Counihan’s first for the New Year

The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is pleased to invite you
to opening of two new exhibitions:

As Above, So Below

Opening Celebration: Thursday 2 February, 6 – 8 pm

To be opened by Cr Helen Davidson, Mayor of Moreland

Exhibition dates
3 February – 5 March

Gallery oneUnhidden

Lynette Smith, Open Close 2016. Stills from paired video, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

Martina Copley | Nickk Hertzog | Kouichi Okamoto
Lynette Smith | Naomi Troski | Elke Varga

Curated by
Kali Michailidis

Unhidden unites artists who use a variety of media to uncover a complex network of communication and understanding. In a world where Wikipedia and Google provide instant gratification for information and answers, Unhidden presents works that urge the viewer to consider how language, communication, and knowledge are exchanged and understood in contemporary society.

Martina Copley’s work annotates space and practice, while Nickk Hertzog plays with urban space and cultural production. Kouichi Okamoto transforms invisible forces such as gravity and magnetism into physical elements. Lynette Smith’s installations are open-ended investigations in to how meaning is allocated to things and events. Naomi Troski’s sculptural forms interact with and re-present space and light in new ways while Elke Varga explores colour’s impact on space and experience.

Unhidden is supported by The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Gallery twoAs Above, So Below

Shannon Williamson, Redshift ii 2016. Gouache, pencil, chalk and charcoal on paper, 37.5 x 105 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Charlotte Watson and Shannon Williamson

As Above, So Below takes structural and thematic inspiration from Eleanor Catton’s 2013 novel The Luminaries. Through a series of map-like drawings the pair explore scientific and mythical theories on how human activities influence, and are influenced by, the interplay of environmental elements.

Watson and Williamson’s drawings allude to the predictable planetary systems that mankind has used for fate and fortune throughout history. Simultaneously, they acknowledge the chaotic human element – and subsequent absurdity – of finding fate in something larger than ourselves. Through a range of drawing mediums each work borrows loosely from the visual languages of astronomy, geology, mathematics and cartography to imply bodies beyond the human, which are simultaneously
celestial and terrestrial in nature.


Artist and Curator Talks
Saturday 4 February, 2.30 pm

Counihan Gallery In Brunswick
233 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC 3056 | 03 9389 8622
Wednesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm | Sunday 1 – 5 pm