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Bookshelf

Digital releases of past and current publications

Where the art is (2021)

This catalogue documents the first exhibition presented at APA’s gallery at Collingwood Yards as well the first public showing of art following the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020.  Reflecting on the joy of opening after these challenges, the inaugural exhibition Where the Art Is ruminates on the year that was, while firmly looking forward to a new future. Where the Art Is catalogue showcases the exhibition’s collection of thought-provoking work by ten artists: nostalgic ceramic sculptures by Alan Constable and Lisa Reid, a video installation by Chris O’Brien, COVID-19 lockdown drawings and paintings by Cathy Staughton, Adrian Lazzaro, and Samantha Ashdown, text-based work by Boris Cipusev and Mark Smith, archway paintings by Warren O’Brien, and iconic pastel drawings by Julian Martin. The catalogue also features exhibition essay by Dr Marion Piper Words Make Worlds. 

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A sense of place (2003)

A Sense of Place was produced in 2003 to commemorate the move into Arts Project Australia’s new building at 24 High Street, Northcote. Including a reflective essay and a timeline of achievements, the substantial catalogue presents comprehensive and rare documentation of works by artists of this period, many of whom are still practising in the studio, thus offering insight into the early development of their oeuvre some 17 years ago.

Artists featured include Alan Constable, Alvaro Alverez, Anne Lynch, Chris Mason, Dorothy Berry, Johanna Hilgendor, John Northe,  Julian Martin, Leo Cussen, Lisa Reid, Lynette Gibbs, Phoebe McBrien, Timothy Williams, Valerio Ciccone, Andy Suzuki, Barbara Veheary, Brigid Hanrahan, Cathy Staughton, Chris O’Brien, Cuong Trong Chi, David Waterhouse, Fiona Longhurst, Fulli Andrinopoulos, Harold (Jimmy) Fuller, Ivan Turnham, John Bates, Kelvin Heffernan, Li Tan, Martin Forster, Mary Warman, Miles Howard Wilks, Paul Hodges, Perri Mitronatsios, Robyn Kirkpatrick, Shirley Warke, Simone Dragomine, Steven Ajzenberg, Steven Perrette, Steven Worrell and Wayne Marnell. 

Readers are advised that this catalogue may contain language used at the time which is now regarded as offensive. Such language has been removed from the audio recording below. 

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Listen to The Significance of Space, The Meaning of Place by Dr Cheryl Daye and Kitty Ginter (read by Arts Project Australia communications coordinator Tahney Fosdike).

Valerio Ciccone: Peripheral observer (2012)

This catalogue coincides with the major survey exhibition of Valerio Ciccone decades-long career, Peripheral Observer (2011). Valerio Ciccone (b 1970, Melbourne) is a figurative artist working primarily with a variety of mediums on paper. He employs his idiosyncratic and fluid style to depict a range of subject matter and has worked in the Arts Project studio since 1984.Sponsored by Leonard Joel Auctioneers, the catalogue features Ciccone’s artwork as well as essays on his oeuvre and other musings by John Albrecht, Jonah Jones, Glenn Barkley and Cheryl Daye.

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Listen to Peripheral Observer catalogue essay ‘This is me – some thoughts on the art of Valerio Ciccone’ by curator Glenn Barkley pp. 8-10 (read by Arts Project Australia communications coordinator Tahney Fosdike). 

 

Video Doctor (2013)

Curated by Geoff Newton of Neon Parc, Video Doctor worked toward producing, “an acute sense of the virtual self – a projection of emotion, a scene from a dream.” The exhibition opened at Arts Project Australia in 2013 to showcase 13 Arts Project and international artists from Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.  The catalogue features documentation of works included in the exhibition as well as a thought-provoking essay by Geoff Newton.

Video Doctor featured Cory Arcangel Nicholas Capaldo, Valerio Ciccone, Boris Cipusev, Leo Cussen, Wendy Dawson, Paul Hodges, Adrian Lazzaro, Jodie Noble, Steven Perrette, Daniel Pace, Paper Rad, Rebecca Scibilia, Catherine Staughton and Timothy Williams.

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So Far… eight artists / eight stories (2014)

Published for Arts Project Australia’s 40th Anniversary in 2014, So Far… encapsulates eight stories that follow eight accomplished Arts Project studio artists. The publication, written by Anne Stonehouse with James McDonald, focusses on stories of the artists and their art, and their common, strong commitment to their art practice. These eight artists’ stories, and the images of their work, are a testimony to the role that making art plays in their lives and documents eight examples of genuine inclusion through telling their stories in an honest and straightforward way.

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IT TAKES MORE THAN 140 CHARACTERS TO WRITE A NOVEL (2015)

It takes more than 140 characters to write a novel was a 2015 exhibition curated by Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer of Creative Arts at La Trobe University exploring the use of digital technologies and the photographic image, paintings, drawings and ceramic objects. The exhibition featured works by both artists who attend the Arts Project studio, and external artists, including Alvaro AlvarezJustin AndrewsPeter Ben, Erica Berechree, Alan ConstableChris O’BrienSimon Finn, and Darren Wardle.

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Listen to the exhibition essay by curator Dr Vincent Alessi (read by by Arts Project Australia communications coordinator Tahney Fosdike). 

 

AUTO BODY WORKS (2018)

Auto Body Works (2018) brought together artists from Arts Project Australia and elsewhere whose work to consider human beings in their object-ness in many different ways: figuration, masking, cloth, anthropomorphism, automation, internal systems, limbs, organic forms and more.

The exhibition explored bodies and skin as a boundary between inside and outside and the accompanying catalogue featured an essay by curator Patrice Sharkey, Director of West Space Sharkey and imagery of included works by Fiona AbicareTully ArnotKara BaldwinGeorgina CueEmily DoberSaskia DohertyLewis Fidock and Joshua PetherickBronwyn HackMiles Howard-WilksSpencer LaiChris Mason, Tim Noble, Chris O’BrienLillian Palser BartoSteven PerretteJason PhuLisa ReidAnder Rennick and Terry Williams.

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FEM-aFFINITY (2019)

Curated by contemporary artist and academic Dr Catherine Bell, FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project and wider Victoria whose work share an affinity of subject and process. By situating female Arts Project studio artists alongside other female contemporary artists, the exhibition seeks to uncover shared perspectives and variations on female identity. The exhibition opened at Arts Project Australia in July 2019 and is set to tour Australia over the next two years. The catalogue includes images of artworks as well as words by Ellen Wignell, Sue Roff, Sim Luttin, Catherine Bell and Jacqueline Millner. Supported by NETS Victoria, The Australia Council for the Arts, and The Limb Family Foundation.

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Listen to FEM-aFFINITY catalogue essay If Collaboration is the Method, Activism is the Intention by curator Dr Catherine Bell pp. 19-24 (read by by Arts Project Australia communications coordinator Tahney Fosdike). 

 

POP UP STALL:

The Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair

The largest annual zine fair in the Southern Hemisphere

Organised by the Sticky Institute, the Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair has run in Melbourne every year since 2008 bringing together local and international zine makers and independent publishers. Known for motley-crew crowds rushing between stalls buying fresh-off-the-press zines, for the first time ever the fair is being run as a digital event with over 200 online zine stalls at fotp.online.
 
Arts Project Australia has held a stall at the Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair since 2018, and this year continues to showcase its growing zine publishing with an online stall hosted on the APA Digital Bookshelf with zines by artists Adrian Lazzaro, Bronwyn Hack, Chris O’Brien and Michael Licenblat.
 
As you would browse a physical fair, all artists zines can be flicked through at your own pace. To support the APA artists and  studio, artists zines are available for purchase in limited editions of 10 via the APA shop, collectable from the APA studio in Northcote or posted for a small fee (please note due to printing zines have a two week turnaround). 
 
 

Bronywn Hack

Bronwyn Hack is known for her multi-faceted practice which spans sculpture, painting, printmaking and ceramics. Throughout her career, she has maintained an interest in animals, the body and bones, which carries through to her artist zines with their study of torture and gore throughout history. 

The Heretic Fork, 2019, paper on digital, 20 x 14 cm, BRHAZ19-0002 

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Torture Horse, 2018, paper on digital, 21 x 15 cm, BRHAZ18-0003 

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CHRIS O’BRIEN

Chris O’Brien is a multi-disciplinary artist interested in representing domestic dwellings that feature him, his friends and female TV personalities living. His zines expand on this structure using humorous whilst sincere narratives playing out inside these fictitious homes and their dramatic worlds. 

Eden’s house and Chris’ house, 9 Rubber Street Kyneton, 2018, paper on digital, 21 x 15 cm, COZ18-0002 1

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MICHAEL LICENBLAT

Primarily working across drawing and digital art, Michael Licenblat’s artworks display his reverence for pop culture and fascination with crime-based TV shows. As seen within his artists zines, his practice amplifies narratives marked by law enforcement’s continual pursuit of justice, as well as exploring alien invasions and doomsday narratives. 

Cyber Cop, 2019, paper on digital, 19.5 x 13 cm, MILIZ19-0002

 

ADRIAN LAZZARO

Adrian Lazzaro is an emerging artist whose character-based artworks feature the likes of wrestlers, zombies and lovers. The imagery blends sinister interpretations with a quirky sense of humour, often projecting a wry outlook. In this zine, Lazzaro viscerally imbues his heavy-handed yet abstracted style of sketching onto a vehicle log book. 

Wildon Vehicle Log, 2018, paper on digital, 20 x 10 cm, ADLAZ18-0002

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