Ephemeral Traces – Brisbane’s Artist-Run Scene in the 1980s

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‘ephemeral traces’ provides the first comprehensive analysis of artist-run practice in Brisbane during the final decade of the conservative Joh Bjelke-Petersen government. The exhibition focuses on the scene that developed around five key spaces that operated in Brisbane from 1982 to 1988: One Flat, A Room, That Space, The Observatory, and John Mills National.

Drawing on artworks, documentation and ephemera, the exhibition provides a contextual account of this progressive artist-run activity, examining collective projects, publications and the spaces themselves, as well as organisations such as the Artworkers Union and Queensland Artworkers Alliance. A counterpoint to Michele Helmrich’s earlier exhibition ‘Return to sender’ (UQ Art Museum, 2012) which focused on the artists who left Queensland during the Bjelke-Petersen era. This exhibition is about the artists who stayed.

 

 

Curator: Peter Anderson:

http://www.artmuseum.uq.edu.au/ephemeral-traces-brisbanes-artist-run-scene-1980s

 

Read the Catalogue here:

https://issuu.com/uqartmuseum/docs/ephemeral_traces_catalogue_essay_fi?e=18873558/34748266

 

Art Works by Artist Paul Andrew including;

Pop/text, Featherweight, 1986 (Acrylic on John Kaldor Fabric)

pop text featherweight

 

Pop/text, Hotpoint, 1986 (Acrylic on John Kaldor Fabric)

pop text hotpoint