• 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)

  • 23rd May 2018

    No one is watching you: Ronnie van Hout, a major solo survey of Ronnie van Hout will open this July at the newly opened Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne. Curated by Melissa Keys, this ironically titled exhibition shines a spotlight on the Melbourne-based New Zealand-born artist best known for his distinctive brand of existential absurdism. Bringing together works that span more than twenty years of practice, No one is watching you: Ronnie van Hout encompasses sculpture, video, photography, embroidery and text, and features major new installations.

    Opening 12 July, the exhibition will run until 21 October.

  • 9th May 2018

    Laith McGregor has been named as a finalist in the 2018 Paul Guest Prize, a biannual prize highlighting contemporary drawing practice in Australia, hosted by the Bendigo Art Gallery. The artworks of all fifty finalists will be on show from 30 June - 9 September 2018, with the winner to be judged by Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Australia.

    (image: Laith McGregor 'This Old Island’, 2018 (detail))

  • 5th May 2018

    Sarah Contos’ new suspension work ‘Nikola Teska Sends Theda Bara To Mars’ opened at the National Gallery of Australia on Friday. This ambitious and dramatic arial installation will transform the NGA foyer with cinematic tableaus replete with nostalgia and glamour. Made possible by the recently launched Balnaves Contemporary Intervention Series, a multi-year commissioning platform which provides leading artists with the opportunity to present innovative works not previously deemed possible, the installation will remain on view until 24 September.

    (image: Sarah Contos 'Nikola Teska Sends Theda Bara To Mars', 2017-18 (detail))