Opening Tonight Wed 15th Jan – MOP Projects

January 15, 2014

15th January – 4th February 2014
Opening 6pm Wednesday 15th January 2014


James Lieutenant


Image: James Lieutenant, SUPER, 2013
Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 18 cm
Photograph By Kate Vassallo

James Lieutenant has developed a new series of unconnected images and words. The hyper colours and layered surfaces of his process is all that connects them. SUPER uses the traditional exhibition format, paintings hung on a wall. James’ work motivates questions about the artist’s idiosyncratic tendencies when dealing with images. The space the work sits in is complex, confused, disorientating and brutal.

James Lieutenant is an image-based artist living and working in both Sydney and Canberra. Favouring painting and printmaking, but often incorporating installation elements into his work, he has presented artworks in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and New York. He was awarded the 2013 Linden Postcard Prize by Linden Centre for Contemporary Art (Victoria) and recently completed a professional studio residency with Megalo Print Studio (ACT).


Paul Wells

PAUL WELLS image - Dwelling#5

Image: Paul Wells, “Dwelling #5” 2013,
Pure pigment print on rag paper, 75cm x 160cm

Paul Wells’ photographic work is based on his investigations into the simple and fundamental transactions between people and spaces. Using photography Wells examines the ambiguous space where the body ends and the rest of the world begins. In his most recent work “Dwelling”, the body is not treated directly in terms of the figure but by using architecture as a surrogate instead. Our bodies are not whole but continuous with their environments as co-affecting partial subjects. Even something as surface as skin is constantly shedding itself suggesting we are never fully made. The body gives meaning to architectural space as if architecture has developed as an extension of the body; thresholds, stairs, scale and proportion of materials all persist even when the body is absent. The vestiges of human dwelling mark our place in the world and in this way architecture is a persistent form of memory that transgresses from its traditional representations as knowable measureable and reactive to context and chronology.

Paul Wells is a Sydney based artist who produces images as a vehicle for self-reflection blurring the divisions between real and imagined, interior and exterior, real and abstract. Wells Completed a Master of Fine Art at the National Art School in 2010, and has exhibited widely in Solo and group shows. His work appears in several public and private collections including the Sir Elton John Photographic Collection. In 2012 Wells was an Australia Council Artstart Grant recipient.


Dimensions of line: I/O U in material thought
Ben Denham


Image: Ben Denham, Incremental Delay No. 9, 2013
ink on paper, 100 cm x 70 cm

Ben Denham has been working with a custom built drawing machine to produce a new body of work that ranges from drawings produced with direct corporeal and gestural control, to programmed works that use high resolution positioning as part of a material investigation. This investigation involves thinking through the variations that can emerge out of the interface between paper and mark making implements but also thinking of the machine, and the code that runs it, as materials. This body of work is indebted to the Gutai group, the generative constraints of Oulipo writing, and pioneers in algorithmic, conceptual, light and space and op art.

Ben Denham is an artist from the Blue Mountains who is now based in Sydney. He is a recipient of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Prize, which he used to work with artists in Mexico City. He speaks Spanish fluently and maintains strong connections with Mexico where he has been involved in a number of exhibitions. Ben’s work has also been exhibited in Australia, Singapore and Argentina. Ben has been the recipient of ‘new work’ funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. His doctoral thesis considered the relationship between art and neuroscience with a particular focus on gesture and linguistic embodiment.

MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW