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Title

Inbetween dis-play

1994


Artist

Kathy Temin

Australia

1968 -


About

During the Australian recession of the early 1990s, a number of younger artists in Sydney and Melbourne pursued an intentionally unpolished style of art. To describe their apathetic and crude DIY aesthetic, artist and curator Jeff Gibson coined the term 'grunge'. The grunge artists incorporated kitsch, mass-produced objects and inexpensive junk from inner-city and suburban neighbourhoods into their artworks, extending on precedents set by the Annandale Imitation Realists and Popists. Their objective was, in part, to challenge formal conventions of art making, display and interpretation.

'Inbetween dis-play' and 'Home dis-play' are archetypical grunge works. Each hand painted cabinet exhibits an assortment of items that reference identity and personal history, modern art, everyday life, and popular culture. Their assembly was inspired by cabinets of curiosities but also the clutter of shop fronts and home furnishings.


Details


Date

1994


Materials used

perspex, wood, synthetic fur, wool fur, acrylic paint, glass


Dimensions

202.2 x 140.5 x 140.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

140.2015.a-g


Artist information

Kathy Temin

Works in the collection

11


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 6 publications

Bibliography


Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Kathy Temin: Dis-play problem, Melbourne, 1994, n.pag.. cat.no. 6; priced $5,000

Naomi Cass, Art & Text (No. 50), 'Kathy Temin', pg. 64-65, Prahran, Jan 1995, 65.

Natalie King, Art and Australia (Vol. 32, No. 3), 'Dis-splayed', pg. 444, Sydney, Autumn 1995, 444.

Natalie King, Furnish: Howard Arkley, Geoff Kleem, Susan Norrie, Kathy Temin, Constance Zikos, 'List of works', Bendigo, 1998, n.pag.. cat.no. 14

Andrew Renton, Art and cultural difference: hybrids and clusters, 'Kathy Temin: the problem is ...', pg. 30-35, London, 1995, 30 (colour illus.). installation shot

Virginia Trioli, The Age, 'Beauty in 'ugly ducklings'', pg. 20, Melbourne, 14 Sep 1994, 20.