Monthly Archives: May 2011

Art vs. Context

Projection by Bonnie Lane at Bus Projects, Melbourne, May 2011

Bus Projects’ space in Melbourne is a prime example of the direct influence an environment can have upon a work of art.  The gallery’s warren-like rooms were dimly lit for Bonnie Lane’s recent exhibition Into the Dark, which featured a series of projections ranging from the mundane to the saccharine – spectral curtains billowed, little girls skipped.

Lane’s projections aimed to explore the intermediary state between childhood and adulthood, though some – like a work featuring a young girl smearing her face with makeup – seemed laboured in their approach.  In one room however, was a projection arresting in its simplicity.  In a darkened recess, a young girl floated in sleep, a soft breeze tousling her hair.  She was captivating.  But what arguably gave the work its edge was the influence of its immediate environment.  The grimy, subterranean room in which the child was projected evoked a sense of foreboding not found in a white cube context.  While this work was conceived exclusively for Bus Projects, one can’t help but wonder if its power would be diluted should it be shown elsewhere…

Bonnie Lane’s exhibition Into the Dark closed on May 28.


Yvonne Todd, 'Sales Executive', colour photograph, 80 x 63.6 cm, 2009

Leg of Lamb received some exciting news last week.  Stay tuned….

Lindsay Lohan stands around with her mouth open

Lindsay Lohan is the subject of painter Richard Phillips’ first foray into film. Debuting in Venice as part of Commercial Break, an exhibition curated by Neville Wakefield for The Garage, the 97 second mini-film, imaginatively entitled Lindsay Lohan features the freckled one in close up, her plumped mouth expertly parted. For Phillips, the vacuous Lohan ‘bring(s) forward an existential presence that speaks to the isolated self’. Right…

Linder Sterling talks Art and Rock

Hot Photo Friday – Linder Sterling

Linder Sterling, 'Untitled', n.d.

Breakfast with Midori

Breakfast tables at MUMA, Caulfield

Earlier this week Leg of Lamb enjoyed a meal at MUMA care of Midori Mitamura.   The Tokyo-based artist is the current artist in residence at Monash University and her MUMA work Art & Breakfast is part of an ongoing project that has previously taken place in Stockholm, Tokyo and Berlin.   Alongside a delicate, whimsical installation that the artist is constantly modifying, Mitamura serves complimentary breakfasts to gallery visitors, quietly replenishing plates of fruit and trays of croissants while attendants graze or stop to have a chat. This relaxed environment discretely fosters an intimate, highly personalised exchange between artist and viewer and Leg of Lamb was touched by Mitamura’s simple act of generosity.

Next Wave staff and others enjoy breakfast with Midori (in foreground)

There’s still time for you to enjoy a delicious breakfast with Midori Mitamura.  Click here for session times.

Collier Schorr Work Censored

Collier Schorr's cover image of Andrej Pejic for Dossier Journal

The latest issue of Dossier Journal featuring cover art by Collier Schorr has been censored in America by bookstore giants Barnes & Noble and Borders, who fear that Schorr’s androgynous subject, male model Andrej Pejic might be mistaken for a topless woman.  The issues must now be individually wrapped, a precaution normally reserved for smutty magazines.  You can view the rest of Schorr’s photoshoot with Pejic here.