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  • 5th Aug 2018

    Ronnie van Hout’s commission for the Bendigo Art Gallery in conjunction with the Melbourne Art Foundation was unveiled this week at the Melbourne Art Fair. ‘Surrender’ features two larger than life toy soldiers bent over in a gesture of surrender to an unknown conqueror. The work is situated in relation to the war memorial, where the language of memory most often belongs to the victor, but in these sculptures van Hout monumentalises the capitulator and memorialises the idea of giving up and letting go. At the closure of the fair the sculptures will become part of the Bendigo Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

    (image courtesy of the Bendigo Advertiser) 

  • 4th Aug 2018

    The 2018 TarraWarra Biennial ‘From Will To Form’ opens today, with a site responsive sculpture by Isadora Vaughan and Michelle Ussher’s newly executed ceramic and painterly pieces joining the work of 22 other artists and artist groups. Curated by Emily Cormack, the Biennal considers how the wild, intangible forces that animate behaviour might be present within an artwork. Continues until 6 November. (image: Isadora Vaughan ‘Canker Sore’ 2018)

  • 26th Jul 2018

    Sarah Contos has been awarded a 2019 Studio Scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Recipients of these prestigious scholarships stay at one of two of the AGNSW studios at the Cité Internationale des Arts – either two months at the Moya Dyring Memorial Studio or three months at the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio.

    (image credit: Lisa Mattiazzi)

  • 19th Jul 2018

    Laith McGregor is one of the artists contributing to this years’ Splendour in the Grass Arts Program. His work, 'Hide Your Eyes’, is a self-portrait of the artist in the likeness of a guru or religious figure transferred onto a series of banners that viewers are invited to manipulate in various ways - to deface, distort and alter. Ready with permanent markers to be drawn on in situ, the banners will evolve in collaboration with the Splendour crowd. Laith invites participants to draw faces, text, graffiti and personal ramblings directly onto the work, thereby building an alternate communal persona.

  • 19th Jul 2018

    Jonny Niesche and Consuelo Cavaniglia are presenting new works in ‘Dream’n Wild’, a group exhibition at ALASKA Projects of artists and writers who have a connection to, or who have lived and worked between, the cities of Vienna and Sydney. Curated by Alexander Jackson Wyatt, the exhibition seeks to engage the physical and figurative architecture of the gallery as an impossible bridge between distinctly separate locations. Opening tomorrow night, Friday 20 July from 6-8pm, the exhibition continues until 3 August.

    (image: Jonny Niesche, ‘Untitled (After Morris)' 2018)

  • 10th Jul 2018

    Ronnie van Hout’s solo exhibition 'No one is watching you: Ronnie van Hout', curated by Melissa Keys, opens tomorrow night at Buxton Contemporary. Showcasing over thirty years of artistic practice alongside newly commissioned installations, this exhibition surveys van Hout’s absurdist impressions of the contemporary human condition through an array of sculptural, video, photographic, embroidered and text-based works. ‘No one is watching you’ will open to the public on July 12 and remain on view until 21 October.

    (image: Ronnie van Hout ‘Handwalk’ 2015 (film still))

  • 3rd Jul 2018

    Laith McGregor has received 2018’s Paul Guest prize for drawing from the Bendigo Art Gallery with his work 'This Old Island'.

    This $15,000 non-acquisitive prize is held biannually at the Bendigo Art Gallery and highlights contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The prize was judged by Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia.

    An exhibition will feature the artworks of all fifty finalists at the Bendigo Art Gallery from 30 June - 9 September 2018.

    (image courtesy of the Bendigo Advertiser)

  • 22nd Jun 2018

    Ahead of his solo exhibition at Buxton Contemporary and the unveiling of his Melbourne Art Foundation 2018 commission, an article covering the work of Ronnie van Hout has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald.  

    'No one is watching you: Ronnie van Hout' opens at Buxton Contemporary on 12 July, with the Melbourne Art Fair running from 2-5 August.  

    (image credit: Justin McManus)

  • 14th Jun 2018

    Zac Langdon-Pole has been announced as the winner of the 2018 BMW Art Journey Prize. An international jury selected him unanimously from a shortlist of three artists whose works were exhibited in the Discoveries sector at this year's Art Basel Hong Kong. Langdon-Pole's project will take him later this year across a world that humans and birds have been navigating for millennia. He will follow the flight paths of birds like the white stork or the arctic tern, traveling along the earth's axis where the Northern and Southern Hemispheres' summers intersect.

    Migrating birds cover some of the longest distances traveled by any living being. Their routes have guided the Polynesian pathfinders across the seas.  Inspired by this ancient celestial tracing, Langdon-Pole's journey questions the position of humans as the center of the world. Weaving through Central Europe, Southern Africa, and the Pacific Islands of Samoa and Hawaii, his Art Journey seeks to understand how culture intersects with the science of celestial mapping—and from there flows into larger existential inquiries about who we are and how we are situated in the world.

    (image: Zac Langdon-Pole 'Lacunae Mouths' (detail) 2016)

  • 1st Jun 2018

    Zac Langdon-Pole’s exhibition «scions», featurning works created during his time as the Charlotte-Prinz-Fellow in Darmstadt opens today (1 June) at Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany.

    Revolving around the histories of objects, their interpretations and the fantasies they fuel, Langdon-Pole’s installations uses elements of different origins: inherited furniture, meteorites, bird specimens, or texts, and takes up various narratives to put the seemingly disparate in relation to one another. By combining different objects, removing parts of them or substituting them with other pieces, he traces various connections between cultures, locations and times. He also refers to gaps and deals with the the way different configurations of objects affect the identity and reading of things. Thus his works question seemingly unambiguous identifications and follows the traces in the histories of objects left by migration, colonialism, exotism and cultural exchange.

    The exhibition runs until 8 July in Darmstadt.

    (image: #ZacLangdonPole ‘Residuals (a)’, 2018)

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