David Wlazlo
Future Eaters

Future Eaters

Monash University Museum of Art, 22 July – 23 September 2017

By David Wlazlo

Asking the viewer to consider sculptural responses to our technological present, Future Eaters presents a series of works that are diverse, divergent, and in many ways reductive of the ways technology is involved in our lives. Technology here—like sculpture—is equated with hardware. Of course this is a ‘common sense’ understanding of the technological, but as a premise for a show it sits uneasily w...

Beth Kearney
Fictitious Realities

Fictitious Realities

Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, 1 July - 3 September 2017

By Beth Kearney

Fictitious Realities, the group exhibition of nine artists - Daniel Agdag, Tom Arthur, Simon Finn, Aki Inomata, Richard Giblett, Sam Jinks, Colin Suggett, Cyrus Tang, and Liu Zhuoquan – is on show at 'the Gallery at BACC' (its slightly abbreviated moniker) until 3 September. Nestled within the unsuspecting affluence of the City of Bayside, the Gallery at Bayside Arts and Culture Centre plays h...

Rex Butler
Brave New World: Australia 1930s | Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art

The Art Exhibition vs Art

Brave New World: Australia 1930s

Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, until 15 October 2017

Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art, until 8 October 2017

By Rex Butler

Brave New World: Australia 1930s and Call of the Avant-Garde: Constructivism and Australian Art are both important new museum shows. They involve a serious investment of institutional resources. They demand great curatorial expertise. They make a n...

Victoria Perin
Discovering Dobell | Dobell’s Circle

Discovering Dobell | Dobell's Circle

TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville, 27 May – 13 August 2017

By Victoria Perin

TarraWarra, clearly reaching for the best of both worlds, likes to market itself as 'privately funded, public art museum'. As a charitable not-for-profit company, the museum is sponsored by the Besen Family Foundation, while also receiving project-based public funding. Twinned to a vineyard, it balances out Melbourne's other favourite week...

Amelia Winata
Spencer Lai: Contaminant, Figures

Grotesque Mostest

Spencer Lai, Contaminant, Figures

Fort Delta, 6 – 29 July 2017

Spencer Lai's work is part of a contemporary exploration of the grotesque that taps into the destabilising qualities of late capitalism and considers its effect upon issues of identity, including gender and sexuality. This current was picked up on by Jonathan Griffin in his 2012 essay Rudely transgressing the boundaries between the elevated and the profane, published in Tate Etc. In it, Griffin notes that w...

Helen Hughes
Liam Osborne: Hot Copy

Liam Osborne Hot Copy

Punk Café, 8 July – 22 July 2017

by Helen Hughes

Presented by Liam Osborne, the young Melbourne artist and director/curator of the Brunswick East gallery Punk Café, Hot Copy is a meditation on themes of boredom, repetition, monotony, uselessness and impactlessness. These themes are charted both in relation to the artist's day-to-day routines (working to pay rent, to make art, etc.) and in relation to the role of Punk Café as a Melbourne artist-run gallery (one that...

Kylie King
Dale Frank

Dale Frank

Neon Parc, 15 Tinning St, Brunswick, 30 June–12 August 2017

By Kylie King

Any presentation of Dale Frank's work could easily be passed off as a prime prop for Instagram ops. His paintings—dazzling in size and colour, slick and hyper-reflective—demand attention and entertain. Yet they are also unsettlingly grotesque and possess an overarching posture of cool detachment. Indeed, his current exhibition at Neon Parc is as much confronting as it is alluring.

Dale Frank, It was a b...

Francis Plagne
Every Brilliant Eye

Every Brilliant Eye

Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria

By Francis Plagne

Walking through Every Brilliant Eye—a large survey of the NGV's holdings of Australian Art from the 1990s curated by Jane Devery and Pip Wallis—I was struck by how much it look like parts of Melbourne Now, the NGV's sprawling 2013-2014 snapshot of contemporary art practices in Melbourne. It is not only that many of the same names reappear, sometimes with work little changed by the twenty years separat...