Edge of Elsewhere

Category: Newell Harry

Edge of Elsewhere – Install

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES - THE SLICKEST LITTLE KOREAN SCUMBAG DOWNUNDER (2011), HD QuickTime movie with original soundtrack, installation view

Last weekend the Edge of Elsewhere team took a break to enjoy Sydney Festival First Night, which included a live performance of  Brook Andrew’s  Travelling Colony, a dizzying and hypnotic combination of the artists Wiradjuri tradition, the circus and pop culture. The following day the team headed to Carriageworks in Redfern for the launch of Black Capital, the inaugural series of performances, seminars, concerts and exhibitions that celebrate the diversity of Redfern, as the Indigenous capital of Australia.

So after an enjoyable weekend it was back into the galleries today, preparing for our own openings later this week. Remember, the openings of our new exhibitions begin this Thursday, at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art at 6pm.





Newell Harry – Istanbul Biennial

Newell Harry, Untitled gift mat series, installation view, Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011

The Edge of Elsewhere team would like to share some installation images of Newell Harry’s work that has been included in the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011.Harry’s contribution to the Biennial included a number of his untitled gift mat series. This series (pictured above) are a group of Tapa mat’s that Newell Harry commissioned in 2009. Other Australian artists in the Biennial include Simryn Gill, with her series of photographs, My Own Private Angkor. Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 run until 13 November, 2011.


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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.

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.

Newell Harry exhibits internationally

Newell Harry, Reverse Missionary (Easy Rider), 2009-10, installation view, courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Edge of Elsewhere participant Newell Harry will be exhibiting in the international exhibition, rendezvous 11, at the Institut D’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France. Harry is working in collaboration with David Elliot, curator of the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age to deliver his contribution to the exhibition. A number of works from the 2011 Edge of Elsewhere exhibition will be included in rendezvous11, including Reverse Missionary (Easy River) (above). An online publication is available (in English) for more information regarding Harry, and other participating artists.

Harry will also be included in The 12th Istanbul Biennial, Untitled (The 12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011. The Biennial will include five group shows and approximately 45 solo presentations. Each of the group shows will feature a large number of artists’ works brought together under one of the following themes – “Untitled” (Passport), “Untitled” (Ross), “Untitled” (Death by Gun), “Untitled” (Abstraction), and “Untitled” (History – each referring to works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, 17 September and continues until 13 November, 2011.