1. Exhibition blurb; awesome repeat x infinity bonus ;-o

    Artists: Damiano Bertoli, Megan Campbell, Sonia Donnellan, Ry Haskings, Sean Loughrey, Stuart Murdoch, Kate Robertson, and Michael Weldon. Curated by Sue Dodd.

    If given a single moment to announce a positive feeling to the world in a single word, and in a manner that avoids misinterpretation or misunderstandings (but maybe could be repeated if you wished), what do you choose to say? What is the language equivalent of !!!!!? Moreover, would this hypothetical expression have any meaning or value? (And why the **** do I keep saying ‘awesome’?) Artists, arguably make an analogous (and equally impossible) ‘yelp’ with all sorts of ‘things’ in all sorts of ways, each time they produce and exhibit a work in public. While theorists like Diedrich Diederichsen ponder notions of surplus value or the “pay-off” in art, NY trend forecasters K-hole are coming up with #Normcore; ‘post aspirational’ and ‘unconcerned with authenticity’. In everyday communication, the purest distillation of exclamative expressive form and compulsive iteration, could be the emoticon. Low res, disposable and instantaneous, their light-speed exchange ensures that the impersonal and abbreviated is, at least, sent and received with emotional intent…mostly a smile but sometimes a middle finger. The artists selected for this exhibition clearly utilise methodologies of appropriation and repetition in their practice, challenging ways of communicating emotion in the vernacular. Simulating and stimulating the rhetorical power of persuasion (ethos, pathos, logos) and the compulsive use of platitudes (hell yeah! two thumbs up!) this group exhibition should be considered a hyper-actualised emoticon sentence of awesome repeat x infinity bonus ;-o. 
  2. Backyard Exhibition/Competition

    Three of my images have been chosen for @mobilephotonet BACKYARD exhibition as part of the @headonphotofestival! The official exhibition launch is this Sunday at 2pm, If you’re in Sydney please come along!

    The exhibition will be open to the public from 11am on Saturday the 18th May.  The official launch (drinks and nibbles) is the day after at 2pm on Sunday (19 May). If your living locally we’d love for you to come along to the opening and please feel free to bring family and friends.  
    The exhibition will open on weekends from 11am to 5pm and runs through to Sunday 23 June.
  3. Backyard: A Mobile Photography Open Call for Head On Photo Festival 2013

    Head On Photo Festival  in partnership with Mobile Photo Network (MPN) is inviting photographers from all around the world to submit mobile phone photographs on the theme of Backyard.

    Mobile photography has enabled us to share our once private homes and backyards with the rest of the world.  Through connected technology and social media we can now invite people to come over, to join us, to see how we live.

    The exhibition will be held in the Superintendent’s Residence, located in the sprawling grounds of Centennial Park – Sydney’s shared backyard.

    The theme is open to interpretation.  Photographers can submit up to five photos for consideration. Judges will be looking for both strong individual images and sets of photos related to the theme.  Thirty photographs will be chosen for the exhibition.

    Submissions will be judges by a panel of photographers and curators including:

    • Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig
    • MPN founders and mobile photographers Oliver Lang and Misho Baranovic
    • Sydney-based fine art photographer Garry Trinh.

    Head On Foundation Ltd and Oliver Lang and Misho Baranovic, together known as “Mobile Photo Network” (Organisers) invite photographers to submit images taken on a smartphone, tablet or smart camera (Mobile Devices) of backyards as part of a competition to be shown in the Backyard Exhibition at Superintendent’s Residence, Centennial Park between 17 May and 23 June 2013.

  4. The AGNSW fascist. Seriously, there are better ways to handle the public than the way you did.

    The AGNSW fascist. Seriously, there are better ways to handle the public than the way you did.

  5. I AM CURATING… An Exhibition Initiated by William Leavitt & Jon CatesINSTRUCTION SET FOR PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITION:STEP 1. DOWNLOAD ORIGINAL REWORK:http://systemsapproach.net/img/IAC_WilliamLeavitt.png STEP 2. INSERT MEDIA INTO TRANSPARENT AREA STEP 3. UPLOAD TO TUMBLR STEP 4. TAG “I AM CURATING”

    I AM CURATING… An Exhibition Initiated by William Leavitt & Jon Cates

    INSTRUCTION SET FOR PARTICIPATION IN EXHIBITION:

    STEP 1. DOWNLOAD ORIGINAL REWORK:http://systemsapproach.net/img/IAC_WilliamLeavitt.png 

    STEP 2. INSERT MEDIA INTO TRANSPARENT AREA 

    STEP 3. UPLOAD TO TUMBLR 

    STEP 4. TAG “I AM CURATING”

  6. I’m sitting the Melbourne Silver Mine ‘Sets Show’, which is part of the fringe program of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. [BIFB ‘11]. My piece, consists of 9 silver gelatin prints attached directly to the wall and forms part of a series called ‘Maps’.

Sitting in these spaces allows a lot of time for reflection and observation, these chairs add comfort and a sense of warmth sometimes lacking in gallery spaces. In fact this space is quirky and unique, quite unlike any other space I’ve sat in the past.

    I’m sitting the Melbourne Silver Mine ‘Sets Show’, which is part of the fringe program of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. [BIFB ‘11]. My piece, consists of 9 silver gelatin prints attached directly to the wall and forms part of a series called ‘Maps’.

    Sitting in these spaces allows a lot of time for reflection and observation, these chairs add comfort and a sense of warmth sometimes lacking in gallery spaces. In fact this space is quirky and unique, quite unlike any other space I’ve sat in the past.

  7. Melbourne Silver Mine listed in ArtsHub's BIFB'11 Fringe program highlights :)

    BOOYAH!

    (Source: naughtyword)

  8. I Wish I was in San Fran

    Right now!

    Especially given that Richard Misrach is one of my favourite photographers.

    "Face of our Time presents the work of five photographers who share an interest in making pictures that capture what the world looks like. They observe the sometimes-volatile civil and political transformations facing society, recording history as it unfolds over time. Goldberg gives voice to the experiences of refugees in socially and economically devastated African countries. Schwartz studies the effects of globalization across central Asia’s ancient Silk Route. Muholi provides a visual identity for the queer black population so often marginalized in her native South Africa. Aue Sobol combines observations of the rural hunting culture in a remote Arctic village with intimate portraits of his girlfriend, Sabine. And Misrach photographs the graffiti left behind in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina."

    image credit

    (Source: sfmoma.org)

  9. Inbox surprises!
This morning I woke to this e-mail:-

Hello Stuart,
Congratulations! One of your projects was just featured on photographyserved.com and will appear on its front page. We developed our network of category-specific Served sites to further showcase the best projects on the Behance Network, offering your work even more exposure. 
Our editorial team features only a small number of projects every day. With many thousands to choose from, we look for work that promotes new thinking in its industry. 
Congrats, and thanks for being involved in the Behance Network. If you ever have any feedback/suggestions for us, feel free to contact me. 

So above is a screen grab of my work featured on the front page, from my maps series.
Anyone else, got an account with behance?

    Inbox surprises!

    This morning I woke to this e-mail:-

    Hello Stuart,

    Congratulations! One of your projects was just featured on photographyserved.com and will appear on its front page. We developed our network of category-specific Served sites to further showcase the best projects on the Behance Network, offering your work even more exposure. 

    Our editorial team features only a small number of projects every day. With many thousands to choose from, we look for work that promotes new thinking in its industry. 

    Congrats, and thanks for being involved in the Behance Network. If you ever have any feedback/suggestions for us, feel free to contact me. 

    So above is a screen grab of my work featured on the front page, from my maps series.

    Anyone else, got an account with behance?

  10. GPOYW* [Thursday edition]

    GPOYW* [Thursday edition]

  11. Bigger than Ben Hur?

    One of my former teachers and several other artists, filmmakers, painters, poets, students & writers were privileged to participate in a project exploring one of Australia’s harshest regions.

  12. Spent the day investigating gallery spaces in Ballarat, for the upcoming MSM, exhibitions, as part of the Ballarat International Foto Bienalle [BIFB ‘11]. This is the space that has been chosen to exhibit, small bodies of work.

  13. Adam Fuss

    A review of Adam Fuss’ work, wish I was in London right now?