From the Gertrude Street Media Release:
Octopus is Gertrude Contemporary’s annual flagship curatorial exhibition series. It provides a forum for curatorial experimentation by inviting leading curators to devise an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary. The 15th edition of Octopus is curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Titled Lost and Profound, it considers the interface between obsolescent and new media technologies, exploring themes pertaining to memory, inscription and nostalgia. Cunningham has selected seven artists who utilise readymade objects in their work and subject them to ‘profound renewal and reformatting.’ Cunningham says of the exhibition: ‘The disappearing world where images go to die is the terrain that Lost and Profound navigates. The work in Lost and Profound suggests that memory is a fiction kept warm by the blanket of amnesia that settles as time closes in and obsolescence triumphs.’
Images Elvis Richardson with sound by James Hayes
Two framed photographs, embedded sound tracks looped, headphones and extension cords, unique metal stand dimensions variable
Installation view Gertrude Contemporary
It’s an elongated landscape A3 sized book with a brown faux leather cover. Inside are forty matt black card pages crowded with hundreds of black and white photographs fixed with yellowed sticky tape that has damaged every single one.
The last three pages are empty.
In 1990 when I was in my second year of art college I was living in Balmain and I bought this photograph album one Saturday at the local bric a brac market. It was $20. The seller didn’t tell me anything about it because I didn’t really ask, I just saw it, I wanted it, no dilly dallying.