The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial runs until 14 April 2013 at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.
“APT7 feels more like the future than the past … The exhibition illustrates the way Australia grapples with its sense of belonging in the Asia Pacific microworld. The denseness of this show, however, suggests that the question of how we resolve our place has become even more complex. The weaving together of work by so many artists means national borders become blurred and what emerges are our similarities and not our differences. APT7 recommends we turn our gaze both inward and outward. If you’ve never been to QAGOMA then maybe it’s time you went”.
“In 2010 Borland gathered together some props and rang a couple of friends to shoot the images for Smudge. She prepares beforehand although the dressing up and poses are playful and usually quite spontaneous. Although it’s not really evident from the photos, one of her subjects was her good friend, Nick Cave, who apparently doesn’t like to have his photo taken. Borland told him she was interested in his shape and angular features and not his celebrity, or his face…”
Read the full review of photographer Polly Borland’s exhibition Everything I Want to be When I Grow Up at The Art Life.
The Heysen Trail is a long distance walking trail in South Australia. It runs for an incredible 1200 kilometres from the Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges to Cape Jervis on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. A couple of weeks ago I flew to Adelaide for the first time to walk part of the Heysen Trail with a group of friends. Although I shouldn’t admit it here it never occurred to me that the Heysen Trail had anything whatsoever to do with Hans Heysen (1877-1968), well-known South Australian colonial artist. It turned out this trip would immerse me in art…
“If I look toward the horizon and squint I can make out human figures. First one, then another, like dead trees after a fire. Each of them stands in the misty beyond – dark, proud and very, very still…”
On a recent trip to Western Australia, we decided to venture a little further than Perth and head to Lake Ballard. Read the full story about our visit to Antony Gormley’s sculptural installation ‘Inside Australia’ at The Art Life…
Victoria Reichelt is a young Queensland painter and a member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council. I recently had a chat to Victoria in her Queensland studio…
“The first book painting I did was a painting of a lone book on a canvas, and then I made works with a few books on a white background, and then I started to paint whole bookshelves, portraits of people through their bookshelves, books flying through the air, piles of books & magazines, and now I am painting the interiors of public library spaces. It started as a focus on individual objects (and their histories and narratives) but it has really taken some very different paths that have lead me to the big library interiors…”
Read the full interview: ‘Victoria Reichelt |Objects in Danger’ at The Art Life.
[Image courtesy Victoria Reichelt and Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne].
“In Finite Blue Planet is the subtitle of the Biennale of Sydney at the Art Gallery of NSW. The ‘global’ theme was apparently inspired by a small work made in 2003 by Argentinean artist Jorge Macchi entitled Blue Planet, a circular paper collage depicting a world map devoid of land mass…”
“…According to Artistic Directors Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster in Stories Senses and Spheres [the subtitle for Cockatoo Island] the Biennale audience is invited to participate and engage in ‘new ways of looking at the world’. On the Island, they said, we are invited to zoom in close as the artists explore aspects of the microcosmos.”
Contemporary work made by Queensland’s indigenous arts collective proppaNOW…
“…at the same time but a long way north from Canberra another important exhibition documenting Brisbane’s well-known ‘proppaNOW’ art collective has recently been launched at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). According to an article by Nicholas Rothwell in the Australian(Surveying the Landscape 5/6 May 2012), Albert is the ‘enfant terrible’ of the seven member ProppaNow group alongside fellow indigenous artists Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Jennifer Herd, Gordon Hookey, Laurie Nilsen and newest member, Megan Cope. The proppaNow collective was formed around 2004 for the purpose of giving a voice to so-called ‘urban’ Aboriginal artists who at the time felt they were being ignored as individuals or dubbed ‘inauthentic’ by all sides of the art world. The group adopted the name proppaNOW after a conversation between Bell and Ah Kee – they wanted to form a ‘proppa’ group and it had to be about ‘Now’.”
“…at Galerie pompom, artist and COFA final year PhD student Kylie Banyard is currently exhibiting her solo show ‘Dwelling’. Galerie pompom is a compact and friendly space. It already seems as if it’s already an important part of the neighbourhood with passers by popping in. As you may have already guessed from the title of the show, spaces (and places) are very important to Banyard whose PhD thesis ‘explores the convergence of two figurations of the outmoded within [her] practice-based research, namely, specific optical viewing devices and the alternative social model of the hippy/artist’s commune.’”
I recently received an email about a new exhibition for Sydney painter George Raftopoulos. I knew George hadn’t had a Gallery show for a couple of years so I’d been thinking about speaking to him for The Art Life when he popped up for a online chat one evening last week. Read what happened in our interview on The Art Life.
[Image used with the permission of the artist and Art Equity, Sydney.]