Tag: video installations

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Ink Remix & Mikhael Subotzky

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Mention Chinese art and most people think of brush-and-ink painting, a medium that has been around for at least 2,000 years. The image that springs to mind is of a craggy mountain with a sprinkling of equally contorted trees. The scene may be wreathed in mist, with a tiny sage perched on a ledge. In […]

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Shaun Gladwell

Saturday, March 14th, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Watching the inexorable rise of Shaun Gladwell over the past decade makes me feel like the only teetotaler at a drunken party. After absorbing many hours of video, I still don’t get it. When everyone was gasping about Storm Sequence (2000) – a slow-motion film of Gladwell on a skateboard, I thought it was stupefying. […]

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It would be fascinating to try and understand why some cultures are fixated on one artform more than others. The period we call the Golden Age in the Netherlands, which spanned the 17th century, produced one of history’s greatest flowerings of the visual arts but little in the way of notable literature or music. Britain, […]

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Richard Mosse & William Kentridge

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Although the world is in colour, many photojournalists see it in black-and-white. When a photographer seeks to capture the brutality of a war or the pathos of its victims, colour is often seen as a distraction. The very absence of colour seems to symbolise the unbridgeable gulf between the world depicted in such images and […]

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Perth Festival

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

With the mercury touching 40 degrees for days on end, a major attraction of the art component this year’s Perth Festival was its display in air-conditioned rooms. ‘Light’ was the overarching theme of the festival shows, although it was a relief to get out of the glare of the sun into an environment where illumination […]

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Candice Breitz: The Character

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It’s hard to stand out from the crowd in an exhibition such as the Venice Biennale, in which hundreds, possibly thousands of works are competing for the attentions of the cognoscenti. If you manage this feat, your career prospects as contemporary artist take a sharp turn to the north. Candice Breitz was born in Johannesburg […]