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World class contemporary art from remote Aboriginal artists
curated by Nichola Dare of Aboriginal Contemporary

Exhibition dates: 
Date: 10 Aug - 3 Sept
Time: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

16-30 Vine St, Redfern


Art Pharmacy, Vandal Gallery and Aboriginal Contemporary invite you to appreciate the work of some of Australia’s finest living contemporary artists; Indigenous Australians whose work is as remarkable as their communities are remote.

Aboriginal Contemporary owner, Nichola Dare, who has curated ‘Desert Stars’, regularly travels to the remote desert communities that are home to these artists. Over many years, she has built unique relationships with the art centres, which enables her to not only source outstanding work but attest to its provenance and the ethical treatment of the artists.

Artists include: Mabel Juli, from Warmun in the Western Desert paints with strident, minimalist form using ochre pigments textured with earth and ash that create an intense depth it’s hard to believe possible on a canvas.

Bugai Whyoulter, from Martumili, controls powerful colours with subtlety and joy to intuitively communicate ancestral stories, and the country she grew up in.

Yurpiya Lionel, from Ernabelle in the APY Lands, trails exquisite, yet uneven lines across her canvases to fluently convey the country that still sustains the oldest living culture on earth.

All three artists are featured in ‘Desert Stars’, alongside others, whose work would also hold its own in any contemporary gallery in the world.


29 June 2017 - 7 Aug 2017

Three artists meet in a bar. Their conversation culminates in ‘Somewhere Between’, an exhibition inspired by commonalities, where similar professional paths have led to the making of artists with a common purpose– to reflect the world around them through their own distinctive visual languages.

By combining drawing, cutting, painting and layering with the bold use of colour, ‘Somewhere Between’ is an intersection between the artists, their work and the physical gallery space.

Through the exploration of the dualities the real and imagined and the tiny and monumental, a dynamic body of work that includes painting, illustration, installation and sculpture has been created.

8 June 2017 - 26 June 2017

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.

6 April 2017 - 29 May 2017

alun rhys jones vandal gallery

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.

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.