Silver Grill Cafe, 1975 ‘When I grew up here, Vancouver was a working port town, and all the streets downtown ended at the harbour. That working port was very much a part of the feel of the city…’ – Greg Girard For almost 30 years, Canadian photographer Greg Girard has lived and worked in […]
When Spanish dictator Francisco Franco died in 1975, decades of repressive cultural policy died with him. Swiftly, numerous counterculture movements sprang up to fill the void. La Movida Madrilena – ‘The Madrid Scene’ – was one of the first, and Alberto García-Alix was one of its pioneers. I know you. You’re a lot like me […]
Despite Serra’s insistence on the political neutrality… it’s hard not to read the installation of four towering plates of steel in the virgin desert as a wry observation…
Ponte City came to stand for urban decay and criminality, and in some of the more right-wing imaginings, as a symbol of the failure of black majority rule.
British Watchtowers @ 2007 Donovan Wylie and courtesy of Steidl The watchtower is not, typically, an offensive weapon. It’s an anticipatory instrument, a hedge against the inevitability of future conflict. By Eugenie Shinkle, ASX, July 2015 Built in the 1950s, the Distant Early Warning line, or DEW line, was a system of radar […]
History has been kind to Martin Kippenberger. Following his untimely death in 1997 at the age of 44, the art world scrambled to retrofit Kippenberger into the Postmodernist canon.
“The New Topographics has to some extent had the effect of ‘steamrollering’ people into believing that the American model was the progenitor of lots of current photographic approaches.”
“Perrottet was an obsessive recorder of the physical possibilities of the human body, from its most subtle gestures to its most grotesque exertions”. By Eugenie Shinkle, ASX, May 2015 When dancer Suzanne Perrottet died in 1983, she left behind an extensive archive. Amongst the notes, letters, documents, and photographs were a number of banana […]
The earth arcing up in anger at the sky – is the only part of a lightning strike that is visible to the human eye. By Eugenie Shinkle, ASX, February 2015 Lightning – at least the part of it that we can see – doesn’t come from the sky. Invisible fingers of negatively-charged particles […]