The Advertiser’s Art


Greg Neville, The Advertiser’s Art, wall installation, 2013

This is my piece in Random, the exhibition at Trocadero Artspace in Footscray. It’s a series of ads torn out of magazines, then put in cheap frames. The ads feature references to fine art, mostly in the trite and clichéd way you might expect; it’s a parody of popular ideas about art. You can click on the image for a larger view.


Editions at Tacit


Greg Neville, installation at Tacit Contemporary Art

Tacit Contemporary Art has opened in new premises with a print show called Editions. The exhibition has been curated by printmaker Stephanie Rampton and includes some works by Kirsten Perry and me that were in our recent Face/Time show at the previous Tacit.

The new and much larger Tacit has six galleries of different sizes and is an attractive new art venue for Melbourne. It was designed and built in record time by the directors Keith Lawrence and Tim Bateson.





Greg Neville, GoooOg, 2012

The Stockroom gallery in Kyneton is holding an end of year show called Span, artists exploring connection, distance and the passage of time.

This image is one of two I’m putting in the show, from a new series derived from Google Earth satellite views of various cities. The images show highways endlessly looping in decorative patterns, a tapestry of roads, parks and suburbs.

Regional Victoria is not exactly blessed with private art galleries. Most of them show various degenerate forms of craft, what I called the ‘Artesque’, painting or sculpture that looks like art but is really kitsch. The Stockroom is one exception to this rule, its three spaces show work that might be seen in ‘serious’ galleries and project spaces in Melbourne.



Your Documents Please 2

Your Documents Please is currently showing in New York, the last of eight venues across the globe (see my other post). The curators invited 270 artists across the world to produce small artworks derived from passports. Then, like a passport, the exhibition travelled internationally to be shown  in six countries.

I’ve shown a series called Fade which are Polaroid Transfers made from my passports and ID cards. These have been rubbed back and pencilled to resemble faded frescoes or the ancient funerary portraits of Egypt. You can see more from this series at


CCP me

The Centre for Contemporary Photography is currently running the 2010 Kodak Salon, its annual open entry exhibition. This big, busy show “takes the temperature” of photography in Melbourne over the past year. Sort of. Anyone can put work in and they generally do, so you get a pretty wide range of quality. The walls are crowded 19th century salon style, so works have to compete for attention. I’ve been lucky in my submissions, always getting a really good, visible spot, and this year is no exception, you can’t miss it. The picture is from my Big Heads series, part of my MFA exhibition last year.

The other great thing about the Salon this year is how many of my current and former students are in the show. Soon I’ll do a post and show you their work.