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Looking Forward – Rohan Wealleans

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IN SPACE NO ON CAN HEAR YOU COLLECT ROCKS:
ROHAN WEALLEANS

23rd October – 29th November 2014
Opening Night: Thursday 23rd October 6-8pm

Rohan Wealleans, 'Palaver of Peril', 2012, colour photograph, 143 x 117 cm

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

Tsai Ming-Liang – Stray Dogs at the Museum

Entry to MoCAD

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.

A solitary figure condycts simple, eeryday rituals

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.

Taipei / Manila Bound

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 Instagram for the latest happy snaps.

Hot Photo Friday – Saul Steinberg

Saul Steinberg, 'Girl in Bathtub', 1949

Saul Steinberg, ‘Girl in Bathtub’, 1949

Da Vinci’s Dicks

Lude drawing in one of Leonardo da Vinci's sketchbooks

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.

What Sterling Ruby Listens To

Sterling Ruby in his California studio

Sterling Ruby in his California studio

Art world darling Sterling Ruby’s just created some vividly coloured stage backdrops – not unlike those in his recent Hauser and Wirth show -for BasilicaSoundScape music festival, so Blouin Artinfo asked him to share his current studio playlist.  A bit patchy, but good to see perennial LOL faves Chrome in there – listen below. Turns out Ruby’s introduction to the band consisted of him getting high in the back of a van with Helios Creed (one half of Chrome) in 1993. Nice for some.


As an aside, LOL’s just discovered the recent fashion collaboration between Ruby and his Belgian designer pal Raf Simons, featuring a rather outrageous $33,000 parka. You can view some of the collection here and below is a snap from the catwalk with some Ruby soft sculps in the background.

Raf Simons with Sterling Ruby at 2014 Paris Fashion Week

Raf Simons with Sterling Ruby at 2014 Paris Fashion Week

Miley is an artist now.

Vacuous popster Miley Cyrus and one of her horrible sculptures

Vacuous popster Miley Cyrus and one of her horrible sculptures

“I did the pineapple because you know what they say about pineapple, right? If you drink a lot of pineapple juice you’re going to have yummy cum. So that’s why I put it on the dick with a bunch of babies, and it says, ‘Fuck.’ I try to think about everything so it has a story to me.”

Miley Cyrus discusses the sculptures she’s created for her forthcoming exhibition, Dirty Hippie at V Magazine’s office gallery in Manhattan. God help us.