THE FINANCIAL REPORT
This is an awesome Group show and I’m not just saying that because I’m in it. It’s a show about money and art and art markets and art Auction Houses. Physical Money (as in stacks of coins and notes) and conceptual money (as in values, systems and what people are willing to do to get it).
Mother always told me it’s bad manners to talk about money.
When I was young, hot and living in Brisbane in the 80’s, everyone pretended to have a lot of money. Even if they didn’t. There was a proliferation of shiny chrome interior decor, big hair, shoulder pads and on a weekend, even if you worked as a cleaner, you would dress up like Ivana Trump to hit the latest nite club. Once I even unpicked a desirable designer label from the inside of a jacket and stitched it to a prominent position on the outside lapel.
In 1990 I moved to London. Grunge was new and de rigueur. The people with wads of cash slummed it, pretending not to have any because it wasn’t cool. You could wear the same shit all week, not shower, listen to young Nick Drake and Kurt Cobain and buy cheap drinks for broke buddies. After the pretence of Brisbane it was liberating.
Society’s attitudes toward money shifts like everything else.
A really fantastic Christian Jankowski video Kunstmarkt TV, 2008, is worth watching the whole way through. It is an infomercial style home shopping channel broadcast, filmed live at Cologne International Art Fair. It’s a gem, as is all the work in the show.
If I had more money to add to my art collection, this work would be on the list. I wonder if Christian would be interested in an art swap?
The Financial Report report by Natalie Thomas
The Financial Report runs till 29 Sept 2013 ARTSPACE 43 – 51 Cowper Wharf Road Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 Denis Beaubois, Melanie Gilligan, Matthew Griffin, Christian Jankowski, Andrew Liversidge, Dane Mitchell, Natalie Thomas
Learn about Economics and how to manage your money at the Public Programs on 24th August and 14th September 3pm with Financial experts Dr. Henry Ergas, Peter Wilson and Carol Austin.
Conflict note II: David Broker agrees that this is an awesome group show, not just because Nat is in it, or because he has ever been in the slightest seduced by the eminent and irrefutable charms of the curator, Mark Feary.