Galerie pompom is moving house, and to commend a truly large 12 months they are presenting a special group exhibition of all 18 gallery artists, titled Stockland.
In operation for around two years, Galerie pompom was established by Ron and George Adams and Samantha Ferris, the directors of next door’s highly regarded artist run initiative (ARI), MOP Projects. An extension of the principles at MOP, Galerie pompom is focused on giving new and emerging artists an opportunity to show their work. While a show at an ARI like MOP is a way for an artist to show and experiment without the pressure of ‘saleability’ – pompom provides vital professional and commercial support.
Luckily for us, when the gallery swaps spaces with MOP in March in time for Art Month, the two will be connected by a doorway, giving access to three exhibitions. The expansion will also offer the chance to, at any time, view works by all gallery artists archived in the stockroom, attend an artist talk or just come in for a chat.
The physical space is very important. “[It’s where] artists can invite people to experience their work in the flesh,” says pompom director Samantha Ferris. “In the physical gallery space you can talk to people as they experience the work, and interesting conversations around a whole lot of issues can arise from this.”
When selecting artists, pompom is firmly following in the stead of MOP, which for over 10 years has been a springboard for many artists who have achieved artistic stardom – representation at elite, established galleries, inclusion in major institutional exhibitions and commercial success. This year alone, pompom’s Heath Franco was included in the MCA's young artist showcase, Primavera, Vicky Browne won the Fauvette Loureiro Travelling Scholarship and Todd Robinson’s balloon sculptures sold out at Sydney Contemporary.
Stockland will see pompom’s humble space overflow with sculpture, painting and works on paper. There will be new works installed especially for the exhibition, and an exciting introduction to five new artists who have joined this year – Elvis Richardson, Vivian Cooper Smith, Ron Adams, Samuel Quinteros, and most recently, Mason Kimber, who recently showed his stirring, wistful works with MOP.