Reviews

The Lady and the Unicorn

By Carolyn Burns — 11 May, 2018

1. At close range, the size and complexity of The Lady and the Unicorn (c. 1500) is overwhelming. On view in a small antechamber of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the six tapestries feature variations of the same scene: a pale young woman flanked on either side by a lion and a unicorn,…

Heroes

Köken Ergun

By Lauren Carroll Harris — 4 May, 2018

A sweaty young Kiwi woman in sneakers and leggings is perched on a mountain over Anzac Cove, tracing the same steps as 12,000 other Australian and New Zealand pilgrims every year. Her great-uncle died at age 19 on the Western Front, and she has travelled here to remember his generation. But in a moment of…

Suburbia

Group Exhibition

By Paul Kelaita — 26 April, 2018

My mum’s voice rings out a warning-slash-admonishment in my head: ‘Make sure the stove is off.’ Even though I check regularly, responsibly, maybe excessively, sometimes I don’t trust myself. Other times I’m so lost in thought when checking the stove that I don’t actually check it. It’s this minor, but pervasive, homely anxiety that greets…

Poetry of Michelangelo

Geng Xue

By Naomi Riddle — 20 April, 2018

‘Dear to me is sleep, dearer still being made of stone.’ Michelangelo Buonarroti, Buonarroti’s Reply (1545-46)   I kept thinking of two of Jenny Holzer’s most well-known phrases whilst watching Geng Xue’s video work Poetry of Michelangelo (2015), now showing at Artspace as part of the Sydney Biennale: the first, ‘it is in your self-interest…

Sauced Material

Group Exhibition

By Luke Létourneau — 13 April, 2018

Author’s Note: I recognise Sandra Bernhard’s ‘Little Red Corvette (Encore)’ (1987) as my source material, a source which I have quoted from liberally. It must feel a bit condescending when a regional gallery sees that an inner-city writer has reviewed one of their shows, only to discover that the reviewer has spent a good chunk of…

Accident & Process

Derek Kreckler

By Sam Dickson — 29 March, 2018

Coming in from the blistering heat, you find yourself beholding an Arcadian vision on the gallery walls. ‘Antidote’ (2005) is comprised of seven looping videos of a waterfall, and there’s comfort to be found in the playback of soft splashing and the air-con’s regulating flow. But looking across the video channels, a textural disharmony is revealed….

THE FRUIT WAS SWEETER THEN. THE FISH WERE MORE PLENTIFUL.

Jason Phu

By Soo-Min Shim — 23 March, 2018

‘I’m always aware that I was born here the moment I open my mouth’, writes Jason Phu in his latest installation The fruit was sweeter then. The fish were more plentiful. (2018). Showing at Alaska Projects and commissioned by ANTIDOTE, the installation is framed as the sister show to a larger exhibition entitled The Trace (on…

Hear No Evil / See No Evil

Locust Jones

By Naomi Riddle — 9 March, 2018

Fragmented text referencing news and current affairs recurs across Locust Jones’ work for his solo exhibition Hear No Evil / See No Evil at Casula Powerhouse. Much of this text has been overlaid with depictions of crowded scenes: in one there’s a mass of congregated figures, in another, a towering metropolis with a patterned background…