Sydney Morning Herald review, Queer Contemporary: ‘Braving Time should be your first stop’
John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald art critic, reviews the Queer Contemporary program at NAS.
‘I can’t recall a year in which there were so many exhibitions scheduled to coincide with World Pride and Mardi Gras, but if you’re doing the rounds, Braving Time should be your first stop. The added attractions at the NAS campus are Luke Thurgate’s Adore You, at the Drawing Gallery, which consists of three wall-sized drawings, based on a mutant version of the Van Eycks’ Ghent altarpiece. The work will be gradually completed over the next few weeks – then painted over.
There’s also a video show called Fulgora at the Rayner Hoff Project Space, and what I expect to be one of hits of this year’s Mardi Gras: Macon Reed’s Eulogy for the Dyke Bar. This colourful, flamboyant bar, which was still under construction when I visited, continues a series the artist has made in the United States – and it’s a winning idea. The Dyke Bar is a real bar, open to everyone, as well as a venue for special events. I imagine it will be standing room only on most nights.’
Image: Thine Shrine, Divine by The ArtHitects (Gary Carsley and Renjie Teoh) for Braving Time in the NAS Gallery foyer. Install photo: Peter Morgan