Art school is all about timing. The year I finished I remember that the debate of Art vs. Craft was still heated and divisive. I think mainly because Craftspeople thought they were getting a crummy deal. Artists were swooning around being important and “informed” whereas the “Crafties” were dismissed as “decorative or functional”. I remember Ken Waugh, my lecturer in Art history opening an exhibition where he mentioned that we were dangerously close to the “Macrame belt of Melbourne” ( Warrandyte). Anyway, the more I thought about this, the more I needed to make a statement about where I thought the difference was.
So I did the obvious and treated the two doormats according to their function i.e Art or Craft.
“Siege” was an installation for the 200 Gertrude Street studio artists Christmas Show. I tried to demonstrate how many artists and art institutions took on a siege mentality. Materials used in the work included 188 cans, a .22 caliber rifle, telephone and learned text about Foucault…
Below are some installation shots of the 365 Days exhibition which was shown at Airspace in Sydney in 1995. The project consisted of a film a day (yes, film !) i.e. 36 exposures which visually mapped the day. The show also featured a 210 minute video Video showing each of the 13 000 odd frames sequentially and a single, Slip cased, artist book with 365 11 x 14 ” pages of the work.