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Jeweller wins with dramatic dead deer

November 3, 2013


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Surprise! (Or not.) The new MCA

April 17, 2012


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 […]

Acts of Kindness: Nice Idea. But …

October 15, 2011


Not all good ideas make good art works. Michael Landy’s Acts of Kindness, the latest Kaldor Public Art Project, is a case in point. Highlighting unexpected moments of generosity and compassion between strangers is a nice idea; what’s not to love? In a culture driven by the mantra, “Me, me, me” Landy has managed to […]

When is new old and old new?

June 22, 2011


  What is new media? In Unguided Tours: Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts 2011, the term seems to embrace digital animation, digitally composited photos, motorised sculpture and little videos surrounded by lots of bits of stuff. None of this seems terribly new, which poses the other obvious question: when does new […]

Déjà vu All Over Again

December 5, 2010


When I stepped into Kate Scardifield’s solo exhibition, The Whole and the Sum of its Parts, I was overcome by a sense of déjà vu and not just because I’d seen her work exhibited before. Looking at Scardifield’s life-sized silhouettes of women, cut from fabric and sticky vinyl, I couldn’t help thinking: Sally Smart anyone? […]