Philip Brophy
Christian Thompson: Baya Gardiya

Double Issue

This week Memo Review publishes two separate reviews of shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Sophie Knezic considers Arlo Mountford's current show, Deep Revolt, for its visions of death and museological disaster at the Shepparton Art Museum.

Below Philip Brophy considers the idea of our moving image subjectivity in his review of Christian Thompson's VR commission at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, Melbourne's 'other' national art institution in the wake of t...

Sophie Knezic
Arlo Mountford: Deep Revolt

Double Issue

This week Memo Review publishes two separate reviews of shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Philip Brophy considers the idea of an ACMI subjectivity in his review of Christian Thompson's VR commission at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, Melbourne's 'other' national art institution in the wake of the federal election.

Below Sophie Knezic considers Arlo Mountford's current show, Deep Revolt, for its visions of death and museological disaster at the Shepparton A...

Victoria Perin
Isabel Davies: Recent Geometric Constructions

Isabel Davies: Recent Geometric Constructions

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Level 8, Room 16, Nicholas Building
1 — 18 May 2019

By Victoria Perin

The 90-year-old Melbourne artist Isabel Davies is meticulous; you can tell from her website. On the internet, Davies has self-curated images of her work into a mighty retrospective exhibition. In her 'about the artist' section, she features organised binders of archival documents—neat, plastic-sleeved press clippings—as well as candid photograph...

Chelsea Hopper
Taryn Simon: Contraband

Taryn Simon: Contraband

Anna Schwartz Gallery
2 April – 1 June 2019

By Chelsea Hopper

In late November 2009, American artist Taryn Simon photographed objects detained or seized from airline passengers and express mail entering the U.S. from abroad. To do so, Simon spent five days, 24 hours per day at both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility, both located at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Ne...

Rex Butler
The Hand of Art

Tracey Moffatt: Body Remembers


Thought Patterns: Selected Works from the Collection

Curated by Anthony Fitzpatrick.
Tarrawarra Museum of Art
23 March – 19 May

By Rex Butler

The shadows are the first thing you notice. They're uncanny, haunting, impossible, technological.

Take Spirit House (2017), which has the one remaining wall of an abandoned limestone building—we are tempted to call it a mission church—casting its shadow under a cumulus-cloudy sky. It's an impossible shadow bec...

Stephen Palmer
Amalia Lindo: Computer Shoulders

Amalia Lindo: Computer Shoulders

Centre for Contemporary Photography 6 April — 2 June 2019

By Stephen Palmer

Amalia Lindo's exhibition Computer Shoulders consists of three identical flat television monitors held at various angles by long black poles protruding from the walls and ceiling, and a single framed photograph of roughly the same size, mounted on the wall. The monitors display three interrelated videos, consisting of visual material which for the most part has been gleaned from Y...

Giles Fielke
Darren Sylvester: Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something

Timeliness

Darren Sylvester: Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something

Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
1 March – 30 June 2019

By Giles Fielke

Australian photography is at an interesting moment. More than ever, it is compelled to respond not only to the present reality that the average Australian is now considered either illegitimate, illegal, fraudulent, or irreparably corrupted, but also to the fact that these same problems afflict the efficacy of photography as a documenta...

David Wlazlo
Compromise

The Warrnambool Art Gallery


Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

2 March - 5 May 2019

Penny Byrne: HIGH VIS: Protest, People and Power in a time of Fake News

2 March - 19 May 2019

Damon Kowarsky: Sans Frontières

8 December 2018 - 5 May 2019

On Country: Stories of Gunditjmara Elders

8 December 2018 - 30 June 2019

by David Wlazlo

"Compromised" was the adjective staff used to describe the experience at Warrnambool Art Gallery (The WAG) when I went to visit it las...