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[Al Mucci and Mark Gerada at the opening of Koala Land]
Mark Gerada is an artist and designer who also lectures at UTS. He was enlisted by Al Mucci of Dreamworld to embark on a project – Koala Land – which brings attention to the dramatic decline of koalas due to competition with humans for habitat, and prevent the the extinction of these cuddly creatures in Queensland.
Koala Land is on show now until September 13th at UTS DAB LAB.
The Financial Report will launch at Artspace in Woolloomooloo on Wednesday 21st August at 6pm. It’s a group exhibition and includes a series of public talks curated by Mark Feary; examining the complexities of contemporary financial systems and how this impacts artists and their work.
Artists include Matthew Griffin, Melanie Gilligan, Denis Beaubois, Andrew Liversidge, Christian Jankowski, Dane Mitchell and Natalie Thomas; and the artworks have neen inspired and influenced by all sorts of aspects of the financial world: the Global Financial Crisis, art markets across the world, personal artist knowlege of finance amongst other things.
Enlisting 11 Australian and International artists (including Brian Fuata, Elizabeth Woods, Tanya Schultz and Robert Guth) to create site-specific works at Heathfield Place, Airds, Temporary Democracies encourages audiences to respond, reflect and contemplate about civic engagement and urban change within a local community. Rebecca Conroy is also writing a parallel blog: Site Narratives at www.temporarydemocracies.com.
Hear what curator Paul Gazzola has to say about this exciting, immersive, community-minded two-year art project.
Since its inception, the Israeli Film Festival has continued to grow and this year, it presents one of the strongest programs to date. Expanding to additional venues in Melbourne, Canberra and Byron Bay, the IFF is the only Australia-wide showcase for Israeli film and one of the standouts this year is The Gatekeepers, which is about the Six Day War and the role played by six former heads of Israeli’s secret intel security service.
The Gatekeepers has been nominated for an Academy Award and is one of the most talked about films/docos. Caitlin Gibson chats to director Droh Moreh about this extraordinary and controversial documentary.
[Photo via DJ Spooky on Twitter]
It’s art meets music with an enviro-consciousness, as Paul D. Miller – better known by his stage name DJ Spooky – and eco-designer Beth Ferguson of Sol Design Lab talk about the Vanuatu Pacifica Foundation: the new iniative they’re both involved in, which is all about sustainability and finding new ways to creatively tackle climate change.
[We Are Sorry by Zhang Rei]
Toby Chapman from 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art joins us in studio to talk about the Vertical Villages project, exploring the lives, experiences and perspectives of international students in Sydney. 4A’s shopfront has been turned into a lab, open studio, party-space and the hub of this research project, which will be realised in an exhibition in September.
Toby has also curated Zhang Rui’s One Year, a show that blends the politically charged with the mundane, through the blurred filters of Internet news and memes.
[Artists Catherine Ryan + Amy Spiers with their work "Nothing To See Here". Photo by Jess Scully.]
Over two weeks in late July, Sydney’s Cockatoo Island was transformed into an arts lab, with over 100 artists collaborating on 30 projects across the fascinating site. Producer Caitlin Gibson explored the lab and met some of the artists calling Cockatoo home.
[Image from Yurt Empire Cartography Dispatch #1]
Rebecca Conroy is a Sydney artist and member of Yurt Empire, a group of 23 artists exploring some big local issues – housing affordability, urban renewal, sustainability and community. Their project will culminate in their inhabiting a series of yurts (hence the name) on the site of the Green Square development which is set to transform this formerly industrial site.
Yurt Empire are featured in Baadlands: An Atlas of Experimental Cartography, an exhibition on show at Tin Sheds Gallery until September 7.
Sydney in the period of 1920s and 1930s was undergoing rapid and dramatic transformation. This was a time artists took bold risks and experimented with their craft – colour, light, lines – to express a response to the changing times and city around them.
Currently at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney Moderns is an exhibition representing one of the most innovative and creative periods in both art and history.
Jess caught up with Deborah Edwards, senior curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, to talk about the Sydney Moderns exhibition which Deborah has handpicked. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.
[Beastliness by Deborah Kelly]
Deborah Kelly is an extraordinary, extraordinary (note: emphasis on extraordinary) artist whose collage-based works are visually stunning and continue to address and challenge key contemporary issues of women, body and politics.
Deborah is currently a finalist in the Art on Paper: Hazelhurst Art Prize and she joined us by phone from a residency at Hazelhurst Art Gallery to talk about the role of politics in Australian art today. Deborah says artists are “in despair” at the virulence of Australian politics today, and are not apathetic – they’re paralysed – by the tone of the public conversation.
To the viewer, what’s really appealing and beautiful about Tom Polo’s art is his expressive use of colour and the energy and movement in his lines. Central to Tom Polo’s work are the themes of uncertainty and anxiety.
His new show Future Figurative (New Personas) just opened on Wednesday and is on now until 10 August at Gallery 9, Darlinghurst.
[wideshortslimlong by ANREALAGE. Photo by Jess Scully.]
Dr Gene Sherman, founder of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, has has a tremendous influence on Sydney’s art world. Her appreciation for Japanese fashion design has also been a boon for the city – first in her donation of a serious Japanese fashion collection to the Powerhouse Museum – and now in the form of Feel & Think, an exhibition of artworks by emerging Japanese designers, on show at the National Art School.
Presenter Jess Scully joined Gene on a walk through the gallery to explore the unique aesthetic and world-view of these kooky creatives.