Artists need the skills to defend their work against personal ideological crusades and political point scoring.
With the latest raid by police of a gallery space in the respected Linden Contemporary Arts Centre in St Kilda, Melbourne, once again we are faced with an unedifying cultural containment struggle. Here is a young artist hauled up by the cops for cutting out and sticking together a montage of all sorts of stuff including images of human bodies and minds without their masking coverings. Laid bare in a new context, the densely overlaid complex of popular culture representations offer what the artist Paul Yore has described as a sickly sweet surface, very colourful and alluring but just beneath are symbolic ideas of a society of excess, spectacle, consumerism, frenzy and even violence.
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The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) has been vociferous in its condemnation of the seizure of the works which form part of a larger exhibition entitled 'Like Mike Now What??' a homage to the late iconoclastic Australian artist Mike Brown who was known to ruffle feathers by challenging social norms.