Edge of Elsewhere

Month: September, 2011

Newell Harry

Newell Harry - tapa meeting

Newell Harry with project participant at tapa meeting, October 2010, photograph: Pedro de Almeida

NEWELL HARRY is a Sydney based artist who works in a variety of mediums including drawing, sculpture, photo-media, neon and installation and has exhibited widely for over a decade. His works explore themes and issues relating to identity, language, colonialism, culture, and globalisation. Harry has worked with communities in Port Vila, Cape Town and Sydney, in a series of projects, producing celebrated works made of tapa and pandanus gift mats. Harry has exhibited since the mid-1990s with solo and group exhibitions at Campbelltown Arts Centre; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery; MOP Projects; University of NSW; Hazlehurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre; and the National Trust S. H. Ervin Gallery. Awards and residencies include Cité des Arts Internationale, Moya Drying Studio, Paris, Art Gallery of NSW Trust (2007); Australia Council Visual Arts Board New Work Grant (2006); Greatmore residency, Cape Town, South Africa (2006); and NSW Ministry for the Arts Studio Residency, Artspace, The Gunnery, Sydney (2002). Harry’s work is represented in major private and public collections including Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. He is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.


Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Canberra

Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 - Sendai

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 - Sendai, 2011, single-channel digital video, 19:10, courtesy the artist nd Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

We are excited to announce that Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba will be undertaking a leg of his ongoing project, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3, in Canberra this October for the Edge of Elsewhere exhibition.

An ongoing project that will last approximately 8 years, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 is the most recent incarnation of Nguyen-Hatsushiba’s ‘Memorial Project’ series. In this project the artist is attempting to run the diamater of the earth (12,756.3 km). This distance will be accumulated as Nguyen-Hatsushiba runs through cities in various countries, such as Canberra.

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Richard Bell

Richard Bell, Broken English

Richard Bell, Broken English (production still), 2009, DVD, 13:00 mins

Richard Bell was born in 1953 in Charleville, Queensland, and is a member of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang communities. Based in Brisbane, Richard has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1990. He is represented in major collections in Australia and New Zealand and is internationally recognised through numerous exhibitions, including the significant European touring exhibition Aratjara: art of the First Australians, 1993; Culture warriors, the National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, 2007; the 9th and 16th Sydney Biennales, 1992 and 2008; Australian Perspecta 1993, Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Unfamiliar Territory, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art in 1991 and Half-Light: Portraits from Black Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW. His work was the subject of the survey exhibition Positivity, presented by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, in 2006. He won the National Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2003. In 2009, an exhibition of the Bell’s practice to date entitled I am not sorry, was held at Location One, New York, and he was also the recipient of Location One’s International Fellowship for that year. In 2011, a touring exhibition of Bell’s work Uz vs Them, organised by the American Federation of the Arts will be exhibited throughout North America.  A past member of the Campfire group, Richard is a founding member of proppaNOW, the Brisbane-based Aboriginal artists collective that also includes Tony Albert, Vernon Ah Kee and Gordon Hookey.


Edge of Elsewhere exhibition opening, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2010, photography: Ian Hobbs

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (YHCHI), founded in 1998, is a two-artist collective based in Seoul, South Korea, comprising Young-Hae Chang (South Korea) and Marc Voge (USA). Using Flash animation techniques, they create fast-moving, text-based artworks that are synchronised with original scores. Using a seemingly simple format – texts on monochromatic backdgrounds – YHCHI weave complex and evocative narratives. Invoking the genre of Film Noir, and the hard-boiled literary styles of Raymond Chandler and Phillip K. Dick, YHCHI’s imaginative, witty and often politically pointed narratives offer layered and compelling stories in which identities are assumed and discarded, and ideologies of all persuasions are held up and questioned.

Michel Tuffery

Povi Vasa, 2011, installation view, site-specific projection, Campbelltown Arts Centre, photography: Susannah Wimberley

MICHEL TUFFERY M.N.Z.M; Born 1966 Wellington, Aotearoa – New Zealand of Samoan, Cook Island and Tahitian descent.

On paper and by reputation Michel Tuffery is one of the seminal role players for visibility of Contemporary Pacific Island art locally and beyond the wider Pacific. His creative output is expansive as he is adept at all arts media, printing, painting and sculpting, and works collaboratively with technicians and other art practitioners to realise his performance and installation projects, requiring moving image, light and sound.  His concerns are measured and politicised around the conservation of the environment and shaped by his Pacific Island ancestry.

Dacchi Dang

Dacchi Dang, Phoenix (still), 2011, three-channel video installation, courtesy the artist

Dacchi Dang was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and currently lives and works in Sydney. His personal experience as a refugee informs how he sees the multiple geographical and social landscapes of Australia and Vietnam, providing an understanding of the physical and cultural terrain of both countries. With this approach he creates or reinvents layered landscapes through his personal experiences and memories, to explore how the home, as a mythical symbol of refuge in the Diaspora, is inexorably linked to identity and belonging, to the ways in which narratives of personal journeys are inscribed into space. Dang has a Graduate Certificate of Applied science in Cultural Heritage Studies, University of Canberra (2003); an MA and BFA, College of Fine Arts, University of NSW (1996, 1991); and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy at the Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University.

Artist Statement – Locution-(re)-locations

The following is the Artists Statement from Phaptawan Suwannakudt’s solo exhibition, Locution-(re)-locations, 19 May – 10 July, 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.

The fact that I was a woman painter who rarely, from my generation, led a painting team of men, working for the Sangha community meant that I was always at odds with society. I grew up as a young child in a Buddhist temple where the majority of occupants were boy or mean, where I lived with my father who led a mural project. I later adopted the group, lived and worked with them as a team, and continued to be a painter who travelled to a series of localities which changed every year. Because of the nature of my work I always felt a stranger to places where I lived. This experience has created a sense of how to look and think through the point of view of a third person, and to relate to things always as a non-participant. I picked up the form of Thai mural painting as the means of visual language (perhaps the only means). I could use it to identify myself with a culture which I considered myself part of. This was the perfect fit for an outer skin in which I maintained myself as an individual in society.

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Edge of Elsewhere 2012

Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 – Ho Chi Minh City, 118.3 km (2007) single channel digital video, 19:10 courtesy the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York

Spanning from Campbelltown to Chinatown, and far beyond, Edge of Elsewhere is a three year long-term project engaging with the diverse cultural mix of suburban Sydney.

In its final year, Edge of Elsewhere showcases new commissions from a range of innovative and exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific, developed in collaboration with a range of Sydney communities.

Presented across two venue, this landmark project positions a number of communities of Greater Sydney within a wider context of Asia-Pacific. Edge of Elsewhere is a bold commitment to artistic collaboration, community participation and the exploration of contemporary ideas in the suburban environment.

Artists: Brook Andrew, Arahmaiani, Richard Bell, Dacchi Dang, Newell Harry, FX Harsono, Shigeyuki Kihara, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Lisa Reihana, Khaled Sabsabi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Michel Tuffery and YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES.

Khaled Sabsabi in The Sydney Morning Herald

Khaled Sabsabi's Naqshbandi Greenacre Engagement (2010) on display at the Blake Prize for Religious Art, National Art School, photography: Edwina Pickles

Edge of Elsewhere participating artist Khaled Sabsabi is enjoying some much deserved attention in the media since winning The Blake Prize for Religious Art.

‘Artful Ordinariness proves a winner’ was written by arts contributor Steve Meacham and published in the Herald last week. Meacham’s article  mentions that Khaled’s winning work was commissioned for Edge of Elsewhere in 2011, whilst also drawing attention to the increasing religious diverstiy in Sydney and Australia – definitely a good read.

Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Phaptawan Suwannakudt, The Elephant and the Journey, 2006, installation view, Acrylic on canvas, felt tip pen on Perspex, courtesy of the artist. Photography: Susannah Wimberley

Phaptawan Suwannakudt graduated from Silpakorn University, Thailand with a degree in English and German in 1980. She worked extensively as head of a team on full-scale Buddhist temple painting schemes and hotel decoration projects in Thailand in the 1980s and 1990s, and was active in the organisation of women’s art exhibitions in Bangkok. Later as a mature student she completed a Master of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2005.