Anna Parlane
A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness

A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 7 July – 16 September 2018.

By Anna Parlane

The current exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, is very welcome. This is in part because it is the inaugural product of an institutional and governmental investment in not only Indigenous artists but also Indigenous curators. A partnership between Creative Victoria, ACCA and Ta...

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'Hard Feelings' at The Honeymoon Suite, by Anna Parlane

Saskia Leek, Rot, 2004, oil on cardboard. Courtesy the artist and Ivan Anthony, Auckland. Photo: André Piguet.

Hard Feelings, The Honeymoon Suite, Lv1, 60 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 4 May – 2 June 2018.

When The Honeymoon Suite opened in 2016, it was with Rose Coloured Glass, an exhibition of work by four artist couples that flirtatiously invited viewers to guess who was dating whom. Rose Coloured Glass wondered: can romance blossom from a shared passion for abstraction? Or vice versa? T...

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Can you wear a digital cloak? Kirsten Lyttle's 'Digital Mana' at Centre for Contemporary Photography, by Anna Parlane

Kirsten Lyttle, Gundulu/Emu Kākahu huruhuru, (Detail) (2018), Macramé cord (Cotton), Cotton twine, Digital prints on Fuji lustre paper. Dimensions variable 143cm (width) x 118cm (height) approx. Image Credit: Jack Loel.

Kirsten Lyttle, Digital Mana, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2 February – 11 March 2018.

Kirsten Lyttle (Waikato, Ngāti Tāhinga, Tainui a Whiro) is a New Zealand-born, Australia-based artist who has built a practice on the intersection of photography and weaving: tw...

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Jason Phu, 'My Parents Met at the Fish Market' at Westspace, by Anna Parlane

Jason Phu, My Parents Met at the Fish Market, 2017. Installation image, Westspace. Photo credit: Christo Crocker.

Jason Phu, My Parents Met at the Fish Market, Westspace, 27 October – 9 December 2017.

Jason Phu’s My Parents Met at the Fish Market is the latest in Westspace’s series of solo commissions, in which all four galleries are given over to one artist. While he is younger and less experienced than previously commissioned artists, Phu is clearly up to the task of filling the spac...

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'Forever Transformed' at Gertrude Contemporary by Anna Parlane

Tabita Rezaire, Peaceful Warrior, 2015. Digital Video. Photo courtesy of Gertrude Contemporary. Photo Credit: Christo Crocker.

Forever Transformed, Gertrude Contemporary, 21 High St Preston, 28 July – 9 September 2017.

The recent relocation of Gertrude Contemporary from its long-term home in Fitzroy is both cause and effect of Melbourne’s ongoing gentrification. Having occupied 200 Gertrude Street for over three decades, the gallery’s move was forced by the rising costs of remaining in th...

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Sky Country: Our Connection to the Cosmos at Blak Dot Gallery

Sky Country: Our Connection to the Cosmos

Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St Brunswick, 11-28 May 2017

By Anna Parlane

It's not often acknowledged just how much visual art comes to life through words, conversation, storytelling. Or, at least, it's not often explicitly acknowledged. It's implicitly acknowledged constantly: every time an art gallery stages an artist talk or public program, for example, or in the screeds of text published by art historians, critics and commentators. Artworks are p...

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Stuart Ringholt: 'Works on Paper’ at Neon Parc, by Anna Parlane

Stuart Ringholt, Page 215 (detail), 2014, Ink and collage on offset paper, 31.5 x 24 cm

‘Works on Paper’ at Neon Parc by Anna Parlane, Neon Parc Bourke St, 3 February – 11 March 2017

It is a real pleasure to see a show of drawings by an artist primarily known, at least in Melbourne, as the guy who installed a nude disco at the Monash University Museum of Art. Stuart Ringholt’s Works on Paper at Neon Parc comprises a suite of twenty drawings that the artist made in 2014. They are intima...