• 8th Dec 2019

    Zac Langdon-Pole is currently presenting 'Sutures of the Sky' in the BMW Lounge at Art Basel Miami. After winning the 2018 BMW Art Journey Prize, Langdon-Pole undertook extensive ​travel and research, ​exploring how people have mapped the stars throughout history. With a focus on celestial mapping, from Europe to the Pacific Islands, Langdon-Pole sought to trace how Western forms of mapping have interacted with perspectives from the Pacific region. ​ ​Throughout his travels Langdon-Pole collected small samples of sand from specified locations. Then, using an analogue photographic method in a darkroom, he used these samples to make photograms of sand from each specified location. The project also involved the publication of 'Constellations', published by Hatje Cantz, which documents Langdon-Pole’s BMW Art Journey. ​ ​Image: Zac Langdon-Pole 'Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands 31.01.2019', 2019.
  • 6th Dec 2019

    Jason Phu was recently interviewed by Arnau Salvadó for METAL Magazine, discussing spirituality, heritage, the limits of humour and Chan Buddhism, in relation to his recent exhibition at STATION | Melbourne: 'I was born under a stone mountain'. "The title refers to a few different things. Sun Wukong (Monkey King), one of the protagonists of Journey to the West (16th Century), was imprisoned under a stone mountain by Buddha for causing mischief. The characters in that book along with the bestiary Classic of the Mountains and Seas (4th Century) informed a lot of the figures in the paintings. I also drew from the common idiom, ‘Live under a rock’, as a way to reflect the new era of ignorance that I was born into and that I am a part of. I think my updated versions of these characters help me explain my identity – bringing thousand-year-old beings into the present, you would expect them to be confused. But at the same time, their stories are still relevant. That is the juxtaposition of the diaspora identity: things can feel right in spirit but the words and context don’t match up." – Jason Phu ​ ​image: Jason Phu, 'i couldn’t find love, so i put on a robe, walked up the mountain, and became a hermit', 2019.
  • 5th Dec 2019

    'Eveleigh Treehouse' created by Nell, in collaboration with Cave Urban, has been selected by Artsy as one of the best public art installations of 2019. ​ Providing a destination and place of contemplation on Eveleigh Green, the work references the history and character of the Eveleigh railway area in its design and materials, whilst also embodying a personal connection to the site for the artist, whose great-grandfather worked as a boilermaker at Eveleigh from 1931–1952. Created in consultation with the local community, over 400 people welded individual metal gum leaves with personal inscriptions, imbuing the anthropomorphic structures with a face, spirit, and personality. ​ ​Image: Nell and Cave Urban, 'Eveleigh Treehouse', 2019, Sydney. Co-commissioned by Mirvac and Carriageworks. Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Photo by Nelson Cortez.
  • 4th Dec 2019

    Michael Staniak and Jonny Niesche are currently included in the exhibition 'Flat Earth Society' at Cement Fondu, which closes this Sunday 8 December.

    The exhibition features ​artists working at the intersection of abstraction and screen-based culture. From the flat plane of canvas to the flat-screens of daily life, the artists consider how technology has shifted the possibilities of painting and infused the way we experience and frame our realities.

    ​​(images: Michael Staniak and Jonny Niesche 'Flat Earth Society' (installation views) 2019. Photos: Jessica Maurer. 

  • 3rd Dec 2019

    Daniel Boyd and British architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates have been selected to design a major new public square and plaza building and artwork on George Street in Sydney’s CBD.

    ​Boyd's contribution will be a suspended artwork sitting 20 metres above the ground. The steel canopy supported by a single column will stretch out from the building and shield the 800-square-metre open space on the site of the St George Bank tower. Made from perforated steel, the structure will filter dappled light through circular openings of varying size, animating the space with a moving pattern that reflects the night sky.

    ​“It provides a space of contemplation and diversity, a space to extend knowledge of experience – a multiplicity of experiences and narratives, currently extending back 60,000 years through the connection of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. Acknowledging that we can never fully comprehend our past or future is the first step in reconciling differences of perception.” - Daniel Boyd

    ​Image: The proposed plaza and building. Courtesy Adjaye Associates 

  • 2nd Dec 2019

    Eugenia Lim is featured in an article by Neha Kale, for the current issue of VAULT.

    ​​"Eugenia Lim says that she's always had a 'motley approach to creativity'. Growing up in Melbourne, the interdisciplinary artist – whose output includes video, installation, performance and publishing – was less interested in art history than she was in making zines with her best friend. The medium's DIY ethos and defiant critique of power structures set the stage for an artistic practice that playfully skewers everything from national identity and spatial politics to the way the gig economy holds workers hostage." – Neha Kale

    ​​​Image: Eugenia Lim in VAULT, issue 28

  • 2nd Dec 2019

    Patrick Pound is giving an artist talk at QAGOMA on 7 December, from 1pm to discuss his newly commissioned work in the exhibition 'Water'.

    'Water', QAGOMA's major summer exhibition, will highlight this precious resource and spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today.

    ​The exhibition is on from 7 December 2019 – 26 April 2020.

    ​Image: Patrick Pound 'Divers' (detail) 2019 

  • 1st Dec 2019

    Zac Langdon-Pole has been interviewed by Tendai John Mutambu for Ocula, discussing the travel and research he conducted over the past year as a result of winning the BMW Art Journey Prize in 2018.

    ​"Interpolation is inserting something of a dissimilar nature into something else. 'What belongs where?' is a question that often underpins my work and operates on multiple levels within each project I undertake. Sometimes it is literally expressed by bringing together specific objects or texts that might not usually belong together. Other times it is a more systemic question, with the work addressing how classification systems underpin how we relate to the world."

    Image: Zac Langdon Pole in his Berlin studio

  • 29th Nov 2019

    Sam Martin is a finalist in the R & M McGivern Prize 2019: Anthropocene, with his work 'It Was A Day Like Today, A Day Was A Today Like, A Day Like Today It Was'.

    ​Held every three years, with a different theme each year, the $25,000 acquisitive prize for painting calls for artists across Australia to consider the impact of human habitation on the environment.

    ​Image: Sam Martin 'It Was A Day Like Today, A Day Was A Today Like, A Day Like Today It Was' 2019. 

  • 29th Nov 2019

    Dane Lovett is a finalist in the R & M McGivern Prize 2019: Anthropocene, with his work 'Looking Forward'. 

    ​Held every three years, with a different theme each year, the $25,000 acquisitive prize for painting calls for artists across Australia to consider the impact of human habitation on the environment.

    ​Image: Dane Lovett 'Looking Forward' 2019.