Francis Plagne
Robert Smithson: Time Crystals

Double Issue

This week Memo Review publishes two separate reviews of Robert Smithson: Time Crystals at Monash University Museum of Art.

Below Francis Plagne considers the show as a whole, including an in-depth engagement with the curators' positioning of Smithson's practice.

Philip Brophy, whose review is available by clicking here, considers the sound that lightly floats throughout the gallery's spaces, emanating from two films: Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1970) and Nancy Holt an...

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...

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...

Giles Fielke
Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time

Desperately Seeking Representation

Open Spatial Workshop, Converging In Time

Monash Museum of Art, 11 February – 8 April 2017

By Giles Fielke

Somewhere between geology, geography, colonisation and resource extraction is where Open Spatial Workshop (OSW) attempt to situate their highly conceptual, sculpture-based exhibition entitled Converging In Time. A huge, fossilised Kauri tree log found within a coal seam in the La Trobe Valley lies on a large, rectangular papercrete platform tha...