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Kaylene Whiskey
How did you start painting? I grew up watching artists from my family, like my grandfather Whiskey Tjukangku, making paintings in the Iwantja art centre. I was always spending time in there, working on arts and crafts projects. It has always been a p
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Desert Painters of Australia
In Gagosian on Madison Avenue, the dazzling and vibrant works of the Papunya Tula artists were hung uniformly within a white cube space, far from the Western Desert of Australia where they were created. In this first exhibition of Aboriginal art at G
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Our Darling Barka Badger Bates
Tell me about where you come from. My name is William Brian Bates, but they call me Badger. I was born in Wilcannia in 1947 and reared up on the Barka in a tin hut. I travelled a lot up and down the river with my Granny and Grandfather when I was gro
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Helen Grace, Narelle Jubelin & Sherre DeLys: The Housing Question
Framed through Friedrich Engels’ 1872 observation that adequate housing for the masses is the only way to stave off anti-bourgeois revolution, ‘The Housing Question’, curated by Julie Ewington, reflects the political urgencies of the contemporary glo
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Patrick Hall Beauty & Horror
Steven Joyce of Despard Gallery has shown Patrick Hall’s work at the renowned Chicago art fair, ‘Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art’ (SOFA), on a regular basis. In 2001 Hall became the first non-American artist to feature on the cover of the SOFA exh
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The Essential Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp believed, in his youth, that art had a limited life. However, in his middle age Duchamp set about advising his major collectors, Louise and Walter Arensberg, about gathering all his works in a single collection at the Philadelphia Muse
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Joyce Campbell Philosophy Of Images
In her 2002 series ‘L.A. Bloom’, made while living in Los Angeles, Joyce Campbell obliquely interrogates the politics of water availability and poverty through thirty-two Ilfachrome photographs. Swabbing plants from a broad range of Los Angeles neigh
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River’s Edge Kim Guthrie
The ‘River’s Edge’ exhibition, which featured portraits and simple documentary photographs by Kim Guthrie, boldly captured this unique community. The artist presented us with fifty-six Giclée prints — hi-res inkjet photos — of varying sizes, plus a v
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Simon Denny
How would you describe your practice to a stranger? I’m an artist who tries to look at the politics and the social situation that technologists design and put us in. I’m an exhibition maker who tries to bring ways of interrelating with space, imagery
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It All Started with a Stale Sandwich
This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the Kaldor Public Art Projects, a testament to the persistence of a Hungarian migrant who needed to share his obsession with an entire city, if not a country. The birthday celebrations will continue to spread
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Michaye Boulter
What informs your work? I’ve been painting for a long time now. I finished art school in my mid-twenties and more or less lived on Bruny Island until moving to Hobart about seven years ago. Sailing, fishing, family and painting have been my life sinc
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Poetic Science grace Blake
Grace Blake’s installations are visions of ecologies that pose doubt and aporia, speaking to present-day realities and anxieties. Inspired by science fiction, her work explores how human, animal and machine might co-exist. Her virtual landscapes are
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Process Emma Finneran
Some artists refer to their studios as wombs or sanctuaries, and their practice as sacred and ecclesiastical. I do not. My studio is far from heavenly, and my practice nowhere near as ministerial, but I still see it as equally divine. For me, it is t
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Art + Social Media
Over eighty years ago, the philosopher Walter Benjamin proposed that while works of art have always, in principle, been reproducible, ‘mechanical reproduction of a work of art … represents something new’. Benjamin celebrated the potential that the te
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Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE Breaking barriers
Your first public appearance as Director of the MCA was to launch an exhibition at the Penrith Regional Gallery in 1999. You spoke about making contemporary art accessible. Looking back, what has Western Sydney meant for the MCA? There’s an untold st
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Editor’s Note
There is a lot to experience in and beyond the pages of issue 48 of Artist Profile. To begin with, we are delighted to be a major partner of this year’s Sydney Contemporary – Australia’s largest art fair. This partnership is our newest initiative in
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Burnrate Of The Contemporary
The main goal of a progressive contemporary artist should be to attempt to understand the world they live in – only then can meaningful change occur. The early twentieth-century Modernists wanted to totally change the present to work towards a possib
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India Mark
There’s so much happening in your paintings, but at the same time your style is very minimal – the colours are washed out, the lines simple and clean. Is that a conscious choice, does it come from somewhere? Yes totally. I’m aware that my work is pre
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Abdul Abdullah
How you would describe what you do? I see my role as an artist in a similar way to a journalist, where I am communicating an idea, but without being burdened with any objectivity. I can be as reactive and responsive and emotional as I like. I work pr
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Hearing Roger
‘Squaring the circle’ – ‘rhythmic structure’ – ‘cosmic configuration’ – ‘astronomical possibilities’ … Roger Kemp spoke another language – it was his language – and he tried to explain it to us. It was very complex. It seemed to be about his concept
Artist Profile6 min readPolitics
Guo Jian RUBBISH CULTURE
In the wee hours of 1 June 2014, the Chinese police banged on the door of Guo Jian’s studio in the Beijing suburbs. The artist wasn’t surprised to see them. It wasn’t their first visit. But the Financial Times of London had just published an intervie
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Waterlicht Daan Roosegaarde
Working at the intersection of art and technology, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is a pioneer for clean energy art projects, through which he designs solutions for a better world. Fuelled by ingenuity and imagination, the artist strives to connect au
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A Blur Of Colour, Good Music and Bad Art History
Ever since John Adams gave us Nixon in China in 1987, the possibilities for opera have been limitless. Unlike the Greek tragedians who were obliged to set every play in a mythical age of Gods and heroes, contemporary composers have drawn subjects fro
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Murky Sex Paintings Amber Wallis
Amber Wallis is a painter who breathes her soul into her work. As she prepares for a solo show in Brisbane and a group show in Los Angeles, I get the sense that her practice and her life is hers, and hers alone. Much has been written about Wallis’ pa
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Jacqui Stockdale
Your recent photographic series ‘Ghost Hoovanah’ (2018) speaks to the history of migration through a complex system of symbols and visual cues such as masks, props and costumes. What are the issues that have driven these works for you personally? Thi
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The Artist's Hand Aida Tomescu
Tomescu says while in Paris she spent nearly every day at the Louvre, giving a day to the work of one artist at a time. One day it was Ingres’ nudes, another it’s Watteau’s landscape scenes, another Giotto’s St Francis Receiving the Stigmata – always
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Ways of Seeing Tom Polo
As an academic discipline, the history of art is predominantly taught through the medium of painting. Specifically, it is the development of figurative and representational painting which forms a fundamental part of Western art historical pedagogy. T
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Around the Grounds
Now in its fourth year, South Australia’s annual celebration of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art brings together the work of over 1000 First Nations artists. ‘Tarnanthi’ – a word from the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains – m
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Richard GOODWIN
As we walk into the up-cycled meatworks where Richard Goodwin lives, the first impression is of a cabinet of curiosities splayed horizontal. On one table stands an intricate balsa wood model for a newly commissioned house, its elliptical roofs nestle
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