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Visual Arts

Posted 26 Aug 2013 @ 1:38pm

aMBUSH Gallery will explore death, violence, error and constraint in its exhibition of Venezuelan artists Sergio Hernandez, Eduardo Kairuz and Hermann Mejia

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Posted 26 Aug 2013 @ 12:52pm

As we tear off, shred and then cremate the final month of winter from our One Direction calendars, Campelltown Arts Centre are manning the gallery decks ready for ...

Posted 26 Aug 2013 @ 12:38pm

CoFA graduate Alexie Glass-Kantor has curated a group exhibition of work by contemporary Australian and international artists.  

 

You promised me, and you said a lie to...

Posted 21 Aug 2013 @ 11:17am

Why do we feel so close to nature when we're so far from it?

 

In her short art career, Lisa Sammut has shown she has a way of bringing the most expansive of natural phenomena inside. Whole galaxies are compressed into single rooms, cosmic grandeur caught in a few sparse metres.

 

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Posted 19 Aug 2013 @ 12:45pm

It's back.

 

Flung open are the doors of every graphic designer's heaven, and every creatively-devoid person's hell. Graphic 2013 will flood the rooms of the Opera House from October 4-7 with breathtakingly (or ego obliterating) graphic storytelling, animation and sonic soundscapes. The staggering lineup comprises illustrator Art Spiegelman, Seth Green and Matt Seinrich's who...

Posted 19 Aug 2013 @ 12:31pm

Established in the former home of modernist artists Margo and Gerald Lewers in 1981, the Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest seems more like a private getaway than a thriving arts hub.

 

Designed to support artists from the quaint region and beyond, the Summer Studio Residency has recently been developed to offer artists the opportunity to tackle a six-week residency on...

Posted 19 Aug 2013 @ 12:24pm

When talking about the curious economics of big bad capitalism, Artspace curator Mark Feary says his latest show The Financial Report is not a strident anti-capitalist manifesto. It is, rather, a critical engagement with life in the age of perpetual boom and bust.

 

“I was very keen to not frame the exhibition as ‘capitalism is bad’,” says Feary,...

Posted 19 Aug 2013 @ 11:40am

Photographer Roger Ballen's work transcends genre, time and space.

 

Having recently collaborated with South African rap-rave crew, Die Antwoord, on the music video from their track 'I Fink U Freeky', his work has gained critical attention due to its frightening imagery. Ballen fuses people, animals and derelict spaces to generate disturbing images that question humankind's...

Posted 13 Aug 2013 @ 2:44pm

Danish artist Olafur Eliasson’s Cubic Structural Evolution Project is a cunningly simple work. In essence, the work comprises an enormous table piled with white Lego pieces, which the audience use to construct an ever growing, breathing, miniature cityscape. And the logistics of mounting an exhibition made from 130,000 pieces – a quarter of a tonne – of Lego are about as titanic and outlandish...

Posted 7 Aug 2013 @ 4:01pm

We've all had that post-too-many-coronas karaoke moment. Now, photographer Luke Hardy has captured it to maximise anecdotal cringe with a series of photographs. 

 

Shot at a karaoke lounge around closing time (i.e. the prime and peak of gaudy performance), one can expect “A trippy mix of fake brands, banal lyrics and braced teeth.” Hardy hones in on karaoke's literal translation...

Posted 1 Aug 2013 @ 4:29pm

This month, Danks St’s Janet Clayton Gallery will continue to propel local contemporary art with Abstractions.

 

Abstractions is a vibrant showcase of work from emerging artists Emma Coulter, Seann Brackin, Sam Holt, Susan Foster and Rowan Robertson. The artists’ work centre on the realm of abstraction, with each artist having conjured imagined landscapes and “elusive...

Posted 30 Jul 2013 @ 12:34pm

The Underbelly Arts organisation began six years ago, with the aim of bringing emerging and underground artists together so that they could show their work to a broader range of people, but also share ideas and resources amongst themselves. Since then, the organisation has expanded, to the point where they now run their own annual festival, with this year’s taking place this weekend on Sydney...

Posted 18 Jul 2013 @ 12:29pm

From August 1-25, Redfern-based multi-arts hybrid space 107 Projects will host two exhibitions exploring the polarities of the urban and the outback.

 

From August 1-11, the work of local artist Pauly Gilsenan and photographer Matthew Venables will be on display in Urban / Schmurbanal – a collection of works born from the artists’ visual accounts of life within the urban mundane...

Posted 16 Jul 2013 @ 1:38pm

The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ main exhibition galleries have been transformed into a space for enchanted looking. Current blockbuster Sydney Moderns sees iconic Modernist works hung alongside scenes created by lesser-known names with prints, drawings and photographs leading the viewer into the juncture between high art and commercial creativity that shaped our city in the ’20s and ’30s...

Posted 11 Jul 2013 @ 12:32pm

Our city’s newest kid on the art fair block, Sydney Contemporary, has announced its talks program, curatorial partnerships and expanded gallery list.

 

From September 19-22, Carriageworks will transform into an inspiring exhibition hall where art enthusiasts and bona fide collectors alike will unite in the name of celebrating all that is great on the commercial gallery circuit. “...

Posted 8 Jul 2013 @ 3:04pm

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is half-finished, pre-CityRail trains are newfangled contraptions and David Jones has just opened its doors.

 

Sydney artists realise academic techniques just don’t cut the mustard to capture their new metropolis, so take radical cues from Europe and the United States. Almost 100 years later the Art Gallery of New South Wales is revisiting these fearless...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 1:26pm

DC Willans had painted portraits before, but no one this illustrious. One afternoon, the young UK airbrush artist found himself commissioned by an unlikely patron. “I ended up at Amy Winehouse’s house ’round Camden, randomly. I was doing some work for her in her home, we got talking, I showed her my website and there were portraits in there. She was like, would you do me one? I was like…‘of...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 4:03pm

From June 18 – July 13 Zetland gallery Sullivan + Strumpf have your art fix sorted.

 

Joanna Lamb’s 15 Colour Series is a set of works inspired by the interior and exterior of domestic dwellings. Influenced by electronic media, advertising and graphic design, Lamb’s images foreground the refined simplicity of foundational structural forms. As the exhibition title suggests, only...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 10:22am

Handmade craft, dress-ups, live performance and a techno world of mirrors and estrangement – welcome to Justin Shoulder’s wild theatrical ceremony, The River Eats. 

 

Presenting at Carriageworks from July 3-13 as part of Performance Space’s Show Off season, Shoulder adopts the persona of Pinky, an over-caffeinated, attention-deficient demon whose identity is undergoing a...

Posted 14 Jun 2013 @ 10:14am

John Lennon fans at the ready, because Anna Schwartz Gallery has just the thing for you. 

 

From July 27 – September 28, a 25-channel video installation, Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon), will showcase 25 fans of the legendary Beatle, who have been filmed by video artist Candice Breitz while singing along to Lennon’sPlastic Ono Bandalbum in full. The catch? The...

Posted 30 May 2013 @ 9:43am

“I’m a Japanese sound artist living in Paris who uses binary code and online data to generate colossal, audiovisual interactive artworks and tone music.” It’d be a killer opening line for dinner parties, one doubtful the elusive Ryoji Ikeda would ever drop between pre-entrée Merlots.

 

Exhibiting two internationally-celebrated works as part of Vivid Sydney and ISEA2013 at...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 5:37pm

Some ten years ago, the Head On Portrait Prize had its inaugural showing, a relatively small event designed to give lesser-known photographers a look in to the competitive circuit via its unique blind judging process. 

 

By 2008, this modest prize had become the Head On Foundation, a not-for-profit devoted to consciousness-raising through photography. In 2010, the whole shebang...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 5:33pm

The nineteenth Symposium on Electronic Art hits Sydney next month with a program of exhibitions, performances and panel discussions to enlighten audiences on the practice, significance and influence of electronic media arts.

 

The 19th Symposium on Electronic Art hits Sydney next month with a program of exhibitions, performances and panel discussions to enlighten audiences on the...

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