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 […]

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 […]

Australia Artist Is Buried Alive to Symbolize Historic Cover-Up

From The New York Times, 15 June 2018
by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

HOBART, Australia — The Australian performance artist Mike Parr walked through a cheering crowd on Thursday, climbed down a ladder and disappeared into a hole cut into the street. As he settled into a 25-square-foot steel box, workers sealed it with three inches of steaming-hot asphalt. Within hours the road was reopened to traffic. Mr. […]

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 […]