Julia Lomas
Sally Smart: The Choreography of Cutting

Sally Smart, The Choreography of Cutting

Sarah Scout Presents, 11 March – 15 April 2017

By Julia Lomas

Sally Smart's exhibition at Sarah Scout Gallery presents work from the artist's major ongoing project The Choreography of Cutting (2014–), alongside pieces that continue her 2012 series The Pedagogical Puppet. The synthesis of these two research projects combines to form the exhibition's enquiry into the intersection of dance, movement and pedagogy. The assemblage and collage works o...

Giles Fielke
Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time

Desperately Seeking Representation

Open Spatial Workshop, Converging In Time

Monash Museum of Art, 11 February – 8 April 2017

By Giles Fielke

Somewhere between geology, geography, colonisation and resource extraction is where Open Spatial Workshop (OSW) attempt to situate their highly conceptual, sculpture-based exhibition entitled Converging In Time. A huge, fossilised Kauri tree log found within a coal seam in the La Trobe Valley lies on a large, rectangular papercrete platform tha...

Kate Warren
Daniel Crooks: Parabolic | Miyanaga Akira: REALTIME

Daniel Crooks, Parabolic

Anna Schwartz Gallery, 11 February – 1 April 2017

Miyanaga Akira, REALTIME

National Gallery of Victoria, 18 November 2016 – 30 April 2017

By Kate Warren

The growth of the large metropolitan cities of modernity occurred largely alongside the invention and proliferation of camera technologies in the nineteenth century. It is therefore not surprising that many of the earliest, and most iconic images from the histories of photography and cinema feature cities or...

Francis Plagne
David Hockney: Current

David Hockney: Current

National Gallery of Victoria, 11 November 2016 – 13 March 2017

By Francis Plagne

With David Hockney: Current, the NGV has made the unusual decision to devote a major exhibition to a selection of work from the last decade by a 79 year-old artist active since the early 1960s. Perhaps this can be explained by the popular appeal of the iPhone and iPad drawings that make up much of David Hockney's output in this period, but the choice is interesting insofar as the narro...

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...

Anna Parlane
Stuart Ringholt: Works on Paper

Stuart Ringhold, Works on Paper

Neon Parc Bourke St, 3 February – 11 March 2017

By Anna Parlane

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 intimate works, but are unlike the discomforting intimacy of Ringholt’s more spectacular parti...

Victoria Perin
Don't be too Polite: Posters and Activism

Say it loud. Say it clear

Don't Be Too Polite: Posters and Activism

The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 8 November 2016 – 19 March 2017

By Victoria Perin

The title of Don't Be Too Polite: Posters and activism cuts off the gendered call made by the sing-song union ditty: Don't be too polite, girls, don't be too polite / Show a little fight, girls, show a little fight. A sensible (if regrettable) choice, as indeed the un-fair sex is also represented in this exhibitio...

Amelia Winata
O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington-Smith: Making Modernism

O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 12 October 2016 - 19 February 2017

By Amelia Winata

Two things are glaringly obvious in just the title of Heide’s Summer exhibition O’Keeffe, Preston, Cossington Smith: Making Modernism. The first, of course, is the apparent refusal of the hegemonic history of modernism: that the pivotal period in art history was shaped by a bunch of dudes. The second is that the curators have attempted to render redundant...