Rose Nolan: Why Do We Do The Things We Do

Art­space Syd­ney and Insti­tute of Mod­ern Art, Brisbane

Pub­lished by: Art­space Syd­ney and Insti­tute of Mod­ern Art, Bris­bane, 2011
Edit­ed by: Blair French and Robert Leonard
Soft­cov­er, 127 Pages
ISBN: 9781920781392

Mel­bourne artist, Rose Nolan traf­fics in and com­pli­cates forms, codes, and ideals found­ed in utopi­an strands of twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry avant-gardism, par­tic­u­lar­ly Russ­ian con­struc­tivism. In 2008, she pre­sent­ed two full-gallery exhi­bi­tions, at Art­space, Syd­ney, and the IMA, both titled Why Do We Do The Things We Do. They incor­po­rat­ed works made in the pre­vi­ous six years, includ­ing paint­ings, ban­ners, books, sculp­tures, pho­tographs, videos, and found objects. The book doc­u­ments both exhi­bi­tions and includes essays by Michael Graf, Ingrid Per­iz, and Blair French that range across the diver­si­ty of Nolan’s prac­tice, reach­ing back to the ear­ly 1980s, and exam­in­ing rarely dis­cussed areas such as her photography.