Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 27 July – 9 September 2018
By Hester Lyon
When the scaffolding of Sean Godsell's Design Hub was removed earlier this year, I felt a distinct sense of disorientation. As a familiar building, my relationship to it felt suddenly and unfairly disrupted by the rectification of its original form. I'd become comfortable in the scaffolding, gesturing out onto the footpath: a...
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...