BYO Culture Guide April 23 – 29

Art in life and art after death. What are the role of the objects that we leave behind and how do works of art live on after the artist has died? Questions such as these animate what’s happening this week in the galleries across Sydney.


Common Fate and For Better or For Worse

Combining the work of Sonja Karl and Liz O’Reilly, Common Fate is the product of the residency program at Articulate Project Space, where Karl and O’Reilley have been in residence since April 19. Using their personal collection of ‘death objects’, the artists invite participants to bring their own memory objects and engage in conversations about loss, stories and the multiplicity of cultural conventions surrounding death. Upstairs at Articulate is Elke Wohlfahrt’s For Better or Worse which concerns itself with practices of memorial in post WWII Germany and how these technologies of compensation are reminiscent of the silence of suburbia.
Articulate Project Space
497 Parramatta Rd
Fri - Sun 11 am - 5 pm


The Drawn Absence – Sue Field

This exhibition by artist and designer Sue Field questions our preconceptions about the role of the artist in the design of a set, scene and stage. As a hypothetical proposal for an expanded work, the artworks on display ask the viewer to construct the space of the play, reversing the traditional roles of spectator and designer. Here, the drama of the stage is absent and theatre expands outside of the black box within which it is traditionally contained.

Opening Tuesday April 24, 6 – 8 pm
AD Space
Ground Floor E Block
UNSW Art and Design
Greens Rd
Wed – Fri 11 am – 6 pm
Sat 11 am – 4 pm


ReCollection: Frank Stella

As part of the ongoing ReCollection series of lunchtime talks, this week art historian Frances Guerin speaks about Untitled (1965) by Frank Stella. A seminal work by one of the progenitors of American Minimalism, the work attempts to return art to itself, rather than the trend of the time to refer to the world outside of art. Guerin, author of The Truth is Always Grey: A History of Modernist Painting will situate the artwork within its context while also pointing towards the impact that this work had on the artists that followed.
Thursday April 26, 12 pm
Art Gallery NSW
Art Gallery Rd
The Domain