Standing/Falling: New Sculpture

21 - 30 September 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Night: Thursday 21 September, 6-8 pm

Paul is a multi-disciplinary artist working across painting, sculpture and photography. As well as working in non-representational sculpture, Paul has a significant portraiture practice and has been a finalist in both the Archibald Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize. He also completes one 50 minute painting every day that he posts on facebook and instagram, as a form of engagement between traditional art-making and online media. Paul holds degrees in Fine Art from the National Art School, History from the University of Sydney and Law from the Australian National University. This is his sixth solo exhibition and his first solo sculpture exhibition.



The Shape of Space

7 - 30 September 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Night: Thursday 7 September, 6-8 pm

Working with a composition of shapes that never intersect, I was reminded of a story by the writer Italo Calvino where in falling through space, the narrator realises his trajectory is parallel to that of others - unable to make contact with his counterparts he imagines the shape of space could change so he can cross over and interact with them¹. Finding unity and integration in these compositions of vertical linear shapes, my reliance on cross correspondence of elements across space has seemed to be amplified. 

The repetitive action of creating vertical shapes or planes, balancing and rebalancing ever-changing proportional relationships across the picture plane and the process of negotiating the sought after composition within each of these works, seemed closer to a kind of combat than my work has previously taken me. Unlike the 3D and volumetric works that have engaged my interest in recent years, I have set out in these works to fracture planes - which previously I may have set out to establish - and break down volumes with the aim of reassembling all the elements into something more simultaneous, immediate and complete. 

An artist practising in Sydney since 1982, Judy has exhibited in commercial, institutional and artist-run galleries. Her work encompasses both 2D and 3D practices and is included in art collections such as Artbank, the University of Wollongong, Illawarra Institute of Technology, and numerous corporate and private collections. She teaches in Painting and Drawing at the Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank TAFE and formerly in metropolitan and regional Art colleges since 1986. She graduated with a BA in Visual Arts at the City Art Institute in 1982 (now Art & Design, NSW University) and was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Adult Teacher Education in 1989. 

¹ The Form of Space, Italo Calvino.




7 - 16 September 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Night: Thursday 7 September, 6-8 pm
Artist in Gallery: Sunday 10 September, 10 am-2 pm

                           Saturday 16 September, 2-6 pm

The drawings begin with a set of rules (a system), a grid on the paper and a supply of pens. The process includes a tally kept of the line count, which adds to the intensity of the labour of drawing and also adds to the meditative quality of the work. Frequently there comes a time in the drawing process when ‘mistakes’ are made. These are welcome because the outcomes cannot be predicted and are often surprising.

Carrie Fraser recently graduated from UNSW Art and Design with a BFA (Hons) and is currently completing a Master of Art Therapy at Western Sydney University. In 2016 she was awarded the Art & Design Industry Award for Drawing. Fraser has exhibited in group exhibitions and has been a finalist in The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize and the Kudos Emerging Artist & Designer Award. Fraser has been invited to participate in the 2017 Kedumba Drawing Award. Systems is Fraser’s first solo show.




Steph Sykes, Jodi Stewart, Aroha Smith, Molly Wagner, Johann Tovar Carrera & Paige Phillips

Main showroom, 24 August - 2 September
Opening from 2pm on Thursday 24 August with drinks event 6-8pm
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Recent graduates and current Masters students of the National Art School respond to the inevitable process of decomposition, decay and deterioration.



Visual Disturbances

10 August - 2 September
Thursday - Saturday 2-6 pm

Opening Thursday 10 August from 2pm with drinks event 6-8 pm
Also Sunday 13 August, 10 am - 1 pm

Harry Aizenberg's latest works investigate visual responses to trauma, emotional and physical pain and the traces of memory that these events leave. Exploring the visual language of pain led to these currents series of paintings. Can pain be seen? Does it have a colour? Might a painting elicit a memory of pain? These questions led to the development of a visual narrative to describe the pain, ocular aura and disorientation of a migraine.

Harry is a Sydney-based non-objective artist. He graduated from the National Art School in 2016 after a career in the private hospital industry.




10 – 19 August 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 10 August, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 13 August, 10am - 1pm

In drawing, dithering refers to the creation of multiple marks such that the eye ceases to perceive the distinctions between them. In life, it refers to the establishment of multiple outcomes, such that a person ceases to perceive a single course of action.
There is something fascinating in the way one thing diffuses itself into another. Using a pencil or brush to blend colours and achieve the illusion of three-dimensional form can be terrifically satisfying.
Using three-dimensional forms to create an illusion of tonal gradation, and light itself as the medium, these works reverse that.
In formal terms, dithering disrupts the pretensions of line and shape to any kind of purity. In life we are in thrall to corresponding pretensions, of clear delineations and pure purposes. We worship decisiveness, and live in perpetual fear of dithering, as if the liminal isn’t ubiquitous – as if life isn’t a dithering between birth and death.

There is a question hanging over these works. Originally they were to be painted and the strips removed, to hang separately in the gallery space. But if the painted marks I was set to make might represent the ones you see here, what would that mean about these real but fleeting shadows? I dithered, leaving the unmade paintings to tremble in the imagination; the imagined dithering into represented and the real into representation.



49 Sighs

27 July – 5 August 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 27 July, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - [29 July, 2-6pm] , [30 July, 1-5pm] & [5 August, 2-6pm]

49 Sighs is an installation of 49 paintless paintings. Using the material language and rhythms of painting, these paintings-as- sighs draw on the interactions and metaphorical possibilities arising between reductive materials, form, process and body. In this series of paintings without paint, the Sighs substitute the absent human body for paint as body. Supported by a single stretching tack, canvas surfaces containing recycled domestic textiles hold not paint but the form of an exhalation (a sigh), sealed with beeswax.

Lisa Sharp is an artist, writer, curator and co-gallery manager living and working in Sydney. She holds degrees in Arts, Law (U. Syd & UTS) and Fine Arts (National Art School).

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Committee Show 2017


Committee Show 2017

13 July – 5 August 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 13 July, 6-8pm

This show celebrates the work of current committee members Harry Aizenberg, Jens Cheung, Pamela Leung, Anya Pesce and Lisa Sharp.

 is both a simple and complex term in contemporary art practice. Directly, it refers to the external, material properties of a work, but indirectly it also historically possesses layers of meaning in western painting. In non-objective practice, the focus is on the materiality of the work as a result of a reductive and minimalist approach to art making. The committee members of Factory 49 each address the concept of 'surface' in their individual practices, producing works which reflect each artist's unique interpretation of the concept. 

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13 – 22 July 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 13 July, 6-8pm

Barriers and driving forces guide a haptic encounter in Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier’s fourth collaboration. Spatial and kinetic forms emphasise the authority of signs to instruct the position of persons or objects. The exhibition self-references its own event by taking on a quasi-theatrical tone and a parody of objects within and without the gallery space. Making use of the readymade in consideration of Painting, combined with automatic forms of labour, Momentum is an exhibition of new works that produce signals of position.

New Grad 3


New Grad 3

29 June – 8 July 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 29 June, 6-8pm

Factory 49 is proud to introduce some new graduates, please join us next Thursday to have a chat with the new stars!

49 Shepherd St
Marrickville NSW 2204
Sydney, Australia





15 – 24 June 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 15 June, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 18 June, 2-6pm

Knot - connected - joint - crowd - security - bond - weaving - tie.

As a member of a diaspora, we can often feel a knot in the stomach, arising from a lack of bonding and connection with people and space in our everyday life.

This is a creative language drawn from Pamela Leung's personal experience with different cultures. As many other transnational migrants, Pamela made her journey to Australia from Hong Kong in the 70s. Her artwork explores the experience of a member of the Chinese diaspora, many of whom have left their homeland to seek new lives, and opportunities in different parts of the world.




1 – 10 June 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 1 June, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 4 June, 2-6pm

Why “Curtains”? The title is double-edged. On the one hand it refers to the form of the structure – the fall of the sets of cords, the concealing/revealing nature of the curtain. But on the other, it has a metaphoric meaning. Taking its meaning from the theatre, “curtains” signifies the end of play, and on a personal level this work marks the probable last in a series of works involving cords, threads, strings, usually with other elements, constructed within particular environments.



Factory 49 Annual Group Show 2017

18 – 27 May 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 18 May, 6-8pm

Factory 49 invites you to join us on the evening of the 12th Annual Group Exhibition opening. This year we are showcasing the works of over 50 artists and would be delighted if you are able to join us in celebrating this milestone.

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Jason Haufe

4 – 13 April 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 4 May, 6-8pm

A road or path followed, regardless of its dips or climbs up steep hills, followed around winding corners without knowing what surprises awaits, is a fitting metaphor for the work of Melbourne artist Jason Haufe. For although Haufe employs the same process with the same medium, if you follow the path longer enough, whether walking or by means of transportation, always in a forward direction, you will pass through different terrain and arrive at different places. 

An example of this can be seen in Haufe’s first show of collages at Factory 49 in 2015. The works displayed a biomorphic linear quality, the density of the lines being open here or closed there, but always spreading across the picture plane in an all over formation. In this latest exhibition, Haufe without veering off his chosen course, has produced collages which see the lines having been shrunk to form iconic structures on a white ground in ever more eccentric and daring combinations.

The evolution from one point to the next is arrived at by continuing Haufe’s method of copying and scanning old work and using that information to feed into future work. By this very process, unforeseen possibilities emerge, that the artist simply chooses from. 

Automatism as a source for abstract art is enriched through the use of post-digital techniques. The process is followed not because of blind faith or an interest in process art, but because of the results that are produced.

And as long as the process allows for the discovery and challenge of new formal problems, like the road revealing new sights and experiences, it is a path the artist should continue to follow well beyond the horizon line.





20 – 29 April 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 20 April, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 23 April, 2-6pm

In the absence of voice, forms say the unsayable….noisily. 

Whilst the works Untitled/Bullet-proofs, Kaputt…then again and Speak up girl are mute, installed in the gallery, they create a narrative, assuming feeling postures to give shape to silence.They express in material form an inner bodily awareness and occupy a liminal space between feeling and articulation, with just a veneer of consciousness.

Judy-Ann has a BFA (Visual Arts) and practice-led Master of Arts (Research) from Queensland University of Technology. Her MA ‘the silence of objects: forming the unsayable’ explored phenomenological experience through transformed, symbolic objects.




Project 641: In Situ

6 – 15 April 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 6 April, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 9 April, 2-6pm

Project 641 is a foray into building systems which reflect a state of unconscious living. This ongoing exploration is an attempt to come to an understanding of the impact of new structures on a densely developing world using material, line, and object to experiment with the idea of cyclical building systems. 
641: In Situ is a suspension of the spatial quality and visual language impending building systems present to the individual in daily life. 

Jamie is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist working between the research areas of both art and architecture to inform a diverse installation practice. Completing a (BFA) Honours and (BIA) Interior Architecture, Jamie’s practice focuses on the systems within built environments impacting human perception and the natural environment.