ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, ARTSPACE, CARRIAGEWORKS, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AUSTRALIA
#19BOS (AGNSW): Mircea Cantor, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, 2014.
Videographer: Emma Sullivan
#19BOS (AGNSW): Nathan Coley, YOU WILL WHAT YOU IMAGINE, 2014.
Nathan Coley has worked with the 19th Biennale of Sydney’s title statement, YOU IMAGINE WHAT YOU DESIRE, and two others – YOU WILL WHAT YOU IMAGINE and YOU CREATE WHAT YOU WILL – all derived from the work of George Bernard Shaw, to create texts that illuminated the façades of the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, as well as the Eastern Apron of Cockatoo Island.
Set free in the public realm, these provocations plant a message of inspiration and creative challenge in the minds of the citizenry.
Photograph: Gunther Hang
#19BOS (AGNSW): Yingmei Duan, Happy Yingmei, 2014.
Videographer: Emma Sullivan
#19BOS (CARRIAGEWORKS): Mathias Poledna, A Village by the Sea, 2011.
For the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), Mathias Poledna presented A Village by the Sea (2011) at Carriageworks. In a short black-and-white film, inside a shadow-lit, silver screen dream-set of an uptown Manhattan apartment, a tuxedoed man and a frothily dressed woman perform a duet: a song-and-dance routine familiar to any fan of Hollywood musicals of the 1930s.
Photograph: Mathias Poledna, A Village by the Sea, 2011 (35mm frame enlargement) 35mm film, 5:40 mins, black and white, optical sound. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne and Berlin; Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna; and Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles
#19BOS (ARTSPACE): Maxime Rossi, Père Lachaise, 2010.
For the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Rossi presentsed two works, Père Lachaise (2010) at Artspace and Two Owls on a Mountain, and a Snake at the Bank(2012) on Cockatoo Island.
To create Père Lachaise, over a period of days Rossi placed sheets of Frédéric Chopin’s musical notations near the composer’s tomb in Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery. The artist suspended pens filled with coloured ink in a tree that overhangs the site, and as the branches were unsettled by the interventions of movement caused by birds and shifting winds, the ink dripped, forming vivid drops on the sheets of paper below.
Photograph: Ben Symons
#19BOS (CARRIAGEWORKS): Henry Coombes, I am the Architect, This is not Happening, This is Unacceptable, 2012 (production still).
For the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), Henry Coombes presented his work I am the Architect, this is not Happening, this is Unacceptable (2012), which was the result of the artist’s residency at House for an Art Lover, designed in the early twentieth century by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his artist wife Margaret MacDonald, in Bellahousten Park near Glasgow.
Coombes references the social and historical history of the house and park in this film about a heady dispute between a ‘rational’ architect and the ‘irrational’ realm of art.
#19BOS (MCA): Pipilotti Rist, Mercy Garden Retour Skin, 2014.
Lush and Edenic, sexy but sinless, the hedonistic pleasure worlds created by Pipilotti Rist delight, revive and relax. Her vivid video environments take the viewer into an elemental dream state: earth, wind, fire and water are all alchemically activated in her mesmerising loops of trippy experience.
A new creation for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), Mercy Garden Retour Skin (2014) offered audiences an aquarium of experience. The huge walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia were splashed with Rist’s dazzling visions, inspired by alpine and village life. Visitors were encouraged to lie and sit, cuddling up to their person cushions; happy companions in this special, hyper-visual universe.
Photograph: James Horan/Destination NSW
#19BOS (CARRIAGEWORKS): Gabriel Lester, Where Spirits Dwell, 2014.
Continuing his exploration of theatrical staging and filmic techniques, for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) Dutch artist Gabriel Lester created a new, large-scale, site-specific installation, Where Spirits Dwell (2014).
His enchanting piece provides a focal point for a cluster of works exploring film and theatre language within the unique architectural interior of Carriageworks.
Photograph: Gabriel Lester
#19BOS (CARRIAGEWORKS): Anna Tuori, various.
Finnish artist Anna Tuori works primarily in oil paint to create images that captivate the viewer, drawing them into a fictional world of whimsy and imagination.
Presented at Carriageworks, her three new works included in the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) – It’s All Now You See; Nobody Knew My Rose; and Blow Out Your Candles, Laura (II) (all 2013) – are united in their depiction of a barren snowy landscape, with the inclusion of a structure in which to shelter from the cold.
Photograph: Sebastian Kriete
19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire (2014)
Artistic Director: Juliana Engberg
Cockatoo Island, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
CREDITS: ALL MEDIA
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