ANNE ZAHALKA

  Anne Zahalka,  The Bathers , 1989, c type photograph, 74 x 90 cm, State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Purchased 2013. 

Anne Zahalka, The Bathers, 1989, c type photograph, 74 x 90 cm, State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Purchased 2013. 

The Art Gallery of Western Australia’s exhibition New Passports, New Photography celebrates the recent acquisition of contemporary portraits by national and international artists, including several works by ANNE ZAHALKA and PAT BRASSINGTON.

The exhibition focuses on the quest for identity and its representation through over one hundred works from contemporary photographers, including Zahalka and Brassington.

The exhibition runs from 15 November to 8 February 2015.

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JUSTINE KHAMARA

  Justine Khamara, VCA Masters Exhibition installation view, 2014.

Justine Khamara, VCA Masters Exhibition installation view, 2014.

JUSTINE KHAMARA has been awarded the coveted $10,000 VCA Travel Scholarship at the end of year VCA Masters Exhibition, which will enable her to travel to a major international art biennial. 

Read more in The Age

PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT

  Phaptawan Suwannakudt, studio image of work in progress for  Broken the Spell  component of the exhibition  Retold-untold Stories .

Phaptawan Suwannakudt, studio image of work in progress for Broken the Spell component of the exhibition Retold-untold Stories.

PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT is having a solo exhibition at Chiang Mai University Art Centre, titled Retold-untold Stories. Part of her Asialink Arts Residency Program in Thailand, the exhibition explores personal experiences and the Lanna culture and dialect.  Particularly, the work connects with Suwannakudt’s mother who was born in Chiang Mai and became a nun after giving birth to her last child, the same age as Phaptawan when she gave birth to her first.

There are three components to the exhibition including Let me tell you, Child which consists of a floor installation poem in Lanna dialect, There, there is a mask Suwannakudt made from locally sourced fabric that forms the bust sculpted of her mother in an earlier work completed in Sydney. The sculpture made prior to her Thailand residency, was made from memory of the artists’ mother. In addition, the Lanna dialect is connected with this component of the exhibition, where Suwannakudt’s mother lost her memory and spoke in Lanna dialect. The third group of work, titled Broken the Spell references tattooing and magic spells in which only men of the Lanna community would take part. Phaptawan created a piece where she performed a rhythmic piercing routine onto piece of paper with Lanna poems, written from spilt tea and coffee.

The exhibition is on from 9 – 28 December 2014.

DANI MARTI

  Dani Marti,  Disclosure  (video still), 2009/2014, HD Video, Colour, Stereo, 35mins, commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

Dani Marti, Disclosure (video still), 2009/2014, HD Video, Colour, Stereo, 35mins, commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.

Dani Marti is part of the program 'Your Nostalgia is Killing Me!' at GOMA’s Australian Cinemathèque, in Brisbane, from 26 November to 1 December. The program reflects on artistic responses to HIV/AIDS in the last three decades, emphasising the intersection between art and activism in film and video. Marti’s included video works are ‘Grey’, screening on 26 November, and ‘Disclosure’ (2009), screening on 29 November. For more information, click here
 

GUAN WEI

  Guan Wei,  Archaeology  (Installation view), ARC ONE Gallery, 2014

Guan Wei, Archaeology (Installation view), ARC ONE Gallery, 2014

Robert Nelson has reviewed GUAN WEI's exhibition Archaeology in The Age. To read the full review, click here

PETER DAVERINGTON

  Peter Daverington's  Bald Eagle  on the front page of The New York Times.

Peter Daverington's Bald Eagle on the front page of The New York Times.

PETER DAVERINGTON has made the front page of The New York Times for his participation in a mural project by the National Audubon Society. Across Manhattan, the project aims to promote the National Audubon Society's campaign to raise awareness of North American birds threatened by climate change. This street art project takes inspiration from John James Audubon's watercolour works The Birds of America and includes 314 roll-down gates which are all painted as bird themed murals.

To read the article and view a video on the project click here.

DANI MARTI

  Dani Marti,  Midden  (concept drawing/work in progress), Newcastle Courthouse, NSW, 2014.

Dani Marti, Midden (concept drawing/work in progress), Newcastle Courthouse, NSW, 2014.

Dani Marti is currently working on a commission for the new Courthouse in Newcastle. Titled Midden, the large scaled concrete formwork wall extents over 60 square meters constructed from dark grey concrete, the sculptural wall is informed by abstraction and simplicity with sensual curves contrasting with the glass wall entrance and rigid angles of the building.

NIKE SAVVAS

  Nike Savvas,  Colours are the Country , 1 Martin Place Sydney.

Nike Savvas, Colours are the Country, 1 Martin Place Sydney.

NIKE SAVVAS has recently completed a major public art piece for the Macquarie Group in Sydney. This kaleidoscopic artwork consists of thousands of vibrant kinetic suspended, dual coloured discs that immerse the viewer in a continuous shifting mass of colours, intimating the subtle movement and changing colours that unfold during the spectacular Australian sunrise. The artwork is installed in a partially external 26 metre long lightwell, through the core of an iconic heritage building in Sydney.

JACKY REDGATE

  Jacky Redgate,  Light Throw (Mirror) #8 , 2011, C-type photographs (hand-printed from original negative) Facemount to UV Perspex, 126 x 158cm

Jacky Redgate, Light Throw (Mirror) #8, 2011, C-type photographs (hand-printed from original negative) Facemount to UV Perspex, 126 x 158cm

Jacky Redgate is part of the exhibition SNO 109: Abstract Photography at the SNO Contempoary in Sydney from 8 – 30 November 2014. Curated by Ruark Lewis, the exhibition includes artists Václav Krůček, Karin Lettau, Carl Plate, Rik Rue, Vsevolod Vlaskine and sound artist Thomas McConville.

Image courtesy of SNO Contemporary Art Projects.

NIKE SAVVAS

  Nike Savvas,  Sliding Ladders  (detail view), 2014, wool, wood and stainless steel, 61 x 61 x 74 cm each.   

Nike Savvas, Sliding Ladders (detail view), 2014, wool, wood and stainless steel, 61 x 61 x 74 cm each.
 

NIKE SAVVAS' work is included in a curated group show titled Pattern, at Glen Eira City Council Gallery from 6 to 23 November 2014. The exhibition explores the use of geometric and abstract patterning in contemporary practice through the work of six artists, across a variety of mediums. 

More information here

NIKE SAVVAS

  Nike Savvas,  Sparks  (installation view), 2014, Howick Place, London.

Nike Savvas, Sparks (installation view), 2014, Howick Place, London.

NIKE SAVVAS is currently part of a major group exhibition in London, Paradigm Store at Howick Place, a new landmark development at the heart of Victoria’s rapidly emerging cultural quarter. Spread across five floors and 80,000 sq ft of Howick Place, the exhibition looks at the interface between art and design and the latent socio-economic and political forces that underpin it through new and recent work by seventeen UK and international artists.

Paradigm Store runs from 25 September to 5 November 2014.

For more information about the exhibition, click here

PETER DAVERINGTON

  Peter Daverington, ‘The Golden City Has Ceased’, 2012, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 335.3 x 243.8 cm.

Peter Daverington, ‘The Golden City Has Ceased’, 2012, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 335.3 x 243.8 cm.

PETER DAVERINGTON’s phenomenal The Golden City Has Ceased (2012) is part of the Archibald Prize 2014 touring exhibition, currently at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. This will be the only venue in Victoria presenting the exhibition in 2014. The Archibald Prize was established at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1921 to award the best Australian Portraits of its time.

The exhibition runs to 16 November. For more information click here

GUAN WEI

  Guan Wei,  The Journey to Australia , 2013, synthetic polymer paint on wall, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Guan Wei, The Journey to Australia, 2013, synthetic polymer paint on wall, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art.

It’s the final week to see GUAN WEI’s extraordinary wall painting The Journey to Australia (2013) at the MCA in Sydney. Inspired by the arrival of immigrants and refugees to Australian shores, the work stems from the laden political and social commentaries surrounding the arrival of people to this country by boat.

The Journey to Australia is located at MCA’s Circular Quay entrance and is on display to 5 November.

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PETER DAVERINGTON

  Peter Daverington,  The Hanging Gardens of Nineveh , 2014, oil on canvas, 260 x 198 cm

Peter Daverington, The Hanging Gardens of Nineveh, 2014, oil on canvas, 260 x 198 cm

The Age newspaper features an article on PETER DAVERINGTON's exhibition Because Painting. The article describes the large scaled paintings as visually loaded, showcasing his masterful technique and incorporating multiple styles and motifs throughout the history of painting all at once.

To read the article click here

PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT

PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT currently has a solo exhibition at 100 Tonson Gallery in Bangkok. Titled Days of (endless) Meaninglessness, the show explores the underlying layers of content in a set of photographs she took during her return to her hometown of Bangkok, amidst the country’s political turmoil of late 2013 to early 2014. The exhibition consists of 5 sets of acrylic on canvas triptychs, and will be on view from 16 October 2014 – 4 January 2015.

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SAM SHMITH

  Sam Shmith,  Untitled (In Spates 1) , 2011, pigment print on archival rag, 75 x 125 cm.

Sam Shmith, Untitled (In Spates 1), 2011, pigment print on archival rag, 75 x 125 cm.

The work of SAM SHMITH and ANNE SCOTT WILSON is currently featured in Seven Trumpets at Strange Neighbour in Melbourne. The exhibition brings together seven artists whose work circles around ideas of finitude, death and propositions for the end of the world. 

The exhibtion runs to 1 November 2014. For more information, click here.

TRACY SARROFF

  Tracy Sarroff,  The Crimson Arch , 2013, oil paint on Perspex, 56 x 83 cm 

Tracy Sarroff, The Crimson Arch, 2013, oil paint on Perspex, 56 x 83 cm 

TRACY SARROFF is a finalist in the Redland Art Awards with her painting The Crimson Arch to take place from October 12 – November 23. The Acquisitive first prize of $15,000 will be announced on the opening night by the judges Maud Page, Deputy Director of Collection and Exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Joe Furlonger award winning artist and Stephanie Lindquist, Director of Redland Art Gallery. 

For more information visit Redland Awards.

IMANTS TILLERS

  Imants Tillers,  Kosciuszko , 2008, synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 77 canvas boards, 223.5 x 284.5 cm.

Imants Tillers, Kosciuszko, 2008, synthetic polymer paint, gouache on 77 canvas boards, 223.5 x 284.5 cm.

IMANTS TILLERS is part of a new exhibition called Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting, at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre. The exhibition brings together 25 leading painters from around Australia, who share an interest in the landscape as subject. The exhibition will run from 11 October to 30 November 2014. 

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JANET LAURENCE

JANET LAURENCE will be part of Siteworks 2014, Bundanon Trust’s annual event, with a new site-specific commissioned installation inspired by Bundanon’s Living Landscape Project. The 2014 Siteworks will be held on the weekend of 27-28 September 2014 at the Bundanon site, and will turn its attention to ideas around biodiversity, with a particular focus on the concept of earth law.

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JANET LAURENCE

  Janet Laurence,  Mining Residue , 2014, mixed media, 36 x 37 x 34 cm

Janet Laurence, Mining Residue, 2014, mixed media, 36 x 37 x 34 cm

JANET LAURENCE is part of the group exhibition What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me at The Fine Art Society Contemporary in London, UK’s oldest commercial gallery. This exhibition comes together one hundred years after Duchamp created the first readymade and is on from 10 October – 5 November 2014.

A statement by Janet Laurence featured in the exhibition catalogue:
"It’s difficult to imagine contemporary art if there hadn’t been Marcel Duchamp. He enabled me to make art that begins as an idea, letting the non-retinal to enter into the work process and its reading. His ‘serious’ playfulness enabled the imprinting of the instantaneous and elusive, a play between thoughts, the senses, chance and the occult." 

To download the exhibition catalogue click here.