Elixir Exhibition Opening LR-16

ONExchange | Brian Robinson and Virginia Rigney In Conversation

On Friday 13 March, Onespace Gallery hosted a vibrant ONExchange conversation between exhibiting artist Brian Robinson and Virginia Rigney. Virginia engaged Brian in a discussion about his extensive and prolific art practice and his recent body of work and solo exhibition, Elixir – blended cosmologies.

Listen to the full discussion below:


Elixir Exhibition Opening LR-4

Photos: Louis Lim


ONExchange | Leigh Schoenheimer and Julie Seidel In Conversation

On Saturday 10 March, Onespace Gallery hosted its third ONExchange conversation with Leigh Schoenheimer and special guest Julie Seidel.
Julie Seidel is a long term educator and former colleague of Leigh’s at St Peter’s College, Julie discussed the progression of Leigh’s practice and her recent body of work, Iterate | Elaborate, including a ‘glowing’ experimental installation that couldn’t be missed.


Listen to the full discussion below:




Photos: Funky Munky

Brian Robinson, The Parade of Nations (Charting our place in the universe), 2018, Athlete's Parade Track, digital print on vinyl, Carrara Stadium. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and CREATIVEMOVE.

Brian Robinson, The Parade of Nations – Charting our place in the universe

Onespace Gallery and CREATIVEMOVE are immensely proud to work with the amazing Brian Robinson and the Jack Morton Worldwide team on the artwork design for the Parade Track for the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games.

As Brian Robinson explains, Charting our place in the universe, is a large chart full of marine life and tales from the seven seas, tells an epic narrative that was developed for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The narrative encompasses the entire universe, both fact and fantasy, and starts with the creation of the pale blue sphere we call earth.

Our story begins in the islands of the Torres Strait. Like the astronomers of antiquity, the Islanders also looked towards the heavens for advice, only to be confronted with stars in the thousands that shone down upon them out of the blackness of the night sky — the blackness that is space. The stars appeared to be scattered haphazardly about in every direction and therefore appeared to be somewhat confusing, but after star-gazing for a while, their eyes could soon make sense of their apparent chaos.

Brian Robinson, The Parade of Nations (Charting our place in the universe), 2018, Athlete's Parade Track, digital print on vinyl, Carrara Stadium. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and CREATIVEMOVE.

Brian Robinson, The Parade of Nations (Charting our place in the universe), 2018, Athlete’s Parade Track, digital print on vinyl, Carrara Stadium. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and CREATIVEMOVE.

These same stars that mark out the heavens are also navigational and environmental markers. Just as importantly, they are a source of artistic inspiration for visual, written and oral material culture for both indigenous and non-indigenous people and have been since the dawn of humankind. Through their connection to the land, the sea, and the sky, the Islanders of Torres Strait have been able to predict major social and seasonal changes to their environment, which is an essential part of the education of young children through storytelling. These lessons are interwoven through spiritual beliefs, songs, dances and stories.

It was our distant ancestors, both black and white, who, seeing much the same skies as we do today, named most of the constellations and identified them with the heroic, the beautiful, the fantastic and the monstrous characters that feature in epic myths and legends. These legends have been handed down through the generations — legends like the Great Bear, Ursa Major, a prominent star cluster in the northern hemisphere and known to Torres Strait Islanders also as Baidam, the shark, the bringer of the monsoons that provide the regeneration of food crops and plants.

Navigation is another concept touched upon as you traverse the track, as humankind sets out to discover and explore new lands, territories and the unknown with supplies for barter and trade such as cowrie shells, which functioned as money in times gone by and were also used as ornaments and charms the world over. Ancient stick charts, sextons, compasses, compass points and a multitude of sea life all find their place hidden among traditional designs from the Torres Strait known as minaral, the incessant patterning that ripples and swirls about, engulfing the negative space and often running off the edge of the artwork. It seems to go on forever, filling all the spaces of the world.

This patterning represents the environment — the seas, the stars and the cloud forms — and the spirit connection called kaidaral, the spirit that creates ripple patterns on the surface of the water. This effect also emphasises the importance of an orderly system representing the complete world, full of wisdom and mythology, where all its parts and motifs are contained, having their time, space, and place.

Charting our place in the universe has been approached using a broad intellectual brush and a complementary palette that references Oceanic design reminiscent of the contemporary Pacific. Innovations in form propel the work deep into the territory of contemporary art, as old and new motifs and mark-making transform the lived experience into a series of compelling graphical iconographies. Emboldened by a hybrid conception of the world, the work is layered with historical narrative that is intertwined with personal history and humour, where iconic and popular sources from global culture are co-opted into the spirit world of the Islander imagination.

The way to the future is through a conception of routes — rather than borders — charting the physical, psychological and magical geographies of contemporary culture, identity and place. What is common, or universal, to all cultures and times is the essential human need for heroes, for sagas and the desire to hear or tell a captivating story, better yet with a toe in the water.

Brian would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Gold Coast region, the Yugambeh people, and the Traditional Custodians of other participating cities of Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville. Brian would also like to thank his wife Tanya and their children Amber, Raidon and Leonardo; Jack Morton Worldwide; Master Printmaker Theo Tremblay and Rebis Press High Scan.

Brian Robinson carving the track design lino block. Photo: Hamish Rutherford for Jack Morton Worldwide.

Brian Robinson carving the track design lino block. Photo: Hamish Rutherford for Jack Morton Worldwide.

Brian Robinson
Proteus, the oceanic alchemist, 2018
Linocut (unframed), 93cm x 62cm, edition of 15. Photo Michael Marzik.

Media Release – Brian Robinson, Elixir – blended cosmologies

Onespace is very excited to present our latest exhibition by nationally acclaimed artist Brian Robinson. Elixir – blended cosmologies comprises a selection of recent linocuts, and etchings, in addition to a major work – a four-metre wall sculpture, Containment of the seven seas. Elixir – blended cosmologies is presented in association with Mossenson Galleries (Subiaco).

Robinson is a highly celebrated Indigenous artist of his generation, and a leader in his field within his community and throughout Australia. In recent years, he has moved further afield, building a strong, international reputation.

His work is highly innovative, combining a unique blend of the organic and man-made reference material. It embraces popular culture, traditional art historical concerns, and is also informed by his Torres Strait Islander heritage and familial experience.

Robinson, says: ‘My creations are seemingly incongruous concoctions where motifs and characters are co-opted into the spirit world of the Islander imagination, which are then intertwined with historical narrative, personal history and humour.’

Onespace Gallery Director John Stafford, says: ‘Robinson’s work is best known for its multiple narratives and blended cosmologies – Zenadh Kes, the western Age of Enlightenment, the Renaissance, Marvel Comics and the Disney franchises. Each is its own filter on the world, which he handles confidently and sensitively. These filters are layered in intellectual consideration but are fully realised as an integrated planar whole.’

From diverse sources, Robinson creates one artistic lens that makes sense of a spectacular and fantastical world, or coexistence of ‘worlds’, that intermingle in both vision and messages. This is Robinson’s ‘elixir’ of life, or more specifically ‘artistic life’.

Robinson’s sculpture is also visible in the urban environment with high-profile public art projects in many Australian cities, from Perth to Port Macquarie, Brisbane, Mackay, and Cairns. In 2017, his $1 million public artwork, Citizens Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef (Ocean Guardian), was unveiled on the Cairns Esplanade where it remains on display. This popular and iconic work, co-funded by the Australian, Queensland and Cairns Regional Council Governments, was subsequently shared widely on social media, in particular on Instagram.

Robinson has been recognised on numerous occasions with awards and grants both within the arts community and in the mainstream arena. He received the national Western Australian Indigenous Art Award in 2013 ($50,000), and more recently was awarded both the Hazelhurst National Art on Paper Award in 2017 (Major Award) and the Collie Art Prize ($50,000) in 2018. In 2001, he was awarded an Arts and Culture Recognition Award from Cairns Corroboree and on several occasions has been recognised with funding from the Australia Council (1998, 2003, 2007, 2017).

Brian Robinson is represented in Australia by Onespace Gallery in Brisbane, and Mossenson Galleries in Subiaco.

Please join us for opening night drinks with the artist on Friday, 13 April 2018, 6–8 pm, when the exhibition will be officially launched by the Hon. Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Treasurer, and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

eigh Schoenheimer
Ways of Seeing/Ways of Knowing: Construction #10, 2018
Oil on Plywood with assemblage of recycled timber and acrylic paint

Media Release – Leigh Schoenheimer, Iterate | Elaborate

Onespace Gallery is pleased to announce our second exhibition for our 2018 program – Leigh Schoenheimer’s solo exhibition Iterate | Elaborate.

Leigh Schoenheimer lives and works in Brisbane and is a former long-term art educator. Iterate I Elaborate completes a trifecta of exhibitions on her current theme of interrogating ‘representation’ – the two prior shows being held at the Redland Art Gallery and more recently the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.

These connected exhibitions include both 2D paintings and 3D objects in scenarios which create a dialogue between seeing and knowing a subject – underpinning her investigation broadly into ‘perception’. An exciting twist in the final installment presented at Onespace takes her exploration to its logical conclusion – an entire, immersive room installation.

The series of paintings comprise multi-paneled ‘storyboards’ which involve a conceptual exploration of many of the styles of the 20th Century, especially the artistic endeavours of artists who re-positioned painting and sculptural practice after the invention of photography. These Constructionseries works are as seductive as they are persuasive.

Iterate | Elaborate brings together a curated selection of works produced over the last twelve to eighteen months.

“Schoenheimer’s works offer a gamut of brain responses to visual stimuli. Her adoption of many stylistic guises, often clearly borrowed from artists of the past, make dynamic and holistic viewing. While the sculpture itself is lively, often kinetic, colourful and with recognisable objects combined in innovative ways, the associated paintings simultaneously offer a figurative, abstract and conceptual understanding.” – Louise Martin-Chew, room brochure essay.

Much of Schoenheimer’s work draws on art movements and developments of the last 100 years and as she says, “Whilst I’m primarily interested in the aesthetics of each work, I’m also aiming to demonstrate the alternative logic of abstract and conceptual approaches to art-making. Each work is, in effect, a short lesson in the history of art and the nature of ‘representation’.”

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Zoe Porter in studio on Radio National

Earlier this month Zoe Porter sat down with Eddie Ayres to discuss her practice, latest body of work and where she draws inspiration. Zoe’s vibrant watercolours are often derived from her immersive performances that explore various in-between states of being through body transformations and animal-human hybrid forms.

Listen here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-hub-on-art/the-art-hub,-weds-31st-january/9374850 



ONExchange event with Zoe Porter and Dr William Platz prior to the opening of Penumbra

ONExchange | Zoe Porter and William Platz In Conversation

On Friday 9 February Onespace Gallery hosted its second ONExchange conversation between Dr William Platz and Zoe Porter where they discussed her recent art practice, her performance work and her recent solo exhibition, Penumbra.

Listen to the full discussion below:


Dr William Platz and Zoe Porter. Photo: Louis Lim

Dr William Platz and Zoe Porter.
Photos: Louis Lim

Onespace Gallery. Photo: Funky Munky

Happy Holidays

On behalf of the Onespace Team – Jodie Cox, John Stafford, Jamie Mercer and Alicia Hollier – we hope that you and your family have a happy and safe festive season and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Gallery Dates
The Gallery will be closed from Friday 22 December 2017 from 1pm and will re-open on Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

Thank you!
The team at Onespace would like to sincerely thank our private and institutional collectors who have supported the artists and gallery this year including: University of Queensland Art Museum; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery; Redland Art Gallery; Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation; and the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Your support inspires both our programming and our artists.

We would also like to pay tribute to, and thank, an extensive list of artists, partners and collaborators and visitors to the gallery who have made our 2017 program possible. The Fox has been a great sponsor for the gallery this year and we sincerely thank Scott and his team for their support. We strengthened our presence in post code 4101 through our productive collaborations with The West End Magazine (thanks Danielle and your team!) and of course our CREATIVEMOVE public art commissions in Fish Lane with Aria Property Group.

Much of what we do throughout the year relies upon the high-quality support of our collaborators who we value enormously and this year we thank: Benjamin Werner; Louise Martin-Chew; Simon Brigden; Evie Franzidis; Mick Richards; Louis Lim; Funky Munky; Brisbane Digital Images; Canopy Art Centre; Matt Rees Signs; Pack & Send (South Brisbane); Tony Gooley Design; ABC Creative; Lix Creative and Ron Cox.

We also farewell with much admiration and well-wishes, team members Craig Flood and Simon Brigden, both of whom are pursuing exciting new career paths.

2017 Highlights

Exhibition Highlights
Our first year of programming gave us the opportunity to pivot between curated group exhibitions and individual artist shows to present the work of some 40 professional artists. It was a pleasure to present solo shows by: Elisa Jane (Leecee) Carmichael; Renata Buziak; Georgina Hooper; and Samuel Tupou; while supporting group and two-person shows by Hillary Green and Friends, Benjamin Werner and Elysha Rei; Kylie Bickle, Jennifer Marchant and Matthew Tobin; Michael Boiyool Anning and Daniel O’Shane; and Afterimage Editions – 2017 Collection.

Art Fairs & Events
2017 took us off-shore for the first time. We were honoured in June to partner with Stephane Jacob, Arts d’Australie; Suzanne O’Connell Gallery – Australian Indigenous Art; Pormpuraaw Art and Culture Centre; and UAP (Brisbane and New York) to present Brian Robinson’s Ocean Guardian at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to coincide with The Ocean Conference. This exhibition, Australia Defending the Ocean then toured to the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, USA).

In July, we attended the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) for the first time. It was a significant commitment to establish our profile in both the North and the broader Indigenous art scene in Australia and of course we chose acclaimed Cairns, and nationally-recognised artist, Brian Robinson, to do so. Brian presented both his limited-edition Ocean Guardian sculpture fabricated by UAP and related lino-prints. Ocean Guardian was a favourite with many CIAF visitors this year.

Onespace Gallery Turns 1 & Afterimage Editions
To celebrate the first year of Onespace, we launched a new platform to present and celebrate the artists we work with. The inaugural 2017 Collection of digital fine art prints, reflects a broad range of imagery and concerns and includes artists such as Fintan Magee, Elisa Jane (‘Leecee’) Carmichael, Sebastian Moody, Brian Robinson, Jackie Ryan, and many other great artists.

Available Works
We are excited to share the launch of our new Available Works page on the Onespace Gallery that will enable you to browse through all of your favourite artist’s work on offer from multiple exhibitions.

It’s not too late to pick up an affordable Christmas gift from Onespace Gallery for $150 and under. Unique gifts on offer include popular tea towels and t-shirts by Samuel Tupou; elegant leather bracelets and cuffs by artist/designer Kylie Bickle, delicate sun-dyed silks by Renata Buziak and thought-evoking multiples by Sebastian Moody.

2018 Line-up
Our line-up for 2018 continues an emphasis on early mid-career and mid-career artists both from Brisbane and further afield. 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year with new bodies of work from Zoe Porter, Benjamin Werner, Kim Demuth & Henri Van Noordenburg, Sarah Rayner, Sebastian Di Mauro, Brian Robinson, Jay Younger, and Elisa Jane Carmichael. Our group shows will also introduce new artists to the Gallery who will show with us for the first time.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018!


Image Attributions (top to bottom)

  1. Onespace Gallery exterior. Photo: Funky Munky
  2. Craig Flood, Jamie Mercer, Alicia Hollier, Jodie Cox and John Stafford. Photo: Mick Richards
  3. Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Queensland Premier and Brian Robinson, Onespace Gallery, CIAF 2017. Photo: Kerry Trapnell. Courtesy Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.
  4. Jodie Cox and John Stafford. Photo: Funky Munky