Jenny Watson’s ‘The Fabric of Fantasy’

From The Saturday Paper, Edition No. 167, July 29 – August 4, 2017
by Patrick Hartigan

At her best, Jenny Watson is less a painter of things than a generator of energy. Her works aren’t about their content so much as the field of time through which that content briefly rides. This is particularly the case when her compositions lose their centrality, when the shapes, smears and drawn reveries drift to […]

Jenny Watson, The Fabric of Fantasy

‘JENNY WATSON: THE FABRIC OF FANTASY’ 5 July – 2 October 2017 “Jenny Watson is a leading Australian artist whose conceptual painting practice spans more than four decades. Curated by MCA Curator Anna Davis this survey exhibition features works from the 1970s to the present, including examples of Watson’s early realist paintings and drawings, and a number […]

Angelica Mesiti, Tossed by Waves

From The Golden Mean, June 2017
by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Australian artist Angelica Mesiti remembers the chaos in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. From her home nearby she could see “gendarme on the street, heavily armed with huge guns and bulletproof vests.” As the tragedy unfolded, what struck her most was that the “people showed such incredible solidarity.”   The turbulence of […]

Angelica Mesiti: message received at Anna Schwartz and Artspace galleries

From The Australian, June 17 2017
by Christopher Allen

Communication is the foundation of social life, in animals as in humans, and indeed animal communication, without the benefit of language, is far more mysterious than our own: herds and packs of mammals act in unison, flocks of birds co-ordinate in a way that implies a connected or networked mind, and ants and bees organise […]

The National: New Australian Art

From Artforum
by Toni Ross

It’s been nearly twenty years since Sydney hosted a substantial survey exhibition of contemporary Australian art. The National: New Australian Art offers welcome relief from this inexplicable drought, with three key institutions joining forces to showcase new work by fortyeight emerging, midcareer, and established artists, with further editions planned for 2019 and 2021. Although no […]

Artist Emily Floyd and her Icelandic Puffins

From The Saturday Paper, 8/4/2017
by Romy Ash

“They start like this,” the artist Emily Floyd says, holding the wooden body of a puffin in her hand. The body is square, blocky. It still looks like a bit of wood. There are two holes drilled in the bottom, ready for legs. Floyd and I are in her workshop. She is holding a puffin […]

Futurist Daniel Crooks

From The Saturday Paper, 2/2/2016
by Kate Holden

In a suburban back garden bursting with nasturtiums, kale, tomatoes and sweet herbs there is a shed. And in that shed there is an artist’s studio. And in that studio there are two desks, two faded red kilims, a tinnie suspended from the ceiling, a couple of bikes, shelves of hardware, four computer monitors propped […]

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota plucks the strands of our most distant memories

From Broadsheet, 11/10/16
by Bianca Winataputri

Chiharu Shiota’s Absent Bodies is like an enormous, red web left by what must be an enormous spider. The constellation of thread, like a million veins, envelops Anna Schwartz Gallery, wall to wall. Through the mess of tangled threads you can see, faintly, two chairs. “No one sits there but it is still in existence. […]

Chiharu Shiota : Absent Bodies

From Australian Book Review, 12/10/16
by Andrea Goldsmith

There have been a handful of occasions in my life when I have stood before a work of art intending to look at it, appraise it, only to find myself drawn into it. In some strange way I become part of the work. It is as if my imagination has merged with the imaginative space […]