Acts of Kindness: Nice Idea. But …

October 15, 2011

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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 […]

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Oh MONA

August 12, 2011

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MONA. The excavated sandstone wall was as impressive as the art. Photo: T. Clement.

I finally made it down to Hobart to visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Even though it only opened in January, to hear people talk, it seems just about everyone in Sydney has already made the trek south: this private museum appears to be single-handedly re-invigorating Hobart as a tourist destination. And […]

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Tell me a Story: Michele Beevors

July 12, 2011

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I went to an exhibition opening last week, without knowing the name of either the show or the artist. I’d been intrigued by the image on the invite, a floppy, knitted skeleton splayed in disarray. And the work did not disappoint. Curious enough to wonder what the titles were, I asked the artist (Michele Beevors […]

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When is new old and old new?

June 22, 2011

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David Haines and Joyce Hinterding The outlands 2011, production still. Courtesy of the artists and BREENSPACE, Sydney

  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 […]

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Kurt Schranzer: The Great Walls

May 22, 2011

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Kurt Schranzer, 'Palace Wall', 2008–2010, acid catalysed varnish, wood veneers, medium density fibreboard, plywood, welded aluminium frame, 210 x 120 x 6 cm. Fabrication with Josef Schranzer.

“It takes one to know one!” is a classic schoolyard retaliatory tactic. It’s a defensive response to a variety of taunts, used to best effect when flung back immediately with vitriolic sass. But it can also be an accurate observation. When I say Kurt Schranzer is a perfectionist, you can believe it. After all, it […]

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1+1=1

March 24, 2011

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I haven’t been posting very regularly of late. I know. There I go again, stating the obvious. However, I thought you all deserved an explanation. I’ve been busy getting ready for my own solo show, 1+1=1. I won’t go on about it since The Post Post motto is, “No previews, promos or propaganda.” But don’t […]

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Lucas Grogan: Men Behaving Badly

February 27, 2011

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Captions: Lucas Grogan, ‘X DISARM X 12’, ink, watercolour and acrylic on matt board, 32.5 x 24.5cm, 2011. Courtesy: Iain Dawson Gallery.

Lucas Grogan’s Black + Blue paintings have been billed as “dangerous”. Don’t believe the hype. Initially they do seem provocative. At first glance, Grogan seems to have appropriated painting styles usually reserved for Indigenous artists in Arnhem Land. But on closer inspection, his blue and white ovals have as much in common with Willow Pattern […]

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