Jeweller wins with dramatic dead deer

November 3, 2013


Julia deVille, 'Sorrow', stillborn deer, glass, antique platter, rubies 0.35ct, enamel paint. Courtesy Sophie Gannon Gallery.

I have a confession to make. I used to be a jeweller. Or perhaps I still am.  I could stand up in a meeting and say, “Hi. My name is Tracey and I’m a jeweller.” After all, once you become obsessed with detail and precision you never really get over it. Perfectionism is an addiction […]

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The Devil you know

June 22, 2013


Australia is a racist country. John Howard, who was Prime Minister at the time, publicly denied it in the wake of the 2005 Cronulla riots. Faced with the reality of xenophobic violence unfolding on the supposedly egalitarian beaches of Sydney’s suburbs, splashed across the media, his wilful denial was ludicrous. As any wannabe liar knows, […]

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Song Dong: One (Wo)man’s Trash

January 13, 2013


As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or not. In the case of Song Dong’s installation, Waste Not, the magic of transubstantiation has failed to take place. Despite all the hype, this trash is still just trash. Song Dong presents a vast array of seemingly random objects, collected by his […]

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The Post Post 2.0: on the move

August 24, 2012


Well, the poor old Post Post has been languishing. Turns out those pesky weekly deadlines are good for something besides getting paid…. They make you sit down at the computer and do the work. But now that I have finally joined the i-phone revolution (if not the generation) I’ve decided to make The Post Post […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

July 4, 2012


There is nothing quite so irritating for an artist as being told that your work reminds somebody of a piece by someone else. Happily, no one did say to me that my recent project, Plastic City, bears a striking resemblance to the current exhibition by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan. I had to tell myself. To […]

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Surprise! (Or not.) The new MCA

April 17, 2012


Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010, single channel video, duration: 24 hours. Image © the artist. Courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

OK. It’s official. I’ve been in denial for a while now, but since the MCA failed to invite me to their grand re-opening, which was surely the art scene event of the year, I’ve been forced to admit it. I’m off the A-list. It’s hardly a surprise. I haven’t written for the SMH for a […]

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Art at the Coalface of Consumerism

March 4, 2012


Ah, the annual art drought. So little to see and even less to say. But it’s March already. Time to get back to work even if it is a little post the event…. post even for The Post Post. Ironically, or perhaps completely appropriately given the fact that it was January and Sydney-siders one and […]

Posted in: The Bad