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Anusha Kenny

Crossroads / Titik Temu

ArtistsEugenia Lim and Yaya Sung CuratorBianca Winataputri A show that managed to open just before the shutdown was ‘Crossroads/Titik Temu’ at Bus Projects. Curated by Bianca Winataputri, the exhibition is intended to commence a curatorial series facilitating exchange between artists from Indonesia and Australia. ‘Crossroads/Titik Temu’ is a two-hander, presenting a selection of works by […]

Sarah Gory

Patrick Pound: The Museum Of There, Not There

I ride across town early on a Friday morning for a private viewing of Patrick Pound’s new exhibition at STATION Gallery in South Yarra. Private viewings are the only kind of physical viewing in the age of COVID-19 and after weeks of quarantine (in the midst of quarantine) it feels indulgent, luxurious even, to be […]

Jenna Rain Warwick

A response to Edwina Green’s I’ll Carry My Own Water

Sea-brown ships glide on heavy warm air, rising to the top floor of SEVENTH Gallery. On second examination the ship-like qualities are replaced by an answer to a more vital need: thirst. The ship plays a cardinal role in the colonial saga and it seems fitting that such heroic propaganda is undermined by Indigenous craft […]

Emerson Radisich

Trees

Curated by: Cristana Napoleone and Emergence Magazine Featuring: Alisha Anderson, Hattie Malloy, Terrain Projects, Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee. Nestled amongst the industrial buildings of Fitzroy, Melbourne, lies Trees, a multisensory exhibition focused on the way humans interact with the natural environment. The exhibition provides a welcomed respite from the concreted environs it exists within […]

Sarah Gory

Dark Kitchen

Curated by: Laura CouttieArtist: Shannon Lyons At first, it’s easy to completely miss Shannon Lyons’ Dark Kitchen installation in Heide Museum of Modern Art’s project space. So streamlined is the constructed wall with the gallery, that I almost strolled right on past. The tell-tale sign is the doorways hung with coloured plastic strips, a nod […]

Benjamin Clay

Alpine Bogs And Associated Fens

Alpine Bogs and Associated Fens is Amanda Williams’ first solo exhibition with Sydney gallery The Commercial. Its seven-work hang feels to be the culminating gesture of the artist’s recent commitment to hand-printed mural format gelatin silver photographs. Although these immense and antiquated processes are tremendously laborious, Williams achieves a graceful givenness – or perhaps a […]

Neika Lehman and Lauren Gower

meditations on muwinina country

The images above are taken from three soapboxes that form the work meditations on muwinina country and are designed to be read as a ‘family’. This concept takes that literally, using the creative and conceptual writing of trawlwoolway family members: Neika Lehman and Lauren Gower. The series is a new iteration of an ongoing writing […]

Diego Ramirez

Felt cute might delete never

I suspect the art world thinks I’m ugly — maybe. This is not about a lack of swipes on Tinder or an unreturned call, it’s something else. Well, I’m just going to say it: the thing is, there’s a local photographer that did not approach me at an impressionable age to pose on camera (the […]

Johanna Bear

Potential Space

Curators: Kathleen Linn and Sarah Hibbs Artists: Xanthe Dobbie, Clare Longley, Loc Nguyen, Nabilah Nordin / Nick Modrzewski, EJ Son and Sophie Takách Nestled amongst the corridors and storage units of Kennards Self Storage in Ultimo, Sydney — on Gadigal and Guring-gai land — lies Potential Space. Like a lung that breathes in and expands, […]

Jo Pugh

Soft Trees Break The Fall: Felix Atkinson

a body of assumptions a mind coerced into trusting your prescribed narrative has me flattening concealing trying to be loud though pillowy lips and building blocks reverse my progress it is these marks from which resurrection trembles Over the course of their emerging career, Felix Atkinson’s artistic practice has worked towards resisting dominant frameworks of […]

Michaela Bear

Hannah Gartside: Fantasties

why must a gown either creep or caress & not slip into both These words, rendered delicately in pink and barely visible atop exposed aggregate and polished concrete flooring, graze my soles as I enter Hannah Gartside’s Fantasies at Ararat Gallery TAMA. Autumn Royal’s poetic response references a tag from a vintage nightie that Gartside […]

Corinna Berndt

Zoextropy The Posthuman Beauty

Curator: Maria Morata Artists: Suzanne Treister, Pinar Yoldas, Lu Yang, Marco Donnarumma, Renaud Marchand, Yvonne Roeb, Alan Warburton For those unfamiliar with the term ‘posthuman’, Maria Morata’s curatorial project Zoextropy. The Posthuman Beauty could suggest a world filled with monstrous dystopic creations. Perhaps one might envision a spectacle, something along the lines of enthusiastic technophilia, or visions of a […]

Henry Law

Martin George: Box Of Stamps

By virtue of the grid, the given work of art is presented as a mere fragment, a tiny piece arbitrarily cropped from an infinitely larger fabric. Thus the grid operates from the work of art outward, compelling our acknowledgement of a world beyond the frame. — Rosalind Krauss, 1979. Box of Stamps, a new solo […]

Alistair Baldwin

The Lizard is Present: But Are We?

Artist. Innovator. Feminist. Lizard. Conversation-starter. What can I say about Marina Abromalizardvic in a thousand words that can’t be gleaned from spending even a few seconds in her presence? What could I attempt to articulate, that wouldn’t be dwarfed by the flood of unspoken understanding that one feels opposite her, gazing into a face that […]

Loni Jeffs

Winter Sun

Artists: Matt Arbuckle, Sean Bailey, Lucia Canuto, Rafaella McDonald, Jahnne Pasco-White, Laura Skerlj Curators: Daine Singer and Laura Couttie In 2009 Maggie Nelson published her cult hit Bluets, a book of prose poetry exploring grief, loss and suffering via meditations on the colour blue. Nelson’s oft quoted text stands as the curatorial and conceptual inspiration […]

Thomas Ragnar

Mouthing: Octopus 19: Ventriloquy

Exhibiting artistsCeri Hann, Danielle Freakley, Eric Demetriou, Gabriella D’Costa, Jacqui Shelton (with Alice Heyward and Megan Payne), Jake Moore, Makiko Yamamoto, Mel Deerson and Briony Galligan, MP Hopkins, Simon Zoric and Steven Rhall. PerformancesAsh Kilmartin, James Rushford and Rachel Yezbick, Jacqui Shelton (with Alice Heyward and Megan Payne) Jake Moore, Kate Brown, Mel Deerson (with […]

Anador Walsh

I Will Never Run Out of Lies Nor Love

Nanette Orly and Sebastian Henry-Jones are two Sydney based curators who are doing things differently. Their curatorial practices are collaborative and artist-led, and for them inclusion and diversity are not simply boxes ticked but entrenched ways of working. Theirs is a subtle and destabilising activism that models a better, more dialogical way of curating across […]

Sophie Rose

The Self Without Time: Liam O’Brien’s Empty Avenues (Best of Season 1)

Liam O’Brien’s recent screening of Empty Avenues (Best of Season 1) (2018) at Seventh Gallery was staged in a dim room with two armchairs, a wooden coffee table, a lamp and two portable heaters. As visitors entered this fabricated space, they were faced with a second living room, on screen. The set inside the film […]

Malay Firoz

Political Art and the Forensic Traces of Atrocity: Alana Hunt’s Cups of Nun Chai

On 14 February 2019, a suicide bomber drove an SUV packed with explosives into a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing forty CRPF troopers in one of the deadliest attacks on India’s armed forces in the past three decades. The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) took […]

Sophie Rose

Interview with Utility (Part II)

This is the second of a two-part conversation series between Sophie Rose and Utility, an ongoing collaboration between sound artists Austin Buckett and Thomas Smith. You can read the first part here. Describing the project as a shared fascination with the ‘existing constellation of fake and real sounds’, Smith and Buckett draw from the seemingly-infinite […]

Sophie Rose

Interview with Utility (Part I)

In the first of a two-part series, Sophie Rose chats with Utility, an ongoing collaboration between sound artists Austin Buckett and Thomas Smith. Describing the project as a shared fascination with the ‘existing constellation of fake and real sounds’, Smith and Buckett draw from the seemingly-infinite library of presets in electronic music production. Situated somewhere […]

Rosie Overell

LOUISE MENZIES: In An Orange My Mother Was Eating

It seems as though we are all creative now. The University hosts an event after the Christchurch terror attacks. The speaker offers ‘creative solutions’ to violence. My mind swivels. What does that even mean? A wry smile from across the table: yarn bombing? Let’s give that one a miss, eh? This article is a bit […]

Beth Caird

Other Side of The Ribbon All Tied Up In Knots: Conversations With Matthew van Roden

APOCRYPHILIA was at The Northern Centre For Contemporary Art, Darwin, until 30 March 2019. This interview took place on Larrakia Country. We acknowledge the Larrakia People as the Traditional Owners of the Darwin region and pay our respects to Larrakia Elders past, present and becoming. Beth Caird: Could you tell me about your upbringing in […]

Elyssia Bugg

The Tennis Piece

Choreographer: Atlanta Eke Performers: Atlanta Eke, Ivey Wawn, Annabelle Balharry, Ellen Davies Music: Daniel Jenatsch It’s 1789 and 577 deputies of The Third Estate arrive at Versailles to find that their access to the Menus Plaisirs hall has been suspended. Though standing as representatives of all French citizens not granted membership to the first two […]