GAGPROJECTS NEWS – June 2021

Our last in gallery exhibition was held in September 2020 while in Australia COVID was worse than today. We had organised an online project LOVE IN THE TIME OF COVID and this NFP project was a huge success with full sets of boxed prints being acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Museum of Australia. At that time I announced I would suspend our regular program for 12 months and run instead virtual exhibitions while I concentrated on the refurbishment of our building and new venture GAGPROJECTS GbR in Berlin. In September 2020 my intention was to be in Germany for two months but COVID intervened and I was locked down in Berlin for eight months, returning only now.

GAGPROJECTS will participate in Sydney Contemporary in September and the Melbourne Art Fair next February. We hope to resume our gallery program in 2022 but in the meantime continue to represent our artists in virtual exhibitions and private viewings.

I wish to thank the artists and collectors for their support during this difficult time and encourage you to follow us on Instagram - @gagprojects

Paul Greenaway OAM


GAGPROJECTS is excited to announce the representation of JOSEPH HÄXAN
My focus has been the psychological hysteria seen throughout the Salem Witch Trials. This research area was later expanded to include psychoanalytic readings of the broader relationship between human sexuality and ‘outside nature’. As a result of research, I partnered with The Satanic Church on a body of work later acquired by 20th Century Fox to promote their hit television series American Horror Story (Coven). Since then, I have worked on creative projects with legendary fashion photographer Nick Knight, SHOWStudio, Vice Media and more. In 2019, I creative directed Lithuanian arts and culture festival ‘Yaga Gathering’ and have exhibited internationally in group exhibitions over the last 5 years. JH


HOSSEIN VALAMANESH
Currently exhibiting in a major exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London until 12 September 2021 - Epic Iran - exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran shines a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many.


SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR
Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s Premier Art Fair, returns From 9—12 September 2021 with the country’s largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries.
GAGPROJECTS will be showing the work of -
MARGARET DODD, JUZ KITSON, DEBORAH PAAUWE & JENNY WATSON

ANGELA VALAMANESH
Is exhibiting at the Hawesbury Regional Gallery with About being here (a JamFactory ICON touring exhibition) from 19 June – 15 August.

This exhibition is an exploration into the interconnectedness of life on earth – between human, animal, and plant beings. Angela’s drawings, ceramic objects, and watercolours stemmed from her incredible research, referencing complex scientific, historic, and philosophical ideas. The imagery is inspired by micro- and macro- biology, historical anatomical and botanical illustrations and natural history collections. Angela’s work is inhabited by animal, vegetable, and mineral with glimpses of microbes, bacteria, pathogens, and spores.


JAMES GEURTS
Currently showing in the TarraWarra Biennial 2021 until 11 July 2021 at the TarraWarra Museum of Art. Featuring twenty-five artists from across the country, TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters, curated by Nina Miall, responds to two related cues: the idea of slowness, and the gentle, measured flow of the nearby Birrarung (Yarra River). The exhibition’s title comes from the translation of the local Woiwurrung word ‘tarrawarra’, after which the Museum, and its surrounding area of Wurundjeri Country in the Yarra Valley are named.⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The exhibition develops from the idea that between the acceleration of our current age and the impossibility of stopping altogether is a temporal space of possibility and resistance: slowing down. Through works which unfold conceptually, spatially, materially and temporally over the course of the exhibition, it seeks to heighten our awareness to the overlooked subtleties of the present.


DAVID GRIGGS & JENNY WATSON
Two Australian artists generous support of Tusk Lion Trail 2021. David Griggs has been nominated by the Curator and Creative Director, Tusk Lion Trail 2021 and  agreed to paint a life size fibreglass lion to be launched on World Lion Day 10th August in Sydney (exact location is yet to be announced).

Jenny Watson  has also been nominated  by the Curator and Creative Director, Tusk Lion Trail 2021 and agreed to sup


JAMES TYLOR
Currently showing in 'Oh Museum' at Cement Fondu, Sydney, NSW until 11 July and 'Fertile Ground', Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, VIC until 25 July.

Will also be showing in 'Void' touring exhibition at Artspace, Mackay, QLD from 23/07 - 03/10/2021 and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT from 30/10/2021 - 19/02/2022.ply a painting that references Lions to be exhibited in Sydney in August and then later NGO Tusk, of Lion inspired works with a core group of embellished Lion sculptures and paintings. All of which will be auctioned off in London to raise funds for their conservation.