Cameron Hayes at the Lehman College Art Gallery, New York

Cameron Hayes, Orphanages make the best skyscrapers, 2011, oil on linen, 198.1 x 254 cm.

Cameron Hayes’ work Orphanages make the best skyscrapers  is included in the group exhibition:

Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art
Lehman College Art Gallery at Lehman College
City University of New York
October 13, 2018 –January 26, 2019

“Drawing inspiration from the fantastical etchings of 18th-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Castles in the Sky examines the work of more than two dozen contemporary artists who have developed bizarre, impractical, enchanting and inspiring unbuilt (and likely unbuildable) designs. The exhibition plays tribute to the human imagination, and the idea of the creative fantasy the hovers in the recesses of every artist’s mind. The idea of the idealized place of the mind, however strange or seemingly discordant to the laws of actual architecture, form the backbone of the exhibition. From Claes Oldenburg’s ambition proposal to replace the Washington Monument with a gigantic pair of partially subterranean scissors to Will Cotton’s shimmering candy-covered castles, the works on view with delight and intrigue the viewer.

Presented in the Gallery’s Marcel Breuer-designed building, the exhibition will provide a wide audience, many of whom are not necessarily familiar with contemporary art, with an array of possibilities for engaging with the artworks both intellectually and intuitively. The exhibition is vital to our audience, many of who live in the Bronx, who see LCAG as their primary connection to the contemporary art world the exhibition is supported by funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated 120-page catalogue published by Lehman College Art Gallery/The City University of New York.” – Bartholomew F. Bland, Executive Director 

For more information, and to order the publication visit the Lehman College Art Gallery website.

Cameron Hayes participated in our group exhibition Botanica Humana, 2018. He is represented in Australia by Australian Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney; and outside Australia by Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York.

Castles in the Sky is on view at:

Lehman College Art Gallery
The City University of New York
250 Bedford Park Blvd West
Bronx, NY 10468


Image: Cameron Hayes, Orphanages make the best skyscrapers, 2011, oil on linen, 198.1 x 254 cm.

Helen Smith Interview on Art World Women

Western Australian artist Helen Smith’s practice is influenced by a formal, minimalist viewpoint with simplicity of form and geometric abstraction generally contributing to the outcome. Oil on canvas paintings, large scale wall works (quite often completed as projects with her collaborator in life Jeremy Kirwan-Ward) and a number of ongoing photographic series derived from an interest in social and cultural systems form the basis for her enquiry.

She has been an active member of the Australian Centre for Concrete Art (AC4CA) since 2002 and the Art Collective WA based in Fremantle. The Art Collective WA exists to improve visibility for Western Australian visual artists, in particular those that have been living and working in WA for many years.

Blue Highway was recently presented at the Art Collective WA Art Gallery in May 2018.  Here she speaks with Out Front Curator Marielle Soni.

Read Interview Here

DENFAIR 2018 Installation Images

DENFAIR Melbourne
14 – 16 June, 2018
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Exhibiting Artists: 

Amelda Read-Forsythe
Dena Ashbolt
Helen Smith
Linda Oy-Ho
Virginia Cummins
James Murnane
Jacky Cheng


Botanica Humana Playlist

Botanica Humana has concluded. As a special thank you we have created the Botanica Humana Spotify Playlist, every piece of music selected by the exhibiting artists and curators. We hope you enjoy it and look forward to seeing you at our next project.

Reclamation: Essay by Cat Black-Dinham

We have invited arts writer Cat Black-Dinham to respond to the exhibition Botanica Humana and are delighted to publish her essay in full on our website here.


Catriona Black-Dinham is the Studio Coordinator at Abbotsford Convent and Gallery Coordinator at St Heliers Street Gallery, positions she’s held since early 2016. Catriona migrated to Melbourne in late 2015 after working at the prestigious Scottish contemporary art gallery, the Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture. In 2012 Cat completed her Masters in Contemporary Art Theory from the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on exhibition logistics. Cat continues her on-going-curated project; a resource created to map public artworks. Cat has worked in the visual arts for over a decade.

Installation images of Botanica Humana: April 26 – May 27, 2018

The Wild Florist: Botanica Humana Program

For the duration of the group exhibition Botanica Humana we present the installation of Cut Foliage and Flowers by local creative The Wild Florist. The installation will be on view in the gallery until May 27. Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 5 pm.

Cut Foliage and Flowers
The Wild Florist, May 2018

Life and death in an indifferent universe

2 botanical displays – one vase has water – life support
The other vase does not – high and dry

We can observe the varying degrees of decay and permutations across both displays over the course of the several weeks of Botanica Humana

In keeping with the practice and ethos of The Wild Florist – all the foliage for ‘Cut Foliage and Flowers’ has been collected / foraged from inner city front gardens, nature strips and public parks.

A Cut Flower

I stand on slenderness all fresh and fair,
I feel root-firmness in the earth far down,
I catch in the wind and loose my scent for bees
That sack my throat for kisses and suck love.
What is the wind that brings thy body over?

Wind, I am beautiful and sick. I long
For rain that strikes and bites like cold and hurts.
Be angry, rain, for dew is kind to me
When I am cool from sleep and take my bath.
Who softens the sweet earth about my feet.
Touches my face so often and brings water?
Where does she go, taller than any sunflower

Over the grass like birds? Has she a root?
These are great animals that kneel to us,
Sent by the sun perhaps to help us grow.
I have seen death. The colors went away,
The petals grasped at nothing and curled tight.
Then the whole head fell off and left the sky.
She tended me and held me by my stalk.

Yesterday I was well, and then the gleam,
The thing sharper than frost cut me in half.
I fainted and was lifted high. I feel
Waist-deep in rain. My face is dry and drawn.
My beauty leaks into the glass like rain.
When first I opened to the sun I thought
My colors would be parched. Where are my bees?
Must I die now? Is this a part of life?

Karl Shapiro

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