Arts writing 2

  • The Awful Truth About Art Writing | (5 August, 2009) - 1. Curated is not a real word 2. Immersive is not a real word
  • Chloe Bussenchute: Show Stopper | (5 August, 2009) - Reflex is the most recent exhibition at M16 Artspace, being a selection of kinetic and interactive sculptures by Canberra artists. Despite being tempted by Friday night offerings of a different variety (pub, dinner, pub) I rallied myself and made it along to the opening. My efforts were not wasted: for the most part my expectations […]
  • Achromatism | (28 July, 2009) - I’m putting together a teeny tiny show for the QCP in Brisbane, beginning late September. Here’s a bit about it… Achromatism – Recent Video Work from the ACT Benjamin Forster, Taree Mackenzie and Lucy Quinn are three emerging video artists currently based in Canberra. The works collated for Achromatism share the fact that each is […]
  • Homecoming – Talbet Fulthorpe | (27 July, 2009) - Last week I went along to PhotoAccess to check out the latest installation of the multimedia work  Jangil (Homesick) by now Melbourne-based Talbet Fulthorpe. I first saw this work in it’s earlier incarnation in late 2008, when I was completely blown away by how moving it was, its originality and the sheer amount of effort […]
  • Art School Survival Guide #3: art ain’t free | (20 July, 2009) - University don’t come cheap, we all know that. Tuition fees aside, degrees are full of unanticipated costs and purchases and Art School is no different – just with art supplies instead of textbooks and readers. When you’ve paid your rent, bought a little food and maybe a bus pass there’s often not much left over […]
  • Oh, Adam. | (15 July, 2009) - Every now and again there pops up an artist who shows an incredible quiet audacity in their approach to both concept and material. They often work on a small scale, employing involved, repetitive processes, everyday objects and humble materials. They create artwork that is a little bit cheeky, a little amusing, impossibly sad and at […]
  • Young Guns | (14 July, 2009) - High expectations were set for Twist Wall + Fever at M16 Artspace, as Richard Blackwell, Tim Dwyer and James Langer are three guys who demand to be noticed. Paired with Dan Lorrimer, undergrad from the Sculpture department at the ANU, the resulting exhibition was full of surprises. Firstly, Dwyer was a breakaway favourite. I knew […]
  • Feels Like Painting: Mandy Martin at CMAG | (23 June, 2009) - I knew alarmingly little of Mandy Martin (why is that the more I write the less I find out I know?), but went to her exhibition expecting not to like her work, perhaps partly due to the somewhat hideous image on the invite. How unprepared I was. First step in the door, first work, I […]
  • Photographic Perplexity | (16 June, 2009) - Lately my brain has been grappling with questions surrounding photography and artistic practice. No, I’m not going to say ‘photography isn’t art’, but I do wonder ‘when is photography art?’  In part this came about after browsing through the catalogue for the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award. Among the shortlisted entries was an […]
  • Art School Survival Guide #2: The art of talking about yourself | (2 June, 2009) - Many arts students whine about having to write about or explain their own artwork, but unfortunately that’s really half the point. They are sadly and sorely mistaken if they think this can be avoided in the ‘real world’ following graduation from art school. If anything it only gets worse: artists’ statements for exhibition proposals and catalogues, […]
  • A Feast For Fools – Rosalind Lemoh | (2 June, 2009) - Headed back to Sydney last week just in time to catch Canberran Rosalind Lemoh at Grantpirrie, opening alongside Hossein Valamanesh and Peter McKay. (The two gentlemen are both incredible in their own right, but I focus on Lemoh here because I can partially credit her with my recently-found ability to fully appreciate sculpture. I’m slow, […]
  • Drawn Out | (20 May, 2009) - Well, not quite, but I have seen two drawing-dedicated exhibitions in as many days. First, the M16 Drawing Prize, and then, I Walk The Line at the MCA. I Walk The Line was super-hyped for me. As such, I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed once I’d done my turn. Maybe it wasn’t as […]
  • Art Love: Tim Johnson | (18 May, 2009) - I scrambled to Sydney to make it in time for the very last day of Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas at the Art Gallery of NSW. I know appallingly little about Johnson, but after seeing a few examples of his work at The National Portrait Gallery I knew I had to see this show. I am […]
  • The Plastic Arts | (11 May, 2009) - Despite having one of the worst exhibition titles ever, and being accompanied by some extremely patronising marketing, the exhibition Soft Sculpture is a real coup for Canberra. The good people at BMA magazine kindly arranged for me to visit the National Gallery of Australia to meet with Lucina Ward, exhibition Curator… Breasts. Feathers. Plastic bags. Felt. […]
  • Art Love: Laith McGregor | (30 April, 2009) - Images of Laith McGregor’s drawings have been everywhere lately, but they hadn’t really made an impact on me until just today, when I finally sat up and took notice after seeing Woke On A Whale Heart. He must be a grower, because now I can’t stop looking at these images, and have been trying to […]
  • Art School Survival Guide #1: Why am I here? | (20 April, 2009) - From my very first days at Art School I worried that I was in the WRONG DEGREE. There was no real  justification for this – I had gone through the rigorous selection process, like everybody else, and it had never even crossed my mind to do anything else. Yet, from day one, I had a […]
  • Karmarama – The Work of Owen Lewis | (16 April, 2009) - Ooo Err! The latest issue of Australian Art Collector magazine features a double-page spread on Owen Lewis – the rapscallion! Owen is a local favourite – awesome in every way and makes a fine Mojito. I wrote about him before he was famous… Children posses the enviable ability to find all sorts of uses and […]
  • Sweet Nothings | (8 April, 2009) - About a year ago I stopped buying a number of well-known womens’ fashion magazines. Magazines rot your brain anyway, but really I had become fed up with their coverage of art. To begin, I don’t think fashion magazines should even really bother fluffing around with the arts, or global politics for that matter, but for […]
  • Kensuke and the Sideways Stairs | (7 April, 2009) - Last week I went along to the final incarnation of the Phoenix Prize for Spiritual Art at the School of Art. This award has been wildly popular over the last three years – artists see it as a chance to show in the beautiful SoFA gallery and to be in the running for a bit […]
  • Lucy Quinn in Aquatherapy | (7 April, 2009) - For reasons unbeknownst to me I often struggle with video art, finding myself reluctant to invest the concentration that is often required to engage properly with such works. Because of this, I was completely thrown by how strongly I was drawn to an installation I saw at M16 Artspace by Lucy Quinn, and have hardly […]

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