“Frágil”, arte contemporáneo australiano en Ecuador

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Caroline Rothwell, Invisible. El río Amazonas, después de Thomas Wiffen

La XIII Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador) que se celebra este año lleva el título de “Impermanencia”. En su presentación curatorial, Dan Cameron reflexiona sobre un tipo de arte que habla de las inquietudes que conlleva la condición transitoria de nuestra propia existencia. Durante siglos, el arte ha estado al servicio de nuestra tendencia innata a la perpetuación pero recientemente, señala, se puede interpretar “una separación de la comunidad artística internacional en dos campos: aquellos cuya función es la de especular en la rentabilidad del arte a futuro, y aquellos que usan el arte como una herramienta para mirar el statu quo del planeta y sugerir otras posibilidades de ver el mundo para compartirlas con nuestros coetáneos.” Continue reading

barrangal dyara (skin & bones) – Jonathan Jones, the artist as historian

Jonathan Jones Sculpture

Aboriginal agriculture: Bruce Pascoe and Jonathan Jones during the first Symposium Spot Fire 1: Landscape and Language. Photo: Kaldor Public Art Projects

We are the result of our history, there is no doubt about it, but this very fact also raises many questions that don’t meet an easy answer. Should we forget the past to move forward? Or we’d rather keep it present so that it sways our actions? In this context, the idea of art as a way of historical memory has been inarguable during centuries until the irruption of Abstract art deprived critics and public of any reference to past events. At present, artists collaborate with researchers from other disciplines; historians, archaeologists, sociologists -just to mention humanist disciplines- and adopt the role of a project manager who coordinates and merges all this information as part of the final work. Continue reading

Sculpture at Scenic World 2017 Call for submissions

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Louis Pratt, Wonder, 2016. Photo by Keith Maxwell

Sculpture at Scenic World has opened the call for submissions for its 2017 exhibition. It is the most important prize in Australia for an outdoor artwork that in the 2016 edition has been increased up to 20,000 AUD. Located 100 kms from Sydney, the idyllic village of Katoomba is the main destination for all who want to admire the breathtaking views of the rock formation called The Three Sisters in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park. Scenic World, one of the oldest tourism business in New South Wales, is owned by the Hammon Family – now in their third generation, and siblings Anthea and David have brought fresh air to the company; in the last few years they have been committed to providing a extensive experience to the visitor and, at the same time, contributing to the already vibrant art scene of Katoomba. That’s why five years ago they launched the first exhibition with 26 sculptures and installations in the area of a lush rainforest. Continue reading

The Future is Already Here –It’s Just not Evenly Distributed

William Forsythe Sculpture

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, no. 2, 2013. 20th Biennale of Sydney

It is interesting to discover that the leitmotif of this year´s Biennale of Sydney has been the same that caused a strong controversy two years ago. On that occasion, the connections of the Biennale’s founding sponsor with the management of offshore detention centres provoked a boycott by several artists, thus focusing attention on the event more than ever before. This year, the word “embassy” occupies billboards, leaflets, and social media, and reminds us that, unfortunately, the question of immigration and borders still lives in news headlines around the world. Continue reading

The Seed of the Earth: A conversation with Atsuko Nakamura

Atsuko Nakamura Sculpture

The border of conscious and inconscious: Atsuko Nakamura, 2015, Japan map of 1691. Dimensions: 56 x 100 x 55 cms

The work trajectory of Atsuko Nakamura is articulated by sculpture although it also covers video and engraving. Her artistic itinerary has contrasting influences derived from her early experiences in a family devoted to traditional techniques in a preeminently natural environment and from her later studies in Architecture. Continue reading

Looking for answers on public memorials and monuments. Two proposals

Nomanslanding Sculpture

Robyn Backen, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin, Nomanslanding, 2015.
Image: Darling Harbour / Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

During this centenary of WWI (2014-2018) a great number of ceremonies and memorials are proliferating in most of Europe in remembrance of the victims of the Great War. Australia, so far away as it is from that battle ground, is not indifferent to this sad anniversary as this year they celebrate the creation, 100 years ago, of the ANZAC, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, that took part, among others, in the tragic battle of Gallipoli in Turkey where 8,000 of them died. Nowadays, Anzac Day (25th April) also remembers to all Australians that lost their lives in WWII and in subsequent military actions up to date. Continue reading

Light Matters

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965-2015. Installation view Light Show, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2015. Image courtesy and © Carlos Cruz-Diez. Photo: Maja Baska

The power of light has amazed humankind since 1879 when Edison found the way to artificially control it according our needs. Very quickly it became an indispensable part of our lives and the research to understand how it works and how to make the most of it hasn’t stopped since then. The more we know about light the more it amazes us. Light covers a wide range of fields of study from psychology of perception to high technology and it is being used both for health benefits and for less benevolent intents as torture.  Continue reading