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troublemag | February 19, 2017

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Listing State Victoria

LOT 19

19 McShanag Drive , Castlemaine 3450 (off Langslow Street)

Lot 19 is an evolving artspace in the central highlands of Victoria with studio spaces, an outdoor stage, a contemporary art gallery which also presents excellent music, marionette theatre, performance, and film, and an outdoor sculpture park.

Manningham Art Gallery

Manningham City Square (MC²), 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108

The Pet Project
Until Saturday 17 December

An exhibition of work by students and tutors of the Manningham Art Studios inspired by our best friends and favourite hobbies.

Sunday 18 December 2016 – Tuesday 9 February 2017

McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park

390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin 3910

Art Inspired By Animals
20 November 2016 – 19 February 2017

Human/Animal/Artist: Art Inspired by Animals is a beautiful and innovative exhibition which includes a diverse range of established and emerging contemporary artists who emulate, incorporate or refer to the works of animals, whether nest, web, hive, shelter, structure, design, trace, song or dance. It explores how the exquisite, elaborate and sophisticated works of certain animals can have a direct, fecund and illuminating relationship with contemporary art.

The artists include international and local sculptors, painters, photographers, video-makers, installation and performance artists, and musicians.

Lauren Berkowitz, Catherine Chalmers (USA), Catherine Clover, Joe Japanangka James, Nicholas Mangan, Vera Möller, Samuel Namunjdja, Sean Peoples, Elizabeth Presa, David Rothenberg (USA), Sandra Selig, Tai Snaith, Jason deCaires Taylor (UK), Esme Timbery, Greg Mosquito, Louise Weaver, Shona Wilson, Watarru Collaborative, John Wolseley.

Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)

860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill 3150

Dutch masters of light: Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf
22 October to 4 December 2016

Featuring works by the internationally acclaimed Dutch photographers, Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf. Inspired by the moody manipulation of light and shadow that characterises the paintings of Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, these photographers create emotionally charged portraits that draw attention to the liminal nature of contemporary life.

This exhibition is part of a series of events that mark the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia. On 25 October 1616, Dirk Hartog made landfall with his ship the Eendracht at Dirk Hartog Island, in the Shark Bay area.

Glamour stakes: Martin Parr
22 October 2016 to 4 December 2016

Magnum photographer Martin Parr has an international reputation as a photographer, filmmaker and curator.

His series Luxury is comprised of images taken between 1993 and 2009 in multiple destinations around the world. While creating this series, Parr photographed what he describes as ‘situations where people are comfortable showing off their wealth’, such as art fairs, car shows and horse races. The images in this series are indicative of Parr’s practice in that they document leisure and consumption and highlight the unintentional, awkward and often ugly sides of beauty, fashion and wealth.

Glamour stakes: Martin Parr shows a selection of works from Parr’s Luxury series and focuses specifically on his images of horse racing events around the world. The majority of works in this exhibition were taken at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in 2008.

Beyond Eden: Polixeni Papapetrou
22 October to 4 December 2016

Polixeni Papapetrou is one of Australia’s most well-known contemporary photographers whose career spans 30 years.

This exhibition brings together three of Papapetrou’s most recent series: ‘Lost psyche’ (2014), ‘It’s all about me’ (2016) and ‘Eden’ (2016). Each of these studio-based series explores concerns that have long been central to her practice, including role-play, performance and identity, as well as the history of art, mythology and religion. Furthermore, the works in this exhibition focus on Papapetrou’s explorations of the transitional stages of life, particularly the loss (and persistence) of childhood.

Hours: Tues – Fri 10am to 5pm, Sat – Sun 12 to 5pm, Closed Mon.

Monash University Museum of Art

MUMA, Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145

Life Inside an Image
1 October – 10 December 2016
Opening Function October 8, 3-5pm.

A group exhibition featuring Matthew Buckingham, Gerard Byrne, Melvin Moti, Fiona Pardington, Elizabeth Price, Amie Siegel, and Judy Watson.

MUMA’s new exhibition ‘Life inside an Image’, presented in association with Melbourne Festival, brings together seven contemporary artists from six different countries whose work engages with significant cultural collections including the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersberg, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the British Museum in London.

The exhibition explores the function of the museum in relation to the camera. Museums, like cameras, preserve, frame and index the world. Both attempt to arrest beings, objects and environments into conditions of stasis. In so doing, museums also translate objects (whether artworks, ancient tools, mineral samples or taxidermied animals) into documents – official texts that evidence natural and cultural histories. Like photographs, they bear witness.

Many of the artists in the exhibition return to the origins of photography as a way of grappling with contemporaneity, sensing that photography – as a practice and medium – is in a critical historical moment.

National Gallery of Victoria, NGV International

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3000

David Hockney: Current
Until 13 March 2017

The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, ‘David Hockney: Current’. The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features over 1200 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never-before-seen in Australia – including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

Exhibition highlights include more than 600 extraordinary and sometimes animated iPad digital drawings of still life compositions, self-portraits and large-scale landscapes including scenes of Yosemite National Park. Another highlight is ‘The Four Seasons, Woldgate Woods’, a breath-taking and immersive video work showcasing the changing landscape of Hockney’s native Yorkshire, each season comprised of nine high-definition screens. A dedicated 35-metre long gallery lined with more than 80 recently painted acrylic portrait paintings of the artist’s family, friends and notable subjects including artists John Baldessari and Barry Humphries is also a major highlight.

Arguably Britain’s greatest living painter, David Hockney, 79, works prolifically, experimenting and mastering new technologies, creating works on iPhone, iPad and in video. The exhibition includes ‘Bigger Trees Near Warter’, Hockney’s largest painting comprised of fifty oil on canvas panels, and the centrepiece of Hockney’s hugely popular exhibition ‘Bigger Picture’ at the Royal Academy, London which he subsequently gifted to the Tate. Transforming the gallery, the three remaining walls of this space display 1:1 digital versions of the same work, the first time that this major work has been exhibited in Australia.

Hockney’s continued investigation into multi-point perspective is represented by ‘The Jugglers’, an 18-screen, twenty-two minute video that depicts the artist in a room of performers, injecting Hockney’s signature playfulness into the exhibition. Again utilising technology to reveal a study in perspective, Hockney’s ‘Seven Yorkshire Landscapes’ is a 12 minute multi-viewpoint video displayed on 18 tiled, 55-inch monitors which monumentally showcases the extraordinary landscape.

Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with Gregory Evans of David Hockney Inc.

Major Supporters: The Bonnici Family, Joan Clemenger AO and Peter Clemenger AO, and Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and the Campbell-Pretty Family.

Ticket Prices From $10

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National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne 3000

Until 19 February

‘Architecture of Faith’ is a unique exhibition providing an in-depth exploration of the new Australian Islamic Centre at Hobsons Bay, Melbourne, designed by renowned Australian architect Glenn Murcutt.

Murcutt and Melbourne practice Elevli Plus worked with the Newport Islamic Council for nearly a decade on the creation of a contemporary Australian mosque and Islamic centre. Importantly, this significant building has been funded and built by members of the local community.

The Australian Islamic Centre sets out to define a new architectural language for contemporary Australian Islam, challenging our assumptions of historical architectural typologies and aesthetics. At the same time as respecting the fundamental principles and requirements of Islamic architecture, Murcutt has pushed beyond the semiotic language of the traditional mosque, reimagining its geometry, colours, materiality and spatial organisation to create an accessible contemporary place of worship, learning and community.

The new Australian Islamic Centre represents a progressive vision for architecture as a tool for cultural expression and enabler of intercultural dialogue in a tolerant multicultural society.

Free entry.

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RMIT Gallery

344 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000

Morbis Artis: Diseases of the Arts
17 November 2016 – 18 February 2017

Morbis Artis explores the radical conjunction between the biomolecular and the artistic, and the thin doorway between life and death housed within discourses of disease.

What constitutes life, what counts as a sentient being, and who gets to determine what lives are saved, punished, exploited and destroyed?

Composed of eleven separate but connected installation works, Morbis Artis explores the question of organic life through particular artistic lenses, each taking on the moniker of disease to represent and embody the issues that challenge bare life today.

Drawing upon Frances Stracey, the artists working on this exhibition consider Bio-art to represent ‘a crossover of art and the biological sciences, with living matter, such as genes, cells or animals, as its new media’.

“Just as disease leaks its way into all matter and anti-matter, so does our understanding of the biological in the age of species and habitus destruction,” said co-curator Sean Redmond.

“Disease as metaphor and viral and toxic threat is employed to both condition our responses to non-human life, illness, and to regulate the way we inhabit both professional life and everyday encounters.

“Of course, what counts as the human condition in the age of augmentation is also pertinent. There is a frightening collision, then, between the possibilities and limitations of human and non-human life.”

Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery

Horseshoe Bend, Swan Hill 3585

Deborah Kelly
No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory)
2 December – 22 January

No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) is an epic life-sized portrait project, initially commissioned for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014). The 20 photographic portraits have evolved into intriguing collage works through the collaborative creativity of teams of public participants over the course of many months. Conceived and organised by artist Deborah Kelly, the work continues to unfold throughout its tour of regional galleries and museums around Australia.

For the better part of three decades, Kelly has created a prolific body of mixed-media artworks that are at once unexpected, humorous, provocative, and profound. Often politically motivated, Kelly’s artworks explore ideas of power in all its manifestations, negotiating racial, sexual and religious prejudices and histories.

The Johnston Collection exhibition-house

The Johnston Collection exhibition-house

‘RETURN TO THE CITY’ | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2016
Monday 3 October 2016 – Tuesday 31 January 2017

New works commissioned from some of Melbourne’s best contemporary makers are presented in ‘RETURN TO THE CITY’ | Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2016.

‘RETURN TO THE CITY’ includes artists collectives Hotham Street Ladies, The GLAD Rappers and The Melbourne Tapestry Weavers Collective and individual artists Anne Bolitho, Lewis Brownlie, ChiliPhilly, Amanda Dziedzic, Sai-Wai Foo, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Abbey Rich, Robyn Rich, Sharron Okines, Louise Saxton and Ellen Sorensen.

‘RETURN TO THE CITY’ includes:

• a royal icing installation by the Hotham Street Ladies who have transformed the Green Room into ‘a night after’ scene from an imaginary party hosted by William Johnston in the 1960s.

• an installation by textile artist ChiliPhilly featuring crochet hats and a portrait of William Johnston and his friend Ahmed, in the Blue Room.

• works by artist Louise Saxton, who creates stunning pieces from reclaimed needlework, along with the whimsical sculptural paper works of artist Sai-Wai Foo, featuring in the Bedroom

• architectural illustrator Lewis Brownlee, has made his mark in The Study with his distinctive intricate line-work, this time in wire

• Painter Robyn Rich, textile designer Abbey Rich, printmaker Sharron Okines, and ceramicist Irianna Kanellopoulou have installed their pieces inspired by objects in the Collection in the White Room

• The GLAD Rappers have turned up and yarn bombed the Yellow Room

• artist Amanda Dziedzic is showing her exquisite glass vegetables in the Kitchen

The commissioned work is displayed against the back-drop of William Johnston’s extraordinary collection of Regency, Georgian and Louis XV furniture, paintings, ceramics and objet d’art arranged in a domestic setting. William Johnston (1911–1986) was a prominent 20th century antique dealer and collector who bequeathed his former residence, Fairhall, and collection to the people of Victoria.

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