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Art Almanac August 2016

Art Almanac is a monthly briefing on national art news, reviews and exhibitions. Since 1974, Art Almanac has proudly published the most comprehensive gallery exhibition listings in the country. The magazine features extended exhibition reviews and a national roundup of current shows as well as a dynamic and comprehensive online offering.

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1 min.
from the editor

We pair Mike Parr, who sees “vulnerability as a political form”, and Anthony Bond to mark ‘Foreign Looking’ at the National Gallery of Australia. Painters Khadim Ali and Aida Tomescu share personal insights on their inclusion in ‘Refugees’ at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Destiny Deacon’s work ‘Over the Fence’ titles a group show at UQ Art Museum exploring inequity in the treatment of Indigenous people and our environment through photography. As well as reporting on Melbourne’s ‘NotFair’, a showcase of unsigned and emerging artists, we reserved a page for Sydney-based artist Jason Wing. Wing works in new media drawing from street art and his Chinese and Aboriginal heritage.…

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on the cover mona hatoum

Amongst a suite of 65 exceptional works on view at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Bukhara by Mona Hatoum confronts the conditions that make someone feel like an outsider. Born in Lebanon and now living in the UK, the artist often uses domestic materials as her medium. Here, a Persian rug appears eaten away or debossed by the Gall-Peters equal-area map favoured by UNESCO. By juxtaposing a material she was raised with, but what a Western viewer might think of as ‘typically Arab’, she points at the marginality refugees experience once they are displaced from the culture, people and atmosphere of ‘home’ Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Until 11 September, 2016 Sydney Courtesy the artist, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney…

3 min.

“Creative work does not demand to be read from a presumed dividing line, a line of separation. It is the unifying force of art that brings everything together. Art is about fullness of experience and unity.” - Aida Tomescu A range of refugee experiences from often-sidelined cultures in the Australian context is on view at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Western Sydney, a region where almost half of the population was born overseas cultivating a unique blend of heritage and language. Twenty-two Australian and international artists will exhibit in ‘Refugees’ including Khadim Ali, Frank Auerbach, Christian Boltanski, Yosl Bergner, Judy Cassab, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, Lucian Freud, Mona Hatoum, Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack, Guo Jian, Anish Kapoor, Inge King, Dinh Q. Le, Nalini Malani, Helmut Newton, Yoko Ono, Aida Tomescu, Danila Vassilieff,…

2 min.
new alchemists

Australian and international artists combine art and science in a suite of video, installation, performance and sculptural works to test curator Dr Alicia King’s hypothesis that ‘biotechnologies don’t exist in a vacuum – they effect each and every one of us, and challenge our preconceptions of what life is and the way that we inhabit the world.’ Participating artists include; Art Orienté Objet (Marion Laval and Benoit Mangin) (France), Michaela Gleave (Aus), Ian Haig (Aus), Oron Catts & Ionat Zurr (Aus), (in collaboration with Corrie van Sice), Nadege Philippe-Janon (in collaboration with Bill Hart) (Aus), Thomas Thwaites (UK) and Lu Yang (China). On film Arte Orienté Objet perform a blood serum transfusion from horse to woman in what looks to be a subterranean basement, quite befitting the controversial bio-experiment. Laval’s intention…

3 min.
radical ecologies

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) presents ‘Radical Ecologies’, a multi-media exhibition, curated by Andrew Verano, exploring the reciprocal dynamic between the human body and natural environment. Featuring 18 Western Australian artists at the forefront of experimental artmaking, the exhibition showcases a diverse range of forms from design, performance, film, installation, sound and bio-art. Artists include Matt Aitken & Noel Nannup, Nathan Beard, Mike Bianco, Tim Burns, Andrew Christie, Pony Express, The ‘Cene, Cat Jones, Rose Megirian, Peter & Molly, Rebecca Orchard, Perdita Philips, Mei Saraswati, Stelarc, and Katie West. Verano selected these artists for their ability to address ecological dystopia and its outcomes by “exploring the subjective or cultural shifts that are needed to prioritise the environmental emergency. So the artists are not only reconsidering ways of relating to other…

3 min.
over the fence

On either side of a weathered fence, two dolls face each other. Whether engaged in conversation, or play, one thing is certain, their separation. This signature photograph by Destiny Deacon displays the artist’s focus on an alternative world, or micro-drama. Here, and in other works, people in her life are substituted by inanimate dolls used to both invert the colonial gaze and recontextualise the Aboriginal figure. Taking its title from her artwork, ‘Over the fence’, a group exhibition presented by the University of Queensland Art Museum, features the photographs of eighteen Indigenous artists drawn from the private collection of art patron and philanthropist Patrick Corrigan AM. The exhibition includes works by Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Mervyn Bishop, Bindi Cole, Michael Cook, Brenda L. Croft, Nici Cumpston,…