Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'Archive of the Unfamiliar II'...Cinemagraphic playing cards...


Archives often deal with the unfamiliar...providing reflections on the past that seem to hold a key to contemporary life...pushing aside the fleeting surface experiences of the present. I'm not certain what archive this comes from...cinema...photography...playing cards...but suddenly present and familiar.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

'Jardinière Resemblances'





The following 'descriptions' continue my fragmentary visits to artist's studios. Thank you to Julie-Anne for allowing me to impose on her time and trusting me to formulate what essentially remain as chance and arbitrary impressions of not only her work but the studio space itself. 
Julie-Anne Milinski's current studio practice explores a range of human and botanical inflections where irony and humour intersect. Presently Julie-Anne is completing post-graduate studies at Griffith University Queensland College of Art in Brisbane.


1.

nature 
not knowing its origins
its compulsion
its capacity for allegory
its solitude of reaction
waiting description

imperium in impero
structures
containing 
structures

its vitality
and uncanny effect
constitutions of small dilemmas
forever
surviving destruction




2.

jardinière
of 
domestic
solitude
Baroque borders
of
oblique plastic
 emblems
reversing sensory horizons
its resurrection
of unnatural histories
resting
recalling
 madness
and mimicry

a harbinger of
a prosthetic rapture
like nouns
gesturing strangeness
its chronology of drawings
eventually
accepting 
identification


3.
plant forms
charged
and 
inhabited
with nouns
their inscriptions
immediate to consciousness

ex cerpta
extracts

correspondence
 and
biographies
the deeply botanical
and historical
possessing 
the archetypal

juxta
close to

concealed renderings 
of
the sexuality of fluorescence
its excess
playful documentaries

a tacit domesticity
its perception
of intimate escapes
feeding
human nature

memento mori
recalling death
intervening in descriptions
of place
its a priori
evidence
has made me poor



4.
 terra incognita
an unknown country

descriptions 
of flora 
and
 cultures habits
made
through its soil
attracting
provocations
and laments
capable of loving things to death

the botanical artifact
knitted
 tongues
and 
crocheted
 limbs of
botanical feedings

semper paratus
always prepared

 remnant shelters
and
wall paper fragments
allegories of embrace
and separation
The Atlas of Wood Turning
making us distinctly human






Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The New York Times:



I'm not certain of the reasons for being drawn to these messages...pleas for help...poignant remainders and reminders of continuous moments of desperation...at what point in time does one reach such a place...the fall and slippage of any community...New York or New Farm...perhaps its simple acknowledgement that is gathered in the gathering of such messages. 


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Signs of New York continued...

                                         (a)

                                         (b)
These signs are from a poet who stood at a corner in Greenwich Village...mostly in the evening...I passed by several times and each night he had written something different...the messages/descriptions were mostly obscure, cryptic like...one from the day after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman...the other is what N.Y. does to you...brings you to continuous moments of 'upholding'...embracing you as I was on the very same corner...an unremarkable street corner but somehow the very names capable of returning one to that 'moment of upholding'on the Avenue of the Americas.

Friday, February 21, 2014

On the streets of New York


I visited New York for a week
I did a lot of walking
even in the snow
buying very little
I passed a lot of beggars on the street
I gave them money
I asked if they would sell their signs
some haggled
which made me smile
I arrived home with 23 signs.