- by Charlotte Cornish
Although it is the depth of winter here in Melbourne there are many exciting exhibitions on view inside warm spaces. The exhibitions cover a wide breadth of spaces in Melbourne from institutions to artist run initiatives. From a large group exhibition including international art projects being presented at Australia’s only Kunsthalle, to an expansive new series of work by an established Australian contemporary artist presented at a commercial space, or an exciting exhibition by an emerging artist at a smaller non-profit gallery, this month there is something for everyone.
Exhibition: Dale Frank
Artist: Dale Frank
Venue: Neon Parc (Brunswick)
Dates: Until 15 August, 2017
Dale Frank is an established contemporary Australian artist best known for his biomorphic abstract paintings. His practice has included found object-sculptures, performance installations, drawings and most recently paintings with sculptural elements. Dale Frank’s new body of work currently on view at Neon Parc consists predominantly of resin paintings, some with found objects protruding from their surfaces as sculptural elements. The expansive exhibition includes many new pieces that oscillate between extravagant lunacies, such as Guy (pictured) a large canvas with hand painted alien masks, and a more refined elegance, such as the several monochrome pieces with faint distortions embedded within the resin surfaces.
Artist: Georgina Cue
Venue: TCB Art Inc.
Dates: Until 15 July, 2017
Georgina Cue uses DIY materials such as cardboard and spray paint to create a series of large-scale stages in a suburban garage. These theatrical sets have become the background for the series of photographs presented in Stages, the artist’s new solo exhibition currently on view in the front gallery at artist-run initiative TCB Art Inc. In this new series, Cue continues her exploration of male dominated art-historical movements by referencing formal sensibilities often found in Russian constructivism and German expressionism. The artist subverts the inherent romanticism and female gaze associated with these movements by constructing images in which the artist herself features as film siren and femme fatale.
Exhibition: Greater Together
Artists: Goldin + Senneby, Clark Beaumont, Antoinette J. Citizen and Courtney Coombs, C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska, Patrick Staff,
Venue: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Dates: 8 July – 17 September 2017
Greater Together is an exhibition presented at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art exploring artistic collaboration through the practices of eight international artist projects. Annika Kristensen has curated the exhibition with projects by Australian and international artist collectives including Goldin + Senneby, Clark Beaumont, Antoinette J. Citizen and Courtney Coombs, C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska, Patrick Staff, Field Theory and Bik Van der Pol. The assembling together of these eight artist projects attempts to complicate individual notions of authorship in art practice to consider collaborative and cooperative approaches to art making, which perhaps can become deliberate and productive means of agency and solidarity in a complex and changing world.