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Buried alive: Performance artist Mike Parr begins 72-hour entombment

From The Age, 15 June 2018
by Melanie Kembrey

For a man about to be buried alive, Mike Parr made little fuss. To the cheers and camera flashes of a large crowd, the 72-year-old swiftly climbed down the ladder into the steel container where he will be interred for three days, without food, beneath one of Tasmania’s busiest roads. Mike Parr will spend 72 […]

Buried alive, under a road

From The Australian, 26 May 2018
by Tim Douglas

When artist Kazimir Malevich died in 1935, his cremated remains­ were placed in a box and buried beneath the ­symbol for which he was best known: a black square. The Russian painter’s radical eponymous work — made in 1915 to ­represent the so-called zero point of art and heralding the dawn of modernism — had […]

Jan Nelson: Black River Running

From Delicious Line, 25 May 2018
by Ranger Thomas

Jan Nelson’s ten paintings of life-size figures hang sparsely in the gallery. Stripes of primary color underline them, recalling a paint job at a kindergarten but with the geometry of a Noland. The images have flat backgrounds of lollipop rainbows. The little girls depicted in each are garishly overdressed, too many headphones and gadgets, hats […]

High Street (After Ruscha) ruminates on memory, community and culture

From The Conversation, 23 May 2018
by David Nichols

  Daniel Crooks’ High Street (After Ruscha) is easily described yet by no means simple. A 17-minute video, it pans along the preposterously unimaginatively named – and in many respects generic to type – High Street, Preston in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The plane of the street is, however, broken frequently by interposed, faster, vehicle traffic […]

‘Hard Feelings’ at the Honeymoon Suite

From The Memo Review
by Anna Parlane

When The Honeymoon Suite opened in 2016, it was with Rose Coloured Glass, an exhibition of work by four artist couples that flirtatiously invited viewers to guess who was dating whom. Rose Coloured Glass wondered: can romance blossom from a shared passion for abstraction? Or vice versa? The Honeymoon Suite was established as a platform to bring emerging and […]

Candice Breitz: The Medium is the Message

From Vault Magazine, May/June 2018
by Anna Dunnill

  For the acclaimed South African artist Candice Breitz, truth lives in the places where politics and pop culture intersect. – Feature   Candice Breitz is sending ripples of discomfort through the art world. Partly, this is the subject matter of her artwork in the National Gallery of Victoria’s inaugural NGV Triennial, a major commission […]

Stieg with It

From Art Guide Australia, 11 May 2018
by Andrew Stephens

  As he worked with curators to set the parameters for his new survey exhibition Polyphonic, Stieg Persson was not interested in mounting a straightforward linear chronology. Taking out almost all of the space at the University of Melbourne’s sizeable Ian Potter Museum of Art, Persson’s show covers much territory and is broken into distinct […]

Stieg Persson Polyphonic at The Ian Potter Museum of Art

From ArtsHub, 8 May 2018
by Mem Capp

This exhibition, currently showing at the Ian Potter Gallery, is testament to an artist that continues to resist the ready categorisation of his work. Stieg Persson, Pathologie 2005, oil and alkyd resin on linen. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz  Gallery. Stieg Persson:Polyphonic, currently showing at the Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne University is testament to an […]

In the Galleries: Five Shows to See in May

From Broadsheet, 7 May 2018
by Will Cox

Black River Running by Jan Nelson Jan Nelson grew up in the cultural tumult of the 1970s, but this series of hyperreal portraits reflect today’s intersection of politics and pop culture. In garish colours, millennial pre-teen girls express their identities through the clash of capitalism and an awareness of the system’s constraints. One kid poses confidently […]

Perfect Illusion

From Art Guide Australia, 2 May 2018
by Varia Karipoff

  “When people look at my work they think they’re so real, they’re portraits of people. But in actual fact, they’re not.” – Jan Nelson Jan Nelson is well known for her sleek, bright, hyperreal paintings and sculptures of children and young adults. Viewed from a distance, or on a screen – as we are becoming […]