Tag Archive for Contemporary Art

Exhibition | Limits to Growth – Nicholas Mangan | MUMA

Nicholas Mangan, Matter over mined 2012 C-print on cotton paper 69 x 103cm Courtesy the artist; Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland and LABOR, Mexico city

Exhibtion Dates: 20 July – 17 September 2016 Opening celebration: Wed 20 July, 6pm. With remarks by Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer in Art History, School of Communication and Arts, University of Queensland Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition of Melbourne-based artist, Nicholas Mangan. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. The exhibition brings together several key projects (the eldest dating to 2009-10) in conversation with a new commission, Limits to Growth. This latest work explores the relationship between two monetary currencies: Rai, large stone coins…

Lectures | Contesting Marginality: Three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Carla Macchiavello

Video still Francisca Benitez, Décimas Telúricas, 2010.

Discipline and Ensayos, along with Gertrude Contemporary, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and The Alderman, are pleased to present three lectures on recent Chilean art and art historiography by Chilean art historian, Carla Macchiavello. The lectures will take place at three different venues in Melbourne between Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 July. All are free to attend. Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 6:00 for 6:30pm The Alderman, Melbourne (upstairs) Convened by Rex Butler ‘Rough edges or Extremadura: a brief panorama of Chilean art, from centres to margins’ Since the 1970s, Chilean art has been haunted by a concern with borders and territoriality. During the 1970s and 1980s, margins were taken as physical and imaginary spaces from which to contest the repression…

Exhibitions | Lucina Lane – Yona Lee – Economy – Sofi Basseghi | West Space

Lucina Lane, Untitled (Snake), Acrylic on canvas, 2016, image credit: Christo Crocker.

New exhibitions opening tonight (Thursday 17th) at West Space. Exhibition Dates 18th March – 16th April 2016. loosen the earth Lucina Lane Working within the expanded concept of painting and its material structure, Lucina Lane’s new body of work beckons the audience to experience the painting as an object, putting pressure on the frame of the work and its edges. Employing both slight and unruly painterly gestures upon unstretched canvas, Lane teases out how a painting can behave when it is no longer beholden to the pictorial frame. Artist bio here: http://westspace.org.au/event/loosen-the-earth/   Line on display | Yona Lee Using the architectural features of the Front Space gallery as a guide, Yona Lee’s new installation Line on display responds to the spatial dynamics of this particular…

Exhibitions | Marcin Wojcik – Anna Horne – Paula Hunt – David Attwood and Clare Peake – Carla Adams | Bus Projects

Malleable Scenario | Marcin Wojcik

  Exhibition Dates: Opening Wednesday 16 6-8pm until April 2nd. Malleable Scenario. Marcin Wojcik. Gallery 1. Reaching ‘the scene’ attempts to manifest the elusive state available only to those who commit themselves to a moment’s endurance. Going alone with eyes set on some enigmatic endpoint on a set course / line / road. In this body of work, the re-constructed scenario’s pits the solitary athlete (a cyclist) against multiple horizons (the scene) in a perpetual pursuit. Here the cast cyclist peddles endlessly forward around a velodrome, up a mountain as well as attempting to chase the unattainable. The aim of the task is to commit and give everything – to practice and exercise through the pain and the zen of repetition. Further,…

Exhibition | MYTHO-POETIC – Glen Skien | Deakin University Art Gallery

Glen Skien, Archive of the Unfamiliar, 2013, altered postcards, thread, ink, encaustic, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Dates: 25 February – 31st March A new exhibition of artist books, collages, and etching by Queensland artist Glen Skien has recently opened at Deakin University Art Gallery. Open until 31 March, MYTHO-POETIC interrogates the human condition with assemblages and installations that bring to life social histories and vexing questions of Australian identity, place, and myth. Dr Jess Berry, Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art, explained that Skien is highly respected in the national printmaking community and the delicacy and sensitivity of his images spark immediate affinity. She observes that, ‘As with atlas cartographers, Skien’s images of the past are fleeting, recuperated from lost and forgotten sources. In their reconfigured state, the original images become almost unrecognisable, echoing the way memory plays…

Exhibition | Judy Watson – the scarifier | TarraWarra Museum of Art

Judy Watson mt riddell 2016, pencil and acrylic on canvas, 240 x 148 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Exhibition Dates: 12 March – 31 July 2016 Indigenous artist Judy Watson’s installation, the scarifier, at TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley, responds to the history of the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station near Healesville (1863-1924), which was located not far from where the exhibition is being held. Exhibition curator and TarraWarra Museum of Art Director Victoria Lynn said the Museum commissioned Judy Watson to create the installation to coincide with itsPanorama exhibition, which presents a suite of landscape paintings from the Museum’s collection. ‘In this context it was important to provide audiences with a self-reflexive understanding of the Museum’s location on Indigenous Country. Judy’s evocative and deeply moving installation brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous memories of the local landscape to life. In…

Artist Talk | Lee Mingwei | NGV International

Photo of Lee Mingwei

Born in Taiwan and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations that explore trust, intimacy, and self-awareness. His open-ended scenarios and one-on-one interactive works invite audiences to play a role and use everyday interactions, like eating, sleeping and walking in powerful ways. In a lunchtime lecture, Lee Mingwei shares insights into his work. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with Simon Maidment, Curator, Contemporary Art. Lee Mingwei | Born in Taiwan in 1964 and currently living in Paris, Lee Mingwei creates participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness, and one-on-one events, where visitors contemplate these issues with the artist through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for…

Exhibitions | SOFT REALITY, Siying Zhou, Shaun-Joel Liew| Kings ARI

Soft Reality Poster

Exhibition Dates: February 6th – 27th 2016 SOFT REALITY Performance and Choreography: Chloe Chignell Dancers: Amanda Betlehem, Ellen Davies, Alice Heyward, Louella May Hogan, Ben Hurley, Rebecca Jensen, Leah Landau, Chad McLachlan, Megan Payne, Jacqueline Trapp and Timothy Walsh. SOFT REALITY is a performance landscape of vague images and porous bodies. It looks toward multiplicity and simulation as modes of producing relationships. Construction and habitation are two actions that lead the performance work, building environments, identities and things – a network of weak gestures, connecting and forming. In Soft Reality time does not pass instead it rushes ahead, leaving us only with a network, spaces to move across and points of relation. Chloe Chignall is a dance artist based in Melbourne.…

Exhibition | Francis Upritchard Jealous Saboteurs | MUMA

Francis Upritchard, Blue and Green Scarf 2012, modelling material, foil, wire, paint, cloth, human hair. Collection of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the Patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London.

Exhibition Dates: 13 February – 16 April 2016  Opening celebration: Saturday 13 February, 2-5pm (including a conversation, 2-3pm, see below) Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint project with City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington and has been curated by their Chief Curator Robert Leonard and MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day. Spanning almost twenty years of work, MUMA is excited to present the first major survey exhibition of London-based, New Zealand-born artist, Francis Upritchard. From her early collections of mock burial artefacts, to primate-like figures constructed from discarded fur coats, and her more recent enigmatic gurus, Upritchard has developed a highly idiosyncratic language of sculpture that frequently borrows from craft practices and a broad range of references from the deep recesses…

News | Horsham Regional Art Gallery to re-open after redevelopment

Images from Horsham Regional Art Gallery's collection

The redeveloped Horsham Regional Art Gallery will reopen this weekend, as part of the new visual and performing arts hub located at the Horsham Town Hall. A $20 million construction project was undertaken in 2014 to create a new arts and performance hub for Horsham, co-locating the city’s visual and performing arts venues. The official opening of the Horsham Town Hall will take place in mid-February, the new Horsham Regional Art Gallery will open on Saturday 30 January. The special retrospective exhibition Smiling when I wake will celebrate the best of the gallery’s photography collection. It includes work from Australian artists Tracey Moffatt, Max Dupain and Carol Jerrems. At the same time the gallery will open an exhibition of works…

Exhibition | Jacqui Stockdale – Drawing the Labyrinth | Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Jacqui Stockdale Drawing the Labyrinth 2015

Concertina book of ink drawings (detail), Courtesy of the artist and This is No Fantasy, Melbourne.

A new exhibition opening at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery next week. Exhibition Dates: 27 January – 28 February 2016 Jacqui Stockdale’s Drawing the Labyrinth comprises more than one hundred metres of drawings presented in a fold- out concertina sketchbook set out on tables and configured in the form of a labyrinth. This continuous length of drawings reflects the artists’ intimate journey over a twelve month period, variously depicting moments spent travelling across Europe, incorporating a diverse array of portraits such as friends, family members, self-portraits, anonymous people on trains, teenagers in their classrooms, a live band on stage, even a woman giving birth. Making these sketches Stockdale seeks a direct connection with her subject, often drawing people she has…

Lecture | An Introduction to the 20th Biennale of Sydney – Stephanie Rosenthal | MPavilion 


  MUMA, in association with the Biennale of Sydney and MPavilion, are pleased to present a special lecture by Stephanie Rosenthal, Artistic Director of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (18 March – 5 June 2016). Join Stephanie Rosenthal for a presentation designed to offer insights into the 20th edition of the Biennale of Sydney. Inspired by a quote from leading science fiction author William Gibson, The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, this edition of the Biennale, which opens in March 2016, will be presented at seven main venues conceived as ’embassies of thought’. Following the presentation MUMA’s Director Charlotte Day will join Stephanie for a conversation about the key ideas informing her exhibition. Stephanie Rosenthal has…

Discussion | Celebrating the stories of Redfern through art | Sydney 13th November 2015


Join us for a day of presentations and open discussion about the restoration of the 40,000 Years mural and the future of public art in Redfern. The 40,000 Years mural on Lawson Street is a vital part of Redfern’s cultural heritage. Painted in 1983, it contains a complex weave of Aboriginal histories that relate both to the Redfern area and to the passage of Aboriginal people to and from the city of Sydney from across Australia. The mural has deteriorated considerably since it was painted in 1983 and plans are underway for its restoration. At the same time, the Central to Eveleigh Urban Transformation Program has highlighted the need for contemporary Indigenous stories to be represented in future public art…

Seminar | SUPERCONNECTIVITY – Korean contemporary art | Sydney

Sanghyun Lee, First Tales of Korean Made ICBM, 2014, digital C print. Courtesy the artist

The Korean Cultural Centre in association with the launch of Artlink magazine’s new issue on Korean contemporary art, presents SUPERCONNECTIVITY, a free seminar on Korean contemporary art in Sydney. Renowned Korean and Australian curators and art writers explore connections and differences in a rare opportunity to hear from experts on Korean art in Australia. With a focus on cutting edge contemporary visual arts and in partnership with respected publications Artlink (Australia) and TheArtro (Korea), SUPERCONNECTIVITY is the first contemporary art seminar at the Korean Cultural Centre. Founding Editor of Artlink and co-editor of the Artlink KOREA issue, Stephanie Britton says “From private collections to North-South relations and Korean cultural policy, this seminar and publication look in depth at Korean contemporary…

Exhibition | Katherine Hattam | Deakin University Art Gallery

Personal pronouns, 2015
Charcoal on paper
163.5 x 164 cm
Collection of the artist
Image courtesy the artist and Daine Singer
Photography: Clare Rae

A new exhibition has just opened at Deakin University Art Gallery Katherine Hattam: Desire first: 1978–2015, which is a survey of Hattam’s career to date. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. In the exhibition viewers can see the development of Hattam’s distinct style. Recurring motifs in her work include chairs and other domestic objects, which she combines with references to literature, feminism, art history and modern psychoanalysis to create work that is personally symbolic. The artist and her experiences have some kind of presence in many of the works; anthropomorphic chairs stand in for a range of family members and Hattam herself is present in many of the spaces she depicts. Hattam has exhibited widely throughout Australia. Her…