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Aussie Aussie Aussie…. Oi, Oi, Oi!

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An interesting post went up today on ABC‘s Unleashed series of articles by Gerard Oostermann called ” Sport or Art?”. Timely given the Olympic antics of the last few weeks (which thankfully I’ve missed – no TV). This is an argument that has been going on in Australia for as long as I can remember, and funnily enough I think it might be unique to Australia given our peculiar obsession for sport (and god help you mate if you aren’t!). I’m pretty sure that ‘never the twain shall they meet……’ despite some of the weird and very BIG art prizes (aka Basil Sellers Art Prize) they are coming up with. Mmmm…. but what would I know, I have N.F.I when it comes to a sports stuff; codes, players, teams blah, blah, blah….. They all look the same, oh and I think there’s a ball (or two) in there somewhere……

I think one Unleashed reader responded rather succintly to Gerard and I quote him here:

“Australian artists in general are the hardest working people you will ever meet. We can do for $100 what takes an American thousands to do. That is why Hollywood is full of Australian ex-pats.

Young Australian artists in all fields find it difficult to earn a living because most believe that self promotion is a dirty word and go to great lengths to avoid it.

In the case of visual art we have an ultra conservative gallery and academic system that prefers to prescribe what it considers to be legitimate art, rather than surveying what is actually out there from a neutral point of view.”

Well said Phillip Graham Mitchell. And if we do think that self-promotion is worth pursuing…. there’s always that tall-poppy syndrome to bring us back down to earth!

Egg and spoon racing – now that’s a sport! I think this was the preliminaries for the 2000 Olympics! (Courtesy 80s Actual 2 – 1980s TV)

Written by Lee Grant

August 26, 2008 at 9:42 pm

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