David Wlazlo
Troy Ramaekers: Double B-Sides

Troy Ramaekers, Double B-Sides

Five Walls Projects, suite 3, lvl 1/119 Hopkins St, Footscray, 4 – 21 April 2018

By David Wlazlo

Troy Ramaekers’ current exhibition at Footscray gallery Five Walls, titled Double-B Sides, features four deceptively simple paintings. The artist has stretched large canvases, taller than wide, and around the edge of each is a bleeding red border. This border contains a trace of the stretcher behind the canvas as well as the ground, where the artist has pressed...

Helen Hughes
Vivienne Binns: It is what it is, what it is

Binns' Grids and Voids

Vivienne Binns: It is what it is, what it is

Sutton Gallery, 17 March – 14 April 2018**

By Helen Hughes

Vivienne Binns seems to have taught—or had some sort of mentor-like relationship with—a whole bunch of artists whose work I like: Charlie Sofo, Liang Luscombe, Trevelyan Clay, Kate Smith and Geoff Newton, to name just a few. If there is amongst some or all of these artists a shared sensibility to do with humour, a cavalier attitude towards painting (or 'fine art...

Kate Warren
Soda_Jerk: TERROR NULLIUS

Soda_Jerk, TERROR NULLIUS

Australian Centre for the Moving Image 20 March – 1 July 2018

By Kate Warren

TERROR NULLIUS, the “controversial” new film by artist–filmmakers Soda_Jerk (Dominique Angeloro and Dan Angeloro) opens with a slightly distorted rendition of “Advance Australia Fair”. It appropriately sets the scene for what is to come, as the film takes its viewers on a wide-ranging journey, in three acts, which emphasises the dark underside to Australian popular culture and politics....

Paris Lettau
The Shape of Things to Come

Avant-Garde & Mick

The Shape of Things to Come

Buxton Contemporary, cnr Southbank Boulevard & Dodds Street Southbank, 9 March – 24 June 2018

By Paris Lettau

'Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world historical facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.'

In 1885, some thirty-years after Marx wrote these well-known words, the first Buxton Art Gallery opened on Swanston Street as a centre of Melbourne's most...

Victoria Perin
Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism

Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 15 December 2017–25 March 2018

By Victoria Perin

Tomorrow is the last day of Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art). Hopefully this is a prompt for you to visit (or revisit), because shows like this are rare. Here we are presented with the knowledge (institutional, personal, ancestral, academic) of six curators, thoughtfully draggin...

Giles Fielke
Samraing Chea: Universal Drawings

Every Truckers Enjoy Having Barbecue to Eat for Picnic

Samraing Chea, Universal Drawings

Reading Room, 3 March—24 March 2018, proposed by Rob McHaffie and Matlok Griffiths

By Giles Fielke

Universal Drawings is an appropriate title for the exhibition of 41 works by the artist Samraing Chea currently on show at Olivia Radonich’s new city central gallery, Reading Room. A thoroughgoing millenial subject — Chea was born in 1995 — the suite of 26 drawings in full colour on display in Room...

Nicholas Tammens
Mutlu Çerkez: 1988-2065

Mutlu Çerkez: 1988–2065

Monash University Museum of Art, 10 February - 14 April 2018

By Nicholas Tammens

The exhibition Mutlu Çerkez: 1988 2065 and its accompanying monograph form a long awaited eulogy to an artist whose influence has remained largely unacknowledged since his unforeseen passing in 2005. It would not be conceited to say that the format of the exhibition was fated by the artist, but there is a general feeling that it comes as a late arrival. As Justin Clemens once poin...

Tiarney Miekus
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Loyalty Does Not End With Death

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Loyalty Does Not End With Death

The SUBSTATION, 1 Market St, Newport VIC 3015, 2 February–10 March 2018

By Tiarney Miekus

Over the last five decades English artist, musician and poet Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has become the kind of person that others seek out. For some it might have been during the early 1970s when P-Orridge, and h/er involvement with performance art collective COUM Transmissions, was gathering attention for making use of soiled tampons, blood and...