Handmade: the New Labour
Vol 25 no 1, 2005
What place remains in a fast, digital world for the slow, painstaking work of making things? Many artists still spend long hours working by hand on unique objects whether sculpture, furniture, drawing, fibre, even photography. In the light of increasing use of hands-off production the work of Ricky Swallow, Patrick Hall, Jan Nelson, David Trubridge, Christian Capurro, Bernhard Sachs, Robert Foster, Rosemary O'Rourke and many others take on a special significance. Writers Robert Cook and Mark Thomson give us their take on the consumer heaven of ever-newer digital and power tools and the purgatory of obsolete junk. Exhibition reviews, columns and obituaries. Guest Editor Kevin Murray.
Subscribe to Artlink - from $55. Subscriptions available for readers anywhere in the world.
Unpacking 'Il Cretino Veloci' or 'The Fast Idiot'Author & Artist: Mr Mark Thomson, feature
Thomson pays tribute to an increasing minority of Australians devalued for getting their hands in the 'mucky stuff''. As he proclaims '...people who make things with their hands for a living are seen as a hopeless anachronism rooted to the ground'. In an age where the majority of the Australian population now work in what are termed the service industries, the ability to apply ones motor skills are making for a society who rarely needs to use those 'funny slabs of flesh at the end of our arms'.
The full text of this article is only available in the printed version of Artlink Magazine.
» Subscribe or order a back issue
Subscribe to the Artlink newsletter now
Articles in this issue
- Artrave: Artrave
- Editorial: The Return of Labour?
- Feature: Australian Drawing Now: Labouring Lightly
- Feature: Bush TV's: Piliyi - Good One
- Feature: Domestic Arts in the White Cube
- Feature: Getting Off Your Face With a Destructive Character
- Feature: Hand to Mouse: Design and the Handmade
- Feature: I Came to Japan Because of the Chopstick
- Feature: In the Wake of Gesture: Architecture and the Handmade
- Feature: It's Not You, It's Me - I Just Don't, You Know, Think We're Compatible
- Feature: Nurturing the Handmade
- Feature: Parallel Universe: The Gray St. Workshops @ 20
- Feature: Patrick Hall's Cabinets of Everyday Curiosities
- Feature: Pixel Perfect: The Craft of Photography in the Age of Digital Reproduction.
- Feature: The Art of Outsourcing
- Feature: The Darkroom in the Age of Post-Film Photography
- Feature: The Hand in Making
- Feature: The Sounds of Silence
- Feature: Unpacking 'Il Cretino Veloci' or 'The Fast Idiot'
- Obituary: Ian Chandler 1942 - 2004
- Review: Artifically Reconstructed Habitats: Finola Jones
- Review: Batik and Kris: Duality of the Javanese Cosmos
- Review: Calling all Anti-Capitalist Pashtivists, fluxus reincarnators and Crafty Billboard Operators: Documenting the Uncollectable
- Review: Christian de Vietri: The Nature of Things
- Review: Disorientate: Colour, Geometry and the Body
- Review: Everyone Lives Downstream: James Darling and Lesley Forwood
- Review: Fine Art Graduate and Honours Exhibitions Beyond
- Review: For Nothing
- Review: Life is Very Long
- Review: Living Together is Easy
- Review: Mary Scott - Skirted
- Review: Petrified Nature: Julia Robinson and Morgan Allender, Birds and Bees, Louise Flaherty
- Review: Vivienne Westwood