Published 01 June 2019
State Library of NSW
Cinema is both dead and deathless. Cinema like this can take us to the great chasm in our lives and hold us over the edge.
Looks at the work of James K Baxter 1926 - 1972 (poet) Colin McCahon 1919 - 1987 (artist) both of whom found in travel through New Zealand recurrent metaphor's for life's journey. The principle referent in their work was death.
Published December 1994
The major Australian Memorials to war and the memory of death in war, are widely perceived to be the province of male citizens, sculptors and architects. Women sculptors in the main were not awarded the major memorial commissions, and women citizens have been largely absent from the major rituals and ceremonies of commemoration.
Images of death explored in the context of the exhibition 600,000 hours (mortality) held at the Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide South Australia October 1994.
On 17 March 1993, the body of photographer Angelo Campana was discovered in the burnt out remains of the newly opened IEG Waste Recycling Plant in Corrimal. According to the coroner's report, his death had not been caused by this fire, but from fatal head injuries incurred by the deceased's head being repeatedly bashed with a theodolite. This is the immediate crime which is appears to be investigated in Dennis Del Favero's sleuthian compilation of words and images, objects and installations called 'Prima Facie'.
Nuclear conflagration - whether real or imagined - captivated the post war psyche. Endist images of one form or another were developed in response to what many foresaw as the likely outcome of a third world war.
Exhibition review Crossovers: Site works and symposium
Tasmanian School of Art and various locations, Launceston, Tasmania 26 September - 2 October 1994
The cinema's ability to represent death - the act of dying, bodily transformations, decay, the corpse - in astonishing realistic terms helps to explain why film, the moving rather than the static image, has become the central depository of death narratives (ancient and modern) in contemporary culture.
Exhibition review Chris Hopewell: New works
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia
2 September - 16 October 1994
Exhibition review Familiarity? Re-examining Australian Suburbia
Mikala Dwyer, Michele Beevors, Glen Clarke, Elizabeth Woods, Tony Schwenson and Aleks Danko
Curated by Brian Parkes
Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania
23 September - 16 October 1994
Exhibition review Perpetual Motion: Aboriginal Strategies for rejigging art and technology
Curated by David Kerr and Doreen Mellor
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide South Australia 8 July - 14 August 1994
Exhibition review Fania
Curated by Erica Green
University of South Australia Art Museum
28 July - 27 August 1994
Postmodern culture has proclaimed the death of meaning, of the real, of metanarrative. Identity, memory, the body, nature, culture, power and the sacred - those fundamental ingredients of death's imagination - have undergone profound transformations over the last three decades. The contributions in this issue of Artlink address various parts of this new vision of death.