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Congratulations to Tricky Walsh who has been announced as a finalist n the 2019 Guirguis New Art Prize. 

The Guirguis New Art Prize is a national, acquisitive, biennial, contemporary art prize exhibition in Ballarat, Victoria. 

Walsh is exhibiting a “Field kit” version of their installation “The Anakatascope” recently shown in Chengdu, China as part of the Centre Pompidou exhibition “Cosmopolis 1.5” It is comprised of an interconnected series of sculptural pieces and a gouache on paper triptych.

Tricky Walsh will also present alongside Mich Meijers at The National 2019: New Ausralian Art.  The collaboration includes a new installation work entitled The Crocker Land Expedition, a sculptural work with kinetic and sound elements. The work can be viewed at Carriageworks Sydney from 29 March – 21 July 2019. 

Simon Finn, Steady State Disruption, 2015, charcoal on paper, 70 x 120 cm


Analogue art in a digital world, curated by Tony Lloyd and Sam Leach, reveals the way artists discover new content through the use of digital media. Examining the use of analogue art practises- painting and drawing- the exhibition displays artworks that engage with or are influenced by digital visual culture. The exhibition showcases both represented artists and supported artists of MARS Gallery. 


MARS is pleased to see Simon Finn, Stephen Haley and Tony Lloyd, Kate Just, Becc Orszag and Datsun Tran merge digital aesthetics with traditional materials in RMIT’s exhibition Analogue art in a digital world



Sophia Hewson, Untitled (natural birth), 2018, C Type print, 125 x 175, edition of 5 + 2 A/P


Congratulations to Sophia Hewson whose work, Untitled (natural birth) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award at HOTA Gallery. 


The Award is a touchstone of contemporary photographic practice in Australia, and an exciting platform for established and emerging photographers to showcase their work. The Award will be judged by Cherie McNair, Director & CEO of the Australian Centre for Photography. 



Hoda Afshar, Untitled #7 (Behold series), 2015, digital photographic print, 95 x 120, edition of 5 + 2 A/P


Congratulations to Hoda Afshar who has been announced as one of eight young Australian artists who will exhibit in in Primavera 2018 at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. 


Primavera is the MCA’s annual exhibition of young Australian artists aged 35 and under. Since 1992, the Primavera series has showcased the works of artists and curators in the early stages of their career. This year’s exhibition asks, ‘Why is identity important today?’ The participating artists consider, explore and re-examine the politics of identity, visibility and representation. Curated by Megan Robson. 


Hoda Afshar’s photography series, Behold, exhibited at MARS Gallery June 2018. 


A-s1/16\WL/18  aka (Androyx series), 2018, Pla, white leather, electronic , aluminium , motors Hi-tech 9380th, battery lipo 7.4v, dimensions variable.



For the last two years Mathieu Briand has been working on a project call Androyx based mainly on three concepts : unheimlich, Uncanny valley, wabi-sabi.


Androyx’s have the appearance of human body parts the size of a child. They are autonomous. They behave more like a cat than a dog. You can’t control them. They evolve at will, in the space they occupy. They can be considered residents. Androyx‘s are not about the identical reproduction of the human, the perfect likeness or the impeccable imitation for maximum servitude and functionality, but rather about a psychological interaction. It is no longer a question of making ‘more human than human’ but of making ‘the human more human’.


Mathieu Briand is a Melbourne-based artist born in Marseille, France. Briand works in various installation forms with computers, electronic music, robots, video technology and sculpture to explore systems of simulation, play and perception. His use of new technologies requires active participation and engagement, playing with the viewer’s point of view and questioning the reality of his/her perceptions.


Briand’s work is situated somewhere between perceptive reality and a displacement of the imagination. He uses sound, physical forms, sensory environments and mixed media to create diverse and highly innovative artworks that invite the spectator into new zones of spatial and temporal perceptions. Briand leads us into his private world — a world made up of personal references, either experienced or dreamed up —and the tricks he uses are material objects and visual events alike. These references are brought together and distanced again, with multiple entrances and no known frontiers.


Briand has held large-scale solo exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon; REDCAT, Los Angeles; TATE Modern Turbine Hall, London; Art Basel Unlimited; TEA, Tenerife, Spain; La Maison Rouge, Paris; MONA, Hobart.  Briand has participated in group exhibitions in major museums such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, Bloomberg Space, London; Jumex Founation, Mexico; Walker Art Center, USA; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; ICC, Japan; Moca Tapei, Taiwan; Site Santafe, USA; Macba Barcelona, Spain; Carriageworks, Sydney.

Hannah Raisin, Strawberry Sunday, 2010, single channel video, 30 sec, edition of 3 + 1 A/P


Hannah Raisin’s video work, Strawberry Sunday, is showing in the MARS Gallery bathroom until 20 December. 


‘Women don’t shit.’ These words were etched into my memory after being told this years ago by a fellow teenager. Strawberry Sunday humorously plays out this vision, imagining what secretions would be celebrated emitting from an ‘ideal’ woman.


Originally made for the show The View From Here: 19 Perspectives on Feminism, this work unpacks a desire to at once allure and repulse – creating an opportunity for the viewer to question what it is they are looking at and how the looking makes them feel.’