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ERIC BRIDGEMAN // BASIL SELLERS ART PRIZE

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Gender in the Pacific, Masculinity, Pacific Islander Art in Australia on July 26, 2010 at 7:59 am
Eric Bridgeman Wilma Jr. (“Blacky”) from the series ‘The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules’ 2009 inkjet print on paper 140 x 120 cm © Courtesy the artist

Eric Bridgeman Wilma Jr. (“Blacky”) from the series ‘The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules’ 2009 inkjet print on paper 140 x 120 cm © Courtesy the artist

Congratulations to Brisbane-based artist Eric Bridgeman who has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize for 2010!!! For the Basil Sellers Art Prize, Eric Bridgman has undertaken an ambitious departure from his video and photography practice. Bridgeman presents a life-size sculpture of one of the characters from his recent photographic portraits of fictional identities. The multi-component sculptural tableau continues Bridgeman’s interdisciplinary project commenced in 2008 titled The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules, which combines references to tribal identities, hyper-masculinity, sexuality and sport using a carnivalesque aesthetic. Announcement of $100,000 prize winner:
5 August 2010. Exhibition runs from 6 August – 7 November 2010.

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CHANTAL FRASER // KINGS A.R.I.

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Islander Art in Australia on July 14, 2010 at 3:55 am
Chantal Fraser at Kings ARI until 31 July 2010

Chantal Fraser at Kings ARI until 31 July 2010

Chantal Fraser’s exciting new work “Annal Beads” is currently showing at Kings A.R.I in Melbourne:

“Conjoining the annals of travel and tourism, this series shapes the parochial views of the tourist as subject. A series of performative frames, presented as photographic stills, showcase a collection of neckpieces (Ula) from the artist’s Samoan family – gifts of significance, ceremony and value – alongside a collection of metallic beads thrown from the balconies of Bourbon St, New Orleans during Mardi Gras– an herogenous ritual that rewards the female tourist more beads on the exposing of breasts. The work explores the creation of cross-cutlural connotations and representations through silhouette and the embodiment of adornment, and more significantly cultural adornment. Reinterpreting the significance of adornment the work presents and plays with the disparate meanings of what it means to receive such objects from these heavily tourist promoted regions through flamboyancy, titillation and parody.” (read more…)

Level 1, 171 King Street
Melbourne
Until 31 July 2010

SALOTE TAWALE // NEW WORK

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Contemporary Performance, Pacific Islander Art in Australia on June 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Still from "Return to Sender" (video projection) - Salote Tawale, 2010

Still from "Return to Sender" (video projection) - Salote Tawale, 2010

Melbourne-based artist Salote Tawale’s new video work “Return to Sender” is currently showing at the Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne as a part of the Northern Exposure festival.

NEW BLOG // URBAN VITI

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Art - International, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Islander Art in Australia, Pacific Research and News on June 17, 2010 at 3:23 am
LOLOMA fridge - DIY words by Dulcie Stewart

LOLOMA fridge - DIY words by Dulcie Stewart

Fijian-born (and now Australian-based) artist Dulcie Stewart has just launched this fabulous new blog “dedicated to contemporary art, fashion, home and product design in the Pacific.” I’m loving it!!! Check it out at: http://urbanviti.wordpress.com/

JUST LIKE HOME // COLAC PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Islander Art in Australia, Pacific Research and News on June 3, 2010 at 4:10 am
Steaming Ai gir at the Adeliade cooking demo. Photo: Lisa Hilli

Steaming Ai gir at the Adeliade cooking demo. Photo: Lisa Hilli

Lisa Hilli’s exciting performance/installation work “Just Like Home” is still showing at the Nexus Gallery in Adelaide before heading to the Colac Performing Arts Centre 1-24 July 2010. See previous post….

OCEANIC TRANSFORMATIONS // OPENS THIS THURSDAY

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Islander Art in Australia, Pacific Research and News on April 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Withour Fear or Favor, 2009 - Torika Bolatagici

Oceanic Transformations - Opens Thursday (Image: Withour Fear or Favor, 2009 - Torika Bolatagici)

Opening 12:00 pm, Thursday 8 April 2010
Curated by Loketi Niua Latu for the AAAPS conference.

Victoria University Foyer
300 Flinders Street
Melbourne

Featuring the work of Dr Elizabeth Wood-Ellem, Torika Bolatagici, Namila Benson, Emeretta Cross and Emily Mafile’o.

ERIC BRIDGEMAN // NEW WORK AT 4A

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Masculinity, Pacific Islander Art in Australia, Representations of the Black Body on April 1, 2010 at 4:03 am
Black Beauty - Eric Bridgeman, 2010

Black Beauty - Eric Bridgeman, 2010

26 MARCH – 8 MAY 2010

4A
181-187 Hay Street

Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

In 2009, Brisbane-based artist Eric Bridgeman travelled through remote parts of the Chimbu (Simbu) Province, his mother’s country in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. As he was born in Australia, Bridgeman became increasingly conscious of his own ‘white’ Australian presence, and began to recognise the impact of photography on representations of national and cultural identity in PNG.

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LISA HILLI // JUST LIKE HOME

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Islander Art in Australia on March 30, 2010 at 10:58 am
LISA HILLI JUST LIKE HOME

Installation view of Lisa Hill's "Just Like Home"

I just completed the catalogue essay for this fabulous work currently traveling around Australia as a part of the Kultour programme.

Just Like Home is an exhibition, a meal, a film and a biography, which explores artist Lisa Hilli’s New Guinean and Australian heritage. Just Like Home celebrates the continuation of Tolais cooking traditions, unique to the people of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, with an Aussie twist. With one simple meal Lisa Hilli highlights issues of assimilation and cultural adaption.” Read more…

MISSING PACIFIC // CATALOGUE // NOW AVAILABLE

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Islander Art in Australia on December 26, 2009 at 11:53 am
"Missing Pacific" catalogue now available.

"Missing Pacific" catalogue now available.

An 8-page catalogue for Torika’s installation project, Missing Pacific is now available. For a free copy, please email: torika76(at)gmail.com.

BLOOD + BONE // OPENING PHOTOS

In Art Exhibitions, Contemporary Art - International, Contemporary Pacific Art, Pacific Research and News on December 21, 2009 at 4:41 am
Ema Tavola - BLOOD + BONE Opening Night, December 2009

Ema Tavola - BLOOD + BONE Opening Night, December 2009

Yaaay! Pics from Ema Tavola’s solo exhbition BLOOD + BONE are now online!
Check out Ema’s Flickr page and keep up-to-date with her work via her website – Colour Me Fiji.
Awesome Em! Congrats xx