Julia Onufreichuk
Bri Hammond: Nuoto Da Sola (I Swim Alone)

Bri Hammond: Nuoto Da Sola (I Swim Alone)

Brunswick Street Gallery
14 – 27 August 2019

By Julia Onufreichuk

Within the quaint gallery space of Brunswick Street Gallery you will find the current photographic exhibition Nuoto Da Sola (I swim alone) by Bri Hammond. This is Hammond's debut show and it is definitely a step away from her usual commercial and editorial work. With a background in graphic design, Hammond is predominately a lifestyle photographer. She has certainly established h...

Wen Xiao
Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality


Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape

NGV International
24 May – 13 October 2019

By Wen Xiao

"Imagine they all come alive!" says a young schoolboy. His words, along with the highly naturalistic style of terracotta warriors, remind us of Mamoru Oshii's renowned screen production Ghost in the Shell: Innocence (2004). The film discusses the ambiguous boundary between human and anthropomorphous robots, challenging the conventional understan...

Anador Walsh
Relics of Survival

Relics of Survival

Bus Projects
7 – 31 August 2019

By Anador Walsh

Bus Projects' current exhibition Relics of Survival evokes private emotions and experiences, and situates them in the public realm. Curated by artists Zoë Bastin and Kari Lee McInneny-McRae, Relics of Survival makes tangible the intangible so that it cannot be dismissed or ignored. In Bastin's own words: "I wonder what it means to make a record of existence, to push up against the systems we exist within that silenced...

Celine Saoud
Bauhaus Now!

Bauhaus Now!

Buxton Contemporary Gallery Curated Ann Stephen 26 July – 27 October 2019

By Celine Saoud

One hundred years have passed since the 1919 establishment of the Bauhaus: the widely celebrated German art school dedicated to uniting fine arts, craft, design and technology. To commemorate its centenary year, Buxton Contemporary highlights the artistic influence of Bauhaus within their exhibition, Bauhaus Now!. Curated by Ann Stephen, Bauhaus Now! explores the movement's impact on...

Suyeon Park
Rosslynd Piggott: Gardenia, gardenia and vapour window

Rosslynd Piggott: Gardenia, gardenia and vapour window

Sutton Gallery
3 – 31 August 2019

By Suyeon Park

Have you ever encountered a moment where you are eager for fresh air, a refreshing sight for your exhausted vision so that you can simply isolate yourself from complex reality? A solo exhibition by Rosslynd Piggott, Gardenia, gardenia and vapour window carefully observes the nature of flowers, reinterprets their presence through their colours as vaporized spaces and encapsulates thei...

Ari Tampubolon
Return Flight MEL>HKG

Going Down Swinging Presents: Return Flight Mel>HKG

The Blender Studios
9 – 25 August 2019

By Ari Tampubolon

Tucked away in West Melbourne's Blender Studios, we land in Hong Kong for the third and final iteration of curator Elizaveta Maltseva's three-year project: Return Flight MEL-HKG. For this iteration of Return Flight, a project dubbed as a cross-cultural exchange between artists and writers and presented by long-running literary journal Going Down Swinging, Maltseva has commission...

Riley Bennett
Emily Floyd: Anti-Totalitarian Vectors

Emily Floyd: Anti-Totalitarian Vectors

Anna Schwartz Gallery
13 July – 17 August 2019

By Riley Bennett

Totalitarian. Adjective. Relating to a system of government that is centralised and dictorial and requires complete subservence to the state. An exploration and dissection of such a powerful, driving term is shown through the meticulously crafted sculptural works of Emily Floyd all throughout Anti-Totalitarian Vectors, currently showing at the Anna Schwartz Gallery in the Melbourne...

Ella Cattach
On Vulnerability and Doubt

On Vulnerability and Doubt

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Curated by Max Delany
29 June – 1 September 2019

By Ella Cattach

The unassuming first word in the title of On Vulnerability and Doubt is more telling than it may appear. With the apparent neutrality of an essayistic titling convention ("On X..."), it is a word that more or less disappears under the weight of the big ones that follow it. Yet "On"—as the disparate works in this exhibition curated by Max Delany suggest—in...