‘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].

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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.]

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].

There’s surely ‘Nothing Like Performance’.

Last week I attended the opening of ‘Nothing Like Performance’ at Artspace in Sydney. The exhibition presents the work of five artists – Matthew Bradley, Lauren Brincat, Paul Donald, Will French and Yiorgos Zafiriou and the collaborative practice Brown Council (with artists Fran Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith). Read the full review here.

Lauren Brincat, This Time Tomorrow:Tempelhof, installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2011. Photo: silversalt photography

Alexander Seton’s new exhibition: ‘Flags’

One of Australia’s most promising young sculptors, Alex Seton, opened his new show ‘Flags’ at Sullivan + Strumpf in Sydney this week. Read my interview with Alex Seton.

 

Brick Pile Monument Series: Blood Sweat and Tears 2011 Bianco marble, Queensland Pearl marble, steel rod, lighting, 220 x 120 x 120cm

 

[Image courtesy Sullivan + Strumpf and photographer Per Ericson].