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John Nixon
Experimental Painting Workshop

Published on the occasion of the exhibition JOHN NIXON: EPW at Castlemaine Art Museum 19 March-25 June, 2017. “This exhibition presents a recent selection from Nixon’s Experimental Painting Workshop (EPW), a project that began in London in 1978 and continues to this day. Rejecting narrative, realism and pictorialism which he sees as limitations on painting, Nixon’s EPW proposes an expanded, and expanding, definition via the principles of modernist non-objectivity, specifically, the monochrome, Minimalism and Constructivism, and dynamic approaches to their exhibition. In his employment of the ready-made object, made famous by Marcel Duchamp in the early 20th century, Nixon demonstrates an intuitive method of collecting, rationalizing and repurposing the everyday into otherwise abstract works. The en masse presentation of this exhibition is a hallmark of the EPW, offering both a spectacular experience of the whole, while also giving emphasis to individual works as evidence of the progression of Nixon’s thesis on the open-ended possibilities for painting.”

Designed by Yanni Florence and John Nixon.
Photography by Christo Crocker.
Text by Emma Busowsky Cox.

Published in an edition of 500 copies.

John Nixon (b. 1949, Sydney) is one of Australia’s foremost artists. Since his first solo exhibition in Melbourne in 1973, Nixon has mounted hundreds of exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the United States, and his work is included in public and private collections worldwide.

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Rose Nolan
Big Words (Not Mine) - Read the words 'public space'...

This monumental artists’ book returns Vito Acconci’s text, that inspired Nolan’s large scale installation of 282 painted hessian pennants ‘Big Words (Not Mine) Read the words “public space”…’, 2013, back to the codex form of the book. With Acconci’s text broken into strings of letters, the book interrogates the relationship between documentation and representation and explores Nolan’s continued interest in materials, process and seriality.

Design: Warren Taylor
Photography: Garry Sommerfeld

Published in an edition of 200 copies

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On the Eve of the Future : Selected Writings on Film
By Annette Michelson

The celebrated critic and film scholar Annette Michelson saw the avant-garde filmmakers of the 1950s and 1960s as radically redefining and extending the Modernist tradition of painting and sculpture, and in essays that were as engaging as they were influential and as lucid as they were learned, she set out to demonstrate the importance of the underappreciated medium of film. On the Eve of the Future collects more than thirty years’ worth of those essays, focusing on her most relevant engagements with avant-garde production in experimental cinema, particularly with the movement known as American Independent Cinema.

This volume includes the first critical essay on Marcel Duchamp’s film Anemic Cinema, the first investigation into Joseph Cornell’s filmic practices, and the first major explorations of Michael Snow. It offers an important essay on Maya Deren, whose work was central to that era of renewal and reinvention, seminal critiques of Stan Brakhage, Hollis Frampton, and Harry Smith, and overviews of Independent Cinema. Gathered here for the first time, these texts demonstrate Michelson’s pervasive influence as a writer and thinker and her role in the establishment of cinema studies as an academic field.

The postwar generation of Independents worked to develop radically new terms, techniques, and strategies of production and distribution. Michelson shows that the fresh new forms they created from the legacy of Modernism became the basis of new forms of spectatorship and cinematic pleasure.

About the Author
Annette Michelson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. A founding editor of the journal October, she has written on art and cinema for more than five decades.

“Annette Michelson is one of the most brilliant minds that has ever turned its focus on the art of cinema. It’s a blessing to have her illuminating, inspiring, and informative pieces available in this volume.”
—Jonas Mekas, filmmaker and writer

“When many of these texts first appeared, they were undergroundbreaking. Now, as history, they continue to be impressive for their subtle insights and nuanced style. Annette Michelson’s writing is as avant-garde and of-the-moment as that of a critic/historian can be.”
—Michael Snow, filmmaker, musician, visual artist

“Written with enviable precision and grace, these essays remain the most compelling chronicle of the radical impact that film would have on the other arts in the twentieth century. Through her writings, Annette Michelson defined a field of critical inquiry where others saw only boundaries.”
—Bruce Jenkins, Chair, Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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un Anthology 2004 – 2014
Ulanda Blair, Rosemary Forde and Phip Murray (Eds.)

 

A new book celebrating ten years of un Magazine.

A compendium of articles, essays, reviews and artist pages selected from a decade of publishing, un Anthology offers a unique take on Australia’s independent contemporary art scene. Featuring hundreds of artists and writers from un Magazine’s archive plus new commissions from Lily Hibberd and Kelly Fliedner, Anthony Gardner, Justin Clemens, Bianca Hester, and Lisa Radford, the book is co-edited by Ulanda Blair, Rosemary Forde and Phip Murray.

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