It's so lovely to see that this little stick of a tree has not only survived a week but it has flourished in it's new home.
I love seeing works purchased in Gallery 139 in their new homes. This work was purchased by Dr Carolyn McKay and now lives on her office wall in the University of Sydney alongside Joerg Lehmann black and white photograph to the left and to the right the work by Ben Rak. Exhibited during the solo exhibition LAST WORDS by Simone Paterson, the work quotes the final words written by convicted petty murderer, John Arthur Spenkelink before he was executed in Florida, US in 1979.
As a Scholarly Teaching Fellow at the University of Sydney Law School, this work fits perfectly on the wall of her office and resonates her own research interests into "justice, prisons and prisoners, visual criminology, surveillance and policing."
If you have purchased a work from the gallery over the past 2 years, send a photo to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me little about where it is hanging now and if you don't mind I'll blog about it here.
~ Ahn Wells
Although STUDIO LIFE was a short exhibition, it has been a very rewarding experience to see the work of the 5 artists I have chosen to represent. All 5 artists are extremely hardworking and constantly making work which feeds their practice and keeps their work relevant. Juggling the everyday responsibilities of life with the need to be an artist isn't easy and I hope that I make life a little easier while also providing exhibition space and practice to push each artists individual practice further.
All the work in this exhibition may be coming down on Sunday 2 April but can still be purchased by contacting the gallery email@example.com.
Dino Consalvo 31 May - 2 July at Janet Clayton Gallery
Dino Consalvo September Art Systems Wickham
Olivia Parsonage 9 - 26 August at Gallery 139
Peter Lankas 1 - 18 November group exhibition at Gallery 139
Paul Maher Artist Residency Portsea, Victoria
For the first time Gallery 139 is presenting an exhibition at The University Gallery - Newcastle, Callaghan campus. We are excited to be collaborating with University curator, Gillean Shaw to be presenting this original Sydney exhibition to a Newcastle audience. It is great to see the work in this wonderful large University Gallery space, the high ceilings and polished concrete floors all contributing to the way this exhibition is experienced. For me, it has been so inspiring to see these artists continue to build upon the momentum of the Sydney experience and to make new work with this exhibition in mind. Like a proud parent, I can't help but feel partly responsible for their development as artists, even though the only thing I offer is encouragement and sometimes a bit of advice. They are all extremely hard working artists, committed to their practices and to the future of their art careers and it's a pleasure to be part of their journey.
~ Ahn Wells February 2017
Dino Consalvo Artist builds upon last year's shift towards abstraction and interest in focusing on the details with in the larger subject, in this case the Merewether Ocean Baths. A challenging process for Consalvo whose painting has been pushed to new lengths. With these new works we except to surprise those familiar with his previous en plein air work.
Watch Dino's video below on vimeo ~ a John Cliff production
Peter Lankas Artist has continued to explore the suburbs, finding new imagery in everything around him. His works are filled with social and political commentary, satire and even homage to his favourite artists. In this exhibition Lankas continues to delight us with his familiar imagery, furious colour combinations and confident paint application.
Watch Peter's video below on vimeo ~ a John Cliff production
Paul Maher Art delves deeper into this microcosm of a coastal town, analysing it like a sociologist, graphing it like architect. There isn't anyone else in Newcastle that knows this place as intimately as Maher and certainly there is no-one in Newcastle that paints it's with such grace. He will also be exhibiting for the first time large-scale iPad drawings.
Watch Paul's video below on vimeo ~ a John Cliff production
It was time to freshness up the gallery space, after 2 years of openings on carpet it was looking like I needed to chance the flooring as regular carpet cleaning just wasn't doing the trick. The options were polished concrete, painting the concrete (depending on the state of the concrete under the carpet!) or floating floor boards. Once we ripped up the carpet and saw the concrete, it became obvious floating floorboards was going to be our best option. Budget played a major role in choosing the floor material and after some back and forth phone calls, we finally secured some self installing 'click clack' boards from Bunnings! The result has been amazing, the light coloured floor has lifted the gallery space and made it a lovely brighter and has given the gallery a more spacious feel.
We celebrating the start of the gallery's 3rd year with a big group exhibition: THREE from SAT 14 JAN - SUN 29 JAN 2017, filling the gallery space and installing in a 'salon' style format trying to emulate the style of more European galleries. It was a challenge but we had fun and it was so enjoyable to be around such beautiful works for 3 weeks.
~ Ahn Wells Feb 2017