The Public Body .03 at Artspace, Sydney

Artspace brings challenging art to the public. In the third of their series, Public Body .03,  the contemporary surreal “situates the body as detached from or encompassing much more than mere physical form.” The approach of the curators reference French philosophers Gills Deleuze and Felix Guattari and their theories about  rhizomatic inter-connectivity. It goes further with Paul Preciado’s ‘punk hypermodernity’ meaning that the body is “many things” and not easy to classify”




A lot of the show exposes just how much the public has been exposed to through the internet.  The artist’s contemporary audience is more exposed and less isolated in previous generations thus work can be more provocative within certain guidelines or provisions such as is evident in this provocative exhibition.

The expanding drawing field

A recent show in Sydney was The Tim Olsen 2018 Drawing Prize at UNSW Art & Design AD Space.  The Tim Olsen prize has been running since 2001 and is supported by the Olsen Gallery. Entrants are selected by a panel of lecturers and come from Postgraduate, Honours and Undergraduate students where drawing is a notable part of their practice. The media range from AV to rice to more traditional pencil drawings.

Sydney’s Archibald prize exhibition

The annual prize fest of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes  at the Art Gallery of NSW, offers a rich diversity of Australian art practice. First awarded in 1921, the Archibald portrait prize reflects how portraiture has evolved since then and the subject matter is an insightful reflection of contemporary life. There is also a Young Archie competition which has mazing works by school children. The Wynne focusses landscape and figure sculpture and the Sulman for best genre or subject painting.

Reboot – Antwerp MoMu – mode museum/ FOMU

Antwerp is a fashion tourist destination and MoMu, one of its’ major landmarks.  An exhibition of the work of Olivier Theyskens, She walks in Beauty captures the evolution of a very original aesthetic. You can see his influence on or a poetic aesthetic in the work of Antwerp designer, Ann Demeulemeester.  Works are poetic and ones done even twenty years ago, retain their originality.

If you take a walk along the river, you will find Antwerp Foto Museum, where there’s a great exhibition, Ai Weiwei – Mirror which is both funny and serious. Also a very insightful exhibition, Ebifananyi – Andrea Stultiens Andrea Stultiens  with work based in Africa.

Beach in Barrangaroo Cutting

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Go to the beach where you’ll be burnt to a crisp?  During the Sydney Festival you can go to a sandless, cool and refreshing Beach under the shade of the sandstone cutting at Barangaroo. The 800 mm deep water is an installation made from 1.1 million refreshing white recycled polyethylene balls. Snarkitecture, a New York-based art and architecture collaborative practice are the brains and creative force behind this major free event. Last year there was Ephemeral City which was in the same location and very hard to beat, but this is really fun and you can really throw yourself into it and find it very hard to get out. Whilst there are no life savers there are a lot of helping hands and selfies galore.

This Australian exclusive event is free for all ages between 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays). Last admission for free entry is at 3:30pm. On until 29 January 2017.

Customs House spirographs of colour

When you see layers of multi-coloured ribbons streaming and layering down from above the first thought that comes to mind is ‘Spirograph’. Apparently ‘Spirograph’ is still available to draw those gyrating patterns with but Megan Geckler Studio’s version in Customs House for Art & About is like a 3D version of it. It takes up the volume of the central atrium descending from the ceiling and spreading out onto a frame above ground level. Each pice of tape is critically positioned to create subtlety layers of graduating colours and rhythms.

As you move around the piece you sense a rainbow of  movement. With the light coming though from glass ceiling there an ethereal lightness to it all and a wonderful sense of space.”The end result resembles an updated three-dimensional version of string art that shares the seemingly kinetic territory of the Op Art and Light+Space movements. These site-specific projects are also strongly influenced by minimalism, but retain a sense of play and delight”.(From Megan heckler studio website).

On 17 November 2016- 30 April 2017

Drive by sculpture

You drive the same route or maybe a variation of it to the same places week in and week out often for years. The hum drum of routines. But it doesn’t have to be does it especially when local councils liven up the journey.

This sculpture – ‘It Takes Two’ by Paddington based artists, Gillie and Marc – is part of a Temporary Art Installation Program run by Woollahra Council. What adds to the temporary nature of this work is how someone has added another even more temporary element to it – a  bright pink scarf and beanie. That’s what happens when you put it out there. As you drive along, you wonder how long the scarf and beanie will stay and no, it wasn’t long – about a week or so before it went.

Now someone else has put a blue scarf around the kangaroo figure. How long do you think this will last?

After the storms

In the autumn and winter, the beach belongs to the locals. As a regular all year round swimmer, I get to see the subtle nuances of the beach through it’s different seasonal changes. These images were taken after the storms a few weeks ago. The sand was washed up to above and over Bondi Beach boardwalk which made the level of the beach the same as the boardwalk.

A major new gallery in Sydney – MCA

New major art galleries don’t happen every day. The recently opened $53 million (AUD) redevelopment by architect, Sam Marshall with the Government Architect’s Office, of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia at Circular Quay in Sydney then is an architectural event. This one has been years in the making via a circuitous master planning  route.

It’s fun as you expectantly approach the museum from the Quay. Will there be a comfortable tension with the original Art Deco gallery building?  The entry is a great lead in and once in, I was drawn to the roof terrace and went back down through the building looking at the galleries along the way. At the moment not all the spaces are open so you’re limited to the spaces that finger  into the old ones.  That’s enough for one outing anyway. Check it out.