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Artist Profile

Artist Profile Issue 34

Artist Profile is a leading quarterly journal taking its readers into the studios and minds of contemporary artists across Australasia and beyond. Industry professionals engage leading practitioners and emerging talent in conversations about their art, in their own words, while our exclusive photo shoots provide intimate access into artists’ personal and working lives. Readers gain knowledge of artists’ methods, preview works in progress and discover the life experiences that ignite artistic imaginations.

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1 min.

JOE FROST is a Sydney-based painter. He is a National Art School Teacher. ANNA JOHNSON is an arts writer who contributes a monthly art column for Australian House & Garden and writes for Artist Profile. MICHAEL YOUNG is a journalist and visual arts writer based in Australia who regularly travels to China. JEREMEY ECCLES is a writer and broadcaster about the arts. Over the spectrum of the arts, his speciality is Indigenous art and culture. LUCY STRANGER is a Central West, NSW based arts journalist and Artist Profile writer. OWEN CRAVEN is Curator at Urban Art Projects. He is a former Editor of Artist Profile and Art Almanac magazines. SARA SWEET is a Sydney-based arts writer and artist. She is an Art Almanac Editorial Assistant. TONY LOPES is a commercial photographer and Euphoria Photography Director, which specialises…

3 min.
editor's note

OPENING SOON is the 20th Biennale of Sydney, The Future is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed. In this issue, Sara Sweet previews the region’s oldest and foremost curated international visual art event as well as a nationally curated event – Magic Object 2016, the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. Already open is the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, in Brisbane, the most original international visual arts project focused on Asia and the Pacific. So in 2016, visitors to Australia and locals are being offered a remarkable visual arts feast. Artist Profile also takes a deep look at the life and works of Guy Warren, one of Australia’s most respected and inspirational artists. A veteran of the World War II New Guinea campaign, at 95 he is preparing…

5 min.
role reversal: ethical traps when curators become artists

IT HAS OFTEN OCCURRED in the history of art that when the vested interests propping up high reputations have fallen away, other figures from the periphery have risen. Even inside the days of our posteverything epoch, when success goes to those who demand it as often as those who deserve it, the longer reckoning known as posterity inserts itself into our consciousness as old images overpower new ones, and we wonder what the museum of the future will retain from our creations. If the museum continues to be posterity’s place of residence, the curator must be its host, with responsibilities that are not to be taken lightly. Although the influence of curators has shaped the corpus and coloured the marrow of contemporary art, their authority still derives from the traditional idea…

11 min.
sarah contos

You mentioned how important it was that you were understood, which is, I believe, something we all want. How does that translate to the work that you make? Are you in a process of understanding yourself, or trying to raise your voice and tell people what you’re about? There’s one side that I know what I want to make, whether that’s inspired from personal experience or emotion or memory. But then there is another side that occurs through process. I’ll be making something with a definite intention and then it starts to become something else. Or I have no idea of what I am making – I am just doing and then it reveals itself and I go “Oh hello, that’s what I’m trying to do!” I work on lots of…

7 min.
glenn barkley

LET’S GO TO ADELAIDE FIRST. In our mind? Yes! In our minds we shall visualise. Lisa Slade is curating you with other Australian artists in the 2016 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art: Magic Object, involving all the visual art forms. You’re driving a resurgence in Australian ceramics with other ceramicists. What does it mean to you to be curated for the first time outside the form of ceramics? Firstly, I can’t believe I’m in the show. And the second part of that is I can’t believe I’m in a show with Gareth Sansom, who I think is one of the greatest artists Australia has ever produced. I think Lisa Slade has taken a risk with me, because I am, as she describes me, an “insideroutsider”, which is how I feel. Up until five…

10 min.
michael johnson

THE FIRST PAINTING MY FATHER, Michael Johnson, looked at closely as a child was an intense nocturnal work by Albert Pinkham Ryder called ‘Toilers of the Sea’. In art historical terms, Ryder inspired the early Modernists but was attributed with a naive crudity. Some considered him a cult Romantic landscape painter. Yet through Johnson’s lifetime this small oil painting from the late 19th century moved with him, mapping an evolution of experience, from night fishing in Sirius Cove, to painting minimal shaped canvases in nocturnal hues, through a long passage of gestural work, right up to a painting finished in the first lunar month of this year, ‘Helix’ (2016). The force of Ryder’s painting, glowing with a heavy moon, advancing with great curves of paint and receding into the darkness of…