Drawings and correspondence, 2010



Two charcoal drawings, diptych: 205 x 140cm [left sheet: 100 x 140cm, right sheet: 100 x 120cm], and a stack of off-set printed artists' books, for visitors to take away.

Exh.: Animism, curated by Anselm Franke, also including Agency, Art & Language, Christian W. Braune & Otto Fischer, Marcel Broodthaers, Paul Chan, Tony Conrad, Didier Demorcy, Walt Disney, Lili Dujourie, Jimmie Durham, Eric Duvivier, Harun Farocki, León Ferrari, Christopher Glembotzky, Victor Grippo, Brion Gysin, Luis Jacob, Ken Jacobs, Darius James, Joachim Koester, Zacharias Kunuk, Louise Lawler, Len Lye, Étienne-Jules Marey, Daria Martin, Angela Melitopoulos & Maurizio Lazzarato, Wesley Meuris, Henri Michaux, Santu Mofokeng, Vincent Monnikendam, Otobong Nkanga, Reto Pulfer, Félix-Louis Regnault, Józef Robakowski, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Paul Sharits, Yutaka Sone, Jan Švankmajer, David G. Tretiakoff, Rosemarie Trockel, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Dziga Vertov, Klaus Weber, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 15 January - 15 May, at Extra City Kunstahl Antwerpen and MUHKA (where Drawings and correspondence was shown), Antwerp, Belgium;

Drawings and correspondence is a two part work: a pair of two large charcoal drawings based on a fragment of an archival photograph; and a small-scale artist's book containing an imaginary email correspondence which indirectly provides a narrative inflection of the pair of drawings. The work takes as its overt subject an image of 'The Native Encampment', an ethnographic display established in the Melbourne Zoo in the late 19th century by the zoo's founding director, Albert Le Souef. The drawings focus on the painted imagery within the display, falsified by Le Souef's wife Caroline on the basis of her husband's childhood memories of witnessing a corroborree near the Goulburn River. The diptych exhibited in Animsim is drawn from a small fragment of a black and white photograph held in the State Library of Victoria, taken at the Melbourne Zoo by a man who visited Melbourne from Colombo to see the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition.
 
The artist's book Drawings and correspondence was designed by Brad Haylock and published by Surpllus in 2010.

The work Monument for the flooding of Royal Park was also exhibited in Animism, at the exhibition's other venue, Extra City. The two works were included in Animsim with the support of Arts Victoria. Both works evolved during a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowshiop in 2007-2008.

 



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