Author: Dara Gill


Notes from the field – Margaret Lawrence Gallery

Curator: Melissa Keys

Maria Antelman, George Egerton-Warburton, Dara Gill, Sandra Selig, Alexandre Singh, Charlie Sofo, Michael John Whelan, Nina Yuen. 

Opening celebration: Thurs 11 September, 6–8pm
Exhibition dates: 12 September to 11 October 2014

Notes from the field brings together artists whose practices draw on the rational and scientific impulse to observe, record, collect, measure and catalogue.

In the hands of the participating artists however these processes and methods typically used to assemble, construct and regulate information and knowledge become strategies for disassembly, suggesting unsettling and liberating uncertainties, irrationality, humour and wonder.

In many cases composing their work using found, everyday objects and simple gestures the artists featured in Notes from the field create humorous, poignant and absurdist works that confound and disrupt the habitual and commonsensical ways we establish meaning and make sense of our experiences and the world.


Sedition: The First Bus Projects Edition Exhibition

Sedition is a major fundraising exhibition of limited edition prints by some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists.

Curated by Drew Pettifer, Sedition will feature new works for sale by 20 emerging and established Australian artists Jessie Bullivant, Lane Cormick, Ross Coulter, Tony Garifalakis, Dara Gill, Irene Hanenbergh, Christopher LG Hill, Helen Johnson, Jess Johnson, Laresa Kosloff, Richard Lewer, Dane Lovett, Kate Meakin, Arlo Mountford, Simon Pericich, Tom Polo, Stuart Ringholt, Meredith Turnbull, Annie Wu, and William Yang. All works featured in the exhibition have been printed in an edition of 5, using a process nominated by the artist.

Sedition will take place at Bus Projects’ new gallery premises in Collingwood and is the inaugural event in Bus Projects’ annual fundraising campaign. All profits from sales go directly into providing greater resources to the artists, writers and curators who engage with the organisation’s programs. The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for audiences to celebrate and support Melbourne’s contemporary art community.

You can have a look at all the prints and buy them online here!


John Fries Memorial Prize 2013

I was lucky enough to be selected as a finalist in the John Fries Memorial Prize to be held at Gaffa Galleries 24 August 2013 – 14 September 2013. The list of artist is amazing and I am humbled to be surrounded by so many great Australian artists! This year was curated by Sebastien Goldspink from Alaska Projects. The prize is to be judged by Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Felicity Fenner, Dr Sanné Mestrom and Kath Fries.

The John Fries Memorial Prize 2013 Finalists are:
Lucas Abela, FlipOff
Aaron Anderson, Suburban Ruin #5
Svetlana Bailey, 13/11
Maureen Baker, Ngayuku Mamaku Ngura (My Father’s Country)
Ella Barclay, Ebb
Chris Bennie, The Western Fields
Serena Bonson, Wangarra Spirits
Sarah Contos, Souvenir
Keg De Souza, Living Under The Stars
John A Douglas, The Visceral Garden
Sophia Egarchos, Levels #2
George Egerton-Warburton, Boredom is a desk with human legs in a fish spa
Benjamin Forster, Dysgraphia
Dara Gill, Untitled (Rubber Band Portraits)
Greedy Hen, We Just Ignore the Neighbours
Samuel Hodge, Tickets Still Available
Simon MacEwan, All that is solid melts into air
Vincent Namatjira, Award
Liam O’Brien, Whistling in the Dark
Jess Olivieri & Hayley Forward, Harlequins V’s Visitors
Tom Polo, Fields of Uncertainty
Bryden Williams, Techno Fire


Non-Sense @ GBK

Wednesday 12th – Saturday 6th October

Gallery Barry Keldoulis
285 Young Street
Waterloo, Sydney

In this collection of new work, Gill focusses on paradoxical and circular logic, notably its power to frustrate, confuse and paralyse. Unsurprisingly, the repetitiveness of such a conversation inevitably reduced the studio process to babble. Non-sense collects the debris as it attempts to remember what it was talking about.

Dara Gill’s practice currently revolves around the topic of anxiety and its implications on everyday life. He works with a diverse range of mediums including video, sculpture, photography, sound and installation.


Sour Grapes on Russels Red [Detail] 2012
Plastic grapes, acrylic on canvas. 265cm x 150cm

SafARI 2012 – Alaska Projects

SafARI is the ‘unofficial’ fringe event to the Biennale of Sydney, showcasing the work of some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative emerging artists. Designed to capitalise on the national and international focus on the visual arts in Sydney during the Biennale period, SafARI unabashedly rides the its slipstream, highlighting the grass roots aspect of artist run initiatives and those who help them thrive.

Founded in 2004 by Lisa Corsi and Margaret Farmer, SafARI received an overwhelmingly positive response from the arts community, international visitors and the media, and we are excited to continue the legacy in 2012.

I got some brand new work showing at Alaska Projects in Kings Cross.

Alaska Projects
Opening Afternoon: Saturday 23 June 4-5:30PM
Exhibition continues: Friday 22 June – Sunday 15 July
Wed – Fri 2 – 7pm
Sat – Sun 12pm – 5pm.