Justin Trendall




Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Australia


Justin Trendall is a contemporary artist who works with a combination of drawing, photography, screen printing and Lego. Since the mid 90’s he has produced a body of work that focuses on the interplay of text and abstraction. Using the theme of architectural monumentality as key reference point, his work explores the idea of giving cultural histories/memories a visual form.
Justin completed an MVA at the University of Sydney in 1995 and in 1996 began teaching at the Canberra School of Art. In 1999 he moved back to Sydney to take up a fulltime Lecturer’s position at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney.


New Tendencies in Print at Sydney College of the Arts


The future potential of the internet has become central to the thinking of students working  in the Printmedia Studio at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. Although the gallery system, public and private, remains the most important reference point for them, inspired by creative activities taking place outside of the gallery system they are becoming increasingly interested in exploring possibilities for their creative ambitions in the expanding communications field opened up by the internet. Essentially they are using the model offered by Printmaking as an area which takes industrial imaging making processes and fuses them with the thinking of Art. This tradition of exploring technology from a creative and critically analytical perspective is being projected by them out onto the new field of opportunities opened up by the internet. This paper examines some of the factors influencing this new engagement. Focusing on a number of recent sub-cultural movements it explores the idea that, by acting as examples of alternative models of creativity that have flourished outside of the gallery system, these movements have played a role in changing the aspirations of print students. It looks at the social dynamics that have allowed these sub-cultures to flourish and links them to new social structures forming on the internet.


Thursday 29 September


11:00am - 12.30pm






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