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We Used to Talk About Love

Balnaves Contemporary: Photomedia

written by Natasha Bullock

Art Gallery of NSW | ISBN 9781741740851

Hardback – 188 pages


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Love is whimsy and love is blind, or so they say. From a conversation between four friends, to couples embracing, to a star-gazing young man crumbling before your eyes, We used to talk about love contemplates the diverse terrain of love – joy and elation, sex and flesh, desire and rejection, crushing endings, melancholia and memory, nostalgia and loss.
We used to talk about love features the work of eleven artists – Polly Borland, Eliza Hutchison, Paul Knight, Angelica Mesiti, David Noonan, David Rosetzky, Tim Silver, Glenn Sloggett, Grant Stevens, Darren Sylvester and Justene Williams. Collectively their work reveals a paradigm shift away from postmodernism towards the intimate in art practice.
The artists all work in the field of photomedia – covering photography, film and video – but also combined with collage, sculpture and installation art. This is the second in the Balnaves contemporary series funded by The Balnaves Foundation.
We used to talk about love
• Features both established and emerging artists who are at the forefront of contemporary art practice
• Presents texts of fiction, art theory and art practice in a multi-faceted approach to the emotions of love
• Explores how pictures and artworks convey feelings, embody memories and sensations
• Beautifully designed as an object to cherish with varied paper stocks and round-back casebinding.

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