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8 December 2005 - 29 January 2006
  • Howard Taylor: Phenomena Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Western Australia

View Installation @ Art Gallery of Western Australia

12 February - 12 March 2006

  • Galerie Düsseldorf 30th Anniversary Year Celebratory Exhibition No.1
  • Douglas Chambers
    Jocelyn Gregson
    Richard Gunning
    Kevin Robertson

  • Over the last four decades, the act of painting has been challenged, attacked, subverted, and dismissed as dead. Has painting ever really gone anywhere? In galleries and art schools all over the world, painting has always been and continues to be produced and shown. Collectors covet it and critics bash it; people line up at museums to look at it. Notwithstanding its near death experience with Minimal and Conceptual art of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the practice of painting is alive and healthy.
    Numerous art historians, critics and theorists continue to mourn the death of painting, yet somehow the medium continues to percolate. This supposed death springs in part from the mistaken notion that each new art movement or technology renders earlier ones obsolete – that innovative technologies and new media will overtake the traditional. Just as in the 19th century, when many people believed that photography would lead to the end of painting, many members of today's art world have become convinced that digital technology will endanger and eventually overwhelm painting. The medium has simply evolved and changed in reaction to photography and it has done the same in regards to the Internet and digital technologies. Artists understand that they could create their imagery entirely on the computer, but they still desire the visual, tactile and emotional effects they can achieve by sticking with the old-fashioned technology of brushes and paint. As one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented, painting offers the most effective ways to examine, alter, or invent a new reality-- the artists in this exhibition have done all of those things and more.

  • Painting, On and Off the Wall
    William Stover, Curator
    The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

26 March - 23 April 2006

Galerie Düsseldorf 30th Anniversary Year Celebratory Exhibition No. 2 + 3

Howard Taylor + Lesley Duxbury

  • These 2 exhibitions coincide with the National Gallery of Australia's John Constable exhibition comprising 100 works.
    Constable (1776 - 1837) : impressions of land, sea and sky: 3 March - 12 June
    and the inclusion of works by Howard Taylor and Lesley Duxbury in the accompanying exhibition by 10 Australian artists
  • who have looked in depth at Constable's work.

Howard Taylor : Tracing the Sublime

Howard Taylor Strange Formations 1998 - Painted Ply Constructions - 39 x 175 x 75 cm (two parts)
photo John Austin

On the occasion of the Australian Contemporary Art Fair in Melbourne 1996, when Howard Taylor's works filled Galerie Düsseldorf's 100 sq metres exhibition space - Professor Patrick Hutchins Australian Philosopher felt moved and compelled to write a review. An extract from 'Howard Taylor: Tracing the Sublime' follows.
Taylor's working up of a sparse sublime is on the contrary intellectual, and reflective: a Kantian sublime, Taylor substitutes true reflexion. Taylor's sublime is like Kant's: spiritual. The human person is first humbled by the majesty of nature: and then reasserts humanity's superiority to nature.
Deep and rich suggestions of sublimity are presented by Howard Taylor in works whose plainness and paleness make a firm statement of their very serious intent. The sublime is 'traced', on his picture plane, and traced to its source. The source of the sublime is: Human wonder.
We may wonder at what is, seeing it as the work of God: or just wonder, and wonder at our wonder at it: such are the Theist and the Humanist Sublimes.
Howard Taylor's works call us to reflextions of this, deep, sort. To the forest: and well beyond it.
* Patrick Hutchings Department Philosophy University of Melbourne 5.X.96

Lesley Duxbury : In a different light

Lesley Duxbury : Double Moonbow 2005, Inkjet prints on 2 panels each 50 x 75 cms
photo Lesley Duxbury

Photographs are still considered to represent the ‘truth’ to a large extent—to capture a specific moment in time. However, the processes involved in producing a likeness of an original moment—from the click of the shutter to the final image—are considerable and each has the potential to alter the original moment. Since the advent of image-manipulation via the computer opportunities to alter reality are boundless.
These works, the result of interaction between light, atmosphere and vision,
take familiar representations of daytime and turn them into night, or at least some indeterminate time between day and night, to evoke a different response. Most atmospheric phenomena are only seen or recorded during the brightness of day and we are unaware that they also occur when daylight is scarce. However the ways in which they are perceived at this time of the day are very different—vision is not as clear and colours not so bright—the mood is more subdued and reflective.

7 May - 4 June 2006
  • Galerie Düsseldorf 30th Anniversary Year Celebratory Exhibition No.4
    BEVAN HONEY: p r o j e c t

  • The act of making has been central to not only art practice but also to suburban occupation and reflected in
    our cultural and physical environment, thus the shed (and/or studio) has been a significant element in defining
    identity. As notions of commodity and activity become more exclusive and insular, the self storage unit has
    proliferated within the Australian landscape and our suburban psyche and sense of identity is becoming
    Using common hardware materials Honey has handmade forms and images relating to civil architecture and
    design. These objects themselves are not definitive in form or function, but are comprehensively constructed
    and exist somewhere between political abstraction and domestic artefact.
  • (Ted Snell Professor of Contemporary Art
    Dean of Art, John  Curtin Centre, Curtin University of Technology, Perth)

Bevan Honey : Works in progress - studio views 2006

18 June - 16 July 2006

Shaft, 2006 Oil paint on timber 222 x 221 x 4 cm

View documentation of Hilarie Mais: Survey of works 1974 – 2004 20 May – 4 July 2004 Drill Hall Gallery Australian National University, Canberra - Installation View

photo William Wright

  • Born 1952 in Yorkshire, Hilarie Mais studied in the UK, living in London then New York before moving to Sydney in the early eighties. Since 1977 she has exhibited in New York, Sydney and Melbourne and her sculpture is in numerous state, corporate and private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.
    She was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra in 2005.
    Mais’ minimalist, colour layered formations are often substantial in size, up to two metres square and are created with extreme poise and symmetry and the resulting play of light and shadow produce restrained, poetically engaging installations.

1 - 7 August 2006

20 August - 17 September 2006

  • Galerie Düsseldorf 30th Anniversary Year Celebratory Exhibition No.7
  • déjà vu
  • Significant works by :
  • Su Baker, Galliano Fardin, Frank Morris, Tom Múller, Jánis Nedéla, Mike Singe, Alex Spremberg. Kevin Robertson, Howard Taylor, David Watt

31 August - 30 September

  • Bevan Honey : plane
    Opening 6pm Wednesday 30 August 2006 (6 - 8pm)
    Exhibition dates: 31 August - 30 September 2006
  • Monash University Gallery : Caulfield Melbourne
    Opening speaker Domenico de Clario
    Artist, Associate Professor, Head Fine Arts, Monash Art & Design Caulfield

  • Western Australian based artist Bevan Honey will transform the Faculty Gallery into planes of familiar yet non-functional 3-D objects made from plywood, polymer resin, polyurethane and automotive acrylic paint. Honey’s objects resemble car parts, and various other functional items located in and around your average backyard shed.
    Their resemblance is all that links them with such functionality. Honey explores the form and content of these seeming familiar objects to heighten the audiences awareness of spatial architecture.
    This exhibition follows on from a series of major projects the most recent of which was at Galerie Düsseldorf in Perth, titled Project.
    It is Bevan’s first major solo exhibition in Melbourne.
    Bevan Honey is represented by Galerie Düsseldorf, Perth Western Australia

  • 32pp full colour exhibition catalogue with essay by Robert Cook, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia available at the Faculty Gallery.

1 - 29 October 2006


  • Galerie Düsseldorf 30th Anniversary Year Celebratory Exhibition No.8
    Simon Gevers : Light
    October 1 - 29
    Opening 3 - 5pm Sunday 1 October 2006

    Simon Gevers' new works are part-painting, part-object and part-light-infused - culminating in delicate explorations of shape, colour, texture and mood
    This exhibition showcases this new body of work which is an exploration of three dimensional space through light radiating constructions
    The artist says of his works; “They are the product of a search for simplicity, a search that involves a continual refinement. The more I pursue that line, the more refined I get, hence the increased simplicity and quietness of these works.” Yes they are simple and quiet and as such akin to a mantra, as they allow the viewer to relax and open an inner door.
    Polyurethane blocks are hand carved and sanded into different shapes. The artist uses no preconceived plan of what overall shape the carving and sanding of the blocks produces, reacting only in a hands on response to each action. The foam blocks when finished are encased in finely sanded non-reflective perspex boxes which allow ambient natural light or the white halogen light to glow through and produce muted radiant images from within. A sense of peaceful existence, soft harmony and spacial infinity pervades these works. They are truly meditative.

12 November - 10 December 2006

  • IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY : 30 Years

  • Galerie Düsseldorf was established by Magda and Douglas Sheerer and opened it's doors 30 years ago this month. For the past three decades the gallery has been bringing to the Perth public an ongoing programme of contemporary art exhibitions. In that 30 years - a few facts - around 400 exhibitions have been staged at Galerie Düsseldorf from Allendale Square in the 70's to Hay Street in the 80's and to our Temporary Space in the 90's whilst our purpose built gallery was constructed in 1994/95. The Art Gallery of Western Australia has had 4 different Directors - The West Australian at least 10 different art critics - 3 universities and PICA have been established - 4 Perth newspapers have become just 2 - around 30 metro private art galleries have closed and new ones have opened - sadly 3 of our artists have past away: David Watt, Akio Makigawa and Howard Taylor - 8 new artists have been the recipient of the Galerie Düsseldorf Post Graduate Scholarship Award (est. 1998) at Curtin University, and we have participated in all but 2 Australian Contemporary Art Fairs in Melbourne since 1988.

  • "We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our artists - past, present, future - supporters, colleagues, clients and friends. We warmly invite you all to share in our celebrations on Sunday 12 November - 3 pm and view a special screening of 30 years of Galerie Düsseldorf images " Douglas + Magda

  • Galerie Düsseldorf : 30 YEARS ON Celebration exhibition featuring works by :

  • Su Baker, Susanna Castleden, Douglas Chambers, Lesley Duxbury, Sarah Elson, Galliano Fardin, Caspar Fairhall, Pamela Gaunt, Simon Gevers, Richard Giblett, Jocelyn Gregson, Richard Gunning, Marie Hobbs, Bevan Honey, Jill Kempson, Janet Laurence, Brian McKay, Phillip McLeish, Hilarie Mais, Allan Mitelman, Frank Morris, Tom Mùller, Jánis Nedéla, John Peart, Jon Plapp, Kevin Robertson, Megan Salmon, Douglas Sheerer, Mike Singe, Bruce Slatter, Ted Snell, Alex Spremberg, Howard Taylor, John Teschendorff, Valerie Tring, Virginia Ward, David Watt, Joshua Webb

Illustrated ::: Jill Kempson ::: Simon Gevers ::: Pamela Gaunt ::: Brian McKay ::: Caspar Fairhall ::: Bruce Slatter


........ 2007 Exhibition Programme follows shortly ........