GALLERY 1 Undercurrent Helen Pynor, Bronwyn Thompson
The work of Helen Pynor and Bronwyn Thompson finds common ground in its interest in the cyclic nature of existence, the passage of generations, and the imprinting of one generation upon the next. Both artists work with a visual language that is at once alluring and beautiful but at the same moment threatens violence and disorientation, exploring the disturbing ease with which one flows into the other.
Bronwyn Thompson explores identity formation through language and the gaze, attempting to disrupt viewers’ coded expectations. The introduction of the unexpected shifts the experience beyond the confines of language, expectation and normalcy, into a terrain where response is increasingly visceral and involuntary.
Helen Pynor brings together the immediacy of visceral experience with a sense of ethereality and the infinite. Images of quotidian fragility are immersed within a larger tide suggesting cultural memory, inheritance and loss. The seemingly incommensurate timeframes of the brevity of visceral experience and the longevity of cultural trace is a core paradox her work seeks to address.
Bronwyn Thompson’s video installation I’II be your Girl, 2006, was recently selected to be exhibited in the prestigious Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2007. Other group exhibitions include Gold Coast Ulrick Schubert Photographic Art Award 2007, National Photographic Purchase Award 2005, Albury Regional Art Gallery, Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2005, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait Prize 2005, AGNSW.
Helen Pynor has exhibited widely in Sydney, Melbourne and Paris venues including Artspace (Sydney), Linden-St Kilda Contemporary Arts Centre (Melbourne), and Passage de Retz (Paris). Pynor has undertaken a number of residencies and exchanges in Sydney and Paris and has recently returned from l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, where she was undertaking PhD research.
Image Above: Bronwyn Thompson
GALLERY 2 Untitled Home Katthy Cavaliere
The bounded spatiality of ‘home’ is a recurring motif for Katthy Cavaliere in life and art. In Untitled Home, Cavaliere engages with the idea of homelessness. Space for the homeless is free of the basic architectural structures that define domesticity. The homeless are exposed to the elements, their vulnerability on display to a world that often conveniently ignores their plight. Cavaliere reveals how passers-by erect invisible structures when unable to comprehend private moments being performed in public: everyday life lived in open, on the street.
Katthy Cavaliere was born in Tuscany, Italy and lives and works between Sydney and Italy. Cavaliere has exhibited and performed extensively in galleries and public spaces in Sydney, NSW and Italy. Cavaliere won the Helen Lempriere Travelling Arts Scholarship in 2000 and undertook an Australia Council for the Arts studio residency in Milan, Italy in 2003. In her first major retrospective exhibition suspended moment (2004/05) Cavaliere toured NSW Regional Galleries with work spanning 1993-2005. Untitled Home is Cavaliere’s first solo exhibition in Sydney since her travels.