25 June to 23 July 2016
Artists as Cartoonists, or Extended Black & White
Curated by Jasmin Stephens
Saturday 25 June, 3pm
Opening by the “real” Vanessa Berry, writer and artist
Saturday 23 July, 2pm-3pm
A Joke in the Archive
What happens when we do art history through the form of a graphic novel?
Raquel Ormella and Jasmin Stephens with Benjamin Foster, Anneke Jaspers and Anna Munster
In Artists as Cartoonists, or Extended Black and White, Raquel Ormella contemplates a series of entries by art historian Joan Kerr (1938-2004) in the national database, the DAAO (Design and Art Australian Online), and in the exhibition catalogue, Artists and Cartoonists in Black and White: The Most Public Art (1999). Linking a contemporary ‘Sydney zine cartoonist’ “Vanessa” to a 1960s cartoonist with the same nom de plume, Ormella speculates as to why the earlier “Vanessa” is listed online as Mollie Horseman but is described as ‘unknown’ in the catalogue. This discrepancy becomes a question that Ormella tries to answer and restate through the form of a graphic novel. By conversing with her peers and by returning to Kerr’s original entries, Ormella posits a shared history from which we are able to consider the role of data and archives in shaping how we apprehend art and culture in general.
This project has been supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW