How does that old Joseph Heller quote go? Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. Ben Rak, the printmaker behind Aura: Repetition, Reproduction and the Mark of the Artist at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, does seem a little touchy. Why else would you take on all the things that have traditionally dogged printmaking as a medium?
Full exhibition review over on Art Guide.
Excerpt of a story published in Art Collector, Jan-Mar 2015
Tomislav Nikolic insists his work doesn’t reproduce well. For him, painting is a three-dimensional object and photography only flattens it. For his last exhibition at Jensen’s Sydney gallery, he applied multiple layers of transparent colour washes to paper. “By applying dozens or even hundreds of coats of paint it builds up a density and a body of colour. When you’re looking at what looks to be one solid colour, you’re actually not looking at the surface, you’re looking through hundreds of layers of paint,” he explains. Only by looking at a work in the flesh can you get the experience of “how that colour and that pigment and that medium behaves,” he says.
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Published in Art Collector, Issue 79, January-March 2017
It was a sublime for our time, for the Anthropocene. There was awe and reverence for the natural world but there was something new and unsettling too, some hard-edged core, to Todd McMillan’s Farewell, exhibited at Sarah Cottier Gallery in Sydney in October.
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Published in Art Collector, Issue 79, Jan-Mar 2017
Jane O’Sullivan previews the multi-venue exhibition that the Australian contemporary art world has been waiting for.
The National. Another gumtree exhibition about what it means to be Australian? “Absolutely not,” says the MCA’s curatorial & digital director Blair French with a laugh. He admits it’s a provocative title but says that’s part of the point. “What it does is throws up the question, if you’re not creating a nationalist show or trying to work at ideas of nationhood, which we’re not, then how can you use that title to problematise those ideas?”
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Published in the Australian Financial Review Magazine, March 2016
Well, you could probably write a book on the topic of Australian artists and the struggles they’ve faced making it overseas. I almost did.
Luckily, only the six-page version made it out into the world, as part of the Australian Financial Review Magazine’s annual arts issue.
The featured artists Patricia Piccinini, Alex Seton and Christian Thompson are among those who are starting to get more international recognition – here’s to that!
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Update: Patricia Piccinini’s amazing Brasilian exhibition, which I talk about in this story, made it to #2 in The Art Newspaper’s list of most popular exhibitions in 2016.
Published in Art Guide, July/August 2015
In this five-page feature for Art Guide, I look at the old hierarchies between art, craft and design and the artists who are dismantling them – a process that’s taken longer in Australia than elsewhere. Print only.
Published in the Australian Financial Review, 11 June 2015
A little thrill getting this eX de Medici artwork image into a business focused national newspaper.
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