Previous Exhibition

Michael Stiegler —
Small Spaces

Oct 26 – Nov 11, 2023

About the Artist      

Michael Stiegler's small spaces exhibition at Side Gallery showcases a confluence of his distinctive illustrations, paintings, and collages. Inspired by many sources, including his former New York apartment, hotel notepads, and renowned art institutions, including The Met and Gagosian, Michael eloquently reimagines the inspiration for his figurative characters and illustrations. These sources first captivated him while living and working in the Lower East Side of NYC.
The small spaces exhibition explores a harmonious amalgamation of illustrations, paintings, and collage works, converging to reflect his unique graphic style and aesthetic. Each piece contributes to understanding a profound connection uniting every element and subject within Michael's artworks. These elements combine to depict a unique and beautiful glimpse of one man's essential processing of the fast-paced world around him. Michael draws a profound study of place and people through this body of work; through his discerning eye and creative practice, he grants an intimate insight into his interpretation of the world, casting light on the essence of each locale and its inhabitants.

About the Artist

Michael Stiegler

Australian artist, designer, and photographer Michael Stiegler has an extensive professional background in Sydney and New York, collaborating with prominent figures and entities such as Virgin Hotel New York, Kate Moss, Dina Broadhurst, Ines Rau, The Kills, and The Dark Hawks.

His dynamic painting, illustrations, and mixed media creations harmonise with his edgy photographic style, with his immediate environment deeply influencing each artistic discipline.

Stiegler's works seamlessly blend his passion for art, fashion, and photography, exuding a vibrant street-art aesthetic where he skillfully juxtaposes the coexistence of ugliness and beauty, mirroring the complexities of real life.

Through his art, Stiegler provides incisive commentary on the excesses of contemporary culture, deftly portraying themes of vulnerability, desire, anxiety, and the insatiable lust for consumption in our modern world.

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a curator of contemporary art, currently facilitating the vibrant program at Side Gallery in the heart of Red Hill, Brisbane. With an unwavering passion for nurturing connections with emerging and established creatives, Laura is dedicated to fostering artistic growth through avenues such as social media, branding, and identity development.

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas, as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane for over ten years. In her downtime, you can find her reading, travelling, or stalking dogs.