The gallery didactic states:
Another Inseparable: Person/Names c1990
Cardboard and Ink on Poster Print.
Collection of the University of Queensland.
Gift of Scott Redford through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program 2003.
In his series of Inseparables, Malcolm Enright placed words and pictures together in satirical compositions that create new meaning, often at the expense of the original. Here he has collaged a black strip over a reproduction of an image glorifying the three astronauts on Apollo 11, the 1969 space flight that saw men on the moon for the first time. Enright has written in words"Gerry Mander", "Mumbo Jumbo" and "Gobble de Gook" across the strip as if an identifying caption. Words that imply political manipulation, confusing bureaucratic jargon or simply convoluted language. By separating the men from their well-known names, Enright diminishes the heroic status assigned to them by mainstream media during the Cold War space race. Malcolm Enright's background in graphic design is evident in his playful (pre-digital) combinations of word and image. From the late 1970s Enright actively engaged with experimental art practices in Brisbane as an artist, curator and collector.