Reviews

Bad Ems

Emily Hunt

By Rebecca Gallo — 23 November, 2017

What makes a chair a chair? Legs, a base, a back? How abstract can a chair become before it’s completely unrecognisable – before it turns into a creature or a sculpture or a hatstand? I remember walking through a room – I’m pretty sure it was at the National Gallery of Victoria, or maybe the…

INSIDE

Curated by

Stella Rosa McDonald and Rafaela Pandolfini

By Sarinah Masukor — 17 November, 2017

For the group exhibition, INSIDE, curators Stella Rosa McDonald and Rafaela Pandolfini have brought together a collection of new and old works that signify unstable, recalcitrant and predominantly female bodies. Some of the nineteen artists included fit this interpretive framework plainly, while others stretch into more complex conceptual terrain – the body, if it is…

PAINT 17

Lionel Bawden,

Teelah George and Gary Smith

By Chris Oakey — 15 November, 2017

I went to see PAINT 17 because of a photo on the gallery website. It’s of a painting by Gary Smith that shows multiple layers of smeared, scraped, thick resin and paint in pinks and oranges and creams and yellows and reds, with bits of black in some places. In some parts the red is…

The Hooved and the Clawed

Katy B Plummer

By Carolyn Burns — 10 November, 2017

A cheerful appliqué banner reading ‘The hooved and the clawed will consider their violent bond’ welcomes visitors to Katy B Plummer’s exhibition currently showing at Galerie pompom. Through a series of video and multimedia works, Plummer tells of an allegorical romance between a lion and a lamb: where the lion, dressed in a vaguely zoomorphic…

Corponomy

Eisa Jocson

Liveworks 2017

By Naomi Riddle — 27 October, 2017

At the start of the premiere of her performance lecture Corponomy, Eisa Jocson stands with her back to the audience. She is facing a screen, onto which is projected a blank document and the familiar icons of the Mac desktop. Jocson is backlit so her body fills the screen, and her shadow, magnified and imposing,…

Beside the point, beside myself, beside you

Sally Anderson

By Naomi Riddle — 18 October, 2017

In her current exhibition, Sally Anderson is dealing in metaphor: she is landscape; the landscape becomes her. ‘The earth is a dot’, writes Robert Smithson, and whilst pulling the earth and a dot together allows them to sound as one, there’s still a gap, a breach that comes from placing them side-by-side. Anderson’s paintings nestle…

The Invisible

Curated by Abdul

Karim Hekmat

By Naomi Riddle — 17 October, 2017

‘Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.’ James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963) ‘Whatever your ear has not heard, hear that What your eyes have not seen, see that.’ Hatef Esfehani, quoted…