Opening Launch: Wednesday 5 May 6-9pm | Exhibition Dates: May 5 - May 22, 2021



Stephanie Eather

And Then I Dreamt Of Yes

The studio is an intimate thinking box, both sanctuary and workshop — a sandpit of play, a
vessel of inward/outward expansion, a self­sustaining bottle of relations and daydreams, a
Room Of One's Own to explore and make relative; medium, practice and subject. Away from the demands of the omnipresent world, in the studio there remains still a place to be fascinated and the opportunity to dream.

And Then I Dreamt Of Yes - Stephanie Eather presents the studio with movement and lines that refuse to stay still. A directed tumble of erased­back charcoal lines contoured and gliding in snake sizzled drifts of firework impress and pop, hold, skatter­shake. In Eather’s drawings there is more than the impression of action, there are movements being made and making. We are drawn along eye­trails, entangled with splashes of colour that describe: the side of a wine glass, the edge of a desk or the atemporal slink of shadows over brickwork in her Brunswick studio. Pastel prisms are built up again and again and torn down, their depth and volume recorded in digs and scratches — emotive marks of creation. 

Eather shapes a structure, inhabits it’s unseen movement and then breaks it’s outline along imperceptible lines to find a kind of becoming image. A delicate hold on the works time, resolved for a second in frieze, paused in­between living fresh and cosmetic surgery.

The studio is made live here as means, making and subject. Four walls drawn out enable and
contain volume, mutable and moving, held in space, spilling over — dreamt.

We easily imagine Eather’s dance around the studio as the paper catches her marking and making that extends live and wiggling. Out and beyond these roots and tendrils, we become involved, past the edge of the page, left at that second to wonder — where does Eather’s studio stop?

Logan Ramsay

April 2021



Michael Kennedy

Ember to Inferno

I have a theory about dragons that I believe is worthy of a PhD, I emailed my alma mater about it but they did not reply. My thesis is that we ideate dinosaurs with their current morphology because we have been imagining dragons for so long, that we simply project these mythical forms onto fossils.

‘Anthropologists force bones together to create these skeletal structures that resemble our
imagination,’ I said, ‘give me a scholarship.’ This is a preoccupation rooted within the early
years of my life, where I would see images of these creatures reproduced on television,
magazines, and urban life.
‘I am contributing to new knowledge by suggesting that dinosaur fossils are a myth and
dragons are a reality,’ my email read. If dinosaurs look like dragons, and dragons look like dinosaurs—a semblance premised on the origins of the first which birthed the appearance of the latter—it means dragons are real.

My aims and objectives was contextualising the work of Michael Kennedy in relation to
dragon theory and object painting. I described how in his exhibition, Ember to Inferno
(2021), Kennedy paints the symbol of the dragon repeatedly with an iconic sensibility to
vacate and refill it with meaning:
‘He customises his canvases to resemble the scaly horns often found in dragon
designs. Then paints these beings with acrylic and minimal lines, evoking the graphic
sensibility of cartoons, street signs, or pop culture shops. However, unlike the clean
lines associated with these visual sites, he creates grungy portraits that bring attention
to the materiality of the object. This is because his paintings are more sculptural than
pictorial.

One of the ways he achieves this is by exhausting the icon of the dragon and
removing it from its referent. This is the nature of the symbol, which points to an
arbitrary meaning—unlike the icon that signifies itself. The image of a dragon
connotes varied ideas such as greed, video gaming, and escapism until Kennedy
repeats it to exhaustion, when it becomes flattened like a sticker and ceases to signify
the form it conveys. This allows the artist to approach the picture as cultural material
in sculptural canvases, that sit closer to an object than an image.

He reinforces this state by incorporating dragon figurines that sit on top or above the frame, creating a relationship of thingness between them.’I explained that my research methodology involves ‘visiting castles around the world with a
stipend,’ while emphasising that ‘I have always wanted to have a picture taken in Versailles
but that’s more of a palace’. Then I suggested that cultures around the world are wrong by
claiming they all share a dragon myth, since these semantics group anything that is large and
serpentine: ‘does a wingless Japanese creature swirling in the ocean really have that much in
common with a European animal hoarding gold like an app developer? I do not think so.’
I returned to Michael’s show to explain why his work looks totally metal, hoping that my
level of rigour would score me an emergency blanket—I mean, scholarship:

‘Since it is impossible to entirely remove the dragon from its connotative chain,
Kennedy continues to reference the metal and gaming subcultures that embrace this
fantastical imagery. The title of the show itself references the debut studio album of
Trivium, a heavy metal band from Florida. This is a motif that extends to the pieces
themselves, with names such as I am death, I am eternal darkness, which is a
reference to Wintersun, a Finnish metal band.
This piece, I am death, I am eternal darkness, is a modified canvas with spiky edges
that Kennedy cyphered with the image of a dragon breathing fire. The outlines are
white in contrast with the black background and mimic the prickliness of the frame.
Its simplicity lends to an abstraction of form, which mirrors the perceptual process
that the artist has undergone by staring, reprocessing, and reimagining dragons for an
extended period. Therefore, the work points to subcultures that exist beyond the artist
—such as metal—while also documenting an inner mental picture.’

I was very pleased with the emotional labour I put into this email so I took a moment to
imagine myself receiving a doctor’s degree, with a few awards. I updated my Tinder bio with
a line that says, ‘Doctorate in Dragonology’ because I believe in manifesting.
Then I clicked send

Dragonology: A Phd Proposal
Diego Ramirez



Ben Kelly

Privately owned mountains

My exhibition is part of an ongoing exploration within my practice of using photography to dissect how a camera sees and how we view images. Through the use of post-capture processes such as printing, scanning, re-photography and collage - sometimes in combination with physical objects such as stickers or biodegradable glitter - I pull images apart and reassemble them, creating new states that question as much as inform the viewer as to what they are looking at. 

Photos taken using film, DSLR and smartphone are often a starting point rather than an end product. The repeating motif of windows and views from windows echoes how most images are seen - on a glass screen. Mostly landscape based, they exist free of time and place; some images taken as recently as this month and others taken more than 10 years ago. They could be anywhere; sometimes feeling very familiar, sometimes quite foreign. 

While heavily photographic in nature and process, I try to create works that don’t rely on an inherent knowledge of photographic production and history to derive meaning; they can be enjoyed equally whether by a member of the public or by a professional photographer.