Colour images of the work of Ruby Abbott, Lucky Kwangarre, Patricia Tonelli, Perdita Phillips, Sharyn Dawson, Stephen Naylor and Fiona Haasz.
Exhibition review Passionate Habits
Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia
11 November - 4 December 1994
Published March 1995
Aesthetic value is determined by commonly held notions of taste, beauty and attractiveness and differs from culture to culture. How does this influence us in our choice of nourishment - our daily bread, fruit or snack food? Why does food today look like it does?
An installation work 'Guarding Civilization's Rim' a collaborative effort by 'The Personal Museum' comprising three Queensland artists opened in Townsville in September 1994. The project has been specifically created for and about northern Australia - the last frontier.
Exhibition review The Games Room
Stuart Elliott at Lawrence Wilson Art Galley
University of Western Australia
21 October - 4 December 1994
Death of a Myth
Michelle H Elliot at Gomboc Galleries and Sculpture Park
6 - 27 November 1994
Making taste? Making money? Melbourne historian Juliet Peers scrutinises a group of books and catalogues on corporate art collections to see whether boardroom fancies and their lavish publications reflect a wider role in shaping popular visions of Australian painting.
Even in the shiny spaces of the big cities, for some the dirt of the paddocks is only just below the surface. Michael Eather talks to three artists who were born and raised in the country, about their current attitudes to the land as a place of production.
The daily experience of tending a tract of land in South Australia's south east is the raw material of the art of artist farmer James Darling. 'Define the Country' a major exhibition at the Riddoch Gallery in Mount Gambier of huge images, paintings, videos and installations challenges the way we look at this country. Extracts from the artist's diaries offer a glimpse into the business of making sense of life on the land. Large format (fold out) images in the article.
Exhibition review High Fibre Diet
Fremantle Arts Centre
29 October - 4 December 1994
Beth Field is a farmer and a photographer in the WA wheatbelt facing a curious loss, one she is happy to accept - the dramatic colours of sunsets reflected in the salt lakes which she used to photograph may soon be hard to find as revegetation reclaims the soil. She recounts the changes she has seen in the last decade.
New Caledonia has become the first Pacific nation to hold a Biennale of Contemporary Visual Art. Lucienne Fontannaz travelled to Noumea to interview artist Rene Boutin and discovered an artist who takes more than the gallery and his studio as his milieu.
"I used to think there was no link between farming and art...well, most art reflects the environment in which it is produced and the artist who produces it..."
Exhibition review 600,000 Hours (mortality) exhibitions
Experimental Art Foundation
Adelaide South Australia
15 September - 4 December 1994