Published 01 June 2019
State Library of NSW
Examination of the issues addressed at the conference which accompanied the exhibition 600,000 hours (mortality).
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.
Published December 1994
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.
Exhibition review Crossovers: Site works and symposium
Tasmanian School of Art and various locations, Launceston, Tasmania 26 September - 2 October 1994
Looks at the exhibition 'Death' co-curated by Felicity Fenner and Anne Loxley held at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery in April 1993. 'Death' was a mixed media survey covering more than 200 years of Australian art which directly addressed the theme of death.
Although one would expect the field of war art to be generously littered with dead bodies, this is not the case. Instead death has been presented circumspectly, through the rituals surrounding it or through metaphor.
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.
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
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 Monstrous Gorgeous
Curated by Virginia Barratt
Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
8 July - 7 August 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'.
While AIDS does indeed affect everyone in our society, at the moment in Australia we are seeing predominantly a gay and lesbian artistic response to the epidemic.
Exhibition review The Nineteenth Fremantle Print Award
Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
9 September - 23 October 1994