The Monash Gallery of Art presents Trent Parke’s The Camera is God. This is a significant exhibition by and for Parke, the internationally-renowned Australian photographer. The MGA will be presenting this exhibition alongside a range of Parke’s work recently acquired for its collection. The Camera is God will run from 26 November 2015 to 21 February 2016.
Image: Trent Parke, No. 893, Candid portrait of a man on a street corner, Adelaide, Australia, 2013, from The Camera is God, pigment print, 80 x 60 cm, ed. of 2.
From 17-27 November, Janet Laurence presents Anthropocene with Scottish artist Angela Palmer at the Fine Art Society in London.
Anthropocene (from the Greek anthropo – ‘man’, and cene –‘new’) is the name used to denote the proposed new geological era due to supersede the current Holocene epoch as a formal scientific recognition of the prevailing and irrevocable impact of human life on earth.
Both Laurence and Palmer share an interest in the changing face of the environment and humanity’s effect on the planet and will present, shown alongside each other for the first time, works reflecting this ever-present issue.
Image: Janet Laurence, Homeopathy #3, Coral Collapse, 2015, from Reef Resuscitation, Kodak metallic type C photographic paper, processed in RA-4 chemistry, 129 x 90 x 5 cm.
Congratulations to James Dodd, Paul Sloan and Amy Joy Watson – all South Australian artists shortlisted for the Gold Coast Art Prize!
Now in its 47th year and hosted by the Gold Coast City Gallery, the Prize includes a total of $30,000 for acquisitions.Exhibition opens 5 December 2015 and closes 31 January, 2016. Find out more here!Image: James Dodd, This is a painting that I had hoped to make years ago, 2015, acrylic & enamel on canvas, 61 x 46 cm.
Congratulations to Nadine Christensen and Elvis Richardson, who have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Darebin Art Prize!
The Darebin Art Prize is a biennial national multi-medium acquisitive art prize awarding excellence in contemporary visual art.
The $10,000 acquisitive prize includes a wide range of contemporary practices.
The exhibition opens 10 December 2015 at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and closes 21 February 2016. More information on the Prize here!
Image: Nadine Christensen, Untitled (Three Piles), 2014, acrylic on board, 120 x 150 cm.
Image: Elvis Richardson with James Hayes, Episode 1: Dear Daddy, 2015, two framed photographs, embedded soundtracks looped, headphones and extension cords, unique metal stand, dimensions variable.
Elvis Richardson is currently exhibiting in both NSW and VIC.
Curated by Carrie Miller, Richardson exhibits alongside an impressive group of artists in: Exhibit A at The Lock-Up – an old Newcastle Police Station:
In an era when the conventional boundaries between artistic genres are becoming less relevant, and the subject matter of art is ever broadening so that what constitutes art is constantly being thrown into question, the topic of crime, criminality and the criminal subject presents fertile conceptual ground for artists who are already engaging with the nature of ‘community standards’ and ‘acceptable’ moral conventions in relation to their own discipline.
Exhibit A runs from 30 October to 6 December 2015. More details here!
Image: Elvis Richardson, Art Problems, 2015, digital print on canvas, 220 x 90 cm.
Richardson is also exhibiting in A Crafted History, curated by Lisa Byrne and Jane O’Neill at Realm Artspace, Maroondah City Council Melbourne. Richardson has created an epic installation from VHS tapes donated by the local community.
A Crafted History runs 7 November 2015 to 10 January 2016.
Image: Elvis Richardson, Televisuals: Do Not Tape Over, 2015, 2475 home-recorded VHS cassettes donated by the local community.
Janet Laurence’s Deep Breathing (Resuscitation for the Reef) will exhibit at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris, for the Climate Change Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Convention, also referred to as UNFCCC or COP21.
Laurence is one of 30 artists from 23 countries selected by the United Nations to exhibit works across Paris for the climate change talks. Together the works are presented by the UN as Artists 4 Paris Climate. Using photographs, videos, sculptural objects, natural materials and borrowed specimens, Janet’s work for this exhibition is a new site-specific, immersive installation drawing upon research in collaboration with scientists from the Great Barrier Reef Authority, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Australian Museum, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, the Lizard Island Research Station and the WWF.
This installation – in the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution at the MNHN – reflects on major climate change issues directly affecting the Great Barrier Reef. It is accompanied by a video work filmed during a residency on Lizard Island in Australia, which is projected at the Tropical Aquarium of Palais de la Porte Dorée. The works are also on display for fiac!, the Paris International Contemporary Art Fair.
Deep Breathing (Resuscitation for the Reef) will travel to Australia to exhibit at the National Museum in 2016.
Congratulations Janet, we look forward to seeing it back in Australia!
Check out Nathan Seppelt’s review of James Dodd’s recent exhibition Pigment High on THIS IS RADELAIDE.
Image: James Dodd, Devil marks, 2015, from Pigment High, acrylic & enamel on canvas, 61 x 46 cm.
Narelle Autio, Trent Parke, Richard Lewer & William Mackinnon, Finalists in the 2016 Basil Sellers Prize
Narelle Autio, Trent Parke, Richard Lewer and William Mackinnon have been announced as finalists in the 2016 Basil Sellers Art Prize!
This prestigious prize is supported by Basil Sellers in order to encourage contemporary artists to develop their practice, to engage with the many themes within sport past and present, and to contribute to critical reflection on all forms of sport and sporting culture in Australia.
Finalists are exhibited at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, and the winner will be awarded an acquisitive prize of $100,000 in July 2016.
Congratulations to Narelle, Trent, Richard and William!
Congratulations to Richard Lewer, winner of the 2015 Albany Art Prize! This prestigious national painting prize is an acquisitive prize for $25,000, including a studio residency. The winning work, Untitled from the Mostly Sunny series, was presented by Hugo Michell Gallery during Melbourne Art Fair 2014.
Lewer’s statement about the piece:
Last year the Western Australian government implemented a shark culling program off the swimming beaches of Perth and the South West coastline following the deaths of 7 people. Being a surfer, I was spooked by the fatal attacks, but like many locals, was also concerned about the efficacy of the government’s fear-driven policy and the brutality of the baited drum lines used to capture the sharks.
My work explores extremes and conflict; the shark culling program attracted local, national and international attention, and public demonstrations were held around the country; as a social realist I joined the 6000-strong protest at Cottesloe Beach to document the fervent debate in my local community.
The work will be exhibited alongside the other finalists in the regional city of Albany from September 4 – October 11 2015.
Image: Richard Lewer, Untitled, 2014, from Mostly Sunny, oil on epoxy-coated steel, 100 x 100 cm.
As part of the Australia in Turkey 2015 cultural interchange, Tony Garifalakis is exhibiting in Neverwhere at Gaia Gallery in Istanbul. Garifalakis exhibits in Neverwhere alongside other Australian artists Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Lou Hubbard, Veronica Kent, Claire Lambe, Clare Milledge, and Kathy Temin. Curated by Vikki McInnes, Neverwhere presents a range of artistic backgrounds to create a display of national identity through diverse symbolic acts.
To find out more visit Neverwhere | The Guide Istanbul.
Image: Tony Garifalakis, Untitled #28, 2014, from Mob Rule (Family Series), enamel on type C print, 60 x 40 cm unframed, unique edition of 2.