Marioni | MacPherson

Joseph Marioni
Blue Painting
Acylic and Linen on Stretcher
61 x 51 cm 2000 no. 15.
Collection of The University of Queensland,purchased 2001.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist and David Pestorius Projects, Brisbane.

13 April – 23 June 2013

Joseph Marioni makes his paintings by running paint down the canvas, and yet insists that the work is intended. Robert MacPherson crushes sticks of charcoal onto paper in what again must be seen as a form of process art, and yet worries that the work will turn out too beautiful. What is the relationship between these two bodies of work, and their opposing attitudes towards the outcome of the process that brings them about? 

Marioni/MacPherson reflects upon the role of aesthetics in art today. Is beauty something to be aimed at directly or can it only be arrived at inadvertently? Or, on the contrary, is beauty to be avoided and is this really possible?

Curator: Rex Butler


Friday 19 April 2013 6.15 for 6.30 pm
opened by
Winthrop Professor Ted Snell AM
Director, Cultural Precinct
The University of Western Australia

Public Programs

Michael Fried on Joseph Marioni
Monday 3 June 2013 6.00pm

Please join visiting international scholar Professor Michael Fried in a discussion on the work of artist Joseph Marioni, with A/Prof Rex Butler, Reader in Art History at The University of Queensland.


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