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Deirdre Cannon

How to: do the work

To be con-temporary does not necessarily mean to be present, to be here-and-now; it means to be ‘with time’ rather than ‘in time’… To be con-temporary … can thus be understood as being a comrade of time.[^1] — Boris Groys In his 1925 essay ‘Everyday Life and the Culture of the Thing (Towards a Formulation […]

Scott McCulloch

124,908

In history as in nature, decay is the laboratory of life. — Karl Marx 124,908 took place in the city of Rustavi, Georgia, as part of the 2nd Tbilisi Triennial: ‘Self-Organised Systems’. The title of the show expanded the threads of Lucy R Lippard’s ‘numbers shows’. Curator Tara McDowell and host, Galaqtion Eristavi (of Georgian […]

Elena Betros

Helen Grogan, THREE ADJOINING SPACES WITH MANIFOLD EDGES, West Space, 29 May – 4 July 2015

Catherine Dale

Georgette Brown, Wendelien Bakker, Anna Rankin, Sam Norton, Virginia Overell & Holly Childs, Vital Bodies, curated by Georgina Watson, The Blue Oyster Art Project Space, 8 July – 1 August 2015

The show is also partly about vagina. Vagina is not a theme but it is a thing that turns up in Georgette Brown’s painting Painfully aware at the moment of salvation (2015). There’s a vagina and a uterus with their own moon/egg in vibrating patterns of pastels and texture—a small piece of paua (mother of […]

Eleanor Zeichner

On Ownership: Bhenji-Ra’s Radical Reframing

Before a wall of mirrors, five performers dance for their reflections. The room heaves with bodies and music pumps through the crowd like a pulse. The audience beyond the mirrors can’t see the performers, only screens transmitting a live-feed of the performance just out of sight. They cheer anyway. Sydney-based performance artist Bhenji-Ra’s practice foregrounds […]

Damiano Bertoli

Wearing: Nikos Pantazopolous

As in previous work by Nikos Pantazopolous, the installation of photographs in Wearing negotiates the symbolic and semiotic connections between public and private sexuality. The permeability of erotic experience within and around architecture is explored through a language of ‘place’ as defined by usage, coded and clandestine, modern and hist­orical. Where projects such as OMIA […]

Jake Swinson

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 7 Oct 2014 – 8 Feb 2015

As the clock struck midnight, a Witch appeared in the National Gallery of Victoria out of a cloud of dense, black fog. It was 4am. Fumbling with its robes and black pointed hat, a bottle of Flintstone-shaped multi­vitamins tumbled from a concealed pocket onto the floor and scattered about the space. On all fours, Witch […]

Lauren Burrow

When I write I know that I am drawing

Cartoon meets calligraphy meets word game meets mind map. Such is the mode of Agatha Gothe-Snape’s Free Speaking, which ran at Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio 12 from 17 October to 15 November 2014. Marked with an almost-anachronistic handwritten immediacy, the suite of drawings were made perfunctorily by the artist over a period of one week, in […]

Tara Heffernan

The Form That Accommodates The Mess, OtherFilm and Institute of Modern Art, 30 October 2014

The relationship between society and image-production was explored in The Form That Accommodates The Mess, a program of four films curated by OtherFilm in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Included were Robin Laurie and Margot Nash’s We Aim to Please (1976), Martha Rosler’s Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975), Dara Birnbaum’s Technology/Transformation: Wonder […]

Scott McCulloch

Portrait of Riak

Since the viral sensation of Bangs with his song and video clip, Take U To Da Movies, a slew of African youth living in Melbourne have taken to rapping as a transformative mode of expression. Ezu, William 2k, Garang Garang, Clik Fablice/Flybz, D KAYZ, Prince Jay and Abiel are some of the names of the […]

Harriet Kate Morgan

Aesthetic Suicide

The 2013 version of Silver Bullets begins with a re-edited excerpt from Warhol and Paul Morrissey’s 1967 film I, a Man, in which Solanas performs her own scripted lines. Condensed from the original nine minutes to two minutes, Burchill and McCamley’s re-edit showcases Solanas’s particular brand of table-turning humour, as she wittily refuses a sexual […]

Ellie Buttrose

Processing Disagreement: Part One, OtherFilm and Institute of Modern Art, 5 September 2013

Helen Johnson

Memory is not a recording device: on Eliza Hutchison’s Hair in the Gate, a biograph

In Australia, we struggle to insist on identity even as we are engulfed by the unrepresentable. I feel that this is a condition of being Australian. The moment we believe we have defeated the unrepresentable is the moment we have once again failed, retreating into construct only to await the next encroachment. Hutchison’s work is […]

Robert Shumoail-Albazi

Zoë Croggon, Pool, West Space, 19 July – 10 August 2013

The contradictory elements of dynamism at play throughout Zoë Croggon’s recent exhibition Pool at West Space, Melbourne, reflect an imitative relationship of both movement and stasis, often through the effective use of visual comparison. Comprising six collage prints fluently combining images of the human body in motion with architectural environments alongside a dance-based video piece, […]

Ian Haig

McCarthyism: Paul McCarthy, WS, The Armory, 19 June – 4 August 2013

The McCarthy era of post-war America in the late 1940s had its eyes firmly set on all things communist, as well as an Orwellian attitude towards subversive behavior. Namesake and bastard child of the era Paul McCarthy however, has his eyes set on all things perverse and fucked up in American culture. His massive exhibition […]

Julian Aubrey Smith

Leanne Hermosilla, Limited Visibility, Beam Contemporary, 8 June – 6 July 2013

Isabelle Sully

Kain Picken, Economy Class/Resort, West Space, 29 August – 14 September 2013

Chelsea Hopper

Georgia Kaw, Patrick Miller & Elizabeth Pulie, Loose Change Menu, Moana Project Space, 19 July – 23 August 2013

Loose Change Menu: an apt title for a rather ill fitting yet satisfying jumbled assortment of artworks. On the whole, it’s a haptic exhibition: giant poster prints of an old couch drape over the walls, literally spilling into the creative studios next door; an unearthed tennis pole from a game of swing ball is lounging […]

Patrice Sharkey

Channel G, West Space, 21 June – 13 July 2013

In June and July 2013, Sean Peoples staged Channel G at West Space, transforming the gallery’s back space into a temporary, makeshift film studio that broadcast live and unscripted video content produced by an ensemble of local contemporary artists and friends of Peoples. As viewers of Channel G, we were privy to a wide range […]

Daniel Withers

Monochrome Exhibition, Sutton Project Space, 22 August – 14 September 2013

Nearly a century after the Russian Supremacists, the contemporary relevance of the monochrome painting is explored in a considered exhibition at Sutton Projects. David Homewood’s curatorial statement speaks of the complications with our traditional process in trying to make sense of a painting when considering the monochrome. Instead of focusing on whether we like the […]

Jesse Dyer

Une séance du cinéma

‘Didn’t the images and forms of modernism already have ruin, decay, and obsolescence written into them?’[^1] — Mark Lewis, Is Modernity our Antiquity? Daria Martin’s One of the Things that Makes Me Doubt is an ambiguous exhibition experience. The chattering of film projectors and the earthy soundtracks by Zeena Parkins resonate through the muddy acoustics […]

Bryan Spier

Naked and alone: Pat Larter, Laser-Print Painting, 1995

I confess to a prickling of embarrassment when I look at Pat Larter’s Laser-Print Painting of 1995. I first saw it at the opening of the Sarah Scout instalment of Geoff Newton’s epic Like Mike series. Here I found myself embarrassed to gaze too deeply at it, and ashamed to be seen averting my eyes. […]

Anusha Kenny

Kim Donaldson, tomorrow a well, VCA Student Gallery, 27–28 February 2013

Kim Donaldson’s PhD confirmation exhibition tomorrow a well formally marked the beginning of her academic research into the concepts of ‘performing the curatorial’ and ‘context-sensitivity’ in exhibition-making.[^1] In reality, Donaldson has been exploring these concepts for most of her career, working as both an artist and a curator to initiate group exhibitions exploring temporality, speculative […]

Isobel Parker Phillip

Clare Milledge, Motivated Reasoning: Strategic, Tactical, Operational, The Commercial Gallery, 22 March – 13 April 2013

Clare Milledge’s recent exhibition at The Commercial in Sydney, Motivated Reasoning: Strategic, Tactical, Operational, consumed and transformed the space of the gallery. Viewers were invited to navigate the calculated arrangement of painted glass, furniture and hanging fabric as a composite and self-contained artistic statement. To make sense of the exhibition, it was necessary to decipher […]

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