Michael Staniak (born 1982, Melbourne) earned a BFA and an MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne as well as a BA from Middle Tennessee State University. He has had solo exhibitions at Blockprojects, Melbourne and Artereal Gallery, Sydney. His work has been included in group shows at Horton Gallery and Charles Bank, New York. Image DNA is his first solo exhibition in the United States. He has a solo show coming up at NKN Gallery in September.
Sophia’s practice examines Desire – in particular the role it plays in the making of narrative and the making of art, she explores what it means to be a painter in a post-medium art world, and the transformation of mythological and historical narratives through a new intervention of contemporary performance and re-enactment.
Hewson completed a first class Honours Degree at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007.
Since then she has had several solo exhibitions including Solstice – City of the Godless, The Longing: It’s like Vulcan but sad and Dy Dykrenore (which featured a large scale ice sculpture with an imbedded kangaroo spine).
Sophia will be holding her next solo exhibition at Mars Gallery later this year.
Julian Meagher is a 36 year old Sydney-based artist. Nine years ago he left work as a medical doctor to pursue painting full-time.
Meagher’s work explores the binary nature of contemporary Australian masculinity. He paints what he calls ‘male still lives’. Orchids are commonly featured in this series, their name driving from the Greek Orchida, which means testicle. Their bulbs were ground down with goats milk as an aphrodisiacal drink. The distinct use of shades of pink in this series colours the shadows cast by these symbols of man, and whimsically explore the irony in modern masculinity. Meagher is interested in the colour theory of gender association as well as present day tribal colour associations.
Having trained in traditional oil portraiture in Florence, Italy in his early 20’s, his application of paint somewhat reflects those techniques. He applies multiple thin glazes over many sittings, achieving a unique watercolour-like effect.
Born in Melbourne in 1972, Kibel had his practical training in New York from 1992 to 1993, coming back to Australia in 1994 to work as a studio assistant for Robert Jacks and Jenny Watson. In 2006, he founded Blockprojects gallery in Melbourne where he supports emerging artists and in 2009 launched Blockeditions. He has been exhibiting since 2000 in both solo and group shows in Sydney and Melbourne. He has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize (2006), the ABNAMRO Emerging Art Award (2004, 2005) and the Robert Jacks Drawing Prize (2002–05).
Melbourne based artist Daniel Agdag will tell you that he makes things out of cardboard. This declaration in no way illuminates the delicate form and eccentric narrative of his work.
His cardboard practice has lent itself to his award winning short films screening worldwide, garnering a ‘Dendy Award’ and AFI nomination.
The work is created entirely from the unassuming medium of cardboard and glue. To say he pushes the medium to its limits is an understatement.
His industrial imaginings are meticulously executed, forming delicate, alluring and often hypnotically complex sculptures. A process he describes as ‘sketching with cardboard’, as they are created intuitively by hand without detailed plans or drawings.