1. Carroll/Fletcher

Hung and drawn: 5 galleries give us a Sydney Contemporary preview

As one of London's most exciting and forward-thinking galleries, I'm really looking forward to checking out what Carroll/Fletcher bring to Sydney. The gallery represents a swag of fascinating established and emerging artists, whose work moves out of the wooden frame and into more technologically- and scientifically-driven spaces. Basically, anything but boring.

What artists are you showing at Sydney Contemporary?
We're showing Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, John Wood and Paul Harrison, James Clar and Michael Joaquin Grey.

What made you want to bring these artists to the fair?
This is our first fair in Australia, so this booth was designed like a Carroll/Fletcher calling card showcasing the kind of practice we champion: artists at different stages of their career, who harness the power of technology to discuss the challenges of the contemporary condition. Humour and conversations with art history are also key in this selection. 

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Can you share the process behind what goes into choosing which artists to show?
Australia has always been very quick to support artists working with contemporary media. So bringing the work of artists who've had different levels of exposure in the country was a natural thing to do: to develop existing relationships and hopefully foster new ones too! 

If you could choose a soundtrack to go with your stand at the fair, what would it be?
Kraftwerk, Computer Love

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And what would the signature dish or drink be?
Vodka, straight.

What other gallery/artists are you excited to see in the fair and why?
We're looking forward to finding out more about the local scene.

What three pieces of advice can you give to art fair rookies when navigating Sydney Contemporary?
Do your homework, and pick the few galleries you really want to see. Once you've been there, follow your nose ... and never be afraid to ask, gallerists are there to help! 

How would you sum up Sydney Contemporary in five words or less?
Exciting and welcoming. 

Visit carrollfletcher.com.

2. Edwina Corlette Gallery

Hung and drawn: 5 galleries give us a Sydney Contemporary preview

Even though I've actually never stepped foot in this Brisbane gallery, they get ALL of my likes on Instagram because I'm obsessed with all of their artists (especially Craig Waddell, Mark Whalen and Amber Wallis). I highly recommend this gallery as a first stop when looking for tasteful, collectable art to hang on your walls; Edwina Corlette's eye is superb.  

What artists are you showing at Sydney Contemporary?
Amber Wallis, Miranda Skoczek, Amber Boardman, Vipoo Srivilasa and Bundit Puangthong.

What made you want to bring these artists to the fair?
None of them have representation in Sydney, but have a significant Sydney client base.

Can you share the process behind what goes into choosing which artists to show at the fair?
Timing/scheduling, whether or not they have Sydney representation, etc.

If you could choose a soundtrack to go with your stand at the fair, what would it be?
Quadron, Avalanche 

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And what would the signature dish or drink be?
Drink: a Hugo cocktail
Dish: San Choi Bau

What other gallery/artists are you excited to see in the fair and why?
We're excited to see all of the galleries and artists, it will be a big surprise!

What three pieces of advice can you give to art fair rookies when navigating Sydney Contemporary?
Have a big look first, ask lots of questions, shop like mad.

How would you sum up Sydney Contemporary in five words or less?
Hectic, intense, fabulous, gruelling and stimulating.

Visit edwinacorlette.com.

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3. ALASKA Projects

Hung and drawn: 5 galleries give us a Sydney Contemporary preview

In my eyes, ALASKA Projects can do no wrong. The passion behind this artist-run initiative, which runs out of a few disused car spaces in an underground carpark in Kings Cross, never ceases to amaze. Nor does the enormous spectrum of exhibitions and cultural events they host; from art to music, dance and film. Forever championing local, emerging creatives, ALASKA Projects is a great radar for on-the-rise artists. It will be exciting to see the new works they bring to the fair. Plus, if you're heading to opening night, be on the lookout for the Alaska Orchestra who will be there performing their 'Cuckoo Clock' piece.

What artists are you showing at Sydney Contemporary?
Samuel Hodge, Daniel Hollier, Kate Scardifield, Catherine Clayton-smith, Phil James and Adam John Cullen.

What made you want to bring these artists to the fair?
The great thing about running a gallery is that you get to work with people whose work you love. These artists represent a new generation of artists working across varied mediums who are all passionate about what they do.

Can you share the process behind what goes into choosing which artist(s) to show at the fair?
It's really about creating a great mix for audiences and showing work that is reflective of the diversity of our gallery.

If you could choose a soundtrack to go with your stand, what would it be?
Ziggy Stardust era David Bowie, mixed with early Bob Marley.

And what would the signature dish or drink be?
Definitely Whisky.

What other gallery/artists are you excited to see in the fair and why?
We are always excited to meet the international galleries. It's great to see work from all over the world and look at similarities and differences. It's always very inspiring.



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What three pieces of advice can you give to art fair rookies when navigating Sydney Contemporary?

1. Don't be shy. Talk to the gallerists and find the stories behind the works.

2. Remember galleries from interstate and abroad and go visit them when you travel.

3. Don't miss out on the amazing conversation program. There are some great talks and tours.

 

How would you sum up Sydney Contemporary in five words or less? 

RED DOT NEW HOME FRIENDS.

Visit alaskaprojects.com.


4. Sanderson Contemporary Art

(L): Shintaro Nakahara, 'Gem', 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 183x183 cm (R): Ray Haydon, 'Volume 0211', 2014. Carbon fibre, 87x56x54 cm. All courtesy of Sanderson Contemporary

(L): Shintaro Nakahara, 'Gem', 2015. (R): Ray Haydon, 'Volume 0211', 2014. All courtesy of Sanderson Contemporary.

 

Ask any Auckland local art lover what their top five favourite contemporary galleries are and I can guarantee that Sanderson Contemporary is named in the first three. For over 13 years, this gallery has laboriously pushed boundaries, supported emerging artists and taken risks to help to grow the NZ contemporary scene to the prestigious international standard where it now sits. But what I really love about this gallery is its sheer refinement - all the works shown between the walls of Sanderson, even the most provocative or low-fi pieces, have a certain elegance to them. A cool, stylish beauty that sits smack bang in the centre of the fashionable Venn diagram between cold, cultivated, creative and chic. Honestly great. Sanderson Contemporary is holding a bunch of talks during Art Week well worth checking out, including my pick Sanderson Contemporary presents Kāryn Taylor (which you can read about in our Art Week events guide here).


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What artists are you showing at Sydney Contemporary?
Stephen Ellis, Ray Haydon, Simon Kaan, Wendy Kawabata, Shintaro Nakahara, Karyn Taylor and others, with Scott Eady in Installation Contemporary.

 

What made you want to bring these artists to the fair?
We were particularly excited about their current direction and felt we just had to show them. Their work has reached the exciting point where maturity and exuberance intersect. The overall feeling this year is slightly op-art orientated; it has form and humour, but there is also an undercurrent of anxiety, a feeling of artists trying to make sense of things (which is, of course, what they should be doing).

 

Can you share the process behind what goes into choosing which artist(s) to show at the fair?
We began with our foundation of a few artists and we layered in complementary artists from there. We started working with strong form - Ray Haydon and Shintaro Nakahara - which connected to Kāryn Taylor's illusionistic light works, which led to the immersive light-filled panel paintings of Simon Kaan, whose organic themes led towards Wendy Kawabata's painstaking crochet installation, which connected to the intricate, obsessive drawings of Stephen Ellis; and then we added other complementary works from our other artists. There's a lot to see!

 

If you could choose a soundtrack to go with your stand at the fair, what would it be?
Radiohead's OK Computer performed by a Japanese covers band. 

And what would the signature dish or drink be?
Coconut ice. 

 

What other gallery/artists are you excited to see in the fair and why?
I'm completely biased but I am excited to see the other New Zealand galleries at the Fair - there are some great regional galleries like Paul Nache that I love and don't get to catch up with enough. I'm also really looking forward to the ancillary projects like Installation Contemporary and the emerging galleries section.  

 

What advice can you give to art fair rookies when navigating Sydney Contemporary?
Spend time and focus on the work that most excites you and talk to the gallerists. But conserve your energy - it's a big event and, if you try to do it all too intensely, it's easy to burn out before you get to something you would have loved. I always do a fastish circuit to make sure I see every stand; then have a coffee break, and go back around to zero in on the things that intrigue me.

 

How would you sum up Sydney Contemporary in five words or less?
A pleasure trip that's significant.

Visit sanderson.co.nz.


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5. Galerie pompom

Cherine Fahd, 'Homage to a Rectangle, breath', 2015. Courtesy of Galerie pompom

Cherine Fahd, 'Homage to a Rectangle, breath', 2015. Courtesy of Galerie pompom.

 

Another great champion of local on-the-cusp artists, this gallery is the big commercial sister of artist-run initiative MOP Projects. I really love Galerie pompom  because the the team here has a brilliant hawk eye for curation as well as a sincere passion for developing young artists. With some of the hottest young artists on their books (seriously, just look at how many are being featured in various elements of the fair below), you're guaranteed to find something here you'll love.

 

What artists are you showing at Sydney Contemporary?
In our booth we're showing Kylie Banyard, Cherine Fahd, Nana Ohnesorge, Elvis Richardson and Vivian Cooper Smith. Vicky Browne is showing in Installation Contemporary, in collaboration with Darren Seltmann and Simon Reece, and Elvis Richardson is also exhibiting in Video Contemporary.

 

What made you want to bring these artists to the fair?
Their works are compositionally interesting, colourful and instantly eye-catching.

 

Can you share the process behind what goes into choosing which artist(s) to show at the fair?
We chose these artists as they have all the qualities mentioned above; to draw people in to learn more about these artists' works. 

 

If you could choose a soundtrack to go with your stand at the fair, what would it be?
Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, as it's minimal, full of colour and continues in an upbeat manner. 

And what would the signature dish or drink be?
Anything Thai, with a Singha beer to wash it down.

 

What other gallery/artists are you excited to see in the fair and why?
Some New Zealand galleries that we saw and enjoyed last year at the Melbourne Art Fair; other new galleries that are like Galerie pompom, and a few old favourites also. 

 

What three pieces of advice can you give to art fair rookies when navigating Sydney Contemporary?
Patience, understanding, credit cards and Art Money!

 

How would you sum up Sydney Contemporary in five words or less?
Highlighting Sydney on the world stage!  

Visit galeriepompom.com.


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