Kate Warren
Andrea Grützner: Tanztee and Erbgericht

Andrea Grützner Tanztee and Erbgericht

Centre for Contemporary Photography, 9 June – 23 July 2017

By Kate Warren

Writing in Artforum in 2004, Abigail Solomon-Godeau described the 'miniature guillotine' of the camera's shutter. The camera slices a moment in time from the world, removing it from its original context, but also potentially relaunching it as a new, transformed event. In Andrea Grützner's current exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, the German artist has foc...

Giles Fielke
On Campus

Retrospective Hypothesis

On Campus, curated by

Monash University, 14 – 15 February 2017. Curated Raimundas Malašauskas.

By Giles Fielke

'It is said that the voice rips open reality'. This is apparently the only utterance I had thought worthwhile writing down into the blank, A5-sized notebook I had been supplied with at the beginning of On Campus. I cannot recall who suggested this maxim in the course of the two-day program that took place at Monash University from February 14-15 this y...

David Wlazlo
Restless

Restless

Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, 19 May – 10 June 2017

By David Wlazlo

This week marks fifty years since the 1967 referendum and last week at Uluru a meeting of Indigenous leaders met to discuss a united strategy on constitutional recognition. Fifty years is a long time in anyone’s book, and with little material progress toward reconciliation, recognition, and ‘bridging the gap’, there is a widespread consensus that a symbolic mention is not enough to decolonise Australia’s foundin...

Anna Parlane
Sky Country: Our Connection to the Cosmos

Sky Country: Our Connection to the Cosmos

Blak Dot Gallery, 33 Saxon St Brunswick, 11 – 28 May 2017

By Anna Parlane

It's not often acknowledged just how much visual art comes to life through words, conversation, storytelling. Or, at least, it's not often explicitly acknowledged. It's implicitly acknowledged constantly: every time an art gallery stages an artist talk or public program, for example, or in the screeds of text published by art historians, critics and commentators. Artworks are...

Amelia Winata
Unproductive Thinking

Mindfulness Meditation

Unproductive Thinking

Deakin University Art Gallery, Burwood, 26 April – 26 May 2017

By Amelia Winata

I am hesitant to say that I am employed. Although to say I am unemployed is also incorrect. I do not have a job to go to, but I do have four email addresses — 1 personal, 3 professional — and from the moment I wake to the moment I go to sleep my mind is preoccupied with work. The question is, at what level of productivity am I working? I check emails when I get u...

Anthony White
Van Gogh and the Seasons

Seasonal Adjustment Disorder: Van Gogh in Melbourne

Van Gogh and the Seasons

National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 28 April – 9 July 2017

By Anthony White

There are many extraordinary works of art to be seen in Van Gogh and the Seasons and yet certain aspects of the National Gallery of Victoria exhibition are disappointing. Individual paintings that stand out as masterpieces of modern art are shown side by side with frankly insignificant and minor pieces. In addition,...

Victoria Perin
Harold Freedman: Artist for the People

Harold Freedman: Artist for the People

The Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat, 1 April – 28 May 2017

By Victoria Perin

The Harold Freedman exhibition, on display at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until the end of this month, is sub-headed ‘Artist for the people’. In order to entice people deep into the pokey rear galleries where the show is hung, it would seem that a degree of assuagement is required. Trust me people, promises the curator, this is an artist for you!

C...

Paris Lettau
Raafat Ishak & Damiano Bertoli: Hebdomeros

Raafat Ishak & Damiano Bertoli, Hebdomeros

Sutton Gallery, 21 April – 20 May 2017

By Paris Lettau

There is an irony to Hebdomeros, and that is that the exhibition teaches us more about the Italian 'metaphysical' painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) than it does about either of its two collaborating Melbourne based artists, Raafat Ishak and Damiano Bertoli.

The modest exhibition, which accompanies Ishak's solo exhibition 1977 (in Sutton Gallery's adjacent room), takes its title fro...