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Group show: David Keeling - 10 / Sean Meilak (over)

2 August 2005 until 27 August 2005
  David Keeling - 10 / Sean Meilak
Sean Meilak, Untitled, 2005, Gouache and watercolour on paper, 40 x 27 cm
  Niagara Galleries

Niagara Galleries
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3121 Richmond, VIC
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Niagara Galleries

is pleased to present two exhibitions this month

2 27 August 2005

Please join us for opening drinks on
Tuesday 9 August 2005 at 6.00pm



Keeling's key subject matter is the landscape. He uses this as a vehicle for discussing environmental and social concerns. A garage sale or a glimpse of a new housing estate are subtle intersections into the classical or romantic notions of the genre. His canvases are beautiful objects and they present his concern for the things around him.

"I still paint because on one level I am obsessed with the process, and on another level it allows me to reflect on the world around me. For me the best images are the ones that leave the viewer questioning

For the last fifteen years my work has dealt with nature and culture. I believe that if landscape is to survive as a form, then we can not rely on the Romantic or Nostalgic any longer. Too much is at stake to retreat into the comfortable view. For this reason I try in my work to take account of our relationship with nature. It's the reason I construct my images so deliberately, why for instance an object sits in a landscape in a particular way or that there is evidence of a human presence (historical and contemporary) echoing through a 'view'."

Keeling is an established Australian artist and his work is included in major public and private collections. He lives and works in Hobart.


Something in the way you love me won't let me be

Sean Meilak produces paintings, videos, photographs and installation works. These different formats stem from a particular art making process. Sean uses friends and acquaintances as models, posing them with the precision of an advertising director. He records this with photos and videos, involving a number of people with specialist skills.

After casting, directing and recording the shoot, Meilak enters the studio. From the photos and video he selects particular images for exhibition. He paints beautiful gouache pictures of the people as he has posed them. He frames selected photos and edits video footage into soap opera like DVDs. This furthers Sean's aim of creating a world of impossible beauty, community and lifestyle. The idea of young individuals who epitomise 'leisure' is taken up in these works and shown to be impossibly seductive, but ultimately untrue.

Sean's work first came to prominence in the mid-1990s, when he was involved with 1st Floor, an artist-run gallery in Melbourne. Since then, he has been included in numerous exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Recently his work has featured in Swoon at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Southern: Ten Australian Artists at the Home Gallery in Prague and Pitch Your Own Tent at the Monash University Museum of Art. He will also be included in a group exhibition at Galerie Frank in Paris in the second half of this year.

For further information please contact the gallery on (03) 94293666 or visit our website.

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