Death and Decoration

2000

Plimsoll Gallery
Centre for the Arts
Hunter Street, Hobart

Raymond Arnold, Irene Barberis, Narelle Jubelin, John Neeson, Patsy Payne, Stieg Persson, Debra Phillips and Anne Louise Rowe

Preface: Paul Zika, Essay: Maria Kunda.
24-page catalogue: ISBN 0 85901 898 9

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Installation View: Death & Decoration, 2000 - Raymond Arnold Installation View: Death & Decoration, 2000 - Narelle Jubelin & Stieg Persson Installation View: Death & Decoration, 2000 - Irene Barberis Installation View: Death & Decoration, 2000 - John Neeson Installation View: Death & Decoration, 2000 - Patsy Payne Installation View: Death & Decoration, 2000 - Debra Phillips Installation View: Death & Decoration, 2000 Installation View: Death & Decoration, 2000

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Catalogue Preface: Paul Zika

Western art has a rich tradition of works that deal with the theme of death in a highly decorative manner - in architecture and both the 'fine' and 'decorative' arts. Modernist orthodoxy has dismissed decoration within the fine arts as frivolous and superficial: deemed inappropriate to a sombre reflection upon death. Raymond Arnold's "Memory/History" is an evocative synthesis of the two, demonstrating how death and decoration can coexist; with decoration more than a mere tantalizing embellishment. This suite of prints stimulated a desire to' curate an exhibition in which artists simultaneously contemplate the themes of Death and Decoration.