What's On Now
There comes a time, every 10 years or so, that an exhibiting gallery needs to review and evolve.
The last ten years has seen Artsite´s development towards full artist representation on the strength of our continued commitment to curatorial decision making.
Significantly, Artsite is now a well recognised Sydney Art Gallery attracting visitors from all over Sydney, NSW, interstate and internationally, with media accolades including "Top Ten Coolest Sydney Galleries", and "Top Five Innerwest Galleries", amongst others.
Artsite has received NAVA Accredition, supporting best practice and dealing ethically with artists and, "as a leading arts organisation which supports best practice and deals fairly and ethically with indigenous artists and Communities in the Visual Arts industry", Artsite Galleries was invited to become a Signatory and Member of the Indigenous Art Code of Australia.
Our artists have won, and continue to be well represented in, Major Art award exhibitions around Australia and we have placed artist's work into major Australian Public Collections.
Artsite attributes these achievements to both the caliber of Artsite's exhibiting artists, and the strong curatorial approach to identifying and supporting local & Australian emerging artists.
"We are very proud of the professional achievements of our artists and the growth of Artsite to a well recognised Sydney Gallery", notes Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano (Gallery Director/Curator), "and we are looking forward to developing new artist and client relationships moving into the new decade."
To evolve, is to change.
In reviewing the change in the visual arts market during the last decade, Artsite will be expanding our online presence by offering our outstanding Stockroom catalogue for immediate purchase in a secure environment backed by SSL and the security of the Commonwealth Bank.
All works for sale in our online Stockroom, are available to view, in person, in our physical stockroom gallery during exhibition hours, or at your convenience, by appointment, before purchase.
Changing our Hours of Exhibition enables By Appointment Convenience in support of our commitment to good client service.
2020 Exhibition Hours
Monday – Wednesday: by appointment
Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed between exhibitions and Public Holidays
On behalf of the Artists at Artsite Galleries we thank you for your ongoing support and look forward, in this new decade, to sharing the work of our artists both in our physical exhibition galleries and online in the comfort of your personal space.
We anticipate the launch of these initiatives in February to accompany our 2020 Mardi Gras Celebration exhibition.
MISPLACED AND DANGLING - Jamie Cole | Murat Urlali.
OMG - where the bloody hell is the apostrophe meant to go... and what about the comma!
Forget the exclamation mark - that says it all... and who said brackets were "de rigueur"!
"Not Tonight Josephine." - was it Napo(leon) to Joseph(ine) or Joseph(ine) "Not Tonight, Josephine." to Napo(leon).
And don´t say this was never said, or Leon and Joseph will upset the quotation marks! And what´s this about colons having followers and semicolons being joiners? Visual Euphemisms, and more Linguistic Furniture needed... (embroidery required)
For Jamie Cole, moving forward continues themes of loss and memory, Men I’ve undressed (series 2019) but taken further challenging the State of Stigma (series 2020). For Murat Urlali, moving forward is embracing Kitsch and Camp, while drawing on ancient and traditional Persian enamel technigues, connecting idealised Western imagery with spiritual symbolism from the Islamic world.
Most of my recent paintings have been done without looking out beyond the canvas. They are a form of practical imagination, in the sense that I ask myself what can be done with these wet and oily pigments onto this given space. An empty white wall can be an exciting place and has many visions to offer.
I enjoy the exploration of building up the artwork through layers and observing and responding to the subtleties that emerge. Often this is based on the fact that a line can be painted in two ways, this being either a painted line or everything painted but a line, with both approaches having quite different outcomes. The second approach I have found more difficult, but more interesting.
Many of these recent works are portrayed as strata and go by the name of topography. I sense that the lateral geometry of these paintings gives a settled composition and offers a number of ways to be read. These panoramic sections are to depict junctions or views through a landscape at different time periods or locations.
I find a tension between figurative and non-representative elements of the work, and I think this is what drives me to paint over the original layer with patterns, as a way of synthesising the two. The subject matter is about time, devotion, nature and connections. I use the figure in my work in the same way that punctuation marks are used to convey meaning to words.
I try to achieve a consistency and uniform weight, giving equal attention to detail in all areas of the work. My goal is to find the point where the scene appears to come together in front of me, with an energy that has a meditative harmony. It is at this point that I think the painting has been hopefully completed. I have understood that there is no magic solution to making art, there is not an approach that will simply work, there is no clear way of seeing the ramifications of decisions until they are actually made. It is this unknowing and discovery that keeps drawing me in.
Recently, David Asher Brook has been a finalist in the 2020 John Villiers Art Prize, The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery´s Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, The Alice Prize, The Hornsby Art Prize, and the 2018 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize.
This is David Asher Brook´s second Solo Exhibition at Artsite Galleries.
Ann Cape, Bela Ivanyi, Chris Gentle and Daniel Pata whose exhibition, REFLECTIONS OF AN ANCIENT LAND: The MacDonnell Ranges, was planned for this month have requested their show be re-scheduled to a yet to be determined date. Three of the four exhibitors are already in self-isolation because they are in the"at risk" category, health wise, and were not able to deliver the work.
For the current future, and in negotiation with our artists, scheduled May through to December exhibitions are currently postponed until such time as we are all given the All-Clear.
How long this continues is uncertain, our priority is to our represented artists and associates, and we are moving online as fast as the developers can set us up with the SSL secure payment and the option to pick up from the gallery, arrange delivery for you, or have us store your purchases in our gallery.
Under the one person to four square metres guide our galleries can accomodate 30 people comfortably. In view of the recent announcement we have made a decision to be Open by Appointment only.
Appointments can be made directly on 02 80959678 or 02 95199677, or by email using the link below.
I wish everyone of you all the very best in the foreseeable future and to take care, and especially be patient and kind to everyone.