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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25,
ARTIST TO FINE TUNE THE RELEVANCE OF
By Sonia Ulliana
ARTIST Ture Sjolander will spend $10.000 of
taxpayers' money raising the ire of north Queenslanders.
Mr Sjolander, of Townsville, a Swedish
expatriate, says he will expose the harsh realities of the social issues
affecting the area i a series of two-minutes segments of "electronic art" to be
aired weekly on television.
he will buy the air-time with a State
Government arts grant.
"This is not a paint brush, it is a power
tool," Mr Sjolander said.
"I will criticise all the things that
people ignore or don't want to think about to make them aware through art. "So
much art doesn't touch people anymore, or has no
Mr Sjolander, a passionate and outspoken
man, has been involved in art from painting to videoproduction, since
He has written several internationally
published books, including Garbo, a pictorial
biography of movie star Greta Garbo, and was
commissioned by the 70s Swedish rock phenomenon Abba to create a
Mr Sjolander was also commissioned by
silent screen star Charlie Chaplin to produce an
In Townsville he is seen as a controversial
He recently held a public competition to
create a new name for the combination Townsville city and Thuringgova shire
under the Electorial and Administrative Review Committee's amalgamation
The winner was Don Talbot, who received
$500 for his suggestion of "QUEENSLAND CITY".
The competition provoked debate around the
With the help of his Creative Development Grant, Mr
Sjolander hopes to tackle a host of controversial issues; Townsville General
Hospital's Ward 10B - subject of the Carter inquiry into the treatment of
mentally ill patients, violence among Aborigines on Palm
Island, X-rated videos, tattoos, politics and
"These are all the things that happen in
this area and they should be expressed in art to reflect the area," Mr Sjolander
He believes art in the modern world should
be expressed using technology and says that paintings are
He has even devised a plan to exhibit art
on the walls of Townsville Airport terminal "for all the world to
The large vacant walls in the terminal
should be used to hanf paintings and tapestries, and sculptures could adorn the
flight deck, the first-class lounge and the departure lounge, he
His proposal suggest that the artworks be
acquired on a six-montly basis and artists may have them on for
"So there is no limit to what you can
Friday, November 29,
Local artist paints picture of a unique
A PILOT project to display art on the
vacant wall spaces at the Townsville airport has been proposed by local artist
Acting Townsville airport manager Phil
Roben said the suggestion was interesting and a meeting to discuss the matter
would be held next week. " I believe such a display could complement the
terminal very well," he said.
Mr Sjolander believes that as the airport
is the first point of contact for businessmen, domestic and overseas tourists
and returning residents, there was no reason why the airport itself should not
become an attraction.
"I propose that the large vacant wall
spaces be used for a semi-permanent art display which could include a number of
large paintings and tapestries. " In addition to this, a small number of free
standing sculptured piece could be easily be accomodated."
Mr Sjolander believed the flight deck, the
first class lounge and the departure lounge were other attractive areas where
graphic and smaller size artworks could be displayed.
"These could be accomplished with minimal
installation of lighting and hanging equipment," he said.
"The pilot project for Townsville airport
can be realised with very little outlay, mutually benefiting the professional
contemporary artists of North Queensland and the Federal Airports
From this experiment could evolve the
creation of a unique airport environement which could become the blueprint for
others, Mr Sjolander said. He also envisaged the formation of an art investment
consultancy group under the airport corporation for future interstate exhibition
Support for the venture has been pledged by
Perc Tucker Gallery director Ross Searle and artist and James Cook
University art teacher Anne Lord, both of whom have expressed wish to join Mr
Sjolander on the selection committee for the first