Jon Cattapan

Possible Histories

Chris McAuliffe
Paperback
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Published

1 July 2008

ISBN

9780522854985

Weight

1320g

Size

287mm x 238mm

Imprint

Miegunyah Press

Jon Cattapan

Possible Histories

Chris McAuliffe
Jon Cattapan: Possible Histories traces Cattapan's art from his student days to the present. Beginning with the Dadaist grotesquerie and surrealist erotica of Melbourne's 1970s punk scene, it traces Cattapan's themes of isolation and longing into later explorations of postmodern cities and global information flows.Emerging from the author's twenty-year friendship with the artist, this book includes extensive interviews and personal commentaries from the artist, along with numerous illustrations of his source materials and working processes. Cattapan makes painting a way of thinking, processing and reinvesting ethical positions into art.Cattapan's work takes us into disputed territories where national character is debated in areas such as border control, ethnicity and community. Fluid forms and oozing pools of colour capture the transition from the 'hard' economy of industrial modernity to the 'liquid' state of an information society.
Jon Cattapan: Possible Histories traces Cattapan's art from his student days to the present. Beginning with the Dadaist grotesquerie and surrealist erotica of Melbourne's 1970s punk scene, it traces Cattapan's themes of isolation and longing into later explorations of postmodern cities and global information flows.Emerging from the author's twenty-year friendship with the artist, this book includes extensive interviews and personal commentaries from the artist, along with numerous illustrations of his source materials and working processes. Cattapan makes painting a way of thinking, processing and reinvesting ethical positions into art.Cattapan's work takes us into disputed territories where national character is debated in areas such as border control, ethnicity and community. Fluid forms and oozing pools of colour capture the transition from the 'hard' economy of industrial modernity to the 'liquid' state of an information society.

About the author

Chris McAuliffe

Dr Chris McAuliffe was Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne from 2000 to 2013. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and of Harvard University, Dr McAuliffe has researched and written extensively on contemporary Australian art. His publications include Art and Suburbia (1996), Treasures: Highlights of the Cultural Collections of the University of Melbourne (2003), Linda Marrinon: Let Her Try (2007) and Jon Cattapan. A well-known media commentator on the arts, Dr McAuliffe is a regular presenter on ABC TV's Sunday Arts.

About Chris McAuliffe

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