Essays highlighting the seemingly magical (often digital) transformations performed by artists, as if their work was reconstituted by some kind of peculiar transubstantiation. The sound of a dysfunctioning teleporter (‘crackle’) seems an appropriate motif for much of the work, stuck between two material conditions – a slightly reduced platonic form and grim reality – beamed into the real world from far away, but only partially. Artists include: A Constructed World, James Angus, Kate Beynon, Pat Brassington, Michael Doolan, Fiona Foley, Marco Fusinato, Simryn Gill, Mathew Jones, Danius Kesminas, Callum Morton, Patricia Piccinini, Tim Silver, Ricky Swallow, Louise Weaver, and Ah Xian. These essays were originally published in 2009 by the Institute of Modern Art with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Besen Foundation.
Essays featuring artists whose work is not only a representation but a document of the physical and material forces which govern all bodies; these artists register entropic or preternatural tendencies which return the manifest world to a zero state or starting point. Objects land or fall, paint trickles or runs, physical processes unfold right in front of our eyes, found objects are simply let be. While the artists in Crackle… propose to transform the world, the artists in Splat! observe the world as it resolutely is – splat! – here and now before us. Artists include: Hany Armanious, Guy Benfield, Louisa Bufardeci, Christian Capurro, Sean Cordeiro & Claire Healy, Michaela Dwyer, Dale Frank, Sam Jinks, Nicola Loder, Elizabeth Newman, Louise Paramor, Stuart Ringholt, Robbie Rowlands and Daniel Von Sturmer. These essays were published in 2015 with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.