April Exhibition - 'Project for the Rights of Matter'
Benjamin Woods is a Melbourne-based artist working across action, documentation, writing, publication-making and process-based platforms. All of his research takes place within an expandable field of sculpture, concerned with matter, the body, and time. Benjamin is currently undertaking masters research at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
March Exhibition - 'Burn Archetype'
Dominic Kavanagh’s art practice focuses on the phenomenon of contemporary ruins in the constructed landscape; from the prosaic and understated, to the most grandiose. His practice identifies and appropriates the object as material, or more specifically, the Ruin as material. Over the past few years Dominic’s practice has traversed through sculpture/assemblage, object-based installation and performance. All projects are connected by their investigations into the aesthetics of the ruin.
In his four years living in Melbourne, Dominic Kavanagh has had numerous solo exhibitions. They include ‘Requiem For Urban Ruin’ at Bus Projects, ‘Perkins’ Leg’ at Platform, and ‘The Rebellious Garden Shed’ at Seventh Gallery. Dominic is also completing a Masters in Fine Art at Monash University.
March Exhibition - 'Venetian Blinds'
Llawella Lewis is a Melbourne based artist who works primarily in sculptural installation. In her art practice she is constantly reevaluating her surroundings, with a particular interest in the architecture of the home living environment. She works in a manner that imitates and comments on the repetition and habits of everyday life.
In 2010 Llawella exhibited ‘Curtain Place’ at Firstdraft, Sydney and at Inflight, Tasmania followed by ‘make, smash, mend’ at window99, Melbourne. In 2009 Llawella was awarded the NRAG traveling scholarship to New York and an artist grant through the City of Melbourne for the installation ‘Soft City’ at Bus Gallery, Melbourne. Llawella has participated in group shows such as ‘Bad Directions’ at Open Space Gallery, Melbourne, ‘255x255’ at Project Gallery, Woolongong, ‘Light Bulb’ at Intrados Galleries, Newcastle and ‘Package’ at NAS Gallery, Newcastle. Llawella Lewis completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Newcastle in 2003 after completing an Advanced Diploma of Fine art at Newcastle Art School.
March Exhibition - 'Mind the fence, it's freshly painted'
Marie Schoenmaker completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Sculpture at the Victoria College of the Arts in 2009. She is now undertaking a Masters in Development Studies (Gender Studies) at Melbourne University. Marie has recently been using film installations and performance to investigate how perceptions of gender affect our identity. Marie exhibited at Alliance Francais Gallery in St Kilda in 2010. She participated in the Victorian Young Artists Initiative at Docklands as well as various group shows and received the Lisa and Ken Fehily Art Award. She currently runs window99 gallery and Rollerdoor Performance Space in Fitzroy.
March Exhibition - 'Mind the fence, it's freshly painted'
Leo finished his Bachelor of improvisation(drum kit) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010 and has been playing professionally for the past 8 years. In 2010 he completed his first collaboration with Marie Schoenmaker in the performance/video/sculpture piece entitled We didn‘t ask for this at Alliance Francais Gallery in St Kilda. Leo has also been composing for the group The Leo Kavanagh Quartet and, along with Marie, runs window99 and Rollerdoor Performance Space.
March Exhibition - 'Still Lives: Impressions of Suburbia'
Jessica O’Brien is a Melbourne based independent curator. A graduate from the Master of Art Curatorship program at the University of Melbourne, she completed her internship at the National Gallery of Victoria in Collection Management. A board member of Seventh ARI since mid 2010, she has recently given up the position of the gallery’s Administration Officer to take a full time position at auction house Deutscher and Hackett. While interested in all aspects of contemporary art, Jessica has a special interest in artistic practices that provide social commentary on contemporary life.
January Exhibition - 'PEEP'
Louise Francis is a Sydney based artist working with mixed media to create site-specific installations. Recently, Francis has been focusing on people’s interactions in both the public and private domains.Georgie Roxby Smith
December Exhibition - 'Keep it real'
Georgie Roxby Smith is an Australian visual artist working across a range of disciplines exploring new pathways between virtual and physical worlds. She received a Bachelor of Media Arts from Deakin (Rusden) in 2004. Her graduate studies include a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts and Master of Visual Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts. Amongst other projects, Georgie has recently been accepted into the Watermill Center Spring Residency Program (New York) and the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art Innovators Program 2010. Georgie has taken part in the Melbourne International Arts Festival for the past three years including ‘Navigators’ 2006 (for which she received the Eldon and Anne Foote Trust Travel Grant), ‘John Cage’s Musicircus’ 2007 and, in 2008, contributed to ‘Longing Belonging Land’ on opening night and assisted artist Chris Doyle (US) with his ‘Ecstatic City’ installation.
Tess E. McKenzie
November Exhibition - Knowledge W 414
In 2009 McKenzie completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts. Recent shows include HATCHED 09 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, HUSH at Kings ARI, Melbourne and HOLD at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne.
Her practice is primarily informed by wordplay and the expectation that it is inconsequential whether her resulting works contain any meaning whatsoever. Once an outcome is conceived, the work’s formula can be written.
November Exhibition - Paradise is where you are right now
Gosper is a Melbourne based artist and curator working primarily in photography. In 2009 she graduated with a Master of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts. Gosper is a recipient of awards such as the Australian Postgraduate Award from the University of Melbourne, and the Jennie Thomas Travelling Scholarship from the University of Newcastle. She currently works in Melbourne as a Gallery Manager and fine art print consultant whilst continuing her practice.
October Exhibition - Imagine That
Katie Houghton-ward has been illustrating comics for over twelve years now and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon. Best known for her early work with the creator owned series ‘Deckheadz’ which featured weekly for five years in top music magazine ‘3D world’. Katie then went on to work free-lance in New-Zealand with top companies such as Trade Tools and Hitachi for there hit web comic true ‘IT tales’.
She got her first international break with the Harvey Award nominated series Doug Paszkiewicz’s ‘Arsenic Lullaby’ and then Went on to work with Doug on the trilogy ‘Laughter of the Damned’.
Katie is now working on her latest comic ‘Khulan’, which has just been optioned By U.S magazine ‘Heavy Metal’.
Some of her major influences are artists such as Eric Canette, Frank Miller, Simon Bisley, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Frazetta, Gustav Klimt, Francoise Mucha and many more...