JOHN YOUNG

John Young  Flower Market (Nanjing 1936) #2 , 2010, digital print and oil on Belgian linen, 240 x 331 cm

John Young Flower Market (Nanjing 1936) #2, 2010, digital print and oil on Belgian linen, 240 x 331 cm

Saftey Zone: A John Young Project is soon to be exhibited at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), in Ballarat. JOHN YOUNG’s body of works pays tribute to the 1937 event in China, where the lives of 300,000 Chinese citizens were saved by foreigners and sheltered in the city’s internal Safety Zone. The exhibition is on from 25 September – 2 November 2014.

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NIKE SAVVAS

Nike Savvas'  Sliding Ladder: Octagonal Prism  featured on the cover of ACCA  Optical Mix  booklet.

Nike Savvas' Sliding Ladder: Octagonal Prism featured on the cover of ACCA Optical Mix booklet.

Optical Mix', a group exhibition at ACCA that includes the sculptures of NIKE SAVVAS, has been reviewed by Robert Nelson in The Age. 

To read the review, click here.

Optical Mix is on until 28 September 2014.

ROBERT OWEN

Robert Owen,  Fallen Light A , 2012, stainless steel, 105 x 115 x 170 cm   

Robert Owen, Fallen Light A, 2012, stainless steel, 105 x 115 x 170 cm
 

ROBERT OWEN will be speaking at SCULPTURE NOW, a half-day seminar exploring contemporary sculpture at the National Gallery of Victoria on Wednesday 17 September. He will be joined by NGV Director Tony Ellwood, Assistant Director Isobel Crombie, curator Simon Maidment, Melissa Loughnan of Utopian Slumps, collector Rae Rothfield & artists Emily Floyd, Steaphan Paton, Louise Paramor & Patricia Piccinini.

For more information and to book, visit the NGV website

DANI MARTI

DANI MARTI’s George, 2001, is currently on display at Newcastle Art Gallery, New South Wales, as part of the exhibition One From none: The minimal aesthetic in art. On display from 23 August – 16 November 2014, this show brings together a range of works from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection. It highlights the principle of actual space rather than the depicted space within an artwork, and artists like Dani Marti also pay particular attention to materiality.

Dani Marti,  George , 2001, (triptych) nylon, polypropylene and polyester on a wooden frame, 200 x 600 cm

Dani Marti, George, 2001, (triptych) nylon, polypropylene and polyester on a wooden frame, 200 x 600 cm

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LYNDELL BROWN CHARLES GREEN

Lyndell Brown/Charles Green and Jon Cattapan,  War and Peace #11: Night Vision , 2014 oil and acrylic on digital print on duraclear film, 104 x 108 cm

Lyndell Brown/Charles Green and Jon Cattapan, War and Peace #11: Night Vision, 2014 oil and acrylic on digital print on duraclear film, 104 x 108 cm

Chris McAuliffe writes about LYNDELL BROWN/CHARLES GREEN AND JON CATTAPAN’s exhibition Spook Country: A Collaboration at ARC ONE and Station.  This fantastic review discusses the strategies adopted by the collaboration when depicting war art and how their experiences as war artists informs their artistic process.

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NIKE SAVVAS

Nike Savvas,  Epic 8000 , 2013, Commission by Nike for NikeTown, San Francisco, glass and steel wire, 336 x 600 cm

Nike Savvas, Epic 8000, 2013, Commission by Nike for NikeTown, San Francisco, glass and steel wire, 336 x 600 cm

NIKE SAVVAS is featured in the new publication Big Art Small Art by Tristan Manco. Scale is being taken to new extremes in art: big and bold on the one hand, intricate and intimate on the other. This book is divided into two sections, big art and small art, and includes profiles of forty-five contemporary artists who are revolutionising our approach to scale with works that provoke questions, arouse emotions and offer fresh perspectives. This survey comprises everything from beautifully carved leaves (Lorenzo Manuel Durán, Spain) and micro reproductions of artists at work in their studio (Joe Fig, USA) to giant mechanical kinetic sculptures (Theo Jansen, Netherlands) and immersive galaxies of shimmering spheres (Nike Savvas, Australia). 

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PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT

 Phaptawan Suwannakudt,  Not For Sure , 2012, drafting paper, paper with vegetal fibres, ink, bitumen, gold leaf, dye and pigment, dimensions variable. Installation view of the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photograph: Ben Symons.

 Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Not For Sure, 2012, drafting paper, paper with vegetal fibres, ink, bitumen, gold leaf, dye and pigment, dimensions variable. Installation view of the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photograph: Ben Symons.

PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT is featured in the current issue of Eyeline magazine. In the introduction to Uncertainty is Certain: The work of Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Adam Geczy writes of individuals being the passive observers on the faith of others, an inviting aspect in Suwannakudt’s art. While her work is faithful to the Buddhist notion, it seeks to introduce and incorporate the viewer despite their cultural or religious positions. The title from her 2012 installation Not for Sure, is derived from the yogic statement that ‘uncertainty is certain’, a reminder that our conceptions of the world are fleeting, relative, and fragmented.­

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PETER DAVERINGTON

Peter Daverington,  From the Future with Love #2 , 2013, oil on canvas, 122 x 91 cm

Peter Daverington, From the Future with Love #2, 2013, oil on canvas, 122 x 91 cm

PETER DAVERINGTON’s paintings From the Future with Love #1 and From the Future with Love #2 are part of the group exhibition Render curated by Simone Hine, currently showing at Screen Space, Melbourne. Artists alongside Peter Daverington include Magda Cebokli, Warren Hine and Zac Koukoravas. The exhibition is on from 9 August – 13 September 2014.

LYNDELL BROWN CHARLES GREEN

Lyndell Brown/Charles Green, Jon Cattapan,  Lesson Plan (The Second Attention) , 2014, oil and acrylic on inkjet print on linen, 180 x 350 cm

Lyndell Brown/Charles Green, Jon Cattapan, Lesson Plan (The Second Attention), 2014, oil and acrylic on inkjet print on linen, 180 x 350 cm

LYNDELL BROWN/CHARLES GREEN and JON CATTAPAN's stunning exhibition, Spook Country: A Collaboration has been given a stellar review by Dan Rule in The Age.

"The lasting resonance of this work, which is rich in personal and historical references, is that of the sheer historical, social, spiritual, political and infrastructural complexity and repercussions of conflict on us all."

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CATHERINE WOO

Catherine Woo,  Ebb , 2014, mixed media on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm

Catherine Woo, Ebb, 2014, mixed media on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm

CATHERINE WOO’s 2014 painting Ebb is selected as finalist for the John Leslie Art Prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious non-acquisitive prizes for landscape painting. This year the first prize recipient will be awarded with $20,000, made possible by the generous ongoing support of Gippsland Art Gallery’s long time Patron John Leslie O.B.E.

The opening and announcement of the winners is on Friday 19 September 6pm at the Gippsland Art Gallery and the exhibition is on show until 23 November 2014.

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PAT BRASSINGTON

Pat Brassington,  Quiescent,  2014, pigment print 100 x 89 cm

Pat Brassington, Quiescent, 2014, pigment print 100 x 89 cm

PAT BRASSINGTON'S work Quiescent, from her exhibition in April 2014 at ARC ONE, is part of the 2014 CCP Fundraiser. Quiescent is an edition of 8 plus 2 artist's proofs and is exclusive to the CCP fundraising event. Support will provide a context for the enjoyment, education, understanding and appraisal of contemporary photographic practice.

The event runs from 5 - 21 September 2014.

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DANI MARTI

Dani Marti,  Mother (white)  (detail), 2014, second-hand necklaces on aluminium frame, 170 x 170 cm

Dani Marti, Mother (white) (detail), 2014, second-hand necklaces on aluminium frame, 170 x 170 cm

DANI MARTI's opulent wall sculpture, Mother (white) was a stand-out at this year's Melbourne Art Fair. A decadent layering of necklaces in hues of white and blue, this enigmatic work featured in Vogue Living's 'top picks' from the Fair.

To see the Vogue Living shortlist, click here

TRACY SARROFF

Tracy Sarroff,  Mew Chip Gold , 2013, oil paint on Perspex, 56 x 83 cm

Tracy Sarroff, Mew Chip Gold, 2013, oil paint on Perspex, 56 x 83 cm

TRACY SARROFF'S painting Mew Chip Gold has been selected for the 2014 Sunshine Coast Art Prize in painting and drawing. Presented by the Sunshine Coast Council, the prize is among the nation's most significant regional art prizes. The exhibition will take place at the Caloundra Regional Gallery between 27 August – 26 October 2014. Queensland Art Gallery Director, Chris Saines will choose one winner at the opening event on 27 August.

SAM SHMITH

Sam Shmith,  View from the Dayvan , 2008, pigment print on luster, 50 x 50 cm

Sam Shmith, View from the Dayvan, 2008, pigment print on luster, 50 x 50 cm

SAM SHMITH’S photograph View from the Dayvan is currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia, part of a new photography show, Gifted artists: Donations by Patrick Corrigan AM. The National Gallery holds one of the most extensive collections of Australian photographs from the 1970s to the present and the Corrigan gift has contributed to this holding in a significant way. SAM SHMITH’S practice depicts expansive composite landscapes, often as they are encountered in states of transit, taking us to places unrecognizable, yet strangely familiar. Digitally layered from an image bank of over 60,000 self-harvested photographs, Shmith choreographs a hybrid of images from his personal archives into each photo-work.

The exhibition runs from 15 August – 12 January 2015.

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MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO

Maria Fernanda Cardoso,  Emu next 5 Km , 2010-14

Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Emu next 5 Km, 2010-14

MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO is part of SOUTH, a group exhibition conceived as a shared response to the identity af the artists living and working in our colonised and relatively remote Southern part of the world. The work presented is personal, political and socially engaged and reflects the changes in our globalised society. 


Exhibition opens: 6-8pm Thursday 7 August 2014
Exhibition closes: 6 October 2014
Location: Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway Gymea NSW 2227 

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JUSTINE KHAMARA

Justine Khamara,  Now I Am Radiant People 5 & 3  part of the exhibition  Vertigo  at POSCO Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea.

Justine Khamara, Now I Am Radiant People 5 & 3 part of the exhibition Vertigo at POSCO Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea.

JUSTINE KHAMARA’s works are currently showing in Seoul at POSCO Art Museum, in the touring group exhibition VERTIGO: chaos and dislocation in contemporary Australian art, organized by Asialink and BLINDSIDE. The exhibition runs from 23 July to 27 August at POSCO Art Museum. Artists alongside Justine Khamara include Boe-lin Bastian, Cate Consandine, Simon Finn, Bonnie Lane, Kristin McIver, Kiron Robinson, Tania Smith, Kate Shaw and Alice Wormald.

Exhibition text:

"The artists interrogate contemporary life, exploring the fracture, chaos and dislocation that arises in the human condition and in a world which is imbued with flux and change. The experience of dizziness and a loss of perspective are explored within a world that is gripped by an acceleration of time and pace.

Presenting sculptural works, painting, neon, collage, drawing and video, the artists disrupt the ordinariness that can pervade life, building new narratives of human experience. By conveying feelings of anxiety and humour, or by using absurd gestures, the artists in Vertigo attempt to make sense of the world around them, with dizzying effects." 

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PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT

Phaptawan Suwannakudt in the studio working on a bust of her mother. (Image from   belmoreitch.com  )

Phaptawan Suwannakudt in the studio working on a bust of her mother. (Image from belmoreitch.com)

PHAPTAWAN SUWANNAKUDT talks about her experience in Chiang Mai after winning an Asialink residency. During this residency she took part in making ceramics, a process that she was not previously familiar with, allowing her to form and develop new skills in ceramic art.

To read more about Phaptawan Suwannakudt’s residency experience click here

GUO JIAN

Guo Jian,  Untitled , 2007, oil on canvas, 152 x 213 cm

Guo Jian, Untitled, 2007, oil on canvas, 152 x 213 cm

GUO JIAN is currently featured in Artist Profile magazine, discussing the inspiration of his paintings from his time in China’s military. Throughout his life Guo Jian has experienced China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), from being an army propaganda painter, then ten years later, removing bodies from the horrific scene at Tiananmen Square, after forces opened fire on him and his classmates on 4 June 1989. These experiences have provided him with a lifetime of propaganda inspiration that he documents in his paintings. In particular, he discusses the entertainment provided for army troops in ways to rouse them to their cause, including the visits of singers and dancers; with this subject matter highlighted in his paintings.

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DANI MARTI

DANI MARTI’s current exhibition, Run, Run, Run, features in a brilliant review by Robert Nelson in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

This bold new series of work is a visual feast: bright, intriguing and sensuous.

“[Marti’s] twisted inscrutable surfaces are radiant” – Robert Nelson

Don’t miss this evocative show at ARC ONE Gallery, showing until 16 August.

To read the full article, Marti’s Garden of Distortion, click here
 

JULIE RRAP

Julie Rrap,  Self-portrait with mouche , 2013, pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper, 127 x 105 cm

Julie Rrap, Self-portrait with mouche, 2013, pigment ink-jet print on cotton paper, 127 x 105 cm

JULIE RRAP has been selected as a Finalist for the 2014 Bowness Photography Prize. Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the Bowness is one of the country's most coveted photography prizes. 

JULIE RRAP’s playful photograph, Self-portrait with mouche, 2013, has been short-listed and the winner will be announced on Thursday, 4 September 2014. JULIE RRAP says of the work:

"I am interested in images that arouse our curiosity and play with our expectations. Our imaginations are what free us from the mundane and return us to the magical. ‘Self-portrait with mouche’ was created in response to a fleeting image I had seen in a documentary on immigrants arriving in Australia in the early 20th century. One image stood out of a young man with a very noticeable facial mole whose position echoed that of the artificial beauty spot made famous by Marilyn Monroe. The blowfly became my muse in the process of cross- fertilizing these two contrasting images of the natural and the contrived; the beautiful and the grotesque, to create a new hybrid. Like a metaphor for photography itself, Self-portrait with mouche suggests both the fragility of presence and the stillness of death. Serendipitously, I discovered that the word for artificial beauty spot is the French word for fly; mouche."

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