Embodied Acts: Live and Alive

Embodied Acts is an exciting program of performances, events and actions taking place in and around the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) during ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’. Involving a diverse group of artists whose practices criss-cross between disciplines and interests, Embodied Acts foregrounds site-specific, performative and ephemeral forms of art. Each of the artists, in variously…

GOMA celebrates the next generation of Queensland artists

The Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art and Design, now in their 22nd year, recognise, celebrate and honour student artists from Queensland schools. The award-winning works were officially unveiled at the annual Creative Generation exhibition held at GOMA last month. As I observed the proud looks on the young artists’ faces, this prompted me…

Lightness and Gravity

‘Lightness & Gravity’ showcases the Gallery’s contemporary art collection in a series of thematic constellations, and features several major recent acquisitions. The title of the display points to a longstanding philosophical discussion on the fundamental character of existence — and, by extension, the nature of art-making — as weighty, meaningful and constrained by history, or…

Modern Woman

For art to be truly modern, the French writer Charles Baudelaire urged in 1846, it must reflect its own time. By the second half of the nineteenth century, the artists featured in ‘Modern Woman: Daughters and Lovers 1850–1918: Drawings from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris‘ turned away from traditional subjects and techniques that had dominated French…

Gallery showcases important Queensland potters

The latest exhibition to open in the Gallery’s Xstrata Coal Queensland Artists’ Gallery is a father and son exhibition of pottery. A joint exhibition of Queensland father and son potters Carl and Phillip McConnell’s work will be on display at the Gallery until June 24, 2012 and recognises the important place the two potters hold…

Closer than we thought

Peter McKay interviews Pat Hoffie about her works in the exhibition ‘Social Networking’. While researching ‘Social Networking’ I came across the writings of Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler in their book Connected. Soon their thinking became the formative influence for my project. Together they illustrate that much of our behaviour, belief and emotion is determined…