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MILK Exhibition

System Blower

Curators│Isaac Christie & Adrian De Vries

Artists│Sarah Ujmaia, Harry Hay, Aaron Carter, Adrian De Vries, Jennifer Mathews, Isaac Christie

September 15 - 29

SPILT MILK: Wednesday 28 September 6-8pm - a relaxed night of conversation in the gallery.

All welcome!





System Blower is an examination of the elastic field of contemporary painting in Naarm and a desire to map the nuanced, varied and sometimes antagonistic approach to the medium of painting itself. 



Aaron C. Carter (b. 1984, Donald, Australia) holds a Master of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver (2013); a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2005) He lives and works in Naarm, Australia. 

Recent exhibitions and projects include; Flirtatious Energy, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Free Love, ReadingRoom, Melbourne, Summer in Sikas, Växjö Konsthall, Växjö, Sweden;  Tutti Frutti Biennale, Sikås Art Center, Jämtland, Sweden; Bent Guesses, Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne, Australia;  Fluxus Now, Space Space Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa;  Braided Field, Brunswick Sculpture Centre, Melbourne, Australia; Hot Rocks, St Arnaud Street Museum, St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia; A Boot and a Line, Malmö Showroom, Malmö, Sweden.

Adrian De Vries is an Australian artist with a non-objective painting practice who approaches the medium with a multidisciplinary attitude to produce playful and experimental installations. In 2017, he graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Distinction) in Expanded Studio Practice and in 2018, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) also at RMIT University. Since 2016, he has regularly participated in various group and solo exhibitions throughout Melbourne and Canberra. Adrian De Vries is currently based in Melbourne, Victoria.

Jennifer Mathews' practice combines techniques of metalwork, woodwork and assemblage to create freestanding and relief sculptures. Through use of architectural motifs and materials, her work is concerned with the tension between the industrial built environment and the stylised depiction of nature. In 2016, Jennifer completed a BFA (First Class Honours) at VCA. In 2015, she received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia, and was the recipient of the Constance Gordon-Johnson Sculpture and Installation Prize. Jennifer has held recent solo and group exhibitions at Kings Artist-Run, TCB Gallery, Suite 7a, Haydens Gallery and Disneyland Paris.

Sarah Ujmaia (b.1995) is a first generation Chaldean artist living and working on unceded Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung and Boon Wurrung/Bunurong lands. She is currently a PhD candidate and Teaching Associate at Monash University in the Faculty of Fine Art

Isaac Christie is a Naarm ( Melbourne) based artist who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and specialised in Expanded Studio Practice at RMIT. His works approach expanded painting with a focus on materials of our current moment and the collective memory we hold for them.

Harry Hay was born in Melbourne in 1991. In 2013 he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at RMIT University. Since then he has exhibited regularly within Australia and overseas. In 2013 he was selected to exhibit in the National Graduate Exhibition at PICA in Perth, and has held solo and group exhibitions at various artist run initiatives in Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra. Across this time, abstract painting and collage have  been central to Hay's artistic concerns. 

Hay has also written extensively about abstract art, having had four major essays published by the UK based platform Abcrit, which promotes discursive argument about abstract painting and sculpture. As a result of his writing, Hay was invited to exhibit and participate in Brancaster Chronicles, which are a series of videos and transcripts of live discussions about abstract art taking place across the UK. His involvement in the forum is ongoing. 

This exhibition has been possible thanks to support from Bodriggy Brewing Co & Minimum wines.

Image: Exhibition poster for System Blower, curated by Adrian De Vries and Issac Christie at MILK Gallery, 2022. Documentation courtesy of the curators.
[Image Description: A black and white poster for the 'System Blower' exhibition at MILK Gallery. The poster has a black line drawing of a leaf blower with the artist's names, including Harry Hay, Adrian De Vries, Sarah Ujmaia, Aaron carter and Jennifer Mathews.]

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