Giles Fielke
Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

Karrabing Film Collective: The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland

KINGS Artist-Run, Black_Box
31 August – 21 September, 2019

By Giles Fielke

Entering KINGS Artist-Run on a Wednesday afternoon, I slink past a homeless woman asleep on the sidewalk. Her things are pushed against the front window of a fast-food shop that looks and smells like Subway but isn't. Moments before, I'd jumped off a packed tram at the Southern Cross stop at the top of Bourke Street after skipping one which was overfu...

Giles Fielke
Darren Sylvester: Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something

Timeliness

Darren Sylvester: Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something

Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
1 March – 30 June 2019

By Giles Fielke

Australian photography is at an interesting moment. More than ever, it is compelled to respond not only to the present reality that the average Australian is now considered either illegitimate, illegal, fraudulent, or irreparably corrupted, but also to the fact that these same problems afflict the efficacy of photography as a documenta...

Giles Fielke
Tudors to Windsors

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

Bendigo Art Gallery 16 March – 14 July 2019

By Giles Fielke

I often return to an odd little sentence in Robert Walser's microscripts, a thought captured that he then jotted down on a scrap of paper sometime before 1956: 'The failure to prize the chance to spend time in a cosmopolitan city highly enough to refrain from giving it up in favour of an upstart one-horse town.' Cosmopolitanism, seen today, is increasingly a crowded nightmare pre-occupie...

Giles Fielke
Anne Ferran: White Against Red

Anne Ferran, White Against Red

Sutton Gallery 13 October – 10 November 2018

By Giles Fielke

Six large photographs of the dancer and choreographer Ervi Sirén hang from metal brackets near the ceiling of Sutton gallery. Like banners they are suspended in the bright space of the old C.V. Fashions building in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. They are all the same size and weighted by heavy dowels sewn into the ends of the canvas bolts onto which the images have been printed. Sirén wraps herself in...

Giles Fielke
Philadelphia Wireman

Philadelphia Wireman

World Food Books, August 3 – September 1, 2018

By Giles Fielke

There is an overwhelming temptation to fill in the constitutive blanks where an artist’s life should be, but here there is no artist, only the artworks remain. The evidence of the so-called Philadelphia Wireman’s life is patchy, effectively non-existent. Enough facts remain, however, to establish a scene. Twelve of the some 1200 small, meticulously bound-in-wire sculptures and drawings found dumped in a lan...

Memo Review
Best and Overlooked of 2018

Best and Overlooked of 2018

Memo Review asked three of our contributors to write on a show they have especially liked but that we haven't had a chance to review. As a special issue we publish these reviews from Tiarney Miekus, Amelia Winata and Giles Fielke.


Ella Sowinska 80 Ways

recess, Friday 30 March – 30 April 2018

By Tiarney Miekus

Considering the amount of things that can be streamed online (i.e., entire lives), it's peculiar how art is a thing that supposedly doesn't h...

Giles Fielke
Lucina Lane and Nigel Lendon: Teach the Kids to Strike

Lucina Lane and Nigel Lendon Teach the Kids to Strike

Neon Parc, 18 May – 16 June

By Gile Fielke

I’ve not noticed the terazzo tiles on the floor of Neon Parc’s city gallery. And I’ve been visiting shows at the Bourke Street space for years now. It took Lucina Lane and Nigel Lendon’s collaborative exhibition Teach the kids to strike for me to look hard at just how extraordinarily worn the floors really are. When I ask gallerist Geoff Newton about this, he unpretentiously admits that the...

Giles Fielke
Samraing Chea: Universal Drawings

Every Truckers Enjoy Having Barbecue to Eat for Picnic

Samraing Chea, Universal Drawings

Reading Room, 3 March—24 March 2018, proposed by Rob McHaffie and Matlok Griffiths

By Giles Fielke

Universal Drawings is an appropriate title for the exhibition of 41 works by the artist Samraing Chea currently on show at Olivia Radonich’s new city central gallery, Reading Room. A thoroughgoing millenial subject — Chea was born in 1995 — the suite of 26 drawings in full colour on display in Room...