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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Gemma Smith

Australia

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

Cusp by Gemma Smith contemporary artwork
Gemma SmithCusp, 2019 Oil on board
137 x 117 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
Preamble Painting by Gemma Smith contemporary artwork
Gemma SmithPreamble Painting, 2019 Acrylic on polyester
186 x 186 cm
Sarah Cottier Gallery
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

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Silver Jubilee at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
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2 May–15 June 2019 Group Exhibition Silver Jubilee Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
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

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In Related Press

'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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In Video & Audio

Podcast: Gemma Smith on the persuasion of colour Related Video & Audio Podcast: Gemma Smith on the persuasion of colour Art Guide Australia : 9 May 2019

Colour is simultaneously the most apparent and most complex part of Gemma Smith's practice. The artist, who has a penchant for abstraction, creates paintings that capture dialogues and interactions between colours.

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