may 2008

Metronome no.10_front page

Metronome No. 10
Future Academy
Shared, Mobile, Improvised, Hidden, Floating
Oregon, 2006

MP: you need to have a practical fear in order to raise the value of life. Do you still remember the Cittadellearte when there was the idea of emptiness and no decision, no definition…?
CD: Yes, and no studio. Do you remember when the exhibition was the studio and the residents were always searching for their own place?
MP: I still think that this empty space is very basic and very important. If you have something that has already been decided on you don’t find anything different. Organisation is not about filling things, but about emptying things. An artist today has choice, but only one choice, which is to put their work in a collection, a gallery, or in a museum. There is no other choice. But if you make an empty space maybe an economy will grow that can enable art to become a job in a different way? The need for this void is essential.
CD: That word institution is not necessarily bad. Institution means an association of people…
MP: I don’t complain about institutions! I complain about institutions that I do not like.

Interview with Michelangelo Pistoletto, CD, Biella 04



january 2004

garden cities of tomorrow_install view 
garden cities of tomorrow_new trees 
rubbish_rubbish trees 
water bottle_aloe 
water bottle_bamboo

Garden Cities of Tomorrow

1. gallery view
2. New Tree (Sony Center) & New Tree (Darling Harbour) 2004
inkjet print on heat transfer, scrap MDF
3. Rubbish & Rubbish Trees 2004
inkjet print on heat transfer, fabric
4. Water (aloe) 2004
live plant, plaster, Bach flower remedy, waste timber
5. Water (bamboo) 2004
live plant, plaster, cigarette ash, waste timber

Down the road from the studio
Josie Cavallaro, Sarah Goffman, Lisa Kelly

Down the road from the studio_invite

Chrissie Cotter Hall
january 24 – february 7 2004

group projects


june 2006

Grasping the Thistle_page spread

Grasping the Thistle


Zones of Contact: 2006 Biennale of Sydney
A Critical Reader
edited by Natasha Bullock and Reuben Keehan
Sydney, 2006

[download pdf [84kb] or read full text below]

In the time allocated for questions at the close of a session titled ‘Art, Autonomy and Hospitality: Networks, Transmission and Locality’ in the June Zones of Contact: 2006 Biennale of Sydney symposium ‘Biennales, Cosmopolitanism and Locality’ at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, I had a question to ask. In the course of the session the tilt towards curatorial rather than artistic practice had become pretty clear, with far-flung interpretations by panellists to the plainly over-packed topic. My question outlined that I’d been attracted to this session by it’s hum of particular buzzwords – ‘hospitality’, ‘networks’, ‘transmission’ and ‘locality’ – and that I’d likewise heard the word ‘inclusive’ in the air a lot over the last few days of Zones of Contact openings and events. I was interested to hear thoughts, particularly from the Sydney-based panellists, as to how these principles might actually be put into practice in light of the insignificant inclusion of Sydney artists in this Biennale of Sydney? After a pause the session moderator turned to the panel and asked, ‘Right, who’d like to grasp that thistle?’ Continue Reading »



february 2008

Lively Plane_room view_D.Tan & L.Kelly 
Lively Plane_no street tree_detail 
Lively Plane_tree prop (circle) 
Lively Plane_ashtray--planter_Mikala 
Lively Plane_ashtray--planter

Lively Plane_platform_opening Lively Plane_Carla-Scott Lively Plane_Dennis & setter Lively Plane_dennis minding Lively Plane_lisa dennis Lively Plane_lisa minding
Lively Plane_visitorsLively Plane_digging Lively Plane_trolley & tree Lively Plane_planting Lively Plane_planted & watered Lively Plane_bare life
Lively Plane_new growth Lively Plane_planted plane

images from top.

1. Lisa Kelly ‘No Street Tree’ 2008
Plane tree, jute strap, timber, linen thread, hardware.
Dennis Tan ‘Working title: Private space on constructed space on institutional space’ 2008
found recycled timber from CarriageWorks and ICAN, roofing spans, nails.

2. ‘No Street Tree’ 2008

3. ‘Tree Prop (circle)’ 2008
Inkjet print on heat transfer, Belgian linen, Sydney sand, bias binding, jute strap, thread.

4. ‘Ashtray – – Planter’ 2008
Breeze block, Sydney sand, soil, rubbish plant, cigarette butts, rubber, tape, hardware.
(first butt, opening night)

5. ‘Ashtray – – Planter’ 2008

thumbnails – ‘The Lively Plane’ peopled and planting.

1. The Lively Plane
Dennis Tan & Lisa Kelly

Lively Plane_poster

15 february – march 2 2008

room diagram [28kb] & list of works [24kb]

In 2007 Lisa Kelly undertook an Asialink residency in Singapore and met artist Dennis Tan ~ founder and housekeeper of the independent artist space The Other House in Little India. There they grew the makings of a cooperative dialogue grounded in a mutuality of interests and attitude around practice, hosting, talking, walking and urban observation.

The joint project ‘1.The Lively Plane’ at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Newtown saw a city swap and cultivation of this dialogue via Tan’s one month visit to Sydney. The exhibition roamed around the artists’ material thinking on the constructed environment, relations, building, propping, sculpture, drawing, streetscape and locality.

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‘Inside a small room with white walls and polished timber floors, a plane tree sprouts snug and unassuming from one corner of a raised wooden platform, its top leaves flattened awkwardly against an indifferent ceiling. Also on the platform is a woven mat, a ‘domestic space differentiated from the wilderness’ (1), placed neatly under the shade one imagines might be cast if this tableau were not in fact indoors. The titles of these works (for they are, as it turns out, discrete works by two separate artists), No Street Tree and Working title: Private space on constructed space on Institutional space, suggest two things that lie at the heart of the objects and actions unfolding from this exhibition: the multi-layered and contingent nature of urban space, and the artistic processes used in interrogating and intervening in that space…’

~ read Working Title: Conversations on a Lively Doorstep by Tessa Rapaport at Makeshift Journal



march 1999

tentcraft_life security
tentcraft_ljus och viss varme
tentcraft_burning desire

Lisa Kelly & Alex Gawronski

tentcraft_invite_front tentcraft_invite_back

30 march – 10 april 1999

1. Life Security 1999 (with Alex Gawronski)
found chairs, nylon rope, dyna-hooks, hardware
2. Ljus Och Viss Varme 1999
twig, camping lantern, citronella candle, hardware
3. Cobweb 1999
projector, spider, glass slide, plastic, dowel, acrylic, cork, adhesive mesh
4. Burning Desire 1999
cyalume light sticks, dowel, blutack, hardware

[all photos: Christopher Snee]

tentcraft_catalogue_1 tentcraft_catalogue_2 tentcraft_catalogue_3 tentcraft_catalogue_4

catalogue text
Alex Gawronski & Lisa Kelly (italics)

A working motivation unravelled from the container of a word.
t e n t c r a f t
faded advice soon re-developed amid Parramatta Rd.

Thinking of movement, a conflict of mobility and stasis,
and the parallel world of stuff that crafts a migration elsewhere.

Camping is a word embroidered with numerous associations. It is inscribed with various international codes that nevertheless belie a desire for universalism. It is colour coded, bound up yet it suggests escape and freedom, freedom from life. When we take off we hope equally to get lost, without necessarily abandoning the familiar texture of our lives back home. Indeed it is familiar difficulties of the emotional, financial and social kind that we seek to replace with the difficulties of a sort we can readily overcome. These are primarily practical difficulties. What they represent is an A-Z guide on how to: stay dry, stay warm, keep cool, avoid bites, avoid falls, maintain orientation, remain mindful of the environment and of our co-travellers and of ourselves. At the same time we seek to erase temporarily our local presence and to become (if only partially) wild. The camper seeks a reunification with those things that he or she takes for granted, those things technology keeps us safe from whilst seeking to maintain our complicity with our natural selves.

Continue Reading »



december 2007

BSR, Roma  2000

Camperdown, 1997-2006

Viafarini, Milano 2002

Stonevilla, Sydney 2006

Artspace, Sydney 2006

p-10, Singapore 2007

Redfern, Sydney 2006-2007

studiononstop 1997-2007

1. British School at Rome, 2000
2. Camperdown, Sydney 1997-2006
3. Viafarini, Milano 2002
4. Stonevilla, Sydney (with Jo Daniell) 2006
5. Artspace, Sydney 2006
6. p-10, Singapore 2007
7. Redfern, Sydney 2006-2007

studio practice


september 2003

Lives of the Artists #5 edited Elizabeth Pulie

All Girl Line-Up


Lives of the Artists #5
Spring 2003 – Chicks Issue
Edited & published by Elizabeth Pulie

All Girl Line-up_spread 1 All Girl Line-Up_spread 2

[download full text pdf [48KB] or read below]

Italy has been spoken of as ‘the land that feminism forgot’. What the English speaking world knows as ‘International Women’s Day’ on the 8th of March, translates in the Bel Paese as ‘Festa della Donna’, which might translate back as something like ‘celebration of woman’. Note the lost collective and authoritative dimensions and you’ll come to appreciate the reality of a largely commercial appropriation that has more in common with the art of chivalry calendar dates of Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. Dragged out into a week-long occasion for men to buy specifically mass-marketed flowers and chocolates for the women in their lives. To all appearances, many Italian women find it a load of tokenistic rubbish. Younger women in particular aren’t falling for it, as a series of interviews with school students in the national newspaper La Repubblica for the event made clear; one saying simply that all she had to do was take a look around to see that no positions of authority in her society (read judges, lawyers, editors, politicians) were occupied by women. While comparatively this makes the role of women in public life in Australia look pretty progressive (though hardly as progressive as New Zealand), local indicators might otherwise be pointing some way towards ‘ a land that is forgetting feminism’. Continue Reading »



november 2007

New Leadership

Slow Living
Slow Living
Wendy Parkins & Geoffrey Craig
UNSW Press 2006

‘A fundamental concern in slow living is time. At its heart, slow living is a conscious attempt to change the current temporal order to one which offers more time, time to attend to everyday life.’



august 2007

Attention Seekers_Lisa Kelly_room view 1

Attention Seekers_Lisa Kelly_room view 2

Attention Seekers_Lisa Kelly_bag - front

Attention Seekers_Lisa Kelly_room view - Charmaine

Attention Seekers_Lisa Kelly_LC-kitchen

Attention Seekers_Lisa Kelly_detail-line drawings

Attention Seekers_Lisa Kelly_bag-back

Attention seekers__________drawings with invisible objects

open studio
thursday 16th august

Asialink visual artist in residence
june-august 2007


download room notes as pdf [44KB]

individual projects
studio practice


february 2007

WORKSHOPNONSTOP install view. Loose, feb 07


CLUBSproject : Bridget Currie : Kate Fulton : Christopher L G Hill : Lucas Ihlein : Lisa Kelly
:OSW [Open Spatial Workshop: Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Natasha Johns-Messenger & Scott Mitchell] : Spiros Panigirakis
+ guests & collaborators

coordinated by Lisa Kelly


Loose projects
february 2007

Taking the modes of workshop & continuous self-organisation as broad starting points of reference, WORKSHOPNONSTOP invited practices that propagate their own working contexts & conditions – via projects, spaces, blogs, networks, publications, critical writing & making – to a project that unfolded as an open, multidimensional diagram of a workshop.

workshopnonstop_project document assembly

project document

self-assembled folder of project notes and residues, edition of 40

WSNS project document_1 WSNS project document_2 WSNS project document_3

project notes

WORKSHOPNONSTOP project notes_1 WORKSHOPNONSTOP project notes_2 WORKSHOPNONSTOP project notes_3

accumulative text by participants, process & documentation. august 06 – february 07

download as pdf
part 1. [4.4MB]
part 2. [5.5MB]

group projects