MAY SPACE and BLACK BOX PROJECTS are proud to present a series of photo-etchings and moving-image works by Sydney-based interdisciplinary artist, Carolyn Craig. This will be Craig’s first solo exhibition at MAY SPACE following her inclusion in Sydney Printmakers 2020 in April this year.
Proximal Noise (bacterial nervosa) brings together components from two series of work, examining conceptions of deviancy and social infection, how particular bodies become viewed as sites of contamination, and the value or non- value attributed to bodies in our society.
Ellen Gallagher working on hand colouring a print.
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The NSW Government will be closing down all non essential services, and this unfortunately includes galleries.
May Space has an online catalogue of works, and welcomes phone or email enquiries.
See the work at https://www.mayspace.com.au/exhibitions.
We are still awaiting news from Gallery Lane Cove, but the expectation is that will also be cancelled.
In other news, Inkmasters in Cairns has postponed its Inkfest.
AN INVITATION FROM PAUL BERKEMEIER TO THE SALE OF ART MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT FROM GERALDINE’S STUDIO.
SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 12PM TO 4PM
Geraldine was a passionate artist and teacher, skilled in a variety of media. She remained active in her art making until a few years ago when dementia took hold.
Geraldine would have wanted all her materials and equipment to find good new homes, where they can continue to be used to create innovative work for years to come.
With this in mind I plan an open day and sale at Cremorne Point so that colleagues, friends and interested artists can have a good look at the range of items available
and purchase what they need. The plan is to use proceeds of the sale to help prepare a comprehensive record and exhibition of Geraldine’s work.
WHEN Saturday 5th October 2019 from 12 midday till 4pm
WHERE Paul & Geraldine’s house at 67 Milson Road Cremorne Point.
WHAT See the illustrated list of materials and equipment – plus stacks of printmaking papers and other sundry items.
HOW Small items, paper etc will have price estimates and will be sold at prices agreed with Paul.
Large items such as presses, rollers etc will be sold in a short auction starting at 3pm.
PAYMENT Payment can be made by EFT, cheque or cash.
COLLECTION After payment, purchases can be taken on the day, or collected later by arrangement.
QUESTIONS Email preferred firstname.lastname@example.org or text: 0418 461 065
BUT: Please hold your questions to the week
before the sale – from 29th September
Other equipment includes a Bookbinding Press, a Bookbinding Punch, jewellery engraving tool, and plastic tubs with lids.
Paper – various sizes in sheet and roll.
Sheets for waterless litho – Agfa 1055 mm x 811 mm 20 off – new.
Portfolio 900 mm x 655 mm overall with 18 display sleeves to suit 840 mm x 595 mm.
Max graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) and a Studio Masters in Printmaking from UNSW Art and Design. He spent 2013 co-running Varietê Gallery in Guadalajara, Mexico and presently lives and works in Sydney. He is currently working on a fictional narrative based in a world ruled by badgers set 3000 years in our future.
Max’s website is http://www.maximiliangosling.com
Susan Baran writes about Geraldine’s contribution to Sydney Printmakers:
Geraldine became a very good friend that I first met at Warringah Printmakers Studio many years ago where she was an active member and also through Primrose Paper Arts that she helped establish with Ruth Faerber setting up a facility where hand made paper could be created.
Geraldine served as President of Sydney Printmakers for many years and was always busy helping organise exhibitions for the group. When I first joined Sydney Printmakers in 2005 I remember Geraldine and Helen Mueller working very hard planning the ‘Collaboration’ exhibition which travelled throughout NSW and onto Queensland. Then again Geraldine and Gary Shinfield organised an extensive touring exhibition in 2011 and 2012 to help celebrate Sydney Printmakers 50th anniversary.
Geraldine was always a pleasure to work with tirelessly devoting her time to Sydney Printmakers and other organisations she was associated with. She will be missed by us all.
Michael Kempson writes about Geraldine’s contribution to teaching and our cultural life:
Geraldine Berkemeier enjoyed a life that made a significant contribution to the cultural life of Sydney. Not only was Geraldine a highly regarded artist who addressed the rigorous conceptual concerns inherent in contemporary art practice, she also possessed an innate ability, that was regularly deployed in her individual and collaborative projects, to be creative in the moment. To give free reign to her intuitive intelligence when engaged in the process of making, an approach that embraced a playful interaction with material and mark. In addition to this Geraldine was a patient and resourceful administrator throughout her period of service as President of Sydney Printmakers. She was generous and smart, providing this broad community of print artists, with new paths to follow that confronted and enthralled. But when one is blessed with such consummate personal and professional skills, it should be no surprise that you are in demand as an educator.
Geraldine taught for many years at the College of Fine Arts that was to become UNSW Art & Design in Paddington. Her courses were designed to encourage participants to take risks in their introduction to both paper and print. She was thorough, engaged and informed, capable of great insight when nurturing an individual’s developing artistic voice. I always got the impression that Geraldine realised how fortunate it is to be an artist, charged with the responsibility to make a positive contribution to the world. With her passing I have realised what a precious thing this is and how important it is not to forget. Her memory will live on in the work that she created and by the people who loved and respected her.
Gary Shinfield writes about art-making with Geraldine:
In the studio working together there were times when her intelligence and creativity were dazzling, shaping images into new and unexpected directions. Her image making was always driven by an underlying concern for the environment and the beauty of the Australian landscape. As an artist she had a great gift for translating the subtle textures and colours of the bush into images of authenticity and beauty. It was a privilege to know her as a friend, to work together in the studio and to share time exploring the country on our adventures.
Geraldine and I decided to work together for the Sydney Printmakers Exhibition ‘Collaborations’ at Gosford Regional Art Gallery. We had both seen a documentary on the sinking of the Batavia and related events, a little known part of Australia’s history. Geraldine favoured research before making, and I can hear her saying, “let’s go”. The next image I remember is a fearless Geraldine sitting next to a very young pilot in a three seater light aircraft flying west over the Indian ocean into the unknown. As we banked and flew around the actual site of the sinking of the ship she was enthusiastically documenting with camera. We landed on an uninhabited island. Our pilot changed into snorkelling gear and within minutes we were snorkelling over purple sea plants and ochre coloured rocks. I lagged behind trying to keep a grip on the situation as I followed Geraldine’s flippers.
Basil Hall took us into an Art Centre that had been neglected. The studios had been taken over by alcohol loving locals, sleeping on stinking mattresses. My reaction was to take the first plane out, but a very cool Geraldine urged me to hang on. The next day the same boys who we found sleeping with hangovers were our guides up the mountain to the most wonderful rock art sites. They told us stories and were glad to share their knowledge. They were our protectors.
We decided to show our collaborations in places that had inspired them. In Darwin less than a dozen people had visited the gallery over a ten-day period. On the last day, a Sunday about 11 am, a woman cycled in and looked at the show. This was Allison Grey, a curator from the Art Gallery and Museum of the NT, and three works were purchased for the collection including the work ‘Abrolhos’.
Sink or swim
Geraldine came up with the title of our exhibition. The highlight of working together was the exhibition at Manly Art Gallery in 2005. We took the show to Fremantle, Darwin and the Gold Coast, supported by an Australia Council New Work’s grant (application written by Geraldine). We went on to collaborate on the exhibition Crossing Boundaries at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. This body of work was based on journeys mapping the Hunter River in NSW. Geraldine’s research led us to a property high up on the Range where we searched in swamps and bogs for the source of the Hunter.
A message from Stephen Andrews.
I am helping a friend to dismantle a substantial private print studio in the Western Suburbs. All of the printing equipment and accessories are for sale.
Some items such as the litho press have already been sold, but there is still a freestanding Charles Brand etching press, litho stones of various sizes, rollers (composite, and a superb unused leather roller), levigators, hotplate, ventilation cabinet, paper (Arches & Magnani), coloured inks, plan drawers, etc
Inspection is by appointment. If anyone has an interest in particular items I can supply more details and photographs.
Contact: dragoman (AT) ozemail.com.au.