Visual arts

Painting by Jo Darbyshire in deep purples, reds and blues

A moving reflection

Review: Various artists, “NO SECOND THOUGHTS: Reflections on the ARTEMIS Women’s Art Forum” · Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery · Review ...
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A painting by Julie Dowling of two women wearing yellow aprons over red t-shirts. Both wear glasses.

Disrupting Duchamp

Review: Various artists, “HERE&NOW18” · Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · “HERE&NOW: Besides, it is always ...
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White clapboard ncafe by the sea

Ambitious exhibition merits multiple visits

Review: WA International Art Space, "spaced 3: north by southeast"· Art Gallery of Western Australia · Review by Phoebe Mulcahy ...
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landscape of eagle and building

A haunting take on WA’s past

Review: Various artists, “Dark Swan - Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes” · PS Art Space Fremantle, 7 September · ...
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A man and a woman sitting in front of a painting

Connecting generations

Review: Martumili Artists & Spinifex Hill Artists, "Pujiman" · The Goods Shed · Review by Jenny Scott · "Pujiman" is ...
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Artwork courtesy of Natsumi de Dianous. Work details: Slime fantasy grrl, 2018, Clay, acrylic, clear slime and temporary tattoo.

Recasting the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

We all know the Manic Pixie Dream Girl of the contemporary romantic film. She’s that off-beat, mysterious one, that free ...
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many photographs of faces

Channels of communication

Review: Khaled Sabsabi, "A Self Portrait" and Amalia Pica, "please open hurry" · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art · Review ...
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Title: Disembodied Cuisine Installation Artists: The Tissue Culture & Art (Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr & Guy Ben-Ary) Medium: mix Date: 2003 Photography: Axel Heise

A peek inside the lab

A monstrous arts event is about to take place in Perth. Named "Unhallowed Arts", it's timed to celebrate the bicentenary ...
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Penny Coss, Purple Stain, 2018, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 160 x 180cm. Courtesy Art Collective WA

A reward for attention to detail

Review: Penny Coss, “From Someplace Else” & Susan Flavell, “Golden Flowers”· Art Collective WA, Cathedral Square· Review by Miranda Johnson· ...
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Sidney Nolan 
Stringybark Creek 1947
from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.70 x 121.50 cm
Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
National Gallery of Australia 


Tension, humour and high drama

Review: 'Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series' · Art Gallery of Western Australia · Review by Miranda Johnson · "Sidney Nolan’s ...
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The Plague

Beyond the veil

Review: Aasiya Evans’s 'Orientalism & Imperialism: Veiled, Unveiled and Reviled' · Spectrum Project Space · Review by Belinda Hermawan · ...
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Sidney Nolan The trial 1947 from the Ned Kelly series 1946 – 1947 enamel paint on composition board 90.70 x 121.20 cm Gift of Sunday Reed 1977 National Gallery of Australia

Sublime Sid and Ned: the painter and the painted

Ned Kelly was not just Sidney Nolan's subject, but his alter ego, writes David Rainey.  To coincide with the opening of "Sidney ...
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A deeply engaging survey

A deeply engaging survey

Review: Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie (Gara-Gara), Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies and Pantjiti Mary McLean, “Bush Women: ...
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Cool Change Contemporary team

A break in the weather

There’s a new ARI* on the block in the Perth CBD. Situated in the Bon Marche Arcade building on Barrack ...
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Work by Harrison See

In the face of waste

Review: Brenton Rossow, Darren Tynan, Harrison See, Zhang Lianxi  and Rebecca Jensen, “Paradise’s Parasite III” · Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mt Lawley, ...
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Alex Spremberg, Liquid Structures #20, enamel on canvas, 150 x 180 x 3cm. Courtesy Art Collective WA

What lies beneath

Review: Alex Spremberg, “Liquid Geometrics” and Andre Lipscombe, “Unconcealed Paintings” · Art Collective WA, Cathedral Square, Perth · Review by ...
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polar permaculture dome in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Under the dome

Review: Amy Perejuan-Capone, “This Is How We Walk on the Moon” · Artsource Old Customs House · Review by Belinda ...
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Work by Jade Richards

An ongoing conversation

Review: "Djookian (Sisters)" · Gallery Central, North Metropolitan TAFE · Review by Miranda Johnson · Curated by Thelma John, “Djookian ...
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Sump System II Frontier

Dystopian by design

Review: Richard Giblett, "Frontier" · Turner Galleries · Review by Miranda Johnson · Richard Giblett’s exhibition "Frontier", at Turner Galleries, ...
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A still from Charmaine Green's 'Dream Mine Time'.

Stories ancient and recent

Review: Various artists, "Dream Mine Time" · FORM Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · The title piece of "Dream ...
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Semiconductor_Black Rain_Photo by Rebecca Mansell (1)

A striking solar exploration

Review: Semiconductor, Brilliant Noise/Black Rain · Fremantle Arts Centre · Review by Phoebe Mulcahy · Despite it being one hundred-and-fifty ...
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Elizabeth Tan

Unpacking our libraries: Elizabeth Tan’s network of little lost things

Behind every artist is a rich collection, a "library", compiled of works by other creators. In Seesaw's "Unpacking our libraries" ...
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Breath

Behind the magic

The film Breath, based on the Tim Winton novel of the same name, opened in cinemas around the country last ...
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Opening night of Hatched 2018.

A snapshot of the future

Review: "Hatched National Graduate Show" 2018 · Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) · Review by Jenny Scott · Now ...
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Iain Grandage

And the director is…

Perth Festival has announced the appointment of Iain Grandage as artistic director of Perth Festival 2020-2023, succeeding current director Wendy ...
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Down on their Luck, 2017, ash, polymer, timber veneer on canvas, 183x225cm, Photograph by Bewley Shaylor

Art from the ashes

Review: Nigel Hewitt, “Recinder” · Gallery Central, North Metropolitan TAFE · Review by Belinda Hermawan · In his latest body ...
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Holly Story, Spellbound (detail), 2018, variable, Banksia grandis flowers, plant dyed silk organza, silk thread, plywood, xanthorroea, resin and acrylic paint. Photography by Jessica Wyld_preview

Seductive and sensual

Review: "Sensual Nature", various artists · Fremantle Arts Centre · Review by Jenny Scott · Featuring works by twelve Australian ...
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Patsy Mudgedell, Dogs on edge (detail), 2018, gouache, colour texta and black fineliner on cartridge paper, 29.7 x 42cm

Stories of family, country and culture

Review: "Revealed Exhibition: New and emerging WA Aboriginal artists" · Fremantle Arts Centre · Review by Miranda Johnson · Fremantle ...
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Bradley Kickett, 'Shoalwater',

The many faces of water

Review: Binja-Bilya-Warden by Bradley Kickett · Paper Mountain, 21 March · Review by Miranda Johnson · When we think of water, ...
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Lia McKnight

Close to home

Finding sensuality in organic objects is one of the central ideas behind "Sensual Nature", an exhibition that opens at Fremantle ...
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Humanising history

Humanising history

Review: The Corsini Collection – A Window on Italy · Art Gallery of Western Australia · Review by Miranda Johnson ...
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Handbrake

Street smart

Review: Handbrake’s "Chaos Controlled" · 35 Cheriton St, East Perth, Friday 9 March · Review by Belinda Hermawan · Near ...
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Repatriate

Dancing or drowning

Perth Festival review: Repatriate by Latai Taumoepeau · Fremantle Arts Centre · Review by Jess Boyce · At the end ...
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Human Nature, Zadok Ben-David

Arresting and apocalyptic

Perth Festival review: Zadok Ben-David, "Human Nature" · Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · Zadok Ben-David's work is ...
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Mikaela Castledine

Of cats and crows

From a life-sized rhinoceros to a colourful cluster of stupas, Mikaela Castledine's large-scale yet intricate crocheted works have been delighting ...
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Kimsooja Zone of Nowhere

Flags for a new world order

Perth Festival review: Kimsooja's "Zone of Nowhere" · Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) · Review: Belinda Hermawan · When ...
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Lisa Reihana Emissaries

A rich and tender alternative

Perth Festival review: "Emissaries" by Lisa Reihana · John Curtin Gallery · Review by Miranda Johnson · Lisa Reihana’s "Emissaries" ...
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untitled gathering basket

String theory

Fringe World review: Annette Nykiel's "Meeting Place" · Spectrum Project Space · Review by Belinda Hermawan · A product of Annette Nykiel's three-week ...
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Lebens Mittel

Lebens Mittel

Eat from the food life gives By which we count our days It need not be as rich as Croesus ...
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A space of one's own

A space of one’s own

Artist-run galleries form a vital part of the visual arts ecosystem, acting as breeding grounds for new ideas and practices, ...
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How to choose your Fringe World shows

How to choose your Fringe World shows

Seesaw’s Nina Levy offers her tips for avoiding a Festival freak out navigating the Fringe World program. Ah Fringe World ...
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Welcome to the House of Joys

Welcome to the House of Joys

Dreaming up new worlds for people to experience is what KAN Collective's Noemie Huttner-Koros loves about performance-making, so she's excited about ...
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Best of beads

Best of beads

Tiny and colourful, fiddly and fun, iron-together beads have been keeping children occupied for over 50 years. But can they ...
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The interpretation of [downstream] dreams

The interpretation of [downstream] dreams

An essay about Tom Blake’s “Downstream Dreams”, exhibited at Moana Project Space, 17-19 November 2017 · By Belinda Hermawan · Within ten ...
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Cream of the crop

Cream of the crop

What were Seesaw writers' favourite shows this year? What were the highlights and lowlights for the arts in WA? And ...
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Artivism: reaching beyond trauma

Artivism: reaching beyond trauma

Eugenio Viola talks to Phoebe Mulcahy about "I don't want to be there when it happens", his first exhibition as ...
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Perth Festival picks

Perth Festival picks

Seesaw co-editor Nina Levy shares her tips for the 2018 Perth Festival. One of my favourite things about living in ...
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Close encounters of the remote kind

Close encounters of the remote kind

Review: Visitants: Close encounters with remote Western Australia ◆ FORM Gallery, Perth ◆ Review by Belinda Hermawan ◆ For those ...
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Side by side

Side by side

What happens when you exhibit amateur and professional art works side by side... and anonymously? You'll be able to find ...
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Beauty and the bathroom

Beauty and the bathroom

Review: Within Touching Distance, Mardi Crocker ◆ Spectrum Project Space ◆ Review by Jenny Scott ◆ The fine details of ...
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Unpacking our libraries: a reflection on creating

Unpacking our libraries: a reflection on creating

Behind every artist is a rich collection, a "library", compiled of works by other creators, writes Claire Coleman. Walter Benjamin’s ...
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Every cat has its day

Every cat has its day

Review: The Life and Times of Scarface Claw ◆ Awesome Festival, State Library of WA ◆ Review by Phoebe Mulcahy ...
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Rethinking the landscape

Rethinking the landscape

Review: Looking Glass, Gregory Pryor ◆ Art Gallery of WA ◆ Review by Phoebe Mulcahy ◆ Hear "landscape" with reference to the ...
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Reality cheque

Reality cheque

Review: Taylor Reudavey’s "I Know How Hard It Can Get" Moana Project Space, 9 September Review by Belinda Hermawan Taylor ...
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Telling West Australian stories

Telling West Australian stories

Wendy Martin, artistic director of Perth International Arts Festival, talks to Nina Levy about the artists and audiences she has ...
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Science made poetic and personable

Science made poetic and personable

Review: 'Energies: Haines & Hinterding' · Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 1 September · Review by Jenny Scott · The intangible energies ...
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Sparking dialogue

Sparking dialogue

Review: "Silence", Kyle Hughes-Odgers - Turner Galleries, opening night 1 September - Review by Belinda Hermawan - In contrast with ...
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Vantage point

Vantage point

Review: The Perth Centre for Photography’s Iris Award 2017 - Review by: Belinda Hermawan - This year’s finalists for the ...
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Scratching Under the Surface: Richard Bell

Scratching Under the Surface: Richard Bell

Review: Scratch an Aussie, Richard Bell - Art Gallery of Western Australia, 22 August - Review by Belinda Hermawan - In ...
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Rapping and weaving: Hannah Brontë

Rapping and weaving: Hannah Brontë

Claire Trolio catches up with Hannah Brontë, one of nine artists performing in the 2017 Proximity Festival. I’ve managed to ...
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Transmission Interrupted - Alex Hobba: A Conversation

Transmission Interrupted – Alex Hobba: A Conversation

Review: "A Conversation", Alex Hobba -  Moana Project Space -  Review by Phoebe Mulcahy -  As much as we may ...
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Implanted clouds: Builded Remnants

Implanted clouds: Builded Remnants

Review: Builded Remnants - Berndnaut Smilde - The Goods Shed - Reviewed by Phoebe Mulcahy It is a testament to ...
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Twists, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part II)

Twists, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part II)

In "Twists, turns and music: part I", AWESOME Arts CEO Jenny Simpson told Nina Levy about her past; a childhood ...
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Twist, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part I)

Twist, turns and music: Jenny Simpson (Part I)

This year Jenny Simpson is celebrating a decade at the helm of AWESOME Arts, an organisation dedicated to making incredible ...
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Something in nothing: Immaterial

Something in nothing: Immaterial

by Gemma Ben-Ary and Mandy Harwood - Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley - Reviewed by Belinda Hermawan ...
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Montages: More than just a supercut

Montages: More than just a supercut

Review: Montages: The Full Cut 1999–2015 - Artist Tracey Moffatt and collaborator Gary Hillberg - Wanneroo Gallery - Reviewed by ...
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