IN SPACE NO ON CAN HEAR YOU COLLECT ROCKS:
23rd October – 29th November 2014
Opening Night: Thursday 23rd October 6-8pm
Rohan Wealleans, Palaver of Peril, 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm
New Zealand artist Rohan Wealleans creates paintings and sculptures comprised of multitudinous layers of house paint that are then incised to reveal the multi-coloured excavations beneath. The resulting paint chips generated by this process often become art objects in their own right. For Mailbox, they are presented as specimen-like curiosities, and as body adornments in photographs featuring Wealleans-styled naked alien babes. Part ‘geologist’, part voyeur, Wealleans always inhabits multiple guises.
Curated by Serena Bentley.
Rohan Wealleans is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland; Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
MAILBOX is an Artist Run Initiative 141-143 Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA
Entry intoTsai Ming-Liang’s ‘Stray Dogs at the Museum’ exhibition at MoNTUE; totally overrun by fragrant foliage
Stray Dogs at the Museum by Malaysia-born, Taiwan-based film maker Tsai Ming-Liang was a stand out show I encountered during my recent trip to Taipei. Tsai’s feature film Stray Dogs won the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival in September last year and his exhibition at university space MoNTUE featured vignettes from the film installed in galleries overrun by shrubby off-cuts of foliage, providing not only a dramatic backdrop but a distinctly earthy odour.
Simple rituals performed by a solitary figure are split across three screens. Accumulations of leaves pile in the corners of the space.
Each screen in the exhibition was modified by the artist; crushed, rubbed with charcoal, recalling the traditions of scroll painting. The footage featured a solitary figure enacting simple, everyday rituals – sucking on chicken bones, squatting and smoking, staring into the distance – imagery that is at once exotic and resoundingly familiar. This was a beautiful, simple, poetic foil to the earnest, documentary style traditions that seem to proliferate in Taiwanese video art.
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LOL leaves for a two week research trip to Taipei and Manila today (thank you Ian Potter Foundation/employers!) to check out the above, amongst other things. Keep an eye on
Saul Steinberg, ‘Girl in Bathtub’, 1949
A lude drawing in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks
Here’s a surprise – a saucy doodle in one of Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks. Likely drawn by the artist’s cheeky apprentice and lover Salai, it’s pleasing to know that dick pics have been amusing even the fanciest of humans for hundreds of years. More here.