AARON CHAPMAN, JAY JERMYN, RAE SAHELI, GABRIELLE STANLEY, SALLY WRIGHT
WHEN: 15 Feb | 2020
5 JANUARY – 15 FEBRUARY, 2020
A testing ground for new ideas and research, RETREAT brings together 5 local artists for 5 weeks with the aim of making time and space to consider, condolidate and collaborate on new work. RETREAT will culminate in an OPEN STUDIO event on Saturday 15 February, 3-6pm. SAVE THE DATE! We’ll be launching our 2020 PROGRAM that afternoon as well.
Gabrielle Stanley is an emerging artist and graduating student of Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Gold Coast. The key concerns of her practice are associated with memory, nostalgia and the differing values we place on the old and the new. Her focus has developed from a process of becoming older, and through her work as a registered nurse which has led her to develop an acute awareness of how we experience life, and more closely the end of life. Her works act as documentation of time, and time passing, and ‘of a time’, exposing the fleeting nature of childhood and the sense of mortality that becomes apparent in adulthood. Gabrielle’s practice is not limited by medium and she enjoys experimenting and refining work from many disciplines including sculpture, photography, film and installation. Her works play on the past and present, and may juxtapose the old and the new, or hybridise objects, to create a new way of seeing and an altered perception of value.
Sally Wright is a printmaker based on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Sally graduated from the School of Art, University of Tasmania with honours in painting. Her painterly abstract style explores mark making, surface, contrast and hidden meanings. Her process is centred around the building up of layers with new images and the creation of ghosts (traces left behind after a transfer) which are accumulated and then transformed into spatial compositions. Her professional practice includes solo exhibitions, residencies, and regular participation in group shows nationally. Her works can be found at Corinda Railway Station, Brisbane and in private, public and institute collections, including National Gallery Australia, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and Swinburne University. Sally works as a Projects Officer at Gallery at HOTA (Home of the Arts), and is a keen facilitator of workshops, tours or activations in the gallery environment.
Rae majored in painting and life drawing at Central Gippsland TAFE, Yallourn campus, before relocating to the Gold Coast in 2009. Majoring in painting and printmaking Rae is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Visual arts at TAFE NSW, Murwillumbah campus. In 2019 she exhibited at Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Murwillumbah TAFE and M-Arts Precinct, and collaboratively as part of Vivid Sydney in 2018. Rae’s work synthesises her study of visual art and a practice of competitive clay target shooting spanning 20 years. With a focus on drawing and painting using an array of non-conventional media and processes, her work sits at the intersection between deliberate and non-deliberate actions. Primarily employing a 12 gauge shotgun as her mark making device, these actions are captured on plywood, glass, polycarbonate, paper and canvas substrates, as well as in video format.
Jay Jermyn is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and musician based on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Jay graduated with a Bachelor of Digital Media majoring in Industrial Design from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Gold Coast in 2018. Jay has exhibited at The Third Quarter and Urban Arts Projects in Brisbane, as well as undertaking a self-guided residency at Salamanca Art Centre in Hobart, Tasmania. Jay’s practice explores the intersection of the digital and the physical, identity, emotion and notions of self. His works are frequently layered, collaged and spliced together with the aim of creating multiple focal points, picture planes, and ways of looking and listening. Much of his practice including his sound works engage with digital manipulations and filters to create layered sonic and visual compositions. Sound is an integral part of Jay’s practice and he is a key component of the the collaborative music project Veople.
Aaron Chapman is a photographer and writer based on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Aaron’s work focuses on various modes of documentary making, with particular attention given to narrative through the combination of photography and text in book form. His work often considers people, their relation to place, and how societal forces impact the human condition. He is currently working on long-term projects on grief and masculinity, as well as documenting his hometown of the Gold Coast. Aaron’s poetry and prose has appeared in international publications while his photography has been widely exhibited in Australia including at Head On Photo Festival, Centre for Contemporary Photography and Bleach Festival. In 2019, Aaron was a Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize semi-finalist, and a finalist in the Australian Life Photography Competition at Art & About Sydney.