MEL­BOURNE ART FAIR

Artist Profile - - CONTENTS - by Lucy Stranger

Galleries will present a di­verse range of works span­ning paint­ings, works on pa­per, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, new me­dia and in­stal­la­tion work by both es­tab­lished and emerg­ing tal­ent.

As this magazine hits the stands, Mel­bourne opens its doors to the in­ter­na­tional art com­mu­nity, with the an­nual Mel­bourne Art Fair 13 – 17 Au­gust. Renowned as Aus­tralia’s long­est run­ning and most es­tab­lished art fair, for 25 years the Fair has been a base from which to gar­ner in­sights into the lat­est con­tem­po­rary art. Set within the stage of the his­tor­i­cal Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion in Mel­bourne’s Carl­ton Gar­dens, the Mel­bourne Art Foun­da­tion has or­gan­ised 70 lead­ing galleries from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the in­ter­na­tional sur­rounds.

Mel­bourne Art Fair Direc­tor Barry Kel­doulis, over­see­ing his first fair, drew at­ten­tion to the im­por­tance of hav­ing the best se­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art from Aus­trala­sia com­ment­ing: “We’re ex­cited to have at­tracted the fore­most galleries and artists from the re­gion to par­tic­i­pate. Galleries will present a di­verse range of works span­ning paint­ings, works on pa­per, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, new me­dia and in­stal­la­tion work by both es­tab­lished and emerg­ing tal­ent.”

For this grand event the ex­pan­sive galleries of the Great Hall will be or­gan­ised into two sec­tions, di­vided be­tween the MAF galleries sec­tion of es­tab­lished galleries, and the MAF plat­form. Galleries in­clud­ing Al­cas­ton Gallery, Sul­li­van+Strumpf, Fe­hily Con­tem­po­rary and Hugo Michell Gallery are just a few of the es­tab­lished galleries that will be pre­sent­ing their lead­ing artists. Sul­li­van+Strumpf will be in­tro­duc­ing a new body of work by Aus­tralian artist Sam Leach.

An ex­cit­ing project by Fe­hily Con­tem­po­rary will in­volve a new ma­jor site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tion by Ken + Ju­lia Yone­tani, ‘The Last Su­per­mar­ket’, cre­ated es­pe­cially for the Mel­bourne Art Fair. Recre­at­ing a re­al­life size su­per­mar­ket, each of the ‘goods’ are made en­tirely of pure white salt, sold separately or in a ‘food bowl’ dis­play; it is a play­ful commentary on the role of art fairs and the is­sues of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

For the first time Mel­bourne Art Fair will wel­come in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Pearl Lam Galleries in the MAF galleries sec­tion. The gallery, which has bases in Hong Kong, Shang­hai and Sin­ga­pore, will ex­hibit works by Zhu Jin­shi, Su Xiaobai, Sun Juju, Li Xiao­jing, Lan Zhenghui and Wang Dongling.

Whether you are a bud­ding art en­thu­si­ast or an avid art col­lec­tor, the Mel­bourne Art Fair is an all-in­clu­sive event that aims to en­gage the pub­lic in rich artis­tic di­a­logues with in­dus­try lead­ers. Along­side the Fair will be Mel­bourne Art week, a seven-day city­wide pro­gram start­ing 11 Au­gust un­til Sun­day 17 Au­gust. Open to all ages its pro­gram in­cludes lec­tures, fo­rums, free chil­dren’s work­shops and in­ter­ac­tive events. At the open­ing night of the Fair, as apart of artist talks and walks, artist Luke Roberts will en­gage the au­di­ence with his most cel­e­brated per­sona, her di­vine ho­li­ness Pope Alice.

A greatly an­tic­i­pated high­light of the pub­lic Lec­tures and Fo­rums pro­gram will be the Mel­bourne Art Fair Key­note Lec­ture on Mon­day 11 Au­gust, pre­sented by the highly

re­garded Pearl Lam, Direc­tor of Pearl Lam Galleries, who is a crit­i­cal voice in the Asian art mar­ket.

The MAF Plat­form will be a vi­brant dis­play of the best emerg­ing tal­ent, with cu­rated galleries and artist run ini­tia­tives younger than five years, in­clud­ing MAF ex­hibitors .M Con­tem­po­rary and blackart­pro­jects.

Aim­ing to push con­cep­tual bound­aries and present to the pub­lic the lat­est in cut­ting edge con­tem­po­rary art, the fair has an­nounced the in­au­gu­ral MAF Video, a new sec­tion de­voted to new me­dia and mov­ing image. Co-cu­ra­tors Si­mone Hine and Kyle Weise, co-found­ing Di­rec­tors of Mel­bourne’s not-for-profit Screen Space, have been charged with se­lect­ing lead­ing Aus­tralian con­tem­po­rary artists for the pro­duc­tion.

Amongst the 300 artists that will be shown at Mel­bourne Art Fair, not to be missed is MAF Edge, an ex­hi­bi­tion plat­form solely de­voted to ex­per­i­men­tal con­tem­po­rary art prac­tices. Jac­que­line Doughty, Deputy Direc­tor at Gertrude Con­tem­po­rary has been an­nounced as Cu­ra­tor of MAF Edge 2014. The per­for­mance “So­cial Cap­i­tal” is a col­lab­o­ra­tive piece by an in­ter­ac­tive group of es­tab­lished per­for­mance artists who blur the boundary be­tween artist and au­di­ence. Aimed at char­ac­ter­is­ing art as an in­ter­ac­tion be­tween peo­ple rather than a viewer and an ob­ject, the work will draw au­di­ence mem­bers into un­ex­pected en­coun­ters. Artist Pro­file will also be at the Fair

pre­sent­ing our lat­est project ‘Your Friend the En­emy’, a pre­view of which will be on dis­play at our stand. With the 2015 cen­te­nary of the Gal­lipoli cam­paign next year, Artist Pro­file was in­volved in doc­u­ment­ing the mak­ing of the com­mem­o­ra­tive World War 1 vis­ual arts project. Be sure to come by and dis­cuss with us your in­spired artis­tic thoughts and mus­ings.

The 2014 Mel­bourne Art Fair is set­ting up to be an ex­cit­ing cross-sec­tion of the re­gion’s vis­ual art scene. A well-re­spected in­sti­tu­tion, it is crit­i­cal for stim­u­lat­ing at­ten­tion to the di­ver­sity and strength of artists emerg­ing from Aus­trala­sia. At this stage, 2014 seems to be yet another promis­ing year for this pre­mier event.

EX­HI­BI­TION Mel­bourne Art Fair 13 to 17 Au­gust, 2014 Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall, Mel­bourne

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06 01 Dani Marti, Be­com­ing An­i­mal, di­men­sions vari­able. 02 Pat Brass­ing­ton, The Flight of the Duchess, 2013, pig­ment Print, 83 x 120cm 03 Meg Cow­ell, Astrid, 2014, Gi­clee Print edi­tion of 5, 133 x 92cm 04 Daniel Agdag, The Bird­house, 2014, card­board, trace pa­per, mounted on wooden base with hand-blown glass dome, 58.5 x 30.5cm 05 Ariel Hassan, HFV Project 22, 2007/8, b&w pho­to­graphic prints set in per­spex box, 25.5 x 19cm 06 Sam Leach, Wallaby with two Pyra­mids, 2014, oil and resin on wood, 50 x 50cm 07 Juz Kit­son, Chang­ing Skin (de­tail), mixed me­dia, di­men­sions vari­able Courtesy the artists and Mel­bourne Art Fair

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