For about ten years, the Noosa Regional Gallery held an annual curated book arts show: anyone could enter their books, but there was a panel who selected the final exhibition. It was one of the first regular book events on the Australian calendar. Since the last exhibition, there have been many changes to the gallery staff and to their online presence; their new website has been wiped of its archives, and there is no remainder of this important activity in Australian book arts history.
There are traces of the exhibition series elsewhere: in the archives of the State Library of Queensland, in the writings of Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper, and on various artists’ CVs and blogs. Nothing, sadly, easily accessible. Have you got memories of the Noosa exhibitions? Could you share stories or photographs of it? Get in touch with Pretext and we’ll add them here.
A fat man emerges on the inky page: homage to imagination, to making and to p
500 words to one who has inspired
“You are singing… he said softly, “it is beautiful”… he had leaned close to my ear and grinning displayed all manner of jumbled silver. These words had broken my deep dream and they seemed to hover about long after he had left my desk. His voice reminded me of my presence in the world and they swam about mixing with a fluid sea of garlic, which wafted like a foreign personal aftershave. Looking down I could see the ink drawing that I had been working on. It was incomplete. A fat man was emerging on the inky page and he was illuminated on center-stage. Vicious barbs were pulling his skin. The hooks were just under the surface of the flesh and the wires were pulled tight stretching off the page. Other figures careered and danced nearby and some figures mocked the fat man. My brushes lay on the desk and the mapping quill was poised lightly between my fingers. Read more
This account of the Codex Australia Book Fair was written soon after the March 2014 Codex Australia Symposium and Book Fair. By October 2014 Codex Australia was wound down, and no longer exists. Many articles that were on the Codex website are now on Pretext. Pretext would like to thank Codex Australia for their invaluable activities whilst operational.
Codex Australia was in operation from 2011 to 2014. The following is reproduced from its website. Over its three years of operation, it achieved many of its goals. Read more