Teelah George Poster!

Teelah George, Lessons from Craigslist Mirrors #2, 2016, offset lithograph, 42 x 29.7 cm. Image commissioned for the cover of Imprint Autumn Vol. 51 No. 1 and produced as an unsigned and unnumbered edition of 100 posters, $15 each. Photograph: Tony Nathan. To purchase visit the PCA website or contact the PCA office on 03 9416 0150.

The Print Council of Australia is pleased to announce that posters of Teelah George‘s beautiful artwork Lessons from Craigslist Mirrors #2 are now available to purchase on the PCA website.

The work was specially commissioned for the cover of Imprint Autumn 2016 Vol. 51 No.1 and produced as an  unsigned and unnumbered edition of 100 A3 posters. Check out Imprint‘s interview with the artist here.

Artist’s Statement

Lessons from Craigslist Mirrors #2 employs an object made from the peripheral residue of other processes as a way to suggest the many layers and unseen narratives of image making. The intimacy suggested by the stitched object is expanded through the printing process of magazine production in a way that enables it to be at once big and small. Original agency of the textile is retained yet morphed, as it picks up other connotations from its new manifestation.

Reader Correspondence

Dear editor,

I have read Trent Walter’s story re Northern Editions with great interest. I was overall manager of Northern Editions – which encompassed the CDU art collection (Anita Angel as curator) and the workshop (Dian Darmansjah as manager) as well as the retail operations – from 2002–2004 arriving direct from being managing director of Port Jackson Press in Melbourne. The fate of niche print workshops such as Northern Editions (and indeed PJP which has gone from Australia’s largest print publisher to small retailer) has always been precarious.

The issues I faced on arrival in Darwin (extreme heat, isolation and parochial mentality) were common to many talented artists, academics and arts administrators who often left after a year or so. Staff retention was a major issue for the university in particular and the Northern Territory in general. The complexities of dealing (in practical terms) with often dysfunctional remote communities who were our major ‘clients’ as well as the very limited audience of galleries, institutions and individuals interested in collecting prints meant balancing the books would always be a constant challenge. In the bigger picture of the university’s multi-million dollar budget the internal problems of Northern Editions were far exceeded by the political goodwill in supporting Indigenous and local artists. The publicity successful print projects generated at both a local and international level earned the title for Northern Editions as ‘jewel in the crown’ of Charles Darwin University.

The inevitable bust after an unprecedented boom in the Australian art market compounded by the Global Financial Crisis ensured the Indigenous arts industry in particular suffered a fatal blow on both domestic and international markets starting in 2006–07. I am not surprised therefore that the future of Northern Editions is under threat but a key factor will be whether senior university staff and politicians see the value of the arts as integral to the contribution CDU makes to the cultural life of the Northern Territory.

Greg Mallyon

2016 Print Commission – final call for entries!

Artists are invited to submit digital images of recent work for selection to create a new print edition for the 2016 PCA Print Commission. All forms of printmaking, including digital, are welcome.

Invited judges for the 2016 Print Commission are Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia, and John Loane, Master Printer and artist, Viridian Press.

Hurry, entries close Friday 5 February. Enter via the PCA website here.

New Print Commission

Brent Harris, The Problem, 2015, photopolymer gravure and multiple screenprint layers, 76 x 56 cm, edition of 30, $880 unframed. To purchase visit the PCA website or contact Georgia Thorpe on generalmanager@printcouncil.org.au

The Print Council of Australia is delighted to unveil The Problem, Brent Harris’s beguiling new work printed by Trent Walter of Negative Press as a special commission fundraiser print for Imprint magazine.

Echoing the artist’s process, in which he has collaged and extended recurring imagery from his broader practice, The Problem mixes photopolymer gravure and multiple screenprint layers. Produced in a limited edition of 30, The Problem will be on display at Sydney Contemporary at the Imprint stand, where we will be taking orders for sales.

Visit the Print Council of Australia’s website or contact Georgia on generalmanager@printcouncil.org.au for more information or to place an order.

Our special thanks go to Brent Harris and Trent Walter of Negative Press for their enthusiasm, intelligence and hard work in realising this project. Thanks also to Cathy Leahy, Silvi Glattauer, Kylie Blackley, MADA Monash University, and Jan Minchin and Olivia Radonich of Tolarno Galleries.