Syllable No. 3 (& the last) Winter 1985… farewell to Carmel Bird. Berni Janssen & FJS carry on and publish a couple of books under the Fillia Press imprint up to 1987, after which many involvements come to an end, not least my dedication to Collected Works Bookshop. I suspect the necessities of life got in the way i.e. paid work, and possibly there was some divergence in opinion and direction. Best not to dwell… There might be a roman-à-clef in there one day 😉
Not my finest artwork for this cover but I’m intrigued by my contribution to this issue, Guston Dream, a ‘sort of’ review of the exhibition of Philip Guston’s late works at the National Gallery of Victoria, 18.08.1984 to 16.09.1984. The piece is ‘sort of’ ficto-critical long before I’d ever heard the term; definitely ekphrastic; and determinately philosophical.
‘He is the Hollow Man – I made him cardboard & clag body of cylinders, the puppet grows giant & strong enough to crush. I would break him, but he holds the hammer falls & the last nail driven in completes the scaffold…’ I believe this refers to Courtroom, 1970.
Read more here… FJS-Guston Dream-Syllable 03