Posted by Andrew on the 31st of October, 2011

Tom Sachs, 'Miffy Fountain', 2008
George Egerton-Warburton, installation view of solo exhibition at Goddard de Fiddes, 2010
Some sort of political action.
AIDS-3D, 'World Community Grid Water Features', 2010
Olafur Elliason, New York City Waterfalls Project, 2008
Jeppe Hein, 'Appearing Rooms' in the cultural centre Perth, 2010
Klaus Weber, 'Public Fountain LSD Hall', 2003
Helmut Smits, 'Paddling Pool Fountain', 2003 (cheers to Daniel Bourke for the heads up on this one)

Tribute to the Perth Entertainment Centre

Posted by Andrew on the 30th of October, 2011

(A proposal for a public sculpture for the site of the old Perth Entertainment Centre)

Step one: Load both videos below.
Step two: Mute Video 1
Step three: Play both videos simultaneously
Step four: make video 1 full screen
Step five: imagine each air dancer as a monument to one of the starting five players from the 1990s Perth Wildcats NBL championship team.



From the NBL website":

"... Over the next three seasons a ticket to a Wildcats home game became the hottest property in town. At the end of 1989 the Superdrome was bursting with fans every game and the people of Perth demanded a bigger venue to support their local team.

The most exciting chapter in Wildcats history came in 1990 as prominent West Australian businessman Kerry Stokes purchased the club and decided to raise the team's profile to incredible heights; by moving the home court to the iconic Perth Entertainment Centre.

The new 8000 seat venue was an instant masterstroke as Perth continued its affection for the club and flocked to every game.

That also saw the introduction of a player that is regularly referred to as the Wildcats' greatest, Ricky 'Amazing' Grace.

In 1990, Wildcats head coach Cal Bruton famously described Grace's talents by stating 'he could steal hubcaps off a moving car'.

The Perth Entertainment Centre was the stage for countless memories created by the Perth Wildcats, beginning in 1990 when the team entered the NBL finals' series as underdogs in fifth position.

The team swept past the Melbourne Tigers and North Melbourne Giants to again face the Brisbane Bullets in their second Grand Final appearance.

With the memory of defeat still fresh for many players that were a part of the 1987 Grand Final loss to the Bullets, the Perth Wildcats stood poised to ready to fight to the end.

Tens of thousands of people across Western Australia tuned into the live coverage to watch the Wildcats triumph 112-106 in Game 1 in front of a sold out Perth Entertainment Centre.

However the challenge of winning the series became more difficult after losing Game 2 in Brisbane 106-90 and having to return as underdogs to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre a few days later for the deciding game.

It took an inspired effort from the Perth Wildcats to be victorious 109-86 and bring home the first ever Championship to Perth.

There were breathtaking scenes of jubilation from West Australians at the airport upon the team's arrival, and during the parade through the city. It was a proud moment for the club and for the people of Perth.

Head coach Cal Bruton lost his voice over the 1990 Finals series from a combination of passionate coaching and media engagements, but was able to give an emotional tribute to three people.

They were his mother Anne, Scott Fenton (a Wildcats player tragically killed in a car accident during the previous season) and Gordon Ellis (inaugural Wildcats coach and father of current captain Mike Ellis who passed away in 1987).

Mike Ellis described the 1990 squad as the benchmark in the NBL whereby other coaches tried to put together teams capable of beating the Wildcats.

"We won't give up easily because we want to create a dynasty in Perth," he said after the Grand Final win.

Few people would have imagined that 1991 could surpass the expectations made in 1990.

James Crawford said after the 1990 win that, "The pressure to bring a title to Perth is now off and I think we will benefit from that. We're looking forward to defending the title, it's going to be hard, but I see it as an honour, not a burden..."

Image by Matt Hayden

Sign O' the Times

Posted by Jamie on the 29th of October, 2011

RICHARD PRINCE Untitled (Protest Painting), 1994
CLAIRE FONTAINE, La societe du spectacle brickbat, 2006
PHILLIPE PARRENO No More Reality, la manifestation, 1991

Guest Lecture: Laurence Fishburne

Posted by Jamie on the 29th of October, 2011

Laurence drops some knowledge on Omar and Cube


Posted by Gemma on the 27th of October, 2011

Coming up next weekend:

On November 5 (the day after SEE SOUNDS opens) Sydney Based Huseyin Sami brings a cluster of his own 'painting machines' - an interesting point of comparison with Barretto's 'Assisted Painting' - to the Perth Cultural Centre as part of Consuelo Cavaniglia's series of curated temporary public interventions.

It sounds as though you might be able to do some paint pouring of your own, as well.

Where: Perth Cultural Centre
When: 11:30 - 12:30pm

View more of Sami's work here.

Image courtesy of Artsource
install of Are You Cool And Symmetrical


Posted by Jamie on the 26th of October, 2011

Coming right up...


Check the facebook event here


Posted by Jamie on the 26th of October, 2011

We've been having some problems with the blog, lately and things were momentarily not OK.

But now they are.

(photo via this guy)

Hell, Yes (2007) by Ugo Rondinone at New Museum


Posted by Jamie on the 26th of October, 2011

It's been a little while since i've done one these, but i'll leave it to Dave and Mos to sort it out for you guys


Posted by Jamie on the 26th of October, 2011

Thursday 27 October @ 6pm, PICA Bar & Cafe

The PICA bar will be transformed into a café and cake tasting arena, and the artists invite you to provide a recipe for, and or, bring a yellow cake of your liking (layer cake, cupcakes, sponge cake, tarts, loafs or any other sweet treat of your invention are encouraged - so long as it's yellow!!).

Together, Nadegata Instant Party, local chefs, bakers and YOU will produce an ideal recipe for the most yellow and delicious cake in the city.

Check out Japanese artist collective, Nadegata Instant Party, for a preview and recipe sharing session for their upcoming project, Yellowcake Street, part of the exhibition, Alternating Currents: Japanese Art After March 2011.

Cool stuff I saw last week

Posted by Andrew on the 13th of October, 2011

Two great exhibitions I saw last week:

Jacqui Stockdale
papercuts and bloodlines
at Venn Gallery until the 11th of November


Consuelo Cavaniglia
When a stranger calls
at Free Range Gallery.

Jacqui Stockdale, 2011, papercuts and bloodlines (Installation view)
Jacqui Stockdale, 2011, 'grow me a river', collage elements on paper, 100 x 140 cm
Jacqui Stockdale, 2011, papercuts and bloodlines (installation view)
Consuelo Cavaniglia, 2011, 'untitled (2011)' and 'mass (orange) (2011)', airbrushed pigment ink on archival paper, 76 x 56 cm each
Consuelo Cavaniglia, 2011, 'untitled (2011)', timber, acrylic paint, grey mirror, coloured acrylic, dimensions variable
Consuelo Cavaniglia, 2011, [from left to right] 'when a stranger calls', grey mirror, lamp, red light bulb, dimensions variable, 'two and both', grey mirror, MDF, metal table legs, plywood, wax, 130 x 90 x 140 cm, 'mass (red)' and 'mass (blue)', airbrushe

The Next Week

Posted by Andrew on the 7th of October, 2011

Friday, 7th October

Indra Geidans 'Disclosed' & Anna Nazarri 'Horse Play'

Opening 6PM at Turner Galleries.

Tuesday, 11th October

PICA studio residency openings:

"Join Curator Jasmin Stephens as she leads discussions with current studio artists Tarsh Bates, Alistair Rowe, Lichun Tseng and the Perth Zine Collective.

Studio One
Lichun Tseng / Beyond the beyond
Lichun Tseng is an artist from Taiwan who lives and works in the Netherlands. She is interested in the existential capacity of art and her residency project, Beyond the beyond will explore time, existence and space through local collaborations and new site specific works.

Studio Two
Tarsh Bates / In vitero

Curated by Megan Schlipalius
Tarsh Bates is interested in the body as material and as a site of intervention, in evocative objects, and in the aesthetics of care: embodied encounters that are durational, affective, relational, proximal, and particular. Bates explores these concepts through biology, sculpture and performance, using artistic and scientific tools to explore the nexus of bodies, ethics and culture.

Clocktower Studio
Alistair Rowe / Both Sides Now

During his studio residency at PICA, Alistair Rowe will further develop ideas and works using a combination of assemblage, actions and video as part of his project Both Sides Now. Working with light on reflective and transparent surfaces and using active and activated materials he hopes to create sensory environments that stimulate, surprise and confuse our everyday experience of materiality and space.

Reading Room
The Perth Zine Collective / Zine Library
The Perth Zine Collective is a not-for-profit group keeping the zine culture flame burning in Western Australia. Throughout the collective's residency the Reading Room has housed a zine library built from milk crates, as well as a space for members of the public to create and distribute their own zines.

Jasmin Stephens (WA) is an independent curator who has recently been involved with the Singapore Biennale 2011 as a Visiting Curator and Asialink Arts Management Resident. She has also previously been Curator/Exhibitions Manager at Fremantle Arts Centre and Senior Manager, Education and Access, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. She is currently on the Board of ANAT, Australian Network for Art and Technology.

This is a free event and the PICA Bar will be open."

Wednesday, 12th October

Make a choice:

The opening of Perth's richest, most prestigious and intelligent council art prize, the Joondalup Art Award at, no joke, Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City.


The Spatula Collective, 'The Harvest'. 6PM at Free Range Gallery,

Thursday, 13th October

SoDA11, Curtin's annual exibition of recent arts post-graduates opens at 6PM at the John Curtin Gallery.. This year, it features the work of Charissa Delima,Terina Eastman, Eden Lennox, the inimitable Kevin Raxworthy and Joanne Richardson.

Anna Nazzari, arc de triomphe, 2011

'Worlds Away' at the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis 2008

Posted by Gemma on the 6th of October, 2011

On the subject of art and suburbia, which is topical right now at OK, the The Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis programmed an exhibition of artists responding to American Suburbia in 2008:

Because suburbia occupies a dominant presence in so many lives--a place of not only residence but also of work, commerce, worship, education, and leisure--it has become a focal point for competing interests and viewpoints. The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining both the best and the worst of modern social life. On the one hand, the suburbs are portrayed as a middle-class domestic utopia and on the other as a dystopic world of homogeneity and conformity. Both of these stereotypes belie a more realistic understanding of contemporary suburbia and its dynamic transformations, and how these representations and realities shape our society, influence our culture, and impact our lives.

The intention of Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes is to demonstrate how the American suburb has played a catalytic role in the creation of new art. Challenging preconceived ideas and expectations about suburbia (either pro or con), the exhibition hopes to impart a better understanding of how those ideas were formed and how they are challenged by contemporary realities. The exhibition features artwork by Gregory Crewdson, Dan Graham, Catherine Opie, and Edward Ruscha, among others, and architectural projects by firms such as Fashion.Architecture.Taste, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, MVRDV, and Estudio Teddy Cruz.

What interests me is the uncanny similarity between the 'readings' of suburbia in western cities. I was talking to my friend Derek, who's Canadian, on the opening night of True North and he told me that he found Emma's work unsettling because it dislodged memories that he weren't sure legitimately belonged to him, as while there are certain elements of Emma's images that render then unavoidably Australian, there's also something beyond the local in there that taps into a kind of collective suburban consciousness.

Here's a short video on the Walker show, which is worth comparing and contrasting with the Australian one Andrew posted a while back. Both have really daggy soundtracks, but that's not really what I mean:


Posted by Gemma on the 5th of October, 2011

Photos courtesy Casey Ayres.

Emma McPike, True North (detail), 2011