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Charlie Sheard, Absolute Abstraction Exhibition

Charlie Sheard: Absolute Abstraction

Sydney Morning Herald
3 August 2019
John McDonald

Left: Charlie Sheard, 'Green Painting', 2015-18.

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"Absolute Abstraction is an uncompromising title for an uncompromising show at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. So far removed is this event from the laidback norms of Australian painting that it would surely read better in German: Absolute Abstraktion. That hard ‘k’ makes all the difference."

Read online: https://www.johnmcdonald.net.au/2019/charlie-sheard-absolute-abstraction/


'Charlotte Bakker sees synchronicity between music and sculpture'

Art Guide Australia
12 July 2019
Tracey Clement

Left: Charlotte Bakker, 'Intermezzo', 2018, steel and timber, 38 x 41 x 35cm.

Although she is not a musician, sculptor Charlotte Bakker says music is a vital part of her practice. “I see great synchronicity between music and sculpture in terms of form, harmony and rhythm,” she explains. “Rhythm is the connecting thread for me. Rhythm exists in music, in sculpture, in the human body: magnificently, in all the natural world.”

Read online: https://artguide.com.au/charlotte-bakker-sees-synchronicity-between-music-and-sculpture


'Al Munro: Turning mathematical codes into textiles'

Art Guide Australia
10 July 2019
Andrew Stephens

Left: Al Munro, 'Yellow Grid Disturbance' (2018) at Craft ACT for 'Patten Translation' (11 July - 31 August)

"With an enduring interest in textiles, Canberra-based artist Al Munro has in the past made paintings based on their pattern. More recently she has been experimenting with a more extended form of translation by transferring the content of those paintings back into textiles 'to see what happens.' Like a game of whispers, things change along the way, and unexpected elements emerge."



The Shortlist

Sydney Morning Herald
21 June, 2019

Award-winning lighting designer Sim Steel hosts a solo exhibition, 6300, at May Space in which all works were taken on an old Nokia 6300 camera phone.



Two of Us with Simon Tedeschi and Loribelle Spirovski

The Sydney Morning Herald
16 June 2018
Jane Albert

Left: "I was intrigued"

Pianist Simon Tedeschi, 37, is married to Loribelle Spirovski, 28, a visual artist and art teacher who has twice been a finalist in the Archibald Prize. Having a partner who understands performance anxiety helps them both.

SIMON: I am very introverted and, to this day, a lot of my friendships are virtual. I saw my relationship with Loribelle occupying similar terrain. In 2015 she'd posted on Facebook a very dark painting of a young male. I thought it was extraordinary; it reminded me of Shostakovich's music. I was intrigued.

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Read online: https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/two-of-us-with-simon-tedeschi-and-loribelle-spirovski-i-was-intrigued-20180612-p4zkyb.html


'Testing our common bonds'

Art Guide Australia
12 April 2019
Jane O'Sullivan

Left: Atong Atem, 'Ajok', 2015, photographic digital print

'Welch found it deeply unsettling, particularly the way it spoke about Australia as a multicultural country but omitted mentioning the “difficulties that lots of different people from lots of different backgrounds face here.”'

Read online: https://artguide.com.au/testing-our-common-bonds


Our Common Bond Exhibition featured in SMH

The Shortlist

Sydney Morning Herald
12 April 2019

Drawing inspiration from the Australian citizenship test booklet, group exhibition Our Common Bond explores the brutal truths that the citizenship test fails to address, that of our First Nations peoples. Olivia Welch has curated works that explore Australia's history and current attitudes towards the country's diverse population.



The Shortlist

Sydney Morning Herald
29 March 2019

Yawning on the toilet, soaking in the bathtub or pondering life over a cigarette: these brief moments of pause are the focus of Dai Li's sculpture exhibition, A Moment's Silence. They depict the slight changes in body language and facial expression that occur when we lose ourselves to everyday thoughts.



Our Common Bond

Art Almanac
April 2019
Emma-Kate Wilson

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Why is there a prefix on Australian-ness? Why is identity predicated on where we came from?
To see who feels welcome, and who does not, it can be as simple as opening a magazine or turning on the TV.

In the exhibition, Our Common Bond at MAY SPACE, Sydney, Olivia Welch curates the works of a talented mix of Australian artists from Jason Phu to Amala Groom, Dean Cross, Pamela Leung, Siying Zhou, Atong Atem, Lara Chamas and Duha Ali who explore what it means to be Australian, and why there is such a fixation on trying to define what that means.

Read online: https://www.art-almanac.com.au/our-common-bond/


National Art School celebrates drawing with public events

National Art School celebrates drawing with public events

Daily Telegraph
24/03/2019

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Preview: Darren Gannon

Art Guide
March/April 2019
Andrew Stephens

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Spending most of his life on the coastal fringes of Sydney's south, Darren Gannon would, as a younger man, head further south for surfing trips with mates. He loved those years of sleeping on isolated hilltops and gazing lovingly at landscapes that are now embedded in his consciousness.



Nicole Welch

Artist Profile
20 February 2019

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Artist Profile chats to Nicole Welch about the dualities of endurance and surrender, urbanity and rurality, life and death, that interlace her media-based practice, as the artist prepares for her exhibition at MAY SPACE, Sydney.

Read online: http://www.artistprofile.com.au/nicole-welch/