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Friday, September 6, 2013

A work of mine from 1990 hung in the UQ Art Museum's show - 'born to concrete'/visual poetry on show now

The show continues to tour to the State Library of New South Wales from 23 November 2013 – 16 February 2014. These shots are from the iPhone at the opening 5 July 2013, I just haven't had the time to post as yet . . . it was particularly interesting that my work (right) was hung beside the second card set of active verbs by Robert MacPherson - his 'aspects of cubism'. Artworks that I saw evolve so long ago. Artworks that in fact sent me on my art journey. My own set of these postcards were collated from cards addressed to me and sent in the mail, one at a time, topped up by Bob soon after.  My original addressed set remains in my Artist–Archive, thankfully. A great poetic juxtaposition . . . I can see the cleverness of Michele Helmrich here in the hang.

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.

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