Review

The Ghosts of Nothing / In Memory of Johnny B. Goode

Sean Lowry

and Ilmar Taimre

By Matthew Crookes — 15 August, 2018

The Ghosts of Nothing / In Memory of Johnny B. Goode is the culmination of a four-year collaborative project featuring the eponymous (and fictive) rock group comprising Sean Lowry and Ilmar Taimre. A visually rich, multi-layered presentation, it initially existed as a ‘rock opera of expanded cover versions’. At The Lock-Up Gallery in Newcastle, the…

The Burrangong Affray

Jason Phu & John

Young Zerunge

By Soo-Min Shim — 8 August, 2018

Author’s note:  CW—racism, assault, rape   This month, I walked into the University of Sydney and was greeted by angry black scrawls of graffiti on the bus stops: ‘No More G**ks’. I immediately recoiled from a caricature of an Asian face with slanted eyes. A ‘Stop the Asian Invasion’ tag was found on three different…

Out of Life

Darren Sylvester

By Mariam Arcilla — 27 July, 2018

How do you conduct a search party for a phantom actress? Darren Sylvester’s solo show, Out of Life, now on view at Sullivan+Strumpf, is a speculative narrative on mortality, nostalgia and magic, orbiting around a 1970s-era space-suit Sylvester discovered at a Hollywood costumes auction. Metallic and radiant, with moon-grey sleeves and croissant-puff shoulder pads, its…

Measured Response

Curated by

Emily McDaniel

By Emma-Kate Wilson — 20 July, 2018

To experience the group exhibition Measured Response, curated by Emily McDaniel and now on view at NAS Gallery, is to become decidedly aware of your own body in space. At one point I stand in the middle of a series of works that are taller than my 6ft frame: Lorraine Connelly-Northey’s ‘Possum skin cloak’ (2018),…

Big Swinging Ovaries

Jess de Wahls

By Carolyn Burns — 13 July, 2018

In Renaissance Italy fig pendants were carved out of coral or stone in the shape of a fist, a thumb poking between the index and middle fingers, and then carried to ward off the evil eye. Representing a phallus in a vagina, it was believed that witches would be driven to distraction by the pendant’s…

Apartment Monologue

HEDDA SCHATTANIK and

ROMAN SZCZESNY

By Cherine Fahd — 29 June, 2018

In the front matter of a yellowing paperback copy of Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse (1990) I have inscribed the date—23 July 2000. Looking at it now, I can recall this time eighteen years ago, reading Barthes’ work during a long period of romantic solitude. I hadn’t been in a relationship for at least six…

Black Mist Burnt Country

Group Exhibition

By Naomi Riddle — 22 June, 2018

Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown’s painting ‘Black Rain’ (1995) deals with obliteration: the sky is black, pierced only by thick white stripes of rain and an outline of cloud. The horizon isn’t level, instead it rolls and creeps, reaching upwards to meet the deluge. Half of the canvas has been covered in sand; its grainy texture overlaying…

Clanger

Baden Pailthorpe

By Lauren Carroll Harris — 8 June, 2018

Football becomes an algorithm in Baden Pailthorpe’s new solo exhibition at UTS Gallery. Or rather, a football algorithm feeds moving image art. Data artists translate gluts of information into aesthetic forms—here, Pailthorpe aestheticises an AFL game, tracking the movements of the players in the 2017 AFL Round 23 Swans v Carlton game, before visualising this…