September 06

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Arlene Texta Queen

Arlene Texta Queen

The last good demo I went to was Save Live Music. All the Pollies turned out onto the steps of Parliament to see what all the racket was about. Now each new Premier (they turn them over pretty quick) meets with the assorted Stakeholders. The Venue owners, Music Promoters and Developers that build the crap buildings that they sell to the rich dudes that close down the live music venues because of all the racket. They meet and try to make everyone at the table happy.

All this has nothing to do with art. Except when a gallery puts on a show that celebrates activism, public protest and free speech in the practice of Australian artists. Brunswick’s Counihan Gallery is named after Noel Counihan. Counihan was a Social Realist. Noel was such an effective artist he once incited a riot on Sydney Road. Council’s don’t name Public Art Galleries after social agitators till after they’ve carked it.

On the eve of the Federal Election we considered a scenario where Tony Abbott was an Art Curator. Instead of calling his show IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST he could call his show –

In the Interest of all my rich old white buddies who went to the good Private schools and believe God died to save us from our sins (and have pretty daughters and a wife that has just dropped 20kg). Natalie Thomas

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST runs till 6th October

Anastasia Klose

Anastasia Klose

Charlie Azalea and Mini Miller

Charlie Azalea and Mini Miller

Hugh Davis

Hugh Davis

Ai and Mia Salsjo

Ai and Mia Salsjo

Geoffrey Love and Francesca Pezzimenti

Geoffrey Love and Francesca Pezzimenti

Free Pussy Riot

Free Pussy Riot

Kylie Wilkinson and Damo Lawless

Kylie Wilkinson and Damo Lawless

Carmen Reid

Carmen Reid

Raf and Pip

Raf and Pip

Tessa Galea-Grant and Mark Galea

Tessa Galea-Grant and Mark Galea