16 January – 2 February 2013: Midsumma

Energy from stillness harnesses the strength and imagination from 2 and 3 dimensional artworks to create an art exhibition that is truly one of beauty. Each piece deconstructs what we perceive as energy and displays this to the viewer in an almost tangible form. This is achieved through the skillful use of the fundamentals of art: mark-making, shape and vibrancy of colour. The sheer power of these combinations creates a world where the viewer is able to visualise energy in its many forms, and feed upon the dynamic works through their own experiences, creating a visual journey that is unique to each individual.

This exhibition includes work from Midsumma 2013’s feature artist Matto Lucas, whose powerful use of colour, combined with beautiful still photography, inspired this theme.

Artists: Matto Lucas, Emma Buckland, Alexander Edwards, Tama Favell, Hillary Green, Jacqueline Gwynne, Savina Hopkins, Cath Johnston, Sol Mann, Renuka Rajiv and Mel Simpson.



Matto Lucas

“Wabi-sabi” represents an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence, the other two being suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processe



Alexander Edwards

Outside the realms of gender and sexuality exists an otherworld of fetish, roleplay, kink and completely individualistic expression beyond the sexual. As we get more connected we share more of ourselves with the world and the more precious our secrets become. This exhibition explores what it would be like to turn that inside out, to take our secrets out of the dark. Not so much about having an open mind, but the willingess to be honest with ourselves about our deepest, darkest desires.



Cath Jonhston

Promised me a Rose Garden is the nurturing and growth of life, and its fragility and endlessness of possibility. The babies, floating, are peaceful and asleep, waiting calmly to be plucked. No Bed of Roses illustrates the space in between, or the thoughts that rampage unrestrained through our minds and are given power to construct our wakeful realities. Our pillow is where we lay our heads and is a sacred place of rest and reflection, things in the space between are not always so soft and fluffy and restful.



Emma Buckland

Using influences such as the pop-up book, which challenges the boundaries of a given medium, as well as the mobile as a type of kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium in which motion is a defining property. “Double Trouble” uses a series of three 3D surfaces to build and support a more visceral and shifting experience of the theme.



Hillary Green

As part of my contemporary queer praxis, I reference iconic images from art history in order to construct a tension between the sacred and the profane.

I collaborate with circus, burlesque and drag performers to interrogate the theatricality of sex, gender and sexuality, encouraging the viewer to consider the inherent artifice of these roles.



Jacqueline Gwynne

Jacqueline is a pop artist and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her work explores the theme of love and marriage equality and invites the viewer to question the concept of love. What is it? Is it real? What difference does it make if the couple are two men, two women or a man and a woman? Jacqueline has been exhibiting in Sydney and Melbourne since 1993. Her bold, “in your face” images are inspired by Warhol and comic art.



Mel Simpson

Living in Vancouver, Canada for twelve months influenced this series of works. Much of the tone comes from a mixture of dealing with personal loss and living in a detached reality of sorts, surrounded by nature and a cold climate. The subjects of these works were mostly sourced from photographs taken along my North American travels. Works are predominantly ink, acrylic and graphite on paper, timber and canvas.



Renuka Rejiv

“I’m aiming for a sensibility that is naturally ambiguous and intensely animal.My sense of self (not my body) sits somewhere between words like gender-queer, androgynous and intersex. I am interested in making sexual art because it can be a very personal expression. Drawing inspiration from plants, worms and other hermaphrodite species, I would like to make fun, vibrant and erotic looking sculptures out of papier mache.”



Savina Hopkins

Vinyl ‘Dymo’ embossing tape is typically used for labelling one’s possessions. In a similar way, our thoughts and stories help define a person’s identity. By using the labelling tape to form head silhouettes I explore the ways we employ spoken words and unspoken thoughts to judge and measure ourselves and others.



Sol Mann

Sol is a recent Sydney import who makes drawings and prints with pencil, texta, ink, paint and pixels. His works are embarrassing, sexy, hilarious, depressing, bashful, disturbing, ridiculous, and hairy. In these ways, they are exactly like their maker. They are about his complicated relationships with the real world, The Art World, his brain world, actual people, and imaginary people. Sometimes he shows the insides of things and sometimes it’s all about the surface, but he is always asking questions.



Tama Favell

My works have become a complex realization of many possibilities and a part of my own transition. I have been creating personal accounts of physical transition / the integration of self and culture and the negotiation and navigation required of living in more that one world. My work is about being between cultures, about moving between forms and changing form.