NGV TRIENIAL 2020 NEW website review by Sherry Westley NGV Triennial 19 December 2020- 18 April 2021
Don’t miss this!
Following on from the record breaking attendance at the 2017 inaugural Triennial exhibition, the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2020 Triennial looks set to at least equal that record. It features 86 new exhibits of contemporary art, design and architecture, by over 100 artists and collectives from 30 different countries. Interestingly, NGV commissioned about 30 of these works and so will retain them for us. Entry is free, but you must book a timed entry on line.
The works are based on themes such as isolation, conservation representation and speculation on the future.
This year it is spread throughout the entire gallery, rather than presented as a stand alone exhibition. The themes of many of the new Triennial works are in some way related to the themes of the older existing works they share a gallery space with. This is not necessarily self evident.
Of course you can enjoy it all on a purely visual level and have a wonderful experience. But it makes it much more interesting to understand some of the artist’s and curator’s ideas. For me, the choice is a live or audio tour, expected to be available in 2021. But in the meantime, there are video explanations accessible via your phone and the usual written information.
Having had an introductory tour, I will visit again by myself. There is too much to take in comfortably during one visit. There are so many different styles, methods and materials used in producing these works. You can be assured everyone will find specific works they love, and production methods that intrigue them.
Of course you must see the stunning Jeff Coons acquisition “Venus”. And in the foyer, the enormous screen work by Turkish artist Refik Anadol,”Quantum Memories”. I’m technologically phobic, but the back story to this one is fascinating. It uses artificial intelligence, an algorithm and every existing Google picture of nature, to produce beautifully swirling colours and shapes: “the collective human memory of the natural world “.
Yes I could go on about my personal favourites, but you will find your own. Just go! You will enjoy it.
Piinpi is a Contemporary Indigenous Fashion exhibition within Australian Fashion Collection that is currently presented at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
The word itself, Piinpi means Indigenous ‘seasonal changes’ in Kanichi Thampanyu and is used across regions of East Coast Cape York Peninsula. Through generations art and nature came together hand in hand and seasonal changes influenced the art and fashion. Nature dictated people what food was available to collect, what time to move around the lands, when to run religious and shamanic ceremonies and what to wear. The colours and the look of the outfits was also connected to what was available in nature and how men had to dress. Piinpi refers to changes in a landscape that happen across time and space.
The exhibition in Bendigo presents the array of 70 indigenous innovative fashion designers with some well know names like Grace Lillian Lee, Maree Clarke, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Lisa Waup x Verner, Hopevale Arts and Culture Centre, Maara Collective, Lore, Aarli Fashion, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Lyn-Al Young (who’s been commissioned to create five new pieces for the exhibition) and many more.
“I want my pieces to empower women to walk in the rhythm of their life song” says Lyn-Al Young.
The display is presented in a traditional style as Bendigo Art Gallery has a beautiful history of hosting stand-out fashion exhibitions. Piinpi stands out with very artistic, spiritually awakened and based on the cultural sources of inspiration in their designs authors of the native land. The exhibition is definitely unlike anything else audiences have seen.
It collects more than 100 fashion items including hand-made garments, dresses, jewellery pieces, textile prints, fiber material and unusual unique accessories. They are inspiring for all the visitors no matter if you are in fashion design or in art, everyone will find something there for the soul uplifting. The fashion pieces are there for home as well as for dance.
Piinpi asserts the place of Indigenous Fashion within the Australian landscape and reinforces a design aesthetic worthy of national and international recognition. It tells us the story of Indigenous art, history and culture through the lens of contemporary design.
The exhibition is opened till January 17 2021 and it will be a wonderful and knowledgeable experience for you and your family if you choose to visit.
While you are in town please do not miss a visit to the local Botanical Gardens located right at the back of the Gallery and pay special attention on the Bendigo town amazing architecture. Founded as a sheep run in 1840, the city's official name was Sandhurst until 1891, when it was formally changed to honor a local prizefighter who compared his own prowess to that of the English pugilist known as Bendigo. Declared a municipal district in 1855 and a shire in 1863, Bendigo became a city in 1871.
When you visit the exhibition please make sure you register prior to your visit online and have pleasant time there!
Holesp@ce Melbourne Fringe Festival website review by Jeanette Russell
Thank you for the opportunity to review various parts of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. It seems much of the representation, lineup and shows, as well as virtual experiments were held online, because of circumstances this year.
It felt safe and comfortable to view and participate virtually. What a different time altogether. I believe that all creators, artists staff etc have done a stellar job. This year provided various challenges but it seems all were well and truly up to the task.
Holesp@ce incorporated an artist collective called STRANGEkit . It was directed by Celina Mack and Savanna Wegman. They have been a part and are supported by MUST ( Monash Uni Student Theatre. In these unprecedented times they have collaborated with a group, to create a digital online presence, showcasing the arts of fellow members. They have strived to be " evolving our performance work with digital spaces offerings to be accessed online during this time."
Frames was a Youtube video . Apparently adapting to the new world, the video explores a new frame of mind, and reference.
Frames began with a loud audio containing space like sounds. A variety of people, objects, grasses, plants, faces and a hand, just to name a few entities that were framed.Visual representations of a clock, a house are other objects that are represented through the frame, also came to light. . Quite immersive at times and engaging.
Some very cleverly worked pictures, visions and electric audio were shown, and heard. An experience, that was distracting, absorbing, and unique. I believe the art and work of the MUST, is really worth a look, for content that is entertaining, with a difference.