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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

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 .

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Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere Ocula Report Sydney Biennale Connects Here with Everywhere By Soo-Min Shim, Sydney

'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.'

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Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 Ocula Insight Hell is a Place on Earth: P·P·O·W Looks to History in Context of Covid-19 By Stephanie Bailey, London

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 .

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b. 1960, Australia

Andrew Browne Biography

Though predominantly a painter, Andrew Browne is also known for his works of photography, charcoal drawings, photogravure, intaglio, lithography and sculpture. Claiming diverse influences, including Jamie Hewlett (best known for creating the virtual band Gorillaz) and Akira Kurosawa (the influential filmmaker), Browne scrutinises the natural world and manmade interventions upon it, often fixating on minute details.

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Much of Browne's work centres around an approach that he describes as an 'accumulation of glimpses'. The sense of amassed moments manifests in multiple ways, most clearly in his repetition of certain imageries through different media. For example, the abandoned balloon with a smiley-face in a forest that appears in the photographs From the Periphery #2 (2010), Smiley-Lost (2012), or #9 (2016), also features in the oil painting Deflated (2011). Utilising another medium to recreate similar compositions, Brown seeks to reach a greater understanding of the moment he has captured.

Gnarled tree branches are a common theme in Browne's drawings, paintings, and photographs. In the charcoal drawing #30 (2014), a branch is so highly stylised as to appear almost alien; its disorientation and uncanniness are emphasised by the tightly cropped framing—a common compositional strategy in Browne's work. In his oil painting A visitation (blue) (2015), Browne depicts a similar branch but with colour, including a blue sky that gradates into black in the bottom. Compared to the stark contrast of black and white in #30, the variations in focus and blur in the painting makes it possible to detect a sense of motion in the branch.

While Browne's tree branches convey a somewhat malevolent presence—a sentiment echoed in his charcoal works depicting water and waterfalls—other works cultivate a more hopeful and playful quality. In his 'Pavement' series (2016), the artist records small, odd, and banal moments that would otherwise be lost, pineapple ring discarded on a footpath in #11 (2016), slumped on top of its damp trace, or the small piece of rectangular wood somehow resting on a wire netting in #8 (2016). In the same series, however, works such as #9 with the smiley-face and #4 (2016), depicting a graffitied mask that peeks through a hole on a wooden fence, also point to a potentially destructive and unnecessary manmade intervention on nature.

Browne lives and works in Melbourne.

Casey Carsel | Ocula | 2018

Andrew Browne Featured Artworks

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Study for Spill #4 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneStudy for Spill #4, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Study after Fall #2 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneStudy after Fall #2, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Spill by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneSpill, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Frozen by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneFrozen, 2018Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
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Yarra Bend (dusk) by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneYarra Bend (dusk), 2011Oil on linen
175 x 262 cm
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Apparition (blue) by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrowneApparition (blue), 2015Oil on linen
152.4 x 122 cm
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Phenomena by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrownePhenomena, 2015Oil on linen
100 x 100 cm
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Park nocturne by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork
Andrew BrownePark nocturne, 2015Oil on linen
110 x 150 cm
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Andrew Browne Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Andrew Browne, Spill at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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7 June–7 July 2018 Andrew Browne Spill Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 1 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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6–22 July 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 1 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Andrew Browne 'Spill' at Tolarno Galleries Related Press Andrew Browne 'Spill' at Tolarno Galleries 2 July 2018, Memo Review

To call Andrew Browne's practice 'disquieting' would, of course, be to say nothing new. In fact, a scan of the literature on his work shows that this, in some register or another, is about the only consistent thing said about his gothic greyscale drawing, painting and photography: it is disquieting, filled with suspense, dream-like, humming with...

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Andrew Browne, winner of the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize Related Press Andrew Browne, winner of the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize 12 June 2018, Tolarno Galleries

In a ceremony at Geelong Art Gallery on Friday 8 June, Andrew Browne was named the winner of the 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize for his work, The awakening . A biennial acquisitive award for contemporary painting with a cash prize of $30,000, the judging panel comprised Justin Paton (Head Curator of International Art, Art Gallery of New...

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