• 4th Sep 2018

    Work by Tom Polo is currently on view in ‘Meditation on a Bone: Albert Tucker Beyond the Modern’ at Heide Museum of Modern Art. For this exhibition, artist and curator Glenn Barkley has mined Albert Tucker’s library and archive to explore how Tucker’s fascination with art of the past and other cultures informed his painting over the decades. The exhibition title cites a poem by A.D. Hope that Barkley found bookmarked in the library, a text reflecting on the way a handcrafted object links two people across several centuries. Central to Meditation on Bone is the motif of the mask, another culturally loaded device that can have meaning in both the past and the present. The show assembles a range of artists who use the mask literally and conceptually as a way to obscure meaning, invite nostalgia, and connect histories.

    On view until 24 February 2019.

    (image: Tom Polo ‘Emotional Patrol’ 2017 (installation view)) Image credit: Zan Wimberly.

  • 1st Sep 2018

    Isadora Vaughan has been named as a finalist in the 2018 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award. In its tenth year, this annual acquisitive prize and exhibition awards the winner $10,000, with their work acquired for the Deakin University Art Collection. Opening 4 September, 6-8pm. Isadora’s work is also currently on view in her solo show ‘Metabolic Rift’ at STATION, until September 15, and in the 2018 TarraWarra Biennial: 'From Will to Form', until 6 November.

    (image: Isadora Vaughan, ‘Recalcitrant Bodies’ (installation view), image credit: André Piguet)

  • 31st Aug 2018

    Nell will be exhibiting a group of works in This Wild Song at the Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn, Melbourne. The exhibition celebrates the strong female leaders in the arts community. Coming from varied backgrounds and working in a diverse range of mediums, the featured artists are unified by their unique voices and distinct style.

    Opening tomorrow Saturday 1 September, the exhibition runs until 21 October.

    (image: Nell ‘In the street of the blind, the one-eyed man is called the Guiding Light’ 2016-17)

  • 23rd Aug 2018

    Tom Polo has been selected as one of the artists in the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ lineup for The National 2019. Held in collaboration with Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the 2019 iteration will continue the project’s curatorial ambitions as a large-scale survey of contemporary Australian art in the form of three distinct exhibitions that explore overlapping themes including hierarchy and power, dystopic futures, and ritual and improvisation. Opening 29 March 2019.

    (image: #TomPolo, rescue/remedy, 2018)

  • 22nd Aug 2018

    Jon Cattapan’s solo exhibition The Spaces of and Between opens this Friday 24 August at Rockhampton Art Gallery. The exhibition depicts urban topographies and the way human beings claim territory.  Through the lens of surveillance and conflict, Cattapan's vistas and their ‘hard waste’ detritus also invoke questions around the makeshift nature of contemporary urban life and its fluid sociology. For the first time these paintings have been brought together with additional works made as a result of his experience in Timor Leste as the 63rd official Australian War Artist. Which included a suite of haunting night vision photographic images recorded on night patrols.

    The exhibition runs until 25 November.

    (image: Jon Cattapan ‘Night Figures (Gleno)’ 2009)

  • 22nd Aug 2018

    Steve Carr’s Chasing the Light is a spectacular and immersive new project that will be presented at the Christchurch Art Gallery next month. In a darkened gallery, six large-scale video projections explore the poetics of an explosive display and register the transformation of fire into smoke. Cameras chase the action from multiple viewpoints, placing the viewer in the middle of a beautiful and bewildering night-time adventure.
    Opening 8 September the exhibition runs until 10 February 2019

    (image: Steve Carr 'Chasing the Light’ (details) 2018)

  • 20th Aug 2018

    Work by Marian Tubbs is currently on view at the Benalla Art Gallery in ‘Looking But Not Seeing’, an exhibition of contemporary Australian photographic practices. The show highlights the growing expressive nature of the photographic medium and brings together the work of six artists who are engaging with questions of what photography is now and where it is going. ‘Looking But Not Seeing’ officially opens on Sunday September 2, 3-5pm with an introduction by exhibition curator Kiron Robinson.

    (image: MarianTubbs, the organism is sympathetic to multiple applications, 2018)

  • 9th Aug 2018

    Patrick Pound’s major exhibition On Reflection opens this weekend at City Gallery, Wellington, NZ. For the exhibition Pound has shuffled his private holdings with Te Papa’s national collections, continuing to invert the typical power dynamic between artist and institution. Constantly playing on ideas about mirroring and the double, the show is organised as a vast palindrome or Rorschach test. Merging high and low, Pound's On Reflection presents a wondrous "museums of things”.

    Opening this Saturday 11 August, the exhibition runs until 4 November.

  • 7th Aug 2018

    Work by Patrick Lundberg will be exhibited in ‘Painting Amongst Other Things’, a multi-venue exhibition and symposium project in Canberra, initiated by Raqeul Ormella and Peter Alwast of the Painting Workshop at the School of Art and Design, ANU. The project considers works which have set out to expand the common definition of painting. From paintings that move beyond the picture plane to embrace physical space as installation; to works that employ novel technical, mechanical, or digital methods of production to reappraise authenticity; to artists who utilise materials and motifs which are intended to destabilise the aesthetic canon - the works involved in the project are provocative in their approach and ambition.

    Patrick’s work can be viewed at the ANCA Gallery in a group show curated by Oscar Capezio, from 8 - 26 August.

    (image: Patrick Lundberg 'No title’ 2017 (detail))

  • 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)