• Fiona McMonagle FINALIST in Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize

    Congratulations to Fiona McMonagle who has been announced as a FINALIST in the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize!

    Established in 2015, the Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize is a celebration of contemporary Australian painting. The finalist exhibition brings together a broad range of artists, both established and lesser known, whose varied approaches to the painted medium conveys the breadth and diversity of painting in Australia today.

    The annual prize valued at $15,000, is an important opportunity for Bayside City Council to add exceptional works of art to its collection and to promote art and artists as a valuable part of the Bayside community. The three categories of the prize are judged by a panel of industry experts.

    2019 BAAP judging panel is Jane Devery, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Anthony Fitzpatrick Curator, TarraWarra Museum of Art, and Joanna Bosse Curator, Bayside Gallery.

    Finalist exhibition at Bayside Gallery will run 24 May–21 July, with the winner announced on 23 May.

    Image: Fiona McMonagle, Toast with jam, 2018, oil on linen, 77 x 72.5 cm

  • Elvis Richardson and Tim Sterling FINALISTS in Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art

    Congratulations to Elvis Richardson and Tim Sterling who have been announced as FINALISTS in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art! Presented by the Nillumbik Shire Council this biannual acquisitive art prize is open to emerging and established artists working in any medium across Australia.

    The recipient of the $20,000 Open Prize and the $10,000 Local Prize will be announced at the opening of the finalist exhibition on 30 May. The judges for the prize are Godwin Bradbeer Artist, Charlotte Day Director, Monash University Museum of Art and Danny Lacy Senior Curator, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

    Exhibition launches May 30 at Barn Gallery Montsalvat.

    Image: Tim Sterling, Page 15 (detail), 2012, archival marker on paper, 164 x 224 cm
    Image: Elvis Richardson, Settlement, 2018, modified found wrought iron gate & concrete bricks, 180 x 110 cm
  • Sera Waters in May issue of the Adelaide Review

    Sera Waters is featured in the May issue of the Adelaide Review in the lead up to her exhibition at Hugo Michell Gallery, ‘Dazzleland’.

    Dazzleland is Waters’ first major exhibition of completely new work since she finished her PhD last year and it is marked by a more experimental approach with the inclusion of textile techniques, including colonial knots and cross-stitch. The exhibition is the next iteration of Domestic Acts, exhibited at ACE Open in 2017, where Waters delved into her family history in order to interrogate the ongoing legacies of colonial homemaking. Dazzleland, which plays on Adelaide’s history with a cheeky reference to the Myer Centre’s infamous amusement attraction of the early 1990s, mostly refers to the Australian mineral booms, which attracted many migrants over many generations, including the artist’s ancestors.

    “We have family history in copper mining with family members also heading over to the gold rush,” Waters says. “At the time it was a dazzling new place and I’m interested in the after effects of what it means to take all the resources out without due care.”

    Read the full article online.

    Image: Sera Waters, (H)armless, 2019, found woollen needlework, wool, cotton, stuffing, pine scent, 100 cm diameter

  • Hugo Michell Gallery Open: Sera Waters | Kenny Pittock

    Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Sera Waters’ ‘Dazzleland’ and Kenny Pittock’s ‘Every Kind of Shape’.

    Sera Waters is a South Australia-based artist, arts writer, and academic. Waters’ art practice is characterised by a darkly-stitched meticulousness. In particular, she specialises in blackwork, and revels in repetitiveness, pattern, and crafting. Waters’ embroideries and hand-crafted sculptures dwell within the gaps of Australian settler colonial histories, examining the home-making practices of women and her own genealogical ghostscapes.

    In ‘Dazzleland’, Waters further examines her ancestral past: “My ancestors arrived in waves upon Australian shores attracted by the dazzle of this land: its sunshine, mineral booms, grassed open spaces, and new opportunities to build rich lives. In making their homes and living across Australia, particularly upon Kaurna and Bunganditj Country, many were implementers of colonising change, such as planning widespread drainage, laying bitumen, marking boundaries, mining, purveying merchandise, farming livestock, and clearing and covering land with non-native species. Evidence from their lives show they gave little consideration to the knowledge and carefully-balanced ecologies which had been operating in Australia for centuries. This exhibition looks at the repercussions upon regions which have been exploited, altered, and had the ‘dazzle’ removed without due care, and without knowledge of the specificities of Country. Through the works of ‘Dazzleland’ I am asking what it means to inherit this intergenerational blindness, as well how we go forward living in this dazzling aftermath, when today what shimmers most is the scorching heat beating upon a dry and damaged land.”

    This exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

    Kenny Pittock is a Melbourne-based artist who employs humour and sentimentality to playfully respond to contemporary Australian culture, exploring the overlaps and boundaries between the public and the personal. Pittock works across a large range of mediums, including ceramics, drawing, text, and photography.

    Kenny has exhibited across Australia and internationally, including at the Museum of Old and New Art, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the Monash University Museum of Art, Artspace in Sydney, and Galleria 291 in Rome, Italy. Pittock’s work is held in collections including the City of Melbourne State Collection and the Melbourne University Union Collection.

    Please join us in celebrating the launch of these two incredible exhibitions!

    Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

    Image: Sera Waters, Blindspot, 2019, Found frame, cotton, gold thread, 35 x 38 cm

    Image: Kenny Pittock, Every Kind of Shape, 2019, acrylic on ceramic, dimensions variable (16 pieces, each approximately 4 x 4 x 0.4 cm)

  • NOW SHOWING: ‘Living Rocks’ at La Biennale di Venezia​ 2019

    James Darling and Lesley Forwood’s installation, Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe, is now showing as an Official Collateral Event at La Biennale di Venezia, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia.

    Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe is grounded in the artists’ minimalist tradition; simple, strong, and with a magnetic power to engage the viewer. But ‘Living Rocks’ is a bold departure and a fundamentally ambitious project, achieved in collaboration with Jumpgate VR, Paul Stanhope, and the Australian String Quartet. Significant in both its investigation and presentation, the installation is an inspiring and immersive experience that connects the present day to the beginning of life on earth. Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe addresses the question: what was our planet three billion years ago?

    The installation connects the present day to the beginning of life. It is a memory of our origin and a prophesy of our future.

    James Darling

    Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe has been selected as one of only 21 official collateral events of the Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice.

    Curated by Dr Lisa Slade.

    Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe
    Magazzino del Sale (n. 5, Dorsoduro 262)
    Exhibition runs until 24 November
    Closed on Tuesday

  • Kovacs and Lewer, FINALISTS in the Sulman Art Prize

    Congratulations to Ildiko Kovacs and Richard Lewer, who have been selected as finalists in the 2019 Sir John Sulman Prize!

    The Prize is presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, established within the terms of Sir John Sulman’s bequest, the prize was first awarded in 1936. The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.

    Image: Ildiko Kovacs, Menthol, 2019 oil paint, graphite and wax pencil on plywood, 160 x 122 cm

    Of the work, Kovacs says: “This painting comprises plywood covered with oil paint. I often use my hands to apply several layers of colour. I then draw into it with graphite and wax pencil. I work on the floor so I can press down onto the surface. This allows me to manoeuvre around the board as I improvise the form. The lines are webbed in the way they are drawn or scratched, appearing to have a primal quality that reminds me of scarification or Riji shell engravings.”

    Image: Richard Lewer, We have grave concerns for your father’s health, 2019 oil on epoxy coated steel, 80.5 x 141 cm

    Of the work, Lewer says: “Last year was not a good year; I spent a lot of time in hospital with Dad who was very ill. One day I remember more vividly than the others. I’d returned to the ward for the afternoon and was watching Dad from the doorway when the doctor stood beside me and said, ‘We have grave concerns for your father’s health’. I made this work to process my reality and feelings, as deep and raw as they were.”

    The winner will be announced May 10. Exhibition runs until June 30.

  • Sera Waters, FINALIST in the Ramsay Art Prize

    Congratulations to Sera Waters, who has been selected as a Finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize!

    Held every two years, the Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian artists under 40 working in any medium.

    Finalists will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from May 25 to August 25, with the winner announced on May 24.

    Through the generosity of the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation, the winning work is acquired by AGSA.

    Read more about the Prize and the exhibition here.

    Image: Sera Waters, Falling: Line by Line, 2018, vinyl wallpaper (adhesive backed and removeable) and woollen long-stitches, approx. 5 x 8 cm upon 200 x 700 cm wallpaper.

  • Ildiko Kovacs in issue 44 of Artist Profile

    Ildiko Kovacs is featured in issue 44 of Artist Profile, on the occasion of her survey show The DNA of Colour, now showing at Orange Regional Gallery.

    The survey looks at roughly the last ten years of Kovacs’ work (since the publication of a monograph accompanying her survey show in 2011 at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery) and one of the highlights will be the emergence of a new stream of expressive, curvilinear paintings with a strongly graphic character. Sunrise (2018) and Highly Strung (2018), for example, use paint on card with boldly gestural and linear graphite lines worked into a richly textured and layered surface. Yet there is a recursive quality to this new work which links it back to work from earlier years. It is as though the marks then have transmogrified, constantly evolving into new marks, taking on different meanings as they reincarnate.

    Henri Matisse once commented that the significance of an artist was to be measured by the number of new signs he has introduced into the language. A sign is an image which embodies the meanings distilled from lived experience. So, it is apt that Kovacs should say of a survey that it is ‘the luxury of bringing together a history of what I’ve gone through and the relationships that have shifted’.

    Certainly, the joy of a survey that works is to recognise a recursive character to the work, enabling the viewer to appreciate not so much a progression in an artist’s work, but rather an ever-deepening and enriching exploration of visual experience, the seeds of which were there right from the beginning.

    Read the full profile online.

    Image: Ildiko Kovacs, Sky, 2013, oil on card on linen, 122.5 x 103 cm.

  • Lisa Roet’s ‘Baboe’ in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands

    Lisa Roet’s ten-metre-tall inflatable gorilla, Baboe, is now installed atop the Apeldoorn town hall in the Netherlands.

    The artwork is modeled on Bao Bao, a gorilla who lives in Apenheul Primate Park, a revolutionary cageless conservation centre where over 70 species of apes and monkeys live and roam freely in the forest.

    Baboe is a collaboration with Felipe Reynolds and Airena, and is on display for 8 months in Apeldoorn.

    Images: Lisa Roet’s Baboe in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, 2019.

  • Nana Ohnesorge’s ‘No Picnic at Ngannelong’ at Art Gallery of Ballarat

    Nana Ohnesorge’s No Picnic at Ngannelong is now showing at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

    German-Australian artist Nana Ohnesorge was 21 years old when she saw Peter Weir’s 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock on German television. At the time, she was deeply affected by the power, spirituality, and mystery of country and its ancestors.

    After moving to Australia, further research led to an understanding of significance of Hanging Rock (Ngannelong) as a site of deep spiritual significance for the Wurundjeri people and for the Taungurung and Dja dja wurrung peoples.

    In No Picnic at Ngannelong, Ohnesorge presents Joan Lindsay, author of the 1967 novel Picnic at Hanging Rock, as the creator of a myth which has perpetuated through time and continues to draw visitors to the distinctive geological formation.

    The cameo format of Ohnesorge’s works reflect the domestic Victorian interior of the Lindsay Family Sitting Room which is on view on the ground floor of the Gallery. The recreation the sitting room from the Lindsay’s family home Lisnacrieve in Creswick, was an initiative by Daryl Lindsay, a member of the famous, creative Creswick family.

    Exhibition runs until August 4.

    Image: Nana Ohnesorge, Picnic at Ngannelong, 2018, pigment pen, acrylic paint, and aerosol on canvas, 71 x 61 cm.