Christanto, D. They give evidence, 1997

On the march

  I went into the AGNSW recently to stand amongst the many sad people in Dadang Christanto’s work, They give evidence. This is the kind of work I love—its visually evocative and emotionally powerful. A group of men and women, life-size stand in file in the Asian gallery. Cast in fibreglass, they give the impression of being carved from stone—immobile
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Nivision, A. Summer Cotton Bimbang, 2009.

Melancholy definitely has a place

I knew I was going to like the work of a man who declares  ‘I think happiness is totally overrated in our society. This endless pursuit of happiness is dangerous, and I think a huge waste of time. Melancholy definitely has a place… You can’t be a complete person unless you know happiness and unless you know sorrow.’ And to
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Five decades of Mr Bacon

This week I saw Francis Bacon: five decades at the AGNSW. And was surprised by much of what I saw. Firstly, I had not expected to see so much raw canvas. Admittedly as the decades went by this lessened, but the pert brown of the raw linen in those early paintings really impressed me. I could feel how the dry, raw linen would have affected the pull of his loaded brush
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Lang, P. White Bay power station. 2012

Much more than a murky mangrove world

  Today I went to see at show by Terrain Photography. This is a group of three photographers with a passion for reinterpreting landscape. Initially attracted by the image on the invitation which boasts a photograph by Paul Mallam, I was immediately intrigued by the incongruity of the life buoy in the swamp. It seemed to tell a story and beckoned me into
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Ullmann, N. from Big, bold and beautiful. Hughes Gallery, 2012

The snow domes show!

This show is actually called Big, bold and beautiful but you will definitely relate to it as the snow domes show! In one room of The Hughes Gallery, Naomi Ullmann has created a miniature world. Ullmann’s snow domes are home to carefully constructed ‘McMansions’ made using bits of lego and chopped up credit cards. There’s a distorted and quirky magnification that occurs when you peer
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Best, C. Threshold (detail), 2012

My new show! Threshold at Sheffer Gallery

Go on, it’s worth a look! Threshold explores the moment when something significant is about to happen. Time halted at the instant of change. The main piece in this exhibition is a series of work made in response to Invasion 1 – an Aboriginal perspective painted by Aboriginal artist Gordon Syron. Invasion 1 depicts the arrival of the First Fleet, captured at the moment when everything is
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Anthony McCall and his motes of dust

I’ve just seen Anthony McCall’s current show at the Hamburger Barnhof in Berlin. Walking into the Hamburger Bahnhof was treat enough, for this former railway station now contemporary art space is architecturally impressive. The adaptive reuse is highly effective and the extensive use of white succinctly defines both delicate and forthright features of the building’s architecture. Little did I realise
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Tick tock – have you seen The Clock?

If you haven’t, you must! It’s currently showing at the MCA and it’s simply awesome. Christian Marclay created The Clock over a ten year period and won Golden Lion for best artist at last year’s Venice Biennale. And rightly so. It’s just sooooo good! The Clock is a 24 hr collage of film snippets, some of them famous, some of them black and white,
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Cascoigne, R. Then suddenly the lake. 1995.

Suddenly the lake – Rosalie Gascoigne

While at the NGA in Canberra recently, I went to the second floor so I could see the lake. Not much surpasses the experience of looking at Rosalie Gascoigne’s Suddenly the lake, especially since I had driven down to Canberra the day before and by the time we passed Lake George it was well and truly dark. Didn’t matter, better to see it
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Luis Camnitzer and the price of art

Here’s a great little video that tries to tease out the price of art. It’s essentially an interview with the American artist Luis Camnitzer where he talks about his views ideas on being an artist. Camnitzer says if he has to live off his work he is in danger of corruption – it will distract him from his research and
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