Abstraction 17: A Field of Interest, c. 1968
Charles Nodrum Gallery, Abstraction 17: A Field of Interest, c. 1968, 26 April - 19 May, 2018.
By Francis Plagne
What is the art museum for? What is its distinctive function? Is it, as the traditional humanist explanation holds, to preserve the treasures of humanity embodied in art works, collective treasures to which the public has the right of access as a source of ‘ennobling enjoyment’ (as a Parliamentary Commission in 1857 explained the ro...
Kieren Seymour, Blue Blindness
Block Projects, April 24 – May 19 2018
By Eva Birch.
In Kieren Seymour’s previous shows the focus was primarily on human and human-like figures—sometimes friendly and cartoonish, sometimes reminiscent of Hans Bellmer’s violently fragmented dolls. In Blue Blindness these figures re-appear, but Seymour turns away from their personalities to explore questions about the nature of perception and the relationship between a brain and a world.
The phrase “blue b...
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 captu...
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...
Binns' Grids and Voids
Vivienne Binns: It is what it is, what it is
Sutton Gallery, 17 March – 14 April 2018**
By Helen Hughes
Vivienne Binns seems to have taught—or had some sort of mentor-like relationship with—a whole bunch of artists whose work I like: Charlie Sofo, Liang Luscombe, Trevelyan Clay, Kate Smith and Geoff Newton, to name just a few. If there is amongst some or all of these artists a shared sensibility to do with humour, a cavalier attitude towards painting (or 'fine art...
Soda_Jerk, TERROR NULLIUS
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
20 March – 1 July 2018
By Kate Warren
TERROR NULLIUS, the “controversial” new film by artist–filmmakers Soda_Jerk (Dominique Angeloro and Dan Angeloro) opens with a slightly distorted rendition of “Advance Australia Fair”. It appropriately sets the scene for what is to come, as the film takes its viewers on a wide-ranging journey, in three acts, which emphasises the dark underside to Australian popular culture and politics....
Avant-Garde & Mick
The Shape of Things to Come
Buxton Contemporary, cnr Southbank Boulevard & Dodds Street Southbank, 9 March – 24 June 2018
By Paris Lettau
'Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world historical facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.'
In 1885, some thirty-years after Marx wrote these well-known words, the first Buxton Art Gallery opened on Swanston Street as a centre of Melbourne's most...
Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 15 December 2017–25 March 2018
By Victoria Perin
Tomorrow is the last day of Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art). Hopefully this is a prompt for you to visit (or revisit), because shows like this are rare. Here we are presented with the knowledge (institutional, personal, ancestral, academic) of six curators, thoughtfully draggin...