WED 18 FEB - SAT 14 MAR 2015
OFFICIAL OPENING: Saturday 21 Feb, 2pm
This first exhibition is on now until Saturday 14 March, aptly titled BEGINNINGS brings together a wide range of artists representing a variety of media from painting, printmaking, installation, video, photography and sculpture and is a strong indicator of the quality of future exhibitions the gallery is planning to present.
Exhibiting Artists: Jeremy Robinson, Edwardo Milan, Madeleine Cruise, Gavin Vitullo, Barb Nanshe, Alexander Cooper-Rye, Joanna O'Toole, Pablo Tapia, Joanna Davies, Tim Messiter, Toni Amidy, Priya Joy, Peter Lankas, Leslie Duffin, Natalie Engdahl, Carly Brett, Michelle Brodie, John Turier, Lezlie Tilley, Michaela Swan, Robyn Grey, Braddon Snape, John Earle, Olivia Parsonage, Luke Beezley, The Strutt Sisters, Kes Harper, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Dan Nelson, Simone Darcy, Linda Swinfield, Felicity Howard, Matthew Tome, Chris Byrnes, Laura Wilson, Bridie Watt, Jeorg Lehmann, James Murphy, Clare Weeks, Dan Grey, Anne McLaughlin, Rob Cleworth, Alison Smith, Dane Tobias, Mal Cannon, Ahn Wells, Helene Leane, Meredith Woolnough, Dino Consalvo, Vicki Gerritsen, Debra Byrnes, Andrew Finnie, Susan Ryman, Rachel Milne, Chrissy Cope, Ellie Hannon, Paul Maher, Carolyn McKay, Catherine Tempest, Grant Keene, Flynn Doran, Caelli-Jo Brooker and Fern York.
images below (L - R) by: Peter Lankas, Maggie Hensel-Brown, Priya Joy, Chris Byrnes, Andrew Finnie, Susan Ryman, Alexander Cooper-Rye, Michelle Brodie, Natalie Engdahl, Flynn Doran, Luke Beezley, Barb Nanshe.
By UNA REY | March 6, 2015, 10:30 p.m.
OPENING a gallery anywhere is always a risk, but Ahn Well's Gallery 139 opposite Nanshe in Beaumont Street is well placed for passing foot-traffic. Wells has pulled in lots of old friends (and likely a few new ones), to fill her inaugural exhibition, BEGINNINGS.
This optimistically and literal titled show holds over 70 works, many interesting and mostly small in scale.
A surreal Pablo Tapia from circa 2007 expresses the kind of magic I referred to recently in this column. Rob Cleworth's painted head is intriguing, and I continue to hope Newcastle will see a solo exhibition from the Lake Macquarie curator.
Mathew Tome's diode inspired paintings are consistent but lacking voltage, while Grant Keene's ceramic pun on the teapot is earthy, elegant and witty, offset by Catherine Tempest's striking, linear digital print.