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George Egerton-Warburton

Jake Walker’s Paintings and Relief & Painting and Relief

Jake WalkerPaintings and ReliefStudio 12, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne13 July – 18 August 2012Painting and ReliefUtopian Slumps, Melbourne18 July – 18 August 2012 The titles of Jake Walker’s two solo exhibitions in July this year were homonymic descriptions. Paintings and Relief at Utopian Slumps presented a suite of nine paintings and an assortment of ceramic pieces […]

Rachel Haynes

What’s in a Name: Catherine or Kate; or Catherine Sagin; or Fiona Mail?

Catherine or Kate is a double act comprising Catherine Sagin and Kate Woodcroft. The duo define their artworks in terms of winning and losing, and play out the division of labour in an artistic practice that employs video, performance, photography and sculpture. Catherine or Kate utilise combative and comparative processes, which challenge notions of artistic […]

Kyle Weise

Steven Rendall’s Television Project

Steven RendallTelevision ProjectThe Substation, Newport26 July – 19 August 2012 An enormous painting of a retail television showroom formed the physical and conceptual centre of Television Project, Stephen Rendall’s recent exhibition at The Substation. The painting was initially sketched with blank white spaces on each of the represented television screens. An image of this partial […]

David Homewood

John Nixon: Anti-whatever whatever

John NixonJohn Nixon: Paintings and Drawings 1979–1993KalimanRawlins7–28 July 2012 John Nixon: Paintings and Drawings 1979–1993, held in July at KalimanRawlins gallery in South Yarra, provided an important opportunity for many — especially the younger generation of artists, curators and critics for whom Nixon is something of a cult figure in the Melbourne scene — to […]

Miri Hirschfeld

Max Creasy’s Making Marks

Max CreasyMaking MarksWest Space24 August – 15 September 2012 Looking at Max Creasy’s photographs at West Space, I am confused. The room sheet tells me that they are C-type photographs, but my eye suggests something else. The subjects of the images — highlighters, markers, pencils and pens — are depicted in a manner that is […]

Spiros Panigirakis

Teacher, Teacher, Teacher

Whilst taking part in an MFA seminar discussion regarding Jacques Rancière’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster and using it as a model to understand an audience’s reception and production of an art experience — my thoughts became very literal.[^1] Could I have admitted to my 2002 Year-Eight metalwork class that I lacked oxy-acetylene welding experience and that […]

Olivia Poloni

Kosuke Ikeda’s Melbourne Art-Power Plant

Kosuke IkedaMelbourne Art-Power PlantRMIT Project Space20 July – 16 August 2012 Although at first glance Kosuke Ikeda’s Melbourne Art Power Plant may have looked like a room filled with boys’ toys, it was more like an alternate space for evoking a quiet revolution in the way we think about dirty energy. The exhibition was a […]

Andrew Mcqualter

Vivienne Binns: Art and Life

Vivienne BinnsVivienne Binns: Art and LifeCurated by Dr Penny PeckhamLatrobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne2 July – 24 August 2012 Some exhibitions allow you to realise that there are gaps in the discourse we conduct about contemporary art. In the introduction to the catalogue published to accompany the exhibition Vivienne Binns: Art & Life at […]

Alanna Lorenzon

Katherine Riley’s Panpsychic Household Solutions

Katherine RileyPanpsychic Household SolutionsResidential locations throughout Melbourne Panpsychic Household Solutions is a project by Melbourne artist Katherine Riley, where her services as a ‘house cleaner’ are offered free of charge to willing participants. This offer, initially made in emails to friends, family and acquaintances and later publicised through social media and The Thousands, became so […]

Tim Woodward

Other public structures

Veronica Kent

Casa Batlló Double Bench/Telepathy Chair

Dylan Statham

Linescreen i–v

Brooke Babington

There is nothing that is major or revolutionary except the minor [Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari]

edited by: Chris Kraus Chris Kraus is a Los Angeles-based author and critic, founding editor of Semiotext(e)’s Native Agents imprint and onetime filmmaker in the New York downtown scene of the mid-eighties. Her novels — part-fiction, part-memoir and part-philosophy — include I Love Dick, Aliens and Anorexia and Torpor. Kraus has written three books of […]

Patrice Sharkey

ASsPEN Island

ASsPEN Island Justin Andrews, Julia Gorman, Melinda Harper, Bianca Hester, Clement Meadmore, Calum Stirling and Jan Van Der Ploeg Neon Parc, Melbourne 26 October – 19 November 2011 When abstraction first appeared in the early part of the twentieth century, the use of simple geometric forms and broad expanses of uninflected colour was conceived as an idealisation of […]

Spiros Panigirakis

It’s all wall: a recent history of the wall in contemporary art practice

Gertrude Contemporary Art Space’s walled-up front window feels like a rebuff to my bad habit. When the traffic is quiet I sometimes idle my engine, forget the road and superficially consume the front space like a teenager cruising down Chapel Street on a Saturday night. I admit my drive-by window-shopping is not qualitatively dissimilar to browsing […]

Liang Luscombe

Price Point

Isabelle Graw is a Berlin-based art critic and author of High Price: Art between the market and celebrity culture, published in 2009 by Strenberg Press. She is the co-founder of art journal Texte zur Kunst in Berlin and professor at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule). Liang Luscombe — What were the circumstances and motivations […]

Damiano Bertoli

Get that paper

As a retrospective, Kusama — showing currently at the Tate Modern — satisfies the standard requirements for historical span and conceptual consistency across material and spatial frameworks. However, these paintings, sculptures and installations seem so directly transmitted from the artist, it’s difficult to assess what kind of dialogue they’ve participated in over the decades. Stepping […]

Christina Chau

Now history repeats itself with Graham Stevens’ pneumatic art

This year’s annual Kinetica Art Fair, hosted by the Kinetica Museum in London, attempted a balanced representation of analogue and digital art practices. In this way, the 2012 event marked a break with Kinetica Art Fairs of years past, which have traditionally privileged the display of digital media. For Kinetica Art Fair 2012, ‘kinetic art’ was […]

Asha Bee Abraham

Field Trip

Having pedaled across the Yarra one Saturday morning in October 2011, I found my friend amongst a cluster of people waiting in the foyer of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. A few weeks prior, Julie had forwarded me an email invite to an art field trip to ‘investigate the influence of Australian farmer Percival Alfred […]

Matthew Greaves

Agatha Gothe-Snape’s Four Parts

Agatha Gothe-SnapeFour PartsKalimanrawlins, Melbourne4 February – 2 March 2012 Agatha Gothe-Snape is something of an anti-hero in a line of work defined by individualism. An artist whose work has almost always been commemorative, she has long been concerned with acknowledging artists in Australia and contemplating their collective worth. Drawing on and drawing in her precursors […]

Merryn Lloyd

Book 16, page 17 (blue)

Margaret Goninon

Excel Painting

Matthew Benjamin

Croissant, Single, Sottsass

Steve Sinn

Angela De La Cruz’s Transfer

Angela De La CruzTransferAnna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne4 February – 17 March 2012 Angela De La Cruz’s monochromatic compositions begin at the site of the Minimalist object which attempts to represent nothing beyond itself. From this sense of presence, De La Cruz speaks toward Otherness through the receptivity of chance and uncertainty, allowing the beauty of […]

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