Monday, September 1, 2014

ACTease September 2014

It was with a heavy heart that I put fingers to keyboard for this final ACTease instalment. I have thoroughly enjoyed compiling this column each month and have never been short of amazing exhibitions to cover. I am ashamed to admit that after writing the Melburnin’ column I was nervous about writing ACTease. After being spoilt for choice with Melbourne exhibitions each month, would there be enough exhibitions to write about in Canberra? After moving to Canberra, all of my fears were swiftly allayed. Of course there were enough exhibitions, in fact, there were too many! Read more...

Nick Wirdnam, bowl of plenty (gold) 2014, blown & hot sculpted glass, 23 x 50 x 53cm

Friday, August 1, 2014

ACTease August 2014

What makes you happy? Eleven weeks ago I gave birth to my second child, and one of the things I missed most during pregnancy was running. I tried to run for as long (and as gently as I could) into my pregnancy, but ultimately gravity won and I had to take a hiatus from one of my favourite activities for a couple of months. Read more...

Anna Sutherland, cushion detail, hand-printed cotton and cotton velvet with piping, 2013

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ACTease July 2014

Having spent most of my childhood years growing up on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, I was excited to discover that one of the National Gallery of Australia’s latest exhibitions, Atua: Sacred gods from Polynesia (until 3 August) focuses on Polynesian culture; in particular the significance of their gods. Read more...

Warrior Chief Te Rauparaha, fixed in his canoe, Maori, Aotearoa New Zealand, southern Polynesia c 1835, wood, 43.5 x 50 x 32.5 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Sunday, June 1, 2014

ACTease June 2014

One of the secrets of a successful landscape artist and landscape photographer, I believe, is their ability to interpret and capture light in their works. Landscape paintings are a personal favourite of mine, and I had high hopes for Canberra Museum and Gallery’s exhibition, Elioth Gruner: the texture of light. I was not disappointed. The works selected for the exhibition showcased Gruner’s talent not only as an artist, but as an Australian landscape artist, which is no mean feat when you consider the diversity of the Australian landscape. Australia is a country of extremes – weather, seasons, colours, and changing light levels. To effortlessly capture all of these variables is a remarkable achievement, and clearly a life-long pursuit for Gruner. Read more...

Dean Butters, ‘On The Wall Behind Her, Written On Brown Paper, Was A Quote From Tolstoy That Read 'What A Strange Illusion It Is To Suppose That Beauty Is Goodness’’ (detail) 2012-2013, lambda print, 80 x 120 cm

Thursday, May 1, 2014

ACTease May 2014

What is the most obscure name you have ever seen for an art exhibition? Like choosing a title for a book or film, deciding on a title for an exhibition is an important part of the creative process. It’s a fine balance of conveying what the exhibition is about, whilst creating an element of mystery and intrigue to capture your audience’s attention so they want to learn more. Read more...

Pat Hoffie, 'Get a spoon and eat my ass' 2013, gold leaf on saar wood

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ACTease April 2014

What is your favourite children’s book? No matter how hard I try, I can’t choose one. Now that my eldest daughter is nearly two, I have to confess that I’m enjoying rediscovering my old favourite children’s books, in addition to all the new ones that have been published since I was a kid. It is no wonder, then, that in the midst of a number of exhibitions that appeal to our playful inner child, A Little Bird Told Me at Belconnen Arts Centre (2 – 20 April) is my perfect fit this month. Read more...

Mimi King, Front cover, 'A little bird told me' (detail) 2013

Mimi King, Front cover, 'A little bird told me' (detail) 2013

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Submerge: 10 years in the making of

Film review for Trouble Magazine:

The reality of being an ‘overnight-success-story’ is a rare phenomenon, particularly in the creative industry. As an art enthusiast, writer, and small business owner, I have first-hand experience of the years of hard work and dedication required to get most creative projects off the ground, which is why I wasn’t especially surprised to learn that Australian feature film, SUBMERGE (released 1 March) was ten years in the making. Read more...

 Jordan (Lily Hall)

 Angie (Christina Hallett)


Delilah (Georgia Bolton)

 Jordan (Lily Hall)


Saturday, March 1, 2014

ACTease March 2014

The things that inspire artists constantly amaze and excite me. It could be a word, a feeling, their home or local environment and surroundings that trigger the greatest creative sparks. The beauty of these humble catalysts is that they are often things that are close to the artists’ hearts, and by viewing their work, you become closer to them not only as an artist, but as a person. Responding to these feelings (even it that means revealing personal vulnerabilities) through their practice is one of the bravest and most admirable characteristics of an artist. I love Tasmanian artist Philip Wolfhagen’s honesty when he labels himself as a “stay-at-home kind of artist”, as well as his desire “to paint what I understand and love and not rush about being a tourist artist”. Read more...
Hanna Hoyne and Amelia Zaraftis, 'do not crush' 2013, pigment on rag, 43cm x 64.5cm.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

ACTease February 2014

“I ain’t no saint, but I’ve tried never to do anything that would hurt my family or offend God … I figure all any kid needs is hope and the feeling he or she belongs. If I could do or say anything that would give some kid that feeling, I would believe I had contributed something to the world,” Elvis Presley once commented to a reporter in the 1950s (source: Elvis fan or not, there’s something captivating about Alfred Wertheimer’s images of the fresh-faced 21-year-old Elvis Presley. Perhaps it is the genuine passion for music that Presley demonstrates in his performances, or the humility towards his fans that Wertheimer has conveyed so convincingly in his images. Read more...

Alfred Wertheimer, ‘On train’, New York to Memphis, July 4, 1956 © Alfred Wertheimer. All rights reserved.