31 October, 2008

Singapore Biennale 2008

the 2nd Singapore Biennale is still open until 16 November.


The Japanese curator and art critic Fumio Nanjo, currently director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, was already the artistic director of the 1st Singapore Biennale in 2006. He is also in charge of the Biennale's second edition, with Joselina Cruz and Matthew Ngui as co-curators.

Theme "Wonder"

Through its theme "Wonder," the SB2008 investigates the articulation and creation of marvels, riddles and illusions in our world today. The artworks in the exhibition call the visitors to question and be curious; to reach beyond the surface, surpassing the apparent; and to be surprised, awed, tantalized and challenged.

According to Fumio Nanjo, the artworks selected or newly developed with the artists, attempt to cut through the fabric of the politically and socially constructed and perceptual limits of our world.

>> Biennial Tour
Almost the whole exhibition: artworks by 65 artists, including aprox. 150 photos, 15 video clips, maps, lots of information

Overview of dates & facts:
Print version - including all the information

Duration: 11 September - 16 November 2008

68 artists and groups
Artists' list with brief biographies and direct access to their works in the Biennale

Exhibition venues
The Singapore Biennale 2008 is concentrated in two large indoor spaces, a specially constructed temporary pavilion, and the public space of the city:

Containart Pavilion
Pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban, made of 150 shipping containers.

City Hall
Former host of diverse administration offices and Supreme Court. Already used for SB2006.

South Beach Development
Camp and police station from colonial times along Beach Road, opposite of the Raffles Hotel.

Public space
Singapore Flyer and Esplanade Bridge at Marina Bay, Raffles City, Suntec City.

The Parallel Program includes:

Art fair at the City Hall during the opening days of the biennale with 23 specially invited galleries.

Bound for Glory: Wong Hoy Cheong 2002 - 2007
Works by one of Southeast Asia's most influential artists.

Ronald Ventura
Recent works by the Filipino artist.

Archives & Desires
Selections from the Mohammad Din Mohammad Collection.

The Artists Village
A review of the artists' movement at its 20th anniversary.

8Q-Rate: School
Inaugural exhibition of 8Q sam: 8 curators worked with 8 artists exploring the theme of "school".

Guillermo Kuitca
First solo exhibition of the Argentinean artist in Asia.

No Wonder
Exhibitions and performances at LASALLE College of the Arts.

Indonesian Triple Bill
Dr Oei Hong Djien's collection, Entang Wiharso and Nasirun.

30 October, 2008

Printmaking Singapore



23 October - 4th November 2008

Featuring 20 participating artists including Chng Seok Tin, Miguel Chew, Urich Lau, Ernest Chan, Marisa Keller, Lim Bee Ling and Tay Bee Aye.

In celebration of its 28th anniversary, the Printmaking Society Singapore will be showcasing 40 works made over the last two years by 20 of its members. Titled Proof V, the show at the SG Private banking Gallery, Alliance Fran├žaise, Singapore, will open on the 22nd of October 2008 at 7pm. Running from the 23rd of October to the 4th of November, the show will feature Cultural Medallion winner Ms Chng Seok Tin, as well as prominent members of the Society, including The President’s Young Talent Award recipient, Ernest Chan, Marisa Keller and Miguel Chew. The participating artists have complete freedom thematically and artistically, within the almost limitless possibilities of printmaking. The works featured showcase a range of printmaking techniques, from lino-cut, woodcut, collagraph, stencilling, and silkscreen, to etching, aquatint and lithography. Collectively, the works present the high degree of artistic originality and technical skill for which the Printmaking Society Singapore is known.

Address: 1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130
Phone: +65 6833 9314
Fax: +65 67333023
Email: benedict@alliancefrancaise.org.sg
Internet: www.alliancefrancaise.org.sg/gallery.html
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 11 - 7
Sat: 11 to 5


map at singapore art gallery guide

27 October, 2008

Taiwan Food

A number of you were asking about the food in Taiwan. it is not like the "Chinese" food that we get in Australia which is mostly an Australian adaption of Cantonese.

There are several good websites which feature the food and where to get it.

Ordering is a challange - this is a typical menu...



A typical stall in a food court - often all you have to go on is the plastic food samples and a picture menu. Eater beware.

This blog is good, she explains what the food is and where to get it.

more info

Editorial - November Travel


The month of November will be very busy. I will be travelling from Taiwan to Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai on business. Following which I will be taking a well earned rest at Railay Beach in Thailand.

Where possible there will be posts to the Aviary and normal service will resume in December.


Shanghai Galleries

Duolun Museum of Modern Art:http://www.duolunmoma.org
Liu haisu Art Museum:http://www.lhs-arts.org
Moca Shanghai:http://www.mocashanghai.org
Shanghai Art Museum: http://www.sh-artmuseum.org.cn
Zendai Museum of Modern Art:http://www.zendaiart.com
Zhuqizhan Art Museum:http://www.zmuseum.org

1001 ArtGallery:http://www.1001artgallery.com
140sqm: http://www.140sqm.com
1918 ArtSpace Warehouse:http://www.1918artspace.com
Angle Gallery:http://www.shanghaigallery.com
ART LABOR: http://www.artlaborgallery.com
Art Scene China: http://www.artscenechina.com
Aura Art Gallery:http://www.aura-art.com
Biz Art: http://www.biz-art.com
Blue Coast: http://www.tmla.com.cn
Bund 18:http://www.bund18.com
Capital Art Gallery: http://www.capitalart.com.cn
Caves Art Center: http://www.cavesgallery.com.cn

Color Loft:http://www.colorloft.com
Contrasts Gallery: http://www.contrastsgallery.com
Deke Erh Art Center:http://www.han-yuan.com
Eastlink Gallery: http://www.eastlinkgallery.cn
Eye Level Gallery: http://www.eyelevel.com.cn
FeiZi Gallery: http://www.han-yuan.com
Fu Da Gallery: http://www.fuuda.com.cn
Gallery 55:http://www.gallery55s.com
Hj. Gallery: http://www.hjgallery.com
Hwas Art: http://www.hwasart.com
Highlight Gallery:http://www.highlight-art.com
Maison Gallery:http://www.maisongallery.com
Minyuan Art Center: http://www.mingyuan-artcenter.com
New B Gallery: http://www.newbchina.com
Osage Gallery: http://www.osagegallery.com
Red Bridge Gallery:http://www.redbridge.com.cn
Refined Nest Gallery:http://www.yachaogallery.com
Room With a View:http://www.topart.cn

Shanghai Gallery of Art: http://www.shanghaigalleryofart.com
Shanghai Grand Theater Gallery:
Shanghart Gallery: http://www.shanghart.com
Shengling Art Gallery:http://www.sl-art.com
Shine Art Space:http://www.shineartspace.com
Studio Rouge: http://www.studiorouge.cn
Sunbow Art Gallery: http://www.eyelevel.com.cn
TianQing Gallery: http://www.tqgallery.com
Wanfang Gallery:http://www.wanfung.com.cn
Xianghai Gallery: http://www.xianghaiart.com
Yibo Gallery:http://www.yibo-art.com

Hong Kong Galleries

The University of Hong Kong: http://www.hku.hk/hkumag
Hong kong Museum of art:http://www.hk.art.museum

10 Chancery Lane Gallery: http://www.10chancerylanegallery.com
1a Space:http://www.oneaspace.org.hk
Alisan Fine-Arts-Alice King Gallery:http://alisan.com.hk
Art Beatus Gallery:http://www.artbeatus.com
Amelia Johnson Contemporary:http://www.ajc-art.com
Connoisseur Art Gallery:http://www.connoisseur-art.com
Galerie Du Monde: http://www.galeriedumonde.com
Hanart TZ Gallery: http://www.hanart.com
Joece Gallery: http://www.joycegallery.com
Kaleidoscope Kreations Ltd:http://www.kaleidoscopekreations.com
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery:http://www.kwaifunghin.com
Para/Site Art Space: http://www.para-site.org.hk
Schoeni Art Gallery Ltd:http://www.schoeni.com.hk
Zee Stone Gallery: http://www.zeestone.com
Plum Blossoms (International) Ltd: http://www.plumblossoms.com

24 October, 2008

Printmaking Norway

In 1919, the Association of Norwegian Printmakers was established by the famous artist Edvard Munch, Erik Werenskiold and Harald Sohlberg. The intention was to make printmaking recognized as an independent art form and to improve the artists' condition. Since then, the association has worked continually to keep high standards professionally and ethically.

The Association of Norwegian Printmakers is a vital association which is open towards new techniques and expressions, yet at the same time it shows diversity within the more traditional techniques such as intaglio print, lithography, screen print and relief print to name a few.

Norwegian Printmakers Gallery, situated in the centre of Oslo, has at all time more than 4000 prints represented by 300 artists. Norwegian Printmakers Gallery is Norway's most important place to buy contemporary prints. Our selection is vast; here exists prints from the aesthetics of the 70s to current complex art expressions. In our gallery you will find new emerging artists who will dominate tomorrow's art scene, as well as the more established artists of today.


23 October, 2008

Subject Index - October 2008

The Aviary
Subject Index - September 2008
Editorial - November Travel

Language Blog

Printmaking Norway
Printmaking Singapore

2008 Walters Prize - NZ
The Swiss House - RMIT
Gosia Wlodarczak - Perth
Otto Dix at AGNSW
Rona Green - Melbourne
Women Pirates - Sally Smart
Turner Prize 2008

Coming to the Cheillerie

Artist Career - Australia

Graffiti/Street Art
Melbourne Graffiti
Morcky & Two Things Tonight
Same Old SAMO
VICE @ Sense Organ - Taiwan
CHEK - Taiwan
Reach - Taiwan

call - Tank TV

New Media
Stellarc at de Waag
Fellowships - National Film and Sound Archive

ITpark - Taipei
Taiwan Galleries
Taipei Biennial - First Visit
Soka Art Center Exhibitions
Ravenel Art Auction - Taipei
Fine Art Centre - Tainan, Taiwan

Singapore Art
Taiwan Food
Shanghai Galleries
Hong Kong Galleries

Singapore Biennale 2008

Gablick on graffiti
"Clean" Feeds on Australian Artists


Arts Writers Grant

Taipei Metal

Flight of the Conchords

Gosia Wlodarczak - Perth

Artist: Gosia Wlodarczak, 2007/08

Client: Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Architect: JCY Architects and Urban Designers
Location: Edith Cowan University, Business and Law Department, Mt Lawley Campus, Perth, Western Australia.

Description: A series of drawings computer manipulated and printed on panels. The panels form parts of external facades (graffiti/wallpaper effect) of the new Business and Law Department buildings, Edith Cowan University, WA.
Materials: Fibrocement panels, glass panels
Size: approximately 800 m2
Concept: Two words: happiness and trust, essential for modern economics are interweaved with shapes informed by selected fragments of texts on Australian economics, and the Australian Constitution. These ideas are overlapped with shapes outlining human presence. They draw on concepts of learning, fruitful intellectual coexistence, and leadership.

1. East (left image) and West(right image) facades of the North Block; the Business and Law Department, Edith Cowan University, Mt. Lawley Campus, Western Australia

2. The North Block, detail.

3. left image: South/West corner of the South Block, right image: Glass panes — looking from the interior of the South Block towards the North Block; the Business and Law Department, Edith Cowan University, Mt. Lawley Campus, WA.

Arts Writers Grant

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is a three-year pilot program designed to support writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors. The first program of its type, it was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program issues awards for books, articles, short-form writing, and blogs/new and alternative media projects and aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.


14 October, 2008

The Swiss House - RMIT

You are warmly invited to the opening of The Swiss House - From the series: Propositions for an uncertain future.

OPENING: Thursday 9 October 5 -7 pm @ RMIT University Project Space/Spare Room
Building 94, 23-27 Cardigan Street, Carlton

EXHIBITION : 10 - 31 October 2008

Participating artists:
Nigel Frayne, Aldo Iacobelli, Lyndal Jones, Antoni Jach, Mel Ogden, Longin Sarnecki, Ben Speth, Gosia Wlodarczak

Gosia Wlodarczak will be drawing on the window of the gallery: on 8 October 10 am - 3 pm, 9 October 4 - 6 pm and during the exhibition every Tuesday 11 am - 12 noon
14th, 21st, 28th October, 11 am - 12 noon.

Gosia Wlodarczak, Performative drawing process on the shop front window of the gallery.
Photo: Longin Sarnecki
Courtesy the artist and Arc One Gallery Melbourne, Boutwell Draper Gallery Sydney and Helen Maxwell Gallery Canberra.

Otto Dix at AGNSW

War: The Prints of Otto Dix

22 August - 26 October 2008
Project gallery, Ground Level

This exhibition showcases Otto Dix’s war portfolio Der krieg 1924, a collection of 51 etchings with aquatint which is regarded as one of the great masterpieces of 20th-century printmaking. Consciously modelled on Goya’s equally famous and equally devastating Los desastres de la guerra (The disasters of war), the portfolio captures Dix’s horror of, and fascination with, the experience of war.
more info

Introduction | Selected works | Slideshow | Checklist | Education (pdf)

touring: previously at the NGA



12 October, 2008

11 October, 2008


2008 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship
Vilma Bader, Diego Bonetto, Marley Dawson, Paul Greedy, Matthew Hopkins, David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton, Tara Marynowsky, Clare Milledge, Peter Newman, Sean Rafferty, Pete Volich, Emma White


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09 October, 2008

Taipei Biennial - First Visit

When is a video a work of art, and when is it a short film? When is a Biennial an art exhibition and when is it a film festival?

I made my first visit to the Biennial this week. There was a sculptural installation in the foyer, and after that it was mostly film. The majority of the visit was spent on the ground floor where there was a wall mural, some fibre glass 'turd' sculptures and an artist book, both props to films, some documentary photographs and everything else was video.

After a break at the basement cafeteria, a survey of the second floor revealed more video and an installation of printed political protest material. We did not have time to complete the exhibition.

The theme was globalisation and much of the material presented was political or descriptive. It was difficult to find any "art" in the traditional sense. It was also impossible to view all the works in their entirety in one day, so these are preliminary observations.

One work was a twenty minute power point style presentation, and there were no seats. I question whether any visitor actually saw the entire piece, I wasn't willing to sit on the concrete floor for that long.

Works of note included
Mario RIZZI 's "Chicken Soup" , Shaun GLADWELL 's videos, and an amusing piece by Nevin Aladag. Chicken Soup examined the mail order bride industry between Vietnam and Taiwan and was culturally enlightening. Aladag's "Lowrider Bellydance" from 2004 was amusing in its comparison between the macho world of cruising cars and the ancient female tradition of bellydance.

The wall mural by
Bbrother was not recognisable as 'graffiti' and was inferior in concept and execution to much of the graffiti that I had photographed near the Sun Yat Sen Memorial building the week before (above).

It will take a second visit to the main venue and visits to the satellite sites to complete the exhibition. Despite the fact that the show continues until January, they were almost sold out of English Language catalogues.


I watched both of Shaun GLADWELL
's video's in their entirety. It was pleasant to re-visit the Australian bush and a Tangara train (even if inverted). The obvious reference to Boyd's Narcissus etchings was overlooked in the catalogue. Not once, until I read the catalogue entry, did I think of Mad Max.

Gladwell's "Storm Sequence" and other videos can be viewed here: