Art Gallery of NSW

Consider the way art is installed at the Art Gallery of NSW. Document 3 artworks from the Art Gallery of NSW. Artworks at the Art Gallery of NSW are categorized into exhibitions, showing many works created by one artist or movement.

  • Rose (2004) – Suda Yoshihiro – Time, light, Japan
  • Flowers and people – gold (2015) – teamLab – Time, light, Japan
  • Meeting you halfway II (2009) – Anthony McCall – Primary structures and speculative forms

Details of the Artists. 

Yoshihiro Suda is a Japanese artist known for detailed wooden sculpture works of flowers and plants. His works incorporate the notion of “ma”, meaning ‘in between’. Yoshihiro is very particular about the placement of his sculptures, making them unobvious which becomes part of the artistic concept. This aims to direct the audience’s attention towards something that might be otherwise overlooked. Yoshihiro uses ancient techniques and crafts based on the works of old master and like many Japanese artists, Yoshihiro tries to find the beauty in ordinary things.

Anthony McCall, responsible for the Primary structures and speculative forms work ‘Meeting you halfway II’ is a New York-based artist known for his ‘solid-light’ installations. Anthony is able to make light into a three-dimensional volumetric form through a clever use of light projection. His works occupy an interesting space between cinema, sculpture, and drawing, and have thus had a major historical significance in the art world.

The group, teamLab, responsible for the digital work ‘Flowers and people – gold’ is interested in practices relevant to the information age. The group comprises of artists, editors, programmers, engineers, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers, and CG animators. In their art, they try to create a harmonious balance between technology and art. Their works use a variety of artistic forms including animation, sound, performance, internet, fashion, design, and medical science

Information on the artworks.

Rose by Yoshihiro Suda uses the medium of delicately carved wood to create ultra-realistic sculptures of flora, usually flowers or weeds. The scale of the work is emphasized by being placed in a large empty space, giving it a powerful presence. The lack of anything surrounding the object is an important element of the work. The works are also placed in a location that may be easily overlooked, encouraging viewers to notice things they may otherwise overlook. The work was created as a 30.0 x 30.0 x 20.0 cm wooden sculpture painted with mineral pigments in 2004. This artwork is heavily influenced by japan and the Japanese ideas of ‘ma’, the space between things.

Meeting you halfway II by Anthony McCall is a light-based installation that uses the ideas of 1960s minimalism to create make light into a volumetric form. The work gives the audience a sense of wonder, entering a room with nothing but a three-dimensional smooth form, that you can walk inside of is an other-worldly experience. The work is a time-based installation that uses single channel digital video projection, black and white, silent, haze and runs for a duration of 15:00 minutes. The work is heavily influenced by artists associated with 1960s minimalist art movement and contemporary artists whose works question or expand upon traditional minimalism. The work incorporates a variety of artistic techniques to produce a visually hypnotizing experience.

Flowers and people – gold by teamLab is a reactive technology video piece. Through the use of three – eight channel computer generated interactive program, colour, sound, motion sensors the work reacts to the audience. Flowers moving about the screen flow in a looping animation, until a viewer steps close, which cause the flowers to wither and die. This creates an endless cycle of life and death that at no instant will be the same for any observer. The work draws on influence from traditional Japanese art such as the 17th-century Rinpa school work ‘Flowers of the four seasons’. Thus the work is exploring ideas of traditional Japanese art while using the advent of digital technology to create an interactive experience.

Reason for documentation of the artworks.

Flowers and people – gold is a large video piece that immediately draws the attention of the audience. To make the work more engaging, upon stepping closer, the hypnotic looping animations change and evolve making it unforgettable.

Rose by Yoshihiro Suda was initially unnoticeable, as it was hidden in a corner of the room, but once noticed, the beauty and intricacy of the work, as well as the artistic message, result in a thought provoking piece.

Meeting you halfway II, the volumetric light-based work, would easily be missed as it is hidden behind a black wall. Once entering the room, the work is encapsulating and incredible.


Flowers and people – gold
Meeting you halfway II
Art Gallery of NSW

Museum of Contemporary Art – Sydney

Consider the way art is installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney. Document 3 artworks from the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.

The Museum of Contemporary Art or MCA is a gallery space where groupings of artworks by specific artists are organised into galleries. Each exhibition may contain artworks grouped by similar theme, cultural influence, time period etc..

The three artworks are:

  • tall man (2010) by Vernon Ah Kee – multi-channel digital video, colour, sound
  • Soft Kiss (2011) by Sanné Mestrom – urethane rubber, plastic, timber, metal
  • Monument #28: Vortex (2011) by Callum Morton – polystyrene, epoxy resin, sand, wood, synthetic polymer paint, enamel paint, glass, steel, vinyl

Details of the Artists.

Vernon Ah Kee is an Australian Aboriginal male, who is a proud member of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr tribes. In his works, he wishes to highlight the history and languages of colonisation as well as black and white political issues with relevance to race. Structurally his works vary, from drawings of his Aboriginal ancestors on a large scale to text-based works that use clever irony, puns and comedy to convey a core message. Through all of this Vernon Ah Kee aims to expose a degree of underlying racism in Australian society.

Sanné Mestrom often reworks other artworks of unknown origin that she finds at garage sales. When reworking these originals she is interested in their psychological, emotional and cultural significance. While recreating she creates purposefully imperfect casts and moulds in contrasting materials to show the imperfect nature of a copy.

Callum Morton experiments with humans interaction with architecture as well as the artificial environment created by humans. He achieves this through a use of scale models and fake clones of famous buildings.

Information on the artworks.

Soft Kiss by Sanné Mestrom showcases simplistic, elegant forms reminiscent of the works of Modigliani and Brancusi from the beginning of the twentieth century. The work is a presentation of both a found item and a purposefully imperfect cast of the original in a different material. The sculpture aims to reduce every feature of the face down to its essential lines and curves. The work is heavily influenced by the iconic modernist pieces by Modigliani and Picasso.

Monument #28: Vortex by Callum Morton is a life-size sculpture of a vortex twisting into a window surrounded by a glass housing, that aims to replicate a 1960s shopfront with plate-glass, white timber and blond brick. The shop may house a small family run business on a suburban street. Though this flow is disrupted by brightly colour rock, with a twisted tunnel carved out. This is showing a struggle between the man-made and natural world. The work is created with: polystyrene, epoxy resin, sand, wood, synthetic polymer paint, enamel paint, glass, steel, vinyl, taking up 330 × 380 × 132cm. The work replaces the expected human element with a natural one, potentially referencing Australia’s mining boom.

tall man by Vernon Ah Kee is an 11-minute looping digital video played on 4 screens, documenting a crisis of race relations on palm island. The documentary uses footage from mobile phones, hand-held cameras and local news reports. During 2004 residents of Palm Island rioted and burnt down the local police station after the publication of the autopsy of Cameron Doomadgee who died in police custody. Doomadgee had been arrested for swearing at a senior police officer, less than two hours later he was found dead in his jail cell from internal bleeding. This resulted in tensions between the community and police of Palm Island, eventually, the police station, courthouse, barracks and home of the Senior Sergent were burned down. After the riots, the Senior Sergent was found not guilty of manslaughter, and weeks later the police were awarded bravery awards. The work tall man is their to inform of the ongoing racism in Australia through the telling of the Palm Island riots.

Reason for documentation of the artworks.

tall man initially attracted me with an interesting display of a traditional documentary style video, where four screens were used, which often cut out to bring focus to a single element. But the story that the film told, of the Palm Island riots was entrancing.

Monument #28: Vortex is a visually engaging artwork, with bright, solid colours contrasted against 1960’s shopfront architecture, it is unmistakable.

Soft Kiss was a particularly noteworthy artwork because it used simple edges, lines and volumes to communicate such a complex message about copying and reproduction of art. The purposeful lack of symmetry between the two identical forms in their material, construction and composition visually conveyed this message very effectively.


Soft Kiss
tall man
Monument #28: Vortex
Museum of Contemporary Art – Sydney

Art Express 2017

Compare two artworks from the Art Gallery of NSW.
The two chosen works are:
– ‘Suburban Dreaming’ by Jasmin Loke-Jeffery
– ‘Illusione verniciato’ by Peggie Pantsos

Illusione Verniciato
Suburban Dreaming

The two works: ‘Suburban Dreaming’ and ‘Illusione verniciato’ were selectively presented as part of the ArtExpress exhibit in the NSW Art Gallery. The exhibit shows the works created for the 2017 HSC final project, thus displaying a wide range of artistic ideas.

‘Illusione verniciato’ or ‘Painted Illusion’ by Peggie Pantsos has an otherworldly feeling as a result of the use of highly contrasting colours. The work combines two traditional artistic mediums: photography and painting, where the canvas on which paint is applied is the human form. This collapses living, breathing three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional painted portraits. The major cultural influences for this work come from the artistic explorations by Alexa Meade and Emma Hack who photograph the human form painted with traditional paint. This work also seeks to challenge art by combining two otherwise unrelated mediums.

‘Suburban Dreaming’ by Jasmin Loke-Jeffery explores the architectural value of buildings created as a result of mass suburbanization in Sydney. Australia’s suburbia is home to a multitude of otherwise uninspired architecture, but after exploring further Jasmin found a hidden beauty inherent in each. The work is made of a series of 16 different square oil paintings placed in an ordered 4 by 4 grid, each individual pane presents a section of a building painted in a clean flat colour style – representative of the buildings themselves. The artistic influences of this work are a combination of the: The flat colour album covers of Peter O’Doherty, the wide color exploration made by Howard Arkley, the clean and precise representations of suburban landscapes by Jeffrey Smart and Todd Hido architectural photography. This work seeks to discover a dormant beauty laying present in the architecture that surrounds us.

Differences in the artworks.

The two works, ‘Suburban Dreaming’ and ‘Illusione verniciato’, though vastly different in their structural medium and emotional meaning, both attempt to bring new interesting ideas to the art world. Jasmin’s work aims to explore suburban architecture, whereas Peggy’s is contrasting the painted and real world. There is a structural difference between the two works; ‘Suburban Dreaming’ is constructed as a hybrid of paint and photography whereas Peggie’s work is a grid of individually painted squares. Though both of these works were created during the same time period, by artists under similar circumstances, the artistic influences that inspired the works vary greatly. Thus these works are greatly different in structure, influence, and meaning.

Art Express 2017

Cindy Sherman

Cynthia Sherman, or Cindy was born on January 19, 1954. Her occpation is as an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. Her quality of work has been noted, as in 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Untitled Film Still #58 – 1980
Untitled (2010, 2012)
Cindy Sherman Self Portrait
Untitled Film Still #21 – 1977
Cindy Sherman

How do critics and galleries influence an audience’s understanding of art?


How do critics and galleries influence an audience’s understanding of art? With specific examples.

Critics and art galleries serve as a major controlling factor in an audiences understanding, interpretation and opinion of a given work. The gallery serves as a portal to art for the audience, thus controlling what is considered art. Whereas critics have the power to decide with which quality some works are perceived with by the audience, thought this may be influence by sociopolical circumstances relevant to the critic. Thus critics and art galleries alike are able to influence an audience’s understanding of art.

In the most superficial sense, since the gallery decides which artworks are worthy of display, they have the ability to filter what art an audience is exposed to. And on a deeper level, the decision making process made by galleries is heavily influenced by that of art critics. For example, if one were to observe a plain white canvas in the MoMA, regardless of the artistic merit of the work, it is assumed that this is art. The effect on the audience caused by this practice extends further, as some works are made to make a viewer feel unintelligent if they don’t ‘understand’ the meaning and significance behind the work. Thus galleries have the power to control what are an audience is subjected to, though the result my be inherit biases in the works chosen.

The overall consensus come to by art critics has the ability to heavily influence both galleries and audiences.  Since art critics are human, any decision they make will be influenced by their sociopolical circumstances at the time – thus creating an inherit bias in the criticisms they supply. There is also fiduciary effects in the decision they make, buying and selling art is a profitable industry – and since the value of a work is directly proportional to the majority of critic’s opinion, their decisions can have major real word effects. For example, the Mona Lisa was always a favourite of art critics, because they could analyse the work extensively as a result of it’s nature. This gave the work world wide critical acclaim as well as being valued as priceless. Thus the critical analysis made by art critics can have a major impact on an audiences interpretation of a given work.

Critics and galleries play an important role in influencing an audience’s understanding of art.  The art gallery serves as a portal to art for the audience, thus controlling what is considered art. Critics have the power to deem some works as artistic as opposed to others, which is an opinion that may be influence by sociopolical circumstances. Critics and art galleries alike are able to influence an audience’s understanding of art.

How do critics and galleries influence an audience’s understanding of art?

Dorothea Lange

White Angel Breadline
Ditched Stalled and Stranded
Dust Bowl

Dorothea Lange was an American documentary photographer, most known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration. Lange’s photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.

Dorothea Lange

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s works are an exploration of time, and the nature of time. In an interview he has referenced to his works as ‘time exposed’. His photography serves as a frozen moment or time capsule representing a series of events. His works may also serve as a metaphor for life, the conflict of life and death.

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Hiroshi Sugimoto