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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
This War Never Ended
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
17 December 2016 – 26 March 2017. Curated by Paola Balla and Max Delany.
By Paris Lettau
Anyone familiar with contemporary art exhibitions, art fairs and international biennales might notice that Sovereignty just doesn’t quite feel like an exhibition of contemporary art. And it raises one question: Why is this?
It can’t only be explained by Sovereignty’s display of cultural products that aren’t “fine art”, beca...