Category Archives: Artists


Rose Nolan walks past her architectural intervention in

Rose Nolan walks past her architectural intervention in Melbourne

Rose Nolan has collaborated with architects OOF! Architecture to realise one of her signature text pieces on the facade of a newly renovated domestic dwelling in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond.  You can view more images of the Victorian era home (and former shop) here.


Here is a portrait of Yayoi Kusama in 1939


Merry Christmas

Collage by Yvonne Todd

Collage by Yvonne Todd made in 1992 and inspired by a Perry Como album cover

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.
LOL wishes you all the best for the festive season.

Choccie Santas

Christmas.  Remember back in 2007 when Paul McCarthy turned commercial gallery Maccarone into a fully operational chocolate factory that made these?

Santa with a Buttplug chocolates by Paul McCarthy

Santa with a Buttplug chocolates by Paul McCarthy

Over six weeks, the factory produced and sold over 1,000 of these pricy chocolates/cheap sculptures daily (check it out in operation in the top video).  This year, he’s doing it all over again at the Monnaie de Paris as part of his first major solo exhibition in France.

Installation view of Paul McCarthy's Chocolate Factory

Installation view of Paul McCarthy’s Chocolate Factory at the Monnaie de Paris

Those of us in the antipodes can even get in on the festive action by purchasing McCarthy’s sweet treats online – choccie santas and the classic buttplugs – oh, I mean ‘trees’ – are $75 each.  Merry Christmas!

Hot Photo Friday – JH Engström

JH Engström, from the 'Back Home' series, 2009

JH Engström, from the ‘Back Home’ series, 2009

Punch a Monet

Gif from

Gif from a new online game by Eiji Muroichi, Dries Depoorter and Tom Galle

Suffering from a lil pre-Christmas stress?  Need to let off some steam?  Why not punch a Monet?  While LOL doesn’t condone violence against artworks, this interactive online game by Dries Depoorter, Eiji Muroichi, and Tom Galle (above) is rather amusing – and topical of course, following the five year jail sentence recently issued to Andrew Shannon after he did just that to Monet’s Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2012.  If you fancy creating your own virtual damage you can do so here.

In Space No-one Can Hear You Collect Rocks

Here’s an interview LOL conducted with Rohan Wealleans to coincide with his exhibition In Space No-one Can Hear You Collect Rocks at Mail Box Art Space in Melbourne.  Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day of the show, so if you’re in town there’s still time to check it out….

Poster for the 1977 film film Demon Seed

Demon Seed film poster

LOL  What’s your favourite sci-fi film and why?
RW     It is the 1977 film Demon Seed, about a scientist who creates an organic super computer with artificial intelligence called Proteus. The computer is quite tricky and becomes obsessed with humans; particularly the scientist’s wife. I love films with scientists asking big questions and doing ambitious projects that ultimately get out of control. I love how creepy the machine is and how he manages to figure out a way to procreate with the object of his fascination, despite having no real physical presence. Quite a feat.  Perhaps I feel as if I can relate to all the players, the machine, the scientist and the woman. Maybe not the woman. Just the other two.

One of the artist's found images of alien girls

Found image collected by Wealleans

You have a Facebook album devoted entirely to found images of ‘alien girls’.  What is it that you like about them?
Alien girls are a possibility and dealing with them gives you a lot of freedom because you can never be right or wrong. I like the idea of femininity and how it can be translated into different species that may have different systems of sex. Being at least half human male it is hard to get away from human ideas about femininity because that is all that is known. I don’t know what is alluring about a female lizard. Unless you maybe chuck some lipstick and eye lashes on it. This may be a little simplistic but when you’re dealing with what attracts human males it may not be. Pictures of alien woman I have found on the internet are mostly based on human ideals of femininity, which I can relate to. Imagine how much you could learn from an alien woman that looked like a sexy green human woman? And by some miracle of biology and alien culture you possessed all the attributes she most desired. Everybody wins! That would be very exciting.

Rohan Wealleans, Freyja, 2011

Rohan Wealleans, Freyja, 2011

The thing I love about your own saucy alien photographs like Freyja (2011) is that they seem like a window into your mind, is that a fair comment?
Overall I am creating scenes that I would like to walk in on one day. A big part of the work is the actual painting on real human women. If paint is like flesh this act is like wet flesh on dry flesh being rubbed against each other as imaginatively as possible. Maybe how I managed to put myself in the position of doing this speaks more of how my mind moves. Reacting more to what is on the outside than what is on the inside. So I’m not sure if it is a fair comment but on the other hand maybe there are colourful alien vaginas floating around inside me clawing to get out.

Planet Earth Geology Department, installation view, 2005

Rohan Wealleans, Planet Earth Geology Department, installation view, 2005

Tell me about your ongoing project, Planet Earth Geology Department, established in 2005.
Planet Earth Geology Department is my scientific agency with military ties that travels around the universe collecting rocks from different planets. This came about from a need to somehow use all the rocks I produce as waste from other series of works. It is a way to categorize what I have produced and also build another world around what looks like beautiful fake geological samples. What is interesting about this is that it deals with tribal ideas of not wasting anything and putting it into a scientific framework which seems like the opposite to me. It is twisting using into looking. My work usually takes a rock I have made and turns that into a culture, more often than not a more tribal culture and the systems used in that type of production.

Spider Woman and the Kang Diamond, installation view, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, 2014

Rohan Wealleans, Spider Woman and the Kang Diamond, installation view, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, 2014

You’ve done a couple of suites of alien babe photos now, including huge, room sized installations featuring images of female genitals, encrusted with your aforementioned rocky remnants. Where is the project heading next?
I have recently been making the photographs into lenticular prints giving them a ghostly technological feel. I would like to experiment with this more. I have also wanted for a long time to do a triple stack of women which I will try to arrange soon. I would also like to make a photo where I re-enact a painting called Blade Healers I did in 2008 with live, painted women, five or six of them. I really just want to fit more and more into these photos.