Khue Nguyen

2013 Retrospective

Featuring a selection of handmade prints and installations by TOP’s resident artists Helen Sheferaw, Ghazaleh Shokrollahi, Khue Nguyen, María Peña, Julius Bright Sackey, Ruby Djikarra Alderton.

The retrospective celebrates significant moments in the complex visual cultural narrative of The Ownership Project, from The Yuta Project screenprints by young artists from Yirrkala (NT), depictions of Yolŋgu culture and clan designs from Elcho Island (NT), to the Mothers and Ink prints by women from Horn of Africa communities (VIC), and the Clan and Country prints and installations from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (VIC).

Join us to celebrate the works and connections made to date, and the exciting future ahead for TOP’s Creative Capacity and Artists in Residence programs in Kulin Country.


Opening event: 6-8pm Thursday 12 December

Exhibition dates: 12 – 22 December 2013

Gallery: Level 1/110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Installation by Helen Sheferaw

by Helen Sheferaw

Pinapple by Nadia Ahmed

Featured Work: Transfiguration series by Khue Nguyen

Khue Nguyen Transfiguration

Transfiguration 1, Khue Nguyen, 2012

Transfiguration is a series of four woodblock prints from the ongoing body of work of Vietnamese-Australian artist Khue Nguyen.

Born in Vietnam, Khue began his studies at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts and is currently undertaking his Masters of Visual Art at Monash University, with a major in drawing. His locally and internationally exhibited work presents a continued examination of the human form. In 2010, Khue was the first Vietnamese-Australian artist to become a finalist in the Archibald Prize with his self-portrait Unleashed.

Transfiguration marks a journey from figuration to abstraction. In his first venture into printmaking, Khue employs lyrical abstraction to explore the rhythm of human movement. Transfiguration represents both erratic and harmonic actions and the speed of contemporary life.

The Transfiguration series was created in The Ownership Project studio as part of the Artist in Residence Program.

Khue’s work will feature in the gallery from 21 June – 8 July 2012.

TOP takes on new artists for our 2012 Artist in Residence Program

TOP kick starts 2012 by taking on new artists for our new Artist in Residence program.

It has been a busy first year for TOP, with set up and various projects starting to take off, including remote textile and printing workshops, taking onboard a few key artists, running industry workshops, creating our first group of volunteers, opening our showroom with a stunning suit of new prints from Elcho Island, and launching our new limited edition ethical cushion covers all in time for Xmas.

One of the most exciting projects that has been in development over the last few months has been our artist-in-residence program. We have now eight artists from culturally and linguistically diverse communities across Melbourne enrolled for next year. Each participant will have the opportunity to learn from our industry experienced team about various art methods and the opportunity to create and manage their own art exhibition at our Fitzroy showroom. For individuals, especially from disadvantaged refugee and new arrived backrounds, we also provide skills development in the areas of exhibition management and literacy training. All these programs are free of charge for participants in our residency program, with costs covered by profits generated through community support through sales of artwork. As we grow we hope certain individuals from this program will join our growing team, creating increased employment opportunities and positive role models for younger future participants.

This program will provide a platform to newly arrived individuals and members of the many diverse communities residing in Melbourne to express their unique and valuable insights enriching Australian society. We hope to provide a friendly welcoming space built on respect for all cultures, empower individuals by providing them with training and a platform to express their point of view, and changing attitudes within the broader community.

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