Monday, November 6, 2017

Pipilotti Rist - Keynote Lecture - Sip My Ocean

If standing in line to enter Pipilloti Rist's keynote lecture was an indication of how the exhibition Sip My Ocean was going to unfold it was bound to be a blockbuster. I had been looking forward to this exhibition I had fronted up to at the MCA in March, some eight months early.

Rist, a Swiss artist born in 1962, was originally named Elizabeth, however changed to Pipilotti inspired by, yes Pipillotti Longstocking. Living and working in Zurich Rist lives and breathes her practice. She enters the room with her trademark glasses and is elegantly poised and dressed simply and beautifully in pink with her hair tied back. The audience, predominantly women, is in ore, one would say starstruck. 

Rist opens the floor while addressing two images of the twenty-five technicians and artists who helped install, names and acknowledges each person individually. She acknowledges their skills and is ever so mindfully grateful. Rist in earlier times was an applied artist who worked in lighting and staging and therefore has a good understanding of production and collaborating with crews of people. Rist learnt that the smaller the crew the more opportunity for trial and error. For Rist, a smaller crew leads to a work more closely aligned to process rather than production.

Rist talks us through how she organises her practice, her exhibitions, her work, while humorously pointing out a slide of her studio, a mangled mass of electrical cords and wires and admits, "I try to treat the cables like organised structures” but explains, she is actually more like a carpenter who avoids completing his work and hence her cables are a mangled meyhem. The room can not help but laugh. While Rist describes her practice, she is excited, she is passionate to the extent she apologises, "I’m sorry, I need to calm down”.  

Listening, you know her practice comes from an inner world, somewhere deep where thought and imagination dominate. She explains, “I am more interested in the inner picture, so I never try to compete with high resolution images”.  Rist describes how with camera in hand she keeps it fluid while simultaneously walking through streets, through gardens. Sometimes she uses small cranes but always aims to retain that free flowing organic style even though it is technologically jam packed. While preparing for her exhibition Pixel Forest at the New Museum in New York, Rist was provided with a team of technicians for install but she claimed "they were rather unsuccessful". She explains, the only way for her work to succeed is by continuing to fumble through the process, the way she has always done, for some thirty years. 

Rist proudly admits her admiration for Beyonce as she explains the similarity between their works, Beyonce's Hold Up, 2016, and Rist's Ever Is Over All, 1997. Rist is in fact chuffed and points out she is a massive fan of the singer even though as she says liking Beyonce is not considered so cool.

Rist is genuine, has a deep appreciation for life and for the planet and so easily observed in her work but also in her personal philosophy  as she encourages us to, ‘never forget we are an animal…and that often we think the grass is greener in the other garden”. Rist applies her own interpretations on the world, on phrases and ideas and morphs them to create meaning.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Pipilotti Rist: What She Said!

"Come early, come with your own toolbox"."Often we think the grass is greener in the other garden".
"I would give my hand to see what you see".
"You have to bring innocents with knowledge".
"Never forget we are animals".
"I want us all to spit on our mobile phones".
"Let you be caressed by the light".
"Try to treat cables like an organisational structure".
"The judgment is with you".
"You are not consuming the art, you are consumed".
"To be creative means to overcome fear".
"I’m sorry I need to calm down".
"I’m more interested in inner pictures so I never try to compete with high resolution".
"Clouds are white because they are full of colour".
"Art’s sake is to sharpen the senses".
"The sun is the biggest projector".

Pipilotti (Elizabeth) Rist
Keynote Lecture: Sip My Ocean
MCA, Syney

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Emerging artist Melanie Evans has just closed her graduating exhibition, Give, at HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University. After four years of study Evans work exudes a sensitivity, an honesty emerging from the found object and the handmade. Her miniature sculptures, found objects, drawings, prints and textiles place an emphasis on the importance of arrangement. The way in which the sculptures are placed, within a bowl, hung from a vertical wall, or attached to a horizontal surface, acknowledges the significance of placement and possibly denoting to Evans way of looking at the world, sorting things out.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


The 2013 La Biennale di Venezia brought together the most substantive compendium of international artist in its’ 55th exhibition, Entitled II Palazzo Enciclopedico, curated by Massimiliano Gioni. With 82 artists featuring in the Arsenale and another forty interspersed across Venezia, its magnitude was overwhelming.

Monday, October 22, 2012


The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and Exhibition at Griffith University Art Gallery has included a compendium of works from forty-one artists. Initially formed by a group of parents who sought art patrons and gallery directors to form the award in 1987.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


The name of an exhibition poses a question and it is with interest that the “?” is a literal question. Propaganda by definition is a form of communication (possibly biased) that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.


Boxcopy began in 2007. A group of students from Queensland University of Technology formed the group because opportunity was lacking  for art students to develop their practice, a time the group recognised how difficult it was for a new artist.

"I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster and leaves less room for lies".Le Corbusier

Friday, October 19, 2012


Sarah Clarke and Nicole Beaumont formed their collaborative practice Clarke Beaumont while studying at Queensland University of Technology in 2008. Currently showing at Boxcopy is their exhibition, She'll Be Right.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Finalists - Kirsty Boyle, Karen Casey, Robin Fox, Ian Haig, Leah Heiss, George Poonkhin Khut, Ross Manning, and collaborating artists Petra Gemeinboeck and Rob Saunders.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

To develop a complete mind:
Study the science of art;
Study the art of science.
Learn how to see.
Realise that everything connects with everything else.
- Leonardo da vinci

Friday, October 5, 2012


Brisbane Artist Run Initiatives Festival is on!

Packed full of activity at LoveLove Studio, Jugglers Art Space, Post Datum, Addition, Diagram, Witch Meat, Boxcopy amongst others. Follow the link for more

5 - 12 October 2012

Check out what some artist have to say about the BARI Festival and their own art practise at:


Tomorrow the 6th of October 2012
 at 4pm is a not to be missed panel discussion about collaboration in art with Nicole Beaumont and Sarah Clarke.

In 2010 these two artists formed Clark Beaumont while studying a Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology.

Anna Clawson and Nicole Ward, John Wood and Paul Harrison, Tully Arnot and Charles Dennington and Non Grata will take part in the discussion by video. You can join in on this talk also at:

Level 1, Watson Brothers Building
129 Margaret Street,Brisbane QLD 4000


Dear Eva,

It will be almost a month since you wrote to me and you have possibly forgotten your state of mind (I doubt it though). You seem the same as always, and being you, hate every minute of it. Don’t!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Artist Kirra Jamison has landed in Bris-vegas for her solo exhibition Locomotor at the landmark Jan Murphy Gallery. Situated on busy Brunswick Street, the gallery offers Jamison an opportunity to market her paintings and prints to a suitable demographic. Exploding with a kaleidoscope of solid contemporary colour her work is abstract and emotionally charged.