Elizabeth Gower, LOCATIONS
Sutton Gallery & Sutton Projects
1 – 29 February 2020
By Chelsea Hopper
Elizabeth Gower has always had a knack for sourcing material. As a young artist, she once nicked an entire ream of butcher's paper from a fish and chip shop. What began as a failed endeavour as the paper buckled when Gower painted onto it, led her to tear it up, weave the strips of paper and reassemble it as the paper quickly became the work itself instead of the canvas for another work. Gow...
Earlier this week, a group of masked graffiti artists seemed to appropriate the work of Ash Keating—who was commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to spray the side of the NGV building in 2013—and descended on the CBD to spray the walls of Melbourne's iconic Hosier Lane using paint filled fire extinguishers. Their work was a performative protest piece that intended to critique the commercialisation of street culture and graffiti art, and in particular to target the signs and symbols...
Assembled: The Art of Robert Klippel
TarraWarra Museum of Art
23 November 2019 - 16 February 2020
By Victoria Perin
Robert Klippel isn't my genius. Despite knowing that his insights don't
move me, I enjoy being in his world, in which the logic of the hand is
trusted tenfold more than the logic of the head.
Klippel was not a thinking artist. He consistently (including in the
video accompanying Assembled: The Art of Robert Klippel) spoke about
how much he did not understand and did not...
Thank you for your readership in 2019.
We are going to take a short break over January and will return in February with more weekly reviews throughout 2020.
The Memo Review team.
Colin McCahon: Letters and Numbers
National Gallery of Victoria
14 November 2019 – April 2020
By Luke Smythe
McCahon's centenary began in August, and to mark the occasion curator Jane Devery has mounted Letters and Numbers, a one-room exhibition featuring all six works from the NGV collection and five loans that are promised to the gallery. The show is weighted heavily toward the later years of McCahon's career, which ran from the late 1930s until the early 1980s. The only work to pr...
Wet Nurse: 110%
c3 Contemporary Art Space, Performance Residency, Abbotsford Convent
6 December — 7 December 2019
By David Wlazlo
Often we think about and experience art through the structures of cause
and effect. Art, it seems, easily slips into being understood as an
effect of some prior cause: the artist is perhaps the most basic causal
beginning, and also—digging deeper—the artist's intention, mental
health, personal interests, social and economic biography, and even their
16 November – 8 December 2019
By Helen O'Toole
Luke Sands has long been interested in the mouth as a technical support for the production of art. His Mouthal sculptures (2014–15), for instance, were made from chewing a range of materials (like books, receipts, metal keyring parts, electrical wire and toy clothing), using saliva and the pressure of his tongue and teeth to bond them together into small, compact forms. Sands' singular 1.84 x 3.13-metre-long Untitled " c...
This week Memo Review looks back in time, publishing a special long-form ex post facto review of the 2018 NGV Robert Hunter retrospective.
NGV Australia: Ian Potter Centre
27 April – 26 August 2018
By David Homewood
His hair is brushed forward in a modish style that matches with his woollen turtleneck jumper. He stares into the camera lens with an expression that is difficult to describe—neutral, serious, handsome, vacant, boyish, bewildered; it is not qu...