Giles Fielke
Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

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...

Aneta Trajkoski


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...

Philip Brophy


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 categor...

Isabel White
Steaphan Paton: Nullius in Verba

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...

Max Koetsier
Nessun Posto

Nessun Posto

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...

Yi Fu
Andrée van Schaik: Paintings

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...

Wen Xiao
Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape

NGV International
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...

Celine Saoud
Bauhaus Now!

Bauhaus Now!

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...