Monday, November 02, 2015

The Company of Strangers - Gallery at Bayside

This exhibition presents and explores the aspect of the polymath in Percy Grainger's personality and in those 
of contemporary Australian practitioners. John Brooks, Dylan Martorell, Alasdair McLuckie, Rebecca Monaghan, 
Darren Sylvester and Kate Tucker have each responded to objects held in the Grainger Museum, 
producing tactile works that push the boundaries of popular aesthetics and social norms.  

The Gallery at Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre
Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets,
Brighton, VIC, 3186
03 9592 0291
Weds to Fri 11am - 5pm, Sat and Sun 1pm - 5pm
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From The Collection Benella Art Gallery

From the Collection: Gertrude Contemporary Regional Residencies, Chapter ThreeArtists: Sarah crowEST, DAMP, Nathan Gray, Dylan Martorell
Curated by Emily Cormack
Benalla Art Gallery
Botanical Gardens
Bridge Street, Benalla, Victoria 
Exhibition Dates: 5 September – 25 October 2015
Opening Celebration: Saturday 5 September 2015, 2-5.30pm
Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present From the Collection: Chapter Three at Benalla Art Gallery, which is the third and final exhibition in the From the Collection series. This series of exhibitions has seen eighteen of Australia’s most innovative contemporary artists explore the permanent collections of three regional art galleries (previous venues are Warnambool Art Gallery and Latrobe Regional Gallery), using them as a starting point for twelve major new art commissions. For Chapter Three of the project, curator Emily Cormack has invited artists Sarah crowEST, Nathan Gray, Dylan Martorell, and artist collective DAMP to respond to Benalla Art Gallery’s collection.
Each of the selected artists has ventured into the vaults of the Benalla Art Gallery, spent time in the region, and in the process have uncovered a wealth of artworks and objects that they have then transformed and embedded into their own practices. DAMP has selected works from the BAG collection to be reconfigured as paintings on the surfaces of ceramic vessels. The seemingly simple transposition of a painting from canvas to ceramic is complicated by a gesture of violence: first, DAMP smashes the ceramic object, then they paint its broken pieces, and finally they reconstruct the ceramic object to produce a ‘subjective interpretation’ of the original artwork. crowEST has made a series of Ned Kelly-esque costumes (comprising masks, smocks and collars) inspired by works from the BAG collection, including The Lady in Pink by William Dobell, Beach Scene by Clarice Beckett, and Listening by Danila Vasilieff. Gray has produced a performative sound artwork by treating the object files in BAG’s collection database as a score that has the potential to be enacted. And Martorell has created interactive sound sculptures that sonify paintings from the BAG collection that he considers to be in some way already ‘noisy.’ Martorell’s selection includes paintings by Sally Smart, Turkey Tolson, Siri Hayes, and Robert Jacks.
In contrast with the previous two chapters of From the Collection, this exhibition specifically invites the viewer to physically engage with the artworks—focusing on ideas of play, improvisation and the handmade. For instance, DAMP will present a ceramic painting workshop where audiences will have the opportunity to make their own ceramic sculptures and potentially display these alongside the artists’ works (more details below). Visitors to the exhibition will also be invited to try on crowEST’s collection of hoods and tunics, which feature text and imagery lifted from works in the collection.
The artists in Chapter Three build instruments, write scripts, compose scores, make sounds, sew costumes, and paint ceramics—all offering multiple opportunities for visitors to Benalla Art Gallery to explore their own expressions of creativity, and to rethink their local art collection.
Public programs on Saturday 5 September 2015:
12-2pm — Ceramic painting workshop with artists collective DAMP (Bookings essential on 03 5760 2619. For ages 15+)
2pm — Exhibition tour with Gertrude Contemporary curator Emily Cormack
2-5.30pm — collaborative durational performance by Sarah crowEST and Nathan Gray
4 - 5.30pm — Exhibition opening. Guest speaker Emily Cormack, Curator, Gertrude Contemporary 
Public programs on Sunday 6 September 2015:
12-2pm — Ceramic painting workshop with artists collective DAMP (Bookings essential on 03 5760 2619. For ages 15+)
From the Collection is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project also received development funding from the National Exhibitions Touring Service (NETS) Victoria.
RSVP: Wednesday 2 September 2015
+61 3 5760 2619 or
Media release here.

Eye - Score : The Audible image


Tue, 22 Sep 2015 - Sun, 1 Nov 2015
Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Road, 
Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Open your eyes to the sight of sound in an exploration of the auditory impact of the visual arts. Eye-score: The Audible Image looks at artworks that trigger a feeling of sound in the viewer. Whether evoking the memory of music, hinting at compositional rhythms or stimulating impressions of noise, these artworks activate multisensory responses.
There is no sound in these works, only the visual indication of it. Not unlike synaesthesia, the condition by which the ‘sufferer’ hears vision or sees sounds, this exhibition presents artworks that look like they sound, and sound like they look.
Featuring John Aslanidis, Angela Cavalieri, Carmen Chan, Catherine Clover, Michael Graeve, Dylan Martorell, John Nixon and Danae Valenza.
Image: ASLANIDIS, John, details from Sonic Network No. 15 (2014), oil and acrylic on linen, © Courtesy of the artist and Edwina Corlette Gallery.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Guiguis New Art Prize 2015

The Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP)




Sat 11 Apr - Sun 31 May 2015



The Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) is a $20.000 national, acquisitive, biennial, contemporary Art

Prize administered by Federation University Australia's Arts Academy.

Initiated and generously supported by local Ballarat surgeon Mr Mark Guirguis, this prestigious Art

Prize showcases a selection of Australia's most exciting contemporary artists in Ballarat, Victoria.

In 2015, the major award of $20,000 will be presented to the winning artist for the most outstanding

single work of art from a pool of 15 Australian shortlisted finalists' presented in an exhibition at the

Art Gallery of Ballarat and FedUni's Post Office Gallery, Ballarat from Saturday 11 April to Sunday

31 May 2015.

The list of GNAP15 finalists are Chris Barry (VIC), Chris Bond (VIC), Teelah George (WA), Julie

Gough (TAS), Louise Hubbard (VIC), Susan Jacobs (VIC), Jess Johnson (VIC), Ross Manning

(QLD), Dylan Martorell (VIC), Pilar Mata-Dupont (WA), Kate Mitchell (NSW), Dominic Redfern

(VIC), Mark Shorter (NSW), Conrad Tipungwuti (NT) and Jemima Wyman (QLD).

GNAP15 judges, Hannah Mathews, Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and

Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will select and

announce the winner at the gala exhibition opening at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

The Art Gallery of Ballarat and Post Office Gallery will be open from 10am to 5pm daily. Entry is


GNAP is presented in association with the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Slow Art Collective (Chaco Kato, Dylan Martorell) Edgar Hechavarria Ricardo, students from 

Castlemaine Secondary College

LoomÅ«sica is the Castlemaine State Festival’s signature arts mentorship project bringing together 

Slow Art Collective, Cuban artist Edgar Hechavarria Ricardo, and students from Castlemaine 

Secondary College. Together they will create a site-specific installation that honors the manufacturing

 history of the former Castlemaine Woollen Mills. Utilising re-purposed materials found on site and 

incorporating kinetic sculpture, robot components and basic DIY electronics, LoomÅ«sica plays with 

the notions of loom and harp.

more information :

the object as score - margaret lawrence gallery VCA

The Object As Score




Sean Baxter, Matthew Day, Nathan Gray, Helen Grogan, Laresa Kosloff, Igor Krenz, Dylan 

Martorell, Stuart Sherman, Charlie Sofo, Torben Tilly, Danae Valenza with performances by 

Ernie Altoff, Sean Baxter, Arini Byng, Matt Day, Helen Grogan, Shelley Lasica and Katie Lee, 

Joel Stern. Curated by Nathan Gray.

Identifying a strand of thought in local and international interdisciplinary art making, The Object as

Score presents works that recognise the potential objects might hold for action and interaction. The

 Fluxus artists, as students of John Cage, utilised the simple written score that he had developed with

 4’33” – his silent work, which consists of the musical term ‘tacet’ (to wait) as the sole instruction for

each movement. The Fluxus 'event score' was a direct development of the written notation of 4’33”

that used the brevity and potentiality of language as a compact method of transmitting ideas for

performance. It was the multivalence of language that allowed these performances to be open,

indeterminate or even impossible. Using the object as a score in sculpture, contemporary improvised

 music and performance at large, this exhibition does not explore language as a medium for the

 transmission of open performance works, rather it employs the object as stand-in for the written

score, recognising it as a provocation for action.

Events and performances

Friday 6 March, 12.30 pmSean Baxter – Schmelzwerk

Torben Tilly – artist floor talk

Saturday 7 March, 2:30 pmMatthew Day - Weighting (2015)

Ernie Althoff

Helen Grogan – CONCRETE ROOM (2005-) and LIGHT (2003)

Saturday 14 March, 2:30 pmMatthew Day - Weighting (2015)

Saturday 21 March, 2:30 pmMatthew Day - Weighting (2015)

Arini Byng - Ready for the House

Joel Stern

Shelley Lasica and Katie Lee – Possibility of Performance

Saturday 28 March, 2:30pmMatthew Day - Weighting (2015)

40 Dodds Street
 Southbank VIC 3006 Map

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

12pm - 5pm

Sunday, October 26, 2014

M Pavillion / One Night Stand

One Night Stand

Slow Art Collective, ‘Leaf House Music’ installation


Free! Sun 2 Nov 2014–Sun 9 Nov 2014, during opening hours


Slow Art Collective, ‘Leaf House Music’ installation
Sun 2 Nov 2014–Sun 9 Nov 2014, during opening hours


An art installation usually happens quickly—one day it’s not there, the next it’s installed. But Slow

Art Collective, represented here by Dylan Martorell and Chaco Kato, are interested in the act of

making. Over the course of a week they’ll be gradually gathering plant debris from MPavilion’s

 parkland setting to create an indoor installation.

Leaf Art Music is part of One Night Stand, a series of events that respond to MPavilion’s transient,

temporary nature. These live artworks, ambient installations and sonic lullabies provide spaces for

 everyone to pause, rest and connect. And they explore the wonderful potential of the night—for

romance, refreshment, dreaming and star-gazing.

With Performances by VDO / Tim Coster / Dry Mouth (?) / 


Snawklor TBA

Instrument Builders Workshop . NGV.

NGV Studio hosts the first Australian iteration of The Instrument Builders Project (IBP), an

experimental collaborative project between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians curated

by Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern.

The first two iterations of the IBP were held in Yogyakarta in June 2013 and March 2014. The IBP

sets up a shared workshop space, with elements of studio and gallery, in which artists conceptualise,

build, perform and exhibit new works together over a period of 4 weeks, with scheduled public

programs (concerts, exhibitions, workshops and talks) punctuating periods of experimental 'free time'.

The works created through the IBP draw on both traditional craft-based and avant-garde approaches

and technologies, incorporating practises including (but not limited to) experimental music, sound

sculpture, installation, conceptual and instructional work and performance art.

The IBP both responds to and seeks to further develop experimental collaborative work between

Indonesian and Australian artists.

Studio residency artists

Michael Candy, Dale Gorfinkel, Lintang Radittya, Andreas Siagian, Wukir Suryadi, Pia Van Gelder,

Tintin Wulia

Exhibiting artists

Peter Blamey, Mas Wibowo, Michael Candy, Caitlin Franzmann, Dale Gorfinkel, Jompet

Kuswidananto, Dylan Martorell, Andreas Siagian, Wukir Suryadi, Tintin Wulia, Asep Nata

The Instrument Builders Project is supported by Asialink Arts and Arts Victoria. 

more details re; performances etc here


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Utopian Slumps - 25th of October - Project Room - Dylan Martorell - Fraxinus Ash Scores / Illuminator


 Music from Fraxinus Ash graphic scores.

 Performed by James Rushford, Joe Talia and

Dylan Martorell. Recorded by Sam Karmu and Joe



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