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Interview: Georgina Cue on reality, fantasy and imagery
“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...
Five on Five: Prudence Flint on Dieric Bouts’ 'Virgin and Child'
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. Also check out other episodes with Kate Beynon, Peter Waples-Crowe, Kylie...
Five on Five: Huseyin Sami on Bernard Frize’s 'Suite Segond'
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. We'll be releasing more episodes...
Five on Five: Kylie Banyard on Dana Schutz’s 'Breastfeeding'
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. We'll be releasing more episodes of Five on Five:...
Five on Five: Peter Waples-Crowe on David Wojnarowicz’s 'Bad Moon Rising'
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. We'll be releasing more episodes of Five on Five:...
Five on Five: Kate Beynon on Remedios Varo’s 'The Creation of the Birds'
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...
Interview: Patricia Piccinini on nature, technology and realism
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
Interview: Caitlin Franzmann on listening and slowness
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...
Interview: Kenny Pittock and humour
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 and his well-loved ceramic book sculptures. Kenny Pittock is a Melbourne-based artist who works primarily in drawing and...
Interview: Arlo Mountford and being out of time
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’. The artist discusses these themes in our podcast conversation. Arlo Mountford is a Melbourne-based artist who...
Interview: Fayen d'Evie on encountering curiosity
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 in our conversation, shedding light on the overarching threads that characterise her...
Interview: Simone Slee on sculpture, vulnerability and failure
For Simone Slee the perfect sculpture is the sculpture that ‘fails’. These failures come in many guises; sometimes her works are left to the fallibility of humans, cucumbers and rocks. At other times Slee’s sculptures fail by toppling over, as weight and gravity eventually exert their influence. At the heart of these failures is an ongoing interest in the nature and the parameters of sculpture. In our conversation Slee talks about the nature of sculpture, as well as questions of failure,...
Interview: Ricky Maynard and art as evidence
Ricky Maynard isn’t solely interested in creating great pieces of art. Instead Maynard aims for what he calls “great pieces of evidence.” Since the 1980s the photographer’s practice has focused on the history, trauma and struggle of Indigenous people, capturing significant historical sites, landscapes and community figures. In this way Maynard’s practice is marked by the ongoing intent to tell the story of Aboriginal people beyond a colonial gaze. He discusses this in our conversation,...
Interview: Lindy Lee inside The Seamless Tomb
Even though Chinese-Australian artist Lindy Lee has changed and refined her art practice over time there are certain themes that continually pervade her work. These include her Chinese heritage, questions of identity and being, spiritual practices, zen buddhism, gesturing towards the cosmos, and the emotions of pain, grief and hope. We discuss these ideas in our conversation, focusing on the question that Lee poses to herself and others: “Where is your freedom?” See more at Art Guide...