Art Al­manac

Art Almanac - - Art In Aus­tralia -

De­cem­ber 2018 - Jan­uary 2019

We ac­knowl­edge and pay our re­spect to the many Abo­rig­i­nal na­tions across this land, tra­di­tional cus­to­di­ans, El­ders past and present; in par­tic­u­lar the Guringai peo­ple of the Eora Na­tion where Art Al­manac has been pro­duced.

In sum­mer, we look back on the year that was and sow hope for the next. By chance this is­sue at­tracted artists who are sto­ry­tellers; the var­ied prac­tices en­shrine or chal­lenge what has passed but go on to imag­ine bright fu­tures. The young artists in ‘Pri­mav­era’ reap­praise his­to­ries from colo­nial­i­sa­tion to gen­der as do those in­cluded in the ninth ‘Asia Pa­cific Tri­en­nial of Con­tem­po­rary Art’, who are ‘ve­he­mently trans­gres­sive and in search of the new’.

Our cover artist Tai Snaith, in­cluded in the group show of lead­ing Aus­tralian artists, ‘Craftivism. Dis­si­dent Ob­jects and Sub­ver­sive Forms’ and Toby Ziegler at the Mu­seum of Old and New Art share a mul­ti­va­lent ap­proach to nar­ra­tive; us­ing ce­ram­ics and pod­cast­ing to muse on the ques­tion ‘why make art?’ where as dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and an elec­tri­cal sand­ing ma­chine posit ‘what is art?’

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