Rob Howe honours the qualities of a scene, exploring that which may be unnoticed. His works are evocative rather than realistic, energised by a complex play of light and colour, the tilt of a tree or telegraph pole, the smudge of a horizontal shadow. People inhabit these spaces, tenderly portrayed in brush, the edges of their form enveloped by the light‑filled settings. His portraits communicate an impression where the space between the viewer and the subject is set at a neighbourly distance. The essence is captured, the superfluous edited out –what painter Fairfield Porter might describe as "a respect for things as they are". Howe approaches realism with an abstract brush. His exterior portraits are awash in Australian sunlight, almost squinting to bring you into focus. We have our space and they have theirs.
Artworks are available for viewing and purchasing online now and will be in the gallery from Thursday 15th February.
In his paintings of suburban homes, the umbra Christopher Zanko uses is dragged like a sundial across the surface, an abstraction that pierces the formal character and messes with the legibility of the image. By carving and chiseling line and pattern, Zanko nods to the production qualities of the print – the play with negative and positive space and the dynamic between thick line and planar shapes.
For Lee Bethel, elegant constraints are the foundation of her workings, manipulating the fold, the grid and the seed. In her hands, the paper fold reveals its capacity for resilience and malleability. It is both a tangible folding of paper and a metaphorical folding of time and memory. The works suggest states of being that are "open-ended ... non-exclusive and unlimited, exterior and infinite." The inside is nothing more than a fold of the outside where the interior becomes exterior.
In a new sculptural installation for The Egg & Dart, Rosie 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.
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 semaphore and a non‑verbal translation of the push-pull flexibility required of women.
Drawing from the wealth of art talent within the local area and in The Egg & Dart's community, this exhibition brings together a selection of The Egg & Dart's stable of artists and a few of the gallery's friends. We're very pleased to welcome artists, Lynda Draper, Julia Flanagan and Paul Ryan to join The Egg & Dart's, Rob Howe, Frank Nowlan, India Mark, Nick Santoro and Chris Zanko.
We are very proud to present Frank Nowlan's second solo exhibition "Old and New". As the title infers, this exhibition is a collection of previously unreleased artworks and new paintings by Thirroul local artist, Frank Nowlan.
Gabrielle Adamik's work is a study of material interactions. The current exhibition presents vessels that test gravity and suspension. The shapes slump like a body that would enjoy being pulled and stretched back to upright. Kiln-fired glasswork forms ropey and delicate structures, with Adamik's material research suggesting different paths that could be taken to an outcome.
India Mark's paintings use a light-filled palette that allows her portraits and still life subjects to flicker with associations. In the portraits, features are shared across paintings – a particular element of the face may gain more prominence in the next incarnation. The accompanying still life paintings work as a contemplative context for the character studies. Oil colour is built up through underpainting, bringing luminescence to skin tones and a pearly sheen to porcelain, gold and ceramic. Light sources are indirect, softening outlines across arranged objects.
Our very own Lee Bethel is a finalist in this years Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award. Lee is already had a busy year being a finalist in both North Sydney Art Prize and the Paramore Prize. She has also been awarded a residency at the excellent Footscray Community Art Centre in Melbourne mid year.
Sixteen artists question the value we invest in places, spaces and objects from everyday life. Sentiment is a co-curated exhibition that explores notions of sentimentality that exists in the realms of imagination and personal experience. Artists were invited to shape and express their thoughts on the things that create emotional connection and disconnection. Using a variety of media, the works move between light and dark, fact and fiction, interest and disengagement.
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.
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.
For the fourth year in a row The Egg & Dart Xmas Show yet again drew a queue of anticipating visitors at opening night. With 30 artists and 200 works, the familiar theme of 12 x 12 cm artworks in all kinds of different media are dressing the walls from floor to ceiling. We are also super excited to have artist Rosie Deacon's Fun Foam Koalas added to the mix this year. Last day of the exhibition is 24th December.
The Egg and Dart Gallery finds inspiration and provocation in being a gallery outside of the large cities that, historically, have been perceived as the most important centres of art. The gallery is located in Thirroul, a village on the coast between Sydney and Wollongong. The area has a distinct history that inflects the practices of artists that work in the area, but has also, historically, looked to the north for sustenance. However, this model of dependence is being thoroughly challenged.
It was such a fun experience to have an resident artist here so we're doing again!This time around we invited illustrator and artist Elin Matilda Andersson to the Egg & Dart. From 11th - 23rd October, Elin will be residing in the gallery and developing her project day by day. Illustrating directly on the walls, this project is about self expression and the power symbols we use to express ourselves, the issues of objectification in a wider social and cultural context.
Congratulations Nick Santoro! Nick's a finalist in this years Kudos Emerging Artist and Designer Award.Now in it's 15th year, The Kudos Award seeks to recognise, nurture and support innovation and excellence across all disciplines at UNSW Art & Design. This award aims to promote excellence in visual art and design at UNSW, to encourage experimentation and development of process, material and concept.
As many of you know, we had some misfortune in the storm that happened in June which took our roof of and rain damaged the gallery. We were closed for over 2 months and the exhibition Outback and Out Back by Rob Howe and Hal Pratt unfortunately hung just under two weeks.
Thank you Henry Jock Walker for coming to Thirroul and The Egg & Dart!Our first ever residency period has come to an end. It was such a great and fun time for everyone involved. Walker really gave it all and invited the people of the area to join in the projects. There was epic surf painting moments and mural painting both at Finbox on Lawrence Hargrave Drive and outside PRS Partners on Raymond Road. Colourful scrambled eggs served at various locations, van painting and of course Walker working away in the "Jock's Box" at the gallery.