Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fluid @ Cypher Gallery Marrickville

Fluid by definition is a substance that has no fixed shape and yields easily to external pressure; a gas or (especially) a liquid. Fluid as a concept or thematic departure point for an exhibition is particularly potent as it allows for changeability and indefinite possible explorations of its variable nature. 24 UNSW Art & Design students have traversed this alterable landscape at Cypher Gallery and Monster Mouse Studios Marrickville in a three day only event from the 24th-27th September. The work itself is performative, sculptural, multi-disciplinary, interactive and brave and the accommodating nature of fluid is manifest in works incorporating liquid, solids, weight, gas, and squishy qualities.
Shaza Smit opens the exhibition with her environmentally conscious piece ‘I don’t give a fog’ viewed upon entry to the space. Smit explained her new politically aligned view arising out of the research for this particular piece, ‘…mining coal from the Great Barrier Reef is actually a thing that we are doing now. When this coal is burnt, it creates twice the amount of Greenhouse emissions than all the other forms of energy in Australia combined. I wanted to create something which seemed domestic and familiar, and something which we usually over look and don’t think twice about’. So she created a bathroom tiled plinth with a tap and ‘when the viewer opens the tap they are actively creating chemical smoke. If they were to keep the tap open, the smoke much like the Reef coal, would run out.’
Alternatively, Lucinda Rose and Rachel Levine’s collaborative and improvisational performance ‘A Butcher in Gold’ investigates the tension created when flour is combined with water and the physicality of the busy, action and sometimes aggressive force required to bind these two substances together. Their fascinating primal and rhythmic performance to accompanying music in kind begins in a small separate gallery space where they join, sew, pull, and create doughy offerings later gifted to the audience within and without this domestic golden hub.
Bailee Lobb’s Extensions, is also an interactive work however exploring the psychological weight of hidden illnesses via textile design which the audience is invited to wear. One of three seemingly identical suites with varying weight distribution is selected unknowingly by a participant who through this bodily engagement experiences sad, overwhelming or comforting responses.
These are but three examples of a great body of work of which must be seen in person however, other standout works include Celina Jayne’s edible toffee sculptures ‘Osculate’, Scarlett Steven’s ‘Tufts’ of hair, various video installations by Amy Mills and others, and more performative installation pieces such as Elle van Uden’s water play ‘Clair de Lune’, some traditional two dimensional printed works by Catherine Thicket contrast and draw attention as does Ben Allen’s, pulsating heart ‘Don’t Phunk with my Heart’.

Monster Mouse Studios and Cypher Gallery address: 21 Maude Lane, Marrickville (very close to Sydenham station)

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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in REVIEWS


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This is the other highly commended piece by xxxx I’ll add the name later…can’t see it in the image.

and here is mine on the wall;

WOW! I was awarded one of two Highly Commended certificates Friday evening. Here are the comments from the guest judge Gabriel Jones;

Katherine Kennedy “Breaking broken” diptych -says something more than the sum of it’s parts. Good subtle colour and digital technique. Mysterious. Engages the viewer -I want to know more. Also Well framed/presented

Spring BMAN exhibition @ The Edge (cinema gallery) Katoomba
link to the events page for BMAN,150.315146,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x8b60a0ea46cbb1e9
link to google maps

Blue Mountains Artist Network have their seasonal exhibition at The Edge cinema in Katoomba which officially opened Friday 19 September. I have been

lucky enough to gain entry in this show as a selected artist and below are my two pieces which are available for sale.

IWD Tryptich
Katherine Kennedy_International Womens Day_image 2

Breaking Broken
K_Kennedy_BREAKING BROKEN_2014_web

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Posted by on September 13, 2014 in EXHIBITIONS


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