COFA students writing about art, life and the universe

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Artwrite 48

Illustration by Joan Cameron-Smith

Editorial – Christiane Keys-Statham & Emily Sinclair

Opinion piece

Poli-ism: A New Direction – Miriam Williamson


Features and Reviews

Out with the old, in with the new – maybe? – Joan Cameron-Smith

Time in reality: Marking Time – Caren Lai

Is it that time already? – Clement Lai

Child’s play – Emily Sinclair

Cabinet of catastrophe – Miriam Williamson

Get smart – Ronsie Chan

Project 5: Volume Four – Sophie Rose

City of big shoulders and even bigger artworks – Natasha Mikitas

On the emergence of loss – Peter Johnson

The (contemporary) art of war – Christiane Keys-Statham

On the run – Megan Monte

The shock of the old is still new – Emily Sinclair

Protecting cultural property in war – Christiane Keys-Statham

Run ‘rabbit’ run – Chen Chen

Marco Maggi in Sao Paulo – Rakel Yamanaka

Korean Art Today – Elio Lee

The Cola Project – Hareen Johl

Delvoye’s body of work – Amy Hartmann

A fragmented synthesis – Ben Messih

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial) and its omnipresent muse– Lorraine Chung

Art Month Sydney: A diversification of art events – Yuning Sun

Reviewing the Renaissance – Jinghan Wu

Jenny Tubby: The octagonal curiosity – Rebecca O’Shea

Malani’s ‘Mother India’ – Bronwyn Hadkins

Richard Tipping at the Australian Galleries – Mitchell Keith Eaton


Ben Ali Ong – Vanessa Anthea Macris

Thomas Demand: The Dailies Reviews

Something out of nothing – Su-Wen Leong

Thomas Demand: The Dailies – Judy Wills



Terence Maloon
Nina Berrell
Joanna Mendelssohn

Chief Editors

Christiane Keys-Statham
Emily Sinclair

Chief Sub-Editors

Sophie Rose
Peter Johnson
Rebecca O’Shea


Benjamin Messih
Natasha Mikitas
Megan Monte

Cover Illustration

Joan Cameron-Smith

Copy editors

Joan Cameron-Smith, Ronsie Chan, Chen Chen, Lorraine Chung, Mitchell Keith Eaton, Bronwyn Hadkins, Sophie Rose, Amy Hartmann, Hareen Johl, Peter Johnson, Caren Lai, Clement Lai, su-wen Leong, Elio Lee, Yi Ran Li, Ben Messih, Natasha Mikitas, Megan Monte, Rebecca O’Shea, Vanessa Anthea Macris, Yuning Sun, Miriam Williamson, Judy Wills, Jingan Wu, Rakel Yamanaka

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Mitchell Keith Eaton


By Christiane Keys-Statham & Emily Sinclair

2012 is a big year for the arts and culture sectors in Australia. Our new National Cultural Policy will shortly be released postponed due to budget concerns – a victim of the surplus, and will hopefully reflect, inspire and, most importantly, commit to supporting Australia’s incredibly diverse and vibrant arts communities.

Our class this semester is made up of people from many different backgrounds, cultures and walks of life. The defining idea behind this issue of Artwrite is to provide a snapshot of Australia’s artistic and cultural life on the eve of the National Cultural Policy. Continue reading

City of big shoulders and even bigger artworks: The transformative power of public art in Chicago

By Natasha Mikitas

Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate (2004, Stainless Steel) Photo credit: Natasha Mikitas.

A giant concrete skyline juts aggressively hundreds of meters into the sky; the overwhelming size of the buildings makes it hard to feel anything but inferior.  Opposite these massive structures are the icy waters of Lake Michigan, startlingly blue and unwelcomingly frozen over. Hundreds of people are congregated between the concrete monsters and the icy waters, but their attention is focused on neither. They walk slowly around a lone structure, touching its smooth surface and laughing as they walk below it, staring up entranced at their own reflections. They are impressed by the enormity and engrossed in the almost perfect mirror images on its surface. This is Cloud Gate (2004, Stainless steel), and it is (in my experience) the best thing I have ever seen in a public park. Continue reading

Art Month Sydney: A diversification of art events

By Yuning Sun

Art Month Sydney 2012 is the third annual contemporary art festival that celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of visual art in Sydney. It offers dynamic series of art events ranging from exhibitions, talks, tours, artist studio visits, to children’s art activity trails. More than 200 artists participated in Art Month 2012, which was held in more than 100 galleries across Sydney, mostly in the precincts of Surry Hills, Paddington and Danks St, Waterloo. Art Month has become an anticipated annual event among art lovers and artists. ‘We want people to get excited about contemporary art and to make them feel welcomed and involved’, notes Art Month 2012 Director, Eliza Muldoon (Davies K, 2012). The festival offers everyone the chance to interact with the contemporary artists and their works. Through diversity, Art Month has allowed valuable exchanges of knowledge between the artists and the public. Continue reading

Reviewing the Renaissance

By Jinghan Wu

Renaissance is a term that means revival or rebirth. It was an era that marked a change in the culture and art of Italy between 1400 and 1600, a period when people began to appreciate Classical Antiquity. The basis for development of the humanities was the study of ancient texts. The Renaissance was an era when there was increased questioning of the natural world as well as exploration and experimentation in sciences and arts. With the aid of new technologies like gunpowder, the printing press, optics and watches, and the exploration of the New World, Renaissance society was transformed, resulting in the emergence of today’s Europe (Brotton, 2006)[1]. Continue reading

Richard Tipping at the Australian Galleries

By Mitchell Keith Eaton

Richard Tipping, Horizon (Road to Woop Woop) (1981, photograph)


17 April 2012 – 6 May 2012

Outside the entrance to the gallery the first work displayed is on a stand, with a placard carrying words in graphics that we are accustomed to, but with an ironic change: ‘sorry, we’re open’. This simple sign is a foretaste of what is inside and an indication of Richard Tipping’s playful mind, with words and visual imagery fabricated from conventional street signage products. Continue reading

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