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.
perspex, wood, synthetic fur, wool fur, acrylic paint, glass
202.2 x 140.5 x 140.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the artist 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Kathy Temin. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Kathy Temin: Dis-play problem, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, Melbourne, Sep 1994–Sep 1994
Furnish: Howard Arkley, Geoff Kleem, Susan Norrie, Kathy Temin, Constance Zikos:
Referenced in 6 publications
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.