1st February – 15th February 2020
Since 2015, Stanley Street Gallery has opened each year with its’ annual Introducing – a curated group exhibition of early-career artists that are not yet represented by a commercial gallery. This year’s exhibition has been curated by SSG Gallery Assistant Emma Pinsent and features Fine Art graduates; Annette Bukovinsky (MFA – National Art School), Nakita Dass (BFA – UNSW&AD) and Zoe Welton (BFA – National Art School).
Annette Bukovinsky’s work is as intricate and delicate as it is hard-hitting and bold. Investigating humanity's relationship with nature and the search for a new ecological philosophy, she addresses the challenges that threaten the vitality of our planet. In Bukovinsky’s use of clay, connections are made between the material’s fluctuating state and the state of the environment, the constant “pushing of boundaries” in construction and development, which are usually at a detriment to the world’s ecosystems.
In Zoe Welton’s work, we see an engagement with the western canon of abstraction through the use of bright pastel colours and ambiguous shape and tone. However familiar Welton’s minimalist aesthetic may be, her work presents a contemporary approach; as much as it is reductive and clear, it is also playful, mysterious and accessible. Welton plays with the balance between recognizable form and complete obliteration – her paintings having an associative quality referential to cartoon characters or animals.
Nakita Dass’s Loop series calls into question value. Specifically, the value that we place on temporal objects. These objects, as arbitrary and mundane they may be, are telling. They act as “obscured messages” or stories, which reveal a great deal about a time and place.
“Loop has kinetic, temporal bones, each neckpiece geometrically and materially charting one circuit around the main loop road within three neighbouring Western Sydney suburbs. Each Loop charts one walk taken, but also gives evidence of each place within time. Each loop conceals cues that can be read to reveal the age, demographic and ambience of the designated area, but also says something about an original journey - however ordinary or routine - about movement, pauses, meaningful temporal engagement and about the non-verbal cues that affect our figuration through space.” – Nakita Dass