19 Desires and One Belief by Angela Brennan presents a non-exhaustive slice of the artist’s practice, spanning three decades, that continues 3-ply’s interest in the monograph as artist book. The monograph includes textual contributions from Jan Bryant, Justin Clemens, Mitch Cairns, Melissa Deerson, Michael Graf, Elizabeth Newman, Lisa Radford, and Georgina Sambell. The texts are dispersed amongst an array of images arranged non-periodically, sequenced to reflect a circuitous approach to practice. Angela Brennan has conceived of this monograph as a vehicle to decontextualize the works, liberating them from previous frameworks in which they have been presented to open new atemporal readings and crosscurrents.
The book launch will take place at the NGV Art Book Fair 2019 in Melbourne. The event will include a discussion of Angela Brennan’s practice by Dr Kyla McFarlane, a discussion of how the design process honoured and extended the vision of the monograph as a medium for artistic practice by Lucy Russell, and brief reflections from Angela Brennan.