Meredith Turnbull, Closer 2018, installation view, Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. Photographer: Christian Capurro.
Best and Overlooked of 2018
Memo Review asked three of our contributors to write on a show they have especially liked but that we haven't had a chance to review. As a special mid-week issue we publish these reviews from Tiarney Miekus, Amelia Winata and Giles Fielke.
Ella Sowinska, 80 Ways, recess, Friday 30 March – 30 April 2018
Natalie Thomas, For Inspiring the Women's Art Register 1975 - Ongoing (2018). Image: Natalie Thomas
Finding the Field, Natalie Thomas and the Women's Art Register, at True Estate Gallery, The Alderman, April 11 – May 6 2018
It is no secret that Natalie Thomas, AKA Natty Solo is, quote, "bored of white men." The Melbourne artist who is, perhaps, best known for her blog Natty Solo and for being one half of the collaborative duo Nat & Ali has recently been on the offensive against the Nation...
Kieran Butler, Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls, 2018, installation view, BLINDSIDE 2018. Courtesy the artist.
Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls by Kieran Butler in collaboration with Samuel Beatty, Sabella D'Souza, Dileepa Dayananda, Emma Size & Matthew Varnay. Blindside, 24 Jan – 10 Feb 2018.
A few years ago there was a quasi-theoretical attempt at naming a new cultural epoch to be called “metamodernism.” The term was coined by Dutch philosophers Robin van den Akker and Timotheus Vermeulen w...
Darren Sylvester, Céline, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Neon Parc.
Darren Sylvester, Céline’, Bus Projects, Collingwood. October 4 - 28.
Stepping through the front door of Bus Projects and being met by Darren Sylvester’s Céline, I am reminded of Anna Viebrock’s set design for the exhibition The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied at the Fondazione Prada in Venice. Viebrock, a stage designer by trade, was invited by curator Udo Kittelman to take part in the exhibition alongside Thomas D...
Spencer Lai, Mustard (torture device), 2017, synthetic felt, 940 x 720 mm. Image courtesy of the artist and Fort Delta.
Spencer Lai, Contaminant, Figures, Fort Delta, 6-29 July 2017
Spencer Lai's work is part of a contemporary exploration of the grotesque that taps into the destabilising qualities of late capitalism and considers its effect upon issues of identity, including gender and sexuality. This current was picked up on by Jonathan Griffin in his 2012 essay Rudely transgressing th...
Simon Zoric, The Finest Actor of Our Generation, 2016,
autographed, inkjet print, framed, 20 x 25 cm. Image courtesy of the
Unproductive Thinking, Deakin University Art Gallery, Burwood, 26
April – 26 May 2017
I am hesitant to say that I am employed. Although to say I am unemployed
is also incorrect. I do not have a job to go to, but I do have four
email addresses — 1 personal, 3 professional — and from the moment I
wake to the moment I go to sleep my mind is preoccupied with wo...
O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 12 October 2016 - 19 February 2017
Two things are glaringly obvious in just the title of Heide’s Summer exhibition O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. The first, of course, is the apparent refusal of the hegemonic history of modernism: that the pivotal period in art history was shaped by a bunch of dudes. The second is that the curators have attempted to render redundant the cultural cringe...