Art in the Public Arena

Art in the Public Arena

Vol 30 no 3, 2010


Are we producing public art that fits well with our cities and our populations? The Echigo-Tsumari Triennial and the Niigata Land and Water Festivals in Japan show the power of art to impact the public to the extent of changing societal patterns within one decade. So often the public seems strangely indifferent to public art. But if creatively is designed to be a part of the fabric of a place, quite minor or temporary changes can alter the experience of public space and make outdoors more social and more enticing. Laneways become adventures, and buildings at night are light events. Even freeways are given a chance to transcend their banality. This issue travels to places in Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, the UK and Germany where artists modify the way we are in public, whether on a tram, a new suburb, a park, a polluted river, a railway platform, a city street barricaded with a mountain of wrecked cars, or a park where dachshunds fill the benches of the United Nations.


Subscribe to Artlink - from $55. Subscriptions available for readers anywhere in the world.







Korean Artist Project





NAVA - National Association for the Visual Arts











You are here » Artlink » Vol 30 no 3, 2010 » Exhibitions to Watch

Exhibitions to Watch

Author & Artist: Ms Stephanie Radok, ETW




View Larger Image
Tommy Mitchell Walu Tjukurrpa 2010, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 152.4 x 213.4 cm, dÕAuvergne Boxall Bequest Fund 2010, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. © Tommy Mitchell, Courtesy Warakurna Artists.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Art Gallery of South Australia
29 October 2010 - 23 January 2011
'Desert Country'. Curator: Nici Cumpston
Australian desert painting movement from the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.
Art Gallery of SA

Samstag Gallery
22 October - 17 December 2010
'Other side art: Trevor Nickolls, a survey of paintings and drawings 1972 – 2007'. Curator: Michael O'Ferrall. Major museum survey of Nunga man from remote South Australia’s politically charged art practice.

'Generosity of Spirit: Recent Australian Women’s Art from the QUT Art Collection'
Curator: Stephen Rainbird. Major works by leading Australian mid-career women practitioners.
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art

CACSA, FELTspace, SASA GALLERY, Victoria Square, all around Adelaide
1-21 November 2010
'The NEW NEW - Contemporary South Australian Art 2010'. Curators: Alan Cruickshank & Peter McKay
Over 40 artists, public artworks around the Adelaide CBD, survey of South Australian contemporary art practice.
CACSA Contemporary: The New New

Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
29 October - 12 December 2010
'Recycled library: Altered books'. Seventeen artists using books as raw material.
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery


View Larger Image
Linda Hughes IGL, Red & White Series 2009, laminate, acrylic, steel,110 x 190 x 15 mm. Photo: Argonaut Design.


JamFactory Gallery, Adelaide
10 September - 17 October 2010
'Making Waves: Peter Walker'. New wooden surfboards, eco-design integrated with craft skill.

'Metonymy - look both ways'. Linda Hughes uses 'the stripe’ beloved of traffic signs in her jewellery.
JamFactory

FELTspace, Adelaide
September 2010
'The Reno Project: Laura Wills and William Cheesman'. Stop motion animation from the making of The Coconut House (from Asialink residency, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarka) and new installation, drawing and cardboard works exploring the theme of shelter, bivouacking and the idea of feral animal as 'pest or resource'.
FELTspace


NEW SOUTH WALES

Newcastle Regional Art Gallery
11 September - 7 November 2010
'Virtual Encounters: Paula Dawson holograms'. Survey developed in collaboration with Macquarie University.
Newcastle Regional Art Gallery

Campbelltown Arts Centre
28 August – 24 October 2010
'The River Project'. Cultures and river systems stretching across Asia and the Pacific to the Georges River in south-west Sydney.
Campbelltown Arts Centre

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery
4 September - 17 October 2010
'Awabakal to Wonarua'. Artworks of the original Hunter Valley inhabitants.
Cessnock Regional Arts Centre

OBJECTAustralian Centre for Craft and Design
23 October – 12 December 2010
'Robert Baines: Metal'. Sixth in the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft Series.
Object

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
9 October – 20 November 2010
'G.W.Bot: The Long Paddock'. A 30 year survey 1981-2010. Drawings, books, paintings, prints, sculpture.
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery


View Larger Image
Andrea Bowers Step It Up Activist, Sand Key Reef, Key West, Florida, Part of North AmericaÕs Only Remaining Coral Barrier Reef 2009, coloured pencil on paper 56.52 x 76.2 cm Courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York Image courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Suzanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles © the artist.


MCA
21 August - 31 October 2010
'In the Balance: Art for a Changing World'
Curator: Rachel Kent. Includes urban wildlife safaris through Sydney and Facebook campaigns to ‘befriend a weed’.
MCA, Sydney


VICTORIA

Mildura
17 September – 19 September 2010
'Palimpsest #7 (to) give time to time'
National symposium, performance and installation exploring ephemeral art practice in Australia and the world. Collaboration with AEAF in Adelaide.
artsmildura


View Larger Image
Nathan Coley Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens 2008, scaffolding and illuminated text. Commissioned for the Folkestone Triennial 2008. Photo: Thierry Bal.


ACCA, Melbourne
7 October – 28 November 2010
'MORTALITY'. Curator: Juliana Engberg
From the cradle to the grave!

NATHAN COLEY. Scottish artist and Turner prize nominee Nathan Coley’s famous message sculpture.
ACCA

Arc One GALLERY
21 Sept – 16 Oct 2010
'John Davis (1936–1999)'. A visionary environmental artist.
Arc One Gallery


View Larger Image
John Davis Evolution of a fish: Traveller 1990, twigs, cotton thread, calico, bituminous paint, 110.0 x 130.0 x 18.0 cm. Private collection, Melbourne. © Penelope Davis & Martin Davis. Administered by VISCOPY, Australia.


The Ian Potter Centre
NGV Australia
6 August – 24 October 2010
'John Davis: Presence'. Curator: David Hurlston. Sculpture, photography and installations with an emphasis on fish-works.

'Mari Funaki: Objects'
A range of objects from the 1990s to 2010 including four recent large scale sculptures. Mari Funaki (1950 – 2010).
NGV

HEIDE, Melbourne
31 July 2010 - 31 October 2010
'Up Close: Carol Jerrems with Larry Clark, Nan Goldin and William Yang'. Curator: Natalie King. A face tells the story of what a person is thinking.
Heide Museum


TASMANIA

Detached
Forum every Saturday 8 October – 5 December 2010
'Brook Andrew: 8 Months of War'. Includes public program of guest speakers giving perspectives to the work.
Detached

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
17 July 2010 – 14 November 2010
'Essence: Contemporary Australian Prints and Drawings'. Curator: Sue Backhouse
Pencil, oil stick, acrylic, etching, woodcut.
TMAG

CAST, Hobart
18 September – 17 October 2010
'SHOTGUN: Scot Cotterell, Cath Robinson, Sara Maher'. New annual exhibition of promising early career artists based in Tasmania. Partnership project with Detached Cultural Organisation.
CAST


View Larger Image
Blanche Tilden Absorb necklace, acid-etched glass, sterling silver, nylon coatedÊstainless steel cable.


ACT

Canberra Glassworks
29 September – 18 November 2010
'Blanche Tilden: Fer et Verre'. New glass and metal jewellery inspired by architecture and technology.
Canberra Glassworks


View Larger Image
Deb Mansfield Gibson Cypress 2008, giclee print, 16 x 19 cm, edition of 10.


Canberra Contemporary Art Space
15 October – 27 November
'Hush Now Louisiana: Deb Mansfield' Photographs of the infamous deltas, bayous and marshes.
Canberra Contemporary Art Space

National Gallery of Australia
24 July – 3 October 2010
'Robert Dowling: Tasmanian son of Empire'
The first artist to be trained in Australia.

13 August – 31 October 2010
'Life, death and magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian ancestral art'. Sculpture, jewellery and textiles from prehistoric to recent times.
National Gallery of Australia

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Fremantle Arts Centre
25 September – 21 November 2010
'James Dodd: Boab Inscriptions'. Collected text and marks from the Boab trees of WA’s north.
Fremantle Arts Centre


View Larger Image
Peggy Guggenheim at Palazzo Venier dei Leoni with Alexander Calder, Arc of Petals (1941, Peggy Guggenheim Collection); behind her Jean Arp, Overturned Blue Shoe with Two Heels Under a Black Vault (1925, Peggy Guggenheim Collection); Venice, early 1950s. © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Photo: Archivio CameraphotoEpoche, Gift ofÊ Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia, 2005.


Art Gallery of Western Australia
9 October - 31 January 2011
'Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice'
Exclusive to WA from the Guggenheim Palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice.

31 July 2010 - 3 January 2011
'Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards'
Sculpture, video, painting and photography by five artists from Western Australia and eleven artists from other parts of Australia.
Art Gallery of WA

Heathcote Museum & Gallery
20 November – 21 December 2010
'TILT 2010: Paul Caporn and Kate Gregory'
A new reading of Heathcote’s multi-layered history and archives.
Heathcote Museum & Gallery


View Larger Image
Joe Rootsey Cape Melville lava rocks 1958, watercolour, 40 x 58cm. Purchased 1993, Queensland Art Gallery Society. Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.


QUEENSLAND

Queensland Art Gallery
17 July – 3 October 2010
'Joe Rootsey: Queensland Aboriginal Painter 1918-63'. Curator: Bruce McLean
Watercolours and sketches by Rootsey and his contemporaries of Queensland’s far north.
Queensland Art Gallery

UQ Art Museum
10 September – 28 November 2010
'Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art'. Curator: Sally Butler. Historical and contemporary Aurukun art from public art and cultural institutions.
UQ Art Museum

IMA, Brisbane
7 August — 18 September 2010
'Uncured: Ronnie Van Hout'
There’s something rotten in the state of Ronnie.


View Larger Image
Kelly Hussey-Smith Large Hard Feather, Old English Game 2009, colour photograph.


'Brisbane Airport Fresh Cut 2010'
Queensland emerging artists: Sally Golding, Kelly Hussey-Smith, Fiona Mail, and Elizabeth Willing.
IMA, Brisbane


View Larger Image
Jacqui Stockdale Girl in Darkness.


NT

Watch This SPACE, Alice Springs
5 September - 2 October 2010
'Jacqui Stockdale'. Photographs and paper objects.

12 November - 27 November 2010
'Tom & Ned Civil: meeting halfway'. Tom lives in Melbourne and Ned lives in Kununnurra. A walk-through installation.
Watch this Space


View Larger Image
Therese Ritchie Andrew Galitju Burarrwanga and Mulung Yunupingu 2005, inkjet print on German etching paper, 50 x 150cm. Image © the artist.


Charles Darwin University Art Gallery
11 August - 17 September 2010
'Not dead yet: Therese Ritchie and Chips Mackinolty'. A 20 year retrospective exhibition by two incisive artists. (See review in this issue)
Charles Darwin University Art Gallery

24 HR ART, Darwin
10 Sep - 16 Oct 2010
'Material Girls: Mella Jarsma, Fiona Gavino, Rosalie Gascoigne'. Curator: Steve Eland
Dissident female artists reveal the mutability of materials.

Body as a Museum & Sweet and Sweat : Xiangqian Hu, Ming Li, Curator: Biljana Ciric. Video and performance work where everyday life is the centre.
24 HR Art


Article Index

Articles in this issue