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Issue 214 October 2008

  1 If I say I love my place, what’s with the bags I’ve packed? The cultural changes required by landscape memoir and eco-regionalism TAMSIN KERR    Wendy McGrath,   Forest Couture  , 2005, site-specific installation/sculpture, hand stitched ‘debut’ gown made from the leaves of the macaranga tanarius (a rainforest pioneer), red cotton and tulle. Location: Noosa Woods remnant rainforest, at the end of Hastings Street, for the   Floating Land Art & Environment Project   2005. Collection of the artist. Photograph by Wendy McGrath.

1 If I say I love my place, what’s with the bags I’ve packed? The cultural changes required by landscape memoir and eco-regionalism TAMSIN KERR

Wendy McGrath, Forest Couture, 2005, site-specific installation/sculpture, hand stitched ‘debut’ gown made from the leaves of the macaranga tanarius (a rainforest pioneer), red cotton and tulle. Location: Noosa Woods remnant rainforest, at the end of Hastings Street, for the Floating Land Art & Environment Project 2005. Collection of the artist. Photograph by Wendy McGrath.

  2 Telstra Imbroglio: the 25th NATSIAA JEREMY ECCLES    Terry Ngamandara Wilson,   Gulach – Spike Rush  , 2008, natural pigments on bark. Bark Painting winner. Courtesy the artist and Maningrida Arts and Culture.

2 Telstra Imbroglio: the 25th NATSIAA JEREMY ECCLES

Terry Ngamandara Wilson, Gulach – Spike Rush, 2008, natural pigments on bark. Bark Painting winner. Courtesy the artist and Maningrida Arts and Culture.

  3 The 35th Alice Prize KIERAN FINNANE    Pip McManus,   Ichor  , 2006, DVD stills from 55-minute digital video. Nic Hempel: cello, David Nixon: digital content production, Bill Davis: Red House Studio recording. Courtesy the artist. This work was awarded the 2008 Alice Prize.

3 The 35th Alice Prize KIERAN FINNANE

Pip McManus, Ichor, 2006, DVD stills from 55-minute digital video. Nic Hempel: cello, David Nixon: digital content production, Bill Davis: Red House Studio recording. Courtesy the artist. This work was awarded the 2008 Alice Prize.

  4 Saltpan to Skyscraper: the 2008 TOGART Contemporary Art Award (NT) VAL CLARK    Marina Murdilinga,   Dirdbim (Moon Dreaming),   2008, pandanus spiralis, bamboo and natural dyes. Courtesy the artist and Maningrida Arts and Culture.

4 Saltpan to Skyscraper: the 2008 TOGART Contemporary Art Award (NT) VAL CLARK

Marina Murdilinga, Dirdbim (Moon Dreaming), 2008, pandanus spiralis, bamboo and natural dyes. Courtesy the artist and Maningrida Arts and Culture.

  5 As citizens of the world … NIGEL LENDON    Axel Poignant,   Young Women, Croker Island  , (1948/printed c. 1979), silver gelatin print on Ilford Galerie, © Roslyn Poignant, Axel Poignant Archive, London.

5 As citizens of the world … NIGEL LENDON

Axel Poignant, Young Women, Croker Island, (1948/printed c. 1979), silver gelatin print on Ilford Galerie, © Roslyn Poignant, Axel Poignant Archive, London.

  6 PHotoEspaña 08: Madrid JUSTINE BAYOD ESPOZ    W. Eugene Smith,   Doctor with Coffee Cup  , 1948. Center for Creative Photography, W. Eugene Smith Archive. © The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith. 

6 PHotoEspaña 08: Madrid JUSTINE BAYOD ESPOZ

W. Eugene Smith, Doctor with Coffee Cup, 1948. Center for Creative Photography, W. Eugene Smith Archive. © The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith. 

  7 Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri c. 1920–2008 SASHA GRISHIN    Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri,   Rockholes Near the Olgas  , 2008, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen. Image courtesy Watiyawanu Art Centre and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. (This painting currently hangs as a finalist in the 25th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.) Photograph by Regis Martin.

7 Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri c. 1920–2008 SASHA GRISHIN

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Rockholes Near the Olgas, 2008, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen. Image courtesy Watiyawanu Art Centre and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. (This painting currently hangs as a finalist in the 25th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.) Photograph by Regis Martin.

  8 Letters    About turn – 2008 Sydney Biennale   In response to Michael Desmond’s article Back to the future? - 2008 Biennale of Sydney (AMA #213, September 2008), I enclose a quote from a catalogue of one of the Contemporary Art Society’s (founded 1938) annual exhibitions.   Art does not stand still. Its movement is always forward, so each new year sees some new step taken. If the Contemporary Art Society is to be deserving of its name and the fundamental objects of its constitution, it, too, must move forward, When you cease to find in the annual exhibition of the society any new thought or feeling or any urge to explore the possibilities of the unknown, then you may be sure that the society no longer carries the banner it was intended to bear. ... read the rest in #214

8 Letters

About turn – 2008 Sydney Biennale
In response to Michael Desmond’s article Back to the future? - 2008 Biennale of Sydney (AMA #213, September 2008), I enclose a quote from a catalogue of one of the Contemporary Art Society’s (founded 1938) annual exhibitions.
Art does not stand still. Its movement is always forward, so each new year sees some new step taken. If the Contemporary Art Society is to be deserving of its name and the fundamental objects of its constitution, it, too, must move forward, When you cease to find in the annual exhibition of the society any new thought or feeling or any urge to explore the possibilities of the unknown, then you may be sure that the society no longer carries the banner it was intended to bear. ... read the rest in #214

  9 Survivor City: Sarajevo IAN ROHR    Ian Rohr,   Sarajevo looking out beyond a war-destroyed home  , digital print, 2008.

9 Survivor City: Sarajevo IAN ROHR

Ian Rohr, Sarajevo looking out beyond a war-destroyed home, digital print, 2008.

  10 Murray Walker: Memento PATRICK HUTCHINGS    Murray Walker, installation view of   Memento   exhibition at Scott Livesey Galleries, 2008. Courtesy the Artist and Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.

10 Murray Walker: Memento PATRICK HUTCHINGS

Murray Walker, installation view of Memento exhibition at Scott Livesey Galleries, 2008. Courtesy the Artist and Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.

  11 Book: A tank full of hungry sharks PETER ANDERSON    Don Thompson:   The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art and Auction Houses   Aurum Press, London, 2008, 299 pp, $39.95 rrp.

11 Book: A tank full of hungry sharks PETER ANDERSON

Don Thompson: The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art and Auction Houses
Aurum Press, London, 2008, 299 pp, $39.95 rrp.

  12 Book: Coherence and contradiction: Pioneering a history of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia ANDREW MONTANA    Harriet Edquist:   Pioneers of Modernism: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia   Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing, 2008, 304 pp, 120 Illustrations, $59.95 rrp.

12 Book: Coherence and contradiction: Pioneering a history of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia ANDREW MONTANA

Harriet Edquist: Pioneers of Modernism: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Australia
Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing, 2008, 304 pp, 120 Illustrations, $59.95 rrp.