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Art Almanac July 2018 $6

John Mawurndjul Amanda Marburg Kristian Laemmle-Ruff

Art Almanac July 2018

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We acknowledge and pay our respect to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Guringai people of the Eora Nation where Art Almanac has been produced.

Imparting insight into that which is new, foreign or forgotten is a keystone of contemporary art. From John Mawurndjul’s crosshatched bark paintings visualising Kuninjku traditions to Kristian LaemmleRuff’s photographic dissection of the Woomera Prohibited Area, the stories in these pages cast new light on our world. Jason Phu and John Young Zerunge excavate the fraught history of Burrangong, while Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni take us to a distant post-earth future, offering glimpses into the unfamiliar, unknown and unthinkable.

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John Mawurndjul, Ngalyod, c.1981, earth pigments on stringybark (Eucalyptus tetrodonta), 120 x 61.5 x 30cm Berndt Museum Collection, The University of Western Australia, Perth © John Mawurndjul/Licensed by Copyright Agency, 2018 Photograph: Berndt Museum Courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 5

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair ‘When we are on Country, we flourish’ is the premise behind this year’s ‘Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’ (CIAF) theme: Connection to Country. Curated by CIAF Artistic Director, Janina Harding, and renowned curator and writer, Hetti Perkins, the three-day event celebrates the vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures of far North Queensland through art, crafts, performance and fashion, as well as children’s activities, workshops, artist talks and a symposium held primarily at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal from 12 to 15 July. ‘CIAF 2018’ launches on Thursday 12 July at 6.30pm with a Welcome to Country by the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people followed by the announcement of the CIAF Art Awards winners, who will receive a share of $50,000 across six categories. CIAF Fashion Performance WANDAN (future), 2017 Photograph: Blueclick Photography Courtesy Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Queensland

Perth International Film Festival Revelation Perth International Film Festival began in 1997 in the basement of Perth’s legendary jazz venue the Greenwich Club with one person, two projectors and 12 films. Today, it includes over 120 contemporary independent films presented at cinemas, galleries, cafés and bars across Perth. From 5 to 18 July, visitors can enjoy Australian and world premiere films of all genres along with art exhibitions, industry discussions, live performances, masterclasses and more. The festival sees over 500 works submitted for selection from local and international filmmakers, with strong experimental and documentary representations. A non-profit organisation, ‘Revelation’ maintains an ethical partnership agenda and has a strong social justice program. It uses film as a backdrop for wider conversation about ‘cinema, ideas, politics, personality, history, access and equity’. Betty – They Say I’m Different, 2017, directed by Phil Cox, film still Courtesy Native Voice Films Ltd (UK), La Compagnie des Taxi Brousse (FR), Arte France (FR) and Revelation Perth International Film Festival


Melbourne Art Fair This year’s ‘Melbourne Art Fair’ (MAF) presents a curated selection of works by some of the most exciting established and emerging artists from 40 leading galleries across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The Fair will take place from 2 to 5 August in a temporary structure in the Southbank Arts Precinct and alongside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). As the flagship event of the biennial ‘Melbourne Art Week’, 30 July to 5 August – produced by Melbourne Art Foundation – MAF has partnered with over 50 galleries and institutions with a colourful calendar of talks, tours, events and performances celebrating contemporary art and encouraging discourse. Philip Tinari, Director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), will deliver the Melbourne Art Week Keynote on Tuesday 31 July at Deakin Edge, Federation Square. MAF’s main show sector, ‘Galleries’, comprises solo presentations and thematised group shows by contemporary practitioners from a selective group of established galleries, while ‘Accent’ introduces the Australasian art world to emerging artists of any age. A new proposal-based platform, ‘Time’, showcases five time-based works, including moving image, sound and performance art, across five Melbourne locations. Experimental art is represented via The Project Rooms – a non-profit platform for cutting edge art spaces – featuring presentations from the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, The Physics Room, Christchurch, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne and Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne. Additionally, the 2018 Melbourne Art Foundation Commission recipient Ronnie van Hout will unveil his ambitious large-scale work at MAF. The Collector First View and opening night Vernissage will take place on Wednesday 1 August. Hiromi Tango, Lizard Tail (Dawn), a Melbourne Art Week Commission Commissioned by Melbourne Art Foundation and MLC Life Insurance Photograph: Michaela Dutková Courtesy the artist, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Melbourne Art Foundation, Victoria


Archie Moore 1970-2018 Edited by Linda Michael and Hilary Dickson Griffith University Art Museum

A concise monograph accompanying the exhibition ‘Archie Moore: 1970-2018’ at Griffith University Art Museum, which showcased a newly-commissioned work exploring personal and transgenerational memory. Featuring a preface and essay by Curator Angela Goddard, a ‘Welcome’ by Moore, essay by Dr Toni Ross and interview with the artist by Steve Dow, the book charts Moore’s ‘constant attention to the junctures between Indigenous and non-Indigenous subjectivity’ and his focus on the ‘emotive and disorienting potential of objects and architectural spaces as markers of place and identity.’ Colour images of the vast multi-room installation visualise the artist’s sensitive engagement with materiality and memory.

Votive Adam Lee

Perimeter Editions

Adam Lee presents ‘Votive’ – as an expression and evocation of faith – his first major art publication showcasing works from three exhibitions in Toronto, Melbourne and London. From the deep and luminous blues in Transfiguration (2016) veiling the cover to the vibrant artworks displayed throughout, the book offers a visual journey exploring faith, spirituality and hope. Drawn from personal relationships and historical, mythological and literary references, Lee’s paintings cross the boundaries from the seemingly familiar to new and otherworldly existence. Accompanied by Dan Rule’s introduction, Jack Willet’s essay and a conversation between the artist and Kim Dorland, ‘Votive’ delivers an insightful understanding of Lee’s inspirations, approach and processes of his painterly practice. 29

John Mawurndjul I am the old and the new Jeremy Eccles

‘I am the old and the new.’ What a marvellously biblical statement by the Western Arnhem Land artist, John Mawurndjul. He made it boldly in accepting this year’s male Red Ochre Award at the Sydney Opera House in May, and the once-shaggy bushman – who lives 50 kilometres from the township of Maningrida on his own Milmilngkan outstation, hunting, caring for his Country and painting – had a new confidence in his hand-in-pocket stance, neatly trimmed hair and beard, in response to this important recognition by his peers. But the quote is also the title of his second institutional solo show – the first was at Basel’s Museum Tinguely in 2005 – at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). This is cocurated with the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), where it will be staged in October before a slightly reduced version of the 165-work exhibition tours the country until the end of 2020. The presentation is also co-curated with the artist himself. MCA Curator Clothilde Bullen comments, ‘He’s just so charismatic, and knew precisely which of his babies were important and which less important. ‘This one such a good one,’ he’d announce. And our exhibition will be fully bilingual, thanks to the heroic efforts of translator Murray Garde.’ ‘We’ll be looking at 35 years of Mawurndjul’s practice,’ Bullen continues; noting the shifts across that time. He studied the ancients like Yirawala and Midjawmidjaw, but was taught to paint by his uncle Peter Marralwanga and elder brother Jimmy Njiminjuma. His early works – seen in the landmark ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ exhibition in Paris in 1989 – were mainly figurative representations of mythic figures like female Yawkyawk water-hole spirits or Mawarrmulmul, the shooting star spirit. Then he carved sculptural figures and lorrkons, adding the finest lines of cross-hatching for the first time in Kunwinjku art.’ ‘I changed the law myself,’ Mawurndjul once boasted. ‘Finally,’ concludes Bullen, ‘as his knowledge of ceremonial matters grew, he’s concentrated on the Mardayin ceremonies that are the foundation of Kuninjku law and culture. These works appear abstract to us, because he can only show the public aspects of the ceremony.’ But Mawurndjal points out that there are ‘inside’ matters too for initiates: ‘The dangarrk lights in the water give off a blue colour at night in the waterholes at Mardayin sites. This is Mardayin – the glowing of the lights is the spirit essence of the ceremony. I saw these lights glowing at night. I put the experience in my head and went and collected bark, scraped it down, and then painted the same thing I had seen in cross-hatched form.’


Amanda Marburg Naomi Riddle In Amanda Marburg’s painting Death and the Goose Boy (2015), an oversized goose-figure walks across rocky terrain, set against a deep blue background. A single beady eye perched atop an angular orange beak stares out at the viewer as two human legs protrude from its neck – supplanting torso and arms. It’s a surreal dreamscape with the feel of a dark Grimm fairy-tale, but there’s something else to be be found in the rendering of this scene. The construction of the anthropomorphic bird is almost cartoonish, with the entire landscape painted in such a way that it feels like it has the consistency of Play-Doh. You’re drawn to the tactility of this uncanny diorama – a strange sense of softness presented in two-dimensional form. Underlying Marburg’s artistic practice is a process of distancing. Firstly, she sorts through photographs, footage and found objects – stills from movies and archives, or references to the landscape around her home and studio in Melbourne. Such source material is used to fashion a series of brightly coloured three-dimensional plasticine models, which are then photographed against a studio backdrop. In a final move, these images are painstakingly recreated in oil on canvas: sculptural forms distilled in paint.



New Histories Bendigo Art Gallery Until 29 July, 2018 Victoria

Steve Lopes Impossible Find

Stella Downer Fine Art 10 July to 4 August, 2018 Sydney

Ten artists and collectives have created new works that reimagine historic paintings from Bendigo Art Gallery’s 19th and early 20th century Australian and European collection. Encompassing performance, sound, film, painting and textiles, the exhibition recalibrates history through the lens of contemporary culture, challenging the notion of art as historic record and subverting what Curator Jessica Bridgfoot terms, ‘the legacy of a Euro-Western superiority complex’. The new and historic artworks are reframed in a series of installations throughout the gallery.

Steve Lopes’ paintings are representations of viewed landscapes. His figures, however, are imagined personalities or isolated characters (dis)placed in the composition as an afterthought. Drawing on personal experiences with people and places from his travels, Lopes selects subjects that transcend borders. In ‘Impossible Find’, he reveals a world of transitory figures, travellers and storytellers who are searching for the unknown and unattainable. Moving through new lands unencumbered, they discover the world for themselves and on their own terms – free from modern institutions.

FAMILY FIRST! (Paul Yore & Devon Ackerman), The Birth of a Nation, 2018, mixed media, 170 x 160cm Photograph: Ian Hill Courtesy the artists and Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria

Untitled Figure, 2018, oil on board, 45 x 45cm Courtesy the artist and Stella Downer Fine Art, Sydney


Joshua Webb

Brook Andrew

Drunk Heart | Cool Eyes

rethinking Antipodes

Arranged across three series, Solaris, Phantasms and Altars, artist Joshua Webb’s new body of work comprises abstract sculptures created using a diverse selection of materials, combined with new digital technologies and traditional building techniques.

In 2016 Brook Andrew embarked on a comprehensive study of the collections of the University of Cambridge Museums and the British Museum, London, as part of the Australian Print Workshop’s ‘Antipodes’ project. In the resulting suite of eight photolithographs – acquired by Geelong Gallery in 2017 – Andrew appropriates 18th century satirical prints by British artist James Gillray, which addressed British Imperialism, politics and various conflicts. He uses this archival material to re-examine ways in which Indigenous peoples have been (mis)represented.

There Is 18 July to 10 August, 2018 Western Australia

The LED light and plastic structures of Solaris, the minimal polished concrete objects of Altars and digitally designed and printed 3D sculptures of Phantasms commune in a luminous world of colour, shape and form where science, fiction, design, art and architecture come together.

Left: SOLARIS 6, 2018, Photopolymer resin, polycarbonate, ABS, aluminium, PMMA, & LED, 140 x 50 x 85cm. Centre: ALTAR 5, 2018, polished concrete, blue metal aggregate, steel and urethane glass coat, 78 x 42 x 42cm. Right: SOLARIS 7, 2018, Photopolymer resin, polycarbonate, ABS, aluminium, PMMA and LED, 140 x 50 x 85cm Courtesy the artist and There Is, Western Australia

Geelong Gallery Until 2 September, 2018 Victoria

Bringing up the bodies Without fear or favour, 2016, four-colour photolithograph with collaged photolithograph elements and hand colour, edition 24/30 Produced in collaboration with APW Printers Martin King and Simon White at Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne and Geelong Gallery, Victoria Courtesy the artist, Geelong Gallery, Victoria and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne


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Hawthorn East & West Art

665 High Street, East Kew 3102. T (03) 9859-6277. E W Director: Marjorie Ho. H Mon-Fri 11.00 to 5.30, Sat 11.00 to 4.30. Specialists in Asian Fine Arts and Antiques. July 12 to Aug 31 Earth and Sea by Louise Foletta paintings and Glenys Hazelman potter.

Eastgate Gallery Dealers in Fine Art

Quadrant Gallery

(map ref Melway 45 A8) 72 Barkers Road, Hawthorn 3122. T (03) 9079-0943. E W H Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00. June 28 to July 21 Three Painters – Clive Sinclair, Peter Smales and Maxwell Wilks. This exhibition is a celebration of the friendship between Sinclair, Smales and Wilks. These contemporary representation painters are all members of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society, which is celebrating its 100 year anniversary. These recent works show their enduring shared love of painting. See ad page 93.

158 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122. T (03) 9818-1656. E W H Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 4.00. A Selection of traditional, abstract, and contemporary art from leading Australian artists past and present.

Hawthorn Studio & Gallery

635 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East 3123. T (03) 9882-5553. E W H Tues-Sat 11.00 to 4.30. To July 7 Aspects Of Nature a group exhibition of oil paintings – Caroline Calway, Laurel Foenander, John Graham, Margaret McLoughlin, Annette Smeeton and Wendy Steer. July 25 to Aug 4 (opening Sat July 25, 3-5pm) Created World, Made World a collaborative exhibition of sculptures by wood artist Gary Male and glass artist Peter Toyne.

Peter Smales, Watching Waves – Corio Bay, 30 x 20cm Courtesy the artist and Quadrant Gallery

Town Hall Gallery

Gary Male and Peter Toyne, sculpture, 2018, wood and glass Courtesy the artists and Hawthorn Studio & Gallery

102 Melbourne

360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122. T (03) 92784626. E W H Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 4.00, closed Mon and public hols. July 7 to Aug 26 Main Galleries: Unknown, Untitled – four contemporary artists have been commissioned to create new work based on the historical and civic items in the Town Hall Gallery Collection. The exhibition features items from the collection alongside the new works they inspired, promising viewers a new way of seeing historical works and cultural objects. Also, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Hawthorn Historical Society brings you an exhibition of historical photographs, memorabilia and items from the Town Hall Gallery Collection, which celebrate the many ways in which this building has

Redfern Surry Hills Green Square Aboriginal & Pacific Art

1/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo 2017. T (02) 9699-2211. E W Director: Gabriella Roy (member of ACGA). H Tues-Sat 11.00 to 5.00. July 4 to 21 In Our Hands: Yarrenyty Arltere Artists – soft sculptures from the 21st Biennale of Sydney, also featuring three works from the Biennale by Yvonne Koolmatrie. July 25 to Aug 18 Tjala Arts. See ad page 140.

Michael Reid Sydney

Standard House, 105 Kippax Street (enter from Waterloo Street), Surry Hills 2010. T (02) 8353-3500. W Directors: Michael Reid, Toby Meagher and Will Sturrock. H Wed-Sat 11.00 to 5.00. July 4 to 28 Maningrida Arts Group Exhibition.

Soho Waterloo

Waterloo Design Centre, 105/197 Young Street, Waterloo 2017. T (02) 9326-9066 F 9358-2939. E W H Daily trading, closed public holidays. July 1 to 31 (opening Sat July 21, 2-4pm) Personal Graffitti abstract paintings by Phil Stallard, with Group Sculpture. ArtPark – exhibitions continue at dArenberg Winery, McLaren Vale, SA. Details visit

Artbank, Sydney

222 Young Street, Waterloo 2011. T (02) 9697-6000. E W H Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00.

Brett Whiteley Studio

2 Raper Street, Surry Hills 2010. T (02) 9225-1881. E W Free admission made possible by J.P. Morgan. H The Studio is open to the public Fri-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. The Brett Whiteley Studio is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

China Heights Gallery

Level 3, 16-28 Foster Street, Surry Hills 2010. T 0404-132-023. E W H Daily 12.00 to 5.00, or by appt. July 27 to Aug 5 (opening Fri July 27, 6-8pm) Reflected new mixed media collage by Steve Tierney. See ad page 139.

Flinders Street Gallery

Phil Stallard, Love Surrender, acrylic and oil on canvas, 165 x 200cm Courtesy the artist and Soho Galleries

Stella Downer Fine Art

1/24 Wellington Street, Waterloo 2017. T 0402-018-283. E W H Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat 11.00 to 5.00. July 10 to Aug 4 (opening Thurs July 12, 6-8pm) Impossible Find by Steve Lopes.

61 Flinders Street, Surry Hills 2010. T (02) 9380-5663. E W H Wed-Sat 11.00 to 6.00, or by appt.


409b George Street, Waterloo 2017. T (02) 9318-1122. E W H Tues-Sat 10.00 to 5.00. To July 21 Janet Tavener, and Daniel O’Toole. From July 25 reminiSCENT, curated by Megan Fizell. Steve Lopes, Syrian Sleeping – Paris, 2018, oil on canvas, 60 x 80cm Courtesy the artist and Stella Downer Fine Art

130 Sydney

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139A Beaumont Street, Hamilton 2303. T 0434-886-450. W H Thurs-Sat 11.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 2.00. July 5 to 22 Drawn Out group show – Ben Gallagher, Cherie Wren, Maddyson Hatton, Jill Orr and Bruce Roxburgh. July 26 to 12 Abstracted group show – Andrew Shilham, Judy Hill, Belinda Street, Frank Murri, Justin Lees and Ainslie Ivin-Smith.

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

First Street, Booragul 2284. T (02) 4921 0382 F (02) 4921 0329. E W Free entry. H Tues-Sun 10.00 to 4.30. July 28 to Sept 16 Moving Histories / / Future Projections – this exhibition brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screenbased media. A dLux MediaArts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. Also, Yes yes yes yes: graphics from the 1960s and 1970s – Joe Tilson, Eduardo Paolozzi and John Cage. An Art Gallery of NSW touring exhibition.

Joan Ross, Colonial Grab (still), 2014, digital animation, 7:38 mins Courtesy the artist, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney and Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

The Lock Up

90 Hunter Street, Newcastle 2300. T (02) 4925-2265. W H Wed-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 11.00 to 3.00. Ben Gallagher, work in progress Courtesy the artist and Gallery 139

Gosford Regional Gallery

36 Webb Street, East Gosford 2250. T (02) 43047550. E W Free entry. H Daily 10.00 to 4.00.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG)

230 High Street, Maitland 2320. T (02) 4934-9859 F 4933-1657. E W Cultural Director Brigette Uren. H Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00.

Newcastle Art Gallery (NAG)

1 Laman Street, Newcastle 2300. T (02) 4974-5100. E W Gallery Director: Lauretta Morton. H Tues-Sun 10.00 to 5.00, 7 days during school hols. To July 23 Hunter Red: Corpus. July 7 to Aug 26 Patricia Wilson Adams: stain me with the intensity of black. Aug 4 to Oct 21 Kilgour Prize 2018.

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Regional Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

64 Wittenoom Street, Bunbury 6230. T (08) 9792-7323. E W H Daily 10.00 to 4.00. To July 8 Curating Connection: Art, Language & Country. To Aug 5 Claire Kastelan: Beneath the Red. To Aug 19 Emily Hornum: Do you think of that when you feel lonely or sad? To Aug 26 Helen Seiver: Are We There Yet?

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery Stephanie Reisch, Amazonica, 2018, oil on canvas, 120 x 120cm Š the artist Courtesy the artist and Linton & Kay Galleries

24 Chapman Road, Geraldton 6530. T (08) 9956-6750. E W H Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, public hols 1.00 to 4.00. To Aug 4 Wonderwall by Kevin Robertson. Also, Angela Stewart new works, You Made Me Do It, and Bead Friends Forever.

Linton & Kay Galleries West Perth

11 Old Aberdean Place, West Perth 6005. T (08) 6465 4314. E W H Mon-Sat 10.00 to 4.00.

Greater Perth John Curtin Gallery

Building 200, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley 6102. T (08) 9266-4155. E W Free entry. H Mon-Fri 11.00 to 5.00, Sun 12.00 to 4.00.

Linton & Kay Galleries Mandoon Estate Gallery

10 Harris Road, Cavisham 6055. T (08) 64654314. E W H Fri-Sun and public hols 11.00 to 5.00.

Mundaring Arts Centre

7190 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring 6073. T (08) 9295-3991. E W Free entry. H Tues-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 11.00 to 3.00, closed Mon and public hols. To July 15 Gallery 1: Woldendorp: A Black and White Retrospective. Gallery 2: Silent Synchronicity – Artist in Residence, Stephanie Reisch.

Angela Stewart, Sapience 10, oil on board Courtesy the artist and Art Collective WA

Margaret River Gallery

Shop 4, 1 Charles West Avenue, Margaret River 6285. T (08) 9757-2729. E W H Mon-Sat 10.00 to 5.00, Sun 10.00 to 3.00.

Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery

16 Edgar Street, Port Hedland T (08) 9173-1064. E W au/project/port-hedland-courthouse-gallery H Mon-Fri 9.00 to 4.30, Sat 9.00 to 3.00.

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Art Almanac July 2018 Issue  

Supporting the art community since 1974.

Art Almanac July 2018 Issue  

Supporting the art community since 1974.