Tallawong’s plant library brings northwestern neighbours together

From The Sydney Morning Herald
by Helen Pitt

Growing up in Fairfield, artist Lauren Brincat’s Egyptian grandparents had a backyard vegetable patch, not just to save money but also to help root them in the soil of Sydney suburbia. “It helped make my grandparents feel at home, all the immigrant families in Fairfield had vegetable gardens … and they swapped seeds many had […]

Alive with moving qualities

From The Weekend Australian
by Christopher Allen

Skateboarding is a peculiar subculture. Young boys and girls enjoy playing with skateboards, like any other form of wheeled vehicle, but the full expression of the practice seems to be found in males who are mostly past the flower of youth and often moving into the indefinite frontiers of middle age, especially perilous territory for […]

David Noonan’s Gestures in Time

From Frieze
by Sophie Knezic

The artist’s solo show of tapestries at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne are invocations of an erstwhile era In his essay on the early 20th-century German historian and writer Max Kommerell, the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben explores the nature of gesture, understanding it as a form of expression closely tied to spoken language. Gestures are […]

Artist David Noonan weaves ambiguity into his latest tapestries

From The Age
by Stephanie Bunbury

Two photographs sit above the desk in the London studio where Australian artist David Noonan works. One is a black and white image of a face transformed by make-up into that of a fantastic bird or beast, possibly for a ballet. Noonan likes to use found images in his work: this genderless bird-person is one […]

Major public artwork to light up Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s new Ryrie Street building will be bathed in ever-changing coloured light when a major new public artwork is installed later this year.  Internationally acclaimed Victorian artist, Daniel von Sturmer, has won the commission to create a landmark public art piece for the centre’s eastern façade, with a large-scale digital work, Painted […]

Shaun Gladwell review: video-artist pioneer performs virtual hang five

From Sydney Morning Herald
by Chloe Wolifson

A surfer hangs upside down on his board, beneath the waves. Protagonist and image are both inverted, and the footage is slowed, making him appear more like a yogi on a mat. His head occasionally dips down for air, momentarily disappearing. This is Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi) (2010), the namesake video piece in the exhibition […]

Emily Floyd, ‘Open Space’

Following an international competition, Australian artist Emily Floyd has been awarded a major sculptural installation that playfully engages with the cultural fabric of Sydney’s Curtin Place and neighbouring Australia Square. Part of the Adina Hotel development at 280 George Street by TFE Hotels and Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW) Architects, Open Space is a text-based installation that responds to the […]

Daniel von Sturmer

From Memo Review
by Amelia Winata

The two current exhibitions from Melbourne-based Daniel von Sturmer at Anna Schwartz Gallery are billed as discrete offerings, a fact underscored by the exhibitions’ separate closing dates. CATARACT, on the gallery’s ground floor, is a video work comprised of 81 small television screens that have been arranged in a grid formation, nine high and nine […]

A shifting of the senses

From The Age, 5 October
by Andrew Stephens

When Mike Parr was buried in a steel box underneath a busy Hobart street for three days in June, he had already been on another, related journey into earthy darkness. An inveterate explorer, he’s accustomed to feeling his way forward, darkly – and the results can seriously, wonderfully niggle at viewers. Parr’s long history as […]

Common thread: Chiharu Shiota’s installation art examines life’s big questions. As such, she’s not expecting any answers soon.

From The Australian
by Miriam Cosic

Calling artists “international” in our globalised art world has become a marketing cliche, but Chiharu Shiota has earned the adjective. Born in Osaka, she had the “aha!” moment of her artistic development in Canberra (of all ­places), and lives in Berlin with her Korean ­husband and their child. Shiota is in the middle of a […]