Sydney: Kitchen Sink and Other Domestic Disturbances

Press Release by Anne Bentley

Invitation By Anne Bentley

Anne Bentley & Meggs Yeo – cousins alone together for the first time in:

Kitchen Sink and Other Domestic Disturbances
7 – 17 May, 2014
Sheffer Gallery
38 Lander Street Darlington, Sydney 2008 (02) 9310 5683
Wednesday – Saturday 11AM – 6PM

Opening with a welcome by special guest artist, Linda Brescia
Saturday 10th May 2014 2PM – 6PM

Kitchen Sink and Other Domestic Disturbances

Notorious killers and death by lawnmower – embroidery, photography, painting and collage – over 50 works comprise a new exhibition by Meggs Yeo & Anne Bentley.

Kitchen Sink and Other Domestic Disturbances was born out of a mutual love of art, a deep friendship and the same black humour.

Just over 13 years ago, these two artists met for coffee and three hours later, they were fast friends. When Anne first met Meggs, it was not only about art – Anne had just bought a painting by Meggs, but she discovered they were both descendents of the same Irish man on their paternal sides.

Serendipity aside, Anne and Meggs are enthusiastic fans (and collectors) of each others’ works and neither know why they hadn’t created a joint show together sooner. This could simply be a matter of the right time to do so because, as soon as they decided on a duo exhibition, the ideas came tumbling out and haven’t stopped yet.

They’ve taken a look at our domestic world and turned it sideways: Meggs Yeo began with famous & infamous Australian killers; the women she has embroidered onto tea towels but she gives only a hint of who they were and what they did. She follows on with watercolour & pen drawings of some of the better known inhabitants of Pentridge gaol in Victoria – now a new housing precinct with ½ million dollar apartments. Meggs has also created works of showing wool fetish people (people who wear total body suits made of wool) and Pica people – people who eat non-nutritional substances like rocks, sand and your couch…

Self-taught artist Anne Bentley works with collage, photography and naïve painting. Her seemingly innocuous painting of 3 bottles with striped straws has the title, “Jonestown Lemonade”, a reference to the Kool Aid killing of 918 members of the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project. Another painting, “The Dangers of Outdoor Yoga” includes a lawnmower and blood, lots of blood! Everyone seems happy in her kitchen collages but seen in the window is a nuclear mushroom cloud.

Strolling through the creative minds of Anne & Meggs may disturb, but it will more likely delight; so, don’t call the men in white coats just yet; these two are the remedy, not the cause.

Contemporary Australian Photography

Photographer Anne Bentley invites you to visit the group show Picture This 2010 photography prize exhibition from the 17 – 29th of July: 7 days a week 10am-10pm.

Picture This 2010
Brunswick Street Gallery’s
322 Brunswick St
Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia

At this photography show you can see 4 of Anne Bentley’s most recent photographs from a series of 7 or so abstracts called ‘Everything Looks like Sex Today’.  At the Picture This 2010 show there will be over 250 artists displaying 750+ photographs.

I'll make you a deal - like any other candidate, Collage by Anne Bentley

Anne Bentley's Collages
Photographer, artist and lesbian Anne Bentley has been showing her photographic works for six years. Anne’s latest solo show SANE opened in Sydney, Australia June 2010. It features a portfolio of collages/ photomontages. Collage is a new medium for Anne, but she masters the technique with ease and the images show her sense of amusement and her independent view of the world. The Sane exhibition extends until 23 July, Tue-Sat 11-5, at The Albion Street Gallery, 105 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia.

Related Link
You can see Anne Bentley’s photographic portfolios and see all the works available during the Sane exhibition by Anne Bentley at her website: www.annebentley.com. And learn about her exhibitions at

SANE by Anne Bentley

The SANE exhibition poster by Anne Bentley

 SANE, exhibition poster by Anne Bentley, Australia

The Albion Street Gallery invites you to the opening of Anne Bentley’s solo show SANE on Friday June 25, 2010, 6-9pm at The Albion Street Gallery, 105 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia. The exhibition extends until 23 July Tue-Sat 11-5.

Photographer, artist and lesbian Anne Bentley has been showing her photographic works for six years and this is her fifth solo show in Sydney. SANE features a portfolio of collages/ photomontages. Collage is a new medium for Anne, but she masters the technique with ease and the images show her sense of amusement and her independent view of the world.

Get off the fucking roof (page one)! Collage by Anne Bentley

Get off the fucking roof (page one)!, Lambda print 47x36xm, by Anne Bentley

SANE began as accidental therapy to counteract relentless building work going on around and on top of her inner west workroom. ‘I was already playing around with some collages, but the frustration and noise was so aggravating that I stopped one afternoon and thought, ‘Right you lot – Take This!’ and the images just leapt into the work. I titled it just how I felt: Get Off The Fucking Roof!’

Anne is reflecting on the interplay between (wo)man and our relationship to animals and machines. Her images look like rebuses, but we miss the code. We don’t know which language the rebuses are designed for, and as viewers we have to rely on our sense of the archetypes, the collectively inherited unconscious idea of what iconography similar to Anne’s represents. This is contemporary art with nerve and humor.
 
Meet Anne Bentley
If you are near Sydney go and meet Anne Bentley at the opening of SANE on Friday June 25, 2010, and see more of her works.

I'll make you a deal - like any other candidate, Collage by Anne Bentley

I’ll make you a deal – like any other candidate, Lambda print 47x36cm, by Anne Bentley 

A Spanish interior, Collage by Anne Bentley

A Spanish interior, Lambda print 47x36cm, by Anne Bentley

Related Link
You can see Anne Bentley’s photographic portfolios and see all the works available during the Sane exhibition by Anne Bentley at her website: www.annebentley.com. And learn about her exhibitions at Anne Bentley’s blog .