Nicholas Folland

Burn Down the House
Linden New Art
13 February – 16 May 2021

Burn Down the House is a site-specific installation that responds directly to the history of Linden’s heritage-listed building. Across three gallery spaces, Nicholas Folland places found furniture and tree branches encrusted with more than 10,000 bottle tops. The installation explores the tension between the safety of home and the wild incursions of nature, accompanied by a rhythmic and layered tapping, generated by two small mechanical contraptions that hang on the wall. The beats flow over one another like cicadas, communicating across the landscape.

Linden New Art
26 Acland Street

Image: Nicholas Folland with House Party (2021), found furniture, bottle caps, enamel paint, dimensions variable. Photography by Theresa Harrison


Amos Gebhardt at The Substation

Spooky Action (at a distance)
12 Feb – 27 Mar 2021
Free admission, bookings essential

Amos Gebhardt brings a cinematic force to large-scale, moving image installations and photography, collaborating with performers, choreographers and musicians to create both intimate and widescreen tableaus. This major exhibition marks the re-opening of The Substation and is a PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography event.

Melbourne premiere! Amos Gebhardt’s major three-channel video work, Small acts of resistance is screening for the first time in Melbourne, along with There are no others and Lovers. In the Main Performance Space, Level 1, is a stunning presentation of the four channel Evanescence.  Make sure to experience this soon – Evanescence is showing only until 6 March 2021.

Centred on themes of identity, queerness, resistance and entanglement, this extensive series of Gebhardt’s works form a labyrinth of film and photographs that unify the artist’s practice in a bold new way.

ARTIST TALK: Amos Gebhardt will be in conversation with Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Victoria on Friday 26 February, 6-8pm. Book here.

Hear Amos Gebhardt walk through the exhibition with ABC RN The Art Show.

Image: AMOS GEBHARDT Evanescence (Water #3) (2018) archival inkjet pigment print, 100 x 150 cm, Edition of 5 + 1AP


Justine Varga presents ‘Tachisme: a stain on photography’

Floor talk
6pm to 6.45pm, Friday 19 February 2021
Tolarno Galleries
Level 4, 104 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

A WRITING & CONCEPTS lecture in collaboration with TOLARNO GALLERIES and PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography.

Justine Varga will discuss the creative potential of those elements of a photograph that are usually thought to be marginal or even deleterious to its health – in particular, about stains and similar pictorial imperfections.

While focusing on the role of the stain and staining in her own work, the artist will also be seeking to place her interest within a broader history of image making. The talk will consider the nature of photography and argues for a certain kind of artistic practice keenly attuned to the materiality of the medium and to corporeal presence.

RSVP here. Tolarno Galleries is open late until 8pm on Friday 19 February 2021.

IMAGE: Justine Varga Influence 2018, chromogenic photograph, 129.3 x 107.8 cm (framed size)


Welcome Skywhalepapa!

Congratulations to Patricia Piccinini on the arrival of Skywhalepapa – a new monumental sculpture in the form of a hot-air balloon. A companion to Skywhale (2013), together they form a skywhale family that launched in Canberra on 7 February 2021. Two further Canberra skywhale flights are scheduled for 8 March and 3 April 2021. The sculptures will float across the skies of Australia as a National Gallery Touring Exhibition throughout 2021 and 2022.

The Skywhales: Every heart sings project spans music and song to knitting and baking. The story of the skywhale family is told in Patricia Piccinini’s new children’s book Every Heart Sings, while an NGA exhibition brings together studio drawings and 3D models. Musician Jess Green (AKA Pheno) has created a song, We are the Skywhales, keen knitters can make their own skywhales from a pattern developed by a local Canberra knitter, and Three Mills Bakery have produced a limited edition skywhales croissant for the three Canberra flight events.

Skywhales: Every heart sings is the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series. Read more in The Age Good Weekend and The Guardian.

Image courtesy National Gallery of Australia.