Currently showing works from our stockroom. Including early India Mark watercolours, Leonie Watson, Lee Bethel, Clare Thackway, Ash Frost, Frank Nowlan, Nick Santoro, Paul Ryan, Rob Howe and many more from our Xmas Show. Our current opening hours are Wed - Sat 11am til 6pm and for early February we will have reduced hours while we take a little break - Friday & Saturday's only 10am til 4pm (Feb 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th). We are also closed Friday Jan 26th.
This will be the fifth incarnation of the popular show that rounds out the year. Up to 30 invited artists are given a format and material constraints. Within the frame a diversity of approaches and visions emerges.
The Egg & Dart Xmas Show will open at 6pm Friday 8th December. We will not be offering pre sales or internet sales for this show. First in, first served! Purchased works will be available for collection from 20th during opening hours, 11am til 6pm, Wednesday through Saturday.
Christopher Zanko’s practice explores the setting and structure of coastal architecture. Combining woodcarving and printmaking with painting, his technique works with texture and dramatic tonal contrast. The setting for each of these building portraits is typically a blue sky and strong light. His work reflects on the current state of local infrastructure with reference to past use and future potential. Zanko graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Wollongong University with Distinction in Painting (BCA).
Bethel’s work draws on a love of paper, cutting and manipulating paper in a manner that utilizes shadow and reflection to create complex patterns and peripheral lightscapes. Her practise of applying watercolour to the back of the paper creates an ever changing intensity of shadow and colour through cast reflection. At times she treats the surface of the paper with encaustic covering and disguising the paper and allowing the gestural mark of the brush on the textured wax facade.
Stuffed Species - The Gentle Art of Interior Fauna
In a new sculptural installation for The Egg & Dart, Deacon plays with the concept of tourism and Australiana kitsch. Using a mix of craft and souvenirs sourced from Chinatown in Sydney, Deacon creates a fantastical scene bursting with a conglomerate of sequins, colour, and glitter-covered kangaroos. This multi-faceted installation documents Deacon's encounters in and around Sydney's attractions including Paddy's Markets, The Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Deacon reflects on the incorporation of native flora and fauna into promotional paraphernalia and festival imagery through the 70s, 80s and beyond, playfully encouraging viewers to step outside their daily reality into a space of play.
Deacon has a personal obsession with animal-imagery, yet made horrifyingly unfamiliar, by transforming its natural inhabitants into a spectacularly camp pastiche of faux fur and perennial pride. She likes to coax the audience to examine in greater detail the exotic entrails of celebrated souvenirs, while simultaneously exploring what it could mean to be an icon of the Australian wild.
Through sculptural installation, Deacon’s often grotesque re-creations intend to illustrate the various spectrums and extremities of creativity and obsession, and to highlight and exaggerate the natural symbioses that exist between humans and animals.
Opening Friday 15th September, 6-8pm
Clare Thackway's paintings use the suppleness of oil paint to rework the female figure as a form of communication. 'TIES' explores the diverse performances of womanhood: the presentation of youthful physical beauty, the grace and challenge of serving as mother or carer, the responsibilities of the working woman. The stretched poses of the figure suggest repeated movement, a muscle memory. Twisting fabric and the positioning of bodies echo a folding of these roles into one another over time. Human movement becomes a psychological semaphor and a non‑verbal translation of the push-pull flexibility required of women.
Clare Thackway has had recent solo shows at Canberra Contemporary Art Space and the Wellington Street Gallery, Sydney.
Frank Nowlan's paintings reveal jarring elements in a contested public realm and a political engagement with his subjects. For some time his works have documented change and destruction as local cottages are replaced by grander examples of coastal architecture. Working in series, Nowlan locates patterns within these residential expressions. The fibro cottage is extended on, an access ramp attached. Brick veneer might cover the original surface or a pebbled pathway is added. This pattern language is extended upon in the current show, where the houses and their front yard displays act as portraits of the unseen residents.
Nowlan makes visual notes, either taking snapshots of potential subjects or drawing sketch diagrams. However ideas quickly become paintings, letting his work communicate directly. In the houses he pictures, we could laugh at the baroque nature of some of the design decisions or feel discomfort at the chaotic front lawn arrangements. But the more powerful suggestion is that these personal expressions are radical design acts pushing against the clean boxy forms of newer residential developments just up the road.
Nowlan is a past winner of the Fishers Ghost Contemporary Art Award. His work is held in significant private collections as well as the Wollongong University Collection and the Wollongong City Gallery. His work will be shown in Australasian Painters 2007 –2017, an Artist Profile magazine survey show at Orange Regional Gallery. This will place his work within a comprehensive overview of contemporary painting in Australasia.
Gabrielle Adamik's work is a study of material interactions. The current exhibition at The Egg & Dart presents vessels that test gravity and suspension. The shapes slump like a body that would enjoy being pulled and stretched back to upright. Heavy and sac‑like, they are able to reconfigure depending on their attachment to wall or ceiling. Kiln-fired glasswork forms ropey and delicate structures, with Adamik's material research suggesting different paths that could be taken to an outcome. The synthesis attained in these sculptures aligns with the artist's prior experience as a dancer. Spatial symmetries and qualities of balance prompt slowness, creating an installation through which the viewer might choreograph their own movements.
India Mark's paintings have the subtlety of intimate portraiture. For Domestica the paintings represent archetypes rather than individuals, an approach that frees the artist to explore psychological and physical qualities without needing to respond to the desires of the sitter. The works are liberated from direct portraiture through her understanding of 17th Century Dutch tronie or "character head" painting. Guided by this, Mark's characters are constructed from life drawing and sourced imagery, the soft neutrality of the palette allowing her subjects to flicker with associations. Her works fuse together aesthetics from past and present. Gaze overrides narrative, leaving us free to look for subtle differences in expression.
India Mark was a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2016 with her first painting submission – a portrait of musician Dane Taylor. She was awarded the Foundation for Visual Arts Scholarship from the ANU School of Art and is continuing with a Master of Fine Arts and the National Art School. Two of her works are included in the archival collection of the National Art School.
We are proud to introduce a group exhibition with Matthew Bromhead (Sydney), Mignon Steele and Egg & Dart's very own Aaron Fell-Fracasso.
Matthew Bromhead's kinetic sculptures are a dimensional collage that bring together selective materials in a synthesis of gravity and texture. Through balance and compromise, the absurdist actions of his sculptures align with the wry title of this group show. They are responsive to touch, breeze and gesture. With their kinetic actions they suggest art as verb: bounce, sway, wobble or swing. The works might also be seen as drawings in space: copper and filament wire forming gestures and describing the outlines of negative shapes. Matthew Bromhead has had solo exhibitions at the Ray Hughes Gallery and Rex Livingston in Sydney, and most recently at the Bathurst Regional Gallery. He has been a recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart grant. His work has been enriched by residencies at Hill End, the Bundanon Trust and Fowlers Gap in Western New South Wales.
Aaron Fell-Fracasso’s paintings use vibrant colour and layered patterning to play with atmospheric distance and the monumental. Recent work sees a shift from landscape view to a topographic and mapped response to landform. The overlap and connection between shapes creates energised fields of patterned space. The action extends onto the frame, enclosing an immersive and vibrational colour world. Fell-Fracasso is part of The Egg & Dart stable and has shown at The Drawing Room and Stella Downer Gallery in Sydney. More recently he was part of The Egg & Dart on Excursion exhibition at Casula Powerhouse. His work is held in private collections and with the University of Wollongong.
Mignon Steele's titles offer sneaky insights into her work but it is the language of painting that is operating here. Each piece sets its own poetic parameters and requires its own gestures to resolve. Her descriptions reach for associations in the biological world. In her own words these might be named "cellular patterns". The works take time and are a process of growth, the accretion of layers and the shedding of unsatisfactory elements. The joy here is in how she engages with these natural processes, scraping back and reapplying paint on an evolving colour space, using time to generate a biology of paint and surface. Mignon Steele has had recent exhibitions in Sydney and Darwin and previous solo exhibition at The Egg & Dart. A residency at The Lock Up in Newcastle in 2016 culminated in an exhibition of work. Her ongoing collaborative practice with Morgen Figgis as the duo Barnacle Studio sees her expand into mural painting, architectural colour and set design.
Serving Suggestion presents Nick Santoro's latest collection of work and his first solo exhibition at The Egg & Dart. Acknowledging the flatness of painting on board, Santoro's images are literally served up, with a ground plane that tilts towards us, offering new urban views. These scenes are balanced by frozen moments of social connection where objects such as a beer can or a mic stand mediate the interaction between people.
Santoro's punk aesthetic, crossing the streams between music culture and art making, merges his experiences as an artist and musician. His paintings are pulled from everyday encounters between people or snapshot views of boxy buildings framed by car-parks. By doing away with sentimental qualities of light, the artist can directly employ playful colour and edgy composition to press pause on the dynamic between people and places. Figures are half-cropped into the frame or slip off the edge of the surface, with eye contact and gesture determining the interaction. This is echoed in the painted decorative framing which further crops a scene out of the continuum of events. The sculptural frames bring form and depth against the flatness of the picture plane. The pattern application references hi-viz warning tape used to cordon off an area. But Santoro uses this framing technique to draw a line around moments that are fleeting, to bring our attention to the space between people.
Sofi Lardner Häggström, is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm. Her work investigates time, history and the unknown. Häggström’s work is inspired by old photographs, stories and places of specific historic events, delving into the supernatural and paranormal.
This exploration of the supernatural as a platform for women’s freedom and autonomy is the cornerstone of Häggström’s most current work. The works in this series float between the abstract and the figurative. The image Invention III (seen below) depicts odd spiritual and hypnotic machines, using traces and remnants of the past to create new images and stories.
Come and join us and the artist on the opening night, 6th January, 6-8pm.
Leonie Watson’s desire to categorise and contain is as strong as her belief in the virtues of productive disorder. These contrary tendencies are brought into a tentative balance in her work, pictured as relationships between different materiality’s and incongruous visual elements.
The works in BALANCE employ watercolour, pencil and thread. Watercolour is poured onto paper; it pools and dries in unpredictable ways. The results are amorphous forms suggestive of stains, organic growths or landscapes. To these forms, Watson brings an analytic eye, employing coloured pencil lines and clusters of stitches to hold and measure, but not quite contain them. Stains permeate the paper, lines track the surface and thread pierces through. Watson likens this process to the way we are driven to measure and categorise our thoughts and feelings, as we attempt to understand, contain and control them.
Opening night is Friday 28th October, 6-8pm.
We are very excited to announce that The Egg & Dart has been invited to exhibit at Casula Power House, Sydney this October-December.
We have invited our own stable of artists as well as three Scandinavian artists:
Gabrielle Adamik, Lee Bethel, Aaron Fell-Fracasso, India Mark, Frank Nowlan, Nick Santoro, Leonie Watson, Christopher Zanko, Marie J. Engelsvold (DK), Sofi Lardner Häggström (SWE), and Rebecka Bebben Andersson (SWE)
Have a look at Casula Power House here: http://www.casulapowerhouse.com/
People of all times and cultures have used aspects of their appearance to feel powerful or create an impression of power. These can be wearable items such as clothes and accessories, or modifications of the body such as tattoos, muscles or make-up. While these are subjective expressions, they are by nature inviting judgment from an audience. Therefore, they are also acts of self-objectification. The sense of power can be experienced in a completely private space, however it can only exist in relation to a wider social and cultural context. The exhibition Second skin examines what attributes of these symbols create a sense of powerfulness on a personal level, and their relationship to a wider societal context.
This is the second residency The Egg & Dart is undertaking. This time with illustrator/artist Elin Matilda Andersson. She will reside in the gallery for two weeks and create her work under that time on the walls of the gallery, while also investigating the audience responses with interviews which later will be available online as a podcast.
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Playpen, Cawthorn’s ninth solo exhibition and first with Egg & Dart, continues her exploration of the way that our past pervades our everyday. Employing drawing as her primary expressive form, Cawthorn’s works on paper are concerned with allowing memory to free-associate through the meditative process of hatching. As a drawn forms evolves and takes shape on the page, associations begin to develop. These associations draw on the vast store of images and experiences that are unique to each of us and which we accumulate over a lifetime. The resultant artworks represent fragments of memory juxtaposed with representational and non-representational forms that are suggestive rather than prescribed.
Like her drawings, Cawthorn’s sculptures obliquely reference past experiences, however their materiality demands a more sensorial response. Using fabrics and ply wood, and often taking their cue from playthings and spaces, they beg to be touched, felt, explored. This is a deliberate ploy by Cawthorn as the tactile, experiential nature of the works are intended to evoke the viewer’s own memories and experiences.
Due to the storm in June and the damage that it caused, the exhibition Outback and Out Back with Rob Howe and Hal Pratt was only possible to view in the gallery for little over a week.
We wanted as many as possible to see this beautiful exhibition and that’s why we now are installing it again.
Come and view it in the newly renovated gallery space between 23rd - 30th August, with a day closing the 27th August, 10 - 4pm.
It’s with great excitement we introduce our first ever performance artist in Henry Jock Walker. Walker will be undertaking another first for us, a residency here at The Egg & Dart!
Henry Jock Walker is an artist and surfer from Adelaide, South Australia. He uses the crossover of surfing action and action painting to morph his practice onto a unique platform of exploration between the surfing and art community. However, Walker offers more than that. An avid perfomer with a social consience he gladly collaborates with people he meet on his journey of artmaking and his materials may be lucky finds on the way. This serendipitousness are important part of his work.
‘The Scrambled Egg & Dart Experiment’ will take place at the E&D gallery and around Thirroul from 9th to 31st July, with an event screening, exhibition and perfomance by Henry Jock Walker and friends on the 29th July.
‘Outback and Out Back’ is an exhibition by artists Rob Howe and Hal Pratt, which takes their very different subjects and highlights ideas of belonging, self, nostalgia and the romantic.
Hal Pratt found inspiration for these paintings in the evocative landscape of the Macdonnell Ranges east and west of Alice Springs. The work originates from firsthand experience of walking the Larapinta Trail from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder and joining annual painting camps in remote locations in the same area.
Pratt has accepted the challenge of finding his own interpretation of this landscape after Namatjira. The result is a unique voice that speaks of the awe and majesty while sharing the trials and tribulations experienced through making art in difficult, rugged and isolated conditions.
At first glance Robert Howe's work seems concerned with the everyday or mundane. Yet upon examination we see evidence of the joy in his mark making, colour relationships, and perspective. There is an intimacy that is understood, and the seemingly innocuous subject matter of stranger’s transforms into homes and havens of friends and loved ones.
The Egg & Dart
27th May – 25th June 2016