Issue 210, June, 2008



Vanessa McRae

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country, 2008, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 200 x 600 cm. Gabori’s solo exhibition Dulka Warngiid – Land of All is at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, until 21 June. Image courtesy the artist, Mornington Island Art and Craft and Alcaston Gallery. www.alcastongallery.com.au


Modern masters in Brisbane

Hot on the heels of the success of Warhol, Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) launches the exclusive Picasso and His Collection on 9 June. It features 150 works from the artist’s own collection, including pieces by Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, Oceanic and African works, as well as 30 of Picasso’s most important works. In the lead-up to the show, Taiwanese-born American artist Lee Mingwei has taken Picasso’s most recognisable work, Guernica, as a reference point to painstakingly create a large sand installation which will be ‘destroyed’, in a ritualised act (Monday 9 June), and transformed into something strikingly different from Picasso’s painting. Visit www.qag.qld.gov.au

New media forerunner to Olympics

MAAP-Multimedia Art Asia Pacific is heading to Beijing this month to collaborate with a consortium of 17 media art specialist organisations including ZKM Centre for Media Art, Karlsruhe; FACT, Liverpool; V2 Institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam; Eyebeam New York, MoMA, New York and Tate London. MAAP is supporting the participation of artists from Australia and the South-East Asian region. Artists include Stelarc with his interactive intelligent Prosthetic Head and his extrovert Walking Head robot. Brisbane artists from Transmute Collective will present their work Intimate Transactions in what MAAP director Kim Machan collectively describes as ‘a nightmarishly large collection of over 50 major international media art installations’. SYNTHETIC TIMES: Media Art China 2008 at the National Art Museum of China, opening 9 June until 3 July: www.maap.org.au and www.mediartchina.org

Beyond the Tropic of Capricorn

The recent local council amalgamations in Queensland have seen Pinnacles Art Gallery and the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery come under the administration of one local council. Amber Church, previously curator at Perc Tucker, heads the new team at Pinnacles Gallery, which includes Exhibitions Officer Anthony Edwards, Public Programs Officer Pia Armitage and Gallery Assistant Gill Ribbins. Pinnacles Gallery opens Vantage Point (21 June to 20 July), a series of digital video works by local Indigenous artists produced in collaboration with the highly successful Bush TV and the School of Creative Arts, James Cook University. Exhibiting artists include Shirley Collins, Christine Franklin, May Kabay, Gail Mabo, Taleah Malone, Carol Mooka, Tom Nelliman, John Paiwan, Susan Peters, Gary Prior, Ben Southwell and Rachel Tipoti.

Raw uprising down south

Brisbane-based curator and director of Raw Space Gallery Robb Kelly brings together an impressive line-up of international and Australian artists in an exhibition curated to run parallel to the Sydney Biennale’s theme of Revolutions – Forms That Turn. Uprising includes works by Jewel Mackenzie (Australia), Josh Burry (Australia), Melanie Manchot (Germany/UK), Kristof Kintera (Czech Republic), and opens 21 June at Horus & Deloris, Contemporary Art Space, Pyrmont, Sydney.

Time constraints

An update from May Artnotes announcing Nicholas Bourriaud Curating with constraints master classes and forum. Unfortunately, due to commitments with the Tate Triennial, he has had to postpone his travel to Australian until later in the year. Visit  www.rawspace.org for updates.

Smart or Sunshine state?

Arts Queensland recently announced an injection of funds through the 4-year Backing Indigenous Arts initiative, a $10.73 million program (2007-2010) targeting skills development and projects cultivating new markets and audiences. The initial focus is 15 Indigenous arts centres and hubs that span Far North Queensland, 9 of which have received operational funding in the first round. Also benefiting from $1.225 million in 2007-08 is a Cairns-based printmaking centre and Indigenous art marketplace.

The Government is also soon to announce the first round of the $12 million art + place program (2007-2010) directed at public art projects, while small to medium organisations may secure annual funding through the Arts Queensland s2m funding, with applications closing 30 June 2008: www.arts.qld.gov.au

Not suitable for children

In keeping with its occasional R+ classification, the Institute of Modern Art presents the cult classic underground films El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973) of Chilean-born director Alejandro Jodorowsky as part of the IMA@dendy program. Visually stunning yet deeply disorienting, the films blend religious imagery, esoteric mysticism, eroticism, surrealism and ultra-violence. Visit www.ima.org.au (What’s On) for details of film screenings and introductions by artist/film critic Philip Brophy and Trash Video’s Andrew Leavold.

On paper

The meditative works of painter and printmaker Ian Friend are showcased in a 30-year survey of his works on paper, at Queensland University of Technology Art Museum. The exhibition also coincides with the launch of the new monograph Ian Friend: On Paper. Exhibition continues until 29 June. Visit www.artmuseum.qut.com


Over at QUT’s Creative Industries precinct, an industrious line-up of talks is occurring each month under the banner of Fashion Talks. This month, Melbourne artist and researcher Danielle Wilde (who creates wearable interfaces and body extensions) discusses her investigation into how technology and fashion might be paired with the body to create new experiences of self. 5 June, 5-6pm @ The Shed, QUT Creative Industries, Kelvin Grove. Visit www.creativeindustries.qut.edu.au

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