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In Conversation, a collaboration by Sarah Fitzgerald & Jan Handel opens Saturday 26 September 11am - 5pm

Open 11am - 5pm Fri-Sun 26 Sept – 11 Oct

Opening event: Saturday 26 September 11am - 5pm

A collaborative installation by Sarah Fitzgerald and Jan Handel

Using the long, linear, spatial volume of Articulate, Sarah Fitzgerald and Jan Handel will hold a visual conversation.

The ebb and flow, back and forth and to and fro of a verbal discussion will be interpreted through large-scale built floor works and coloured hanging shapes. These forms will call and respond to each other spatially, creating quiet interludes and noisy exchanges. The forms will metaphorically reflect important aspects of conversation such as connection, negotiation, space, rhythm and support.
Over-laying these forms will be a soundscape - our conversing voices, words unintelligible, rising and falling, further filling the space.

Visitors will be invited to walk amongst the conversation, immersed in the forms and colours while engaging in their own dialogue, navigating their paths as allowed by the configuration of the works.

L: Sarah Fitzgerald, Get to the Point, Acrylic on wood panel, 20x20cm, 2020 ; 
Jan Handel, Study for Spatial Intervention I, Acrylic on wood panel, 20x20cm, 2020 

Jan Handel Inside a Painting, Gently Factory 49 Sydney Paris, July 2019.

Sarah Fitzgerald Xx ArticulateUpstairs 2015

This project is supported by funding from the Inner West Council

Conditions of entry to the exhibition:
There are limited places in Articulate. You may be asked to wait a few minutes if it is full when you arrive.
Please stay at home if you’re unwell.
Stay at home if you’ve been in contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case.
Please wear a face mask in Articulate.
Utilise hand sanitisers provided at the entrance to Articulate.
Fill in your contact tracing information on entry to Articulate.
Maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people. 

Barbara Halnan's Inclined Plane opens Saturday 26 Sept in Articulate Backroom

Inclined plane - an ephemeral installed work.

September 26 - October 11, 11am-5pm Fri -Sun
Opening day: Saturday September 26 11am - 5pm


Inclined Plane is a site-specific drawing in space in Articulate Backroom in September/October 2020.

Barbara Halnan Inclined Plane, a schematic drawing
Barbara Halnan Inclined Plane a schematic drawing

This space attracts because it is the closest to a "white box" in the gallery. This is the second time this year that I have attempted to make an ephemeral installed work (i.e. now you see it, now you don't) - the first cut short by the pandemic - which didn't worry me too much because the joy of it was in the making.  I'm hoping that this time the dreaded Covid will allow the work to sit there for a bit longer.

Apart from the "boxiness" of the space,  I am also attracted by the distortions which happen - the sloping ceiling emphasised by the beam across the room - making a disturbance in perspectives, a distorted reality - added to this, a spiral is hinted in the configuration of the entrance.

The space itself is an integral part of the work which only exists within its proportions. The inclined plane is defined only by its boundaries. It is delineated within the space, but does not occupy it.

The two elements which are important to me in this exploration are firstly the notion of site-specificity and secondly the ephemeral nature of this genre of installed work.


Barbara Halnan

Conditions of entry to the exhibition:
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there are limited places in Articulate. You may be asked to wait a few minutes if it is full when you arrive.
Please stay at home if you’re unwell.
Stay at home if you’ve been in contact with a known or suspected COVID-19 case.
Please wear a face mask in Articulate.
Utilise hand sanitisers provided at the entrance to Articulate.
Fill in your contact tracing information on entry to Articulate.
Maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people. 


Wax on Wood closes tomorrow at 5pm


above: Mandy Burgess

Elizabeth Rankin

above: Philippa Hagon

Kirsten Drewes

images: Margaret Roberts

This project is supported by Resilience funding from the Inner West Council

NOISE closes tomorrow 5pm

Daniel Herten and Morgan Moroney

Opened Friday 4 September 6-8pm

Open 5 – 20 September 2020
Friday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

noise is us realising that we're submrged in a stream of digital media - and strangely enough, trying to drink our way out of it

images: Daniel Herten and Morgan Moroney


Zoom discussion of Nola Farman's SPACE/PLACE & THE RED DOT

Please join our Zoom discussion of Nola Farman's reflection on her 2019 work, Le Point Rouge, on Friday September 18 at 6pm, with guest facilitator, Alex Wisser.

This is the fourth reflection in Articulate's ongoing project born in the Covid-lockdownWhat Do I Say About this Work Now? and which you can read here.

Topic: Articulate project space's Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 18, 2020 6.00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Join this Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 841 7662 7652
Passcode: 944566

Those needing to dial in please contact Articulate in advance on

See all reflections and discussions in this project here.

See the recording here:
Passcode: G*B086HW

Send your own reflections on a past artwork for a future zoom discussion - details here

What do I say 4 : SPACE/PLACE & THE RED DOT

WHAT DO I SAY ABOUT THIS WORK NOW? is an online project begun for the COVID-19 shut-down period. As new spatial artwork can not easily be shown during this period, this project instead encourages discussion of artworks that already exist. Artists are invited to reflect on one of their own works, including how and why its location is part of the work, for posting on this blog. Responses will also be posted here, and can be self-posted on Facebook and elsewhere. Here is the fourth reflection:

Noel Farina Le Point Rouge (The Red Dot) 2019


I invited my artists to comment on the nature of the Articulate project space before an exhibition is hung: Marco Smudge says, “it’s a space waiting for my personal expression”. Flavia de Jour says, “it’s there for the communication of my difference.” Desirée de Kikk  says, “it’s a place asking for trouble.” Tra Tekram (TM)[1] says, “it’s a place made for my purposes!” Noel Farina says, “it’s a space for my free flowing thought.”

Subsequently, I asked Noel Farina to review Nola Farman’s artwork titled
Le Point Rouge (The Red Dot), which was in a group exhibition at Articulate project space and it was shown at Artspace as a part of Nora Fleming’s Misguided Tour.

Here, for the pleasure of debate, are Noel’s comments,
Dr Permangelo E. Regularis

Thank you for this opportunity Permangelo. Firstly, a gallery is a space haunted by human imaginings. It is where artists collectively create a sense of place. Here, in Articulate Project Space, framing a Red Dot and placing more of the same amongst other artworks is an intrusion, it suggests contagion. Today this would inevitably gesture towards the current pandemic. The red dot is infectious. It cannot be contained. It spreads easily in a crowd. It goes viral. A collective noun would be a rash of red dots,

The Red Dot is an indicator of value, both aesthetic and monetary. It is highly selective, pleasing few and dis-pleasing many, placing and dis-placing. It is the logo of an insatiable cannibal, consuming some and spewing out others, selectively – the mis en place for the main meal. The driving force, the driving farce, slipping between the lines – under the lines of defence – into the line of fire – the spot to aim for. Well spotted. A spotty rash, a spatter of blood and an insatiable itch – irresistible – contagious.

Not every viewer has symptoms. But after a fever, a raised heart rate, feelings of pending doom, a tendency to faint[2], followed by an inclination to reach for a credit card, Red Dot Fever (RDF) is confirmed. There is no known cure and it’s doubtful that a vaccine will ever be developed. 

TM wishes RDF could invade and infect all the spaces of the art world. Oh to be airborne!  So easy.  A red dot can be stuck on with a digit – digitise – no need to lick  – no lechery here. Just a seductive dance in space – see it from across the room. Try to refuse. It is hypnotic. If you go away, you will come back. Dance attendance.

Noel Farina, Sydney, August 2020

[1] Tra Tekram (TM) is an artist, whether we like it or not, in the sense that he is the arbiter of aesthetic value. From the outset his saucy little dots have been and still are a significant part of the repertoire composing his body of work. In a noble gesture, he decided to gift his oeuvre to the art world and it has since become familiar to artists, viewers, collectors and dealers alike. Hence, the red dot has taken on a life of its own.

[2] Stendhal Syndrome: the first example of something resembling RDF was recorded in 1817 and considered to be unique to Florence. This is disputable, given recent evidence of the behaviour of art collectors all over the world.