THE HAND OF AN ARMLESS STATUE

THE HAND OF AN ARMLESS STATUE

GRACE WOOD                                                                                                ISBN:  978-0-6482588-4-1 ‘The hand of an armless statue’ features 55 newly created artworks and continues Grace Wood’s compulsive practice of mining the internet for images, recontextualising them and giving them new meaning. Wood throws images and words into search engines and…. → More details


‘THE GRANDMASTERS II: #LAST_DAYS’ BY JULIE SHIELS

‘THE GRANDMASTERS II: #LAST_DAYS’ BY JULIE SHIELS

JULIE SHIELS ISBN: 978-0-6482588-9-6 Critiques of power and politics have been the subject of painting across historical epochs and cultures. The parodies in the Grandmasters series build on this rich tradition to invite us to reflect on the behaviours of those who hold high office. The first volume in the series, ‘The Grandmasters #Sh*tf*ckery’, was born out of anger and despair during Covid. But even as the pandemic eased, the excuses and avoidances of the Morrison government on women, refugees and climate continued to shock. ‘The Grandmasters II #Last_days’ captures…. → More details


A PORTRAIT

A PORTRAIT

ROD McNICOL ISBN:  978-0-6484899-7-9 ‘A Portrait’ is the first comprehensive publication of Rod McNicol’s distinctive portraits, ranging from those of his peers in his first exhibition in 1978, through to his now iconic ‘time’ series and his acclaimed portraits of the ever – changing denizens of his neighbourhood or his ‘village’ as he terms it. Each image is rooted in a time and place but shares a rigorous approach and a disciplined formality reminiscent of the mug shot. But in contrast to the sterility of the mug shot, each of…. → More details


A STORY

A STORY

CHERINE FAHD ISBN: 978-0-6484899-9-3 ‘A Story’ plays with the intimate and voyeuristic looking of social media within the pages of a photobook. The artist made an Instagram story every night for a year. The stories were made up of images she had taken on her phone and screen grabs from pictures found on the internet. Search terms such as ‘wet bodies’, ‘big eyes’ or ‘woman sweeping’ provided a starting point for directing the day’s story. The pictures are suggestive, showing bits and pieces of the body; bodies pushing together, touching,…. → More details


THE GRANDMASTERS #CLIMATE

THE GRANDMASTERS #CLIMATE

JULIE SHIELS This limited-edition series of 8 postcards addresses the Morrison Government’s benighted attitude towards the climate crisis. It includes 2 favourites from Julie Shiels’ book ‘The Grandmasters #Sh*tF*ckery’ and 6 new ones made subsequently. The behaviours of the powerful are thrown into sharp relief by injecting satire and humour into these deadly serious issues.     Julie Shiels The Grandmasters #Climate, 2021 8 postcards in bespoke envelope Dimensions: each postcard: 14.8 x 10.6 cm Edition of 300 Postcard set in envelope only: $12 plus gst in Australia Postcard set…. → More details


THE GRANDMASTERS: #SH*TF*CKERY

THE GRANDMASTERS: #SH*TF*CKERY

JULIE SHIELS ISBN: 978-0-6482588-8-9 Born out of the anger and frustration induced by the Australian Government’s responses to the monumental crises of the last two years, this ’quick response’ publication presents a comic yet profoundly serious investigation into the wiles, evasions, obfuscations and monumental failings of our political masters. Shiels says: ‘This book is for people who can’t stay away from politics even though it effects their mental health. At a time when the actions or inactions of the Morrison government are shaping our future, it’s hard not to want cry, implode…. → More details


SMALL BUSINESS

SMALL BUSINESS

DAVID WADELTON ISBN: 978-0-6484899-5-5 Small Business is a companion volume to David Wadelton’s Suburban Baroque – with the focus this time on work rather than domestic spaces. It looks at the small but enduring family-run businesses that are sadly fading away. Natalie King writes in her essay accompanying the photographs: ‘In Wadelton’s tautly composed photographs, he records interiors and an accumulation of clutter and collections. He resists styling and chic angles of home décor typically found in glossy magazines in favour of slightly shoddy, overlooked and abundant interiors with astonishing…. → More details


DOUBLE EXPOSURES

DOUBLE EXPOSURES

DAVID ROSETZKY ISBN: 978-0-6484899-4-8 This exquisite limited-edition book, designed by Anna Zagala/Sweet Polka brings together 45 photographs by artist David Rosetzky accompanied by an essay from Dr Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia, and a Q & A between David Rosetzky and fellow artist Hoda Afshar. Rosetzky’s use of the double-exposure results in a single, combined image that is created through a process of chance – and the random placement of pictorial elements within the frame. This process enables the artist a fluid and…. → More details


JUVENILIA

JUVENILIA

PETER MILNE ISBN: 978-0-6484899-3-1 A companion volume to ‘A Day in the Life of Rowland S Howard’,  ‘Juvenilia’ brings together a further 70 plus astonishingly fresh photographs of friends and family taken by Milne when he was a very young man. Warm, intimate, surprising and already displaying the great compositional skills, originality and humour for which Milne is known, these images offer an unprecedented peep into mid 1970s to mid 1980s Melbourne and a milieu of people who would go on to play pivotal roles in Melbourne’s burgeoning cultural scene….. → More details


I MELT WITH YOU

I MELT WITH YOU

DREW PETTIFER ISBN: 978-0-6484899-2-4   ‘I Melt With You’ is the fourth instalment in Drew Pettifer’s ongoing publishing project of monographic works. In this iteration, Melbourne curator Pippa Milne has selected the photographs and written an accompanying essay which teases out the status of these images and has noted: ‘.. These are not documentary photographs. They do not show what happens to be going on anyway. They are not incidental, rather the situation is negotiated and discussed — if not orchestrated and directed — then consciously considered by Pettifer and his sitters, the vast majority of whom are…. → More details


SUBURBAN BAROQUE

SUBURBAN BAROQUE

DAVID WADELTON ISBN 978-0-6484899-1-7 ‘Suburban Baroque’ brings together a selection of David Wadelton’s photographs of the vanishing mid-century suburban interiors of the formerly working-class northern areas that were the destination of choice for many post-war immigrants from Europe. The once-ubiquitous terrazzo, balustrades, marble columns and lions and other manifestations of pride and nostalgia for their homelands have become increasingly rare as the years pass, generations change, and gentrification takes place. The rooms are redolent of a different era and imbued with pathos, as most were the pride and joy of…. → More details


TRAM WINDOWS

TRAM WINDOWS

YANNI FLORENCE ISBN 978-0-6482588-1-0 ‘Different subjects appear in different windows, waves of light pass through each window uniquely and only once per instant of time. Different impressions in light pass through or reflect off the surface of each windows. There are different expressions on people’s faces, different gestures or reactions to the fact that they are being photographed, if they are in fact aware that they are being photographed, and different aspects of their awareness. Some subjects appear to be consciously turning away from the camera, others appear completely unaware…. → More details


APÓKRYPHOS

APÓKRYPHOS

CHERINE FAHD ISBN: 978-0-6484899-0-0 Apókryphos is a deeply moving study of the ways in which grief and mourning are visualised, experienced and witnessed. Using image and text Fahd reproduces 24 photographs taken in 1975 of her grandfather’s funeral and burial. Through annotations, footnotes and redacted text she forensically yet intimately guides the reader through the mysteries of the event captured, offering a literary response to the photographs and to the unknown status of the photographer. Apókryphos continues Fahd’s interest in the book as artwork. This new publication is a unique…. → More details


EMPTY

EMPTY

JULIE SHIELS ISBN: 978-0-6482588-2-7 Empty is a collection of photographs by Melbourne artist Julie Shiels taken from her home on the 20th floor in Melbourne’s CBD. The works capture the stillness and other worldliness of these workplaces when the humans have left the room. The absence of human presence amplifies activities occurring behind the glass facades, turning the focus onto the furniture, tools, technology and personal paraphernalia that populate these spaces, and inviting a reflection on the nature of work. Empty seeks to remind us that things continue to exist…. → More details


REALLY DON’T WANNA TO GO TO THIS FUNERAL

REALLY DON’T WANNA TO GO TO THIS FUNERAL

MATTHEW WARE ISBN: 978-0-6482588-0-3 ‘Looking through this book searching for inspiration on what to write about it, I’m rendered mute. It’s not because the images aren’t saying anything to me – they’re saying plenty. And it’s not as if they don’t remind me of anything – they remind me of everything. Matt’s combination of hijacked snapchats from other people with his own very personal and observant photography sort of sums up what it is to be alive these days; in which half the time you’re looking around and trying to…. → More details


THE WINTER GARDEN

THE WINTER GARDEN

CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE ISBN: 978-0-9945170-9-8 ‘The Winter Garden’ is an ongoing (2012–) documentary project based in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Christine McFetridge has written: ‘The work considers my psychological landscape and its connection to belonging, home and post-traumatic growth after this period of transition. I immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, from Christchurch in February 2013 and began photographing during short trips home. With distance, my sense of what ‘home’ was became informed by memory and nostalgia. In the same way Barthes sought a likeness of his mother…. → More details


FOOL’S PARADISE: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL

FOOL’S PARADISE: THE EARLY YEARS OF THE MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL

PETER MILNE ISBN: 978-0-9945170-8-1 ‘Fool’s Paradise: The Early Years of The Melbourne Comedy Festival’ brings together an edited selection from Peter Milne’s vast archive of (mostly) candid backstage moments from the first 11 years of the Melbourne Comedy Festival (1987- 1998). The book includes essays from Greg Hocking, Sue-Ann Post, Kevin Whyte and Judith Lucy who writes: ‘…I love the look of Peter’s photographs; there is so much depth to the images, so much going on in the background like a gesture or a portentous sign.  But there’s something else…. → More details


A PORTRAIT IS A PUZZLE

A PORTRAIT IS A PUZZLE

CHERINE FAHD ISBN: 978-0-9945170-7-4 This “paired volume”, beautifully designed by Elliott Bryce Foulkes, features Cherine Fahd’s photographic studies, ‘Shadowing Portraits’ (2014-2016) and ‘You Look Like a…’ (2016-2017). It includes a critical essay by Blair French – Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, contributions from the ‘Shadowing’ participants, as well as Fahd’s own notations on the processes of making portraits. A ‘Portrait is a Puzzle’ is in itself an artwork; a pairing of two photographic series that invites the reader to turn the book over and around, to…. → More details


DIANA AMONG THE HUMANS

DIANA AMONG THE HUMANS

KONRAD WINKLER ISBN: 978-0-9945170-5-0 DIANA AMONG THE HUMANS is a book of photographs that explores the gap between the cheery chaos of life and the form and deeper meaning that art and myth strive to achieve. We no longer live our lives steeped in religious certainty and myth, but we still love all those stories and images from Greek and Roman times. Diana the goddess is now fully human and offers little help or consolation on the crazy treadmill of our lives. But people still go to galleries and stop…. → More details


WAITING

WAITING

JULIE SHIELS ISBN: 978-0-9945170-4-3 Julie Shiels’ images “are wilfully obstinate, the light too harsh in many cases, the colours too shiny and blank to offer the easy satisfactions we have come to expect from images of the everyday.  They are photographs of surfaces, of details from public spaces taken on a mobile phone, while waiting. And yet this is unmistakably not Instagram. This is not life as a brand. The rustic-charm filter has been turned way down. There are no humans in shot. The natural world is conspicuously absent. Cropped…. → More details