Since 2015, Stanley Street Gallery has opened each year with its’ annual event Introducing - a curated group exhibition featuring early-career artists.
Starting this year’s exhibition program, recent BFA graduate herself and one of SSG’s Gallery Assistants, Emma Pinsent, has curated 3 Fine Art graduates; Annette Bukovinsky (MFA – National Art School), Nakita Dass (BFA – UNSW and AD) and Zoe Welton (BFA – National Art School) into Introducing.
Annette Bukovinsky’s work is as intricate and delicate as it is hard-hitting and bold. Investigating humanity's relationship with nature and the search for a new ecological philosophy, she addresses the challenges that threaten the vitality of our planet. In Bukovinsky’s use of clay, connections are made between the material’s fluctuating state and the state of the environment, the constant “pushing of boundaries” in construction and development, which are usually at a detriment to natural ecosystems.
In Zoe Welton’s work, we see an engagement with the western canon of abstraction through the use of bright pastel colours, ambiguous shape and tone. However familiar Welton’s minimalist aesthetic may be; her work presents a contemporary approach; as much as it is reductive and clear, it is also playful, mysterious and accessible. Welton plays with the balance between recognizable form and complete obliteration – her paintings having an associative quality referential to cartoon characters or animals.
In the tank, Nakita Dass’s Loop calls into question value. Specifically, the value that we place on temporal objects. These objects, as arbitrary and mundane they may be, are telling. They act as “obscured messages” or stories, which reveal a great deal about a time and place.