Bruce Searle
Local Colour

Searle produces limited edition or unique artists’ books many of which, since the 1980’s, have explored significant sites, often forgotten. He investigates their history and the ways they have been impacted by progress. He delves into memories he has of areas he knew as a child, area he continues to visit and inhabit. For almost 30 years, Searle has made works about the Cooks River and its environs as a way of exploring ideas about landscape. The river’s history is one of endless appropriation and pollution, leaving its still serpentine form corseted in concrete canals after Depression-era relief work projects.
Note accompanying a selection of books from the project Pictorial perambulations along Cooks River and its tributaries. National Gallery of Australia 2013.


Bruce Searle
Local Colour
photography artists books
The book is a form Searle has favoured and which favours him: they are cheaper to produce than most forms of visual art and they suit his virtues of dry analytical though not very didactic wit - and his taste for the puzzle, the conundrum, for the crabbily unfashionable, counter-intutitive and snort provoking, for the rare enthusiasm pursued and elaborated despite its obscurity.
Ken Bolton: Road Testing the Royal Landscape and Other Issues.
5 March - 29 March 2014 » Visit the artist website

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