Autumn Breeze, 2015, detail
In 1973 when Whitlam bought Blue Poles The Herald ran a cover story with the heading ‘Would you pay $1.3 million for this?’ Below it sat a large reproduction of Pollock’s painting and an accompanying tag line stating: ‘Here it is for your wall, your Herald souvenir of Australia’s controversial painting’. Earlier this year, Fantastic Furniture promoted the sale of their canvas wall art Splashes of Maroon, informing us that ‘the warm maroon tones, intermingled with yellow and grey, and embellished with splashes of black and white, create a dramatic look that will complement a variety of interior colour schemes’. Slang presents replicated versions of a selection of product paintings to open up questioning around the sociological attitudes and aesthetic tendencies that relegate art to the realm of decoration – rather than a mode for criticality.
Isabelle Sully is a Melbourne-based artist who works collaboratively and individually, across both writing and artwork production. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013 and will undertake a Master of Fine Art at the Dutch Art Institute later this year. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: 7 v 9, with Lewis Fidock, West Space, Melbourne; Mijacogeo, curated by Ry Haskings, TCB, Melbourne; Common Room, Rearview, Melbourne; and Country Practice, curated by Geoff Newton, Horsham Regional Art Gallery. Isabelle also co-edits Buffet Publication with Simon McGlinn, and sits on the Programming Committee at West Space, Melbourne.