Monday, December 24, 2007

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Box Art Quiz #4


Winner of 
Box Art Quiz #3 - 1st Sonic Yootha

The Bargain Box crew loved Sonic Yootha's comment for last month's Quiz so much:
honoured! so challenging! I know I can get to the top box! or if im fourth, tracey moffatt can make an artwork example out of me. xx
love Yootha
...that we just had to reward such witty relevance with a "1st". As the winner of the Box Art Quiz #3 Sonic Yootha gets first dibs on a gold-plated, fruit charm and swarivski-crystal charm-bracelet made by Mary Mcdermott of Dainty Pretty Things.

Congratulations Sonic! And thanks Mary!

Last Month's Box Art Quiz Answers:

  1. Jeff Koons Extra Points: Neo-Pop or Post-Pop
  2. Arunkumar HG
  3. Leonardo Da Vinci Extra Points: La Gioconda
  4. Janet Cardiff Extra Points: George Bures Miller
  5. Multiple Personality
  6. Jackson Pollock Extra Points: Australian National Gallery or, as it is now known, National Gallery of Australia
  7. Schappylle Scragg
  8. Mind's Eye - Gregory Godhard
  9. The Vienna Secession
  10. Gilles Deleuze

Box Art Quiz #4

...answer one or answer 'em all - in the comments box or by email...

* 1 point for every answer
* Extra Points: where indicated = 2 extra points

  1. It is often said that art, celebrity and entertainment are becoming ever more closely entwined. Name one artist (at least) of whom you are their "greatest fan".
  2. What art would you like to see more of in major galleries and exhibitions?
  3. Who is your favourite arts blogger or which arts blog do you read most often?
  4. What does being an artist mean to you - how would you define "artist"?
  5. What is it about art or the art market that really bites you?
  6. Name one artist whose work you think epitomises the art, celebrity & entertainment "blur"? Extra Points:What is it about this work that turns you on (or off)?
  7. What's the most fame (or infamy) that an art work of yours has achieved?
  8. When (or if) climate change (or some other catastrophe) brings about enormous and irrevocable change to the day-to-day life of the world's human population - what do you think art will look like?
  9. How famous an artist do you plan to be? Extra Points: and why?
  10. In ten words or less, describe/explain the art work (by Tracey Moffatt) to which Sonic Yootha's winning comment refers.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Thursdays at Twenty-One

Ana Tiquia and sofia at Thursdays at Twenty One
on Thursday 6th December 

Thursdays at Twenty-One: A series of monthly exhibitions showcasing contemporary work by emerging artists in an experimental setting.

Thursdays at Twenty-One is an exciting new artist-run-initiative (ARI), at Magill, South Australia, that doubles as the suburban home of its two founding members and curators: sofia and amira h..

At Thursdays at Twenty-One the emphasis is not so much upon highly resolved or 'slick' art works as is it upon experimentation with form and media. Painting and other traditional media are welcome however - when prepared to get 'off the wall' to perform, install and (by all means) push the envelope.

Most importantly, artists who propose to exhibit at Thursdays at Twenty-One are asked to consider the house as a ready-made - contextualised within a paradigm of Australian domestic life. How cool is that?!

Thursdays at Twenty-One is an experimental space and project therefore, artists can "just go for it", experimenting as they please, via a process that is bounded only by ongoing consultation with the resident curators. Initially, exhibiting artists will be required to meet with the two curators to discuss the work and it's placement within the house. amira h. and sofia are also willing to contribute to the resolution of any formal and/or installation problems that might arise.

"We would like for the house as an environment to be considered as a "ready-made" something that artists can come towards and utilise to express their ideas rather than just exhibit in. So we may push for work that really stands out from our home setting. However we are open to any methods for this to happen. Work doesn't have to be simply site-specific. It can interject, play and manipulate, we are even happy to see the house being used as a backdrop. As long as the space is considered as an integral role in the contextualising or installing of the work."

Thursdays at Twenty-One opens for opening night only
First Thursday of every month

(unless otherwise stated)


sofia tends to be categorised as a video and installation artist and enjoys creating objects onto which video images are projected. sofia's other, object based installations, often give aesthetic cinematic and photographic reference to her formal training and background in photography and film.

Currently, sofia is using self-portraiture as a means to explore visual representations and interpretations of identity. These video and text based portraits employ text as a form of auto-portraiture.

amira h.

amira h.'s art practice is predominantly performance based, although, at times, objects accompany her as she places herself, bodily, within the work. For instance, amira frequently performs in a modified bridal gown, itself anobjet d' art. Objects also intrigue and compel viewer response as an aspect of interactive performances.

amira h. invites the viewer to consider and question their own assumptions and expectations concerning gender, sexuality and power whilst she stands on the dichotomous altar of her identity as a female of muslim heritage with artistic aspirations.

TO APPLY to exhibit at Thursdays at Twenty-One you need to, in the first instance, send sofia and/or amira.h. an email that includes:

IMAGE1] a brief outline of the proposal
2] a few images
3] your contact details

For the future....

Currently casseroling in the Thurdays at Twenty One oven is an idea to publish a newsletter or zine that documents the exhibitions at the Magill residence. This could take the form of one publication per exhibition or that of a retrospective publication documenting the project as a whole.

Skanky Jane's paradigm of
Australian domestic life.

PHOTO: SJ [1993]

ADDRESS: 21 Koongarra Avenue, Magill 5072
PHONE: 0401465656 
PHONE: 0406009973
EMAIL: calsy010[at]students[dot]unisa[dot]edu[dot]au

A letter of support (for the purpose of grant applications) can be provided to exhibiting artists upon request.


Artlife, Team 2006, 'New Model ARI'the art life, 3/4/07.

Artswipe, The 2007, 'The Greatest Artist in the World'The Artswipe, 27/10/07.

Brown, Lauren 2006, 'Top 10 reasons why getting involved in an ARI will change your life'she sees red, 27/8/06.

S, Michelle 2007, 'Artist Run Initiatives', this is a list and Word doc. download of Australian ARI's,, 19/10/07.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Time for Tiara

Pearl Crown Tiara
 by Mary McDermott
Silver plated base and wire, imitation white and peach pearls
& swarovski crystal drop
[Sacred to Venus, pearls symbolise love and beauty]

Spring is here and summer is hot on its heels - in the southern hemisphere at least! The change in season brings not only hay fever and melanoma but the latest in bodily adornment from NYC, Milan and Dainty Pretty Things. And what is it exactly that's got fashionistas hot under the collar this season? In a word - jewellery. 'About half the designers who showed at the tents in New York City's Bryant Park from Sept. 8-15 sent jewellery down their runways' writes Beth Braverman in her fashion report for the National Jeweler Network. Canny consumers (provided the pennies stack to less than a few hundred dollars) are buying more jewellery for themselves. Chunky pieces with hand-crafted details and simple palettes are all the rage - working particularly well with refined clothing. A few well placed pieces of jewellery will give your look a sophisticated edge and have you sashaying around at dinner parties with profound hipness for the spring/summer fashion season '07.*

Today's Bargain Box spills over with a Spring/Summer '07 Fashion Jewellery Special - brought to you by Mary McDermott of Dainty Pretty Things. Old favorites in baubles and beads continue to be popular this season - therefore this fashion essay focuses on one of Mary's specialties from among her extensive range of hand-crafted jewellery: a truly timeless treasure - the tiara.

Swarovski Crystal Crown Tiara
by Mary McDermott
silver plated base and wire,
swarovski crystal round and vicone beads

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketToday, the word "tiara" is most commonly associated with pop divas, debutantes, brides, faeries, all manner of queens and the Royal Show but... waaaay back.. it referred to a "high crown" worn by kings, emperors and some ancient Mesopotamians. The ancient tiara looked a bit like a richly ornamented dunce cap, some of which bore horns and feathers to stress the wearer's "big boss" status. Gods of the Palmyrene Empire (that is Syria, Palestine, Egypt and large parts of Asia Minor) wore turban-like tiaras, often embellished with horns. Tiaras toppled during the early Christian era as pious women shed their pagan customs (and costumes) but the neoclassical revival of the 1770s brought the en tremblanttreasures right back again.

While many crowns and tiaras were extremely ornate and heavy others consisted of little more than a simple "fillet" of cloth. Prevalent in the attire of antique to renaissance times, the simple fillet (or circlet), was a unisex item made from woven bands of fabric, leather, beads or metal that formed a round band for wearing over the hair. And if you think this description of the fillet bears a trace of the humble wreath - you're right! In fact early Grecian-style tiaras (or diadems) were essentially just that - naturalistic imitations of wreaths of leaves - wrought in silver and gold. That spunky little upstart, Napoleon Bonaparte, seeking to style himself after the Roman emperors of old, crowned himself with courtly credentials by wearing a golden wreath upon his head. Tiaras, like crowns and coronets too, have further evolved into jewellery items today and are now worn (almost) exclusively by females. Queen Elizabeth II other claim to fame is that she possesses the world's largest personal collection of tiaras - a collection that is considered to be priceless.

Popes, not being sovereign, couldn’t go so far as to wear a crown exactly - so they opted for the next best thing: a crown apostolic, a camelaucum, or to put it simply – a tiara. Early papal tiaras were probably inspired by the headgear of the Byzantine East and until the fifteenth century were black in colour. Things got a bit carried away after that. No-one is quite sure who started it but a mug shot of Pope Innocent III shows him wearing a two-tiered tiara and then, later on, Pope Benedict XII is depicted wearing a three-tiered tiara! Catholics, you see, hold that the church, as a visible society, must have a visible head and what could make your head more visible than a beehive-shaped, 38cm high cap with streamers hanging down the back, surrounded by three diadems and bearing a globe surmounted by a cross?

Wikipedia states that: 'In modern times, however, a tiara is generally semi-circular band, often metal, and decorated with jewels, which is worn as a form of adornment and not as a symbol of rank.' An overarching statement if ever there was one! In this contemporary milieu, when "TIARA" can signify anything from The Irish Ancestral Research Association, to an internet site where the models wear little else, to Alice Marwick's blog on feminism and technology, what the modern (or postmodern) tiara symbolises is anybody's guess.

Consider for instance the sculpture of Paris Hilton and her pet Chihuahua Tinkerbell as created by New York artist Daniel Edwards. The tiara worn by the effigial Paris lying in post-inebriated (and post-mortem) state, clearly and ironically denotes her status as a paparazzi princess but who can say for certain where Tinkerbell's head is at? One thing is for sure, the tiara's royal pedigree makes it the ultimate choice in satirical headgear for anyone encompassed with a nimbus of celebrity.

Twin Tiaras - rank or what?
Clay model of the Paris Hilton Autopsy by Daniel Edwards in pre-autopsy form with "Tinkerbell." Life Size, 2007
(SJ has been mucking around with these images) 

Lift the lid on the jewel box of any 'elegant and extravagant' type (in art or life) and you're sure to find a tiara - or two. Late TV presenter, Paula Yates once appeared on the British TV panel show Have I Got News For You! in a small silver tiara and, rumoured to have been the first celebrity ever to wear a formal tiara 'inappropriately', gave the tiny crown its current rock chick status. Madonna wed Guy Ritchie in an Edwardian (circa 1910) tiara encrusted with 765 diamonds which converts into a fringed necklace and is valued at a mere $325,000. However, in 2006, When the material girl tried to sell her lil' sparkler on eBay, (vowing to donate the proceeds to some charitable cause or other) it failed to attract a single bid. 

Audrey Hepburn
 wore a tiara atop her pineapple do when she went on a Roman HolidayJoanna Lumley now owns the tiara of 19th century Shakespearean actress, Ellen TerryElizabeth Hurley Bedazzled us all with her tiara, Gwyneth Paltrow wore an ivy leaf tiara when she fell in love with Shakespeare and Posh Spice (not to be outdone by Madonna), reportedly put her flashy diamond and gold wedding tiara on eBay too!

London's Victoria and Albert Museum assembled over 200 tiaras for the 2002 exhibition 'Tiaras' - tracing the evolution of the auspicious ornament from the mid-18th century to the present day. Sir Elton John lent one of his own tiaras to the popular exhibition - a rhinestone and base metal capper in the shape of leaves flanking a star. The former Reginald Dwight also starred in a 1997 rockumentary, Tantrums and Tiaras, and holds an annual, celebrity studded, HIV/AIDS fund-raiser called The White Tie & Tiara Ball.

Pearl and Swarovski Crystal Butterfly and Flower Tiara
by Mary McDermott
Silver plated base and wire, imitation pearls,
sterling silver butterflys, fimo flower

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The female fashion designer credited with creating the punk aesthetic (in collaboration with Malcolm McLaren of Sex Pistols fame) once said: “You have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes”. Vivienne Westwood, renown for mixing modern and vintage styles as well as for making comic references to royalty, was herself seen wearing a tiara - of bunches of grapes carved in coral - both during the finale of her show atLondon's Fashion Week in February and... while riding her bicycle!

Vivienne also wore a bluebird tiara to the opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition which included three of her own contemporary creations: a yellow acrylic wave tiara, a Grecian-style tiara and a tiara fashioned from dog bone. In the case of the contemporary tiara all that glitters is definitely not gold and tiaras can be made from an astonishing range of materials. Like the one Viscount Linley made for his wife Serena, out of beechwood. Or another, also included in the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition: a tiara formed from a sheep's pelvis and set with rhinestones - by couturier, Dai Rees. And the young tiara turner and self-described pop diva, "princess_aurora", creates herdelicious diadems from "Pop Secret" popcorn!

Tiaras are de rigueur for Prom Queens, Beauty Queens and Drag Queens alike - all appreciate the glamourous allure of a well turned tiara. The tiara also plays a magical role in faerie life and no child's dress-up box is quite complete without one. Whether you fancy yourself as the Queen of the Night or Titania, whether you're a lady off to a formal soirée or a babe off to a rave in a next-to-nothing dress, a tiara will flatter your moving body, add height and let you wear ornate jewellery without the fuss of necklaces and bracelets - while keeping your hair out of your eyes.

Swarovski Crystal Tiara
by Mary McDermott
Silver plated base and wire,
swarovski crystal bicone beads

Tiaras are not all pretentious pomp and diamante razzle-dazzle - the Statue of Liberty wears one that could spike any new arrival's breast with terror.Wonder Woman (and Sailor Moon too) can attest to the genuine grunt and grrl power of tiaras. These two super heroines possess tiaras that not only adorn their pretty heads but double as throwing weapons capable of felling the baddest bad guy - or girl. Wonder Woman's rhinestone and ruby starred tiara also comes with a built-in linguagraph that allows her to understand all languages (eat your heart out Odd Job!)

Super Smash Bros. MeleeRunescape and Final Fantasy games all list tiaras among equipment that is used by males. The sixteen year-old Prince Marth (a.k.a. Mars), of Fire Emblem: Ankokuryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi and Smash Mario Bros. Melee, wears a tiara. A parting gift from his sister Ellis when she was kidnapped, this tiara symbolises her love and will for him to live. Ellis' tiara is Marth's dearest treasure.

Tiaras have ever epitomised majesty, romance and glamour yet, if there is one occasion at which the magic of the tiara reaches its apogee, then it has to be at that princess-for-a-day event - your wedding. What better item could possibly be added to the bridal trousseau than a hand-crafted tiara? The Bargain Box adores a good wedding, especially since Skanky Jane and The Artswipe tied their nuptials in a knot. Historically, the groom often gave the bride a tiara - as a token of his love. (Arty sent Skanky a postcard!)

Mary Mcdermott's tiaras are not made for walking down the aisle to any stiff old standard though, no sirree! Tiaras from Dainty Pretty Things are made to burst the boundaries of the proverbial hat box and groove to your very own tune! Whether it's a nice day for a white wedding, Mehendi or a pagan hand-fasting ritual - between a bride and groom, two brides, two grooms or polyamorous family members, whether there'll be Kembar Mayang or roses and whether you'll say "Mazal Tov!" or "love, honour and obey" - a hand-crafted tiara from Dainty Pretty Things will crown your love with elegance and élan.

Dainty Pretty Things is the name of craftsperson Mary McDermott's outlet for hand-crafted jewellery.

Dainty Pretty Things is stocked with jewellery that Mary enjoys to make. The only thing that gives Mary more jewellery making pleasure is her bespoke jewellery making service. "Tailoring pieces of jewellery to a client's own specifications is the most fun part!", says Mary. So why not create your own unique tiara!

When you see a tiara at Dainty Pretty Things that really strikes your fancy rest assured that Mary will happily colour co-ordinate your choice to any bride/bridesmaid or other outfit.

To discuss custom-made jewellery and the Bespoke Jewellery Making Service at Dainty Pretty Things, please contact Mary McDermott personally (see contact details below) or via Dainty Pretty Things online at Etsy. When making contact via email please include a few brief details about the jewellery item you desire and be sure to leave your own contact details so Mary can get back to you!


PHONE: 07958678003


* While Skanky Jane (obviously) knows nothing of dinner parties, nor of being hip, refined and sophisticated, Ms Representation and the rest of the Bargain Box Crew pride themselves on possessing high standards in personal grooming and taste.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Box Art Quiz #3

Winners of Box Art Quiz #2
1st Art & Mayhem2nd Sonic Yootha3rd (a tie) Lucia & The Artswipe

Last Month's Box Art Quiz Answers:
  1. Starella, Sonic Yootha and La Donna Rama
  2. Robert Rauschenberg
  3. Martin Creed
  4. Simryn Gill
  5. Art Brut Extra Points: Outsider Art
  6. Lucy and Jorge Orta
  7. Matthew Barney
  8. Bridget Currie
  9. 1984 Extra Points: Malcolm Morley
  10. Mathew Bradley Extra Points: Storm Machine
Mary McDermott of Dainty Pretty Things Online is putting up one of her sweet, hand-crafted charm-bracelets, hung with funky fruit charms and swarivski crystal bicone beads as a prize for the Box Art Quiz! Why not have a go? You may only need one or two right answers to win! (And there's some easy questions in there this time!)

Box Art Quiz #3

* 1 point for every correct answer
* Extra Points: where indicated = 2 extra points

  1. Which artist is credited with saying: "The public is ready-made"? Extra Points: Under what "post" (or "neo") art movement is this artist commonly categorised?
  2. Name the sub-continental artist who is currently [OCT-NOV 2007] facilitating a Master Class for students and recent graduates of Helpmann Academy partner schools at the South Australian School of Art?
  3. Name the artist who painted the Mona LisaExtra Points: By which other title or name is this painting known?
  4. I am a Canadian artist born in 1957 and am best known for my audio and film work which is often made in collaboration with my partner. I frequently create site specific 'walks' that depend upon the active participation of the viewer (or listener) as they are lead into an encounter with their physical environment involving their individual senses. My work often explores the relationship between reality and fiction. Solo exhibitions of my work have been presented since 1987 and my audio-based installations have been presented in major international exhibitions and biennials. My work The Paradise Institute [2001], created in collaboration with my partner, was Canada's national contribution to the 2001 Venice Biennale and won both the Venice Biennale Award and the 4th Benesse Prize. Who am I? Extra Points: What is my partner's name?
  5. Skanky Jane, together with The ArtswipeArt & Mayhem and The Artlife, recently got a mention in which art exhibition catalogue? Provide the exhibition title. Hint: The exhibition is currently [20 SEPT - 7 OCT] on show at Mop Gallery, Sydney.
  6. Name the artist who painted Blue Poles: Number 11Extra Points: Name the art gallery that, in 1973, made a contoversial purchase of this painting.
  7. Name the art persona who curated an art exhibition/auction titled Looking for Democracy? at Mori Gallery this month [OCT 2007].
  8. Provide the title of the Australian short film which, in 1999, won four separate awards for Best Experimental Film at the Madrid Film Week, the Microcinefest – Underground Film Festival in Baltimore, the Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival and Tranz-fix.
  9. Name the art gallery that is credited with being the first ever artist-run space to come to public notice.
  10. Name the writer/philosopher who said: "A schizophrenic out for a walk is a better model than a neurotic lying on the analyst's couch. A breath of fresh air, a relationship with the outside world."

Friday, September 7, 2007

Exhibition Depression by Alexandre Paige

Digital Image by SJ [2007]

'Exhibition depression' is a Bargain Box contribution
written by Alexandre Paige

Exhibition depression: where the subject matter, feeling or energy of a visual art exhibition is so strong, pertinent and relevant to a viewer’s sensitivities that it is too much to bear and ingest [1].

Freelance Arts Writer & Coordinator
Director Hawkesbury Film Festival 2007

Blog: cathArtsis

The centre of the Islam exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW transports you to another world. Entering the exhibition you feel like you and the Moorish Alhambra in Granada, Spain have met half way; but as you meander through the museum style set-up with neutral coloured walls investigating religious artefacts, you come to a space that can completely pull the carpet from under you. The change in colour alone in this space is breath-taking, but united with the lighting, music and artworks the space creates some kind of wormhole [2] that visitors become willingly caught in.

I visited this exhibition with a good friend of mine Laura. She has spoken previously of travelling to places overseas, places that have experienced famine, poverty and severely destructive natural disasters such as the 2005 tsunami. When entering these places, seeing the livelihood of people recovering and surviving through perpetual and one-off ordeals, her energy suddenly drops. She feels it in her stomach like she’s just dipped on a roller coaster. Her immune system drops also, usually resulting in a cold or flu or something nastier.

When we entered the centre of the Islam exhibition Laura paused her conversation and swallowed deeply. I picked up on her feeling straight away and asked what was wrong as her face become ghostly. She said “I’ll talk about it when I get out of this room”. So, we walked around the domed lights, I noticed how similar the style of composition and figures were to European renaissance paintings, and then walked back into another neutral toned room. I asked what happened, what she saw that upset her and she explained, “It’s just something about the energy of places like that that bring me down, and so suddenly too”.

I have felt something very similar to this at other exhibitions. Displays of art that showcase the works of oppressed countries affect me in this way. A little while ago I saw a collection of video works from Afghanistan or Iraq (can’t quite remember) and while I love video installation and film, I could not sit and watch or experience these works in their entirety. The voices, theme or subject matter was too poignant or heart-rending that I could not fully digest the meaning or relevance of the exhibition. The art became a secondary field behind a heavy curtain of reality; real human experience and fact. Something needed to be done to help these people in some way. I felt guilty that I was saturated with cries from this area of the world that I did not know what to do but feel down in reverence for the things I could not quite ingest. I leave exhibitions like that bitter and angry at myself, 1.because I expect art galleries to be invigorating or energising in some way and 2. because I can’t do anything to help.

I have heard countless others speak about visiting exhibitions where they leave saying “I didn’t get it; there was too much meaning for me”. I think these responses are linked. However sadly I think others are turned off art galleries because there is too much meaning in some art exhibitions. I believe that galleries have an amazing opportunity to bring facts about our world or some people’s experience of the world onto a safe public platform; but there needs to be some kind of balance between meaningful and palatable art. I’m not saying The Arts of Islam should be re-thought. But art needs to people and create a space for communities to have common ground and feel empowered to change the world even in the smallest way.

These are just some examples to demonstrate that exhibitions can affect people in very deep ways and not just in their minds, but their bodies also. It has led me to coin the term “exhibition depression” as the feeling or state of mind that one can experience after or during an exhibition that deals with big issues that affect one’s normal processes.

This post was submitted to the Bargain Box by ALEXANDRE PAIGE
Please leave a comment for Alexandre and be sure to visit CathArtsis!


[1] Term coined by Alexandre Paige - July 2007.
[2] A portal that takes you to a different time or dimension.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Material City: Art in Urban Spaces

Mark Houston, participating in Urban Happening [2005],
Bilo Carpark, cnr. Marion Rd. & Anzac Hwy., Plympton South,
by Skanky JanePHOTO: SJ [2005]

Material City: Art in Urban Spaces
A FREE two-day symposium exploring art in urban spaces.

14 - 15 September 2007
Village Roadshow Theatrette
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Celebrating Melbourne’s unique topography of lane ways and the City of Melbourne’s commitment to innovative public art, Material City is a platform for dialogue and creative engagement that brings together artists, writers, historians, academics and arts workers to consider the complexities and challenges of working in the urban environment.

RSVP – Registration is required for catering purposes. Please Email Your Details

Laneway Commissions PDF 2007

Four temporary artworks by Australian and international artists will transform the city's distinctive lane ways at different times between July 2007 and March 2008.

N.B. If you are going/have been to this symposium SJ's Bargain Box wants to hear from you! Please contactSkanky Jane

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Rhubarb Rhubarb by simpleposie

Image Source: By Neddie Jingo

simpleposie is a forum for thinking and writing about contemporary, visual art. simpleposie asks a daily question or more about art. simpleposie has one foot in the arena of classical aesthetics and the other in cyberspace.

simpleposie question for the day #1437
simpleposie wants to know: Have we lost the art of the feud?

simpleposie question for the day #2143
simpleposie wants to know: Has photographing the toilet ever
put you in mind of the Victory of Samothrace?

simpleposie question for the day #2006
simpleposie wants to know: Does your work have an artworld doppelganger?


simpleposie invites you to submit a ten question questionnaire on the subject of things art related. Do you have questions about WORK? Have you been thinking about the work of RauschenbergJohnsWarhol andRosenquist in terms of TV's Sex and the City or Golden Girl archetypes? Wondering about artworld etiquette and behaviour? The importance of description or the role of violence in art criticism? Have you ever pondered giving a demonstration of mark making or considered the difference between taste and bias when it comes toLeroy Neiman and didgereedoos?

No question is too silly or too smart. It is not for money - only love... and the possibility of a great conversation. If you would like to see your questionnaire on simpleposie this season the deadline is September 15, 2007.

Send your questionnaire to Jennifer McMackon
*All submissions subject to editorial approval.

simpleposie is functional, sincere and from Toronto

Monday, August 27, 2007

Box Art Quiz #2

Winners of Box Art Quiz #1
The ArtswipeSonic Yootha and Lucia

Last month's Quiz Answers:

  1. The Moon Museum by John Chamberlain, Forrest Myers, David Novros, Claus Oldenberg, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol
  2. Lynda Benglis
  3. To the Dogs
  4. PVI Collective Extra Points: tts:australia
  5. Broadway Boogie Woogie Extra Points: Token Stroll & ref. to Modernism, grids, cities
  6. Alan Kaprow
  7. Body Melt Extra Points: Philip Brophy
  8. Art Povera Extra Points: Germano Celant
  9. Newell Harry
  10. Francis Alys

Box Art Quiz #2

  • 1 point for every correct answer
  • Extra Points: where indicated = 2 extra points

  1. Name the three performance artists who performed together in The Sound of Failure at Petersham Bowls, NSW, on Saturday the 24th August 2007.
  2. Name the artist who created "combines" (images layering painting, drawing, photography and found objects), between 1953 and 1964.
  3. Name the visual artist who wrote and performed the song I Like Things.
  4. Name the artist who exhibited 258 snapshot-sized photographs installed in a frieze-like band encompassing 24 metres of gallery space in the exhibition After Image at the Fruitmarket Gallery inEdinburgh UK in 2003.
  5. I am an art movement that first appeared around 1945. My conception is generally attributed to the painterJean Dubuffet who described practitioners as taking their subjects, materials, style etc. from their own "individuality" rather than from classical art or art trends. Practitioners of me are usually deemed mentally or socially marginal and this has led to these works, today, being grouped together under another classification. Who am I? (name the art movement). Extra Points: What other name is commonly given to work of this type today?
  6. Name the artistic partnership who exhibited Fallujah in 2007 at the Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland.
  7. Name the artist who created the The Cremaster Cycle.
  8. Which emerging South Australian artist received a Freedman Award in August 2007?
  9. In what year was the Turner Prize Exhibition first held? Extra Points: Name the artist who won theTurner Prize in that same year.
  10. An artist with the same initials as the artist's name for Question #7 exhibited at both Downtown Art Space's Meet & Greet exhibition (Adelaide S.A.), in April 2007 and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, (Fitzroy VIC), in June 2007. Name the artist. Extra Points: What was the title of the exhibition at Gertrude?

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Lovesongs to Bundanon by Leigh Corrigan

Leigh Corrigan [2006]

We watch the river turn pink 
Acetate, polyester, wire
2000mm x 1220mm (W x H)

Exhibited in Shop@rt. Port Adelaide, S.A.

Bundanon Artists Centre

The Bundanon properties and collections are a cultural and environmental asset gifted to Australia by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd. TheBundanon Trust Artist in Residence program is open to professional Australian and international artists and groups from all artistic disciplines. The program supports artists’ new work, research and collaborations. Artists are hosted in purpose-built studios located at the Bundanon properties on the Shoalhaven River in NSW. Bundanon offers free accommodation and studio space for up to 6 weeks.

In 2005 South Australian artist Leigh Corrigan was accepted into the Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program. At Bundanon Leigh found the inspirational haven that Arthur Boyd had hoped his bequest would provide... (the following text and images are the work of artist Leigh Corrigan)

Leigh Corrigan [2005]

the Island
Pastel on tracing paper
350mm x 2530mm (W x H)
Bundanon Trust, Shoalhaven, NSW

Lovesongs to Bundanon


I came to your river to find myself again;
I know I've been here before.
I've shed tears on your bank.


here I feel safe to love

This place
breaks me,
opens me.
Releases me.

how can I deny your beauty?

I'm seduced by your gentle whispers
and vibrations.
I can only surrender.

here I feel alive again


Your gift to me was to open my heart again.
Through my eyes, ears, skin.
To the strange beauty and mystery
of nature.

here I feel connected


I just didn't know it
until now.

Like the birds outside my window.
Their sweet song carried
on a light breeze.


Leigh Corrigan [2003]
Gathering Dust

Site-gathered dust

Variable dimensions

Exhibited in fat & flat.
Axis Gallery, Adelaide, S.A.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Box News: Tidbit #1

This is not a tidbit.

Skanky Jane's Box News Edition
Tidbit #1: Local Pablum of Mythological Contortion
by Ms Representation

Ms Representation is an academic, freelance journalist, screenplay writer and current Chief Editor of Skanky Jane's Box News Edition. Having used a pseudonym for her entire career (spanning three decades), Ms Representation has "come out" to write for the B.Box under her real name. Ms Representation has been published in leading newspapers, magazines and academic journals all over the world.

Ol' Rupe's subsidiary interest, The Messenger , recently published two especially news-worthy articles. Especially, especially news-worthy when you note that, when pasted together, the titles of these two articles spell out the phrase: Wheelie Baffling Crime On Our Streets. Well, here at Box News, we take a zero tolerance approach to phrases of that sort. Thus, without further tolerance, we marched our civil minded little BBox right down to the local cop shop.

After briefly introducing the Box News Crew (during which Skanky did a little performance number), we outlined our plan for clearing up all of this wheelie baffling crime on our streets. All that was needed, we explained to the wheelie nice police woman, was to create a highly sophisticated, three-pronged, stinging operation combining the resources of:

  1. The entire South Australian Police Force
  2. Every single Watch SA volunteer who could be mustered
  3. One Skanky Jane
Oddly enough, the cops weren't interested in us or our strategy. They did however arrest Skanky Jane on five violations of the hoon legislation (she wandered off!) - before hoofing us out of the building.

Boy were we deflated. Skanky managed to slip this guy's card into the arresting officer's trouser pocket though and she said he said that he would definitely call for advice. So it wasn't a total loss - besides SJ hooked up with a really nice guy who paid our bus fare home. The wheelie bad news came with the following Watch SAnewsletter and the realisation that Box News didn't even get a mention in this month's list of Police Clearups.

Box News Public Service Announcement

WATCH SA (...for safer neighbourhoods)

Watch SA, South Plympton (2) Area 339, would like some feedback on whether you would like the Police Clearups included in future newsletters. Please contact them with your views.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Good Intentions

Intent [2007] promotional material

An exciting exhibition extravaganza.
Tents and interior spaces creating hybrid works and new collaborations with light, projections, photography, painting, sculpture, writing and sound installations.

The Queen's TheatrePlayhouse Lane, Adelaide

March 16 - 31 2007

Just like "Honest John" (especially this weekSkanky Jane knows that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Yet here it finally is, the link to Skanky Jane's Picasa Web Album where you can view images from the exhibition Intent as it was at the Queen's Theatre in Adelaide on the 16th to the 31st of March 2007.

A current Masters candidate at the South Australian School of Art, painter and curatorial director for Intent,Brigid Noone, spoke with Skanky Jane about the exhibition, her emerging thesis on vulnerability within contemporary art and the foreseeable challenges of being vulnerable, or "coming from the heart", when facing "The Institute".

If it is the road to hell we're traveling then it must be said that curatorial director for IntentBrigid Noone, summons images of heaven rather than hades. "Fevvers" from Angela Carter's A Night at the Circus came to my mind as we talked. Ambrosial visions indeed! Intent's ambience of magic realism together with Brigid's striking au naturel countenance and crowning glory most likely prompted the association. Unlike Fevvers, Brigid is very real and I am sure is neither nearly so crude, in spite of her penchant for vodka.

Brigid frequently referred to the University of South Australia, at which she studied for her Honours degree in Visual Art and at which she is a current Master of Visual Art candidate, as "The Institute". Intent artists Leigh CorriganAnnika EvansMary-Jean Richardson and Tomasz Talaj once shared a like-named studio space at Port Adelaide with Brigid and exhibited together in Pucker during Adelaide's 2004 Fringe Festival. One artist I missed from this group during Intent was Jennifer Newton. In 2005 Leigh Corrigan curated Be, twixt at The Project Space and included Jennifer Newton with Hans Kreiner and Greg Ansell. Personal and professional relationships forged on the perimeters of Adelaide's high art square have been fortified through persistent, or consistent, exhibition. Intent artist, Mary-Jean Richardson, exhibited with Brigid at Adelaide Central School of Art in 2005 when they presented Crush Me, an exhibition of paintings and photography.

Brigid Noone
Tree spirit is dying
from Crush Me


Artifice aside, like Fevvers , Brigid has a big heart to lay bare and, (also like Fevvers) possesses an apparently inexhaustible amount of energy with which to bear it.

Daniel Noone's Carousel was a highlight.

I'll write more of this - I just want to publish it because it's been here a while!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Skank's Abortive Box - UPDATED

Bridget Minuzzo leaps for love during the Walking Connection walking trail walk held on Sunday the 17th of June, 2007. PHOTO:Bill Doble


Important links on Skanky Jane's blogs are not working.

SJ knows exactly what the problem is and will fix it ASAP.

Thank you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience.

Stay tuned to this skanky station!

UPDATE: Links are now repaired - with thanks to Ramani ofHackosphere for posting script
enabling users to continue using peekaboo posts and otherRamani hacks.


Skanky Jane is currently making work, as part of the Parks Artist-in-Residence program, for the annual Fat& Flat exhibition at Axis Gallery (Fat & Flat #5 - Indicators) so, for the following week, posts will continue to be a bit slow at Skanky Jane blogs. After that week however there'll be news and images from the exhibitionIntent, curated by Bridget NooneLove Songs to Bundanon, by artist Leigh Corrigan, a discussion of the exotic gaze and the sexualisation of black women in visual culture via a review of the film London Voodoo an introduction to artist Bill Doble and his photograph Trevor and a few other interesting tid bits besides!

At Skanky Jane's Ruses of Pleasure, (SJ's dedicated "walking art" blog) new posts will update readers onSJ's first series of "walking art" workshops, the 'E' merging ReSILIent exhibition at the Elbow Room, the following Temporary Art Workshops and Walking Connection walk and images from the aforementioned Fat &Flat #5 - Indicators exhibition.

Meanwhile you can check out the updated 
Skanky Jane's's social.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

How Good Are You? The B.Box Monthly Art Quiz

Would you really like to have a bigger penis (or a smaller vagina) ? Tired of studying long hours to up your IQ? Want a better job? Secretly wish your partner would lose weight and impress all your friends with his/her charm and wit? Then Skanky Jane's ART QUIZ is the quiz you've been waiting for!! Scientifically formulated, and available without a prescription, Skanky Jane's new monthly ART QUIZ will make all of your dreams come true...and more!*

Why not give it a shot?

1. In 1969 six artists put their work into orbit. Provide the title of the work and the names of the artists who created it.

2. Born in Louisiana, USA, in 1941, I am popularly known as one of the grande dames of American sculptureand was once deemed the enfant terrible of the New York School. I belonged to a generation of artists that priveleged process over object and yet I revel in the tangible and the tactile, using a variety of materials such as copper, sterling silver and aluminium (to name but a few) to render iconograhic impressions of mass and surface. My often controversial work has been categorised as everything from expressionist, feminist and exhibitionist to Pop, funk, minimalist, and post-minimalist. As a result of one of my stunts, posing naked in a well known art magazine, the phallus as a political gesture is now often conflated with my name. Although I am best known for sculpture, in the mid 1970's I also executed a number of video works. Who am I?

3. What is the title of the work by Lone Twin, originally commissioned by KunstenFESTIVALdesArts, that interacts with a given city through a daily cycle ride and is then reported on in a nightly performance-dispatch in order to tell stories of a city at work, rest and play? Hint: This work will be presented by the Melbourne International Arts Festival from the 12th to the 18th of October 2007 as part of a Lone Twin mid-career survey and festival residency.

4. From the 12th to the 22nd of May 2005 a new media artists group ran an alternative sight-seeing tour ofAdelaide. This group performed a series of three city-specific, touring, live art events that took place on a bus and the streets of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. What is the name of this new media artists group? Extra Points: What title was given to this new media artists group's 2005 performance works?

5. As part of her 2006 residency at the Parks Community Centre's Arts and Functions complexSkanky Janeexhibited a work at Axis Gallery that referenced one of Piet Mondrian's best known oil on canvas paintings. What is the name of this painting by Piet Mondrian? Bonus Question: What is the title of the work in whichSkanky Jane referenced this painting and why do you think she did so?

6. Who is credited with designating "happenings" as a name for public art events?

7. What 93 minute, 35mm Dolby stereo feature, funded by the Australian Film Commission Film Victoria in 1993 was nominated for Best Sound, Best Art Direction and Best Editing at the 1993 AFI AwardsHint: This film is the debut directorial feature of an artist who designed the sound for a feature directed by Vince Giarussoand who is also widely published in the genres of horror, sex & exploitation, film sound & music and Japanese animation. Extra Points: What is the name of this artist?

8. Which post-war art movement could be described as: not endorsing any particular style; involving a process of open-ended experimentation that rejected theory, the history of fine art and its inherent elitism in favour of utter openness towards materials and processes; being predominantly interested in folk art, science and the forces of nature and which produced giant igloos, sculptures made of lettuce and mirrors that refused to reflect an image?Extra Points: Who is commonly credited with having defined this movement?

9. Which artist did The Artswipe recently call "the future" and bypass a "dull hodge-podge of abstraction" in order to see thier work at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery?

10. According to the Urban Dictionary online "narcotourism" is the practice of travelling abroad from one's home or resident country with the express intention of procuring and using substances perhaps banned or prohibitively expense where one lives. What is the name of the artist who in 1996 traversed Copenhagen over the course of seven days under the influence of seven different drugs? Hint: This is one of Skanky Jane's favourite artists.

  • 1 point for every correct answer
  • Extra Points: where indicated = 2 extra points
  • Bonus Question: At #5 = 3 Extra points
This winner of this month's Art Quiz will be announced (when there is one).

*The benefits of Skanky Jane's monthly ART QUIZ are promised in good faith and believed to be true at the exact time and date as they were transcribed via telepathic correspondence with a visiting alien but nevertheless are provided by way of general comment only and should not be substituted for specific professional advice. Furthermore, none of the entities within or without Skanky Jane's Bargain Box, nor their feeders, followers or subservient realms, can or will offer any guarantee as to the accuracy and validity of anything Skanky Jane writes, says, does and/or hears from aliens or anyone else for that matter. Please also note that past performance may not be indicative of future performance.