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Celebrating 15 Years of Hugo Michell Gallery: 21 November to 9 December 2023

The exhibition Celebrating 15 Years of Hugo Michell Gallery will be open to the public from 21st November to 9th December 2023, celebrating the gallery’s represented artists:

Clara Adolphs, Narelle Autio, Sally Bourke, James Darling & Lesley Forwood, James Dodd, Marc Etherington, Zaachariaha Fielding, Tony Garifalakis, Bridie Gillman, David Booth [Ghostpatrol], Sam Gold, Lucas Grogan, Kate Just, Ildiko Kovacs, Janet Laurence, Richard Lewer, William Mackinnon, Fiona McMonagle, Trent Parke, Julia Robinson, Georgia Spain, Paul Sloan, Justine Varga, Garawan Wanambi, Sera Waters, Amy Joy Watson, Min Wong, Paul Yore.

Please note that the gallery will be closed on Saturday 18th November. 

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Paul Yore in BECOME WHAT YOU ARE, Brisbane Powerhouse Museum

Paul Yore’s exhibition ‘BECOME WHAT YOU ARE’ is now showing at Brisbane Powerhouse Museum, presented as part of Melt Festival for 2023.

‘BECOME WHAT YOU ARE’ brings together a suite of the artist’s intricate textile works, interrogating popular culture, nationalism, neo-liberalism, consumerism, and sexuality. Drawing on a vast array of recycled materials, forms, texts and images, Yore’s work deploys laborious and time-honoured craft methodologies such as embroidery, quilting, mosaic, collage, and bricolage. These experimental works engage in a kind of queer and linguistically deconstructive free association within which a plurality of meanings is made available.

The exhibition also features selected garments drawn from the collaboration Yore made with celebrated fashion house Romance Was Born for their 2023 winter collection entitled Stronger Together. These one-off couture pieces combine Yore’s bold vernacular with signature Romance Was Born techniques such as hand beading and sequin work, appliqué, and upcycled vintage fabrics including crochet blankets, military uniforms, and floral silk quilts.

‘BECOME WHAT YOU ARE’ is on display from 11 November to 10 December 2023.

Julia Robinson in From the other side, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Julia Robinson is exhibiting in ‘From the other side’ at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) that launches this weekend.

Curated by Elyse Goldfinch and Jessica Clark, ‘From the other side’ brings together Australian and international artists to unsettle the tropes of the horror genre and its relationship to vulnerability, anxiety, rage, and revenge.

‘From the other side’ draws upon horror’s shared cultural imaginary and its ability to transgress and destabilise institutions of power, conjuring counternarratives and alternative mythologies that challenge the assumed boundaries of the body, gender, the self and the ‘other’.

Horror often speaks to the collective anxieties and fears of our times, from sexual liberation to new technologies, racial tension to gender subversion. This fear proliferates across shared cultural imaginaries to lay bare our innermost desires, tendencies for self-destruction and the conflicting impulses to confront and exorcise our darkest fantasies. Horror provides a language with which to be scared and to respond to challenges that might be beyond our control.  

From the other side brings together nineteen Australian and international artists, integrating historical and contemporary works, alongside key new commissions that draw upon horror’s capacity to transgress and destabilise forms of power and subjugation. The exhibition summons the impulse for rage and revenge, while embracing feelings of vulnerability and unease. Rather than speculating on the field of horror as a whole, the exhibition embeds and casts a lens upon feminist, queer and non-binary subjectivities to consider the transgressive pleasures and liberations of horror, as makers, masters and consumers of the genre. 

Centring the fear of the monstrous-feminine, the exhibition raises questions about the often-harmful representation of female monsters — the witch, the hag, the monstrous mother, the shapeshifter, the possessed woman — and how she has been reclaimed by female storytellers in recent years. The monstrous-feminine resists the prototypical role of women in horror, as either victims or final girls; instead she performs the dual roles of temptress and castrator — alluring yet repulsive, contaminating yet pure.  

The exhibition crosses the artificial parameters of horror in the everyday, as something that exists as part of society but also from outside of it. Culminating in a potent synthesis of dread, camp, humour and catharsis, From the other side challenges the traditional narratives and assumed boundaries of the body, gender, the self and the ‘other’. 

This exhibition will be open to the public from 9 December 2023 to 31 March 2024.

Julia Robinson in Eeerie Pageantry at City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand

Julia Robinson is currently showing at City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand, alongside the late Don Driver in the exhibition ‘Eerie Pageantry’.

‘Eerie Pageantry’ is a cornucopia of folk horror and art played out through a ritualistic meeting of made and modified materials, textures, colours, tools, bodies and nightmares. Julia Robinson and Don Driver's assemblages and sculptures form an elaborate ceremonial procession in the gallery space—an eerie pageantry of the Antipodean Gothic.

‘Eerie Pageantry’ is curated by Aaron Lister and Dr Chelsea Nichols as part of their project Curator of Screams which explores connections between contemporary art and horror films.

‘Eerie Pageantry’ is on display at City Gallery Wellington (Te Whare Toi), New Zealand, from 28 October to 18 February 2024.

Hugo Michell Gallery Opening: Zaachariaha Fielding & Alfred Lowe | Tarnanthi Exhibition

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Zaachariaha Fielding & Alfred Lowe’s ‘Z munu A Titutjara’ (Z and A Forever) on Thursday 5th October 6-8pm.
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‘Z munu A Titutjara’ features new works by Zaachariaha Fielding and Alfred Lowe. Both artists combine traditional influences from their respective cultures with contemporary artistic practices. While the journey the two have taken to become practising artists is different, they are now travelling on the same path to recognition and reconciliation. This exhibition celebrates their journeys so far, as well as looking towards the future.
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Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!
Hugo Michell Gallery are proud to partner with Bird in Hand Winery for this opening event.
This exhibition will be on display from 5 October to 11 November 2023, as part of Tarnanthi Festival presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Min Wong announced as recipient of Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship

ARTIST NEWS
We are thrilled to share that Min Wong has been announced as a recipient of the prestigious Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship for 2024, offered by the University of South Australia.
 
Wong will receive a scholarship that provides institutional fees for one academic year of study, a $70,000 tax-free allowance, and travel expenses to a leading international art school of their choice.
 
Wong references contemporary ritual practices – from gym-going to yoga and psychotherapy – many of which have their origins in Eastern philosophy and have since been adopted by Western capitalism
 
Congratulations Min!
 
Pictured L-R: Portrait of Min Wong; Min Wong at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair for Hugo Michell Gallery, 2022, image by Document Photography.

Hugo Michell Gallery at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

Hugo Michell Gallery are excited to return to Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, located at Booth F14 from 7th -10th September, 2023.

Presenting:
Richard Lewer
Trent Parke
Justine Varga
Sera Waters
Tony Garifalakis [Installation Contemporary]

Our booth presentation this year creates four distinctive spaces, with an immersive grotto of embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures by Sera Waters that dwell within the gaps of Australian histories to examine settler-colonial home-making patterns and practices. Richard Lewer’s take on the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ - pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth - is loaded with historical reference and surface lustre. Trent Parke’s photographic series ‘Monument’ revisits over 25 years of his most iconic street photography, presenting a single filmic narrative capturing the last moments on earth. Justine Varga’s intimate analogue photographs will seduce with deep colours and gestural marks that writhe across the surface. Tony Garifalakis' 'Scum Suite' engages with the ways in which the meaning of images, signs and symbols might be ascribed, conveyed or transformed in contemporary culture, and how conventional notions of hierarchy and status might be undermined. 

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair presents the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries.


Sera Waters, Justine Varga, Richard Lewer, Trent Parke for Hugo Michell Gallery at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, 2023. Photo by Document Photography. 

Register your interest to receive additional information regarding this presentation by emailing mail@hugomichellgallery.com

Hugo Michell Gallery Opening: Georgia Spain | Kate Kurucz Exhibitions

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Georgia Spain’s ‘No one tells you how to weather a storm’ and Kate Kurucz’s ‘Eventual Horizon’ on Wednesday 30th August 6-8pm.
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Georgia Spain
No one tells you how to weather a storm
This exhibition has been drawn together by an attempt to capture and convey various emotional states, continuing Spain’s exploration and expansion of paint as the medium of choice. Spain shares: “I’ve been looking at a lot of abstract painting and while I still see a lot of figuration in this work, I think the ideas have become broader and looser,” she says. “I’m thinking through ideas around abundance, bodies, excess, ruptures, erasure, togetherness, proximity, and action. Plus birth, life and death, of course!”

Pictured: Georgia Spain, Chorus Of The Whole Heart, 2023, Oil on linen, 198 x 304 cm
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Kate Kurucz
Eventual Horizon
In this body of work for ‘Eventual Horizon’, Kurucz explores the potential power of mystery and the sublime, drawing upon the innate human desire to unravel the great puzzles and mysteries of the world.
‘Eventual Horizon’ is presented as part of the South Australia Living Artist Festival (SALA), and Kurucz a finalist in the 2023 Inspiring SA Science in Art Award for work in this exhibition. She is also a finalist in The Advertiser Contemporary Art Award and UnitCare Moving Image Award.

Pictured: Kate Kurucz,  Party Line, 2023, oil on copper, 45 x 90 cm
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Hugo Michell Gallery are proud to partner with Bird in Hand Winery for this opening event. Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two exhibitions!

Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Trent Parke releases landmark publication 'Monument'

Trent Parke’s landmark publication Monument is a portal through which we bear witness to the disintegration of the universe over 294 expertly printed pages.

The monolithic publication is painstakingly hand-bound in leather bearing totemic coordinates to the planet Earth, blind stamped end sheets, black sprayed edges, and a loose steel plaque, that once removed, leaves the volume without language.

When Trent Parke moved to Sydney from a small Australian country town, his first impression was of the sheer volume of people. He would grab his camera and go out exploring at every opportunity, fascinated by the endless processions. 
At rush hour, he watched as the city workers moved in a great mass, all walking the great conveyor belt of life. In a trance-like state, treading the same path day after day, week after week, year after year… clocking on, clocking off, all under the spell of the city. Parke would stand on the edge of the wave, on the outside of a new world, looking in. As if watching a newly discovered species. 
 
 “At night I would watch the eclipse of moths, millions of them constantly circling the lights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. At the same time, on my balcony, a miniature performance played out around the light above my head. The moths inevitably and without resistance were drawn to their ultimate demise. Spiralling out of control, like small spaceships caught in a tractor beam. Lured and blinded by the bright white light, they were taken out by hundreds of birds swooping in to snatch them from the air… spiders sat waiting on their webs. Built with precise coordinates across the face of the lights, they captured the hapless tiny creatures that slipped through. If any miraculously managed to survive that onslaught, they continued on, driven towards the flame, intoxicated by those burning hot light globes. Then suddenly an electrical charge in the still air. A small puff of smoke. Gone. Instant disintegration of a life form. Another blip in the universe. Another small spacecraft colliding with the blazing sun.” - Trent Parke

First edition copies of Trent Parke's 'Monument' is now available to purchase through the Hugo Michell Gallery Online Shop. 

Hugo Michell Gallery Opening: Trent Parke Exhibition

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the exhibition celebration and publication launch of ‘Monument’ by renown photographer Trent Parke.

In this retrospective body of work, Parke revisits his most iconic black and white street photography. Presenting a single filmic narrative through a series of photographs, this body of work has been inspired by NASA’s Golden Record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk carried into space containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. This is Parke’s photographic record of the last moments on earth. A Monument of humankind.

Join us in celebrating this exhibition and for the Australian launch of the 294 page publication, ‘Monument’ published by Stanley/Barker UK. First edition copies of the now sold-out publication will be available to purchase on the day, in limited supply.

Trent Parke's 'Monument' is part of the 2023 SALA Festival.

Exhibition celebration and publication launch: Saturday 29 July 1:30-3:30 pm
Exhibition dates: 27 July to 26 August
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Hugo Michell Gallery are proud to partner with Bird in Hand Winery for this opening event.

Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.