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The Origins of Humanity an exhibition of paintings by Peter Alwast
New work by Peter Alwast
13 September – 4 October 2014
Opening Saturday 13 September 6pm

Continuing his interests in material reality, virtuality, repetition and the common good,  Peter Alwast presents a series of paintings which chart the origins of the human species.
The exhibitions presents a dialogue between paintings made in the real and their virtual counterparts, constructing and deconstructing perceptions about origin and hierarchy.
Long live the chickens and the eggs !

Peter Alwast’s practice employs a range of media including video, computer graphics, painting and drawing. In 1999, Alwast was awarded a Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship and since completing his Masters in Fine Art degree from the Parsons School of Design, New School University, New York in 2001, he has exhibited  nationally and internationally. In 2013 Alwast undertook a residency and solo exhibition at Videotage in Hong Kong. In 2011 he created a solo exhibition Future Perfect at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and his work was seen in the group exhibition Experimenta Utopia Now travelling to MONA, Tasmania as well as Selectively Revealed at the Aram Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea and Tate Modern London.  In 2010 Alwast’s video animation work ‘Everything’ received an honourable mention in Update III, at the Liedts Meesen foundation in Ghent, Belgium. In 2008 he was the inaugural recipient of The New Media Art Award, hosted by the Gallery of Modern Art  (GOMA) in Brisbane, Australia. Recent exhibitions include ‘Looking Down’ Videotage, 2013, Hong Kong, ArtStage Singapore 2013 (curated by Aaron Seeto) Duets, Gallery9, Sydney, 2013, Frozen In The Tracks, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, 2013, and MAF Video as part of The Melbourne Art Fair, (curated by Simone Hine and Kyle Weise), 2014. In 2014 Peter was appointed as lecturer in Painting at The ANU School of Art in Canberra. Peter’s work is represented by Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane and Gallery9, Sydney.

Image: Peter Alwast In The Beginning, Oil and acrylic on Canvas 80x80cm, 2014.


Dense Plant Scenes | New work by Tyza Stewart
Studio Residency dates: 1 – 31 August 2014
Event Friday 29 August 6pm
Exhibition open Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 August
Artist Discussion Sunday 31 August 4pm

Brisbane-based artist Tyza Stewart is taking part in this year’s emerging artist program at Boxcopy with a four week artist residency in the gallery during the month of August. Come along to the closing weekend events from Friday 29 – Sunday 31 August. Join us Sunday afternoon for a discussion with Tyza, Rachael Parsons and Anita Holtsclaw.

Tyza’s practice is a continually evolving self-portrait formed through paintings, digital images and installations. The work deals with the production and perceptions of gendered identity and concurrent social norms. Tyza gives consideration to how our self expression is impacted by systems that regulate bodies and our perceptions of bodies. The practice becomes specifically incoherent when viewed through an understanding of gender as a static binary, so as to encourage critical reflections and discussions surrounding these issues. At Boxcopy, Tyza will experiment with video-based installation and continue an exploration of self-portraiture through digital mediums.

The project Dense Plant Scenes will centre on a video profile of Tyza Stewart’s art practice.  As a dense plant scene painter, Tyza Stewart uses the practice to experiment and think about ways the artist is perceived based on physical presence and the impact this has on both the subjectivity of the artist, and the art practice itself.

You are invited to submit interview questions for Tyza to respond to in the exhibition and/or in personal correspondence. Ask about Tyza’s art practice, life, etc. Ask from the perspective of a journalist, friend, whoever. Send your questions via (anon enabled).

Tyza completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Queensland College of Art in 2012, has exhibited in group shows at The Hold Art Space, WitchMeat ARI, Griffith University Art Gallery and was included in BEAF 2013. In 2013 Tyza’s solo show Will You Come curated by Joel Mu at 55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville NSW 2204 AU and the publication Tyzatyzatyza were both realised. Tyza is represented by Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

Image: Tyza Stewart Untitled 2014.


Sliding Door

Boxcopy presents Sliding Door  – a limited edition series of artist ephemera.

Available from the Boxcopy gallery on Petrie Terrace, these will be published in an edition of 100, and feature a different artist each month or so.

The first edition features Archie Moore and is available at Boxcopy from Saturday 24 May. The second edition features Danielle Clej and the July edition featuring Elizabeth Willing is available from the gallery.



Upcoming in 2014

Boxcopy is gearing up for an exciting 2014 – along with our emerging artist program, this year Boxcopy will commission new works for solo exhibitions by Australian artists:

Peter Alwast

Kelly Doley

Simone Hine & Clare Rae

Mark Shorter

Tim Woodward



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