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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Gemma Smith was born Sydney in 1978. In 1999 she completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts and in 2004 an honours year at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Gemma Smith’s work begins with abstract painting, with a specific interest in colour’s ability to subvert the flat picture plane. Her early paintings displayed a restless geometry with shard-like areas puzzled together in crystalline formations – their planes advancing and retreating. This fascination with the shifting, sculptural possibilities of colour led to three-dimensional “paintings” such as the dynamic Adaptables made from painted, hinged plywood (that can be twisted and manipulated into infinite configurations) and the perspex Boulder series (utilising multi-coloured, transparent acrylics to create gem-like polyhedrons of overlapping colour) whose colour compositions alter dramatically depending upon the viewer’s position.

Recent paintings have departed from precise geometries and exact their complex colour-play from a combination of spontaneous painterly gesture and hard-edge colour-blocking that tangle and weave together to create intriguing spatial incongruities.

Gemma Smith’s work has been included in many significant exhibitions in recent years: Primavera 2008, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Contemporary Australia: OPTIMISM at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2008); Cubism & Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2009); Gemma Smith — Entanglement Factor, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2009); Case Study — Gemma Smith considers the work of Margo Lewers, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Penrith, New South Wales, 2011.

Gemma Smith has been the recipient of numerous grants and her public artworks include Ceiling Artwork at the Supreme Court and District Court, Brisbane (2011-12) and Synchro, Adaptable (Red Oxide/Peach) at Brisbane Airport (2010).

Source: MCA.com.au

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Featured Artworks

Eleven by Gemma Smith contemporary artwork Gemma SmithEleven, 2018 Acrylic on linen
185 x 185 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Shadow gravity (six) by Gemma Smith contemporary artwork Gemma SmithShadow gravity (six), 2018 Acrylic on linen
185 x 185 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Equal three by Gemma Smith contemporary artwork Gemma SmithEqual three, 2016 Acrylic on linen
185 x 185 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Portal Painting by Gemma Smith contemporary artwork Gemma SmithPortal Painting, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
223 x 203 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Group Show #39 at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
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18 January–9 February 2019 Group Exhibition Group Show #39 Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Gemma Smith, Goldens at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
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6 October–3 November 2018 Gemma Smith Goldens Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Robert Owen, Jacky Redgate, Caleb Shea, Gemma Smith, Lydia Wegner, In the White Square at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
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6 December 2016–4 February 2017 Robert Owen, Jacky Redgate, Caleb Shea, Gemma Smith, Lydia Wegner In the White Square ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

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'Superposition of three types' Related Press 'Superposition of three types' Art Almanac : 10 February 2017

Images converge then shift, contract and explode in a field of colour. Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor and Talia Linz, Superposition of three types highlights the continuing effectiveness of colour and form in contemporary Australian art. Implicit in its title, the exhibition deals with the overlapping of different 'types' of practices; and the...

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