GAGPROJECTS NEWS – February 2021

While Australia has somewhat opened up and internal boarders are again unrestricted, for millions of people around the world Lock Downs are de rigueur and businesses have had to focus on digital media to promote and sell products. I write to you now from Berlin where we are in Hard Lock down and we haven’t been able to visit a public Museum for months and private Galleries must stay closed and rely on digital marketing and mostly Social Media marketing. The larger galleries have designated people managing to make virtual interviews with their artists or open chat rooms or blogs.

GAGPROJECTS has been running a series of virtual exhibitions since September 2020 and we are pleased that these shows have resulted in healthy sales for our artists and engaged our supporters. My sincere thanks goes out to both artists and clients.

We will continue to present these Virtual exhibitions this year and I hope we can present a couple of pop up exhibitions interstate later in the year.

While Art Fairs have been either cancelled or postponed we haven’t been able to connect physically with our friends interstate and around the world, but it hasn’t stopped the artists who we represent working in their studios, as this newsletter will testify.

Paul Greenaway OAM

Atkins ‘Deconstructed Colour Charts’ is currently in the Work on Paper prize at Mornington Regional Gallery and has recently shown the successful TV WEEK installation in Bourke Street.

Ariel Hassan is in lock down in Berlin and has been working on a major body of drawings. So far 25 have been completed.

Will be showing work in a group show next month curated by Kenzee Paterson at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney – "1/2 to Dust". She is now in her third year of research; has upgraded to a PhD and is enjoying being absorbed in the project.

Will be showing large immersive pieces in a solo exhibition at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW from 5 March – 29 May 2022. He is currently showing with Lausberg Gallerie, Düsseldorf till March 21, 2021 with – FARBMATERIAL. Marti is involved in Artspace’s online commissioning project called 52 ACTIONS that was launched in May 2020 to support artists living and working in Australia through the development and presentation of new works.

Is currently showing in the NGV Triennial until 18 April and was recently featured in the New York Times in an article titled 'Portraits of Strength’.

Recently created a site specific ephemeral installation titled ‘Breathe’ as part of ‘Requiem’ @ The Paddington Reservoir, Sydney Festival curated by Janet Laurence.

Has launched his new video work with Nassiem Valamanesh – commissioned and launched by Buxton Contemporary at the University of Melbourne, Hossein & Nassiem Valamanesh, "What Goes Around", 2021.

Currently exhibiting 'JamFactory ICON Angela Valamanesh: About being here,' an exploration into the interconnectedness of life on earth – between human, animal, and plant beings at the School of Art and Design Gallery at the Australian National University. There will be an artist talk at 5.30pm 3rd March.

Is a finalist in the Adelaide Parklands Art Prize and will be showing in March at Adelaide Festival Centre Gallery.

Is currently showing in  'The Gathering' PICA, Perth, WA until the 7th of March. He is also showing in - 'Rebecca Selleck & James Tylor' at Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton, Vic. Upcoming shows include: 'Never standing still: new approaches in documentary photography', Monash Gallery of Art. Monash, Vic; 'Darkness of Enlightenment' Adelaide // International, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, SA  and 'PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography', Melbourne, Vic.

Is in the TarraWarra Biennial 2021, curated by Nina Miall from 27 March - 11 July 2021 and is also showing at MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury) from 26 February – 27 June 2021.

Will be showing in the pleasurable, the illegible, the multiple, the mundane 
Curated by Talia Linz, showing at ArtSpace, Sydney from April 28 - July 11
Louise is also currently working on some sculptural props for a project that Anna Zagala is driving -  "Anna Zagala (Sweetpolka) is developing a kids screen based series titled ‘Dancing Socks’ with Madeline Parry (Director of ‘Nanette’). A silly and darkly funny show about a playful 10-year-old girl who has a lot of time to kill and wants to get attention for being brilliant, not being different. With support from the City of Charles Sturt Louise Haselton is working on a number of theatrical props which will act as writing prompts.''