Francis Plagne
Douglas Lance Gibson's 'What Was Once Yesterday Today & Tomorrow' at Tolarno Galleries, by Francis Plagne

Douglas Lance Gibson, Sila Sila ( Barracuda ), 2014 Archival pigment print, coconut timber frame, 40 x 50 cm.

Douglas Lance Gibson, What Was Once Yesterday Today & Tomorrow, Tolarno Galleries, Level 4/104 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 16 November 2017 - 16 December 2017.

As I was about to leave Tolarno Galleries after spending some time with Douglas Lance Gibson’s What Was Once Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, his first show with the gallery, I was stopped by two men. One, who I assume was som...

Chelsea Hopper
'Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy', at  Heide Museum of Modern Art, by Chelsea Hopper

Jenny Watson, White Horse with Telescope, 2012, synthetic polymer paint on rabbit skin glue primed cotton, Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery © the artist

Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 4 November 2017 – 3 March 2018

When you first start making stuff, finding your voice as an artist can be a bit of a slog. There will always be bad paintings, clumsy drawings of still lifes and failed charcoal figures from the life drawing classes you were forced t...

Ian McLean
Wayne Eager New Paintings, at Eastgate Gallery, by Ian McLean

Wayne Eager, Kinetic , 2017, oil on linen, 175 x 200cm

Wayne Eager New Paintings, at Eastgate Gallery, 158 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 14 October–11 November 2017

An exhibition that caught my eye last week reminded me that the surrealists didn't seek their aesthetic thrills in Paris' modish contemporary art galleries or amongst the Old Masters in the Louvre, but in unexpected places. Somewhat off the beaten track, in an old picture framer founded in 1879, about a dozen very uncontemporary large...

Anna Parlane
Jason Phu, 'My Parents Met at the Fish Market' at Westspace, by Anna Parlane

Jason Phu, My Parents Met at the Fish Market, 2017. Installation image, Westspace. Photo credit: Christo Crocker.

Jason Phu, My Parents Met at the Fish Market, Westspace, 27 October – 9 December 2017.

Jason Phu’s My Parents Met at the Fish Market is the latest in Westspace’s series of solo commissions, in which all four galleries are given over to one artist. While he is younger and less experienced than previously commissioned artists, Phu is clearly up to the task of filling the spac...

Rex Butler
Gareth Withdraws: 'Gareth Sansom: Transformer' at NGV, by Rex Butler

Gareth Sansom, Sweeney Agonistes, 2005. Oil and enamel paint and collage of type C photograph on canvas. (a-c) 213.0 x 549.0 cm (overall). Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. The James C Sourris, AM, Collection. Gift of James C Sourris, AM, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2012. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program (2012.472a-c)

Gareth Sansom: Transformer, National Gallery of Victoria, 15 September 2017-28 January 2018

The Pulitzer Prize-winning cr...

David Wlazlo
Joseph Kosuth, ‘A Short History of My Thought’ at Anna Schwartz Gallery, by David Wlazlo

Joseph Kosuth, 'Neon', 1965. Photography: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy Joseph Kosuth Studio and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Joseph Kosuth, A Short History of My Thought, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, 7 October–25 November 2017

Coupled with the pervasive hum of the neon transformers, Joseph Kosuth's A short history of my thought at Anna Schwartz Gallery is a grab-bag of his past fifty years working with neon. Far from any noir promise historically associated with the technology, the neon works—...

Amelia Winata
Marble Palace: Darren Sylvester's ‘Céline’ at Bus Projects, by Amelia Winata

Darren Sylvester, Céline, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Neon Parc.

Darren Sylvester, Céline’, Bus Projects, Collingwood. October 4 - 28.

Stepping through the front door of Bus Projects and being met by Darren Sylvester’s Céline, I am reminded of Anna Viebrock’s set design for the exhibition The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied at the Fondazione Prada in Venice. Viebrock, a stage designer by trade, was invited by curator Udo Kittelman to take part in the exhibition alongside Thomas D...

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—wobble...