Kate Hughes

Leap Into the Void
September 7, 2010, 9:30 am
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Yves Klein, ‘Le Saut dans le Vide’ (Leap into the Void) 1960


moving on
August 18, 2010, 9:57 pm
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Establishing plans for my arts practice post show. I’m meant to be putting art to the side to focus on studies but find myself incapable of this. Plans formulate constantly and I’m sourcing references to expand these emerging directions. Large photo real tapestries, a zine or two, exhibition and residency proposals are all being thought upon but may take some time to reach production. I’m currently waiting on a few hundred meters of grey tapestry wool to arrive in the mail.

December 10, 2009, 2:05 am
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I’ve settled into my new studio space and begun drawing rather timidly, still grappling with how different the light is. Working on a lovely wooden desk with a view onto a canal filled with birds and moldering boats. I visited Boekie Woekie an artist run bookstore specialising in artist books today. I left with Military Hospital by Claudia Heinermann, a photo essay on an abandoned military hospital in Belgium that had served during the two world wars. Filled with close ups of the accumulated detritus, flaking paint and empty doorways.

tracing cartography
September 14, 2009, 9:50 pm
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Two of Tacita Dean’s alabaster works. Tracing the veins with a dry point needle, she reveals the landscape contained in the stone. Maps of geological formation and history. Maps of mental landscapes, the dividing line between sleep and death.

cannibal tours
September 2, 2009, 3:34 pm
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One of the best exhibitions staged in Melbourne so far this year, Cannibal Tours was an exhibition of Narelle Jubelin’s work at Heide. For this show she has cannibalised her previous work into new arrangements. Combining petite point and found objects she investigates trade and the movement of people through their cultural materials and colonial influence.

All images are from the catalogue for the exhibition.

wind, sand and stars
August 29, 2009, 9:38 pm
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And yet you go on sinking. The whole sky seems to be coming down on you. You begin to feel like the victim of some cosmic accident. You cannot land anywhere, and you try in vain to turn round and fly back into those zones where the air, as dense and solid as a pillar, had held you up. That pillar has melted away. Everything here is rotten and you slither about in a sort of universal decomposition while the cloud-bank rises apathetically, reaches your level, and swallows you up.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Wind, Sand and Stars.

A whole other type of void.

first australians
August 26, 2009, 9:53 pm
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An amazing series that charts the colonisation of Australia through the perspective of the first Australians. The stories of individuals, both natives and colonisers, allows the impact of empire to unfold. If you have a few hours to spare all seven documentary episodes can be watched on SBS’s video player – go to ‘watch full episodes’ and select First Australians on the menu to the right.

Episode two covers Darwin’s theory that Australian Aborigines were a dying race. This allowed whites to absolve themselves of the guilt of genocide. The repercussions of this theory are still clearly felt in many of the attitudes to issues tsurrounding the current living standards of remote Aboriginal communities. These undercurrents can be felt in the writings of academics such as Germaine Greer. I highly recommend Marcia Langton’s retaliation to Greer’s writing and the debate between the two.

Marcia Langton is an indomitable woman.

Marcia Langton