Magnificent is an artwork launched through an experimental publishing platform. Published four-monthly in Tasmania, this modern day novella presents an opportunity to reconsider contemporary social issues in Tasmania. Magnificent questions our relationship to people, identity and place by connecting extraordinary actions and everyday lives. Based on a celebration of the local, each edition of Magnificent is being distributed FREE to subscribers during 2009. With a screwed up identity – part magazine, part documentary, part novel, Magnificent presents a unique twist on the nineteenth-century novella – short tales of country life brought to, and orated in the city. True to historical form, each edition will turn around a single incident or significant issue.
In March 2007, James Newitt and Justy Phillips staged the exhibition component of their three year project write/here. For ten days the artists occupied every advertising billboard space in Hobart – replacing existing advertisements with text phrases. The phrases, reflections of Hobart by the community of Hobart, articulated a selection of the local community’s relationships (both public and private) with its city. Considered [by the artists] as ‘part community event, part temporary public art project and part media intervention,’ write/here established itself in twenty-seven different sites and became the first billboard-orientated art project to inhabit all of the billboards of an entire city.
The way life should be
This work presents the first significant collaboration between artists Justy Phillips and Margaret Woodward. In its infancy, this is an ambitious, long term collaborative project, which comments on the realities and representations of contemporary Australian culture. This work explores the nature of travel, tourism, experience, truth, fiction and the depiction of Australian culture and society through collected tourist ephemera – using hundreds of vintage souvenir linen tea towels – collected from towns all over the country. These tea towels are being used to re-upholster everyday mid-century footstools. Little, domestic representations of place and a society in transition.