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Eamon Sprod

Bogong Air: Festival of Site Specific Sound Art

A West Space off-site project, Bogong Alpine Village, Victoria, 19–20 February 2011 organised by Philip Samartzis and Madelynne ‘Site specific’ is a term that, through over- and inappropriate use, tends to become slightly meaningless; much like the term ‘sound art’. Nevertheless, site specificity has come to play a large and ever increasing role within contemporary […]

Tim Alves

Extreme Beauty: Approaches to the Real

Y3K, Melbourne, 4–24 December 2010, curated by Kate Briggs Finding is the first Act The second, loss, Third, Expedition for The ‘Golden Fleece’ Fourth, no Discovery — Fifth, no Crew — Finally, no Golden Fleece — Jason — sham — too.[^1] Extreme Beauty: Approaches to the Real followed the threads of the classic stories of […]

Joyce Campbell

Te Taniwha

Kit Wise

Monkey Business: John Vella’s HANGBANG (nightshift)

Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania, Hobart 30 October – 21 November 2010 Kit Wise John Vella must be one of Tasmania’s, if not Australia’s, most anarchic contemporary artists. HANGBANG (nightshift) presented Vella’s work to date at Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST), Hobart, but was no ordinary mid-career survey show. Vella took his entire artistic output of […]

Hany Armanious: A Retrospective of Double Takes

Toby Miller

10,000 Paper Planes

There was a time in the history of Victoria when the state collections of printed material, visual art and natural history artifacts were housed together under one roof. Of that early grouping only the State Library (SLV) remains in place, the gallery and museum collections relocated to new premises in the 1960s and early 2000s […]

Jess Johnson

Henri Papin: The Collector Project

Henri Papin was born on 6th June , third child and second son of his parents, who had between six and eight children. His father was a successful goldsmith, in the rural town of Tours in the Loire Valley in France. He emigrated to Australia in with his family and arrived in Tasmania in . […]

Joleen Loh

Jacobus Capone: Nine Prayers for Palomar

Clock Tower Studio, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth 21 September – 19 December 2010 For three months during his residency at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Jacobus Capone created Nine Prayers for Palomar, a series of nine works based on the protagonist of Italo Calvino’s novel Mr Palomar. Calvino’s novel consists of twenty-seven […]

Anabelle Lacroix

Fiction’s Third Dimension

Barbara Kapusta, Desire and What You End up Doing, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne 27 August – 16 September 2010 Dying in Spite of the Miraculous, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne 8 October – 6 November 2010 Things I Wish I’d Known, West Space, Melbourne 29 October – 20 November 2010 A work of art produces its own […]

Jon Dale

The Intimate, Banal Self: Robert Rooney Collects Art

Conventionally a retrospective exhibition is taken as an occasion for the artist to present his [sic] work to date as a reified, ‘logical’ whole, and as an opportunity to demonstrate that he has progressed. That one should be offered such an opportunity at all suggests the achievement of a certain currency in art world chit-chat, […]

David Homewood

Fan Culture: Margaret Seaworthy Gothic

Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne 10 March – 9 April 2011 curated by Matthew Shannon The spectre of late 1960s art haunts Margaret Seaworthy Gothic — from the exhibition’s title, sourced from the font designed in 1968 by New York artist Lawrence Weiner, to curator Matthew Shannon’s accompanying text, which positions the exhibition in relation […]

Kyla McFarlane & Patrice Sharkey

Editorial

Artist-writers, art writing and art as writing … un Magazine 5.1 blurs the boundaries between these roles, mashing-up narratives both real and fake in current practice. Can fiction be critical? un Magazine commissioned writer Dr Jeanne Randolph to riff on her ficto-critical practice, to which she responded with a text that begins with a girdle, […]

Claire Lambe and Elvis Richardson

Just Another Beautiful Cabinet: Monanism

Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart 22 January 2011 – 19 July 2011 Claire Lambe and Elvis Richardson In January 2011 an audacious new public museum was added to Australia’s cultural landscape. Located on a cliff-front in the outskirts of Hobart, the Museum of New and Old Art (MONA) houses the private art collection […]

Aneta Trajkoski

‘You’ll see banal and dramatic landscapes; by the end you won’t know which is which’ —The Centre For Land Use Interpretation

The rationality of a grid on a map sinks into what it is supposed to define… One is liable to see things in maps that are not there. One must be careful of the hypothetical monsters that lurk between the map’s latitudes…[^1] What is legitimacy? What is it that makes a person, a group or […]

Alicia Frankovich

Writing Sculptures

Kel Glaister (b. Melbourne 1984) is currently in Europe following an Australia Council Residency in Paris at the Cité International in 2010 and is currently on a residency at the 17th International Studio Program of the ACC Galerie Weimar and the City of Weimar. Glaister has been working with sculpture in recent years and this […]

Eleanor Weber

The Way It Wasn’t (Celebrating Ten Years of Castillo/Corrales, Paris)

Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis 20 November 2010 – 15 January 2011 Culturgest, Porto, 5 February – 23 April 2011 If I’m going to be completely honest with you, I have never been to Minneapolis nor [sic] Porto so I too have never ‘seen’ the show. — email to the editor, 22 April 2011 ‘Completely honest’, […]

Matthew Crookes

Fiction Written Backwards

History-History The fictional device of creating self-contained worlds in which plots and characters can unfold is not so far removed from the artistic strategy of creating hermetic situations wherein new rationales are allowed to evolve, not necessarily plausible in the ‘outside world’ but reasonable enough in their own terms. In German, geschichten means both history […]

Amelia Stein

Bababa International and The Very Serious Business of Making Money

Like so many insidious and powerful organisations before them, Bababa International (BI) prefer to remain undefined. At present, its six members are nameless and the collective will only agree publicly on their location (Bababa International Airport, Redfern) and their commitment to making and exhibiting art under the BI designation. Perhaps it is this indifference to […]

Jeanne Randolph

Ficto-Facto Acto — Dicta Depiction

If a work of art was a woman’s body, could psychoanalytic theory serve as her girdle? A gal such as myself never overlooks an opportunity to exploit mundane activities for their metaphors, and I was definitely washing underwear when I realised I could write ficto-criticism. It was 1983 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I was […]

Harold Grieves

‘I’m So Ready’ — Kate Newby’s ‘Open’

When Kate Newby scrawled ‘we must build in the open’ in her idiosyncratic script onto the floorboards of Gambia Castle as part of her 2007 exhibition On the benefits of building, I always assumed she was privileging the ‘open’ as that improvisational, and yet urgent domain of self-actualisation. In a culture premeditated on the associative […]

Liang Luscombe

Burros Ballot

Burros Ballot Ry Haskings TCB art inc., Melbourne 9–26 June 2010 TCB art inc. played host to Ry Haskings’ coy spatial investigations in his most recent exhibition, Burros Ballot, which reflected a practice that has developed from a boisterous humour to one of oblique strategies. His interest in the frame as the platform for staging […]

Justine Grace

Pebble Botanica and (There Will Be A) New Garden

Pebble Botanica and (there will be a) New Garden Benedict Ernst Innovators 1 at Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 10 April – 9 May 2010 The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. — Marcel Proust The perceived alterity of the East has long been a […]

Kate Woodcroft

The First Working Retrospective of the Fauxist International

The First Working Retrospective of the Fauxist International Curated by Vivian Ziherl Metro Arts Galleries, Brisbane 7–19 June 2010

Giles Simon Fielke

Lazy Slum

Lazy Slum Tape Projects and Six_a Blindside, Melbourne 19–21 August 2010 The opening of Lazy Slum at Blindside coincided with the Nicholas Building’s annual open studio event. Lazy Slum, a collaboration between Melbourne collective Tape Projects and Hobart group Six_a was described by Blindside as a ‘cross-disciplinary experiment in what happens when you build a […]