21 January 2023 – 11 June 2023
Launch event: 21 January 2023
Supported by Sydney Festival
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW, Australia
FLIGHT is a six-month exploration of flight at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The program will run from January – June 2023 and has been developed in anticipation of the 2026 take-off of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the surrounding Aerotropolis.
Across every artform, we will dissect, discuss and deconstruct air travel, aviation, aerodynamics and the freedoms and perils that flight promises. The exhibition is simultaneously celebratory and critical, excited about the return of flight yet concerned about its ongoing impact on the environment. This will be an opportunity to re-engage with flight in all its forms after this unprecedented break from it and to critically engage with the impact of the airport and surrounding redevelopments.
Artists: Daniel Adgag * Isabel & Alfredo Aquilizan * Linda Brescia * Rebecca Brady * Chris Caines * Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council with Nic Walker * Fei Gao * Claire Grant * George Haddad * Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro * Chris Hunter * Samuel Hodge * Christelle Hug * Yvonne Koolmatrie * Ida Lawrence * Emily Kame Kngwarreye * Anna Madeleine Raupach * Amy Perejuan – Capone * Pamela Rodoreda * Matte Rochford * Talia Smith * Garry Trinh
The exhibition also includes objects and artefacts loaned from Museums of Arts and Applied Sciences.
Image: AMY PEREJUAN-CAPONE, THE PLANE (DREAMER), 2019. CERAMIC ENGINE AND PARTS, ALUMINIUM, FOUND OBJECTS
BASA-BASI / CHIT-CHAT
11-15 January 2023
Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore
ISA Art Gallery, Booth FC-15
TALKING … AND OTHER BANANA SKINS
17 June 2021 until December 2024
Curated by Michelle Houston
Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art
Bülowstraße 7, 10783 Berlin, Germany
Open Tuesday-Wednesday 10:00-18:00, Thursday-Sunday 12:00-20:00
Participating artists: 1UP, AEC INTERESNI KAZKI, AMARTEY GOLDING, ANA BARRIGA, ANDREAS ENGLUND, ANNA LUKASHEVSY, BILL POSTERS, BJÖRN HEYN, BROKEN FINGAZ CREW, DAVE THE CHIMP, DENIS CHERIM, DISNOVATION, EL MAC, FAISAL HUSSAIN, FAUST, FRANCO FASOLI AKA JAZ, HIJACK, HIN, HOT TEA, HUGO BAUDOUIN, HUH?, ICY AND SOT, IDA LAWRENCE, ISAAC CORDAL, JAN VAN ESCH, JEFF HONG, JIMMY TURRELL, JOSÉPHINE SAGNA, KNOW HOPE, LE FOU, LOOK THE WEIRD, LOW BROS, NOEMI CONAN, OLEK, RICH THORNE, ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, SEPE, SIMON MENNER, SPLASH AND BURN, SPY, TEZZ KAMOEN, THE WA, VARIOUS AND GOULD, VERA KOCHUBEY, YOANN BOURGEOIS.
TITIK KUMPUL (MEETING PLACE)
JCC Senayan: Jl. Gatot Subroto No.1, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Jakarta 10270, Indonesia
ISA Art Gallery: Booth C3
26 August – 28 August 2022
1 – 9 PM
Participating artists: Alexander Sebastianus, Arahmaiani, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Bonggal Hutagalung, Gabriel Aries, Hadassah Emerich, Hannah Shin, Hardi Budi, Ida Lawrence, Ines Katamso, Jompet Kuswidananto, Jumaadi, Marisa R. Ng., Miko Veldkamp, Nico Dharmajungen, Sinta Tantra, Tara Kasenda, and Vanessa Jones.
Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstr. 21, 10178 Berlin
27-28 August 2022
Opening Saturday 27 August, 18:00-21:00
Sunday hours: 15:00-18:00
BPA// Raum is pleased to invite you to Spoiler Alert, which (spoiler alert) is a critique geared towards cars and capital operating at the intersection of Sophienstraße and Gipsstraße by Berlin Program for Artists participants and friends. This is a crash course on acceleration and the roundabout ways in which reversal of artistic license is tiring to pedestrian routes of fueling understanding. In this show, artists take a departure from their usual practices to reinvent the wheel and invite passengers to co-navigate the complexities of adhesive geometric culture (bumper stickers) in which meaning is parallel parked.
Participating artists: Orawan Arunrak, Benjamin Busch, Johannes Büttner, Rob Crosse, Simon Denny, Willem de Rooij, Grayson Earle, Sarah Friend, Tian Guoxin, Heyon Han, Tang Han, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Julian Irlinger, Sebastian Jefford, Paul Kolling, Ida Lawrence, Maness, Zoë Claire Miller, Simone Mine Koza, Shirin Mohammad, Nnenna Onuoha, Shirin Sabahi, Anna-Lisa Scherfose, Ernie Wang, Jasmin Werner, Arts of the Working Class.
Image: Heyon Hay
7-14 April 2022
Booth B1: ISA Art + Design
Art Jakarta Gardens
Hutan Kota by Plataran
Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.Kav. 54-55, Gelora, Kecamatan Tanah Abang, Jakarta, 12190, Indonesia
Image: Ida Lawrence, Good Intentions (Mau Beli Oleh-Oleh Untuk Tante) (detail) 2021, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 155 cm
20 November – 18 December 2021
420 Brunswick Street (cnr Brunswick and Berwick Streets)
Fortitude Valley QLD, Australia
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm
Poster design: Nina M Gibbes
A Bird In The Grass Is Worth A Thousand Hearts
Caitlin Hespe & Ida Lawrence
Curated by Katia Hermann
The duo show A bird in the grass is worth a thousand hearts sees Retramp re-vamped into a laboratory of play and possibility, in a reunion of sorts. Caitlin Hespe and Ida Lawrence are two artists who have been working apart from each other (most recently in Budapest and Berlin, respectively), though also in close contact. Through telepathic communication (or just regular phone contact, we cannot be sure) motifs merge and collide, and thematic encounters occur. In her drawings and paintings, Caitlin Hespe pairs images in surprising combinations through a new logic and sensibility. She makes leaps and links between associations and language and plays with the page as a space of illusions. Ida Lawrence’s canvases tell stories of mishaps, (mis)understanding and (dis)connection. Set between Germany, Indonesia and Australia — her homes at different times — her narrative paintings reflect recent observations, delve into distant memories, and chart her attempts to make sense of the world.
Opening Friday 10 September 2021, 5pm-9pm
Retramp Gallery: Reuterstr. 62, 12047 Berlin, Germany
Exhibition continues through Berlin Art Week, until 19 September
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 3pm-7pm
Nothing’s Gonna Change My World?
a raum www publication
A pleasure to be included in raum www‘s stunning publication, an archive of 230 artists’ responses whose exhibitions have been postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic. All the results are shown from 13 August to 5 September 2021 at Berlin art space gr_und and printed in a book with greeting by Dr Klaus Lederer and introduction by Laura Helena Wurth.
Edited by Daniel Hahn and Johannes Mundinger
Designed by Daniel Hahn
24 x 17 cm
276 pages, coloured
Print / Binding Druckhaus Sportflieger
Edition of 250
20€ plus shipping – order through raum www
Leila and the Poet – da la la la ti-ra-ta
Film by Jasmina Metwaly
It was a joy to experiment and collaborate (as Dog DJ, Senior Cut-Out-er-rer, Imperfect-Circle Advisor, Assistant Mind-Mapper etc) with Jasmina Metwaly and the team on this film project for MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues. An homage to the music, stories and philosophies of Halim El-Dabh, based on A Sonic Letter to Halim El-Dabh by Kamila Metwaly.
Available to watch for free (or with voluntary payment):
Leila and the Poet – da la la la ti-ra-ta
Commissioned by MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues
ca. 30 minutes
24 March – 30 June 2021
Image: Jasmina Metwaly, Leila and the Poet – da la la la ti-ra-ta 2021, film still
(re) Visiting the archive
The one time I cooked (in 2019) was documented in ADSR Zine’s Edition 004 and the proof is also part of their archive exhibition!
12-4pm Thu 8 April
12-4pm Fri 9 April
11-3pm Sat 10 April
Buah Tangan exhibition in Art Jakarta Virtual
Adam de Boer / Hadassah Emmerich / Ines Katamso / Ida Lawrence / Sinta Tantra
19 October – 15 November 2020
38 galleries + 16 art collectives
Artist Talk on Zoom: Friday 30 October
8-9pm Jakarta Time
Image: Ida Lawrence, Oleh-Oleh Fails 2020, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 155 cm
Made a mind maze drawing for Bonniesongs’s Energetic Mind merchandise, drawing inspiration from the title track lyrics:
Energetic mind over body leads to anxiety
Grab your bike and ride and ride and ride and ride until the water
- StillStand mural interview
Image: Ida Lawrence, I Fill My Days in Other Ways 2020. Photo: Lukas K Stiller
StillStand mural project
Real thrilled to have been selected as one of 4 artists to paint the 8 x 15 metre wall of Urban Spree as part of the StillStand mural project! The open call asked for proposals for murals that highlighted the importance of art and culture during the COVID-19 crisis.
And I get to work with a fantastic group of people who are bringing this project to life:
organisers/jury/curators: Señor Schnu • Urban Spree
jury/curators: Katia Hermann • Johannes Mundinger • Julia Benz
documenting team: Sophie Schermer • Lukas K Stiller • Sehr Bueno • Katja Aksenenka • Anna Neis
Urban Spree wall facing Warschauer Str. (near Warschauer Str. 54)
Urban Spree, Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany
Image: Ida Lawrence, I Fill My Days in Other Ways (in progress) 2020. Photo: Sophie Schermer
I’ve been outed as a kid. Specifically a 4A kid. Had a lot of fun contributing an art activity for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s online kids program. The guide states quite explicitly that it’s for kids but I think grown-ups shouldn’t feel left out. It’s free to download and includes other arty-crafty fun times by Rainbow Chan, Abdul-Rahman Abdulluh and Marikit Sanitago:
Thanks 4A for inviting me, getting creative about sharing art with audiences and supporting Australian artists during This Time. And how cool is the design!?! (very)
Exhibition extended & moved online: 2 March – 28 April 2020
Bara are the smouldering embers.
Bara can start a fire and are there at the finish of the fire.
Bara keep alive something which can easily be put out, or be lit again.
What do our inner embers tell us? What do we carry within and amongst us? We question where our culture lies — in the heat of the bara, or in the water that puts them out? How do we use the heat of the bara for regeneration and growth?
Woven Kolektif share installation and performances drawing on the concept of bara and its potential to offer healing, belonging and new possibility.
Bankstown Arts Centre
30 UNDER 30
Excited to have my paintings hanging alongside works by this great group of artists: Hannah Shin, Ella Wijt, Ines Katamso, Patricia Untario, Rega Ayundya Putri, Ruth Marbun, Talitha Maranila, Andrita Yuniza Orbandi, Claudia Dian, Anastasia Astika, Natasha Lubis, Etza Meisyara, Melta Dessyka, Aisya Rosli.
3 – 6 PM – Lince Selopranoto & Alexandra Corridini
6 – 8 PM – Jessica Chang, Deli Makmur, Laksmi Pamuntjak & Miki Fuentes
On Care for NSW South Coast fire relief
In solidarity with NSW South Coast communities affected by bushfires, Woven Kolektif is offering a special edition of 50 of our audio archive, On Care.
On Care is a 41 minute collection of audio recordings centred around moments of solace and care, with some incredibly moving contributions from our local and international communities. This audio was originally exhibited as part of Woven Kolektif’s collaborative installation, Breathing Room, that created a temporary gathering space at Cement Fondu Project Space in 2019.
On Care is available for $40+ donation to Bhenji Ra’s direct emergency relief fund, On The Ground And Beyond 2020. Bhenji is providing crucial community support to south coast residents and families affected by bushfires on Yuin land. We offer our gratitude and love to Bhenji and her support network for providing immediate relief for south coast families.
If you would like to purchase an edition of On Care, we ask that you make a minimum donation of $40 to Bhenji Ra’s Gofundme, and send a screenshot of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have the capacity to donate more than $40, we strongly encourage you to do so.
Image: Woven Kolektif, Breathing Room, photo courtesy Cement Fondu
Voting, until 31 January 2020: fbiradio.com/vote
Winners announced 11 February
IN CONVERSATION: FX HARSONO X IDA LAWRENCE
Exhibition continues until 12 October 2019
634 The Horsley Dr, Smithfield NSW
New Golden Record (based on the Voyager Golden Record)
Saturday 10 August 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Ages: 9 – 16 years
Participants will create images, write stories and make sound recordings on ipads, explaining our earth, the local area and human cultures to alien life. These collated creations will then be collected into a sound and image video montage which will be published on social media. Permission to photograph will be required to participate in this workshop.
Cost: $5. Bookings essential. Call (02) 9725 0190 to book or register online.
Fairfield City Museum & Gallery: 634 The Horsley Dr, Smithfield NSW, Parking off Oxford St
Imaginative Histories (sculpture and storytelling)
Saturday 24 August 10.30am – 12.30pm
Ages: 9 – 16 years
Be led on a semi-fictional tour of the Vintage Village, to imagine and speculate on the significance and activities behind the buildings. After this tour, you will return to fabricate your own ‘artefact’, inventing their curious functions and histories surrounding them. Finally, your creation will be documented in the location they were first ‘discovered’. Permission to photograph will be required to participate in this workshop.
Cost: $5. Bookings essential. Call (02) 9725 0190 to book or register online.
Fairfield City Museum & Gallery: 634 The Horsley Dr, Smithfield NSW, Parking off Oxford St
Curated by Jasmin Stephens
Benjamin Forster, Ida Lawrence, Jac Ball, Magda Stanová, Mark Hislop, Mitch Cairns, Nina Ross, Phuong Ngo, Pilar Mata Dupont
Opening Saturday 3 August, 2pm
Opening remarks by writer Astrid Lorange
Exhibition continues until 31 August 2019
The Cross Art Projects
8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross 2011
Hours: 11am to 6pm, Thursday to Saturday
The essayist is an exhibition inspired by the literary form of the essay. It presents work characterised by the exacting thinking, careful observation and increasingly confessional aesthetic associated with contemporary essay writing. It is a mode of writing that has come to prominence through writers such as Maggie Nelson and Teju Cole. Against this backdrop of recent attention to first-person writing and the rise of digital readership, today’s essay making – at turns memoir, poetry, philosophy and criticism – is shaped by theoretical shifts relating to feminist, non-binary and embodied approaches to thought and feeling.
The exhibition and its works are not intended to replicate the format of the essay. Their cumulative effect might be to represent or elicit the qualities of an essay. In this exhibition, the artists are addressing a range of concerns. Their works explore private and shared cognition, sensation and allegiances across the body, language, landscape, history and family and include citations and influences drawn from disciplines such as cultural geography, environmental humanities and neuroscience. While reflecting a kind of essayistic disposition, they express different relationships to materials and to considerations of sensibility, structure and form.
Image: Magda Stanová, from the series Algorithms in Art, 2015-19, The phantom could represent an artist, and the detectives, people who visit his/her shows 2019, ink, acrylic, and inkjet print on paper, 35 x 53 cm
THE SOUND OF SHADOWS
Join Bianca Gannon and Ida Lawrence on an adventure through the music, art and food traditions of our nearest neighbours – Indonesia. As you journey through The Sound of Shadows you will play and wear endangered food-related musical instruments such as the duck herders’ Bundengan, try out traditional shadow puppets and sample delicious Indonesian food! Whistle while you work and providing food for thought! This performance involves sampling food. Please contact us if you or your child has a food allergy.
ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab supports artists and children to work together to develop new arts experiences.
Age: 6 – 10 years. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact us if you or your child has any access requirements.
Location: ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Behind Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Saturday 3 August: 10-11am, 11.45am-12.45pm
Sunday 4 August: 11.45am-12.45pm, 1.30-2.30pm
Cost: $16 per child, accompanying adult is free.
ECOLOGIES OF BEING
Wed – Fri 11:00am – 6:00pm, Sat 11:00am – 4:00pm
Kudos Gallery acknowledges and pays respect to the Bidjigal and Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which Kudos is situated.
Image: Louise Zhang, ‘Feed you pink’ (series) 2018, polyfoam, resin, acrylic, rope. Courtesy of the Artist and Artereal Gallery.
Opening Saturday 25 May, 6-8pm
Image: Alfira O’Sullivan performing Weekends are for washing at the launch of looking here looking north. Image care of Casula Powerhouse Art Centre. Photography detail by Chantel Bann
Brisbane and Elsewhere Art UnTriennial (BEAUT)
THE SOUND OF SHADOWS
LOOKING HERE LOOKING NORTH
Extended until 17 March
ASYIK CASULA: Indonesian Cultural Day
Sunday 10 February, 10:30am-3pm
Artist Talks 2pm
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
At this year’s ASYIK, I am running a workshop called About Batik and participating in the artist talks.
ASYIK CASULA: Indonesian Cultural Day is an asyik day of activities for all ages (asyik meaning “fun!” and “enjoy!” in Indonesian slang). The day includes art workshops, dance and Acehnese body percussion workshops with Suara Indonesia Dance and performances by Sydney’s Indonesian community. The day concludes with a conversation with artists involved in the looking here looking north exhibition and a performance by Kartika Suharto-Martin. Indonesian food, traditional drinks and crafts will be available to purchase on the day(please bring cash). Bellbird Dining & Bar will also be open.
Image: Suara Indonesia Dance Group, photo by Astrid Jayengsari
*LOOKING HERE LOOKING NORTH
So looking forward to exhibiting some new (big!) narrative paintings of my experiences in Indonesia at Casula Powerhouse alongside my Wovens — Alfira O’Sullivan, Bridie Gillman,Kartika Suharto-Martin, Mashara Wachjudy, Sofiyah Ruqayah and Leyla Stevens (exhibition essay).
12 January – 17 March 2019
Launch: Saturday 19 January 2019 2-4pm, including a performance by Alfira O’Sullivan at 2:30pm
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW
Getting to Casula
looking here looking north is an exhibition by Woven, a collective of artists who each have continuing personal ties to Indonesia. Drawing on lived cross-cultural experiences, memories and observations in Indonesia and Australia, the artists’ works explore connections to family, place and culture, both familiar and unfamiliar. For some of the artists, their creative process provides an opportunity to strengthen these connections; for others, the work itself is a place to reflect on feelings of ‘between-ness’ or cultural and geographic disconnect. Other works share poetic and humorous responses to the complex and sometimes surprising realities of contemporary Indonesia, including Bali’s tourism hubs. In this exhibition, the artists express these stories, observations, meditations and imagined possibilities through performance, painting, installation, photography and video.
looking here looking north is presented as part of a suite of exhibitions showcasing perspectives on Indonesia along with intricately stitched quilts by Frances Larder exploring Indonesia’s colonial past and an exhibition of video works of characters and scenes by Jumaadi (one of my fave contemporary artists!) drawing on Indonesian shadow puppetry traditions to connect people, places, time, history, memory and nature.
Chuffed to have completed some illustrations for Bonniesongs’ EP Strings. This is my second project with Bonniesongs, after our stop motion animation collab. How’s this for a bargain – spend $15 and receive THREE of my artworks (printed on the EP cover, back cover and CD) AND over TWENTY-FOUR minutes of wondrous sounds!
Very happy to have been a body in one of Alexandra Spence‘s Scores for bodies and/in time, which she is exhibiting in the group show Score Club | Club Score at firstdraft.
Opens Wednesday 5 September 2018, 6-8pm
Image: Alexandra Spence, Scores for bodies and/in time 2018, video still
I am excited to be showing works alongside beauties by other Australian-Indonesian artists in this year’s ASYIK Indonesian art and culture bazaar! It’s a day of food, dance, art, craft and kids activities. Ayo datang ya!
Saturday 23 June 2018, 11am-4pm
Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre, Marrickville
Thank you Dwi S. Wibowo for sharing your thoughts about my solo exhibition at Redbase Foundation!
(And for the shout out to the Fitri Graham Foundation!)
Read the review from Jawa Pos (in Indonesian)
Thanks Haris Firdaus and Kompas for the review of my exhibition Jangan Lupa Bawa Oleh-Oleh Ya!
JANGAN LUPA BAWA OLEH-OLEH YA
(dan apa yang kita ambil dari suatu tempat)
(and thoughts on what we take from a place)
*RESIDENCY AT REDBASE FOUNDATION
Very excited to begin a residency with Redbase Foundation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia!
December 2017 – January 2018
Meet the Artists:
Citra Sasmita (Bali) & Ida Lawrence
Saturday 16 December 2pm
MILS Gallery @ Lilac City
~~~Ida Lawrence~~~h.j.huwman~~~Simone Griffin~~~Adriano Rosselli~~~Eko Bambang Wisnu~~~Roman Stachurski~~~Siena White~~~Amelia Skelton~~~Nick Modrzewski~~~Harrison Witsey~~~ Eva Troyeur-Gibson~~~Joe Wilson & Chanelle Collier~~~Ryan Hancock~~~Nicole Toms~~~Yuta Matsumura~~~
Opens Friday 14 July 2017, 6-8pm
Lilac City, 101-103 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia
Continues until Sunday 16 July
Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm
HOME ALONE 1: SOLITARY PLEASURES
Curated by Georgina Downey
Neville Cichon (SA), Anna Horne (SA), Ida Lawrence (NSW), Joanne Makas (NSW)
Lauren May (VIC), Catherine Polcz (NSW), Flore Sivell (FRA), Mel Jane Wilson (VIC)
Home Alone 1: Solitary Pleasures explores everyday individual domestic life as a key space of contemporary art in terms of experience, materials and conceptual reflection. It does so by enlarging aesthetically on the familiar and homely objects of the everyday, and their use in daily rituals around upkeep of the body and the home.
Opening Friday 7 April 2017, 6-8pm
Floating Goose Studios
271 Morphett St Adelaide
Exhibition continues until 30 April
Leyla Stevens, Bridie Gillman, Alfira O’Sullivan, Kartika Suharto-Martin, Ida Lawrence and Mashara Wachjudy
Opening Thursday 6 April 2017, 5:30-8pm
Performance by Alfira O’Sullivan and Suara Indonesia Dance, 7pm
Exhibition continues until 29 April
Woven is an exhibition and performance event that ties together the practices of six female Australian artists who each have personal connections to Indonesia. These connections exist through the artists having an Indonesian parent, being immersed in the culture and living part of their childhood in the archipelago, and living there more recently. The artists’ works explore the complexities of history, identity, memory and cross-cultural understanding – on both personal and national levels – and span installation, performance, painting, collage, photography, video and sculpture.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS :
+ Artist and curator introduction, April 6, 5:30pm- 6pm
+ Performance by Alfira O’Sullivan and Suara Indonesia Dance, April 6, 7pm
+ Discussion: A Third Space : Transience and Identity in The Transnational, April 20, 5:30-7:30pm
+ Monograph x Verge, April 22, 10:30am-4pm
+ Art crit and artist discussion, April 29, 1-3pm
Jane Foss Russell Plaza,
(near Wentworth Building)
City Road, Darlington.
University of Sydney
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Closed Easter holidays and ANZAC Day
Image: Leyla Stevens, Wong Samar 2016, video still
The late MILS Gallery (2009-2016) launched (catapult and all!) a book which features my two passions: art and admin.
Do yourself a favour and decorate your coffee table via the following link: milsgallery.com/hmls-001
FITRI GRAHAM’S MELANCHOLIA: A RETROSPECTIVE
Curated by Ida Lawrence
Contributions by Kate O’Boyle, Kathleen Linn,
Monika Proba and Sebastian Henry-Jones
Opening 6 January 2017, 6pm
until 28 January
Lvl 1 / 171 King St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
The Fitri Graham Foundation and KINGS Artist-Run proudly present the first retrospective of Australia’s least celebrated artist, Fitri Graham. This survey honours the life, oeuvre and cultural legacy of Graham – a legacy which has not only shaped the visual arts as we know it today, but, as this exhibition reveals, one which has coloured so many of our memories.
Fitri Jane Graham (1922-1980) was an abstract painter whose exhibition Melancholia (1949) was ill-received by just about everyone. Art critics described it as “dismal”, “lifeless” and “depressingly bad”; the public was overwhelmingly underwhelmed; and Graham’s own mother suddenly, and without discussion, moved cities two days after the exhibition’s opening. Haunted by her exhibition’s “failure”, Graham never touched a paintbrush again.
However, Melancholia hadn’t been as unappreciated as Graham had perceived – imitations began appearing in the backgrounds of school, family and graduation portrait photography and, by the 1970s, had become the dominant backdrop. Realising this, Graham took legal action in 1974 against fourteen photography companies including Rise ‘n’ Smiles and Cherished Memories Photo Studio. Devastatingly, Graham lost.
To do Graham and her story justice, this long awaited retrospective features many of the original Melancholia watercolour studies and oil paintings, notably Melancholia IV, recently rediscovered down the back of a rental property pantry. Also on view are archives and artefacts from private collections and the Fitri Graham Foundation (and Estate) including exhibition reviews from 1949 and Graham’s belongings and diaries.
NEITHER SPECTACULARLY SUCCESSFUL, NOR A SPECTACULAR FAILURE
Solo exhibition curated by Jane Gillespie, Sebastian Henry-Jones, Harriet Reid and An Sheng.
Opening Wednesday 19 October 2016, 6-8pm
Building 23, Sydney College of the Arts, Lilyfield, Sydney, Australia
Exhibition continues until 24 October
HEIRLOOMS: FROM THE LAWRENCE FAMILY COLLECTION (ON SALE NOW! HURRY WHILE STOCKS LAST!)
Last year my relatives contacted Christie’s in hope they would auction our family heirlooms. Disappointingly, Christie’s was unavailable and the fire sale we had instead did not yield enough to fund our bi-annual family holiday to Albury-Wodonga (planned for November 2016). It’s not too late to support this excellent cause – The Heirlooms will be on display and for sale again soon!
LOST + FOUND
Featuring Ida Lawrence & Penelope Hoess
Opening Monday 19 September 2016, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues until 29 October 2016 in Streetspace (viewable 24/7) and
the Curiosity Cabinet (viewable Mon-Fri: 4pm-Midnight, Sat: 2pm-Midnight, Sun: 2pm-10pm)
The Bearded Tit,183 Regent Street, Redfern, Sydney
Full of confidence – and with the best of intentions – Ida Lawrence took to the streets (alone) with the aim of restoring the urban landscape to its former glory… but with very little knowledge of how that should look…
Solo exhibition of work I first attempted in Japan to be shown in Adelaide! Another first!
Opening Wednesday 6 July, 5:30pm
FELTspace, 12 Compton St, Adelaide
Exhibition continues until 23 July 2016
I will have some paintings based on board games, dart boards and sports fields in this group show curated by Hana Hoogedeure. Come play!
Opening Thursday 12 May 2016, 6-8pm
Interlude Gallery, Shop 11/131-145 Glebe Point Rd, Sydney
Exhibition continues until 28 May
An historic collection of cultural artefacts — the common tea towel, the CHUX® wipe,
the shower curtain (Motif #7) — and the paintings, it is said, that inspired them.
Opening Saturday 30 April, 6-8pm
ArticulateUpstairs, 497 Parramatta Rd, Leichhardt
Exhibition runs 22 April – 8 May 2016
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11am-5pm
BONNIESONGS MUSIC VIDEO LAUNCH
Been working with Bonnie Stewart on a stop motion video clip for Bonniesongs’ Dinogon.
To be released into the wild/Surry Hills on 1 April!
Listen here and imagine here in the meantime: soundcloud.com/bonniesongs
An exhibition of observations and imaginings from my trip to Japan and residency at Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio.
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio Exhibition Space
20-23 November 2015, 10am-5pm
RESIDENCY AT SAPPORO TENJINYAMA ART STUDIO
I have lots of woollen things ready for this one month residency in Tenjinyama Park, in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Yay!
HEADGEAR 5 / MILS’S 6TH BIRTHDAY
I have collaborated with Hana Hoogedeure on a work for MILS Gallery’s annual exhibition of masks, Headgear. This year the masked characters are from Macbeth – don’t miss the performances on opening night!
Image: Mask by Adriano Rosselli
QUIET SUBVERSIONS Closing Feast
Saturday 27 June 2015, 3-5pm
Interlude Gallery, Shop 11/131-145 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
In celebration of a successful exhibition, Arthur Parker will be cooking afternoon tea for patrons, critics, friends, relatives, neighbours, former colleagues and other guests. Everyone is welcome! Arthur will be serving a traditional hi-vis meal: sausage and tomato sauce on white bread, with cake to cleanse the palate. Interlude Gallery will be kindly catering for vegetarians and people who appreciate nutrients in their diet.
Art For Lifehouse Silent Auction
Thursday 25 June 2015, 6-9pm
The LivingRoom at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
119-143 Missenden Rd, Camperdown
It is a pleasure to be a part of this fundraiser for The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a world-class integrated cancer treatment centre. I have donated a work, Sukajadi IV for the silent auction. Looking forward to this event, hope to see you there!
RSVP via email email@example.com
Quiet Subversions: Paintings by Arthur Parker
This fascinating retrospective showcases the oeuvre of self-taught Sydney artist, Arthur Parker. Parker began his career as a house painter, went on to contractual graffiti-buffing work for the council, then, after an epiphany, turned his focus to the visual arts. This exhibition features select documentation of Parker’s early site-specific paintings, and recent developments of his current passion: still life painting.
I am putting on this exhibition, and have been working closely with Arthur since the beginning of 2014. He’s quite a character! Check out his biography: arthurparkerart.wordpress.com/about
Opening Thursday 18 June, 6-8pm
Exhibition runs 18-27 June 2015
Interlude Gallery, Shop 11/131-145 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
From The Lawrence Family Collection
Recently, it became necessary that I gather together the family heirlooms. At different times, these precious objects belonged to my great-grandmother Ethel, Third-Cousin-Twice-Removed Frank, Uncle Derek and, scandalously, Aunty Marjorie. Please note all items are for sale. Proceeds go towards the Lawrence family’s 2016 holiday fund to Albury-Wodonga, and the purchasing of a new cheese grater and wireless.
I’ve gone to a lot of trouble negotiating with various relatives in order to exhibit these heirlooms. I hope you can join me in celebrating my family’s knack for hoarding:
Opening Thursday 11 June 2015, 6-8pm
Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney
Exhibition runs 11-22 June
Free kids’ sculpture and storytelling workshop
Young artist-archeologists (ages 8-12) are invited to join artist Ida Lawrence, on a creative ‘archeological dig’ of Leichhardt Town Hall. Ida is one of Leichhardt Council’s four Artists in Residence, and will lead participants on a playful sculpture and storytelling workshop: participants will ‘discover’ (ie. create) imaginative sculptural ‘artefacts’ and reveal their curious functions and histories.
Workshop date: Saturday 6 June 2015, 2pm – 4.30pm
To Book: Contact Ida on firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 1 June.
Some Artists Making Performance Laboratory Experiments
Saturday 23 May 2015, 6pm
Arthur Parker and I have paintings in this art exhibition/performance night.
ASYIK For Kids Festival
Leichhardt Town Hall, Saturday 2 May 2015, 10:30am – 2pm
Come to Leichhardt Town Hall this Saturday for a celebration of Indonesia’s arts and cultures. It’s being put on by Suara Indonesia Dance Group, who I’ve had the pleasure of dancing with since 2008. It will be colourful, sequinned, tasty, rhythmic, dancey, arty, crafty. I’ll be helping running the arts and crafts activities on the day – we’ll be making wayang, puppets. You can BYO kid, borrow someone else’s, or bring yourself and other grown ups. ASYIK!
LOST: Leichhardt Open Studio Trail
14 March – 15 March 2015, 10am – 4pm
The Demountable, 9 Marion Street, Leichhardt
My studio – The Demountable – will be open over the weekend for LOST. Come visit!
Curated by Adriano Rosselli
A collection of shields from Papua New Guinea alongside contemporary art work by:
Marissa Bagley, Eko Bambang Wisnu, Simone Griffin, H.J. Huwman, Kaspar Kägi, Vladimir Kravchenko, Ida Lawrence, Adriano Rosselli, Roman Stachurski, Nicole Toms, Harry Townsend,
Andy Townsend & Suzie Bleach, Eva Troyeur-Gibson
Opening Friday 13 March, 6pm – 8pm
Nishi Gallery, 17 Kendall Lane, NewActon, ACT
14 March – 29 March 2015
RESIDENCY AT THE DEMOUNTABLE
I have been selected as one of four artists to undertake a residency with Leichhardt Council’s The Demountable Subsidised Studio Space Program.
January – August 2015.
Bridie Gillman, Eko Bambang Wisnu, Ida Lawrence
AIR presents three artists’ responses to their personal experiences between Indonesia and Australia. ‘Air’, as well as the English word for the substance we breathe, is the Indonesian word for ‘water’, highlighting the shared and often contentious air and water between the two countries.
Opening Wednesday 2 April 2014, 6pm – 8pm
107 Redfern Street, Redfern
Tea and Talk with the artists Sunday 13 April, 3pm
Exhibition closes Sunday 13 April
Open Thursday to Sunday 12noon – 5pm
Read Fleur MacDonald’s little write up of my solo exhibition bloody woop woop / (n)desa: stories from Barmedman, Kliwonan and between on her blog SIX TO EIGHT. It’s nice.