Sep
7
7:00 am07:00

De School Amsterdam

Newtons concerns over a black coat and the Bogey man.

2016

Map of the light through a night in Amsterdam. Paper forms, projection.

An immersive installation work that is a survey of the behaviour of light recorded within a 12 hour period in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The nuances of hue and intensity of Dutch light are captured and presented in a 30 minute looped film. this film is projection mapped onto 1200 cluster floating paper forms, augmenting the patterns of light across thesurface. Light fades and falls illuminating walls, ceilings and floors, creating a constant visual symphony.

Light can change our perception of the world, the way we visually see it and emotionally engage with it, whether it frightens us, inspires us, or calms us. Similarly the combination of light and shadow can transform the way in which we consider objects, as it mutilates their simple form into a twisted contortion of its former self. We are able to see two images, the original, and its shadow counterpart. We can choose to consider these two things as separate entities or as a whole and begin to consider their symbiotic relationship in describing the physicality of the object.

Sep
7
7:00 am07:00

OT301 residency

Newtons concerns over a wicker lampshade and a cat.

2016

Map of the light through a night in Amsterdam. Paper forms, projection.

An immersive installation work that is a survey of the behaviour of light recorded within a 12 hour period in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The nuances of hue and intensity of Dutch light are captured and presented in a 30 minute looped film. this film is projection mapped onto 1200 cluster floating paper forms, augmenting the patterns of light across thesurface. Light fades and falls illuminating walls, ceilings and floors, creating a constant visual symphony.

Light can change our perception of the world, the way we visually see it and emotionally engage with it, whether it frightens us, inspires us, or calms us. Similarly the combination of light and shadow can transform the way in which we consider objects, as it mutilates their simple form into a twisted contortion of its former self. We are able to see two images, the original, and its shadow counterpart. We can choose to consider these two things as separate entities or as a whole and begin to consider their symbiotic relationship in describing the physicality of the object.

Jan
20
Jan 21

Practice what you teach

Practice What You Teach' is the first of a series of group exhibitions devoted to motivating and maintaining the art making practices of Sydney's talented art teachers.

I know from my own experience that pursing my art has been crucial to my teaching practice. Engaging with my creative side has since become a particular point of passion in my life!

We should practice what we teach, so to say, in order to stay in touch with our own creative abilities, maintain a connection with the contemporary art world and ultimately prove to those young minds we teach everyday that we are in fact artists! Many of us go for months or even years without picking up a paint brush whilst still instructing others on how to effectively use one.  

I hope this show will exist as an opportunity for professional development, a networking platform and ultimately offer a strategy for art teachers to maintain ongoing artistic development. 

Camille Softley

Jan
19
Jan 20

Visions beyond

Jobe Williams (HYPER REELIST) - Last show in SYD!
Campbell Henderson
Bronte Hock
Tess Williams
Jonathon Bolitho
Emily Hana
Jennie Feyen



Visions Beyond is an group exhibition that explores ideas of spirituality, immateriality, fluidity and the experiential; and their potential to flow beyond, across and through artists and their individual works. Underpinning these diverse practices is a striving for a state of being that is otherworldly and using a sensory experience of light and colour. Visions Beyond is an exhibition that employs the interdisciplinary media practices of Jobe Williams, Campbell Henderson, Bronte Hock, Tess Williams, JonathanBolitho, Emily Hana Johnson & Jennie Feyens. Through a collaborative making process, these artists give and take influence from one another to create a multi-sensory conversation circulating around the notion of transcendentalism. 

This aesthetically playful exhibition occupies a phenomenological and sensorially affective space of exploration, where each artist’s individual styles connect through close collaboration and curation. 

Bronte Hock’s work explores spirituality through religious iconography and the repeating gestures found within religious studies. There is an element of abstraction in Bronte’s work which is mirrored by Tess Williams’ painting works which explore repetition as a spiritual practice. Alongside these, sits Tess’ performance work, which replicates yogic movement and the fluidity of whole-body actions. This is combined with Jobe Williams’ delayed projection visuals which overlay Tess’ movements, complimenting her actions with colours and shapes to reflect the intention of her practice. In a live performance space, Jobe and Tess’ collaborative practice engages the audience in an serene sensorial experience of a movement-based meditation. In alignment with this transcendental state of performance is Campbell Henderson’s projected video work which plays on the Ganzfeld effect, which is intended to engulf the viewer and trick the mind into intense hallucinatory visuals. Campbell and Jobe’s projection and prism photography works employ similar colour fields and motifs as they operate in the space together, pulling influence from one another. This is also true of Jobe and Jonathon Bolitho, who have a close collaborative practice that explores human homeostasis and the phenomena of light through interactive technology and electronics. Emily Hana’s paper sculptural works explore the relationship of light and shadow in affecting our understanding of objects. Similarly, Jennie Feyen utilises the medium of light to explore notions of sexuality and body politics. The fluid dialogue between the artists and their works in the exhibition space speaks directly to the central theme of the exhibition - that is a movement beyond, across and through. 

With a wide variety of material experimentation, this collaborative group exhibition explores interdisciplinary art making practices underpinned by the notion of a sensorial experience of transcendentalism. In this way theVisions Beyond exhibition is a practice of meditation and mediation through sculpture, sound, video and performance.

Words by Bronwen Williams

Sep
25
Oct 19

SPLIT

Solo exhibition 25th September 6-8pm

Carlton Project Space 106-/,107/17 Carlton St, Chippendale NSW 2008 

Light can change our perception of the world, the way we visually see it and emotionally engage with it, whether it frightens us, inspires us, or calms us. Similarly the combination of light and shadow can transform the way in which we consider objects, as it mutilates their simple form into a twisted contortion of its former self. We are able to see two images, the original, and its shadow counterpart. We can choose to consider these two things as separate entities or as a whole and begin to consider their symbiotic relationship in describing the physicality of the object.


May
21
6:30 pm18:30

LINEATION

Group show and collaboration with Sydney based artist Camille Softley at Black Toast cafe, Annandale

camillesoftley.com

Side by side

Side by side

Sep
20
7:30 pm19:30

FOLKLORE 1

For our first ever Folklore we have a very special group of collaborators. Direwolf and Jacob Pearson are no strangers to the Sydney music scene. They're both on a steady rise with a seemingly constant flow of new material and captivating live performances. 
Hannah Darling will be making an all too rare appearance on stage and as usual, she's sure to blow everyone away.

Folklore is not just about the music though. Emily Hana Johnson will be showing her art in the gallery and giving a short talk about her work on stage. This will be followed by a short Q&A between Emily and the musical guests. We're not getting all TED talk up in here. It's all in good fun but we're very interested to hear what might happen. Aren't you?

We celebrate talented artists who make things.

Music, film, painting, photography, design....anything. We find connections between all this "unrelated" stuff, the people who make it and the people who love it.

Owning the stage

Owning the stage

Jul
18
8:30 pm20:30

MORPHOSIS

Chasm Gallery, Chippendale

Emily Johnson graduated from COFA with a Bachelor of Art Education in 2013. 
The process of her work is integral to its conceptual basis. She has no intention for the outcome of a work before its beginning:
"When drawing these images i love to become absorbed into them, seeing both the angular and abstract formations between line and tone, as well as the entirety of its visuality. The process of drawing each individual shape is a form of deep meditation, repeating the same form into a possible infinite pattern and allowing a sense of vacant concentration to wash over me. It is an intensely personal experience between the work and myself, almost as if the drawing is dictating the process to me."
The contrast between the angular tessellation of shapes, and organic and natural forms reflected in her subject matter are visually appealing and intoxicating as it forms a crystalline pattern. The intention of which is to draw in those experiencing the image so that it may be seen on several competing levels.

Emily has recently exhibited alongside fellow COFA graduates Kieth Yap and Ainsley Wilcock at Chippendales up and coming CHASM Gallery.