Tim Schultz, 'Tannhauser', 2009, oil on linen, 183 x 130 cm, collection of the artist
Schultztown Tim Schultz
Schultztown is closing down. Paintings from all periods of his work are hung from floor to ceiling in a sinister, campy and unhygienic salon of pictures, and at crazy prices ($211, $440, $11,400 etc) Titles, frames and price tags are painted on the wall, with drips and gruesome bad taste.
Tim Schultz is a Sydney-based painter who has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. He is presently engaged in a doctorate degree at Sydney College of the Arts. The title of his thesis is ‘Perversity of the Recrudescent Rococo.’
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Monika Behrens and Rochelle Haley,
Witch's Hammer, 2011, watercolour on paper, 38 x 57cm
GALLERY 2 Bed-knobs and Broomsticks Monika Behrens and Rochelle Haley
"Bed-knobs & Broomsticks" is a series of watercolour paintings by collaborating artists Monika Behrens and Rochelle Haley. The series satirically explores the coincidence of sexuality and witchcraft in both western and Asian folkloric traditions.
The concept of the paintings draws from a brief aside in 'The Botany of Desire' (2002) in which the author Michal Pollen describes the curious application of intoxicating 'flying ointment' in medieval Europe. Pollen describes medieval women pulverising a concoction of psychoactive herbs, creatures and insects and applying it vaginally using a special 'broomstick' like device. This hotly contested piece of historical matter sparked the imaginations of Behrens and Haley who began developing visual narratives exploring the taboo topics of sex and the vilification of female healers. The artists’ imaginings and observations are expressed thorough paintings depicting plant and animal life traditionally used for medicinal and magical properties in suggestive relation to various modern dildos.
The title of the show implies magic and gestures towards the lightheartedness with which Disney and others have been able to restyle the witch in contemporary western consciousness. Under the thin veneer of 'prettiness' and the social turgidity of watercolour painting the artists aim for humour and subversion.
Monika Behrens and Rochelle Haley are Sydney based artists educated at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts (Behrens MFA 2007, Haley PhD 2009). Each artist maintains a solo practice exhibiting regularly in Sydney, Melbourne and overseas. Overlapping themes, a common background in fine arts and shared concerns in their individual practices have naturally evolved into collaborative thinking and making.
The work of Behrens and Haley is characterised by a concern for the impact of culture on the environment, a preoccupation with conservative underpinnings of culture, an awareness of inequalities in social structures and a willingness to make light of their sometimes precarious position within them. Relying on humour as a vehicle to express political opinion, Behrens and Haley have finely tuned a sense of irony that is inclusive and accessible to wide audiences.