V∆ND∆L & ART PHARMACY PRESENT
"ALCHEMICAL SPILLS" by TAMARA MENDELS
Date: 8 June - 26 June
Time: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
16-30 vine st redfern
In her latest exhibition “Alchemical Spills” artist Tamara Mendels is showcasing a series of paintings evolving from her mark-making process of pouring epoxy resin onto canvas. Seemingly simple paintings offer an intricate and complex space for thought and contemplation.
Mendels colloquially calls her process the pour, or the moment the fluid epoxy resin is released:
“With epoxy resin you lose direct control once the fluidity of the medium takes over. I only have about ten minutes to work with, before it begins to harden and set. The vessel determines the amount of epoxy that is poured out and how quickly it interacts with the canvas contributing to the eventual outcome of the painting, which I am left to contemplate for several months as the medium dries.”
Everything in Mendels’ work exists in the pour. Her body and movement are fused together in the flow of the epoxy. Once the pour begins there is little room for contemplative adjustments in minutes the works begin to consolidate and the marking is complete. Mendels then completes the work manipulating the negative space with a thick pour of white enamel paint or black resin (as seen in her ‘Black on Black works’). After the final “cure” the work is completely transfigured, alchemical process complete, revealing a sensual visual feast of dripping paint, captivating surface, perfectly capturing the moment of the pour now permanently locked in time and space.
"ICON" by ALUN RHYS JONES
6 April 2017 - 29 May 2017
A reality TV star has just become the 45th President of the United States of America, in no small part due to his celebrity status and grasp of the media. Celebrity culture can no longer be viewed as harmless entertainment for the masses, it has real, deep and long lasting effects on culture, history, ethics and the populace.
With his latest exhibition, “ICON”, Australian based artist, Alun Rhys Jones uses a variety of mediums including large scale installation, sculpture, charcoal drawings and more to continue his exploration of identity, commodity, media, and popular culture.
Often humorous, visually striking and wonderfully thought provoking, the show asks the audience to confront the role of celebrity in a post internet, late capitalist, consumer society.
"RAINBOW WARRIORS" by SARAH BEETSON
A Curation of Colourful Characters: 1 March 2017 - 5 April 2017
V∆ND∆L & Art Pharmacy is focused on bringing their progressive values of creativity, craft, art, design and innovation to an exciting new gallery.
Housed in Redfern’s newest, custom-built, architecturally designed creative warehouse, V∆ND∆L’s high ceilings and vast space lend itself perfectly to the large scale and bold work of Sarah Beetson’s new exhibition, “Rainbow Warriors".
Curated by Art Pharmacy, “Rainbow Warriors” draws on Beetson’s background in fashion illustration. The show presents a saturated army of portraits spanning celebrity worship, fashion, dreams, sex and selfies - each is a manifestation of personal identity, strength and vulnerability, whilst also being a study in colour.