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  • Gallery Closed throughout January 2005

28 January - 13 March 2005
  • Howard Taylor Phenomena : Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Queensland

View Installation @ Art Gallery of Western Australia

13 February - 13 March 2005


silent contemplation - juxtaposition - inference - metamorphoses – transcendence - re-mapping projection – generation - transformation

  • Shelf Life exists all around us. Generally referring to a period of time during which something lasts or remains popular or may be stored and remain suitable for use. In this exhibition the generic meaning greatly expanded tackles the metaphoric head on. Nowhere is shelf life more actively evident than in a supermarket or increasingly less evident than in today’s public libraries. In its development through language and technology it invades the tangible and intangible. Culture, sub-culture, art practice, design, fashion and architecture are just a few instances where shelf life is reasoned using notions of usability and exhaustion of idea.
    Finally , we all individually and collectively are given a ‘shelf life’ and we negotiate it as best we can.
    This exhibition brings together the work of a diverse group of established and younger artists from East Coast to West Coast to explore - Shelf Life through silent contemplation - juxtaposition - inference - metamorphoses - transcendence - re-mapping - projection - generation and transformation.

  • Works by:
    Su Baker, Susanna Castleden, Lesley Duxbury, Sarah Elson, Caspar Fairhall, Pamela Gaunt, Simon Gevers, Richard Giblett, Bevan Honey, Janet Laurence, Brian McKay, Hilarie Mais, Akio Makigawa, Tom Müller, Jánis Nedéla, Louise Paramor, Douglas Sheerer, Mike Singe, Bruce Slatter, Alex Spremberg, Virginia Ward, David Watt

1 April - 15 May 2005

  • Howard Taylor Phenomena: New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, New South Wales

View Installation @ Art Gallery of Western Australia

3 - 24 April

Born in 1950 Philip McLeish has lived and painted in and around the Northcliffe region in the deep South West Karri forests of Western Australia since 1975 and for many years was Howard Taylor's personal studio assistant.
Painting has been a constant pursuit through all these years. He has spent much of that time alone at work in the South West forests and has been able to witness on a consistent basis the distinct local phenomena. Such isolation has enabled him to absorb the consequentiality of his subject matter. His paintings have a deep sense of place and reveal knowledge gained experiencing the intricate balance and play between light, form, growth and seasonal shifts.


1 - 29 May


  • The exhibition will be opened by Janet Holmes à Court, Chairman, Heytesbury Pty Ltd on Sunday 1 May 2005 3-5pm
    (Exhibition dates: 1 - 29 May 2005)
  • Born in Meckering Western Australia in 1926, Brian McKay was the subject of a major survey exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 1988. This exhibition of recent work runs concurrently with a new survey of his work 1954 - 2004 at The Holmes à Court Gallery from 22 April to extended to 10 July 2005 - (Brian McKay Floortalk Sunday 8 May - contact Holmes á Court Gallery for details on 9218 4540). In 1990 he was awarded the Australia Council Emeritus Award and in 1991 the Order of Australia Medal for services to Contemporary Art. His work is held in numerous public and private collections throughout Australia.

10 June - 28 August
  • Howard Taylor: Phenomena TasmanianMuseum and Art Gallery

View Installation @ Art Gallery of Western Australia

19 June - 10 July

  • West Australian Artist TOM MÚLLER selected for prestigious MCA PRIMAVERA 2005
  • MCA announces Primavera 2005 artists
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney has announced the artists selected to show in the prestigious Primavera 2005: Exhibition by Young Australian Artists which will, for the first time, include artists
    from remote areas of Australia as well as urban centres.
    The artists are: Monika Behrens (NSW), Madeleine Kelly (QLD), Fiona Lowry (NSW), Danie Mellor (ACT), Tom Müller (WA), Yukultji Napangati (WA), Michelle Ussher (VIC), Pedro Wonaeamirri (NT),
    Jemima Wyman (QLD).
    In another first, Primavera 2005 will have two central, linked themes. All works use painting as their primary medium and share a conceptual theme of land and landscape. Referencing synergies between the history of documenting the landscape and contemporary approaches to the land and landscape painting, the exhibition is themed The Lie of the Land by guest curator Felicity Fenner.
    “With this year’s Primavera show, we’re listening for the responses of younger artists to the land – Australia - at a time when issues of global conflict, land rights and environment are at the political forefront”, says Ms Fenner. “We are very excited that this exploration includes the voices of young Aboriginal artists from remote areas in Western Australia and the Northern Territory”
    Primavera has become Australia’s “talent spotting” art event, unveiling talents lying hidden across the country, many of them the stars of the future! It’s a much sought-after opportunity for young artists and a much anticipated event for Australian audiences, each year attracting huge numbers of visitors to the MCA. Primavera offers a perspective that reaches right across contemporary art in Australia, revealing themes and trends that might not otherwise be visible to the general public. Offering a truly national vision of contemporary art this year, Primavera 2005 includes a very diverse range of artistic styles and backgrounds - and of course signals a new wave of young artists to watch out for.
  • Tom Múller is part of a new generation of artists who have achieved a delicate balance in their artwork by representing a cultural past inside the global future. Tom Múller creates paintings and installations that meld isolated elements of design, architecture and art into universal forms and shapes. These simple images become signifiers not just of the universalized building forms found around the world, but also of the process of globalization that has existed for millennia. With Stadium, Múller explores the world of playing fields and how they have become images of global design. International regulations, standard surface control and many other factors have enabled the sporting world to be practiced almost identically around the world. Stadium provides the viewer with the experience of becoming a spectator and a player simultaneously.

24 July - 14 August

  • Bruce Slatter’s recent work explores the expectation and potential of everyday objects and structures from the urban environment. Ideas of endeavour, anxiety, apprehension and empathy are prevalent in the work through the carefully constructed miniatures sited within possible scenarios. By diminishing the scale, the work attempts to intensify focus, to distil the essence and meaning of an object, while still retaining its original form. The dioramas cast the viewer as participant, reminding them of familiar and shared experiences and as witness by providing an all seeing perspective and understanding.
    Bruce was the recipient of the 2003 Curtin University - Galerie Düsseldorf Scholarship and also won the 2004 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.

21 August - 11 September

Catalogue No.17 Wrasse - Landscape #6 2005 Acrylic paint on Canvas 75 x 75 cm

  • Jánis’ current works are preoccupied with seductions of surface, colour, grids and patterns. Obsessively linked to the nature of text and representation, his paintings succeed both optically and contemplatively. In his current work, the use of multi- coloured dots invites the viewer to look through the surface beauty of the overall image to its detail, where we begin to recognise elements that help to create different illusions and movements and familiarity in objects that are part of the world around us and question the making of marks and the system used for their placement.
  • Download Jánis Nedéla 2005 CV in .pdf format

9 September - 16 October
  • Howard Taylor: Phenomena Orange Regional Gallery NSW

View Installation @ Art Gallery of Western Australia

25 September - 16 October

Alex Spremberg: Paint - Works



    At the base of my practice lies an experience of not being able to see what was in front of me. Once it was pointed out, it was clearly visible. It was a shock because I believed that my eyes conveyed to me what was out there.
    It is a common human experience that led to the realization that we are unable to see purely what is in front of us. We constantly perceive life through an invisible veil of social and personal conditioning; our mind and our perception are geared towards utility and survival. For most humans, a river is never a river; it is always either an opportunity to go fishing, boating, photographing or relaxing, etc.

    My approach is an investigation into the conditions of painting. I am attempting to recognize and analyse its components and present those distinctions visually by altering their conventional relationships.
    Earlier work examined the distinction between support and surface. More recently, I am questioning the relationship between colour and paint. What is a painting? Does it have to have colour? Does it have to have paint? Is there a difference?

    I am also looking at processes, gestures and attitudes. I am interested in gestures of non-interference, where processes are activated that create their own inherent results and then collide with my own expectations.
    My work is not representational as nothing is re-presented. The paintings have undergone processes and have become autonomous objects.
    I am interested in artworks as an impersonal phenomenon, like a rainstorm is just a rainstorm; it carries no inherent meaning. Viewers are given the opportunity and responsibility to recognize their own processes of creating meaning and significance.

    Alex Spremberg

30 October - 20 November
  • Works on paper & canvas continuing the artists exploration of random mark making. There is evidence of a more structured approach to surfaces, and the intoduction of colour indicates a subtle shift away from the shadow world of contemporary ideas. 
  • John Teschendorff was born in Melbourne in 1942 and moved to Perth in 1985. He studied at the Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash University), the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Royal College of Art London. He has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle (NSW), Perth (WA) and Oxford (UK) He has participated in numerous national and international group exhibitions; representing Australia at the 36th Concorso Internazionale della Ceramic D’Arte, Faenza, Italy (1978) and in Contemporary Australian Ceramics at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington USA (1981). In 1995 he was selected for Australian Ceramics 1830-1995 a major survey exhibition presented at the Museo Internazionale della Ceramiche, Faenza Italy. His work is represented in major Australian & international public and institutional collections. Since the early 1980’s Teschendorff has been working with constructed forms and works on paper whilst holding a number of senior academic appointments in Melbourne (Melbourne State College), Perth (Curtin University) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysian Institute of Art & Limkokwing Institute of Technology). John Teschendorff currently lives and works in Fremantle.


1 - 15 December
  • Megan Salmon : New Works - Discovery Search Joy - Art + Fashion
  • Artist Megan Salmon has successfully positioned herself amongst the finest fashion designers of this country with a clothing label that captures the sensitivities of her studio practice and long respected artistic background.
    Through the textiles she manipulates and the forms she creates she has successfully found the critical nexus between fashion and art.
    As a visual feast the exhibition at Galerie Düsseldorf in Mosman Park, will be launched with a fashion parade. The fusion of both disciplines is clearly depicted through a journey of processes where initial creation, production and manipulation is manifested in wearable art / fashion.
    Megan Salmon’s paintings and drawings are held in the collections of The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Curtin University