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	Image: Aleks Danko. Photo: Jude Walton

Contemporary artists talks

Leading artists discuss their practice and their works on display in the contemporary galleries.

Image: Aleks Danko. Photo: Jude Walton

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2011
Various times, as indicated


Duration 30 minutes
Location: Contemporary galleries

Related exhibition: New contemporary galleries

Patricia Piccinini

Piccinini works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, video, sound, installation and digital prints. She enjoys exploring what she calls ‘the often specious distinctions between the artificial and the natural’. The concepts that underpin modern science, such as genetic engineering and other forms of biotechnology, appear to fascinate her. In her talk, Piccinini will discuss her practice and work The comforter 2010, which is on display in the contemporary galleries.

sign language

Interpreted into Auslan


Saturday 21 May 2011 12pm – 12:30pm

Aleks Danko

Danko is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes sculpture, installation, performance/live art, drawing and printmaking, and incorporates collaborations with other artists, including practitioners from other cultural disciplines. Danko’s work also has a strong focus on aspects of Australian culture, unravelling the social and political mores of our society in a wry and sardonic critique. In his talk, Danko discusses his works Log dog and Art stuffing, both in the John Kaldor Family Collection, and the performative nature of his practice, past and present.

Aleks Danko. Photo: Jude Walton


Saturday 21 May 2011 3:30pm – 4pm

Mike Parr

Parr is widely regarded as one of the most prominent Australian performance artists and printmakers. His three-decade body of work has accumulated as a vast and complex self portrait project that includes performance, installation, sculpture, drawing, drypoint etching and photography. The self in Parr’s work is not a recognisable person as such, but a kind of surface on which the artist acts out a monologue about the nature of representation. In his talk, Parr discusses his sculptural work Bronze liars (minus 1 to minus 16) 1996 and his series 26 untitled self-portrait 1981-96 and the performative nature of his work.

Mike Parr Untitled self portrait 1981-96 (detail) Contemporary Collection Benefactors’ 2000 © Mike Parr


Saturday 21 May 2011 5pm – 5:30pm

Shaun Gladwell

Gladwell’s videos focus on how his subjects move; breakdancers, skateboarders, roller-bladers, BMX bike riders are filmed on the streets and in urban public spaces such as parks, train stations and malls. Gladwell is himself a skateboarder and he creates a mesmerising dialogue between performance and street culture. In his talk, Gladwell discusses his practice and the video work Approach to Mundi Mundi 2007, which is in the John Kaldor Family Collection.

Shaun Gladwell Approach to Mundi Mundi 2007 (detail) John Kaldor Family Collection


Saturday 21 May 2011 6pm – 6:30pm

Daniel Crooks

Spanning a range of media including digital video, photography and installation, Crooks’ complex and beautiful time structures reveal a sensibility seemingly at odds with the ordinariness of the subject matter. His digital images stretch and distort reality while questioning our perception of it. In his talk, Crooks discusses his work Elevator no.3 2002 and Static no.6 2003, both in the John Kaldor Family Collection.

Daniel Crooks Static No 6 2003 (detail) Courtesy the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery Melbourne & Sydney


Saturday 21 May 2011 7pm – 7:30pm

Callum Morton

Callum Morton’s sculptures combine incisive social observation, ideas about urban design and contemporary living, and an interest in the legacy of minimal sculpture. Motormouth 2002 is a sculpture of two freeways, scaled 1:10. It continues Morton’s consideration of the intersections between public and private space and in particular the ‘non-spaces’ of urban design such as freeways, shopping centres, service stations, cinemas and convenience stores. In this talk, Morton discusses both his practice and Motormouth.

Callum Morton Motormouth 2002 Contemporary Collection Benefactors’ 2002 © Callum Morton, courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery


Sunday 22 May 2011 12pm – 12:30pm

Janet Laurence

Laurence is best known for her site-specific installations that extend from the museum or gallery space into the natural world. Her works echo architectural forms while preserving a sense of instability and transience drawn from her observations of nature. In her talk, Laurence discusses her practice and her work In stance of memory 2005 in the Gallery’s contemporary collection.

Janet Laurence In stance of memory 2005 Contemporary Collection Benefactors Fund 2006 © Janet Laurence


Sunday 22 May 2011 1:30pm – 2pm