Archive for April, 2010

The Challenge: a guide to screen based, interactive, digital and media art exhibited in Brisbane in early June, coinciding with the Experimenta, International Biennale of Media Art touring exhibition, Utopia Now at Redlands Art Gallery.

Redlands Art Gallery is located in Brisbane’s South Eastern suburbs on the coast. Most of Brisbane’s contemporary galleries are located close to the CBD in Fortitude Valley and in South Brisbane near the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) and the Southbank precinct.

With limited time in Brisbane, a trip to QAG is recommended to explore the recently completed Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), which includes a purpose-built ‘black box’ new media and cinema space that houses the ‘Australian Cinématèque’. The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Fortitude Valley is also worth the trip.

With a bit longer, you can easily negotiate a tour of South Brisbane and Fortitude Valley. From QAG it is an easy walk to South Brisbane to visit the Queensland Centre for Photography and Jan Manton Art.

After South Brisbane, head across the river through the city to Fortitude Valley. You might want to stop off at the Creative Industries Precinct of the Queensland University of Technology’s city campus. The QUT Art Gallery has a good collection of Australian contemporary art and Billboard, Australia’s largest billboard space, measuring 45m x 9m. The Queensland College of Art, Griffith University is also located at South Bank but will be closed for installation of an upcoming exhibition.

In Fortitude Valley head to the Institute of Modern Art, located in the Judith Wright Performing Arts Centre on Brunswick Street. You will need to visit on Sunday or Tuesday and Wednesday as it is closed on Mondays. After IMA, there are plenty of contemporary art spaces in the area including the Ryan Renshaw Gallery and The George Petelin Gallery Contemporary Art  Project.

What’s On: June 6 – 9 2010

Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art
Southbank, South Brisbane
Open: Sunday 9-5; Mon – Wed 10-5

QAG is located on Brisbane’s Southbank and has two campuses linked by a walk way along the river. The Queensland Art Gallery currently houses the gallery’s collection up to 20th century modern styles and the new Gallery of Modern Art houses the gallery’s contemporary art collection, indigenous collection, as well as temporary exhibitions. GOMA also houses the Australian Cinémathèque, which regularly schedules retrospectives and thematic film exhibitions linked to what is showing in the main exhibition spaces.

QAG’s collection has some exciting contemporary Australian and Asia-Pacific  new media works including Japan’s Yayoi Kusama Soul under the moon,  2002, in which visitors enter a temporary room, filled with neon lights and mirrors; Nam June Paik’s iconic TV Cello, 2000; Tracey Moffatt’s videos; the massive video installation From here to there, 2003 by Jana Sterbak and David Rosetzky’s Untouchable, 2003.

Anne Noble, Ruby's room no.10 (detail) 2000, Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

‘Unnerved: The New Zealand Project’
The Fairfax Gallery (Gallery 1.1), 1.2, 1.3, GoMA

The second in a series of exhibitions focusing on individual countries in QAG’s contemporary collection, Unnerved examines themes of psychological unease and darkness in contemporary New Zealand art and film. The exhibition includes video work by Sriwhana Spong and Nathan Pohio.

New Zealand Noir
Australian Cinématèque, GoMA

New Zealand Noir is the film program linked with Unnerved. The exhibition explores the dark vein in New Zealand film including themes of discord in national identity, family and history. The program runs for the whole exhibition period so there are only a few films showing in early June.

On Sunday 6 June two works by New Zealand cinematographer Vincent Ward are showing in Cinema A. In Spring One Plants Alone, 1980 is a story of Maori woman and her grown son, documenting the minutiae of their existence, filmed over one and a half years. The film following is Rain of Children, 2008, the sequel.

Wednesday 9 June there are three films showing in Cinema A, Woodenhead, 2003, a fantasy fairytale by Florian Habicht and two short films by Jill Kennedy. Kennedy’s short animations play with old educational materials to create a “nostalgic pastiche’ of illustrative diagrams, set to specifically composed soundtrack.

Rain of Children, 2008

Sunday 6 June, 2pm Cinema A

In Spring One Plants Alone 1980 (45mins, 16mm, Colour)

Director Vincent Ward

Sunday 6 June 3pm Cinema A

Rain of Children 2008 (102mins, 35mm Colour)

Director: Vincent Ward

New Educational Series - Canaries in Colour, 2007

Wed 9 Jun 6.00pm Cinema A

Woodenhead, 2003 (90mins, 35mm Black and White)

Director: Florian Habicht

New Educational Series – Canaries in Colour, 2007 (3.29mins,Digital Animation, Colour)

Director: Jill Kennedy

New Educational Series – Better Military Modelling, 2008 (6:54mins, Digital Animation, Colour)

Director: Jill Kennedy

The Next Big Thing: New Zealand Film and Animation for Kids

FOT – The Next Big Thing Part 1 2009

Children’s Art Centre, GoMA

As part of Unnerved, the Children’s Art Centre will be holding The Next Big Thing: New Zealand Film and Animation for Kids, exhibiting works from three New Zealand artists, Jill Kennedy, Alex Dron and Michael Stevenson.

Kennedy’s New Educational Series will be on display, as well as Alex Dron’s FOT, Funny Orange Thing, an animated character voiced by New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords. Stevenson’s work, Making for Sheppey, 2004 chronicles the artist working with British Sea Scouts to make a raft.

Kaldor Public Arts Projects ‘Move: The Exhibition’
Gallery 2.1, GoMA

Move was developed by Kaldor Art Projects as a touring exhibition to educate young audiences about Australian video and new media artists. Artists include works by Shaun Gladwell, the Kingpings, Daniel von Strumer and Patricia Piccinini.

David Rosetzky, Nothing like this (detail), 2007

(Images from http://www.qag.qld.gov.au)

Jan Manton Art
59 Melbourne St
South Brisbane
Tuesday, Wed 10 -4 (Closed Sunday and Monday)

One Dances, 2003 (image. http://www.judith-wright.com)

Judith Wright

An exhibition by Brisbane based artist Judith Wright opens on 9 June. Wright has her background in dance and performance art which is evident in her work. She works on both paper and video and has previously exhibited around Australia as well as on the Billboard in the QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct.


Institute of Modern Art (IMA)
420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Open Sunday 11 -5, Tuesday – Wednesday 11 -5
(Closed Monday)

maddestmaximvs, 2009 (image. maddestmaximvs.com)

Founded in 1975, IMA is one of Brisbane’s oldest contemporary art exhibitions spaces. Opening at IMA on 5 June will be Shaun Gladwell’s MADDESTMAXIMVS: Planet and Stars Sequence, 2009.

Shaun Gladwell MADDESTMAXIMVS: Planet and Stars Sequence, 2009

Maddestmaximvs: Planet and Stars Sequence is Gladwell’s video and new media installation from the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009. The work is the lastest in the ongoing series of Planet and Stars Sequence works that use footage of the artist painting with aerosol paint in the outback.


Gladwell talks about his piece in the Venice Biennale

Ryan Renshaw Gallery
137 Warry Street, Fortitude Valley
Open Wed 11 – 5pm

Tom Muller, Spectrum (Subiaco, Western Australia) 2007-08 (image, http://www.tom-muller.com)

Tom Muller, Neo Geo: Perceptions and Representations of the New World

Tom Muller, Neo Geo: Perceptions and Representations of the New World, opens June 9. Muller works in various mediums, including installation and performance art. “Abstracted, computerised, and consumerised into forms that a 21st century viewer will find all too familiar in our oversaturated mass-market economy of imagery, Mùller’s proposals for a global language or lexicon of images and international symbols of modernist art that makes sense in different countries, to different people, is far from fantasy.” Rebecca Coates, from ‘ Tom Mùller, Elemental Worlds catalogue, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, November 2008


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