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06.11.2015 – 19.12.2015

Gertrude Studios 2015
Adelle Mills, Ry Haskings, Brooke Babington, Debris Facility, Eric Demetriou with Herb Jercher, Fayen d’Evie with Lisa Radford and Liang Luscombe, Minna Gilligan, Hamishi Farah, Ross Coulter, Danae Valenza, Helen Grogan, Tully Moore, Claire Lambe, Sean Peoples, Soren Dahlgaard, and Sarah crowEST

Exhibition Dates: 6 November–19 December 2015
Exhibition Opening: 6pm Friday 6 November 2015

Held annually since 1988, the Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artists exhibition offers a cross-section of contemporary art practice in Melbourne, surveying a multiplicity of artistic approaches and concerns. The 2015 Gertrude Studios exhibition features new work by each of the sixteen current Studio Artists, and premieres several new collaborations. Eric Demetriou will present a performance with professional whip-cracker Herb Jercher. Fayen d’Evie, in collaboration with Lisa Radford and Liang Luscombe, will present a new video work related to their recent group participation in The 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg, Russia. And, in the vernacular of expanded painting, Soren Dahlgaard and Tully Moore will attempt to paint a garden gnome located in the main gallery from an artist studio upstairs using elongated paint brushes and go-pro cameras.

The exhibition also features a new, major installation by Debris Facility that will stretch across the gallery’s long front window and will spark a visual dialogue with the façade of their own studio located on the third floor of the gallery (also facing Gertrude Street), the windows of which always appear to be framing new, brightly coloured materials. Studio Artists have co-opted other spaces in the building too: Adelle Mills will exhibit a two-channel video in her studio, and Ross Coulter has created a multi-channel sound piece designed specifically for the studio corridor upstairs.

An exhibition catalogue with multiple texts by the six members of Rex Butler’s Emerging Writers group—Jack Willet, Amelia Winata, Jon Dale, Audrey Schmidt, Tara Cook and Jeremy Eaton—will be available shortly after the exhibition opens. The annual Gertrude Studios exhibition catalogue will be available at the opening for the cost of $4.40.

A full media release is available here.

Image: Eric Demetriou, still image of live performance at Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne, 6 October 2015. Photo credit: Christo Crocker. Courtesy the artists and Lindberg Galleries.


Stephen Bram will exhibit a new work in Slide.

06.11.2015 – 19.12.2015

Minna Gilligan
On a clear day you can see forever
Studio 12

Exhibition Dates: 6 November–19 December 2015
Exhibition Opening: 6pm Friday 6 November 2015

Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present a new Studio 12 exhibition by current Studio Artist Minna Gilligan. Gilligan works primarily with painting, drawing and collage. Her practice speaks of fleeting, personal encounters with the past and present, and manifests in a tumultuous reconciliation of both. Her works are playgrounds of colour, often inhabited by lone protagonists trapped in states of longing, sadness or exhalation.

For her Studio 12 exhibition, titled On a clear day you can see forever, Gilligan presents a new body of paintings and one new digitally printed fabric, which will function as a kind of backdrop to the paintings—turning Studio 12 into a more immersive and intimate environment. Gilligan's paintings and digital prints boast complex, all-over surfaces—an energetic admixture of brightly coloured spray paint, found fabric, photographic collage and acrylics. Her canvases swarm with linear patterns, bleached clovers, flowers and butterflies—the types of automatic doodlings that might populate a teenage girl's diary whiling away long hours at school. 

Minna Gilligan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include: Long time no see, Daine Singer, 2014; Memory Motel, TCB Art Inc., 2014; Holiday Inn, West Space, 2013; Halos and Plateaus, Rear View, 2012; and Not in Kansas Anymore, Dudspace, 2012. Recent group exhibitions include: Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013–14; The Kenneth Biennale, TCB Art Inc., 2013; PICA Salon, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2013; Period Piece, Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada, 2013; and No Soda, Knight Street Art Space, 2012. Gilligan also performs in the band Pamela with artists Jon Campbell and Georgina Glanville. Gilligan maintains an illustration practice as an artist for New York-based online magazine ROOKIE, as well as fashion clients, and is a member of artist collective The Ardorous, curated by Canadian photographer Petra Collins.

Minna Gilligan's Studio 12 exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue essay by Jeremy Eaton, as part of the 2015 Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers Program. Jeremy Eaton is mentored by Rex Butler.

A full media release is available here.

Image: Minna Gilligan, On a clear day you can see forever, detail, 2015, acrylic, ink, bleach, spray paint and collage on found fabric, 101cm x 121cm. Courtesy the artist and Daine Singer Gallery, Melbourne.