Sutton Projects

230 Young Street, Fitzroy
1 - 5pm Fri & Sat

Sutton Gallery's converted warehouse has an exciting series of experimental art projects scheduled throughout the year. An alternative to the conventional gallery space, the venue offers new possibilities for artists seeking to extend their exhibiting language and potential.

Invited artists are given space to try out new ideas and approaches that will supplement and stretch their practice. Unrestricted by the formalities of a commercial show, these artists are freed to play with more temporal forms of representation, such as performance, multimedia and site specific installations.

Artists may choose to use the project as an opportunity to broaden their horizons through collaboration with other artists or by taking on the role of curator. The space also provides a platform for artists wishing to reflect on the processes and outcomes of external projects that viewers would not ordinarily have access to, such as residencies and public commissions.

Projects will change over every 4-5 weeks during 2017.



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Artwork from exhibition by Ebony Truscott

28 April 2017 - 20 May 2017

Ebony Truscott

Handheld Ellipse, Recent Paintings

Ebony Truscott is a Melbourne-based artist employing observational realism in painting and works on paper. Her work is marked by an interest in human sensation and perception, particularly the relationship between sight and touch.

Handheld Ellipse, Recent Paintings brings together still life paintings from the last two years that are at once formal and personal. Truscott's compositions are attentive and unflinching in their description of disparate objects, their surface qualities and the space they occupy. Found and constructed solids; cones, cylinders, domes and bricks sit with reflective or transparent forms to induce palpable and uncanny associations.

The making and presentation of Handheld Ellipse, Recent Paintings was made possible by an Arts Project grant from the Australian Council for the Arts.

We invite you to come and hear the artist, Ebony Truscott talk about her work and practice at Sutton Projects on Saturday May 13th at 1.30pm. This talk will be AUSLAN interpreted.

Born 1977, Warrnambool, Victoria, lives and works in Melbourne. Truscott has held solo exhibitions at TCB, Platform and Mr Kitly. Her work has also been included in notable group shows at Caves, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Australian Print Workshop and George Paton Gallery at The University of Melbourne. Truscott's work has been selected for exhibitions at major regional institutions such as the Bendigo Art Gallery and the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Truscott has a Bachelor of Fine Art with first class honours from the Victorian College of the Arts. Her work is included in collections across Australia and China including: the Anhui University, China, Government of Hefei Municipality, China, The University of Melbourne, the Epworth Hospital Foundation, Deakin University, the Athenaeum Club and the Besen Collection.

Artwork from exhibition by Nina Gilbert and Sean McKenzie

10 March 2017 - 08 April 2017

Nina Gilbert and Sean McKenzie


Nina Gilbert and Sean McKenzie's work evolves from collaborative research into witnessed and recounted history, and an interrogation of place through immediacy. They share an impulse to investigate a subject by examining from a centrifugal viewpoint and developing an understanding through the gaze of the camera lens.

Versions explores impressions of seemingly everyday encounters through photographic images and text based works. Photographs portray and obscure candid moments within the urban environment while text takes on the form of enlarged, fragmented scripts to develop and displace narratives. The elusive nature of the scripts and photographs both allude to and mask their subjects, providing a platform for imagined scenarios.

The work follows on from Gilbert and McKenzie's previous collaboration From night to day to night which uses footage taken from a landmark location, The Twelve Apostles alongside composed witness account statements and a series of found 'test' slides of everyday interiors and workspaces. Speculative language layered over repeated imagery perpetually shifts the position of the subject and the viewer.

Nina Gilbert is an artist based in Melbourne, her practice uses photography and video to question the relationship between image, encounter and event. Taking peripheral or abstracted points of view, the work tests traditional notions of plane and perspective, while providing the viewer with a sense of familiarity brought through an tension or presence in the work. Nina graduated with Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014. Recent exhibitions include The image shadow, the shadow general at Bus Projects 2016, Associations at Fusion Art Gallery, Torino 2016, Points of Advantage at c3, Melbourne, 2015 and Archiving and Fragmentation in the Digital Age with SOAP at Fort Delta, Melbourne, 2015. She is a member of SOAP collective.

Sean McKenzie is a writer and Artist living in London. His work explores moments between fiction and non-fiction through the lineage of both personal and collective memory. He graduated with Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014.

Artwork from exhibition by Kieren Seymour & Dana Hoey

11 February 2017 - 04 March 2017

Kieren Seymour & Dana Hoey

Love Job

The term Love Job is commonly used by contractors who do work for friends, family, schools etc. for free. This common act of generosity was an important part of Seymour's upbringing and early conceptualising of exchange and currency. For this exhibition, Hoey and Seymour present multiple photographic and video works engaging ideas of exchange and value while remaining ambiguous and peculiar.

Dana Hoey (born San Francisco, California) is a prominent visual artist who works in photography and video to explore the intersection of feminism and violence. Her meticulously constructed staged works are often saturated with light and colour and point to a fascination with corrupted idealism.

Her work has been exhibited in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and London, England. Notable solo exhibitions have been held at the Tache Levy Gallery in Belgium and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. and the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, New York. Her work is included in collections at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; the Middlebury College Museum of Art, VT; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY. Hoey holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University (1989) and an M.F.A. from Yale University (1997). She sometimes teaches in the Bard College m.f.a. program. Hoey is represented by Petzel Gallery, New York.

Kieren Seymour (born London, UK) is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia and works across multiple mediums including video, digital painting and photography. Fragments of politics, economics and personal experiences shape the predominantly image based studio practice. Using absurdity and humour as a narrative device in his work, Pip Wallis states in her 2013 essay, Hi, here I am, that must be enough, "The conceptual strategies of Seymour's video (artworks) are comically encumbered with humanism".

Seymour's work has been exhibited in Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland and UK. He has participated in notable group exhibitions at ACMI (Melbourne), NGV (Melbourne), MCA (Sydney). He has also shown at Neon Parc, Utopian Slumps, Sutton Projects, TCB Inc, Alaska (Sydney), RM (Auckland), Snakepit, (Auckland), Flake, Thirty Twenty Seven (Sydney), Blindside, Bus Projects and the SACI Institute, Italy. Seymour completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at R.M.I.T. in 2015, with an exchange studies program at Zurcher Hochshule De Kunste (Zhdk), Zurich 2010. His work is held in collections in Australia, Hong Kong and UK.