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...
World Food Books, August 3 – September 1, 2018
By Giles Fielke
There is an overwhelming temptation to fill in the constitutive blanks where an artist’s life should be, but here there is no artist, only the artworks remain. The evidence of the so-called Philadelphia Wireman’s life is patchy, effectively non-existent. Enough facts remain, however, to establish a scene. Twelve of the some 1200 small, meticulously bound-in-wire sculptures and drawings found dumped in a lan...
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 (...
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...
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...
Auto Body Works
Arts Project Australia, 16 June – 21 July 2018, guest curated by Patrice Sharkey, Director of West Space
By Shelley McSpedden
I recently made a rather modest foray into the world of body augmentation. After ninety minutes of being subjected to intense buffering, sharp prods and eye-watering fumes, I emerged transformed; a once recalcitrant nail-biter revamped into someone just presentable enough for inclusion in my sister's bridal party. This alarmingly visceral experience...
Colony: Australia 1770–1861 / Frontier Wars
Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria. Colony: Australia 1770–1861 until 15 July | Colony: Frontier Wars until 30 September
By Rex Butler
Colony is undoubtedly the best show the NGV has put on since Australian Impressionists in France in 2013. And I’d even say that the two shows are connected. Seriously. Both shake up our conception of what “Australia” is and perhaps even more profoundly where “Australia” is. Certainly, a number...
Andrew Browne, Spill
7 June – 7 July 2018
By Paris Lettau
In the final chapter of his 1931 book, An Account of French Painting, Clive Bell attempts to explain what he calls 19th century French painting's (i.e., modernism's) 'momentous lapse in taste'. Of course, he meant a lapse from the perspective of those trained in the 19th century Academy's tradition of taste, and all the standards of painting it sought to uphold. For Bell's generation, on the contrary, the late 1...