"I just think [art and sport are] so intertwined and close, and I always have. When I was at art school, I was a bit embarrassed by the idea that I had my tennis racquet underneath the table, but the connection for me has always been so strong. When I started boxing, I was training at five in the morning and five at night alongside professional boxers, and that’s when I saw that what they were doing in terms of skill and training was exactly what I’d be doing in the studio. And that’s where that connection became really clear to me."
An extract from Richard Lewer: You Wouldn't Make This Stuff Up an interview with Richard Lewer by Rebecca Gallo in VAULT Magazine
"William Mackinnon’s landscape paintings portray the Australian terrain and the road laid upon it with ebullience, wonder, whispers—and even terror. The artist makes paintings you can almost inhabit. His visions of the rural parcels around Melbourne capture the vastness of his domain in manners both terrestrial and emotional. But movement and displacement abound in his pictures too, conveying temporal urgency with stunning effect.
In day-lit, long-range views of wooded cliffs along the sea, and racy snapshots from nocturnal car rides wrought with dazzling, painterly invention and compositional risk, Mackinnon suggests the notion that the extraordinary abounds in the mundane and that the search for a perfect wave is not unlike the struggle to make a perfect work of art."
An extract hot off the press from The Speed of Light and Dark: The paintings of William Mackinnon
by Alex Weinstein in The Surfer's Journal
Trent Parke's The Black Roseis reaching its final days on show at The Art Gallery of South Australia. The media coverage is pumping!
Here's part 2 for all you Trent Parke junkies:
Review: photographer Trent Parke's double shot of darkness
by John McDonald in The Sydney Morning Herald
The Black Rose: Trent Parke
by Richard Butler on Visual Arts Hub
In Search of Lost Past in Trent Parke's The Black Rose (paywall)
by Christopher Allen in The Australian
Trent Parke's The Black Rose has been open at the Art Gallery of South Australia for almost a month, and the reviews are flooding in.
Here's a taste of some of the media coverage so far:
Review: Trent Parke: Images, stories and rooms like pages turning
by Polly Dance on Raven Contemporary
Trent Parke's photos capture the brilliantly ordinary struggle for life
by Heather L. Robinson on The Conversation
Excavating histories: Trent Parke's Black Rose - in pictures
by Jonny Weeks on The Guardian
The Black Rose: an odyssey born of loss
by Susie Keen on The Conversation
Trent Parke's moving Black Rose photo exhibition at Art Gallery of SA
by Sharon Verghis in The Australian
Interview with: Trent Parke
by Benjamin Chadbond and Patrick Mason in Try Hard Magazine
Trent Parke: The Black Rose, screens 21 April on ABC
by Catherine Hunter on ABC
Adelaide photographer Trent Parke uses The Black Rose exhibition to deal with childhood trauma
by Brett Williamson on ABC