THOUGHTS ON PAPER
ADAM CULLEN, MARCEL DZAMA, PATRICK HARTIGAN, LOUISE HASELTON, SIMONE KENNEDY, NOEL MCKENNA & MICHELLE NIKOU
25 Jun - 20 Jul 2008
Lives and works in the Blue Mountains and holds a BFA and an MFA from the College of Fine Arts, NSW. He was awarded the Archibald Prize in 2000, and in 2004 Thames and Hudson published “Scars Last Longer”, a book on his work. The subject of Adam’s works has been consistent – he depicts animals or people in states of trauma and decomposition and although his works can seem like an assault, there’s a real pathos and comedy to the images. Few Australian artists have attempted to create such an ambitious catalogue of our collective failures, sins of the flesh, failures of nerve and will, the complacence of the comfortably well off.
Andrew Frost, excerpt from Look behind you, 2005
Marcel Dzama is known for his small-scale, ink and watercolour drawings of human figures, animals and imaginary hybrids and recently has moved into larger polyptychs, video and sculpture. Dzama studied at the University of Manitoba, Canada, and currently resides in New York City. In 2006 he had an early career retrospective at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, which travelled to the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. Dzama founded the artist collectivethe Royal Art Lodge in Manitoba in 1996. In 2003, McSweeney'spublished a collection of his work, The Berlin Years.
Living and working in Adelaide, Michelle and holds a Bachelor of Design (Ceramics), a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts), and a Master of Visual Arts (MA) from the South Australian School of Art. In 2008 she will travel to Paris to undertake a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts. Nikou's work regularly treats things both common and personal, and often the tragic, shameful, or otherwise negative. Commonplace materials, shapes and items are often employed, with her work typically small and not grandly framed as 'Art' or as major statement.
Ken Bolton, excerpt from Wakefield Press publication, 2005
Louise Haselton’s practice employs a range of media including small-scale sculptural objects, installation, printmaking and artists' books. Her sculptural and two-dimensional work values the slipshod, the makeshift and the cobbled together. She is interested in craft and the handmade, and often employs material of differing cultural values to challenge ideas of taste and kitsch. Recent exhibitions include Years Without Magicat SASA Gallery, Adelaide, and Things will be Great, at MOP Projects, Sydney. Recent publications include Years Without Magiccatalogue, essays by Peter McKay and Lisa Kelly.Louise currently lectures at the South Australian School of Art.
Simone Kennedy completed her Masters in Visual Arts at the South Australian School of Art in 2005 and currently live and works in Adelaide. Her bold and darkly surreal works shiver with an emotional narrative, which is encoded, but nonetheless powerful. Characteristically inserting a shifting vocabulary of chameleon part-human, part-animal beings and other creatures into her vignettes, there are echoes of Paula Rego and of the metamorphoses of the female form of Hans Bellmer’s fetishistic Poupées.
Wendy Walker, excerpt from The Young Girlscatalogue essay, 2003
Noel studied at Queensland University from 1974-5, the Brisbane College of Art from 1976-8, and Alexander Mackie College, Sydney in 1981. He won the Sulman Prize in 1994, has been awarded the Trustees Watercolour Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW five times since 1997 and won the Mosman Prize in 2003. Noel McKenna works in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, metal sculpture, enamel and watercolour paints. Through these various methods of art making, McKenna creates a fragile world; ‘islands’ are human, animal, or buildings, implying a narrative but not giving one.
Residing in Sydney, Patrick Hartigan studied at the University of New South Wales and recently undertook a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris. Hartigan can take the abstract emotion and give it form in sensitive translations.