Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland
KINGS Artist-Run, Black_Box
31 August – 21 September, 2019
By Giles Fielke
Entering KINGS Artist-Run on a Wednesday afternoon, I slink past a homeless woman asleep on the sidewalk. Her things are pushed against the front window of a fast-food shop that looks and smells like Subway but isn't. Moments before, I'd jumped off a packed tram at the Southern Cross stop at the top of Bourke Street after skipping one which was overfu...
S E R I A L
McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery
29 July – 10 November 2019
By Aneta Trajkoski
The 'serial,' or series, adopts numerous contemporary forms: from binge-worthy television series, countless iterations of Podcasts, ever-expanding adaptations of franchise cinema, to the systematic tendencies that were examined in the recent exhibition A New Order at Buxton Contemporary. Do the conditions of a fast-moving and increasingly chaotic world urge us to seek reprieve, order and famili...
MADA Gallery, Monash University
25 July – 24 August 2019
By Philip Brophy
The exhibition ...(illegible)... offers a fascinating exquisite
corpse for conceptual consideration: the sliced intersection between
'queer' and 'abstraction'. Their categorical differences within art
channels are manifold: where queer is performative, salacious,
interruptive and disingenuine, abstraction is constructural,
metaphysical, holistic and earnest. That they are assumed to never
Steaphan Paton: Nullius in Verba
10 – 31 August 2019
By Isabel White
"Nullius in verba", a latin saying that roughly translates to "take no one's word for it", acts as the title for both this STATION exhibition, and for one of the artworks it presents. Nullius in Verba II-XIII, created by Gunai and Monero Melbourne-based artist, Steaphan Paton, is one of two works in Paton's first STATION show. While this is Paton's first exhibition at the contemporary art gallery in South Yarr...
Trocadero Art Space
Curated by Andreé Ruggeri
7 – 24 August 2019
By Max Koetsier
Nessun Posto creates a not quite cohered space, where irreconcilable contradictions prevent the stability of place from emerging. With four pieces that avoid the neutral surveyor's contextual indifference, Tamara Baillie, Camila Galaz, Karla Pringle and Siying Zhou present space as ungraspable: too immersed in fractured memories and dislocated histories for performed lucidity to become anything...
Andrée van Schaik: Paintings
Neon Parc City
7 – 31 August 2019
By Yi Fu
The complexity and variation of time and improvisation are obsessions that dominate Andrée van Schaik's artistic practice, which ranges from music, poetry to visual arts. Van Schaik's solo show at Neon Parc City exhibits experiments with both photographic images and oil painting. Without an obvious theme, the show suggests the spontaneity of production in each artwork.
Fully embracing a personal lens, the artist se...
Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality
Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape
24 May – 13 October 2019
By Wen Xiao
"Imagine they all come alive!" says a young schoolboy. His words, along with the highly naturalistic style of terracotta warriors, remind us of Mamoru Oshii's renowned screen production Ghost in the Shell: Innocence (2004). The film discusses the ambiguous boundary between human and anthropomorphous robots, challenging the conventional understan...
Buxton Contemporary Gallery
Curated Ann Stephen
26 July – 27 October 2019
By Celine Saoud
One hundred years have passed since the 1919 establishment of the Bauhaus: the widely celebrated German art school dedicated to uniting fine arts, craft, design and technology. To commemorate its centenary year, Buxton Contemporary highlights the artistic influence of Bauhaus within their exhibition, Bauhaus Now!. Curated by Ann Stephen, Bauhaus Now! explores the movement's impact on...