In This Issue

 

August 2021

Letter from the Editor

Themes of displacement and connectivity, spirituality and technology are explored in the exhibitions presented in this issue, as artists accept the past, succumb to the present, and suggest possibilities for the future.

At Flinders Street Gallery in Sydney, the works of Mimi Jaksic-Berger, characterised by expressive brushwork and splashes of pigment, apply Kandinsky’s principle that art is a spiritual antidote and driving force of artistic creativity. Jaksic-Berger looks at the psychology of colour, the compositional interrelation of forms, and her own spiritual foundations. For ‘Icarus, my Son’ at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Dean Cross ‘ruminates on ideas of home, ambition, cataclysm and loss’ and examines common experiences felt by those who leave home searching for new opportunities. RMIT Gallery’s ‘Future U’ presents the works of 18 contemporary artists, ‘shifting and speculative visions of a both wonderous and nightmarish future’ seeking to ignite debate.

– Melissa Peša

 

Contents:

Previews:
Dean Cross, Icarus, my Son – Emma-Kate Wilson
Future U – Dr Joseph Brennan
Mimi Jaksic-Berger, Art and Soul – Linda van Nunen

Behind the Scenes:
Hamley Studio – Kirsty Francis
David Stein & Co, Conservation of Fine Art – Anna Meyerowitz

Book Reviews:
Australia at the Venice Biennale: A Century of Contemporary Art – Melissa Peša

Cover: Stelarc, StickMan/miniStickMan (detail of performance and installation), 2017, aluminium, pneumatics, electronics. Documentation of The Dedalus Project: Chrissie Parrot Arts, Perth, 2017. Photography Toni Wilkinson; sound design Petros Vouris; engineering Tim Jewell; programming Steve Berrick; audio engineer Alwyn Nixon-Lloyd; technical assistance and video production Steven Alyian. Courtesy the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne

 

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land on which we work.