Elastics / Borracha / Elástico witnesses Timor Leste’s reconstruction through the eyes of four artists who travelled to eleven of the thirteen districts in a mobile residency in late 2012. The artists recorded everyday life and the inspirational work of women weavers and traditional builders whose resilient cultural upkeep subversively aided the forty-year liberation struggle.
Narelle Jubelin, Fiona Macdonald, Maria Madeira and Victor De Sousa involved in a cross cultural project to exhibit in Australia and East Timor. Initiated with a field research trip September 2012.
Ghost Citizens follow us and infiltrate our daily lives. In a continent full of the ghosts and shadows of colonialism, the historical, social, and physical landscape is pitted. Each story is a ghost story loaded with shadows – a kind of ‘scar’ story. Djon Mundine OA
Feminage frames collage as one aspect of the diverse legacy of feminist art practice. In the 1970s, informed by feminism, gay rights and conceptual art, women artists created a logic of collage, together with a feminine subjectivity composed from alien forms, the domestic and child’s-play associations. Collage’s dynamic, chimerical logic of fragmentation and suture continues to open new angles on sexual, post-colonial and cultural identities.
Let’s play with the conceit that the Occupy actions emanating from Occupy Wall Street are a continuum of conceptual and activist art and critical practice. This is an approach sometimes taken by art historians reviewing responses to May 1968; sit-ins for Peace; the civil rights, women’s rights and environment movements.
Green Bans Art Walk and Exhibition
A collaborative project by The Cross Art Projects and BigFagPress
Green Bans Art Walks presented by Performance Space
Walk speakers: Wendy Bacon, Meredith Burgmann, Christopher Dean, Michael Davies, Jim Donovan, Michael Dysart, Joe Owens, Stacey Miers, Merilyn Fairskye, Ian Milliss and more.
Twining: Weaving and abstraction brings together weaving and abstraction, material and form. Four artists experiment with the nexus between the opposing registers of high and traditional art to explore ideas of cultural circulation and, in this exhibition, the critical process of colonial cultural intersections.
Curator Jo Holder
Riotous Suburbs presents threads of arguments about the economics and politics of space, housing, distribution and access as governments turn to private market solutions to housing needs. The artists essay the protest and civil unrest that has shadowed a decade of privatisation and great comfort for some.
Utopia Limited adapts the Biennale of Sydney’s ‘Zones of Contact’ theme to question its host city, a place where lifestyle is pathological and the charm of the surface rests on uneasy exclusions. These artists engage with the notion of urban landscape as historic archive. A politics of landscape based on entry or exclusion is brought home.
An exhibition documenting how politicians, businessmen and public servants secretly carved up the inner-city road network in a calculated bid to force drivers into a private toll tunnel. The exhibition is about the venality of selling off public roads, wilfully restricting public transport, folly and lies and the howls of anger from gridlocked traffic. It’s a fast ride through public-private partnerships Sydney style.
Conceptual Crochet answers the curious question: Why are so many contemporary artists interested in craft techniques? The artists in the exhibition are trained in the Conceptual Art tradition. Their work, however, harnesses critical forces as well as the heightened levels of aesthetic and formal innovation often found in crafts such as knitting, quilting and crochet.
A solo exhibition of video, installation and photographic work that looks at the 'unparticular’ in contemporary existence.
Source: Solo Survey Exhibition Linkage Project, Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS
Fiona MacDonald: Second nature, Project room, Melbourne: Monash University Museum of Art, 2001
12 p: col. ill.; Edition of 500; ISBN: 0732621852