AUSTRALIA’S MONTHLY BRIEFING ON art
Stephanie Wilson Adelaide Biennial Martin Parr
Britt Mikkelsen (WA), ocean lace, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015. Photo Jarrad Seng
cottesloe 2016 | 4 - 20 MARCH
Join us to celebrate the 12th annual Sculpture by the Sea on Perthâ€™s Cottesloe Beach from 4 - 20 March 2016. Over 70 sculptures from across the world will transform Perthâ€™s most famous beach into a sculpture park with spectacular sunsets and an horizon that seems to stretch forever.
On the Cover
From the Editor Our first edition of the New Year is awash with exhibitions, previews, news and events. We kick off with cover artist Stephanie Wilson and her interior paintings, part of her ‘Super Natural’ show on at Martin Browne Contemporary. Sara Sweet explores Martin Parr’s photographic beach studies in ‘Life’s a Beach’, on at Bondi Pavilion Gallery. As well as ‘Country & Western: landscape re-imagined 1988-2013’, featuring Australian artists’ responses to the land around them, on at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. While Melissa Pesa previews the incisive works of ‘The Long Dark Night: German Expressionism 1914-1945’, on at Gippsland Art Gallery. Plus we jump around the country with news on the: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Koorie Art Show, Perth International Arts Festival and White Night Melbourne. Annie Sebel and the Art Almanac team
On the Cover Stephanie Wilson Melbourne artist Stephanie Wilson’s latest exhibition ‘Super Natural’ continues her exploration into sparse spaces with a few strategically placed items that amplify the emptiness. Wilson’s cover image Slow Fern, she says, “Is a stripped-back take on a typical waiting room foyer, which are the kind of spaces that I have always found both strange and interesting. The only defining details of the space are two fern planters and a minimal couch. The couch in the space is awkwardly sandwiched by the ferns, making it hard to imagine a person making use of the furniture or inhabiting the space in any kind of comfortable or real-life way. This painting is a look at how strange and unusual these spaces can be for a person to experience.” Martin Browne Contemporary 11 February to 6 March, 2016 Sydney Slow Fern, 2016, oil on canvas, 107 x 122cm Courtesy the artist and Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
Art News explore cultural rituals, talismanic ideas, and material riddles through magic and object-hood in order to captivate the viewer. The Vernissage weekend of the 2016 Adelaide Festival features free artist talks and lively panel discussions offering a Wunderkammer of perspectives on material and magical thinking, as artists and thinkers examine the juxtapositions that make the world itself a magic object. www.adelaidebiennial.com.au 27 February to 15 May, 2016 South Australia
2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object Taking inspiration from the Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities), the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art’s ‘Magic Object’ delves into a world of wonder and enchantment as seen through the eyes of twenty-plus Australian contemporary artists. Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and curated by Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs at the Art Gallery, ‘Magic Object’ runs from 27 February to 15 May 2016, as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. The 2016 iteration is the most ambitious Biennial to date, unfolding across an unprecedented number of venues in Adelaide, including the AGSA and Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at UniSA. Artists such as Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Glenn Barkley, Loongkoonan, Danie Mellor, Tom Moore, Nell, Ramesh Mario-Nithiyendran, Gareth Sansom, Robyn Stacey, Jacqui Stockdale, Hiromi Tango and Michael Zavros, invite us into their own ‘cabinets of curiosity’. Through photography, painting, performance, sculpture, installation and the moving image, the artists 38
Michael Zavros, The Poodle, 2014, oil on canvas, 135 x 155cm Courtesy the artist, Starkwhite, Auckland and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Tiger Yaltangki, Self Portrait, 2014, oil on canvas, 51 x 36cm Courtesy the artist, Iwantja Arts, Indulkana and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
White Night Melbourne In its fourth year, ‘White Night Melbourne’, the popular dusk ‘til dawn celebration of culture and creativity, returns for one-night only on Saturday 20 February, 2016. Melbourne’s city streets, parks and laneways will be transformed into a hive of activity for 12 hours, from 7pm to 7am, as hundreds of thousands of people, of all ages, converge to take part in this major event which has become one of the key cultural events on the Australian calendar. A tailored event that reflects the city’s distinct passions and characteristics, its creative strengths and artistic innovation, ‘White Night Melbourne’, presents a mix of free and ticketed entertainment including visual art, light projections, music, film, theatre, fashion, design, special dining experiences, street performances and interactive activities. Many of Melbourne’s world-renowned cultural institutions – including Arts Centre Melbourne,
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, and the State Library of Victoria – will open their doors all night, offering special events and programming. Providing a platform for local, national and international artists to connect with audiences, ‘White Night Melbourne’ will showcase works by Reko Rennie, Josh Muir, Daniel Crooks, Julian Rosefeldt, Tracey Moffatt and others. See the works of Andy Warhol and Ai WeiWei and discover their mutual love for cats, or visit the Cat Video Festival. Run away with the circus, explore virtual reality, become a retro gamer, or just dance to some rhythmic beats – the night has plenty to offer. whitenightmelbourne.com.au #whitenightmelb 20 February, 7pm to 7am Wonderland Photograph: John Gollings
Country & Western: landscape re-imagined 1988-2013 by Sara Sweet
The land in which we are dependant on continues to influence a significant number of artists who examine and represent its qualities through their own experiences, lessons and understandings. The gallery walls at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery are fixed with a vivid presentation of earthly colours in the landscape exhibition, ‘Country & Western: landscape re-imagined 1988-2013.’ A Perc Tucker Regional Gallery touring exhibition, curated by Gavin Wilson, it includes works by 39 Australian artists who have expressed, through their work, their connection to the landscape. The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre was a suitable venue for the exhibition. Shane Fitzgerald, Manager Gallery Services | Director Perc Tucker Regional Gallery/Pinnacles Gallery says, “Further, being set in a stunning and unique part of the 44
Australian landscape, we always thought the venue particularly appropriate to host an exhibition that explores the nation’s rich landscape tradition.” The exhibition shares contrasting perspectives between the works of Indigenous and nonIndigenous artists. The spiritual connection to land felt by Indigenous artists remains to be a prominent drive. Fitzgerald explains, “For a number of Indigenous artists represented in the show, it is impossible to separate depictions of the landscape from the deep sense of loss and dispossession it represents.” Links between works start to materialise as similar areas of investigation have taken place. Environmental concerns, mainly caused by our own doing, are addressed through a number of pieces while others explore the effects of natural climatic events including fire, flood and drought. Perceptions of the landscape have shifted over the past 25 years and for much of that time the celebration of the beauty found in the Australian landscape was an area of significant importance.
Fitzgerald explains, “…there is an urgency about the work of many artists currently to highlight its beauty, but also its fragility. Our perception has seemingly shifted from a land of infinite beauty, to one of very finite beauty should we continue on our current course of impact and encroachment on the land.” Near Ruined City (detail), 2007 by Angelina George illustrates a rocky and sun inflicted terrain. The bold yet warm colours define the features of the painting making the landscape recognisably rugged and dense in certain areas. The colours soften as the mountains stretch into the distance underneath a dry, cloudless sky. In Way out West (detail), 2008 artist Julie Harris shares her depiction of the landscape with a gentle mingling of blemishes that waver and sit open to the possibility of appearing like trees, water and rocks in a place enriched with depth and atmosphere. ‘Country & Western: landscape re-imagined’ aims to provide a deeper and more informed understanding of connection to country. Viewers may see similarities to places previously visited
and they may recall the feelings experienced from the land when they were in its presence. Fitzgerald says, “We hope for viewers to first and foremost grow an appreciation for the nation’s landscape tradition, both Indigenous and nonIndigenous. Our perception of landscape is linked to who we are, what we feel, and how we interact with space.” Blue Mountains City Art Gallery Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Until March 6, 2016 New South Wales 1 Angelina George, b. 1937 - 2015 Yungul Mangi, Near Ruined City (detail), 2007, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 160 x 200cm Purchased 2008, Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory Collection Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award winning painting Courtesy Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, New South Wales 2 Julie Harris, Way out West (detail), 2008, synthetic polymer paint on polyester, 160 x 198cm (triptych), collection of the artist and courtesy The Hughes Gallery and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, New South Wales
Giles Bettison: pattern and perception
The practice of Sydney-based artist Ian Greig is visually informed by the transient realities conjured by the reflective surface of water. The artist’s new work continues his fascination with this ephemeral floating world of shifting perspectives, spatial illusions and abstract traces of a reflected reality.
Geelong Gallery presents the JamFactory solo exhibition ‘Giles Bettison: pattern and perception’, showcasing the internationally renowned Australian artist’s skills as a master of contemporary murrine glass. Bettison’s work transforms the ancient mosaic glass technique, primarily associated with traditional Venetian glass-blowers on the island of Murano, with his kiln-worked and blown forms incorporating radically complex patterns in subtle chromatic registers.
Greig taps into an elusive subterranean reality via delicate overlays of crystalline colour that conjure embryonic worlds surging into existence. For the artist, each painting is “searching for the only sound that matters”, morphing and mingling with form and colour to create a complex, kaleidoscopic visual experience that eludes our cognitive grasp. Arthouse Gallery 3 to 20 February, 2016 Sydney
Bringing together 33 of Bettison’s works, and accompanied by the recently released monograph of the same name by Margot Osborne, the exhibition is curated by Margaret Hancock Davis and is the third in the annual JamFactory Icon series of touring exhibitions. Geelong Gallery 20 February to 8 May, 2016 Victoria
While the world was new, oil on canvas, 168 x 168cm Courtesy the artist and Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
Textile #2, 2015, cold assembled, hot worked murrine, blown with ground finish, 26 x 17cm Courtesy the artist and Geelong Gallery, Victoria
John Conomos Paging Mr Hitchcock
‘SCOPE16’, Federation University’s Arts Academy annual exhibition showcases the work of Visual Arts staff, Research Associates & Associate Professors.
‘Paging Mr Hitchcock’ is a poetic performative video installation work by Australian artist John Conomos. This new artwork is essentially a homage to the artistry of the legendary Hollywood filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, known globally as the ‘master of suspense’. However the artwork also traces the artist’s own post-colonial narrative and autobiographical trajectory as an artist, cinephile and writer who has been impacted by migrancy, fragmentation, vulnerability and trauma.
The exhibition highlights the staff’s ongoing commitment to a rigorous art practice across a broad range of approaches and mediums including: ceramics, painting, photography, design, drawing and printmaking. The exhibition presents their more recent works, which extend notions of contemporary art and reflect how their work actively shapes the next generation of young artists. Artists include: Carole Wilson, Loris Button, Debbie Hill, Jill Orr, Peter Pilven, Jimmy Pasakos, Ben Mangan, Phil Berry and Lisa Anderson. Arts Academy, Post Office Gallery 3 February to 5 March, 2016
The exhibition reveals Hitchcock to be a witty and poker-faced showman, who was also a surrealist at heart. In responding to Hitchcock’s oeuvre, Conomos has created a complex piece, working across a number of contemporary art forms including video art, new media, cinema, and literature.
Mosman Art Gallery Until 24 April, 2016
Peter Pilven, Psycho Santa, 2015, digital print on paper, 60 x 70cm Courtesy the artist and Arts Academy, Post Office Gallery, Victoria
Sydney John Conomos, still from video projection Paging Mr Hitchcock Courtesy the artist and Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
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Art Almanac February 2016 Issue