Helen Hughes
Brent Harris, 'the small sword' at Tolarno Galleries,  by Helen Hughes

Brent Harris, land's end # 1, 2017. Photography by Andrew Curtis.

Brent Harris, the small sword, Tolarno Galleries, September 28 – November 4, 2017

Hallucinations between figure and ground flicker across the surface of many of Brent Harris’s compositions in his new exhibition at Tolarno Galleries, the small sword. In the studio (2017), for example, the main figure’s cartoonish outline—that most primitive of compositional devices that distinguishes an object from its background—...

Kate Warren
'The Score' at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, by Kate Warren

Mia Salsjö, Modes of Translation, 2017, production still. Image courtesy of the artist.

The Score, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, August 1 – November 5, 2017. Curated by Jacqueline Doughty.

One of the things I enjoy most about going to an orchestral performance are the moments when the musicians onstage complete their final warm-ups, exercises and tunings. Being not yet focused into a single force, the performers’ last-minute preparations are individual and not precisely coordinated or h...

Paris Lettau
"The Great Indoors": Isadora Vaughan's 'Recalcitrant Bodies' at The Honeymoon Suite, by Paris Lettau

Isadora Vaughan, Recalcitrant Bodies, installation view. Photography: André Piguet.

"The Great Indoors": Recalcitrant Bodies, by Isadora Vaughan at The Honeymoon Suite, Lv1, 60 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 1–23 September 2017

Isadora Vaughan's practice is synonymous with a certain style of sculpture and installation that has emerged over the past decade amongst a new generation of (usually VCA-trained) Melbourne-based artists. It is a style that emphasises materiality, indeterminacy and conting...

Francis Plagne
Smallness: Trevelyan Clay at Neon Parc and Kate Smith at Sutton, by Francis Plagne

Kate Smith, An Impression of an impression (after Rupert Bunny) 2, 2017, texta biro acrylic and oil on linen, 35.5 x 51cm. Photo credit: Andrew Curtis.

Smallness: Trevelyan Clay ‘Moments Today’ at Neon Parc (August 31 – October 7) and Kate Smith ‘An Impression of an impression’ at Sutton Gallery ( September 8 – October 7).

I confess to being a sucker for bad painting. Not, that is, for all painting that fails in whatever way to be good, but for the particular style of offhand, deli...