David Wlazlo
Biennale of Australian Art

Biennale of Australian Art

Ballarat, 21 September - 6 November

By David Wlazlo

Lately I have been thinking about the growth and sizes of urban environments, the infrastructure required to sustain them as well as the potential limits on their growth. Can a city keep growing indefinitely and remain 'liveable,' whatever that means? Or is there some kind of limit—environmental, infrastructural, political—to the amount of people a city can sustain? What is the size of a city best suited to fulf...

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 (...

David Wlazlo
Troy Ramaekers: Double B-Sides

Troy Ramaekers, Double B-Sides

Five Walls Projects, suite 3, lvl 1/119 Hopkins St, Footscray, 4 – 21 April 2018

By David Wlazlo

Troy Ramaekers’ current exhibition at Footscray gallery Five Walls, titled Double-B Sides, features four deceptively simple paintings. The artist has stretched large canvases, taller than wide, and around the edge of each is a bleeding red border. This border contains a trace of the stretcher behind the canvas as well as the ground, where the artist has pressed...

David Wlazlo
Joseph Kosuth: A Short History of My Thought

Joseph Kosuth, A Short History of My Thought

Anna Schwartz Gallery, 7 October – 25 November 2017

By David Wlazlo

Coupled with the pervasive hum of the neon transformers, Joseph Kosuth's A short history of my thought at Anna Schwartz Gallery is a grab-bag of his past fifty years working with neon. Far from any noir promise historically associated with the technology, the neon works—mounted on the pristine white walls of a commercial gallery—seem muted and grim, limited in their referenti...

David Wlazlo
Future Eaters

Future Eaters

Monash University Museum of Art, 22 July – 23 September 2017

By David Wlazlo

Asking the viewer to consider sculptural responses to our technological present, Future Eaters presents a series of works that are diverse, divergent, and in many ways reductive of the ways technology is involved in our lives. Technology here—like sculpture—is equated with hardware. Of course this is a ‘common sense’ understanding of the technological, but as a premise for a show it sits uneasily w...

David Wlazlo
Restless

Restless

Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, 19 May – 10 June 2017

By David Wlazlo

This week marks fifty years since the 1967 referendum and last week at Uluru a meeting of Indigenous leaders met to discuss a united strategy on constitutional recognition. Fifty years is a long time in anyone’s book, and with little material progress toward reconciliation, recognition, and ‘bridging the gap’, there is a widespread consensus that a symbolic mention is not enough to decolonise Australia’s foundin...

David Wlazlo
Project 17:  Radical Immanence

Project 17: Radical Immanence

Anna Pappas Gallery 10 February – 18 March 2017 Curated by Chantelle Mitchell

By David Wlazlo

In Radical Immanence, curator Chantelle Mitchell aims to present artists sincerely engaged with their material. And it is around the idea of the sincere that the exhibition as a whole both coalesces and dissolves. On the one hand, the idea of sincerity asks us to consider the artist as a figure deeply engaged in their material, absorbed in it. Yet on the other han...