Sunday, December 03, 2006

Flaming Cows and Australian Cheese

Flaming Cows by Lawrence FinnOn Saturday I visited the studio of artist printer Lawrence Finn:
"... primarily concerned with the psyche, politics and angst. My personal belief is that artists are somewhat the conscience of the geography, and as such we exist between the church and the prison. As a class Artists have no place in this "New World Order" but the human psyche has a terrible need to express itself. In spite of globalisation and economic rationalisation, artists will I suspect be here for a little longer."
His latest series of Linocuts "Shadows under the Blood Red Rock" is a dark and irreverent look at Australian history. One which caught my eye was "Flaming Cows"; this is a visualization of the common Australian expression of expression of frustration with the problems of rural life. It is a also a reference to the 1962 trading card series by Topps , which formed the basis for the 1996 Tim Burton movie "Mars Attacks!".

Lawrence uses traditional printing methods, similar to those I saw in Hanuman Kambli's workshop at the School of Art in Panjim, India. I forgot to ask Lawrence what printmakers thought of Giclee prints (an arty term for high quality ink jet prints). While not as traditional, these allow artists to sell their work on-line much more easily. Amazon has about 130,000 Giclee prints for sale.

At the gallery Regional Australian Produce laid on some of their Tasmanian shortbread, Western Australia cheese and Queensland biscuits. It is interesting how small Australian companies can use the the web to sell produce and how I thought Australian cheddar tastes better than the original from the English village of Cheddar in Somerset.

1 comment:

robotarchie said...

Giclee prints are from my point of view a total scam. an archival facsimile of a tactile image which simulates as best it can all of the attributes of that original. In limited editions so large that only a fast food outlet could ever hope to shift such an "exclusive" item. Think franklin mint with their limited editons of only one trillion hand cast by machine and you have the equivilent in Glicee.

The real question is "what does the glicee process inhernetly offer the image in terms of tactility, the media itself and the way that it effects the aesthetic and so on. Inherently the glicee offers very litle to the actual aesthetic but it offers a lot to commerce. Glicee's are a scam and the uninitiated public love them.

Viva Ken Done, Viva Wyland, Viva the death of creativity!