June 30

SIFTING THROUGH PLASTIC GODS

Ashlee Laing

Ashlee Laing

I have no real clue what this group show, Sifting Through Plastic Gods, is on about. Which is cool. There’s a suspicion the show might have something to do with relationships with materials, about instinct and trusting ones artistic intuition. Free Jazz style. But that can’t be confirmed with any real authority. The works in the show allow its audience not to get it, that’s written into its concept. It’s that old ‘knowing, not knowing’ shtick, the old conceptual free for all. The catalogue even makes mention of the cryptomania and conventional habitual art associations, usually associated with art. It contends that these are tired, dull clichés.

The night’s conversation was never far from politics, the general vibe being exasperated embarrassment. The art was a pleasant diversion from the media hard on over the ALP Leadership Drama.

Speaking of drama, the LIKE MIKE art scandal fiasco keeps on rolling along. The latest development sees Dr. Stephen Haley resign from the Board of Linden Gallery. His protest is against Linden’s temporary closure of its LIKE MIKE show following the Police raid on Paul Yore’s artwork. The solidarity being offered to Paul at what is a difficult time affords some comfort.

They said on the Morning Show that the polls reveal that Australians are wealthy and unhappy. Which brings Paul Yore’s work Everything is Fucked to mind. When authority tells you you’re not allowed to see something (for your own good) it makes you want to look all the more. Hopefully at authority as well.

I want some bloody answers to all this bloody mayhem.

 Natalie Thomas

 Sifting Through Plastic Gods Curated by Michael Georgetti, at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery till 20 July

Al Stark

Al Stark

Merrin Eirth

Merrin Eirth

Carly Housiaux and Hannah Ryan

Carly Housiaux and Hannah Ryan

Michael Georgetti

Michael Georgetti

Stephen Haley and Phil Edwards

Stephen Haley and Phil Edwards

Hiro and Kelly

Hiro and Kelly

Anna McCanley

Anna McCanley

Masaato Takasaka ponders some art

Masaato Takasaka ponders some art