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Melissa Loughnan’s Utopian Slump

Thursday, 27 September 2012 by

Melissa Loughnan is young- she is probably Australia’s youngest art gallery director. She has a great understanding of the business and she is successfully representing 15 artists- all of whom are older than her. Her gallery, the intriguingly named Utopian Slumps  juxtaposes both sides of life in art. The ups of utopia and the downs

Peter Burke trained as an artist but has really found his niche as a guerilla gallerist gate crashing the large art fairs and providing a different avenue to selling art. We bumped into him at this year’s  Melbourne Arts Fair where we discovered his coat lined with small 4cm square images on miniature stretched canvasses.

Andrew Browne’s paintings are a curious mix of realist verging on the surrealist in style and are clearly influenced by photography. His subject matter ranges from landscapes and cityscapes to nocturnal images of lights and trees. The Curator, Louise Tegart wrote about Andrew Browne: “Mysterious and highly sophisticated, the stylised paintings are based on his

Juliana, Queen of Contemporary

Thursday, 20 September 2012 by

Juliana Engberg is a self-contained artistic phenomenon.  A curator, writer, publisher and designer, Engberg is currently the artistic director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne. Juliana has stood like a beacon in the contemporary art world in Australia putting her indelible stamp on Melbourne’s ACCA- a Kunsthalle venue- a German word which

Cold War Cameras spawn art movement

Thursday, 20 September 2012 by

Russian spy cameras from the Cold War era which hark back to the analogue days of film have spawned a worldwide camera craze in art photography. It’s called Lomography! If you find more than two people doing something somewhere there’s a fair chance it will get its own branded descriptive tag. That’s how it is

A Polish take on Performance Art…

Thursday, 20 September 2012 by

Gosia Wlodarczak is a pixie sized artist with a truly unique artistic style. While she does not plan out her works with studies and preliminary drawings she definitely knows what she is doing. And her work crosses the line from abstraction to realist in a most vividly intriguing way. At a recent performance at Sydney’s

Rob McHaffie Foxtrots with Matisse

Thursday, 13 September 2012 by

Rob McHaffie takes his new show, Let’s See How We Go, infused with strong Asian and tropical influences, some religious iconography and a dash of Henri Matisse to Darren Knight in Sydney. Rob has a slightly flat 2 dimensional style  and he really mixes things up. But its also very bright and colourful. Rob draws

Works on Paper at Readings??

Thursday, 13 September 2012 by

We love art and photography books. So we ventured down to Mark Rubbo’s wonderful Readings store in Lygon St. Readings is an institution in Carlton. Mark Rubbo set up Professor Longhairs selling 12inch imported records across the road in 1969 and hasn’t ventured far in all that time. But he has built a very successful

Tony Ellwood picks a different brush

Thursday, 13 September 2012 by

Tony Ellwood, the new Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, plans to adjust the gallery’s focus to include more contemporary art along with longer term concepts for a third gallery to house them. Tony has had an incredibly busy first month in the chair at the NGV having returned to Melbourne after five very

Bob Arnold teaches film at Boston University and his Morphology of Desire, an ongoing experimental media project was part of the All You Need is Love  show at the Domaine Chandon Winery in the Yarra Valley. Curated by Bronwyn Johnson, the former Director of the Melbourne Art Fair, All You Need is Love was  a

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