Thursday, May 14, 1992

SUPERMArt: The Art Supermarket - The Blaxland Gallery, Myer Melbourne - May 14 to June 2 1992

SUPERMart was an exhibition curated by Mikala Dwyer and Shiralee Saul and was part of Melbourne's 'Visual Arts Next Wave Festival'.  

The exhibition was 'an inquiry into the nature of contemporary art practice, the current status of the art object, and the networks of commodification, promotion and market strategy which surrounds it.....a series of industrial shelving units (will be) arranged to create an impression of a conventional supermarket...installed on the shelves will be a series of discrete objects fabricated by approx. 30 emerging artists from Sydney and Melbourne...most of these works will be multiples' (exhibition rationale, Shiralee Saul, 1992).

So my contribution consisted of 5 rolls of toilet paper - I unrolled each one and stencilled a different repeating pattern on to each strip of paper, then rolled them back up. They disintegrated about 5 years ago, when water got through our roof during renovations....

An A3 sized 'supermarket flyer' was produced as the exhibition catalogue.

Friday, May 1, 1992

LINEAGE: Works by Helga Groves, Justin Trendall, Kate Mackay - 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy - Friday 1st May to Saturday 30th May 1992

LINEAGE was an exhibition with Helga Groves and Justin Trendall at Gertrude Street in Melbourne.  I exhibited the paintings that I had shown in the "Grammar of Ornament" at First Draft WEST the previous year.

Although I had made the work to fit specifically within the First Draft space - and had managed to sell a couple of pieces - I figured that I could work out a hanging arrangement that would work within the Gertrude St space once I arrived.  Eerily the truncated version fitted exactly onto the two side walls of Gertrude do do do (cue Twilight Zone music....).

Below is the text from the room sheet that we produced.  I think Justin wrote it? (please let me know otherwise...) and why were there no writing credits included?....

Again, I have no images of the exhibition...except in my mind...(I was particularly hard up for cash in those days and couldn't afford frivolities like documentation - it was hard enough getting to Melbourne - thank god the digital camera finally got invented...), but here are some images of separate pieces from the show.

oil on canvas, 25cm x  18cm, 1991
oil on canvas, 25cm x 20cm, 1991
oil on canvas, 25cm x 35cm, 1991
oil on canvas, 25cm x 50cm, 1991