China Heights recently opened a duo show by young female artists Annalisa Ferraris and Lucy O’Doherty, titled ‘Pools’. If you missed the show, you can view a full catalogue of works on the China Heights website.
“Abandonment is a recurring theme in Annalisa Ferraris and Lucy O’Doherty’s work. In the current exhibition, that abandonment comes in the form of empty swimming pools. Annalisa Ferraris finds their immediate redundancy and strange shifts of space interesting; for Lucy O’Doherty, it’s the implied narrative behind them, the fact that something sinister or sad may have happened for them to be empty – the sense of mystery is alluring. The artists, who met while studying at the National Art School and now work out of the same studio, exhibit together wherever possible.”
Click below for the full set of photos.
General Nonsense is a body of work created between the like minds of graffiti duo Those Jazz Cats & photographer Harleigh English. In celebration of all things nonsensical, the exhibition explores the juxtaposition between the uninhabited landscapes of country New South Wales and the impetuous expression of graffiti, taking the viewer on an adventurous, yet curious photographic journey.
On the boys return the photographs were collated into a 24 page publication available for purchase on the night, alongside a variety of visual installations and collages.
Come along and Treat yourself to complimentary Jazz Cats Spiced Red Ale provided by the collaborative beer brewery ‘Beer Creative’ whist enjoying the ONE NIGHT ONLY exhibition.
‘General Nonsense’ by Thoas Jazz Cats & Harleigh English
Where: China Heights Gallery, Surry Hills
Opening Hours: Thursday 18th June, 6pm
In this new body of works, ‘Entomology’, Thomas Jackson removes all movement and focuses on the beauty of still, lifeless insects and studies their forms.
The Beauty of these preserved and decoratively posed animals has always interested Thomas and been a long source of inspiration within his works.
‘Entomology’ by Thomas Jackson
Where: China Heights Gallery, Sydney
Opening Hours: Friday 17th April, 6pm
China Heights is pleased to open Kyle Montgomery‘s latest Australian solo show, since his huge success in London last year. This new set of works, entitled ‘Crystal Void’, projects themes carried through his collage work. The exhibition further explores the afterlife, specifically the other dimensions and higher powers associated with it, spiritual transcendence and interplanetary travel.
Through the hand placement of crystal quartz into sourced taxidermy, sculpture and bones, Montgomery’s work indulges in a fantasy of divine intervention. Considering natural order, and decomposition after death, with respect to subterranean formation of crystals and minerals, the journey to and from the afterlife is imagined by the artists hand.
‘Crystal Void’ by Kyle Montgomery
Where: China Heights, Sydney
Opening Hours: Friday 5 Dec, 6-9pm
In the lead up to his much anticipated solo show at China Heights, Max Berry lets us inside his studio to see some of his process and progress for ‘The Inwardness of Place’.
It’s been a while between solo shows for Max. Alot has happened, having multiple works selected as a finalist in prestigious Australian art prizes such as The Wynne. The Sydney based artist has also released a book, and noticeably taken a very bold step forward into his distinct style of landscape painting. This show promises to be an amazing and large collection of work. Click below to see more.
‘Inwardness of Place’ by Max Berry
Where: China Heights Gallery, Sydney
Opening Hours: Friday 14 Nov, 6-9pm
A few of months ago, the east coast of Australia was lucky enough to host two of the world’s most notable french graffiti artists, Horfee and Russell Maurice (of Gasius fame).
The pair painted, tattooed and exhibited in both Melbourne and Sydney with Doomsday Store and China Heights. Bringing their trademark styled work and French attitude of painting to the gallery walls. The work did not disappoint, and a few lucky takers even got the chance to get an original Horfee tattoo in between setup.
Click below for the full set of photos. More on Doomsday here. More on China Heights here.
French artists Horfee and Russell Maurice are currently in Sydney where they will be opening their duo show titled ‘Pathetic Bubble’ at China Heights, this Friday night.
Horfee is known the world over for his loose, quick and unique style of graffiti, and Russell Maurice is known for his juxtaposition style of abstract comic drawings. Both of which encapsulate and project a metropolis or world of their own.
Check out Horfee’s work here and Russell’s here.
‘Pathetic Bubble’ by Horfee and Russell Maurice
Opening: Friday 23rd May
FUZI is a veteran graffiti writer, who dominated the trains and subway of Paris for more than a
decade, and developed a form of graffiti known as ‘Ignorant Style’. This exhibition combines FUZI
UVTPK’s graffiti background with his current work with tattoos.
“Ignorant Style was based on how graffiti looked in New York in the early 1970s, and it was meant
to appear like it was made by a child who was just learning the art form — naive but pure,” FUZI
explains. “It was a reaction to the standardisation of graffiti. You write your name how you want,
and where you want. There are no rules.”
In 2005, he took his Ignorant Style-art to people’s skins, and has since developed an international
following. In 2013 alone, he has tattooed clients such as Os Gemeos, Diplo, Justice, Kavinsky and
Scarlett Johansson. It’s important to note, however, that FUZI considers himself an artist, not a
tattoo artist, and that tattoos are just one medium he has used to create.
“Ignorance” by Fuzi
Opening: Friday, 2nd May
Daniel O’Toole is opening his next solo show titled ‘Polaroid Paintings’ at Sydney’s China Heights gallery in Surry Hills. A show Daniel has been working on (see Max Berry’s studio visit here) for a while which sees the transfer of photography to painting.
“The works on display are based on a series of experiments undertaken during his artist residency in Berlin late 2013. The subject is viewed through a transparent layer, altered with paint, wax and other textural distortions so that the crossover between painting and analogue photography becomes unclear. The investigations ultimately led to a breakdown of figuration; including elements of abstraction within portraiture and video.”
“Polaroid Paintings” by Daniel O’Toole
Opening: Friday, 11th April
UK artist French is back in Sydney for his next solo show titled ‘Means the an end’ at China Heights Gallery, Surry Hills this Friday night.
Known all over the world for his black and white, heavy metal inspired illustrations AND his recently popularized clothing label Death Rites, ‘Means to an end’ will no doubt be another stunning display of why he has a worldwide cult following. More details below.
‘Means to an end’ by French
Opening: Friday 21 February
China Heights Gallery