Nigel Lendon, Trevor Vickers, Lynn Eastaway, Robert Jacks. Opening Saturday 12/07/14, 3-6pm, exhibition until 24/08/14.
- » 04/07/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape and Lillian O'Neil are two of twelve finalists selected for the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging). The 2014 presentation of the Fellowship will see the exhibition at Artspace, Sydney, transformed from a presentation of individual works to an exhibition that is supported by curatorial development and dialogue. In her inaugural curatorial role at Artspace, recently appointed Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor will co-curate the exhibition in collaboration with Sam Zammit, Artspace Curator of Programs and curator of the 2013 iteration of the NSW Fellowship. The winner will be awarded the fellowship (valued at $30,000) on the opening night of the exhibition, determined by a panel of peers.
- » 27/06/2014:
Emily Hunt has been shortlisted for the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship and will be exhibiting work toward the Scholarship at Sydney College of the Arts Galleries. The FLMATS provides financial assistance to a recent SCA graduate to further their visual arts practice and professional development in an international environment. The scholarship offers $28,000 and is awarded on the basis of an application and visual assessment by a panel of judges. The winner will be announced at SCA Galleries on Wednesday 10/07/14 at 6pm, exhibition dates 10/07/14 - 23/07/14.
- » 21/06/2014:
An exhibition of Gunter Christmann's late paintings is being held at The Commercial 29/08/14 - 04/10/14 to coincide with the 50 year retrospective of the artist's work presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
- » 20/06/2014:
The Commercial is excited in anticipation of its first presentation at Melbourne Art Fair in the Royal Exhibition Building from 13/08/14 - 17/08/14. Presented by the Melbourne Art Foundation, a not for profit organisation, Melbourne Art Fair is one of Australasia’s longest running contemporary art events. For 25 years the Fair has stimulated critical and commercial attention for galleries and their artists directly contributing to the livelihood of living artists. The Commercial will present a group exhibition in the MAF Galleries sector. Collector's passes and tickets to the opening night Vernissage on Wednesday 13 August, 6-10pm are available on the Melbourne Art Fair website.
- » 16/06/2014:
An extended profile on Archie Moore, including coverage of his current exhibition, Les Eaux d'Amoore at the Commercial, has been written by Simon Marsh for Panoptic Press.
- » 09/06/2014:
Ace Bourke, Trustee of the Michael Riley Foundation and independent curator, is guest speaker at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Thursday 12/06/14, presenting a talk and tour of the Beauty and Strength: Portraits by Michael Riley exhibition followed by a lunch. Bookings required.
- » 05/06/2014:
It is a pleasure to announce that Agatha Gothe-Snape's works Certain Situations, Expression Curtain and Every Artist Remembered (with Elizabeth Pulie) have been acquired by the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth.
- » 29/05/2014:
Hossein Ghaemi and Emily Hunt have been selected for the annual Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. This year's Primavera has been curated by artist Mikala Dwyer. Of the thirteen artists she has selected for Primavera, Dwyer has said, "When I think through the work of the artists I’ve selected for Primavera, all sorts of ideas, interests and associations pop up, including Surrealism, robotics, queer fertility, ritual, time, witchcraft, science, alchemy, dreaming and telepathy." Primavera is both Ghaemi and Hunt's first major presentation of work in a public institution. Both artists are creating new work for the exhibition. dates: 23/09/14 - 30/11/14.
- » 27/05/2014:
The Berlin Biennale opens this week, with the vernissage on Wednesday 28 May. An extensive interview with Agatha Gothe-Snape by Sonja Hornung has been published on ArtSlant in the lead up to the exhibition.
- » 23/05/2014:
Mary Teague's solo exhibition, Language of Art, at The Commercial has been reviewed by Sharne Wolff on The Art Life. The exhibition continues until 07/06/14.
- » 22/05/2014:
Coinciding with her solo exhibition at The Commercial, Mary Teague is exhibiting a group of paintings from 2002 in We Come in Peace, a group exhibition curated by Scott Donovan at the artist-run initiative, The Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown. Including works by Stephen Birch, Kristian Overland Dahl, Mikala Dwyer, Matthys Gerber, David Haines, Sean Kerr, Mary Teague, Phillipa Veitch plus the Ralph Baron pulp Sci-Fi of the 1920s-1940s.
- » 19/05/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is exhibiting in the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art curated by Juan A. Gaitán. It is her first major exhibition outside Australia. Gothe-Snape has developed a text-based procedural work, Untitled (2014), for the splash page of the Berlin Biennale website: www.berlinbiennale.de. Eighty word combinations are encountered one at a time, appearing randomly. The sources of the words are mostly found texts – spoken and written. In the months leading up to the Biennale, she has been emailing the word combinations to the curator who forwards them to the London-based designers, Zak Group. In the hands of Zak Group, Gothe-Snape’s phrases are absorbed into the corporate identity of the 8th Berlin Biennale and placed between parentheses (formed by the bisected glyph of the number 8 of this Biennale’s vintage), in a space left intentionally blank. The designers juxtapose these word combinations with thumbnail images that depict cityscapes, demolition, people looking at art etc. Gothe-Snape is not involved in the choice of imagery or its placement relative to her words. Her role is not dissimilar to a copywriter though the texts are far from copywriting. During the Biennale, her word combinations will migrate and find themselves inserted on posters, banners and other ephemera surrounding the exhibition. Gothe-Snape has produced a brochure that documents the work, with commissioned essays by Emily Cormack, Georgina Criddle, Juan A. Gaitán and Erik Jensen. 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art: 29/05/14 - 03/08/14. www.berlinbiennale.de. Go there and refresh your screen.
- » 11/05/2014:
Lillian O'Neil is presenting two major new collages and a series of seven lightboxes for Isle of Somewhere, a two-person exhibition with Laura Delaney at Melbourne's West Space, an artist-run initiative of which Lillian is a former Programming Committee Member (2009-2011). The exhibition opens Thursday 15/05/14, 6-8pm and runs until 14/06/14.
- » 06/05/2014:
In conversation with Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, Mary Teague will discuss her recent international residency at the Darling Foundry, Montréal, and her solo exhibition, Language of Art, at The Commercial. Saturday 10/05/14, 1pm.
- » 05/05/2014:
Stephen Ralph is exhibiting in a group show, Assembly: Contemporary Ceramics, at Margaret Lawrence Gallery at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. The exhibition includes work by Sarah crowEST, Richard Grigg, Katie Lee, Andrew McQualter, Sanné Mestrom, Stephen Ralph and Jake Walker and is curated by Kay Abude. The exhibition is part of a larger festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Margaret Lawrence, referencing her keen interest in ceramics and her ceramics collection. Assembly: Contemporary Ceramics opening: Thursday 08/05/14, 6-8pm. exhibition: until 31/05/14.
- » 28/04/2014:
Gail Hastings' Exhibition: To Do is a 'to-do list' for making art not yet done, a task-at-hand still at-hand, except for the construction of storage shelves that await the art, aligned in the gallery along the Earth's cardinal axes. Clarinetist Megan Clune will perform Exhibition: To Do's score of spatial intervals. Please join us for drinks with Gail Hastings on the last day of the exhibition, Saturday 03/05/14, from 4-6pm with the performance commencing at 4.45pm.
- » 25/04/2014:
Isobel Parker Philip goes deep into the space of Gail Hastings' eBook, Missing, in her review on The Art Life. "Gail Hastings’ e-book, Missing, is not a catalogue or a monograph. It isn’t even really that comfortable with the moniker ‘artist book’. It stakes out an entirely different territory altogether, challenging the very limits of the ‘page’. The book is not a collection of reproduced images that serve as impoverished reiterations of pre-existing artworks. It is a compendium of four discrete artworks that assert (and preserve) their own structural self-sufficiency."
- » 24/04/2014:
A review by Chloe Wolifson of Gail Hastings' Exhibition: To Do has been published on ArtsHub. "The visitor is invited to enter the structure, also entitled Exhibition: To Do, via an opening in its eastern wall. This has the effect of placing the viewer at the centre of Hastings’ universe. The surrounding construction is an assemblage of partitions of varying height, which expand incrementally and symmetrically on the pre-existing dimensions of the plywood (18 millimetres thick). ..."
- » 16/04/2014:
Easter opening hours. The Commercial will be closed for Good Friday 18/04/14 but open as usual 11am - 6pm on Saturday 19/04/14. Gail Hastings' Exhibition: To Do, will be on view.
- » 09/04/2014:
Michael Riley's fifteen early portraits exhibited last year at The Commercial were acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. The entire series is currently on exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery 21/03/14 - 17/08/14 as Beauty and Strength: Michael Riley. They "stand as an intricately connected group portrait of the vibrant urban-based Indigenous arts community in Sydney's inner-west at a formative moment."
- » 01/04/2014:
It is with great pleasure that The Commercial announces that Guimard-Schlupfyr, a major work in Tim Schultz's exhibition Ornamental Perversion, has been acquired by Artbank.
- » 01/04/2014:
The National Gallery of Australia has recently acquired Gail Hastings' sculptuation, Corner. Corner was one of the major works exhibited by The Commercial at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair in 2013 and joins her 1996 work, Encyclopaedia of Time in Art, in the NGA collection.
- » 01/04/2014:
Archie Moore's major work, Black Dog, shortlisted for the University of Queensland Art Museum's National Artists' Self Portrait Prize has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia. Black Dog joins Aboriginal Anarchy, Aboriginal Left and Aboriginal Right from Moore's solo exhibition, Flag, at The Commercial in 2012 in the NGA collection. ""Black Dog" resurrects a portrait of me as a racist joke- something I discovered long after it had started. (I guess you have to be in the in-crowd to hear the in-joke.) A personal event but also one universal to marginalised people."
- » 01/04/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape's conceptual work, Text Work and Line Work (DO NOT APPROACH THIS END OF THE ROOM DO NOT CROSS THE YELLOW LINE), recently exhibited at Monash University Museum of Art in the exhibition Reinventing the Wheel: The Readymade Century, has been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
- » 29/03/2014:
A collection of pencil on paper figure drawings by Tim Schultz dating from 1995-1999 has recently been added to the gallery website.
- » 15/03/2014:
On Saturday 15/03/14, The Commercial is hosting an Art Month tour for first time collectors. In association with this, we have placed a selection of suggested works on the website. Most of the works are under $ 2,000.00 though a few are a little more expensive. To view the collection, please click here.
- » 13/03/2014:
Gail Hastings, Robert Pulie and Mary Teague are exhibiting in the twenty year anniversary group show, 20/200, that opens tonight at Sarah Cottier Gallery. The exhibition includes a work by every artist who has ever exhibited with the gallery. Huge congratulations to Sarah and Ashley and all the artists. exhibition dates: 13/03/14 - 17/04/14
- » 13/03/2014:
Tim Schultz will present a talk in his exhibition, Ornamental Perversion, on Saturday 15/03/14 at 4pm.
- » 28/02/2014:
Gail Hastings' lastest work, Missing, is an eBook now available for pre-release on iBooks. Missing comprises four new sculptuations in the (relatively) democratic medium of the eBook. With this the artist has introduced a new physical interface, placing the viewer in a new spatial relation to the work with the added aspect of tactility. Missing is actual art, not reproductions of art, in 52 pages and has a Foreword by world-renowned art historian, Richard Shiff. ABC political journalist, Annabel Crabb, has contributed a book review of Missing. "Gail Hastings’ work achieves quite a remarkable state of grace. ..." A special rate of AU$ 14.99 for Missing is available during the iBooks pre-release period.
- » 25/02/2014:
As part of the series of talks around the group exhibition OUI we, Mitch Cairns and Robert Pulie will be in conversation on the last day of the exhibition, speaking about their own works and each other's. 4pm Saturday 08/03/14.
- » 25/02/2014:
Hossein Ghaemi is presenting a work for Plinth Projects, an artist-run public art program engaging the empty plinth at the centre of Melbourne's Edinburgh Gardens in the exhibition of temporary public works. Ghaemi's work, Bush Node and the Second Fiddle, takes place Sunday, 02/03/14 from 4pm.
- » 22/02/2014:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is exhibiting a newly commissioned work in 'Trace: Performance and its Documents' at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. ‘Trace draws out relationships between performance and its documents, bringing together new commissions with historical and contemporary works from across the Gallery’s Collection.' The exhibition brings together works by a large number of international and local artists, including John Baldessari, Brown Council, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Rebecca Horn, Bruce Nauman, Mike Parr, Campbell Patterson, Qin Ga; Carolee Schneemann, Sriwhana Spong, Song Dong, Ai Weiwei, Gosia Wlodarczak, Erwin Wurm, Zhang Huan. Gothe-Snape will be presenting a live performance during the exhibition, details to be announced. Exhibition dates: 22/02/14 - 27/07/14.
- » 19/02/2014:
It is a pleasure to announce that Agatha Gothe-Snape's POWERPOINTS Catalogue has been acquired by the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne.
- » 17/02/2014:
Yasmin Smith recently spent a month at Hermannsburg in Central Australia assisting the community of potters on the Old Church Project. The project's aim was to create a ceramic replica of the old Lutheran mission church, an installation with soundscape, exploring the material culture of the mission period. A short documentary about the Hermannsburg Old Church Project is being broadcast at 10am AEST on Monday 17/02/14 on ABC Radio National's Books and Arts Daily program. A live streaming of the program is available on the Radio National website.
- » 17/02/2014:
The March issue of Vogue Australia is devoted to "great Australian artists, the meaning of art in our lives, and, of course, its intrinsic link with fashion.” A number of artists from The Commercial feature by name and in image. In the 'Critic's Choice' article (pp. 161-166) Agatha Gothe-Snape, Gail Hastings, Archie Moore and Lillian O'Neil are nominated in profiles of respected art consultants, Mark Hughes and Amanda Love and collectors James Roland and Becky Sparks. On newstands now.
- » 16/02/2014:
Simon Barney, fellow artist and long time friend of Gunter Christmann, will present a talk about Gunter and his work in the gallery as part of the ongoing series of talks around the group exhibition, OUI we. Saturday 22/02/14, 4pm.
- » 03/02/2014:
A series of talks will accompany the group exhibition, OUI we:
- Friday 07/02/14, 4pm - Gail Hastings on her sculptuation, sides: red versus blue (2009), and the creation of space in her work.
- Saturday 08/02/14, 2pm - Elizbeth Pulie will talk about Agatha Gothe-Snape's work, Every Artist Remembered with Elizabeth Pulie (2009).
- more talks will be announced shortly.
- » 22/01/2014:
A short review of Mitch Cairns' solo exhibition at the artist-run-initiative TCB art inc., Melbourne, appears in today's The Age.
- » 20/01/2014:
It is with great pleasure that The Commercial announces that it is representing Mitch Cairns. Cairns (b. 1984) is a Sydney-based painter who was represented by BREENSPACE, Sydney, from 2008 until its recent closure. The Commercial would like to acknowledge the good care, effort and insight that BREENSPACE invested in Mitch’s early career. Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at TCB inc., Melbourne and a Drawing Wall commission at Shepparton Art Museum, curated by Elise Routledge. His first solo exhibition at The Commercial will be in early 2015.
- » 16/01/2014:
Mitch Cairns has been invited to do a Drawing Wall project at Shepparton Art Museum. Curated by Elise Routledge, the Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of temporary, commissioned, site-specific works for the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM. Four artists are commissioned each year. Artists commissioned for Drawing Wall projects to date have included: Raquel Ormella, Anna Kristensen, Richard Lewer, Viv Miller, Caroline Rothwell, Justin Andrews and Agatha Gothe-Snape. Mitch Cairns, Drawing Wall #14 07/02/14 - 27/04/14.
- » 15/01/2014:
It is a pleasure to announce that Archie Moore's work Black Dog has been acquired by the National Gallery Australia, Canberra.
- » 14/01/2014:
During the last week of her solo show, Soiled, at The Commercial, Emily Hunt has work in a group exhibition curated by Elizabeth Reidy called Contemporary Fiction at the new artist-run-space called Breezeblock, Sydney. "Ron Adams, Lucas Davidson, Emily Hunt, Tom Polo & Giselle Stanborough conceptualize covers for fiction books that have resonated in their practice or life." Hunt tackles a novel called The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick. "In the future, humans have started to colonise the moons, and Mars, but life is super depressing, so people chew a lichen to have a complete out of body/reality experience. opening 16/01/14, 6-8pm. Exhibition dates: 17/01 – 09/02/14.
- » 12/01/2014:
Mitch Cairns has a solo exhibition, Cigarette cm, at TCB art inc., Melbourne. "The Cigarette cm is a somewhat obsolete and inaccurate unit of measurement useful for quantifying both time and space in a variety of ways." (MC and AGS) Exhibition dates 22/01/14 - 08/02/14.
- » 07/01/2014:
Clare Milledge is presenting a solo exhibition in the Front Gallery at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. The exhibition, Altus Duel: Total Environment, "expands Milledge’s research into the figure of the artist-shaman who gives 'the gift of sight' through painting, sculpture, costume and installation. With overtones of [Alejandro] Jodorowsky and remnants of ritualistic performance, Milledge distablises dualities in favour of ambivalence in the realm of mysticism." 01/02/14 - 01/03/14 (opening Friday 31/01/14, 6-8pm).
- » 30/12/2013:
Gunter Christmann obituary by John McPhee in the Sydney Morning Herald 30/12/13. Gunter Christmann: "I cover flat areas with paint."
- » 24/12/2013:
On the last day of her solo exhibition, Soiled, Emily Hunt will be giving a floor talk in the gallery. 4pm Saturday 18/01/14.
- » 21/12/2013:
A number of previews and reviews of Emily Hunt's exhibition, Soiled, have been published online: Sammy Preston on broadsheet.com.au, Rebecca Gallo on ravencontemporary.com.au, Tracey Clement on artguide.com.au, Bethany Small on thethousands.com.au.
- » 17/12/2013:
It is a pleasure to announce that Agatha Gothe-Snape's work Text Work and Line Work has been acquired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
- » 27/11/2013:
The gallery will be closed 1- 6pm on Wednesday 27/11/13 due to Gunter Christmann's funeral. Apologies for any inconvenience to those wishing to visit the Robert Pulie exhibition at that time.
- » 23/11/2013:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gunter Christmann (23/04/36 - 19/11/13). It was a privilege to have worked with Gunter for the short time that we did and to have known him. Gunter was a great and singular artist and individual whose work – which encompassed painting but also photography and sound sculpture – shifted constantly and until his last days, shaped by his endless reassessment of his own actions and his disavowal of general expectations and rules. A bohemian and an intellectual. A playful mind. We are big fans of his style, the style of his work and the style with which he chose to live his life. We acknowledge his beloved Jenny in this. A retrospective of Gunter Christmann’s work is being presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 26/07/14 – 09/11/14. Vale Gunter.
A service will be held on Wednesday 27//11/13 at the South Chapel, Eastern Suburbs Crematorium, Military Road, Matraville commencing at 2.15pm. All welcome.
- » 18/11/2013:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is exhibiting 24 works from her ongoing POWERPOINTS CATALOGUE as part of Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, the largest exhibition in the museum's history. The exhibition includes over 300 artists and incorporates art, architecture, design, performance and broader cultural practice. Melbourne Now will take place across both museum venues: NGV Australia and NGV International. Gothe-Snape's works will be exhibited at NGV International on St Kilda Rd. POWERPOINTS will be exhibited on 24 screens concurrently. POWERPOINTS is an ongoing series of digital works created by Gothe-Snape in Microsoft PowerPoint. They are available as a subscription. Subscribers receive the entire back catalogue of works going back to 2008 on a customised USB card and all updates into the future by email. To inquire about POWERPOINTS subscriptions, please write to: [email protected]. Melbourne Now exhibition dates: 22/11/13 - 23/03/14
- » 11/11/2013:
Hossein Ghaemi has developed a new choral performance for Tiny Stadiums 13, an annual festival that takes place in Erskineville, Sydney, over two weeks this month. In Ghaemi's work, THE DEFICIENT OF SOLUTION DEVELOPMENT: QUIZZING MAKES REMEDY, "Three warriors rise up from three unique and elevated positions to engage in a combat of sonic ‘questions’ as their weapons. These distinct and powerful voices become sweet remedy for serenity as individual uncertainties melt." Location: Triangle of Erskineville Hotel, Erskineville Town Hall and Allans Cakes building – 104 Erskineville Road. Two Saturday performances: 16/11/13 and 23/11/13, 6-7pm
- » 08/11/2013:
Review of Natalya Hughes' exhibition, Looking Twice, by Chloé Wolifson on her new website. Wolifson is now working full-time as an independent arts writer and curator.
- » 06/11/2013:
Hossein Ghaemi has been shortlisted for the Fisher's Ghost Art Award - Contemporary Award section - at Campbelltown Arts Centre. The Award is launched Friday 08/11/13 from 7pm. Exhibition continues until 16/12/13.
- » 04/11/2013:
Lillian O'Neil has been nominated as one of twenty artists in 'The Next Generation' in the December issue of New York's Architectural Digest, nominated by Mark Hughes.
- » 01/11/2013:
Andrew Liversidge has a solo exhibition at the artist-run-initiative, TCB art inc, Melbourne. THINGS THAT ARE THE SAME ARE THE SAME EVERYWHERE continues until 23/11/13
- » 01/11/2013:
It is a pleasure to announce that Agatha Gothe-Snape's POWERPOINTS Catalogue has been acquired by the National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne.
- » 30/10/2013:
Andrew Liversidge's cube of 10,000 AUD 1.00 coins, IN MY MIND I KNOW WHAT I THINK BUT THAT’S ONLY BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE, finds a fan in Robert Nelson in his review in The Age of Reinventing the Wheel - The Readymade Century at Monash University Museum of Art. "One of the strongest pieces is a handsome golden cube made up of dollar coins from 2009. The artist, Andrew Liversidge, didn't personally mint the coins but borrowed them from the bank. The coins are individually a kind of ready-made but the artwork is the outcome of ingenious transformation. To call the creation a ready-made stretches the definition. There are 100 stacks of 100 coins. Placing them all in their straight columns would have taken some time and patience; but above all, it's the inventive idea - almost a coup of mathematics - that reveals the intervention of the artist. The result is an archaic gilded temple of small change, a vault without an interior, a chamber that is solid with its own treasure, a storage of pure bullion that seems to weigh on the floor, as if tangibly stamping the awesome footprint of capital."
- » 15/10/2013:
Archie Moore has been selected for the National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize at the University of Queensland Art Museum, a biennial award that highlights the enduring importance of self portraiture as an artistic subject. UQ Art Museum is developing the National Collection of Artists' Self-Portraits and this acquisitive prize serves to highlight the strength of contemporary Australian self portraiture. The Prize and Collection understand the self portrait in an inclusive way that invites a broad term of reference in both media and meaning. Moore's sculpture, Black Dog, is a taxidermy dog that has been coloured black with shoe polish, wearing a collar and a name tag that says 'Archie'.
- » 14/10/2013:
Mary Teague's work Offering (2012) has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 62nd Blake Prize. Established in 1951, the Blake Prize is an open art prize that challenges artists to explore the religious and spiritual in art. It is open to all faiths, artistic styles and media.
The Blake Prize Exhibition will be held in the new University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts (COFA) gallery space from 18/10/13 - 16/10/13.
- » 13/10/2013:
Agatha Gothe-Snape and Yasmin Smith are two of five alumni of Sydney College of the Arts shortlisted for the 2013 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists' Travel Scholarship Prize. The scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to a recent SCA graduate to further his/her visual arts practice and professional development in an international environment. The scholarship offers $28,000 and is awarded on the basis of an application and visual assessment by a panel of judges. Major works by the artists will be on exhibition at SCA 17/10/13 - 25/10/13. Announcement of the prize and opening event takes place on Wednesday 16/10/13, 5.30-8pm.
- » 09/10/2013:
Lillian O'Neil is exhibiting in an exhibition of international collage, In the Cut, curated by Hannah Matthews at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (ACCA). O'Neil's monumental 2012 work, Attack of the Romance, has been selected for the show. In the Cut brings together 16 artists to look at how collage has been employed over the past two decades to question the political and social status quo, manipulate existing narratives, and challenge conventional distinctions between art forms. Artists in the exhibition include: Ellen Gallagher, Richard Larter, Linder Sterling, Elizabeth Newman, David Maljkovic, Henning Bohl, Tom Burr, Nikolas Gambaroff, Matthew Griffin, Mathew Hale, Ry Haskings, Henrik Olesen, Lillian O’Neil, Lia Perjovschi, Amanda Ross-Ho, Kelley Walker. Exhibition dates: 10/10/13 - 24/11/13.
- » 01/10/2013:
Mary Teague and Sara Oscar are presenting a collaborative work for Mildura Palimpsest Biennial #9 in Mildura, Victoria. The artists are recreating the WORLD'S LONGEST BAR (formerly a stylish feature of the Mildura Working Man's Club) on the lawns of the Old Mildura Homestead on Sunday 6 October from 12.30pm. Merchandising (t-shirts, beer coasters) has been produced to accompany the performance and ephemeral sculpture.
- » 30/09/2013:
Agatha Gothe-Snape and Andrew Liversidge are both exhibiting at Monash University Museum of Art in the exhibition, Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century. Curated by former MUMA Director, Max Delany, with Charlotte Day, Francis E. Parker and Patrice Sharkey, the exhibition is the most ambitious exhibition that MUMA has presented to date, "[b]ringing together works by over forty artists – from Duchamp and Man Ray to Andy Warhol and Martin Creed, along with some of Australia’s leadingpractitioners – this is a one-of-a-kind salute to an idea that continues to define the very nature of contemporary art."
exhibition dates: 3 October - 14 December.
(Andrew Liversidge's project is supported by the Bank of Melbourne.)
- » 14/09/2013:
The Commercial is excited in anticipation of the inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair. It is the first art fair for the gallery. There are three separate projects by gallery artists. We are presenting a solo exhibition of Gail Hastings' work in Project Contemporary (PC102), Yasmin Smith has been selected for the Installation Contemporary section (IC11) and Andrew Liversidge has been selected for the Video Contemporary section. Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, VIP Preview and First Night Thursday 19 September. Fair dates 20-22 September.
- » 12/09/2013:
Yasmin Smith has been selected to exhibit in Installation Contemporary, the curated section for installation and oversized work at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair. Smith is producing a major new group of large ceramic works, an extension of her Apprentice Welder series seen in her solo exhibition at The Commercial earlier this year. Installation Contemporary is curated by Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Sydney Contemporary is being held at Carriageworks between Thursday 19 and Sunday 22 September. Yasmin Smith, Installation Contemporary, IC11.
- » 12/09/2013:
Andrew Liversidge has been selected to exhibit in the Video Contemporary section at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair. His video work, Clearing the Mists, is being presented. Video Contemporary is curated by Mark Feary, Curator, Artspace, Sydney. Sydney Contemporary is being held at Carriageworks between Thursday 19 and Sunday 22 September. Liversidge's Video Contemporary presentation coincides with the opening of his first solo exhibition, at The Commercial, opening Saturday 21 September.
- » 02/09/2013:
It is with great pleasure that The Commercial announces that it is representing Gail Hastings and that it will be presenting a solo exhibition of her work at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair 19-22 September 2013 (Booth PC102). It is the first presentation for the gallery at an art fair and it is exciting to be showing work by this important mid-career Australian artist. Hastings (b. 1965) has been exhibiting for over twenty-five years with an international exhibition history of significance since the mid-1990s. She was in the inaugural Primavera exhibition of emerging art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 1992 (and curated the ten year anniversary Primavera exhibition in 2001). In her early career, she was associated with the influential Melbourne artist-run-initiative, Store 5. In 2007, Hastings had a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Level 2 Contemporary Projects space. All works from this exhibition were acquired by the AGNSW and the Daimler Contemporary Art Collection in Berlin. Hastings' work is held locally in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Cruthers Collection at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia, the Gallery of Modern Art | Queensland Art Gallery, Griffith University Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Monash University Collection, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Gallery of Australia. Major holdings of her work are in the Daimler Art Collection, Berlin, with further international holdings in the Citibank Collection, New York and the GAP Art Collection, Los Angeles. Recent important international exhibitions include Minimalism and Applied II, Dialogues of contemporary art with aspects of 20th century design and architecture (2010) curated by Renate Wiehager at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, which included artists such as Martin Boyce, Philippe Parreno, Charlotte Perriand, Charlotte Posenenske and Jean Prouvé.
- » 27/08/2013:
It is a pleasure to announce that Michael Riley's series Portraits 1984-1990 have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
- » 17/08/2013:
The next major installment in Andrew Liversidge's ongoing coin melt series, For the Avoidance of Doubt (Quid Pro Quo and the Golden Torpor), is being exhibited at Artspace Sydney this week in The Financial Report, an exhibition curated by Mark Feary. The Financial Report draws on questions surrounding how artists are impacted by and attempt to reveal and subvert the complex mechanisms of monetary systems, while acknowledging the impossibility of comprehensively averting the permeating influences of these systems. The exhibition includes work by Denis Beaubois, Melanie Gilligan, Matthew Griffin, Christian Jankowski, Andrew Liversidge, Dane Mitchell and Natalie Thomas. The Financial Report opens Wednesday 21 August, 6-8pm with artist/curator talks at 5pm the day of the opening. Exhibition dates 21 August - 29 September 2013
- » 09/08/2013:
Archie Moore's work, Snowdome, has been shortlisted in the New Media section of the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The sculpture includes an LCD display with a series of slides of nuclear weapons tests at Maralinga, Emu Fields and the Montebello Islands between 1952 and 1957. Exhibition dates 09/08/13 - 10/11/13.
- » 26/07/2013:
Proceeds from the sale of Jenny Christmann's work in JANIS II are being donated to Skateistan, a not for profit organisation helping young girls and working children in Afghanistan and Cambodia, as specified by Gunter Christmann, Jenny's husband.
- » 26/07/2013:
Agatha Gothe-Snape has been included in the exhibition Octopus 13: On this day alone, at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne. Curated by Glenn Barkley, Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the exhibition includes work by: Anselm Adams, Tim Burns, Kushana Bush, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Patrick Hartigan, Joanna Margaret Paul, Madeleine Preston and Luke Willis Thompson.
Exhibition dates 25.07.13 – 23.08.13
- » 23/07/2013:
Sarah Rodigari has developed a new performance work, Act Natural, for the group exhibition, JANIS II. Rodigari’s performances reside in a continuing redefinition of the relationship between artist and audience, calling into question the limits of artistic practice. These limits enable her to explore key themes of vulnerability and absence and presence pertaining to authorship. JANIS II is a two-venue exhibition held jointly at The Commercial and MCLEMOI Gallery in Chippendale, curated by Kelly Doley and Amanda Rowell. Act Natural will be presented at the exhibition opening at MCLEMOI Gallery on Friday 26 July between 6 and 9pm. Act Natural requires only one viewer at a time. It is an editioned performance work. Viewers are invited to purchase in advance of the night one of the 18 editions of the live artwork that is Act Natural. Each edition is approximately 10 minutes in duration. While the work is editioned, each experience is unique in its one-on-one encounter. It will be distinctly memorable in the moment and in the future. Each edition is $ 250.00 (incl. GST). To purchase an edition of Act Natural, please contact The Commercial or MCLEMOI Gallery.
- » 07/07/2013:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is exhibiting in a two-person exhibition, Taking form, with New Zealand artist, Sriwhana Spong, at the Level 2 Contemporary Projects space at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. The exhibition brings together new works by Gothe-Snape and Spong, incorporating installation, sculptural objects, video and live performance. Works engage with ideas of process and transformation, as well as the dialogue between history and the present.
exhibition opens: Wednesday 17 July, 6-8pm
artists talks: Saturday 20 July, 2pm
Gothe-Snape performance: Sunday 1 September, 4pm
exhibition dates: 17 July - 1 September 2013
- » 05/07/2013:
Clare Milledge is included in the Art on Paper: Hazelhurst Art Award exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre. Until 25 August, 2013.
- » 05/07/2013:
Agatha Gothe-Snape has a temporal, temporary collaborative work on the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Commissioned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority for the exterior of the scaffolding during the Museum's facade cleaning, Gothe-Snape has developed the evolving text-based work with New Zealand artist, Mike Hewson. IT XXXXX XX (2013) is a six-story high digitial print on adhesive vinyl.
- » 21/06/2013:
Works by Michael Riley from the private collection of Will Owen and Harvey Wagner are currently on exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art in the USA. Crossing Cultures - The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art was curated by Stephen Gilchrist and presented first at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, before travelling to Toledo. These works by Riley will form part of the permanent collection of the Hood Museum as part of the promised gift from Owen and Wagner. The exhibition in Toledo continues until 14 July, 2013. A 169 page catalogue has been published to accompany the exhibition.
- » 12/06/2013:
It is with honour that The Commercial Gallery announces that it is representing the Estate of the Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi photographer and filmmaker Michael Riley (1960-2004) in association with the Michael Riley Foundation. An exhibition of estate prints of Riley’s important early black and white portraits is being presented, opening on Friday 28 June 2013. Proceeds from sales will enable philanthropic activities by the Michael Riley Foundation in Michael's memory as an extension of its role as custodian of his artistic legacy. The Trustees of the Michael Riley Foundation are Hetti Perkins, Anthony 'Ace' Bourke and Linda Burney MP. Michael Riley: Portraits 1984-1990 will be opened by Brenda L. Croft, curator of Michael Riley: sights unseen, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2006.
- » 12/06/2013:
It is a pleasure to announce that Yasmin Smith's work Apprentice Welder has been acquired by Artbank.
- » 01/06/2013:
Works by Archie Moore and Michael Riley are included in the exhibition My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. The exhibition is QAG|GOMA’s largest exhibition of contemporary art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to date. It examines the strengths of the Gallery’s holdings and explores three central themes — presenting Indigenous views of history (My history), responding to contemporary politics and experiences (My life), and illustrating connections to place (My country). Until 7 October, 2013.
- » 22/05/2013:
Mary Teague is the recipient of the 2013 New South Wales Visual Artist Residency at the Darling Foundry in Montréal, Canada. During her three month residency in Canada Mary will research the city's legacy of Brutalist architecture and the historic Expo 67 in preparation for a new body of work. The Montréal studio is a three month residency and is administered by Artspace, Sydney, in partnership with the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW and Canada Council for the Arts.
- » 01/05/2013:
Andrew Liversidge (nominated by Bronia Iwanczak) and Robert Pulie (invited by Julie Rrap) have been selected for the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize at the National Art School Gallery, guest curator Julie Rrap. Exhibition dates 3 May - 1 June, 2013.
- » 01/05/2013:
A review by Djon Mundine OAM of Archie Moore's solo exhibition, Flag, at The Commercial appears as a feature article in Issue 3 of Vault magazine. It begins, "Flags are a sign of group identity and allegiance at a base level, but they are also visual signals to others of intent, movement, or call to action, or condition (as in infectious disease or hunger or thirst)."
- » 26/04/2013:
Gail Hastings is exhibiting in the exhibition Direct Democracy curated by Geraldine Barlow at Monash University Museum of Art. The exhibition explores the changing nature of our engagement with the democratic tradition and looks to the emergence of new democratic models. It reflects contemporary social movements, unrest and the desire for change; modelling key social dynamics and possible futures. Artists include Laylah Ali, Hany Armanious, Natalie Bookchin, A Centre for Everything, DAMP, Destiny Deacon, Alicia Frankovich, Will French, Gail Hastings, Alex Martinis Roe, Andrew McQualter, John Miller, Alex Monteith, Raquel Ormella, Mike Parr, Simon Perry, Carl Scrase, Milica Tomic, Kostis Velonis and Jemima Wyman. MUMA, Caufield Campus. Exhibition dates 26/04/13 - 06/06/13.
- » 19/04/2013:
Lillian O'Neil is exhibiting in a group show, Pantone 705 C, at The Mews Project in London. The exhibition uses Pantone colour 705 C as a device to physically bind the artworks together and to create a broader metaphor for a type of artistic production whose qualities derive from an interest in structure or systems. Pantone 705 C focuses on abstract art making and the construction of visual and spatial notions of form and space. The show is an exercise in exploring the immersive and sensual qualities of colour guided by the mechanics of Pantone’s colour-library. The exhibition includes work by: Marita Fraser, Axel Koschier, Alex Lawler, Lillian O'Neil, Florian & Michael Quistrebert. Exhibition dates: 20/04/13 – 18/05/13. The Mews Project Space 15c Osborn Street, London E1 6TD.
- » 12/04/2013:
Lillian O'Neil is exhibiting in the group exhibition, Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century, at UTS Gallery at the University of Technology, Sydney. Curated by Adam Jasper and Holly Williams, the exhibition combines projects from New York magazine, Cabinet, with museum pieces and works by Australian and international artists. Artists in the exhibition include: Daniel Knorr, Patrick Pound, Gianni Motti, Hany Armanious, Maria Friberg, Roman Signer, Sarah Pickering, Nicholas Mangan, David Haines & Joyce Hinterding, Vicky Browne, the Institute of Critical Zoologists, Michael Stevenson, Jaki Middleton & David Lawrey, Nadia Wagner, Alex Gawronski, Lillian O’Neil, Matthew Shannon and Finn Marchant. Exhibition dates: 16 April - 15 May, 2013.
- » 18/03/2013:
Hossein Ghaemi is presenting a new choral performance on Friday 22/03/13 at Art Bar at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. This Art Bar is curated by Sydney artist, Michaela Gleave. Hossein Ghaemi's performance starts at 7.30pm at the MCA. Further information regarding Art Bar is available on the MCA website.
- » 14/03/2013:
DROSZKHI PERFORMANCE. On the second day of Clare Milledge's Motivated Reasoning: Strategic, Tactical, Operational, the exhibition will be auspiciously activated by a live music performance by Droszkhi, the psychedelic spectral drone project of New Zealand artist and musician, Torben Tilly. Following in the spirit of his previous electronic duo Minit (together with Jasmine Guffond) and more recent sonic explorations with the group Full Fucking Moon (Bek Coogan, Andy Wright, Steve Heather), Droszkhi pulls into its orbit layer upon spectral layer of sampled field recordings, electronics, synths, percussion & other mixed-media to produce a psychedelic sound world of mind-expanding elliptical loops, discombobulated rhythms, electric pulses, and cosmic drones. Saturday 23/03/13, 4.30 for a 5.00pm start.
- » 11/03/2013:
Coinciding with her first solo exhibition at The Commercial, Clare Milledge has been invited to a group exhibition called The Sleeping and The Dead at Sarah Scout Presents in Melbourne. The exhibition includes work by Sarah Crowest, Bianca Hester and Clare Milledge. Exhibition dates 14/03/12 - 13/04/13.
- » 07/03/2013:
Agatha Gothe-Snape has a solo exhibition at The Physics Room in Christchurch, New Zealand. For The Physics Room, Gothe-Snape will incorporate some first impressions of the gallery space, its situation and community, highlighting how fast meetings can generate fast feelings, new perspectives and reflections. Exhibition dates 15/03/13 - 14/04/13
- » 20/02/2013:
A feature article on Gunter Christmann will appear in the 50 year anniversary issue of Art & Australia, published May 2013. Written by Meredith Morse, the article situates Christmann's recent paintings in the context of his wider art practice in particular with reference to their aggregation of time, their openness to flux and their indebtedness to process.
- » 20/02/2013:
As part of Art Month Sydney, there will be a special, one-off screening of rare Gunter Christmann slide carousels. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Gunter Christmann produced a number of photographic series in the form of slide carousels. Each carousel contains 80 slides on a specific theme (e.g. garbage/found slides, East Sydney, New York, split images). Mostly unseen, these atmospheric works encapsulate the artist's broader interests in image making and abstraction. A selection of carousels will be projected in the gallery. Saturday 09/03/13, from 3pm.
- » 08/02/2013:
Emily Hunt is exhibiting in a three-person exhibition with Matthew P Hopkins and Vicki Papageorgopoulous at Tin Sheds Gallery, The University of Sydney.
The exhibition, Two Dollar Pareidolia, is a collaborative installation where the phenomenon of pareidolia (the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features) is explored through a range of absurdist forms.
As a psychological phenomenon, pareidolia transfers randomness into something we want to see and, largely associated with divine and religious imagery, is often a result of what we want to believe. This human desire to read something meaningful into inanimate objects is challenged by the artists through a grotesque compulsion to put a face on everything.
Two Dollar Pareidolia opens Thursday 14/02/13, 6-8pm and continues until 04/03/13.
Tin Sheds Gallery
148 City Road
Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning
Wilkinson Building, The University of Sydney
- » 08/02/2013:
Agatha Gothe-Snape has been awarded a two-year studio at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne. She will take up the studio in February 2013.
- » 10/01/2013:
Emily Hunt is undertaking a residency from July - September 2013 at the Zentrum für Keramik (Center for Ceramics) in Berlin where she will work with ceramics master, Thomas Hirschler. The Berlin residency builds upon her 2011 exchange scholarship working in ceramics at Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst in Ghent.
- » 07/01/2013:
2013 begins, at The Commercial, with a profile in The New York Times in a story about Redfern.
- » 20/12/2012:
The Commercial will be open until Saturday 22/12/12 and then will reopen for the new year on 23/01/13.
The Hossein Ghaemi exhibition will still be up for the first week back in the new year 23/01/13 - 25/01/13, prior to installing Lillian O'Neil's show which opens 01/02/13.
For further information about the forthcoming exhibition schedule at The Commercial for 2013, please consult The Program section of the website. We are excited about the year ahead. Thank you to everyone for your interest and support in 2012. PEACE.
- » 20/12/2012:
It is a pleasure to announce that Archie Moore's works Aboriginal Anarchy, Aboriginal Left and Aboriginal Right have been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
- » 03/12/2012:
Due to the opening of the Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, the opening drinks for the Hossein Ghaemi exhibition are being delayed one week. The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday 07/12/12 until Saturday 22/12/12 and then again after the Christmas break from 23/01/13 until 25/01/13. The opening event for the artist and exhibition and end of year drinks is on Friday 14/12/12, from 6-8pm
- » 26/11/2012:
Carrie Miller has reviewed Archie Moore's exhibition, Flag, on The Art Life.
- » 23/11/2012:
Agatha Gothe-Snape is exhibiting in Amsterdam in INexactly THIS - Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents as part of the presentation by (Sydney's) Society (aka Susan Gibb).
KFI is a multi-disciplinary arts festival. Since its inception in 1997, it has been the largest non-commercial exhibition of visual arts in the Netherlands, a platform for independent art institutions, art schools and artist-run initiatives. Approximately 70 institutions participate annually, exhibiting the work of over 350 international artists.
The 2012 edition of KFI is curated by Natasha Ginwala (IND) and Fleur van Muiswinkel (NL). Exhibition dates 23/11/12 - 02/12/12.
- » 22/11/2012:
It is a pleasure to announce that Archie Moore's works Aboriginal Deadly and Aboriginal Peace have been acquired by UTS Jumbunna, The University of Technology, Sydney.
- » 21/11/2012:
It is a pleasure to announce that Archie Moore's work Aboriginal Heart has been acquired by The University of Technology, Sydney.
- » 12/11/2012:
Agatha Gothe-Snape recently completed a Drawing Wall project at Shepparton Art Museum. Curated by Elise Routledge, the Drawing Wall is an ongoing series of temporary, commissioned, site-specific works for the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre, directly outside SAM. Four artists are commissioned each year. Nine artists have been commissioned for Drawing Wall projects to date including: Anna Kristensen, Richard Lewer, Viv Miller, Caroline Rothwell, Justin Andrews and Agatha Gothe-Snape.
- » 12/11/2012:
We like seeing writers from this corner of the globe contributing to international art journals. Charlotte Day's recent Year in Review in Frieze singles out Agatha Gothe-Snape's monumental text mural in Contemporary Australia: Women at QAG | GOMA earlier this year (curated by Julie Ewington et al). The Commercial also rates a mention.
- » 09/11/2012:
Yasmin Smith is exhibiting in the group exhibition, Reality Considerations (for the sake of), at 55 Sydenham Rd. The exhibition is curated by Eleonor Ivory Weber and includes work by Filipa César, Bea Fremderman, Georgia Kaw, Asta, Meldal Lynge and Yasmin Smith.
It opens Friday 09/11/12, 6pm until late.
The exhibition includes a performance program and publication:
Performances by Brian Fuata (17.11.12) and Matte Rochford (1.12.12).
The publication has been designed by Richard Houguez and includes written contributions from : Catherine Borra, Tom Clark, Amelia Groom, João Laia, JD Reforma, David Smail and Eleonor Ivory Weber.
Further ... Amelia Groom and Eleonor Ivory Weber will have "a counter-productive conversation on fashion (24.11.12), and each Saturday at 3pm (or by request) they will screen the documentary 'Hidden Depths' (1989) directed by the late Nina Burr for Thames TV and featuring psychologist David Smail."
exhibition dates: 09/11/12 - 02/12/12
55 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville
- » 28/10/2012:
Archie Moore's work, Dermis, exhibited in ONE/THREE, the inaugural exhibition at The Commercial, and acquired by the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane (Moore is QUT alumnus), is being included in the exhibition Ex Post Triennial, the first of an ongoing series of triennial exhibitions that showcases QUT alumni. The artists in Ex Post are: Lucy Griggs, Simone Hine, Judith Kentish, Archie Moore, Sandra Selig and Shaun O'Connor. Exhibition dates 3 November - 23 December, 2012.
- » 25/10/2012:
Lillian O'Neil was awarded the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artist Exchange Scholarship at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. O'Neil will use the scholarship to undertake a period of research at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel in 2013 as part of her Masters of Fine Arts.
- » 23/10/2012:
Natalya Hughes is exhibiting in SEXES at Performance Space, Sydney opening Thursday 25 October, 6-8pm. The exhibition runs until 1 December and is curated by Bec Dean, Deborah Kelly and Jeff Kahn.
- » 09/10/2012:
Archie Moore is performing as part of Eggvein (a musical collaboration with David M Thomas and co.) at Peloton, Sydney on Saturday November 3 at 8pm. Eggvein's performance is part of Performance Month, a four-week long event curated by Francesca Heinz which showcases performance and performance based-work from Australian and international artists. Eggvein, featuring David Eggveinian, Rand M Strange, D'White Yokem and Magnus O'Pus.
- » 28/09/2012:
Heide Museum of Modern Art is presenting a retrospective of Gunter Christmann's work in 2014, curated by Lesley Harding. It will be the first museum survey of this kind for Christmann who has featured in important historical exhibitions such as The Field, National Gallery of Victoria (1968), the XI Biennale of Sao Paolo (1971) and the 1st and 4th Biennales of Sydney (1973 and 1982).
- » 21/09/2012:
To coincide with his exhibition, Blood Red Make-up Under the Armpits, Tim Schultz will be in conversation with fellow artist, Matthys Gerber and writer/lecturer, Adam Jasper. Saturday 22/09/12, from 4pm at The Commercial.
- » 21/09/2012:
Natalya Hughes has a solo exhibition, If the Curtains Match the Carpet, at Sydney Guild, opening Friday 21 September, 6-8pm. Suite seven, level one, 66 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. This is a two-day exhibition, continuing Saturday 22 September, 11am - 2pm.
- » 18/09/2012:
Gunter Christmann has a solo exhibition, Eyes and Mind, curated by George Hubbard and Robert Lake at East Sydney Doctors, Sydney. 102 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney. Exhibition dates: 18/09/12 - 27/10/12.
- » 15/09/2012:
Hossein Ghaemi is performing at St Stephen's Church and Graveyard, Newtown, as part of Performance Space's NightTime: Twilight, curated by Bec Dean. St Stephen's Church & Graveyard 189 Church Street, Newtown, from 5pm. $ 10 entry.
- » 14/09/2012:
Archie Moore is presenting a new video work developed from footage from a recent trip to Tokyo in Experimenta - Speak to Me: 5th International Biennale of Media Art, RMIT, Melbourne. Exhibition dates: 14/09/12 - 17/11/12.
- » 13/09/2012:
An artist publication has been produced to accompany Tim Schultz's solo exhibition at The Commercial, Blood Red Make-up Under the Armpits. It is 16 pages long, includes full colour reproductions of all the works in the exhibition and a long essay by the artist. It is available from the gallery for $ 5.00 (incl. GST)
- » 01/09/2012:
Monash University Museum of Art has acquired a recent painting, Human Progression and Other Modernist Myths, by Clare Milledge. The work was included in the exhibition Un-Acclimatised, curated by Catherine Bennetts-Cash, at MUMA in early 2012. It relates to two other paintings, Spiritually Dangerous (2010) (private collection, Sydney) and About (2012).
- » 01/09/2012:
Yasmin Smith and fellow artist, Alex Pye, have initiated an open-format artist residency called Dark tea time of the soul in Cumnock in rural New South Wales, near the regional centre of Orange. Inquire through Dark tea time of the soul’s Facebook page for information about the residency.
- » 01/09/2012:
Two Stephen Ralph sculptures have been acquired by Artbank, Artemis of Ephesus and Altar of Adonis. Both sculptures are 24 carat gold leaf on cast concrete and carved wood. These are the first works of Ralph's to be placed in a public collection.
- » 02/08/2012:
Emily Hunt has been included in the group exhibition, Feminage - the logic of feminist collage, at Cross Art, Sydney, curated by Jo Holder with assistant curator Sofia Freeman. Feminage frames collage as one aspect of the diverse legacy of feminist art practice. Hunt has produced two collaged watercolour portraits for the exhibition: Germaine Greer and Richard Neville. Artists in the exhibition include: Karla Dickens, Elizabeth Gower, Emily Hunt, Mehwish Iqbal, Deborah Kelly, Fiona MacDonald, Paula do Prado, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Sally Smart, Tai Snaith, Nancy Spero, Jemima Wyman. Exhibition dates: 02/08/12 - 15/09/12.
- » 01/08/2012:
An interview with The Commercial by Amber McCulloch is featured in the inaugural issue of Vault - New Art & Culture Preview (edited by Ashley Crawford & Dan Rule).
- » 01/08/2012:
Queensland University of Technology has acquired Archie Moore's work Dermis exhibited in ONE/THREE, the inaugural exhibition at The Commercial.
- » 10/07/2012:
Heide Museum of Modern Art have acquired Agatha Gothe-Snape's The surface of the moon (2012) exhibited in ONE/THREE, the inaugural exhibition at The Commercial.
- » 20/06/2012:
Andrew Liversidge's video, NEW ECONOMY (if I had a dollar for every time I picked up a dollar i'd have a dollar and i'd throw it down again), is included in the exhibition Or Either Silver Lining at TCB art Inc., Melbourne. Curated by Lisa Radford, the exhibition includes work by Greatest Hits, DAMP, Ronnie van Hout and Andrew Liversidge. Or Either Silver Lining is an exhibition of video works that use play and performance, boredom and repetition to explore boundaries of control, production, value and activity. Exhibition dates: 20/06/12 - 07/07/12.
- » 20/06/2012:
Robert Pulie's major sculpture in ONE/THREE, W (version 3) (2012), was acquired by Artbank. The sculpture comprises four sheets of mirror set at right angles to each other so that the viewer has their image returned to them as a true image not a mirror reversal as with a regular mirror. The work also features copper, brass and cedar detailing. This was the first sale for the gallery in its inaugural exhibition. The Commercial would like to thank Artbank for its interest and support.