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Title

...From the secret life of statues

1994
printed 1995

Artist

Peter Lyssiotis

Cyprus, Australia

1949 -

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  • Details

    Dates
    1994
    printed 1995
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    19 type C photographs
    Dimensions

    1 - Untitled (face lower centre), 13.2 x 13.5 cm, image

    1 - Untitled (face lower centre), 14.5 x 14.7 cm, sheet

    2 - You send me a voice through lips of marble, 20.5 x 14.1 cm, image

    2 - You send me a voice through lips of marble, 21.5 x 15.1 cm, sheet

    3 - I need a ship to begin my journey. Your eyes will do., 17.4 x 12.5 cm, image

    3 - I need a ship to begin my journey. Your eyes will do., 18.7 x 13.8 cm, sheet

    4 - Untitled (draped head), 15 x 12 cm, image

    4 - Untitled (draped head), 16.2 x 13.3 cm, sheet

    5 - Then the sound of the sea., 19 x 7.8 cm, image

    5 - Then the sound of the sea., 20.1 x 9 cm, sheet

    6 - Untitled (figure with blue background), 14.9 x 9.7 cm, image

    6 - Untitled (figure with blue background), 16.3 x 11 cm, sheet

    7 - Untitled (book on table), 16.8 x 12.2 cm, image

    7 - Untitled (book on table), 18.1 x 13.5 cm, sheet

    8 - Marble has an appetite for love, 24.9 x 14.6 cm, image

    8 - Marble has an appetite for love, 26.2 x 15.9 cm, sheet

    9 - Untitled (bronze figure), 19.1 x 13.2 cm, image

    9 - Untitled (bronze figure), 20.4 x 14.4 cm, sheet

    10 - Untitled (tiles and clouds), 18 x 12.6 cm, image

    10 - Untitled (tiles and clouds), 19.3 x 14 cm, sheet

    11 - He wakes as others sleep, 15.8 x 12 cm, image

    11 - He wakes as others sleep, 17.2 x 13.3 cm, sheet

    12 - Untitled (figure in waves), 21.9 x 14.5 cm, image

    12 - Untitled (figure in waves), 23.2 x 15.9 cm, sheet

    13 - Untitled (feet and male figure), 19 x 10.1 cm, image

    13 - Untitled (feet and male figure), 20.3 x 11.4 cm, sheet

    14 - Untitled (profile), 10 x 16.5 cm, image

    14 - Untitled (profile), 11.3 x 17.8 cm, sheet

    15 - Untitled (face and hand), 16.6 x 11.5 cm, image

    15 - Untitled (face and hand), 17.9 x 12.8 cm, sheet

    16 - Untitled (statue in demolished street), 11.1 x 17.1 cm, image

    16 - Untitled (statue in demolished street), 12.3 x 18.4 cm, sheet

    17 - like any traveller all he desired was rest, 25.7 x 13 cm, image

    17 - like any traveller all he desired was rest, 27 x 14.2 cm, sheet

    18 - Untitled (wall with relief carvings), 23.4 x 16.1 cm, image

    18 - Untitled (wall with relief carvings), 24.7 x 17.5 cm, sheet

    19 - Untitled (male in water with door), 9.4 x 6 cm, image

    19 - Untitled (male in water with door), 10.7 x 7.4 cm, sheet

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    108.1995.1-19
    Copyright
    © Peter Lyssiotis

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  • About

    Peter Lyssiotis is a Melbourne photographer and publisher of the small press Masterthief Enterprises. Born in Cyprus he came to Australia with his family in 1954. His first book, ‘Journey of the wise electron and other stories’ 1981, contained the dedication: ‘To my parents who taught me how to watch, and how to adjust.’ ‘Since then’, says collaborator Ted Hopkins, ‘Lyssiotis has continued to produce many outstanding artist’s books … and extended his repertoire to include film and photo experiments, typography, design, and forays into gallery spaces with photo montage.’1

    ‘…From the secret life of statues’ is, in common with all of Lyssiotis’s books, beautifully produced and laden with meaning from its fabric to the images and accompanying, enigmatic, texts: the red glazed kid-leather cover is the colour of blood and fire; as Lyssiotis has written: ‘the love can become … the blood of life.’ The paper ‘is white and smooth like marble.’ ''…From the secret life of statues' rediscovers sixth-century Athens by way of Burwood east.’2 Drawing on his experiences and memories Lyssiotis brings together parts of stories, ‘like those reconstructed amphora’.3 These include the poetry of George Seferis, Jean Cocteau’s film ‘The blood of the poet’ 1930, Montgomery Clift’s facial paralysis, Luis Buñuel’s ‘L’age d’or’ 1930, among many other fragments which spark reveries to do with love and desire, the animate and inanimate. ‘The real story’, writes Lyssiotis, ‘is to be discovered between the images and the text. The outcome of the narrative is to be found outside the pages of the book …’4

    1. Hopkins T 2006, ‘Peter Lyssiotis: vanishing point’, Watson Place Gallery, Melbourne
    2. Lyssiotis P 1996, ‘… from the secret life of statues,’ ‘Photofile’, no 47, Mar p 30
    3. ibid p 27
    4. ibid

    © Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Imprint, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Feb 2016–18 May 2016

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