‘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].

Mikala Dwyer ‘Drawing Down the Moon’ at Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art.

“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.


Mikala Dwyer 'Moon 2009'. Appliqued banner.


[Image used with permission from Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery].


‘ArtExpress 2012’ at The Art Gallery of NSW.

‘ArtExpress 2012’ is a showcase of the best works produced by art students in NSW high schools during 2011.

See the exhibition in Sydney until 22 April at The Art Gallery of NSW and read my review ‘Young People Today’ on The Art Life.


Georgia McGlennon 'Stigmata' 2011

[Image reproduced with permission from The Art Gallery of NSW].


Laith McGregor’s latest Sydney exhibition ‘Ohne Titel (Them Listless Folk from Apocryphal)’

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.

Laith McGregor 'Drunken Boat' 2012 oil on linen 183 x 274.5cm

[Image courtesy Sullivan and Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney].

‘Test Pattern 2012’: new art by new Queensland artists.

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.

Read my review at The Art Life.


YAVUZ ERKAN 'Bubble Gum (2011)' (from the series Unorthodox Aphorisms) Edition of 8, archival pigment print, 50cm x 50cm

[Image courtesy Ryan Renshaw Gallery].



‘Works from the Verghis Collection’ plus Oksana Waterfall’s first solo exhibition.

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”.

Read the full review of both exhibitions at The Art Life.

[Image courtesy the artist and Lismore Regional Gallery].

Stocking Stuffers – my top 10 ‘great art things’ of 2011…

This year has disappeared way too fast so it’s good to look back just a little and see what was worth remembering.

Here are my Top 10 ‘Great Art Things’ written for The Art Life where you can also read favourites from Carrie Miller and Andrew Frost.

Hobie Porter 'In Search of Arcadia' 201, Oil on Polyester canvas 43cm x 43cm

[Photograph: Courtesy of the artist, Hobie Porter]