SATURDAY, JANUARY 25,
ARTIST TO FINE TUNE THE
RELEVANCE OF ART
ARTIST Ture Sjolander will
spend $10.000 of taxpayers' money raising the ire of north
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,
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 tapestry.
Mr Sjolander was also
commissioned by silent screen star Charlie
Chaplin to produce an art
In Townsville he is seen as a
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
The winner was Don Talbot,
who received $500 for his suggestion of "QUEENSLAND CITY".
The competition provoked
debate around the town.
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 religion.
"These are all the things
that happen in this area and they should be expressed in art to reflect the
area," Mr Sjolander said.
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 do."
Friday, November 29,
Local artist paints picture
of a unique airport environement
A PILOT project to display
art on the vacant wall spaces at the Townsville airport has been proposed by
local artist Ture Sjolander.
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
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
"These could be accomplished
with minimal installation of lighting and hanging equipment," he
"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
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 exchange.
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