articles on art
February 2017, Interview: Richard van der Aa / Preview: Pictures of Paintings
“The images of Pictures of Paintings by Richard van der Aa hold our gaze: the sequence is hypnotic - an extended repetition of a rounded square in duo-toned variations of black, white and an elusive colour palette of muted creams and greys…”
January 2017, Review of Artist in The World: André Smits
"Edgar Degas may have been the first to detect the allure of portraying an artist by experimenting with photography as a visual memoir. Voilà +/- instant immortality. Man Ray to Mapplethorpe, among others since, have traced and retraced this genre pretty well to a fine point; The Famous/The Greatest in mostly frontal, often confrontational, close-up poses. Nothing like how André Smits approaches things, partly because his focus is so egalitarian..."
March 2016, Preview of the 20th Biennale of Sydney:
In Conversation with Stephanie Rosenthal
Bergman: 'The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed' intriguingly hints at virtual realities and recollections of ‘info particles’ about recent astrophysical advances, especially space-time and simultaneous multi-universes, and accentuates an ever-increasing intuitive awareness we have about the continuum of reality. Can you tell me why the title was actually chosen?...
June 2015, First Light and Still Light: James Turrell
“A lucent procession, the fifteen aquatint etchings by James Turrell engage the sight with their articulate volumes of whiteness emanating through veils of demarcated shadows that, ever so persuasively, entrance more than our gaze...”
March 2014, Preview of the 19th Biennale of Sydney:
In conversation with Kym Elphinstone
Bergman: The rapport you have in your working relationship with Juliana Engberg, the artistic director of the 19th Biennale of Sydney, must be paramount to contextualizing her vision and the reality of You Imagine What You Desire. How would you describe the extent of your responsibility as the lead strategic communicator?...
September 2013, Small Gestures of Exultation III: Guido Winker and Iemke van Dijk
Guido Winkler and Iemke van Dijk are visual artists based in Leiden, The Netherlands, and the founding directors of IS-projects. The gallery began in December 2007 as a consequence of turning an accumulation of work by 20 artists from the USA, Europe and Australia into its first exhibition: UND Jetzt (AND Now)...
July 2013: Small Gestures of Exultation II: Pam Aitken
Pam Aitken has been engaged in painting and installation since 1990. She is also the Director of Factory 49 in Sydney, Australia, a Showroom that has a focus on stimulating abstract non-objective art...
June 2013, Small Gestures of Exultation I: Richard van der Aa
Four prominent artists with dual roles as directors of project spaces specializing in non-objective / reductive art are featured in “small gestures of exultation”: Pam Aitken (Factory 49, Sydney AU), Richard van der Aa (ParisCONCRET, Paris FR), Iemke van Dijk and Guido Winkler (IS-projects, Leiden NL). These interviews, beginning with van der Aa…
May 2012, In conversation with Carole Driver
Carole Driver may not be the first artist who comes to mind in association with Ad Reinhardt, but three things link the sculptor to the painter beyond the external variances of the minimality of maximalism and the maximality of minimalism…
June 2009, Yinka Shonibare MBE @ Museum of Contemporary Art
Yinka Shonibare MBE is a non-pareil master of the sleight of hand. He has a way of extracting “what everybody knows” – our disregard of the disenfranchised, our vacuous obsessions, our acquiescence, our heedless longings for both temporary fixes and oblivion – and succeeds in personifying its quintessence, foiling us with his sumptuous, visual splendors...
May 2009, Interview with Yuri Doric
Amarie Bergman: Yuri, you designed Whitehot Magazine’s stunning graphic identity. April 2009 marks the first anniversary of the ID’s presence. In that year, it seems to me, the magazine simultaneously evolved with accelerated confidence. What are your thoughts on how an ID can center a company’s ethos and influence it?...
March 2009, Interview with Alissa Firth-Eagland and Johan Lundh
Amarie Bergman interviews the curators of Between Us…
March 2009, Review of Between Us @ Western Front
Three pairs of artists synchronized their creativity in Between Us, A Toronto / Vancouver Exchange, to make three double-sided posters. In each instance, two artists collaboratively conceptualised and crafted one poster in a long distance dialogue. Commissioned for the project were: Luis Jacob + Paul de Guzman, Will Kwan + Kristina Lee Podesva and Fedora Romita + Sara Mameni…
September 2008, Interview with Vince Aletti
Male, an exhibition of works drawn from the personal collection of curator, writer and photography critic Vince Aletti, premiered earlier this year at White Columns, New York, and was recently featured at Presentation House, Vancouver…
May 2008, Interview with Lee Plested from The Apartment
Matthew Higgs, John Baldessari, Lawrence Weiner
April 2008, Interview with Igor Santizo
Attaché Gallery is literally a black, hard-shell briefcase. It’s a mirthful, original concept. Having a lot more sturdy portability than a lidded glass crucible, the case surpasses its original purpose yet retains its practicality. And it is a perfect container for the alchemical themes within unfoldingwhole…
January 2008, Koki Tanaka @ Centre A
Makiko Hara, the new curator of Centre A Gallery, inaugurated her debut by inviting Koki Tanaka to do what he does best: take a humble object and surprise us with the unexpected. On November 9th, Tanaka lit up the darkest street corner in Vancouver by plugging together hundreds of everyday light bulbs. The effect was brilliance…
October 2007, Lee Hutzulak, Liquid Smoke @ Lucky’s Gallery
Place a slim bottle of Liquid Smoke in the hands of a shamanic artist with a bent for channelling, then turn him loose with his sense of wry buoyancy for a year. Throw in a trip to Japan. This exhibition of 28 drawings on paper is the result of what happened next…
Summer 07, WM #4: Colourschool
Kristina Lee Podesva, agent provocateur, has masterminded an ingenious and inclusive think tank called colourschool at UBC…
Michael Markowsky at Access Artist Run Centre, Vancouver
artUS, issue 24/25, Fall – Winter 2008 (special double edition - Vanities): pages 78-79
Yinka Shonibara at MCA, Sydney
artUS, issue 27, 2009: page 89
Interview with Vince Aletti
Male – Photographs from The Collection of Vince Aletti, Presentation House, Vancouver
Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Issue 1/Volume 1, 2008: pages 46-50
Curator of James Turrell: A Retrospective @ National Gallery of Australia
Pure light is the medium of James Turrell. The exhibition at NGA, from 13 December 2014 - 8 June 2015, spans 50 years of his eminent career investigating visual phenomena and perception…
2009 Desert Devils
Graham Eadie and Frank Thirion
Australian National Capital Artists Gallery, Canberra
The premise for Desert Devils, an exhibition of work by Graham Eadie and Frank Thirion, shown recently at ANCA Gallery in Canberra, was unusually riveting: a revisitation of the events and after-effects concerning the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain…
2008 Forms of Praise
Jacana Gallery, Vancouver
"Look for the brightest light and the darkest shadow." Edouard Manet…