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Jazz @ Verge: The Shota Matsumura Band

12 Mar

WHO: The Shota Matsumura Band
WHEN: Wednesday March 26, 8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley on 9563-6218 or g.shapley@usu.usyd.edu.au

The Shota Matsumura Band

This performance will be an amalgamation of the extremes of musical expression, being both simultaneously peaceful and cathartic, it will a sonic representation of order within chaos.

[Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesongravity/4867822712/sizes/l/]

Four by Four (Four artists in dialogue with four bands)

12 Mar

WHAT: Four by Four (Four artists in dialogue with four bands)
WHO: Logan Thompson w/- The Spitfires
Justine Holt w/- The Waterboard
Christopher Logemann w/- Wolfdog
Gen Lown w/- Trotskies
WHEN: Opening Wednesday March 19, 6pm. March 20-28. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley on 9563-6218 or g.shapley@usu.usyd.edu.au

Chris Image

Four by Four

Four visual artists collide with four eclectic bands!

Justine Holt, Christopher Logemann, Gen Lown and Logan Thompson have created visual works in dialogue with four groups, representing diverse sounds, from post-shoegaze to folk. Each band will play a set at the opening.

Painter and printmaker Logan Thompson will be paired with rock band, The Spitfires. Both engage with social and historical issues. Logan paints edgy, provocative works with titles such as Riot and Buy Back What’s Already Yours. These echo The Spitfires Songs of the Debt Generation, and their performative gestures: at a recent gig they destroyed a commissioned statue of Margaret Thatcher.

Painting and installation artist Justine Holt will be paired with post-rock shoegaze band, The Waterboard. Holt’s work investigates the intersection between the academic, experiential and sensual, as well as the liminal space between the organic and hyper-artificial. Similarly, the Waterboard’s fuzzy, reverb drenched pop songs are intersect with the diaglogue of pop music while placing an emphasis on the textural qualities of their sounds.

Artist Christopher Logemann makes a contemporary comment on the legacy of post-modernity, referencing art-historical events with a hypercolour Tumblr-influenced aesthetic, thereby reinterpreting neo-classicism. Paralleling his practice is indie band Wolfdog whose cult following is largely the result of engagement with Tumblr culture and social media interactions with artist/public figures such as Jesse Willisee.

Mixed media artist Gen Lown engages in a dialogue with nature and materiality. Her interest lies in paintings developed from a dialogue between painterliness and the photography of Australian landforms. Her work draws parallels to band, Trotskies, whose indie pop is heavily blended with a folk tradition.

Image by Christopher Logemann

 

Bending the Truth 2014: Reimagined Works from the SCA Degree Shows

3 Mar

WHAT: Bending the Truth 2014: Reimagined Works from the SCA Degree Shows
WHO: Anita Maritz,Ben Lang, Caterina Elisabetta Pilato, Chris Logemann, Dorit Goldman, Eila Douglass, Emily Sandrussi, Isobel Markus–Dunworth, Jo Williams, Julian Day, Lea Kannar, Lee Puyat, Logan Thompson, Mike Poulter, Rafael De Lima, Rose Vickers, Sophie Hutchinson, Suzannah Babicci, Suzy Faiz, Tianli Zu, William R. Bullock
WHEN: Opening Wednesday March 5, 6pm. March 6-14. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley on 9563-6218 or g.shapley@usu.usyd.edu.au

Bending the Truth 2014: Reimagined Works from the SCA Degree Shows

‘Bending the Truth’ plays with the fluidic and plastic nature of art (is not an artful truth always bent?). Graduating students from SCA have been asked to rethink their works, originally created in solitude, in terms of collaboration with other artists. This exhibition presents a conversation – a social experience in place of a series of individual, pieces.

Confession: The silent voice

5 Feb

WHAT: Confession: The silent voice
WHO: Verena Heirich, Zsuzsanna Ihar, Jacqueline Olivetti, Janis Stewart
WHEN: A beginning… Wednesday February 12, 6pm.  Continuing Feb 13-20 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm)
[Please note, openings at Verge are now generally on WEDNESDAYS]
Performance on Saturday February 15, 2-3pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley on 9563-6218 or g.shapley@usu.usyd.edu.au

Confession: The silent voice

Four extraordinary women combine to weave performative tales of solemnity and playfulness. Using illustration, needlework, video and performance, they explore the fragility and ephemerality that emanates from unspoken spaces.

Please join us on Wednesday February 12, 6pm.

A Dialogue on Blue – first show for 2014!

8 Jan

WHAT: A Dialogue on Blue
WHO: Eloise Cato, Frankie Chow, Hana Hoogedeure, Kara Jensen-Mackinnon, Leon Loreaux, Candice Miles, Kara Nissen, Luke O’Donnell, Bernadette Trela
Curated by Georgia Pan & Iggy Wilson
WHEN: Opening Thursday January 23, 6pm. Jan 24-Feb 7, 2013. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley, Tel: (02) 9563-6218, Email: g.shapley@usu.usyd.edu.au

IMAGE: by Candide Kier (2011) — at Venezia.

IMAGE: by Candide Kier (2011) — at Venezia.

In this day and age of ubiquitous visual overstimulation, ‘A Dialogue on Blue’ seeks to explore a single photonic frequency – that attributable to the colour blue. The sky is blue. You can get, and play, ‘the blues’. You can have ‘a blue’ and strike me blue. Scream till you’re blue in the face. Be beaten till you’re black and blue. Brett Whitley’s favourite colour was ultramarine (blue). Australia’s favourite bird (the Superb Fairy-wren) is bright blue. Blue can represent the mind and metaphysical depth.

Deceptively simple in theme, ‘A Dialogue on Blue’ provides a sounding board for artists to create works that are truly from out of the blue.

How do you respond to a single colour?

From Frankie Chow’s ‘lacklustre’ endurance performance piece, exploring consolation, isolation and disconnection as a result of depression, to Hana Hoogedeure’s immersive sculptural installation which, in contrast to the concrete angular gallery space, evokes the seaside, ‘A Dialogue on Blue’ presents creative lateral perspectives on the very colour of understatement.

Join us for this trip into the wild blue yonder.

A Dialogue on Blue opens on Thursday January 23 and continues until Friday 7 February at Verge Gallery.

Speed Show Festival 2013

17 Oct

WEEK 1: ‘Fragility’ – Eliza Ackland, Amoeba, Nicola Coady,  Cecilia Castro, Ania Gareeva, Ben Hubbard, Sarah Humphery, Sarah Humphrey, Gabrielle Ferguson, Allana McAfee, Tashi Nicholas, Randall Taylor, Andrus Veronica
WEEK 2: ‘Cacophony’ – Almuth Baer, Liam Crowley, Lena Fe, Sam Foster, Nick Maurer, Luke O’Connor, Luke O’Donnell and Hana Hoogedeure (Rad Race), Brenton Alexander Smith, Aaron Zanbaka
WEEK 3: Alice Adamson, Sebastian Conti, Nina Holden, Yoshimi Murakami, Josh Lizzy Peniazeva, Roseberg, Sam Winters, Yelyah
WEEK 4: Pamela Branas, Micheal Graham, Sophie Hague, Sharon Kitching, Lena Obergfell, Cathy Weiszmann

WHEN: Openings on  Thursday October 24, 31, November 7, 14, all 6pm. Oct 25-Nov 21. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

'A Gift' by Sarah Humphrey

‘A Gift’ by Sarah Humphrey

On your marks… Get set… GO! Beginning October 24, about 30 local artists will exhibit works, including sculpture, video, installation, performance and sound, creating an incessant conversation between themselves and the public over the course of the four week festival.  Each week will spew forth a new bunch of artists and works, with bump in and bump out negotiated between groups during opening hours. The public will get to see (and perhaps participate in) processes that are normally kept behind closed doors. Works will be recontextualised – seen in a new light as the gallery changes around them.

The first week will open with the theme ‘Fragility’ that includes glass and ceramic work that teeters on breaking point (watch where you step – all breakages have to be paid for!). This will be followed by a second great week focussing on sound including work by artist Brenton Alexander Smith. ‘The King Breaks Up with Himself’ depicts Elvis singing a duet with… Elvis, and is comprised of degrading harmonies that eventually turn into sound and fury signifying nothing.

‘Chromaticism’ will run during the third week, being an exhibition about the colour of the human condition – sexual, fantastic, surreal and kaleidoscopic experiences that combine to make life exuberant, fragile and ultimately worth living. Artist Yoshimi Murakami will contribute her work ‘Wankception’, a performance piece exploring self-possession, empowerment and the vulnerability of the naked form through self-pleasuring.

The final week is titled ‘Permanent Part Time’. A variety of media is assembled by artists who have other “real” jobs in Sydney Uni. They may not make a living from art, but they do make a living, and they do make art.

Be a part of this year’s Speed Show and experience the refreshingly spontaneous and fluid festivities for yourself!  The first opening will be on Thursday, October 24th at 6pm, followed by openings on the 31st, November 7th, and 14th.

Verge Awards & OASIS Sculpture Prize, and Earth to Humans

4 Oct

There are two fabulous events coming up at Verge Gallery in the next week:

  • Thursday – October 10, 6pm: The Verge Awards and the inaugural OASIS Sculpture Prize
  • Friday October 11, 7.30pm Earth to Humans: (experimental rock meets visual feast).

Verge Awards – Visual Art, Music and Literature, and the OASIS Sculpture Prize

Thursday October 10, 6pm

The 2013 Verge Awards celebrates the artistic diversity and distinction of University of Sydney students with an opening gala on Thursday October 10 at 6pm.

This year’s visual arts judges include the University of Sydney Senior Curator, Ann Stephen, and renowned photographer, Jacky Redgate. Peers and patrons too will have their opportunity not only to view semi-finalists but to participate in judging for the people’s choice award online (see http://usuonline.com/vergeawards).

Join the University of Sydney Union in celebrating creativity on campus. The evening will showcase the enormous artistic, musical and literary talent of our members, and feature live jazz, readings and ample libations (…and of course art from over fifty of our finest).

Also on show will be work from the finalists of the inaugural OASIS Sculpture Prize. The winner of this prize will get to display their full sized sculpture in Jane Foss Russell Plaza for the duration of 2014.

Earth to Humans

Friday October 11, 7.30pm

Live, interactive multi-video projections will interweave with an unforgiving barrage of experimental rock.

Featuring Visualz RedCellDisorder, Audio AXIS and special guests (entry by donation).

Verge Awards 2013

26 Sep

Verge Awards

The 2013 Verge Awards celebrates the artistic diversity and distinction of University of Sydney students with an opening gala on Thursday October 10 at 6pm.

This year’s visual arts judges include the University of Sydney Senior Curator, Ann Stephen, and renowned photographer, Jacky Redgate. Peers and patrons too will have their opportunity not only to view semifinalists but to participate in judging for the people’s choice award online.

Join the University of Sydney Union in celebrating creativity on campus. The evening will showcase the enormous artistic, musical and literary talent of our members, and feature live jazz, readings and ample libations (…and of course art from over fifty of our finest).

USU Art Collection Officers Annual Exhibition 2013 – ‘Being’

2 Sep

VISUAL ARTISTS:
Del Kathryn Barton, Pippita Bennett, Charles Blackman, Mag Buchanan, Noel Counihan, Rah Fizelle, Donald Friend, Paul Haefliger, Brenden Hooke, Keith Howard, Barbara Licha, Brett Mcmahon, Sidney Nolan, Geoffrey Ricardo, Michael Riley, Wendy Sharpe, Kirsty Tinkler, Peter Yee
PERFORMANCE ARTISTS:
Victoria Baldwin, Frankie Chow, Zsuzsanna Ihar, Anthony Alston, Stella Ktenas Karver
WHEN: Opening Thursday 12 September 6pm
12 – 26 September 2013, Monday to Friday 10am-5pm

being. draws artworks from the extensive University of Sydney Union Art Collection that explore the human form and what it means to exist, to be, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and collectively. Not only does this exhibition examine the multifaceted concept of human existence, it showcases the impressive selection of Australian artists represented in the University of Sydney Union art collection.

Accompanying the display of visual art from the collection are performance works by local artists who have been tasked with interpreting the existential themes of the exhibition. Performance art is inherently physical and at the same time transient, delivering a heightened human experience that intensifies physical and mental awareness. The inclusion of performance art builds on the current surge of interest in the genre ignited by the Kaldor Public Art Project 13 Rooms in Sydney earlier this year.

For instance, the cyber-endurance work, ’1000 Limits’, by Zsuzsanna Ihar and Dylan Batty attempts to fulfill the 1000 post limit on twitter over a 24 hour period with the artists posting primarily a stream of consciousness and manic poetry. The work will test the capabilities of humans to meet limits set by machines and explore the nature of human physical and mental exhaustion.

Julia Reidy Quartet Jazz Performance

13 Aug

WHAT:  Julia Reidy Quartet Jazz Performance
MUSICIANS: Dom Robinson, Will Gilbert, Mary Rapp and Julia Reidy
WHEN: Friday Aug 30, 7pm.
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley, Tel: (02) 9563-6218, Email: g.shapley@usu.usyd.edu.au

Julia Reidy Quartet features four emerging improvisers, traversing unique and original musical territory, combining an engaging blend of written composition and free improvisation. Members include Dom Robinson, Will Gilbert, Mary Rapp and Julia Reidy.

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