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Conversations with Curators: David Hurlston on curating Australian art

9/12/2019
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For David Hurlston curating is both a conceptual and physical process: he’s concerned with how viewers move through gallery spaces and how they read artworks. “It’s just about making a really tangible and interesting and educative experience, and I think that happens in the real world, in the real space,” he says. Having been a curator at the National Gallery of Victoria for over 25 years, David Hurlston’s name is synonymous with the curatorial field of Australian art. While his current role...

Duration:00:30:09

Conversations with Curators: Andy Butler on life as an independent curator

8/20/2019
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“Not only is it exhibition making,” says independent curator Andy Butler when talking of his curatorial practice, “I think it’s advocacy in a lot of ways for particular artists’ practices, for the arts more broadly, for particular ideas that you want to see circulate within the contemporary art world and contemporary art discourse.” Along with being an independent curator, Butler is a Filipino-Australian writer and artist who continuously looks at the dynamics of power, systemic racism and...

Duration:00:27:09

Conversations with Curators: Nici Cumpston on relationships and conversations

8/6/2019
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“Each curator is unique like every artist is unique, I believe,” says Nici Cumpston, who holds the dual positions of Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia and artistic director of TARNATHI. Not to mention that Cumpston, a Barkindji woman of Afghan and European descent, is also an artist, educator and writer. In this podcast, the second of four episodes which focus on contemporary curating, Cumpston discusses how for her curating is a...

Duration:00:32:31

Conversations with Curators: Anna Davis on collaboration and experimentation

7/24/2019
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Duration:00:29:05

Podcast: Gemma Smith on the persuasion of colour

5/8/2019
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Colour is simultaneously the most apparent and most complex part of Gemma Smith’s practice. The artist, who has a penchant for abstraction, creates paintings that capture dialogues and interactions between colours. Smith doesn’t paint with colour; she persuades colour. In this podcast she discusses her explorations into colour and form, her process in the studio, her penchant towards abstraction, and what she has learnt about painting from almost two decades of explorations into colour,...

Duration:00:23:57

Fiona Abicare on the adventures of mediums

3/7/2019
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The contexts that Fiona Abicare has worked within are plentiful: the Golden Age of Hollywood, the shabby chic aesthetic and objects of mass culture, just to name a few. Working with locations such as window shop fronts and gallery settings, the Melbourne-based artist’s work explores the cultural and personal associations and histories we have with various sites, objects and historical periods; creating works that blend art, design, architecture, film and fashion. As Fiona explains in the...

Duration:00:28:53

Gunybi Ganambarr on creating, building and etching

12/5/2018
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Since embarking on a creative path only a mere 15 years ago, Yolŋu artist Gunybi Ganambarr has been continuously praised for his weaving of Indigenous forms and traditional stories with a contemporary sensibility. He has been called a “revolutionary”, “genius” and “an innovator”, and has accumulated many accolades, including the 2018 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA). But as Ganambarr explains in the podcast conversation, visual art was not the first form he...

Duration:00:11:46

Luke Scholes on curating, caring and collaborating

10/30/2018
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When Luke Scholes talks about being a curator, he turns toward the origins of his role: he discusses how curating means to be ‘a carer of things’. For Scholes, this largely involves caring for art collections, through his role as Curator of Aboriginal Art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). In this podcast Scholes unpacks his curatorial work, revealing how his position falls across three broad areas: facilitating the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

Duration:00:22:21

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington on being a conduit

10/3/2018
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Glenn Iseger-Pilkington likes to joke that he’s an “arts handyman”. Yet the phrase does have merit: he’s an artist and writer and has held various curatorial roles at the South Australian Museum, Western Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Nowadays, he’s the lead consultant at Gee Consultancy, where he works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers. In this podcast Glenn, a Yamatji Nyoongar man from Western Australia with Dutch and Scottish...

Duration:00:27:09

Interview: Georgina Cue on reality, fantasy and imagery

8/14/2018
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“I think the challenge with all of the disparate references is not that it’s difficult for all of them to come together. I think that the challenge is not to make the photograph too derivative of one reference, because then I’m just recreating something that already exists." Georgina Cue’s large-scale, staged photographs bring together many disparate references ranging from film noir, German Expressionism, femme fatales, graffiti, classical Greek aesthetics and contemporary sportswear. In...

Duration:00:29:18

Five on Five: Prudence Flint on Dieric Bouts’ 'Virgin and Child'

8/9/2018
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In this first series of Five on Five we're asking five painters to speak about a painting that has influenced, inspired or resonated with them. In this episode Prudence Flint reflects on 'Virgin and Child' (1455-60) by Dieric Bouts, discussing how she’s drawn toward the maternal and erotic nature of the painting, alongside its nostalgic resonance. To view the painting as you listen along, head to Art Guide online:...

Duration:00:04:46

Five on Five: Huseyin Sami on Bernard Frize’s 'Suite Segond'

8/2/2018
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In this first series of Five on Five we're asking five painters to speak about a painting that has influenced, inspired or resonated with them. In this episode Huseyin Sami reflects upon 'Suite Segond' (1980) by French artist Bernard Frize. In particular, Sami is intrigued by Frize’s lifelong dedication to painting and how the artist has continuously worked through the problems of painting. To view the painting as you listen along, head to Art Guide online:...

Duration:00:05:28

Five on Five: Kylie Banyard on Dana Schutz’s 'Breastfeeding'

7/26/2018
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In this first series of Five on Five we're asking five painters to speak about a painting that has influenced, inspired or resonated with them. In this episode Kylie Banyard reflects on Breast-feeding (2015) by American artist Dana Schutz. In particular, Banyard is captivated by the image's “yuck yum” qualities and its depiction of the maternal experience of breastfeeding. To view the painting as you listen along, head to Art Guide online:...

Duration:00:06:47

Five on Five: Peter Waples-Crowe on David Wojnarowicz’s 'Bad Moon Rising'

7/19/2018
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In this first series of Five on Five we're asking five painters to speak about a painting that has influenced, inspired or resonated with them. In this episode Peter Waples-Crowe reflects upon 'Bad Moon Rising' (1989) by David Wojnarowicz. In particular, Waples-Crowe is captured by Wojnarowicz’s symbolism, his aids’ activism and the queer politics underlying his imagery. To view the painting as you listen along, head to Art Guide online:...

Duration:00:07:09

Five on Five: Kate Beynon on Remedios Varo’s 'The Creation of the Birds'

7/12/2018
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In this first series of Five on Five we're asking five painters to speak about a painting that has influenced, inspired or resonated with them. In this episode Kate Beynon reflects on 'The Creation of the Birds' (1958) by Spanish artist Remedios Varo. Beynon is captivated by Varo’s hybrid owl-woman and her spiritual presence, which in turn inspired Beynon’s blue shaman, a guardian figure that appears throughout Beynon’s work. To view the painting as you listen along, head to Art Guide...

Duration:00:06:39

Interview: Patricia Piccinini on nature, technology and realism

5/15/2018
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What is our relationship to nature and each other? Well-known for her hybrid creatures that shift between the beautiful and the grotesque, in this conversation Patricia Piccinini discusses questions of empathy, genetics and realism, and how we understand the concept of nature. The artist also discusses her exhibition at QAGOMA, 'Curious Affection'. See more at Art Guide Australia online: https://artguide.com.au/podcast-patricia-piccininis-curious-affection

Duration:00:29:45

Interview: Caitlin Franzmann on listening and slowness

3/27/2018
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When artist Caitlin Franzmann discusses the larger ideals behind her art practice, she mentions the ambition of “invoking what is bigger than ourselves.” The artist looks at the fluid links between spirituality, ritual practices, and contemporary art. In this interview she discusses these ideas, and explains how the two sensibilities of slowness and intimacy infuse her work, at both a personal and collective level. Caitlin Franzmann is a prominent Brisbane-based interdisciplinary artist who...

Duration:00:26:20

Interview: Kenny Pittock and humour

3/8/2018
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The punch lines found in Kenny Pittock’s work are almost endless. An illustration of a double power point becomes the ‘power couple’, while a drawing of a giant foot carries the tagline ‘good things are a foot’. Pittock’s work is relatable and commands us to look at the minutiae of every life. In this conversation Pittock talks about the organic use of humour in his work, how he didn't attend an art gallery until senior school, and his well-loved ceramic book sculptures. Kenny Pittock is a...

Duration:00:22:59

Interview: Arlo Mountford and being out of time

2/21/2018
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An empty black speech bubble, borrowed from Roy Lichtenstein, hangs above the heads of gallery goers. An androgynous figure visits an exhibition in outer space. A few well-known artists meet disastrous endings. These are just some of the scenes we encounter across Arlo Mountford’s work, which centres on questions of time, history, the Western art canon and the concept of the ‘new’. In this episode Arlo talks through his sense of time and history, and what being 'out of time' might mean. Arlo...

Duration:00:16:11

Interview: Fayen d'Evie on encountering curiosity

2/7/2018
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The work of artist Fayen d’Evie is motivated by, as she says, “an interest and curiosity about how we encounter the world, about how we understand it, about how we talk about it, about how we remember it..." With her practice spanning writing, publishing, sound, performance and touch-based works, d’Evie explores questions of materiality, embodiment, knowledge and translation. d'Evie discusses these themes, shedding light on the overarching threads that characterise her practice. See more at...

Duration:00:28:12