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Stella Rosa McDonald

Tatsuo Miyajima Ocula Conversation Tatsuo Miyajima By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

What is interesting to me is what's behind technology and the philosophical aspects of that.

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Emily Cormack Ocula Conversation Emily Cormack By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

The works in Primavera 2016 chart the human body as it encounters itself in the space of art. The body’s echoes, shadows, murmurs and movements are seized upon by the eight artists in the exhibition as material evidence of a forensic life. Visitors encountering Emily Parsons-Lord’s The Confounded Leaving have the option of...

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Zhang Huan At Carriageworks, Sydney Ocula Feature Zhang Huan At Carriageworks, Sydney By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

Standing before Zhang Huan’s Sydney Buddha —considering the grace and serenity of the five-meter-tall Buddha’s decidedly feminine repose—I can’t escape the fact that the foyer of Carriageworks, in which the Buddha has been recently installed, stinks. Something has died here and then dried in the summer sun. ...

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Aida Tomescu Ocula Conversation Aida Tomescu By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

Since migrating to Australia from Romania over thirty years ago, artist Aida Tomescu has emerged as a formidable presence in Australian art, collecting a host of accolades, including the Sulman, Wynne and the Dobell prizes. In conversation, Tomescu is erudite, impassioned and draws often from literature, art history and poetry in the discussion...

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Zheng Guogu Ocula Conversation Zheng Guogu By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

Over the Australian summer, cult Chinese artists Yangjiang Group will present a new multi-site work commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Actions for Tomorrow will take over both the public and private areas at 4A in addition to a one-night only participatory performance and garden party at the Chinese Gardens of...

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On Film: The Sydney Biennale Report Part Iii Ocula Feature On Film: The Sydney Biennale Report Part Iii By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

Tacita Dean’s commission for the 19th Biennale of Sydney and Carriageworks, Event for a Stage, sits at the apex of a Biennale whose greatest successes have been in its film, video and performance works. Dean is an artist who courts chance and she described this, her first live work, as being based on a “series of profound...

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Something Borrowed: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Part Ii Ocula Feature Something Borrowed: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Part Ii By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

The curatorial frame of the 19th Biennale of Sydney, that artistic imagination and desire are the seeds from which art is made, is so transparent it is almost invisible. Juliana Engburg’s adjective laden curatorial essay tries to eke out greater substance from the idea that artists have imaginations and are creative but ultimately it is a...

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The Right Speed: The 2014 Biennale Of Sydney Ocula Feature The Right Speed: The 2014 Biennale Of Sydney By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

The 19th Biennale of Sydney, curated by Juliana Engberg, opened this week under the title You Imagine What You Desire. At times, it succeeds in being both intelligent and accessible, something that is difficult for an art event of this scale. However, ‘Show, don't tell’ is a technique that would give many of the works in this...

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Where To From Here? Innovators In The Australian Arts Ocula Feature Where To From Here? Innovators In The Australian Arts By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

‘For me, one of the most political acts of the 21st Century is to be vulnerable. It’s not to take a single position or write a manifesto of democracy, it’s to actually make yourself vulnerable to being wrong. If you can do this then you can create a different space of risk for others to come in and create encounters.’...

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Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney Ocula Feature Notes On Desire: The 19Th Biennale Of Sydney By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

" Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will." George Bernard Shaw In 1879, a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval began building an esoteric homage to the beauty of sandstone. On one of his postal rounds, Cheval came across small pieces of...

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Great Expectations: Emerging Australian Art Ocula Feature Great Expectations: Emerging Australian Art By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

In literary criticism, the term Bildungsroman refers to a coming of age novel. The protagonist learns a lesson, undergoes a transformation and grows up. They are stories where sentiment conflicts with authority, and we love them because they question our foundations and because we were all kids, once. ‘Emerging’ is the art...

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The Scale Of Intimacy: Visual Arts At The Sydney Festival Ocula Feature The Scale Of Intimacy: Visual Arts At The Sydney Festival By Stella Rosa McDonald, Sydney

Themes of intimacy and scale dominate the visual arts component of the Sydney Festival, and though the festival prizes eclecticism there are strong associations between the works on show. The blokes blockbuster strikes again as the MCA and the Art Gallery of New South Wales respectively host Anish Kapoor and Francis Bacon exhibitions.

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