Inward & Outward: A review of the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial [APT7]

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”.

Read the full review at The Art Life.

Sangdon Kim (South Korea) b.1973 Bulwang-dong Totem [blue] 2012 Giclee prints on premium lustre paper, ed. 2/5
[Courtesy the artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art].

Everything I Want to be When I Grow Up…

“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.

Polly Borland, Untitled (Nick cave in a blue wig) 2010, type C photograph
210 x 160 cm approx

[Image reproduced courtesy of the artist © Polly Borland and Murray White Room, Melbourne].

Art on the Heysen Trail…

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…

Read the full story at The Art Life.

River red gums. Heysen Trail, South Australia


Antony Gormley’s ‘Inside Australia’

“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

Antony Gormley ‘Inside Australia’

[Photo: Sharne Wolff].

Interview with Victoria Reichelt: Objects in Danger.

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’ The 18th Biennale of Sydney (ArtGalleryofNSW)

“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…”

Read the full review at The Art Life.

Guido Van der Werve ‘Nummer Acht: Everything is going to be alright, 2007’. 16mm film transferred to digital video file, 10:10 mins

[Courtesy the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and the 18th Biennale of Sydney].

‘Stories Senses and Spheres’ – The 18th Biennale of Sydney (Cockatoo Island).

“…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.”

Read the full review at The Art Life.

Cal Lane
‘Domesticated Turf 2012’
sifted sand and plasma cut steel shipping container, dimensions variable

[Image courtesy the 18th Biennale of Sydney and Cal Lane].

It’s gotta be proppaNOW.

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’.”

Read the full review of the exhibition at The Art Life.

The members of proppaNOW. Jennifer Herd, Richard Bell, Megan Cope, Gordon Hookey, Laurie Nilsen, Tony Albert, Vernon Ah Kee.

[Photograph courtesy proppaNOW and the State Library of Queensland].

The Age of Aquarius? Kylie Banyard at Galerie pompom…

“…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.’”

Read the rest of my review at The Art Life.

Kylie Banyard ‘So This is Freetown’ 2012 oil on linen, found kaleidoscope, steel, enamel paint, 60 x 76 cm, stand height: 150 cm

[Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney].

George Raftopoulos on the joy of painting (vs. going to the dentist).

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.

George Raftopoulos ‘The Dentist’ 2012 Oil on canvas. 120 x 180cm

[Image used with the permission of the artist and Art Equity, Sydney.]