Philip Brophy
Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act

Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act

Australian Centre of Contemporary Art
14 September – 17 November 2019

By Philip Brophy

Hey, Siri. I want to make some contemporary art. Maybe something with sound.

Hi, Philip. Do you mean Sound Art?

I guess so, if that's what they call it.

Well, you should first check out the exhibition of Haroon Mirza at ACCA.

What?! Someone's done sound art already in a contemporary art space?!

Yes, Philip. You need to be more informed of what's happ...

Philip Brophy
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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...

Philip Brophy
Christian Thompson: Baya Gardiya

Double Issue

This week Memo Review publishes two separate reviews of shows in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Sophie Knezic considers Arlo Mountford's current show, Deep Revolt, for its visions of death and museological disaster at the Shepparton Art Museum.

Below Philip Brophy considers the idea of our moving image subjectivity in his review of Christian Thompson's VR commission at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, Melbourne's 'other' national art institution in the wake of t...

Philip Brophy
Robert Smithson: Time Crystals

Double Issue

This week Memo Review publishes two separate reviews of Robert Smithson: Time Crystals at Monash University Museum of Art.

Below Philip Brophy considers the sound that lightly floats throughout the gallery's spaces, emanating from two films: Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970) and Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson's Swamp (1971).

Francis Plagne, whose review is available by clicking here, considers the exhibition as a whole, including an in-depth engagement with the cura...