Video art: A changing medium

More than most other artistic fields, video art is dependent on technical equipment. In fact, its development as a medium can be charted with reference not only to evolving aesthetic debates but also to technological innovations that have resulted in new (and often cheaper) cameras, recording media, projectors, monitors and editing techniques. Looking back over…

Secrets under Damask

A recent restoration was undertaken over four weeks to a parlour setting from c.1880 – 90s in the Gallery’s Collection, comprising a settee, two grandfather chairs and a grandmother chair. The setting is significant because it was constructed in Queensland from Silky ash (Ehretia acuminata), a native deciduous tree. My role as Conservation Framer is…

Up Late with Sam Amidon

“Sam Amidon sees no difference between a 19th-century folk ballad and a 21st-century avant-garde instrumental suite. In bridging the very old and the very new… he has managed to meld the rural and the urban, the organic and the synthetic, the oral tradition and the written score” — Pitchfork Sam Amidon is in Australia playing songs…

Rare book or time machine?

It’s not unusual for a book to show the expanse of an artist’s work but Henri Matisse: Dessins. Themes et Variations, published in 1943 and limited to 950 copies offers something more intimate. It is a portfolio of drawings consisting of 158 plates produced in lithography and presented on single loose leaf pages. Comprising 17…

Cosplay comes to GOMA

The Gallery’s Cosplay event celebrates the art of ‘costume play’ and those who transform themselves into their favourite characters from page and screen. On Australia Day this year, in association with Drawn To Screen: Graphic Novels, Comics and Serials, GOMA will be holding its first-ever Cosplay event! As an avid Cosplayer myself, I am excited…

Totally tapa: Installing Ngatu tā’uli 2011

Tapa cloths are usually much smaller than Ngatu tā’uli  2011. Its size required a specialised installation technique and system that could address its unique properties and needs. Following on from our previous post, conservation staff were key additions to the large team installing the Ngatu tā’uli 2011 tapa for ‘Threads: Contemporary Textiles and the Social…