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BEN HALL – LAND FILTERS
Janet Clayton
Wilson Street Gallery welcomes back Newtown based artist and sculptor Ben Hall in a masterly series of work inspired by the patterns and layers of the Australian landscape. Land Filters opening on Saturday 12 February.
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WILL COLES AND MELANIE FITZMAURICE
Janet Clayton
In 2011 we place our confidence in the future, launching two artists whose attitude and and intellect reflect the frustration and hopes of those who must live over the next few decades with the consequences of yesterday’s and today’s mistakes.
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CHRISTOPHER GENTLE – TURNING POINT
Wilson Street Gallery
A richly evocative exhibition which steers a pre-eminently painterly course between naturalism and abstraction. Bright paint dances on pastel grounds; hints of landscape grow from the canvas. Gentle has the assured hand of a man who has held more than 40 shows.
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DEBORAH BECK: MIRRORED
Janet Clayton Wilson Street Gallery
Steeped in the textures of a decorative age, these intricate and tactile paintings speak of time- worn beauty and intimate memories.
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BILL BROWN AT WILSON STREET GALLERY
Wilson Street Gallery
Soliloquy – Paintings and Drawings
Exhibition dates: 4 – 26 September 2010

Bill Brown is one of the enigmas of the Sydney Art Scene. In his new exhibition Soliloquy opening at Wilson Street Gallery in Sydney on Saturday 4 September, there are propositions, signposts and juxtapositions, but no questions and no answers.
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NOLA JONES: NEW WORKS – THE AGE OF THE GODDESS
Wilson Street Gallery
In an era of women Prime Ministers, Premiers and Governor Generals, Wilson Street Gallery salutes one of Sydney’s most original sculptors, Nola Jones, in the Gallery’s first exhibition devoted to three dimensional art.
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ANNE JUDELL AT WILSON STREET GALLERY
Janet Clayton
In her first exhibition in Sydney for more than 10 years, Anne Judell shows why she has established herself as one of Australia’s finest artists working in paper.
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ROBYN GORDON, SYNECDOCHE
Janet Clayton
Gordon places art at the centre of the life-force – where colour, shape, surface and object reflect the symbiotic relationships of natural ecosystems
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TIME BRONWYN BANCROFT
Wilson Street Gallery
Opening at Wilson Street Gallery on 15 May.

Now in her early fifties, Sydney-based Aboriginal Artist Bronwyn Bancroft is approaching her art, and her responsibility as an artist with even greater intensity and urgency. In her exhibition “Time” Bronwyn places herself in the narrative of her family history with a visual story of survival and determination.
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LIFELINES
Wilson Street Gallery

Wilson Street Gallery 17 April to 9 May 2010
Drawings by Muamer Cajic, Michael Esson, Chris Gentle and Li Wenmin
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ART: THE FLIPSIDE OF MUSIC?
Janet Clayton
Vinyl Archives: A Conversation

Manne Schulze and Ian Andrews reconfigure the vinyl record in sculptural wall pieces and video, as they redefine the meaning of captured sound.
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ART: THE FLIPSIDE OF MUSIC?
Janet Clayton
Vinyl Archives: A Conversation

Manne Schulze and Ian Andrews reconfigure the vinyl record in sculptural wall pieces and video, as they redefine the meaning of captured sound.
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HELEN GEIER IN THE FOLD
Janet Clayton Wilson Street Gallery Press Release
In 2007 and 2008, during successive residencies and exhibitions in Alice Springs, Helen Geier produced a series of experimental works on paper conceived as folded, torn, stitched and scrolled forms in oblique reference to the weathered ranges and gorges of the Central Australian desert.
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GEORGE WASHINGMACHINE: ISLAND GIRLS
Janet Clayton Wilson Street Gallery Press Release
“Mapping and tracing the female body has absorbed me for many years”, George Washingmachine said. “As an inveterate traveller to overseas jazz festivals, I have now merged the lure of travel with my desire to explore feminine curves’, he said.
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WHAT WOULD YOU TAKE INTO THE AFTER-LIFE?
Wilson Street Gallery @ Back Street Gallery
Brigid Cole-Adams at Back Street Gallery
A conversation with the Etruscans

Opening Saturday 30 January
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MICHELLE COLLOCOTT – THREE PONDS OBERON SERIES C PART B
Wilson Street Gallery
Wilson Street Gallery opens in main season on 23 January with a proud and beautiful exhibition by Chippendale-based artist Michelle Collocott. Three Ponds Oberon Series C, Part B, a name that hints at the continuing passion and curiosity of the artist for her subject.
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SUZANNE ARCHER SHELF-LIFE
Janet Clayton Wilson Street Gallery Press Release
A stunning new series of paintings and sculptures …This long-anticipated exhibition of paintings and sculptures from respected artist Suzanne Archer opens on Saturday 7 November at Wilson Street Gallery in Newtown, revealing this self-confessed ‘Mistress of the Dead’ in an upbeat mood.
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FAN DONGWANG AT WILSON STREET GALLERY
Janet Clayton
Saturated with colour, Fan’s images evoke the shifting perspectives of ancient and contemporary Chinese culture
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HANNA KAY: WATERWAYS
Janet Clayton
The return to Wilson Street Gallery of this acclaimed Hunter Valley painter reveals a powerful fascination with the illusion, reflection and movement of water.
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PANOPLY: ART JEWELLERY @ BACK STREET GALLERY
Janet Clayton
An exhibition by jewellers Robyn Gordon and Morison Hall
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NEUROTICA
Janet Clayton
Michael Keighery’s obsession with society’s hypocrisy is pithily expressed in these ceramic and mixed media objects, with disturbing with and irreverence
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COLLECTIVE DISSOLVE – RONI FELDMAN

Wilson Street Gallery
Opening Saturday 20 June until Sunday 12 July
“…there is a powerful energy that occurs in crowds. I seek to depict it.” Roni Feldman
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MARNLING PRESS & WHALING ROAD STUDIO – PRINTED IMAGE
Wilson Street Gallery Press Release
Opening Saturday 30 May until Sunday 14 June

Limited edition and uniqe state prints from collaborative printmakers Michelle Perry and Diana Davidson exploring the possibilities of print media, with significant Australian contemporary artists. Also showing Rafael Butron and Anne Starling from Grip Editions
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KATE BRISCOE – ROCK FACES
Wilson Street Gallery Press Release
Exhibition dates: 2 May – 24 May

Wilson Street Gallery is bringing abstract art into the heart of the inner west with its second major solo exhibition by a leading Sydney abstract artist.
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GRAHAM KUO – NEW WORKS
Wilson Street Gallery Press Release
One of this year’s most anticipated exhibitions of abstract painting bursts onto the scene at Wilson Street Gallery in Newtown on 28 March. Graham Kuo’s extraordinary exuberance of colour, form and movement is unforgettable.
An exhibition worth waiting for…
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LAURE MOLINA AND SARAH TOMASETTI – LIMINAL
Wilson Street Gallery Press Release
A SHARED SPIRITUALITY EMERGES FROM OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE EARTH

Two young women, working at opposite ends of the world, meet in this exhibition where a shared spirituality emerges through their unique methods and imagery.
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BLUE POLE DANCERS …FROM THE DOUBLY GIFTED GEORGE WASHINGMACHINE
Back Street Gallery Opens Thursday February 12.
He’s known for his music, but now Sydney jazz musician George Washingmachine is agitating the art scene with his exotic, erotic exhibition Blue Pole Dancers, opening at Newtown’s Back Street Gallery this month.
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BEN HALL – FIELD MAPS – MIXED MEDIA
Wilson Street Gallery
Wilson Street Gallery, 31st January – 22nd February, 2009
Press Release: MASTER OF ALL TRADES
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SURVIVAL THE KEY FOR ABORIGINAL WOMEN ARTISTS
Janet Clayton
In the lead up to Australia Day, Wilson Street Gallery opens its 2009 season with a celebration of Aboriginal Women, their art, their vitality, and their determination.
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EXHIBITION PROGRAM ENDS IN A BLAZE OF COLOUR
Wilson Street Gallery
Abstraction at Wilson Street Gallery opening 6 December
Christmas showcase at Back Street Gallery opening 10 December

2008 will end in a blaze of colour and exuberance as four of Sydney’s finest abstract artists feature in Abstraction, Wilson Street Gallery’s final exhibition for 2008.
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Exhibition Articles

SEXED-UP CERAMICS
Tracey Clement Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald
In his solo show, Neurotica, Michael Keighery has his wicked way with bits and bobs that could have been plucked from any suburgan china cabinet. The Sydney artist transforms old favourites such as floral plates, demure statuettes of ladies in big dresses and regal Oriental gents into ceramic figurines that ooze a kitschy-cool charm tempered by the naughty edge of schoolboy humour.

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THEY CUT DISCS … NOW HE CUTS THEIRS
Louise Schwartzkoff The Sydney Morning Herald
TO MANNE SCHULZE, Kamahl’s 1969 vinyl LP Dreams Of Love is a thing of beauty. Not for its music as such but for its aesthetic appeal.

In the name of art, Schulze took to Kamahl’s records with a band saw, carved them into pieces, and reassembled them into large abstract works. An Olivia Newton-John boxed set received the same treatment, as did the Seekers’ Big Hits.
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ART AND CLIMATE COLLIDE
Garrett Bithell SX News
In a new exhibition, artist Michelle Collocott confronts the realities of climate change. In an era dominated by political discourse finally raising awareness of the risks of global warming, local artist Michelle Collocott is tracing the drama of climate change in her solo exhibition at Wilson Street Gallery – Three Ponds Series C.

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Artist Features

THE MEMORY OF AMNESIA: ASSEMBLAGES BY JAMES BLACKWELL +
Richard Perram Spring 08 @Wilson Street Quarterly
I first saw James Blackwell’s work in 2003 shortly after he started working in paper and found materials in an exhibition at the Spirit Level gallery in Devonshire Street Surry Hills.

At the time I was taken by the beauty of his assemblage/collages which in their quiet intensity provided a meditation on the apparently random processes contained within nature.
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BRIAN JOHNS TALKS TO BILL BROWN
An Interview
How did the boy from Parramatta land in the famous art school in East Sydney?

I think it’s a consequence of being pointed that way as a child. My early painting efforts were hung around the house and visitors seemed impressed. When I was fifteen at school we were asked to decide on our futures – going further academically or getting a job. When it came to my turn spontaneously the words spat out, “I am going to be an artist”.
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HABITAT
Hanna Kay
Essay on “Habitat” by the artist, Hanna Kay

VIEW VIDEO Extracts from ‘notes from the shed’, (2006) written by hanna kay, and read by brendan higgins.
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COASTAL PARADOX
Prof. Peter Pinson
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Online Video Library

  • Hanna Kay ‘Undertow’ November 2010 View Video
  • Chris Gentle – Video on ‘Ponderings’ August 2008 View Video
  • Hanna Kay – Notes from the Shed extract February 2007 View Video

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