Amelia Winata
Tiny Miners: Nicholas Mangan, Termite Economies

Nicholas Mangan, Termite Economies

Sutton Gallery, 4 August 2018 – 1 September 2018

By Amelia Winata

I noticed when researching for this review that Nicholas Mangan was born in Geelong, where I, too, was born. And, presuming that Mangan grew up there, I wonder whether he ever encountered the bizarre CSIRO Animal Health Laboratory that I lived near. Crowned with an enormous tower that, in hindsight, might have been a colossal chimney (perhaps for releasing the smoke and vapour from biologi...

David Wlazlo
Melbourne Art Fair & Spring 1883

Melbourne Art Fair & Spring 1883

This week Memo Review travels through two art fairs currently open as part of Melbourne Art Week: David Wlazlo and Amelia Winata review the reborn Melbourne Art Fair at Southbank Arts Precinct, and Vicki Perin reviews the third Spring 1883 at The Hotel Windsor on Spring Street.


Melbourne Art Fair

Southbank Arts Precinct, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, 2–5 August

By David Wlazlo

Maybe it isn’t the best way to approach it, but Melbourne Art Fair (...

Memo Review
Best and Overlooked of 2018

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 issue we publish these reviews from Tiarney Miekus, Amelia Winata and Giles Fielke.


Ella Sowinska 80 Ways

recess, Friday 30 March – 30 April 2018

By Tiarney Miekus

Considering the amount of things that can be streamed online (i.e., entire lives), it's peculiar how art is a thing that supposedly doesn't h...

Amelia Winata
Finding the Field, Natalie Thomas and the Women's Art Register at True Estate Gallery

Natalie Thomas and the Women's Art Register Finding the Field

True Estate Gallery, The Alderman, April 11 – May 6 2018

By Amelia Winata

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 National Gallery of Victoria's majority male exhibition history. She has most memorably captur...

Amelia Winata
'Rainbow Bois and Magical Gurls' by Kieran Butler and collaborators at Blindside, by Amelia Winata

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...

Amelia Winata
Marble Palace: Darren Sylvester's ‘Céline’ at Bus Projects, by Amelia Winata

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...

Amelia Winata
Grotesque Mostest: Spencer Lai, ‘Contaminant, Figures’ at Fort Delta, by Amelia Winata

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...

Amelia Winata
Mindfulness Meditation: Unproductive Thinking at Deakin University Art Gallery

Unproductive Thinking

Deakin University Art Gallery, Burwood, 26 April – 26 May 2017

By Amelia Winata

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 work. The question is, at what level of productivity am I working? I check emails when I get up, go to my studio and wr...