Shaun Gladwell: MADDESTMAXIMVS | Australian Pavilion | La Biennale di Venezia 2009

Shaun Gladwell represents Australia at the 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2009. The show entitled MADDESTMAXIMVS brings together the artist’s trademark slowed-footage video installations of figures undertaking acts of physical virtuosity, with sculptural works and interventions into the fabric of the pavilion itself, such as a motorcycle that sticks in the outer wall of the building.

MADDESTMAXIMVS has been developed over a two-year period and marks a shift from Shaun Gladwell’s earlier focus on urban environments and engages instead in a  personal exploration of the boundaries and possibilities of a human relationship to the Australian hinterland.


Antony Gormley | Another Place

A video montage of Antony Gormley’s Another Place. Gormley’s permanent installation is situated at Crosby Beach, Merseyside, England.
“The idea was to test time and tide, stillness and movement, and somehow engage with the daily life of the beach”. The completed installation stretched 2.5 km down the coast and 1 km out to sea, with an average distance between the 100 pieces of 500 metres.

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Design High | Louise Blouin Foundation

“In partnership with Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Louise Blouin Foundation in London presents a group exhibition of design art with works by Atelier van Lieshout, Drift, Ingrid Donat, Joris Laarman, Lionel Scoccimaro, Marc Quinn, Mathieu Lehaneur, Pablo Reinoso, Rainer Splitt, rAndom International, Robert Stadler, Sebastian Brajkovic, Thierry Dreyfus, Vincent Dubourg and Wendell Castle.

In this video, curator Natalie Kovacs talks about the title and the concept of the exhibition, the convergence of design, art and architecture, and specific works like Atelier van Lieshout’s Wombhouse and Mahieu Lehaneur’s Local River.” VTV

Courtesy of Vernissage Art TV


Abstract America | New Painting and Sculpture

The Saatchi Gallery on King’s Road, London, is currently showing an  exhibition entitled “Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture” . The exhibition runs until January 17, 2010 and  brings together new work from more than 40 American artists, among them: Kristin Baker, John Bauer, Mark Bradford, Tom Burr, Joe Bradley, Jedediah Caesar, Carter, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, Peter Coffin, Guerra de la Paz, Francesca DiMattio, Bart Exposito, Mark Grotjahn, Jacob Hashimoto, Rachel Harrison, Patrick Hill, Ryan Johnson, Matt Johnson, Paul Lee, Chris Martin, Elizabeth Neel, Baker Overstreet, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Gedi Sibony, Amy Sillman, Agathe Snow, Kirsten Stoltmann, Dan Walsh, Jonas Wood, Aaron Young.

Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture / Saatchi Gallery, London. Exhibition walkthrough, June 25, 2009.

Footage courtesy of Vernissage Art TV


THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE | Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age

Information about the 17th Biennale of Sydney is available at

David Elliot has been chosen to curate the Biennale which kicks off in May 2010.


The following media releases illuminate the theme of the show and the rationale behind the choice of the curator. Releases and image courtesy of Biennale of Sydney website

17th Biennale of Sydney

2010 Artistic Director

rAndom International | Audience

This installation by rAndom International takes the design imperative left field, outside the box. Is it art, is it design?  ‘Audience’ is an installation conceived by rAndom International in collaboration with Chris O’Shea. It consists of around 64 head-size mirror objects that interact with the audience based on a surveillance program that determines ‘who is interesting’.

“In this conversation with Raphaele Shirley, Hannes Koch talks about the piece – the concept behind, how it works, how people react to the piece, ideas for variations of the piece – and other topics such as the special nature of media art / design concerning hardware and maintenance, and future projects.

rAndom International’s ‘Audience’ installation has been awarded an honourable mention in the Interactive Art category of the Prix Ars Electonica 2009.”

Video Courtesy of Vernissage Art TV


Mona Hatoum | Interior Landscape

The Fondazione Querini Stampalia currently presents a major solo exhibition with new works by Mona Hatoum. This exhibition, entitled Interior Landscape, coincides with the opening of the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale and takes place over two floors of the museum. Mona Hatoum: Interior Landscape includes over 25 works, many of which are new or previously unseen in Europe.

Courtesy of Vernissage Art TV


“Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light”

Footage from a major retrospective exhibition of Bruce Nauman’s work in neon and fluorescent light that was on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Miami January, 2007.

Titled “Elusive Signs: Bruce Nauman Works with Light”, the exhibition included 16 of Nauman’s word play and identity signs, fluorescent light environments, and figurative neon’s, from the 1960s through the mid-1980s.

Footage courtesy of Vernissage Art TV.


Banksy | The Village Pet Store

This was  British artist Banksy’s first official exhibition in New York. A mock pet supply shop, “open for pet supplies / rare breeds / mechanically retrieved meat” as a sign said  in front of the shop. Banksy said : “I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming, but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing.”

Shown in October 2008

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