Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .
'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'
In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .
Winfried Muthesius organises the aesthetic blending of opposites, in the best sense of the word: surface movements in the painterly flow and the depth of the image created by the photographic image. This triggers a sprawl of overlappings that no brain could possibly plan or imagine. Tiny particles collide in the pictorial spaces. The result is breathtaking and it reveals the most important identity of the artist—that with his work. Various pictorial elements on several layers are intertwined. Chance spaces overlap. Muthesius combines image-surfaces and image-segments and applies tension to them until they generate images and eventually become world. Not a beautiful, but an unpredictable world in which, in a matter of seconds, a vineyard can turn into a desert, a sacred space into a dizzying abyss. These pictorial worlds encompass out time.
Text courtesy Galerie Springer Berlin.
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