Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun
National Gallery of Victoria
28 September 2018 – 24 March 2019
By Amelia Winata
Hito Steyerl is arguably the most important "post-internet" artist alive today. Though the history of post-internet art is a nascent one insofar as wide-spread use of the technology is quite a recent phenomenon, the art that responds to it also reflects this ascendency. Ironically, the post-internet 'condition' seems to have had a limited lifespan, the work seeming to confirm...
Biennale of Australian Art
Ballarat, 21 September - 6 November
By David Wlazlo
Lately I have been thinking about the growth and sizes of urban
environments, the infrastructure required to sustain them as well as the
potential limits on their growth. Can a city keep growing indefinitely
and remain 'liveable,' whatever that means? Or is there some kind of
limit—environmental, infrastructural, political—to the amount of
people a city can sustain? What is the size of a city best suited to
Anne Ferran, White Against Red
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...
John Stezaker: Lost World
Centre for Contemporary Photography, 21 September – 11 November 2018
By Tim Alves
John Stezaker's collage entitled Mask (Film Portrait Collage) CLXXIII,
2014, comprises only two elements, a pair of found photographs: a
smiling 1940s Hollywood publicity portrait and a picture postcard
depicting a stone bridge at Killarney, Ireland, from perhaps sometime
between the wars. The postcard is simply pasted over the Hollywood
actor's visage, but it's deceptively simple....
Brook Andrew, The Language of Skulls
Ten Cubed, 18 September – 1 December 2018
By Paris Lettau
It's quite rare to encounter the work of an artist and feel like you have to re-ask yourself such basic questions as "What is an image?" and "What does an image do?" But these are the questions that frame and are also addressed to us in Brook Andrew's current show The Langauge of Skulls.
Located in Glen Iris, Ten Cubed takes its name from the mandated logic of the gallery's collection: ten...
Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 30 June – 7 October 2018
By Jane Eckett
Exhibitions of modern Australian furniture and design are enjoying a resurgence in recent years. There was the NGV's Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design in 2014, and Take a Seat: Australian Modernist Seating at the Penrith Regional Gallery in the same year, followed by a focus on overlooked émigré designers in The Moderns: European designers in Sydney, at the Mu...