Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act
Australian Centre of Contemporary Art
14 September – 17 November 2019
By Philip Brophy
Hey, Siri. I want to make some contemporary art. Maybe something with sound.
Hi, Philip. Do you mean Sound Art?
I guess so, if that's what they call it.
Well, you should first check out the exhibition of Haroon Mirza at ACCA.
What?! Someone's done sound art already in a contemporary art space?!
Yes, Philip. You need to be more informed of what's happ...
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Bendigo Art Gallery
17 August – 10 November 2019
By Matthew Linde
I was staying with Mona Bismarck in Capri when the news came. I was downstairs, dressed for dinner, having a drink. Consuelo Crespi telephoned me from Rome, saying it had just come over the radio that Balenciaga had closed his doors forever that afternoon, and that he'd never open them again. Mona didn't come out of her room for three days. I mean, she went into a complete…I mean, it was the en...
Fiona Foley: Who are these strangers and where are they going?
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
The Mining Exchange
24 August – 20 October 2019
By Maddee Clark
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale launches with a performance of the title work of Fiona Foley's headlining major solo exhibition, Who are these strangers and where are they going? The song is performed in both Badtjala and English by a group of young local Aboriginal singers. The title work of the show, a new commiss...
Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland
KINGS Artist-Run, Black_Box
31 August – 21 September, 2019
By Giles Fielke
Entering KINGS Artist-Run on a Wednesday afternoon, I slink past a homeless woman asleep on the sidewalk. Her things are pushed against the front window of a fast-food shop that looks and smells like Subway and is. Moments before, I'd jumped off a packed tram at the Southern Cross stop at the top of Bourke Street after skipping one which was overfull...
S E R I A L
McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery
29 July – 10 November 2019
By Aneta Trajkoski
The 'serial,' or series, adopts numerous contemporary forms: from binge-worthy television series, countless iterations of Podcasts, ever-expanding adaptations of franchise cinema, to the systematic tendencies that were examined in the recent exhibition A New Order at Buxton Contemporary. Do the conditions of a fast-moving and increasingly chaotic world urge us to seek reprieve, order and famili...
MADA Gallery, Monash University
25 July – 24 August 2019
By Philip Brophy
The exhibition ...(illegible)... offers a fascinating exquisite
corpse for conceptual consideration: the sliced intersection between
'queer' and 'abstraction'. Their categorical differences within art
channels are manifold: where queer is performative, salacious,
interruptive and disingenuine, abstraction is constructural,
metaphysical, holistic and earnest. That they are assumed to never
Steaphan Paton: Nullius in Verba
10 – 31 August 2019
By Isabel White
"Nullius in verba", a latin saying that roughly translates to "take no one's word for it", acts as the title for both this STATION exhibition, and for one of the artworks it presents. Nullius in Verba II-XIII, created by Gunai and Monero Melbourne-based artist, Steaphan Paton, is one of two works in Paton's first STATION show. While this is Paton's first exhibition at the contemporary art gallery in South Yarr...
Trocadero Art Space
Curated by Andreé Ruggeri
7 – 24 August 2019
By Max Koetsier
Nessun Posto creates a not quite cohered space, where irreconcilable contradictions prevent the stability of place from emerging. With four pieces that avoid the neutral surveyor's contextual indifference, Tamara Baillie, Camila Galaz, Karla Pringle and Siying Zhou present space as ungraspable: too immersed in fractured memories and dislocated histories for performed lucidity to become anything...