“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.’”
“Last weekend the new exhibition Contemporary Australia: Women featuring more than 50 contemporary female artists opened at the Gallery of Modern Art(GoMA) in Brisbane. Meanwhile just across the river and not-too-far down the road in Brunswick Street, a solo exhibition and ‘mini retrospective’ by one of Australia’s better known contemporary artists, Mikala Dwyer, has recently wound up at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA)…”
Read the full review of Mikala Dwyer’s ‘Drawing Down the Moon’ at The Art Life.
[Image used with permission from Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery].
According to critic and writer Andrew Frost, in his latest show artist Laith McGregor ‘ups the weirdness’ [Sydney Morning Herald 2 March ’12]. Read our full review of the exhibition ‘Ohne Titel (Them Listless Folk from Apocryphal)’ at Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art (Sydney) at The Art Life.
For the past four years Ryan Renshaw Gallery in Brisbane has held an exhibition under the title ‘Test Pattern’ which gives several graduates fresh from art school their first taste of the commercial art world. This year’s exhibition includes the work of six artists in varied arts practices – Jared Worthington, Hannah Piper, Caitlin Franzmann, Yavuz Erkan, Dord Burrough and Dana Lawrie.
Lismore Regional Gallery is the first Gallery of eight in NSW to host a touring exhibition from Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) entitled ‘Light Sensitive Material: Works from the Verghis Collection’. Curated by Richard Perram, Director at BRAG, it’s an exhibition that includes numerous well-known contemporary artists Shoufay Derz, Hayden Fowler, Shaun Gladwell, Newell Harry, Petrina Hicks, Jonathan Jones, David Knight, Rosemary Laing, Vanila Netto, Michael Riley, Julie Rrap and Hossein Valamanesh to name only some… All works are on extended loan to BRAG from London-based Australian collector Rachel Verghis.
Oksana Waterfall is a visual artist based on the North Coast of NSW. She is currently studying for her postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts. ‘Personal Geometry‘ is her first solo show.
The exhibition “is a glimpse at the people the artist comes across in her everyday life. Finely crafted and of an intimate scale, the drawings are from a timeline of everyone she talked to in a random two week period. They represent clusters of similarity and commonality (the teenagers and friends, their fathers, the mothers) but also those particular idiosyncrasies which make us individuals”.