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.