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SEPTEMBER 2016 $6.00


Karla Dickens Jonathan Jones Bundit Puangthong

SPEAKING COLOURS Image: Reko Rennie, NO SLEEP TILL DREAMTIME #18, 2015, mixed media on board, 70 x 70cm, with permission from the artist Reko Rennie is represented by blackartprojects.

16 September – 22 October

Speaking Colours is an exhibition which highlights the numerous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language groups in two main ways: by presenting works by artists from different language or clan groups; and through works which refer to the artist’s indigenous language including those with an indigenous language title and those which incorporate text or symbols. REGIONAL GALLERY Cnr Bourke & Church Sts Goulburn Open Mon-Fri 10-5 Sat 1-4. Free Entry. Closed Sunday & Public Holidays. 02 4823 4494 REGIONAL GALLERY is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW

Dagmar Cyrulla Moments 3 - 29 September

In this Issue From the Editor Why is memory important? The loss of personal narratives as we age is devastating, but a tight grip on social and historical remembrance isn’t as universally valued. This month we reflect on artists who look back to turn this around. We spotlight a few ‘retro active’ practices that sample from and remix the past including Melbourne-based Thai painter Bundit Puangthong and Indigenous artists Jonathan Jones and Karla Dickens. In Goulburn, ‘Speaking Colours’ echoes the value of Aboriginal languages to contemporary identity. Luke Letourneau looks at Yoshua Okón’s cognisance of how history and performance intersect. Emerging writer Melissa Nikols discusses the unconscious in the work of five Canberra artists on view at M16 Artspace. Australians participating in the Gwangju and Yinchuan biennales present art that ‘says something’ about collective memory and the responsibility that comes with it. Chloe Mandryk and the Art Almanac team

On the Cover Karla Dickens Work Horse II (2015) by Karla Dickens is an enigmatic meditation on trauma and the beauty of strength. The Wiradjuri artist is known for poetic assemblages that voice personal and shared experiences of dispossession, misogyny, sex and mental health. Her material choices of a horse harness, wooden spikes and forged steel refer to a history of Indigenous girls being used for round-the-clock labour on stock farms. Karla protests that value lies in obedience or gender. National Art School Until 15 October, 2016 Sydney Karla Dickens, Work horse II, 2015, installation view NAS Gallery, found objects, text, 86 x 60 x 38cm Photograph: Peter Morgan Courtesy the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane


In Focus


The 32nd Kaldor Public Art Project is barrangal dyara (skin and bones) by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones Jones’ vision is broad, spanning language, history, culture and community. Central to this is a major installation that maps the footprint of Sydney’s 19th century Garden Palace, which held a vast collection of Aboriginal objects, all lost with the building to fire in 1882.

communities, was destroyed in the Garden Palace fire of 1882. Ever since I’ve been struck with a certain loss. What does that loss mean for our communities? I’m interested in how a culture can move forward when it’s unable to point to its heritage in museums.

He talks with the Project’s curator Emma Pike about inspiration, elders, and the importance of creating a canvass for new beginnings.

Throughout my work and research on the project the Garden Palace has become a symbol for the repercussions of forgetting. Many people I’ve spoken to about the project hadn’t known the history of this enormous building that once dominated Sydney’s skyline both physically and conceptually. I’ve begun to question what else we can forget as a community, if something so grand and visible has disappeared from our vision.

How has the story of the Garden Palace inspired the project? When I first went looking for cultural material from where my family is from I found that it, like a lot of other material from south-east


Art News

What does art do? This is the question Artistic Director, Maria Lind and Curator, Binna Choi ask. They have chosen Australian artists Nicholas Mangan and Dale Harding to exhibit in the 11th Gwangju Biennale focusing on artworks with ‘agency’ in an effort to side step so-called esoteric practices the curatorial team believes miss an opportunity to ‘say something’ about the world today. In the past Harding has repurposed objects, like hessian sacks and weapons, to memorialise the history of his family and the unfair treatment they were subject to. In his formative years the artist participated in the Brisbane collective ProppaNOW, a group known for their mixedmedia approach critical of colonial dispossession and the continued inequity experienced by Aboriginal people. Mangan’s video work Limits to Growth: A Numismatic study of dead and dying currencies will be revisited in a second iteration looking at the O’Keefe stones that lead to inflation within the Yapase economy. Elsewhere in Asia, Curator, Bose Krishnamachari has selected Brook Andrew, Danie Mellor and some 80 international artists for the inaugural 38

Yinchuan Biennale, ‘For an Image, Faster Than Light’. Building (Eating) Empire by Andrew presents an alternative history to empower the disenfranchised making use of ephemera like postcards and press photos gathered from his travels. The spatial intervention was previously shown by curator, Alexie Glass-Kantor in Art Basel, Hong Kong. Mellor will present new work and an immersive and large-scale piece installed for QAGOMA’s APT8. The concept of ‘the sublime’ and a transcendent experience 1 of nature inform his work, as such the artist is looking forward to being included in the footprint of a biennale set in this unique desert landscape, where Arab and Chinese culture intersect against the backdrop of the Yellow River and Silk Road. 11th Gwangju Biennale: The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?) Exhibition Hall, Asia Culture Center, Uijae Art Museum, Mudeung Mudeung Museum of Contemporary Art South Korea 2 September to 6 November, 2016 Yinchuan Biennale: For an Image, Faster Than Light Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, Peoples’ Republic of China 9 September to 18 December, 2016 1 Brook Andrew, Building (Eating) Empire 01, 2016 Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney 2 Danie Mellor, Deep (forest), 2015, mixed media on paper, 360 x 900cm (overall, dimensions variable) 27 panels, each 120 x 100cm Courtesy the artist 3 Dale Harding, Untitled: wall painting, 2016, ochre on acrylic Photograph: Sam Cranstoun Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Queensland

Exhibition Previews


Yoshua Okón Octopus by Luke Letourneau

A Home Depot parking lot in Los Angeles is the sole set piece for a re-enactment of the Guatemalan Civil War, 1960-1996. The actors, who appear to be gathering for day labour, are the combatants who fought in that very conflict. The subversive film titled ‘Octopus’, 2011, is presented as a multi-channel video installation by Mexico City-born artist Yoshua Okón, who has been daring us to see the cruel power imbalances that privileges authorities for more than two decades. Sydney audiences can view the work in the context of Okón’s broader practice in a show curated by Ivan Muñiz Reed of The Curators’ Department at Ideas Platform hosted by Artspace. In ‘Octopus’, everything is staged, but truth and fiction are not separate. Throughout his practice Okón has invited people to re-perform roles they have already lived through for his camera. As a director he is reserved, the performers are given loose instruction but are mostly encouraged to follow their instincts in 40

the settings created. The camera then becomes a catalyst for the participants to both relive and examine their subject-hood in experiences past and present, revealing their complicated realities. Okón re-presents an ugly past, but his work can hardly be considered as tormenting as it should seem. The actions in ‘Octopus’ are menacing, but the self-aware smirks of the amateur performers and the incongruity of the set pieces leads the intensity to slip. So you laugh, not because its particularly funny, but because the menace seems mis-placed. Then the weight of the performer’s connection to their actions rips the humour away again. ‘Octopus’ is a first for The Curators’ Department. Founded in 2015 by Glenn Barkley, Holly Williams and Ivan Muñiz Reed, the collective present exhibitions around the country as well as publish and offer advisory services and valuations for both public and private organisations and citizens. ‘Octopus’ differs from their previous activities as it is the first time the group have worked to introduce an acclaimed Latin American artist to Australian audiences. As a researcher looking at de-colonial aesthetics and perspectives from the global south this project

Exhibition Previews


Bundit Puangthong: Reliving by Melissa Pesa

For 16 years artist Bundit Puangthong has developed a unique art practice that fuses his training in both traditional Thai art and study of contemporary Western-based aesthetics, balancing between two cultures. Puangthong’s paintings explore, in depth, the cultural differences experienced since his arrival in Australia in 2000. Utilising a range of techniques from stencils to detailed, academic brushwork and an evocative colour palette, Puangthong creates texturally layered paintings that highlight his interest in American pop and Australian street art. Captivated by Melbourne’s creative ambience, its feast of colour, ideas and energy generated from public spaces, cross-cultural similarities became apparent. Puangthong reminisces, “When I came to Melbourne and saw all the street art everywhere it reminded me of the stencil work in the temples 42


in Thailand.” Incorporating this approach with a modern medium, Puangthong brings a fresh art style onto the canvas. Vibrant shades of pink and orange complement more blues, greens and yellows creating a layered, abstract palette. Once colour and texture are added to the canvas the concept or meaning of the work unfolds; “I see something within the colour and then I build up an idea. It just comes out when I paint.” Through this ‘build up’, Puangthong creates complex, chaotic compositions, filled with detail. Drawing on his formal studies, his paintings are rich in religious and cultural symbology from temples and gods to village houses and fishing boats. Accented with evocative colour, swift brushwork, graphic lines and occasional paint drip, these images rest on the threshold of dreamlike, or fairytale. ‘Reliving’ at Brisbane’s Edwina Corlette Gallery is an exhibition comprised of Puangthong’s new paintings. The series continues his exploration into inherited and adopted themes and techniques

Exhibition Briefs

Marco Luccio New York Mythic

Marion Borgelt Memory & Symbol

In his latest exhibition, ‘New York Mythic’, Marco Luccio presents an aerial view of New York, his favourite subject, with a collection of large sixfeet-wide dry-points, and four-metre wide ink drawings. “These are the biggest images I have made to date. New York seems to demand such a scale and it has allowed something new to happen for me”, says Luccio.

Marion Borgelt is an Australian artist working with sculpture, painting and installation. ‘Memory & Symbol’, is a survey exhibition of work made during the 90s through to her most recent. Drawing inspiration from her interest in environmental concerns, and universal themes of evolution; life cycles, consciousness, and the contrast of light and dark, Borgelt examines the correspondence between the fabricated and the natural world, between microcosm and macrocosm.

These new works were created from panoramic views of the city seen by helicopter, and from high vantage points on the city’s most notable buildings including the Chrysler, Rockefeller and Empire State buildings. Paintings, etchings and display cases filled with sketchbooks, tools, photographs and other artefacts are also on show. fortyfivedownstairs 13 September to 8 October, 2016 Melbourne

Of Borgelt’s work, Sarah Johnson, Curator, Newcastle Art Gallery says, “They evolve and modify as works of art, but are undeniably ‘Borgeltian’ in their precision, tightness of materiality, colour and texture.” Newcastle Art Gallery Until 23 October, 2016 New South Wales

New York Mythic 3, 2016, ink and acrylic on paper, 42 x 59cm Courtesy the artist and fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne


Lunar Swell No 3, 2015, Dutch gold leaf, hoop pine ply, MDF, timber, polyurethane, 35 x 184 x 16cm Courtesy the artist and Newcastle Art Gallery, New South Wales

Artist Opportunities Art Almanac prides itself on being a resource for artists. We have selected a few galleries and funding bodies calling for submissions for Art Awards, Grants, Public Art, Residency Programs and Exhibition Proposals. Enjoy and good luck! Digital Portraiture Award Entries close 30 September This award celebrates and cultivates portraiture of various forms; stop-motion, animation, soundscape, music video, a game, a bot. A $10,000 prize, and a residency at The Edge, State Library of Queensland’s digital culture centre for experimentation in science, art, technology and enterprise. Portia Geach Memorial Award Entries close 30 September A non-acquisitive $30,000 award for a portrait painting of a man, or woman who is distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences. Open to female artists resident in Australia. The North Sydney Art Prize Entries close 31 October Call for artists to exhibit interior and exterior works across the renowned Coal Loader site in Waverton, Sydney. Country Arts South Australia Grants are available to support arts and cultural activities in regional South Australia that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities.

The Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund Applications close 7 September Provides grants to independent Australian artists presenting work in the 2017 Adelaide Fringe. Applications open for all art-forms, and proposals for daring and diverse contemporary art for new audiences. Visual Arts Fellowships for mid-career artists Applications close 8 October Two new fellowships from The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA), supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. For two mid-career artists, or collaborative groups to explore the next major developmental step in their practice and seek opportunities to enhance their reputations, build professional relationships and consolidate their careers. Alchemy 2017 Applications close 10 October Abbotsford Convent Foundation – key funding initiative. Proposals sought from creatives for siteresponsive and site-challenging projects. Information session: Thursday 8 September 2016, 4.30pm

Nazanin Marashian, 2016 Visual Arts Studio Resident Photograph: Joshua Morris



Perc Tucker Regional Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery

(map ref 14-G) Cnr Denham and Flinders streets, Townsville 4810. T (07) 4727-9011. E W Free entry. H Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 2.00. To Oct 23 Metamorphosis: The Art of Tom Moore.

d’Arcy Doyle Place , Nicholas Street (between Brisbane and Limestone streets, Ipswich 4305. T (07) 3810-7222. E W Free entry unless stated otherwise. H Daily 10.00 to 5.00 (unless stated otherwise). To Sept 28 Works From The Collection. To Oct 9 Selected Photographs by Anna Carey. To Oct 23 Wind Tubes.

Gold Coast Anthea Polson Art (map ref 12-B) Shop 120 Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach 4217. T (07) 5561-1166. E W www. Director: Anthea Polson. H Daily 10.00 to 5.30. Sept 10 to 23 Spring by Jodie Wells.

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (SRAG) (map ref 11-K) Weeroona Park, Stanthorpe 4380. T (07) 4681-1874. E W Free entry. H Tues-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 1.00.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery Gold Coast City Gallery (map ref 13-E) The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise 4217. T (07) 5588-4021. E W Free entry. H Mon-Fri 10.00 to 5.00, Sat-Sun public hols 11.00 to 5.00. To Sept 18 Shifting Sands – South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp. An exhibition of artwork by Indigenous artists responding to their experience on country. Aug 27 to Oct 23, 30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award – a dynamic exhibition of ceramic art practices from around the world. Also, Dreamliner by Damien O’Mara. Local artist Damien O’Mara presents a series of large-scale, detailed photographs of the recently launched Boeing 787 Dreamliner, taken at Gold Coast Airport. These seductive images seek to portray this giant industrial object as a contemporary structure in new ways and reveal both a sleek and streamlined form, signs of use and symbols of ownership and branding. Sept 23 to Oct 30 Energies an insightful exhibition by Gold Coast secondary students featuring artwork representing their current social, emotional and global views.

Sunshine Coast Noosa Regional Gallery (map ref 11-K) Level 1, 9 Pelican Street (PO Box 141), Riverside, Tewantin 4565. T (07) 5329-6145. E W Director: Nina Shadforth. H Tue-Fri 10.00 to 4.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 3.00 closed Mondays, public holidays and during exhibition changeovers. Sept 2 to Nov 20 The Making of Midnight Oil. The exhibition showcases rare and iconic items including stage props, instruments, protest banners, hand written lyrics, photographs and posters as well as rare and exclusive footage and unreleased music. Free Entry.

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Gympie Regional Gallery

Dogwood Crossing, Miles

39 Nash Street, Gympie 4570. T (07) 5481-0733 F 5483-8904. E W H Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00. The Art Gallery promotes the development of the arts as an integral part of the lives and industry of the local community bringing educational opportunities, cultural enrichment, economic and social benefits to the entire region. To Sept 29 The Gympie Times Exhibition Space: Grounded by Judy Parrott. Koala Land illustrations by Mark Gerada.


(map ref 11-K) 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba 4350. T (07) 4688-6652 F 4688-6895. E W Free admission. H Tues-Sat 10.00 to 4.00, Sun 1.00 to 4.00, closed Mondays and public hols.

(map ref 12-K) 81 Murilla Street, Miles 4415. T (07) 4679-4430. E W Free entry. H Mon-Fri 9.00 to 5.00, Sat 10.00 to 2.00, closed Sun. Sept 11 to Oct 25 John Mullins Memorial Art Gallery: Between the Lines 2016 Western Downs Regional Artists Exhibition. Curved Wall: Wildflowers – Miles Art Group.

Mapplethorpe, Larry Clark, Chris Burden, Nan Goldin, Collier Schorr, Warwick Baker and Rozalind Drummond explore personal relations, individual expression and fluid identity. To Nov 27 Dissections: Layered portraits from the collection. This display sets two impressive portraits from the collection into direct dialogue. Together they explore physical and psychological manifestations of the strata of self-hood.

Margaret Hadfield Gallery & Studio

Nishi Gallery

(map ref 8-H) 53 Colbee Court, Phillip 2606. T (02) 6282-3886. E W H Mon-Sat 10.00 to 5.30. Artist own gallery/studio, displaying diverse and extraordinary talent. Paintings largely inspired by the landscape of the region and gum branches, with some of Margaret Hadfield’s portraits of inspiring Australian women. New works of Antarctica. See ad below.

National Gallery Of Australia (NGA) (map ref 8-H) Parkes Place, Canberra 2600. T (02) 6240-6411. E W Admission to the permanent collection is free. H Daily 10.00 to 5.00. To Oct 30 Diane Arbus. To Nov 6 Foreign Looking by Mike Parr To Nov 20 Nervous by Heather B. Swann. To Jan 29, 2017 Mud men by Ramesh Nithiyendran.

National Library of Australia (map ref 8-H) Parkes Place, Canberra 2600. T (02) 6262-1111. W Free entry. H Daily 10.00 to 5.00.

National Portrait Gallery

Australian Capital Territory

Veen, Ellis Hutch, Blaide Lallemand and Brenton McGeachie. Gallery 2 and 3: Granite and Grain by Jane Duong and Chris Holly. Sept 29 to Oct 16 Gallery 1: As It Is – Janet Long, Tess Horwitz and Caroline Huf. Gallery 2: The Unbearable Lightness of Seeing by Frances Kenna. Gallery 3: RED – Maryanne Mussared, Carol Cooke, Victoria Cotton and Janet Keaney.

(map ref 8-H) 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon 2601. T (02) 6287-6170. E W H Wed-Sun 11.00 to 3.00. To Sept 11 Marking the Spirit a deeply personal exhibition by John Forrester Clack and Tobias Clack. These two bodies of work from father and son are true expressions of self and the journey taken when investigating our own identities. Sept 16 to Oct 9 (opening Fri Sept 16, 6pm) Canberra Botanical coinciding with Canberra’s iconic spring festival Floriade. Canberra Botanical 2016 explores the structure of plants and their innate beauty through drawing and painting.

Strathnairn Arts (map ref 8-H) 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt 2615. T (02) 6254-2134. E W H Thurs-Sun 10.00 to 4.00. To Sept 4 Gallery 1 + 2: EASS exhibition – Kirrily Humphries, Sian Watson, Sue Hewat and Chris Ramsay. Sept 1 to 25 Woolshed gallery: Fibre and textiles - Australian Rugmakers Association. Sept 8 to Oct 2 Gallery 1: Anthology 2 – Fibre Basket makers of ACT. Gallery 2: Event Horizon ceramics by Catherine Drinan. Sept 29 to Oct 16 Woolshed gallery: Keeping Company – Kylie Fogarty, Carole Osmotherly and Judy Witherdin.

(map ref 8-H) King Edward Terrace, Parkes, Canberra 2600. T (02) 6102-7000. W H Daily 10.00 to 5.00. Collection highlights tours daily, 11.30. To Oct 16 Tough and Tender – Robert

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Art Almanac September 2016 Issue  

Australia's Monthly Guide To Galleries, News And Awards. Supporting The Art Community Since 1974.

Art Almanac September 2016 Issue  

Australia's Monthly Guide To Galleries, News And Awards. Supporting The Art Community Since 1974.