Conversations with leading Australasian and international artists & curators.
Conversations with leading Australasian and international artists & curators.
ABSTRACT EARTH: The Photography of Richard Woldendorp
Talking with Richard Woldendorp, a highly respected photographer acknowledged as Australia’s eminent practitioner of aerial photography. For almost 50 years, Woldendorp has documented the country's unique landscape from the sky. His images of the environment, taken from the air, have established a fresh visual vocabulary for the Australian landscape. Now at age 81, Richard Woldendorp has a major exhibition of his work in Sydney, presented by the National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery 20 June - 03...
John R Walker: JOURNEY THROUGH LANDSCAPE
Talking with Australian painter John R Walker. John's ten year survey, Journey Through Landscape, is showing at Sydney's SH Ervin Gallery until June 15. John's evocative descriptions of his creative process, makes for one of the most fascinating interviews I've ever recorded on the subject of painting. From the catalogue: "John R Walker has immersed himself in the Australian landscape since childhood and is now considered one of the leading practitioners in the genre. Although Walker is a...
Ted Harvey: PHOTOGRAPHING LED ZEPPELIN, 1972
The Led Zeppelin World Tour is an exhibition of documentary photographs and contemporary artworks. Rarely-seen images by freelance photographer Ted Harvey documenting Led Zeppelin's legendary 1972 Sydney concert feature in this exhibition. I spoke with Ted on site at Sydney's SH Ervin Gallery, where the exhibition is running from 19 Jan-2 March 2008. In this 35 minute interview, Ted speaks in-depth of his experience photographing Led Zeppelin in concert, meeting the guys in Sydney's...
Jonathan Jones and Ruark Lewis: HOMELAND ILLUMINATIONS
Drawing on the rich cultural history of the CarriageWorks building, the surrounding suburb of Redfern and his grandfather's heritage as a labourer, Jonathan Jones collaborates with Ruark Lewis to create a striking installation piece from raw materials, mounted lighting, and reconfigured text. Ruark: "We have designed this work as a lightly installed architectural installation. It is a floor work almost 7m long. Each of the 40 coloured planks are inscribed with descriptions of the wool...
Amanda Penrose Hart : NEW PAINTINGS
Talking with artist Amanda Penrose Hart about her exhibition, New Painitngs, at the King Street Gallery in Sydney's Darlinghurst. Travelling in her portable studio, a classic Aussie ute, Amanda discovers and paints exquisite landscapes in oil, depiciting the parched brown hills and valleys of the central west in New South Wales. In 2006, Amanda was an artist-in-residence at Haefliger's Cottage in the historic mining town of Hill End. Like many Australian artists before her, including Russell...
Pia Larsen: SINE WAVES
Talking to Pia Larsen on site at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern, Sydney. In her exhibition, 'Sine Waves', we discover that Pia is pushing the envelope of 'printmaking' right into the realm of sculpture, and scultpure into the realm of the wearable. From the artist's statement: The work in the exhibition, ‘Sine Waves,’ consists of wearable objects in metal, shaped prints in colour, and corporeal ‘LP’s’ ‘playing’ on customized turntables. Apertures and swirling lines appear within the...
Guy Benfield: MAXIMUM COMMUNE
Maximum Commune (Ugly Business... on the basis of disbelief.) Talking with Australian New York based artist Guy Benfield, about his performance installation work Maximum Commune, part of the Aftermath: Performance Installation series curated by Blair French at Sydney's ART SPACE gallery, right next to the harbour. With the USS Kitty Hawk moored across the street, Guy walked and talked us through his unique work and world. "Maximum Commune... utilises the cultural model of the 'pavilion'...
Roderick Hietbrink: VIVARIUM
"Roderick Hietbrink is a Rotterdam-based artist working with sound and video installation. His work is grounded in the study of urban architecture, resulting in experiential, transformative environments developed in response to specific urban landscapes. Vivarium is a new work produced in the period of Hietbrink’s three-month Artspace Studio Residency in Sydney, and features landscapes near and around Sydney. As in previous works, Vivarium continues to explore issues around nature and the...
Ms and Mr : HEAVY SENTIMENTAL
Love Cats! Chatting with the first couple of Australian contemporary art, the very personable Ms and Mr. Between films at the Sydney Film Fest I slipped into the Kaliman Gallery in Paddington to check out the exhibition HEAVY SENTIMENTAL, and to ruminate on the nature of love, childhood, and the eternal goth spirit of the Cure's Robert Smith, inhabiting the souls of both 11 yr old Ms, and 29 yr old Mr. "Ms & Mr is the team of Richard and Stephanie Nova Milne, an exploration of both art...
Anselm Keifer: APERIATUR TERRA
Tony Bond, Head of International Art at the Art Gallery of NSW, discusses the epic exhibition, Anslem Keifer: APERIATUR TERRA. Tony & I wander through the 5 spaces within the AGNSW housing the exhibition, talking about the great German artist, the themes he explores, the construction of the works themselves, and the challenging logistical issues surrounding the presentation of Keifer's huge but delicate works. A remarkable insight into this artist. From the AGNSW site: "Anselm Kiefer is...
Ian Bettinson and Dr. John Bennett: LAND
Two English gentlemen of the desert. Recorded on site at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in Sutherland, Sydney. On a perfect Autumn afternoon, I spoke with artist Ian Bettinson & poet Dr. John Bennett about Ian’s current exhibition LAND, and about desert ecology & history in general. Ian is twice winner of Australia’s most prestigious landscape award, the Wynne Prize, as well as the inaugural Country Energy Art Prize. John is a highly regarded poet, academic, and eco-philosopher.
Lynne Roberts-Goodwin: RANDOM ACTS
Recorded on location at Sherman Galleries Paddington, during the run of Lynne’s recent exhibition RANDOM ACTS. From the Sherman Gallery web site: Lynne Roberts-Goodwin’s work is grounded in a deep concern for nature & humanity. Her strategic partnerships with industrial and scientific communities underpin photographic artworks relating to endangered species and their environments that transcend geographical representation...’Roberts-Goodwin is constantly investigating the possibilities...
A 30 minute conversation with renowned artist John Wolseley, discussing his life and work in Australia. John arrived from England in 1976, & was immediately struck by the environment of this ancient continent. As an artist, the Australian landscape gave John exactly what he was looking for. For thirty years John has travelled extensively throughout Australia & the Asia-Pacific region creating his detailed art works. I spoke with John at the Art Gallery of NSW, during the recent exhibition...
Chris O'Doherty aka Reg Mombassa
A 40 minute conversation with artist, musician, renaissance man Chris O'Doherty aka Reg Mombassa. Chris is perhaps best known for his vibrant design work for surf street wear label Mambo, and for his Mental as Anything alter ego Reg Mombassa. However, Chris has been painting his own unique vision of the Australasian landscape since the early 1970s. The interview takes place at Sydney's SH Ervin Gallery, where Chris takes us on a personal tour of his 30 year retrospective. By turns funny,...
The Everlasting World of Martin Sharp
A 40 minute conversation with Australia's leading Pop Artist Martin Sharp. Martin discusses his life & career, from comics & Oz Magazine in mid 60s Sydney, to hanging out with Cream in swinging London, muse Tiny Tim, the tradgedy of Luna Park, friendship with Gulpilil, commitment to Indigenous reconciliation, & faith. A remarkable life, a remarkable man & artist.
Ben Bohane, photographer: Spirit & War in Melanesia
A 30 minute conversation with Ben Bohane, an Australian photojournalist working in Melanesia, covering skirmishes and the spirit world in the region.