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PICNIC

An exhibition by

Stephen Bram
Marco Fusinato
Melinda Harper
Anne-Marie May
John Nixon
Rose Nolan
Kerrie Poliness
Kathy Temin
Gary Wilson
Constanze Zikos

April 12th - 30th 2003

opening:
Saturday April 12th at 2pm
guest speaker:
Jenepher Duncan, Director,
Monash University Museum of Art

Special thanks to
The Committee - Living Museum
Sue Cramer
Ben Curnow
Jenepher Duncan
Peter Haffenden
Susan Jennison
Anna Schwartz
City of Maribyrnong
Parks Victoria

© the artists + authors 2003

View images from the exhibition
click on an artist's name (above) to view their work in the exhibtion
click here to view general installation images of the exhibition

Text from the exhibition catalogue
'Composition' by Ben Curnow

The exhibition catalogue is available to purchase see Museum Publications

Introduction

The venue for this exhibition was a large industrial bluestone building (c1865) in Pipemakers Park, originally Melbourne's Meat Preserving Factory. The building was vacant and in the process of renovations for future use as a venue for cultural events in Melbourne's west. A gap in the renovations program allowed for the possibility of this relatively impromptu exhibition, which has been organised by the artists via a series of picnics/discussions in the park.

This exhibition may serve as an historic reminder to the beginnings of affiliations between these artists whose activities of self-determination over the last 12 years - 2 decades have resulted in many important artist-run initiatives and collaborative projects.

These projects have included many artist-curated exhibitions, artist-run galleries in Melbourne such as Art Projects (John Nixon 1979 - 85), Store 5 (Gary Wilson 1989 - 93), No.4 (Marco Fusinato 1996-98), cnr (Stephen Bram 1998 - now), and artist-produced publications such as Rosebud, Kerb-Your-Dog, Circular and the newly published Annex (March 2003).

Text from the exhibition catalogue
'Composition' by Ben Curnow
The meaning and critical function of art is not delimited by the boundaries of single works of art, nor is it to be sufficiently understood through the study of individual artists' practices alone. Artists don't practise in a vacuum; and while a certain amount of meaning can be considered as intrinsic to a work when it leaves the studio, a great deal more has to do with the context in which it appears.

The existence of a work of art is made 'real' through acts of exhibition. Yet the actual relativities between artists (and even between works, in a genuine sense) remains largely unexplored territory. Much of the time, the business of creating linkages is left to the 'experts': non-artists such as curators and critics who impose ulterior interpretations and monological descriptions.

The artists whose work is assembled in this exhibition, on the other hand, have shared a history of involvement in collaborative projects such as this one, through which the process of context-creation can effectively be brought within the ambit of artistic practice. The continuation of such activities has constituted not only a meaningful form of collective experiment, but also a sustained sharing of the task of reciprocal elucidation.

Over the past several years the artists (as part of a wider group) have frequently exhibited in close proximity, conscious of working in one another's margins, at the same time as individuating their own presence in the art world. They have taken it in turn that time to independently initiate exhibitions, publications and related projects. Most famously, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, they were among the key participants in the artist-run gallery Store 5.

On many occasions exhibitions have been held involving various members of this loosely affiliated grouping in makeshift venues, adapting to circumstances and opportunities as they find them. Organised in a spirit of friendship, grounded in a shared ethical commitment, these projects are open-ended affairs where one can see relationships between works and yet the independent rights of each artist seem immanent in the identity of the exhibition as a whole.


Ben Curnow

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