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].

An Interview with Tamara Dean…

To coincide with Sydney’s Head On Photo Festival, this week I’ve interviewed artist (and Sydney Morning Herald photographer) Tamara Dean who is currently exhibiting her show ‘Only Human‘ at Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney:

“I am [also] interested in the relationship between humans and nature, or more specifically the Australian bush. How we interact and engage with the natural world and with each other…”

Read the full interview at The Art Life.

'Upstream' 2011. Tamara Dean. Photographic print on archival cotton rag.

[Image courtesy the artist, Tim Olsen Gallery and James Makin Gallery].


‘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].



Artist Kathy Mackey’s ‘Equine Collection’ features in ‘The Magic of Racing’ exhibition.

Now showing at Retrospect Galleries Broadbeach (Queensland) until 25 January 2012 is ‘The Magic of Racing’ exhibition.


Kathy Mackey 'Equine Collection 2' 48 x 55cm Media: Digital photograph on photo rag paper.

Queensland artist Kathy Mackey is exhibiting her photograph ‘Equine Collection 2‘.

The artist says:

“The sport of horse racing has had a long tradition of celebration by nobility. A gentleman was noted for his possessions that included racehorse and personalised dinner ware that marked wealth and status in the community. Racing carnivals historically and in the present also represent the opportunity for people to gather in social groups and celebrate , not only the sport itself ,but the social expectations real or imagined that accompany it.”

For more information and other artists exhibiting in this show see Retrospect Galleries Queensland.

Exhibition preview: Wild Soles.

A little preview of new sculptural and photographic works by Gold Coast artist Mari Hirata in the exhibition ‘Wild Soles’…

'The Beauty and the Pain'

My 2010 interview with Mari for Lucida Magazine (Queensland Centre for Photography).

The show opens Friday 14 October 2011 at Retrospect Galleries Queensland (Broadbeach) at 6pm.