What’s practice has encompassed painting, performance, sculpture and installation and often critiques the role of art and the artist in contemporary society. His work draws on his own life, popular culture, art, music, politics and religion – often provoking controversy as well as humour. Indeed, as Sebastian Smee remarked in 2007, what is “fearless”. For his 17th solo exhibition, what presents a series of paintings based on one night in Katoomba – and what happened to him.
A key aspect to what’s work is interrogating the limits of materials and his diverse use of (sometimes unconventional) materials was demonstrated in What: Large Art 1720 – 2009, what’s survey exhibition held at the National Art School in 2009. At the show, Mike Parr declared that what’s Instrument for Measuring the Universe 2002-2004 “one of the masterpieces of Australian art”.
Born in Queensland, what grew up in Western Sydney. He graduated from the National Art School in 1992 and in 2001 completed Masters of Arts at the University of Western Sydney. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at National Art School, Campbelltown Art Centre, Wollongong City Gallery and Gallery 9 in Sydney, and Block Projects, Melbourne. what has participated in group exhibitions at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Wollongong City Gallery, Firstdraft Gallery, and MOP Projects. He has been a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and won the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award in 2002. In addition, what has participated in artist residencies in Basel, Switzerland; Wollongong City Gallery, and at the Arts NSW Gunnery Studio Residency, Sydney.
Gallery 9 is proud to present an exhibition by American born, Berlin based artist Andrzej Zielinski whose vivid paintings depict everyday electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, ATM machines and paper shredders.
Painted with thick gestural paint in bright confectionary colours, these works comment on the ever expanding reverence contemporary society has for technology and information. Zielinski references the art historical notion of the readymade and the history of abstract painting. Depicted at a 1:1 ratio as compared to the actual objects, these paintings display a distortion between actual and perceived space which in turn highlights our dependence on machines with constantly updating functions and capabilities.
Zielinski seeks to update painting by using 21st century acrylics, gels and mediums and his unique painting style means each scrape of the palatte knife simultaneously suggests description, abstraction and bas-relief. Currently completing a visiting artist residency at ANU, Canberra, this young artist has received much critical attention in the USA. In 2009 New York art critic Jerry Saltz named Zielinski as one of 33 notable American artists to have emerged after 1999.
Born in 1976 in Kansas City, USA, Zielinski completed his BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and his MFA at Yale University in 2004. He has been in numerous group shows across the USA such as *Greater New York at PS1 MOMA. Previous solo exhibitions include Motus Fort, Tokyo, DCKT Contemporary New York City, The Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles.
15 June – 9 July 2011
“Taylor turns the complexity of the bush, dunes and seascapes into abstract works full of colour, life and quirky detail.”
Lynne Dwyer, Open Gallery 11-12 June 2011
Thanks to Peter Fay for his post on Gallery 9’s current show by the eminent landscape painter Michael Taylor
“He might well be advancing in years,but Michael Taylor’s new canvasses at Gallery 9 look as if they could have been painted by someone full of the feelings of youth. There is a wonderful freshness and vivacity in most of these works. Michael does sound a few deeper notes that hold a sense of warning of the coming of darker times, but for the most part these works are such a tonic for lovers of good painting.
As you look at the show you will understand why James Mollison named Michael one of the greats of Australian abstract painting.”
Other-worldly experiences are at the centre of Matthew Hopkins’ third solo exhibition at Gallery 9 which incorporates three series of works featuring discombobulated and tortured heads.
Hopkins’ practice exists where the absurd, the grotesque and the uncanny intersect, offering a comically haunting account of the confused (ill)logic we use to rationalize personal and collective existential crises.
Exhibition 23 March – 16 April
Opening Wednesday 23 March 6-8pm
Artist talk and sound performance: Saturday 2 April 4-5pm
Anna Kristensen’s exhibition is continuing to attract admirers with the exclamation of “wow!” escaping the lips of those who walk into the panoramic painting Indian Chamber. As well as recognition from our visitors, this extraordinary work has featured in the Sun Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, Artist Profile and Dassuperpaper. Thank you!
There is still time to witness this breathtaking work for yourself – the exhibition runs until March 19. The show also includes exquisite small paintings and drawings which tie into the idea of Chamber.
In conjunction with Art Month, there will be an exhibition talk at Gallery 9 with Gary Carsley and Andrew Frost on Saturday 19 March 12-12.30. All welcome.