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The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page - Kick­Arts COARSE LAN­GUAGE - PHIL JOHNS AND IAN TUN­BRIDGE Un­til Oto­ber 7 Un­til Novem­ber 19

Far North Queens­land artists Phil Johns and Ian Tun­bridge re­spond to vet­ted images taken on the bat­tle­fields of Afghanistan by in­di­vid­u­als serv­ing in the Spe­cial Air Ser­vice Reg­i­ment. The works speak of the hard­ship and sac­ri­fice of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als, rein­ter­pret­ing some of their dark­est ex­pe­ri­ences through in­dus­trial as­sem­blage and large-scale draw­ings and paint­ings. They ex­pose the coarse vis­ual lan­guage ap­par­ent in armed con­flict, and the grit and ded­i­ca­tion of those who ex­pe­ri­ence it. An ex­hi­bi­tion that launches on Septem­ber 22, and ex­plores in­no­va­tive ways that steel is be­ing used by artists, de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects in Aus­tralia in the 21st cen­tury. Show­cas­ing in­no­va­tive works by 29 con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian artists, de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects, STEEL pro­vides a cross­sec­tion of cur­rent cre­ative prac­tices, modes of think­ing and re­la­tion­ships to this ma­te­rial.

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