sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Main Gallery   4 - 28 August 2021

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello – Gather

As a contemporary urban based Australian Aboriginal (Arrernte) glass artist, my aim is produce a body of traditionally inspired works that will pay tribute to our traditional weavers, and provide recognition for these ancient cultural practices through the contemporary medium of glass within the aesthetics of both. I have concentrated on the incredibly beautiful forms of traditional woven eel traps, fish traps and baskets, fish scoops, sieves, scoops and dillibags of our peoples, seeking to evoke the interplay of light and form found in those objects, and in so doing, create contemporary glass works which are also objects of cultural as well as artistic significance. The complex single, double and triple canes I create for these hot blown glass works admit an interplay of form and light that is very evocative of the light and form seen in traditional woven works, while overlays of transparent colours over opaques allow me to experiment with the various colour transitions of Australian native plant fibres used for weaving throughout their lifespans, from just harvested to aged. In these works I pay tribute to the oldest living weaving practices in the world. They signify the continuity of heritage, place, peoples, community and our collective cultural identity.  They mark the passage of knowledge between generations and the continuity of cultural practices since the beginning of living memory and reiterate the critical role our shared  environment plays in sustainability and survival.

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Gallery Two   4 - 28 August 2021

Maricelle Olivier – Technicolour Desert

Maricelle Olivier reflects on the last months of  her time living and working in Ernabella, a remote Indigenous community located in the far northwest of South Australia. This new body of work draws on the vivid colours that make up the complexion of the desert. Each vessel is a visual representation of different elements found in the dry, arid central Australia that she has come to call home for the past two and a half years. Together, the vessels echo the technicolour radiance of the desert during the last light of the day, stretching endless in spectacular golden awe.

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Main Gallery and Gallery Two   8 - 12 September 2021

Sabbia Gallery at Sydney Contemporary 2021

Sabbia Gallery is thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at Sydney Contemporary 2021. This will be Sabbia’s third year involved with this important event on the arts calandar and we are pleased to present a curated exhibition of works from the following artists; Clare Belfrage, Selinda Davidson, Jimmy Donegan, Pippin Drysdale, Mrs Fatt (1959-2021), Holly Grace, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Nick Mount, Tjunkaya Tapaya and Carlene Thompson. Sydney Contemporary will be held at the iconic Carriageworks in Redfern and will run from the 8 to 12 September 2021. With the fair being cancelled in 2020 and moved to an online forum, we are so excited for it to be back in the Carriageworks space as we present some of the best of Sabbia’s stable.

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Main Gallery   8 September - 02 October 2021

Honor Freeman – lave

lave . (to wash. to bathe. (of water) to wash over or against). 'This timely body of work continues my exploration into the poetic potential of the simple and ubiquitous bar of soap. A small yet quietly powerful object that has gathered heightened meaning during the pandemic with the return of hand washing rituals. Behind soap’s deceptively benign exterior and sweet fragrance lingers the whiff of nineteenth-century propagandist regimes of care, comfort and control. Using the mimetic qualities of clay via the process of slip casting, this new series interacts with ideas of liquid made solid. The porcelain casts remember the almost obsolete objects; the liquid slip solidifies becoming a precise memory of a past form - a ghost'. Honor Freeman, 2021

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Gallery Two   8 September - 02 October 2021

Christine Cathie – Light Cast

Sabbia Gallery is delighted to present this solo exhibition of new works in glass by Christine Cathie. I’ve been thinking about getting some works on to the wall for quite a while – but wanted a minimal looking fitting that didn’t detract from the glass itself. A commission where the client wanted some wall works gave me the impetus to resolve these fittings, enabling them to appear to float freely with few of the constraints a base requires. Standing out from the wall and using the same calligraphic forms of twists and changes in thickness that are a signature of my work, these pieces cast intriguing shadows from the light.

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Main Gallery   13 October - 06 November 2021

Matthew Curtis – Luminous Margin

In developing this body of work, Curtis’s keen eye for symmetry and mathematical precision have become peripheral, yielding a more meditative approach to the alignment of form. Working with a subtle and shifting palate of hues, referencing the traditional glassblowing technique of submerso. The composition of these fields of colour, veneers encasing the encompassed blown void, accentuates their boundaries and margins. Reflecting upon how objects and ideas need at times to yield and accommodate each other to fit together harmoniously.

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Gallery Two   13 October - 06 November 2021

Alichia van Rhijn – Lemon Light

'Lemon Light' by Alichia van Rhijn presents sculptural works that reference early memories of childhood, both before her immigration to Australia and after. Multi-faceted elements and anthropomorphic forms are in a state of flux. Shifting and changing as they span the fluidity of time, these forms investigate phenomenological notions, alluding to personal and shared experience, memory, nostalgia and trauma. Through the use of distilled minimalist forms, symbolic and ritualistic totems are arranged throughout the space, hoping to initiate pause and contemplation. 

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Main Gallery   17 November - 18 December 2021

Together we tell our stories II : Indigenous Glass, Ceramics, Fibre + Sculpture

Sabbia’s bi-annual Indigenous exhibition Together we tell our stories II presents a group of Indigenous artists and communities who are telling their own stories whilst creating artwork at the highest level with their chosen materials. Each artist is looking back at traditions for inspiration, whilst at the same time looking forward, creating extraordinary artwork as contemporary artists and developing their studio practice.

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Gallery Two   17 November - 18 December 2021

Tjunkaya Tapaya OAM

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Gallery Two   17 November - 18 December 2021

Lynette Lewis & Jayanna Andy

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