• 4th Apr 2019

    Steve Carr has a new book out, his second published by Perimeter Editions.

    “'Smoke Bubbles 1–58' houses a series Carr made while on residency in Japan in 2010. Taking the cover of American soul singer Smokey Robinson's 1973 debut LP Smokey as their point of departure, these images are both planetary and happily preposterous in their bearings. Page after page, we witness soap bubbles filled with cigarette smoke floating, flitting and shimmering against an inky-black studio backdrop – transitory, richly aesthetic moments plucked from a stench of cigarette plumes and a squelch of suds.”

    Steve's first book with Perimeter Editions, 'Variations for Troubled Hands’, won the 2017 Australian Photobook of the Year Award.

    (image: 'Steve Carr: Smoke Bubbles 1–58'. Image courtesy Perimeter Editions)

  • 28th Mar 2019

    Tom Polo is featured in 'The National 2019: New Australian Art', opening tomorrow.

    The National presents the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art, curated across three of Sydney's premier cultural institutions. The 70 featured artists respond to the times in which they live, presenting observations that are provocative, political and poetic.

    Tom has two expansive installations on show at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, involving five new paintings, two site-specific wall paintings and 40 of his ‘Paris Drawings’, made while undertaking a residency in Paris as recipient of the 2015 Brett Whitley scholarship, administered by the AGNSW.

    (image: Tom Polo, 'watching is looking and looking is noticing’ 2019)

  • 27th Mar 2019

    Tomorrow Daniel Boyd and Edition Office’s sculpture 'For Our Country', commissioned for the Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, will be unveiled.

    Commemorating the the military service and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ‘For our Country’ takes the form of a sculptural pavilion set behind a ceremonial fire pit within a circular stonefield.

    “[The memorial] is a manifestation of a deep connection to the land and responsibility to future generations: how they will inherit this relationship; generational exchange of knowledge that has happened hundreds of thousands of times, from parent to child, grandparent to child, great-grandparent to child, and so on. It is about our respect for the land, how we would like our children to experience that connection, while understanding the sacrifices made to seek a system in equilibrium.” - Daniel Boyd, 2018

    Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA (Bidjara and Birri Gubba Judi) will perform the dedication tomorrow Thursday 28 March at 9am.

    (image: Concept rendering of ‘For Our Country’. Image courtesy Edition Office)

  • 22nd Mar 2019

    Steaphan Paton is included in ‘Jack’s reloaded: material as memory’, a Melbourne Design Week exhibition that explores Victoria’s complex geological and social histories through the locus of Jack’s Magazine. A historic place on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Jack’s Magazine was constructed over several periods from 1875 to 1921 for the storage of explosives. It exists as an important site in Victoria’s military and industrial past.

    ‘Come in’, one of the works Paton has contributed to the show, explores historical and continual power imbalance, concepts of treachery and the decorum of the immoral. Using the installation of a gun slit door, the work explores cultural conflict and the myth of a peaceful ‘settlement’.

    The exhibition is open this Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 March from 10pm-5pm. A public talk will take place on Saturday 23 March from 2-3pm.

    (image: Steaphan Paton, ‘Come in’ 2016 (installation view))

  • 21st Mar 2019

    Paintings by Tom Polo will be on view in ‘The Whiteley at 20: Twenty Years of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship’, opening this evening at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney.

    The exhibition features artists that have entered and/or won the scholarship and their works resulting from their residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris along with recent work. The four paintings by Brett Whiteley that secured him the Italian Government Travelling Scholarship will also be on view, displayed together for the first time since 1959.

    Tom Polo was awarded the 2015 Brett Whiteley Scholarship.

    (image: Tom Polo, ‘a new neck’ 2018)

  • 16th Mar 2019

    New work by James Deutsher x FFIXXED Studios has been commissioned for ‘ENTER’: the inaugural exhibition of the newly opened Lyon Housemuseum Galleries in Melbourne.

    The Housemuseum Galleries, an extension of the Lyon Housemuseum established by Corbett and Yueji Lyon, is a new and independent cultural space dedicated to exhibiting ambitious and experimental works of contemporary art and design. For his contribution to 'ENTER', Deutsher has turned the gallery into a site of of consumer and conceptual play, the audience invited to enter the space, take off a coat, use the sculptures as mirrors, view advertising as painting and and interpret meaning from furniture.

    (image: James Deutsher x FFIXXED Studios, ‘Not sure about the turtle, but the copy reads very elegant in Chinese: NATURE DOES NOT COME WITH A LOGO’ 2019 (detail))

  • 14th Mar 2019

    Sam Martin has a new work included in ‘Pictures Made of Wool’, curated by John Nixon and on show for one week only at Gertrude Contemporary, Studio 14.

    (image: Sam Martin, ‘Air Above Mountains’ 2019)

  • 13th Mar 2019

    Dane Lovett's solo exhibition 'Slow Rise / Burning Up' opens tonight at Bus Projects, 6-8pm.

    In this new body of work, Lovett continues his practice of ‘repetitive paintings’, this time taking as source material an icon from popular culture. Lovett is particularly interested in how recognisable images can slip between the familiar, the strange, the ugly and the beautiful, and occasionally reverberate between all four.

    (image: Dane Lovett, 'Burning up 3' 2018)

  • 11th Mar 2019

    Patrick Pound is one of thirteen Australian artists included in the centrepiece exhibition ‘Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia’ at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), San Diego, USA.

    The exhibition represents the current state of contemporary photography in Australia, and was organised with the expertise of five Australian curators and former-curators, who were invited by MOPA’s Director and Chief Curator Deborah Klochko to nominate work.
    ‘Defining Place/Space’ shows a country at the forefront of photographic image-making, opening a dialogue with the rest of our world about the place Australia holds in the creation of art.

    (image: Patrick Pound, ‘The wind heading right’ 2018)

  • 10th Mar 2019

    Consuelo Cavaniglia transformed the gallery with this wall painting for the ‘Visitants' exhibition at Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery, WA.

    The exhibition, with Penny Coss, showcases outcomes from both artists' residencies in the Pilbara during 2016.

    (image: Consuelo Cavaniglia, ‘Untitled (atmospheres II)' 2019)