Ken Wentworth


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What do pictures want?

Posted on March 26, 2007 at 5:21 AM Comments comments (0)

'Pictures are things that have been marked with all the stigma of personhood and animation: they exhibit both physical and virtual bodies; they speak to us, sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively; or they look back at us silently across a gulf unbridged by language. They present not just a surface but a face that faces the beholder. In short, we are stuck with our magical, pre-mode...

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Picture theory.

Posted on March 25, 2007 at 7:43 AM Comments comments (0)

'It was an attempt to diagnose the 'pictorial turn' in contemporary culture, the widely shared notion that visual images have replaced words as the dominant mode of expression in our time. Picture theory tried to analyse the pictorial, or (as it is sometimes called) the 'iconic' or 'visual' turn, rather than simply accept it on face value. It was designed to resist received ideas about ...

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A luminous halo.

Posted on February 10, 2007 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

'Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind receives a myriad of impressions - trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or engraved with the sharpest of steel. From all sides they come, an incessant shower of innumerable atoms, and as they fall, as they shape themselves onto the life of Monday or Tuesday, the accent falls differently from the old; the moment of importance came not here but there, so that, if a writer were a free man and not a slave, if he could write what he ch...

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Blunting the edge of her mind.

Posted on February 10, 2007 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (0)

'She had a sense of comedy that was really exquisite, but she needed people, always people, to bring it out, with the inevitable result that she frittered her time away, lunching, dining, giving these incessant parties of hers, talking nonsense, saying things she didn't mean, blunting the edge of her mind, losing her discrimination'


Woolf, Virginia. Mrs Dalloway. (Wordsworth Editions Limited 1996)

The cultured and facinating liar.

Posted on January 11, 2007 at 9:16 PM Comments comments (0)

'The cultured and facinating liar, is both an object and source of desire. The liar is important because he or she contradicts not just conventional morality, but its sustaining origin, 'truth'... art runs to meet the liar kissing his 'false' beautiful lips knowing that 'truth' is just a matter of style.'

Dollimore, Jonathan. Sexual Dissidence. (1998. Clarendon Press)


Posted on January 10, 2007 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

'I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.'

Bill Cosby (1937 - )

Working with artefacts.

Posted on January 9, 2007 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I view my work as working with artefacts, the magazine image is the original artefact, and by painting over it I enact a form of reverse restoration. Through the painting over, highlighting and accentuating elements of the original, I reveal symbolism within the image... but instead of revealing new colour and form through a process of removing dirt and accumulated blockages to meaning, as with traditional restoration....

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Are we all prisoners to 'the market'?

Posted on January 4, 2007 at 9:33 AM Comments comments (0)

Our individualist driven culture espouses that we all have the capacity to access the financial bounty on offer, if we work hard enough. That, we all have the opportunity to rise above our innate lack of financial security, if we are unlucky enough to be burdened with this journey. (Others, like Paris, have it easy it seems?) Figures of success (rags to riches) are held up as proof that capitalism rewards those who aspire for the pivotal symbol of success, money!  

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possible titles for paintings (On welfare reform in Australia)

Posted on December 25, 2006 at 8:14 PM Comments comments (0)

You construct an environment, so if I deviate from your prescribed path I place myself in a precarious position.

I live a life consisting of pre-emptive measures, to ensure my own safety on the unstable wire I now walk.

You erode my safety nets, so there is no guarantee of my welfare if I fall from grace.

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World Communication and Disempowerment?

Posted on December 21, 2006 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

'In order to defend the position that current trends in world communication and their different forms of impact contribute to the disempowerment of people, it should be clarified what disempowerment means. The term 'disempowerment' literally means making people powerless. It refers to a process in which people loose the capacity to control decisions affecting their lives. Disempowerment is the redu...

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Bread and Freedom. (Ode to IR laws, the war on 'deviance', exploitation of the 3rd world)

Posted on December 14, 2006 at 10:53 AM Comments comments (0)

'After all, if freedom had always had to rely on governments to encourage her growth she would probably still be in her infancy...

The society of money and exploitation has never been charged, as far as I know, with assuring the triumph of freedom and justice...

Freedom is the concern of the oppressed, and her natural protectors have always come from among the opp...

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existing on three separate planes

Posted on December 13, 2006 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

'The purchased object seems capable of transfiguring itself into a variety of pleasures; ...The object conceals its utility behind an image of its real or implied value.

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A sense of contentment?

Posted on December 13, 2006 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (1)

'There are various viewpoints on the effects of consumerism. William Leiss rejects the true-needs/false-needs dichotomy, observing that all needs are cultural and that there are no fundamental or tr...

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Yummy things?

Posted on December 13, 2006 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

'During the mass industrialisation of the nineteenth century, a rash of do-it-yourself and self-help books were published, urging people to work hard and aspire to a better status [fostering the i...

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A kiss from the driver of a Maserati.

Posted on December 13, 2006 at 9:57 AM Comments comments (0)

'The juxtaposition of human feeling with the lure of the inanimate object reverberates through modern advertising. The global fuel company Shell successfully used the advertising tag 'Cars love Shell'. Such a statement assumes that cars are like humans and have emotions. A sequence or logical association is made between cars and humans ...

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Jocelyn Wildenstein - The true symbol of how fu**ed up our society really is!

Posted on December 5, 2006 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Look away or you may turn ...

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We need to acknowledge our collective ambivalence.

Posted on December 1, 2006 at 5:12 AM Comments comments (0)

As a global community we need to acknowledge that as individuals we all play a part in the problematic of climate change. We need to accept that we as individuals all contribute, and it all adds up to one big problem. Governments and multinational companies need to be held accountable, if citizens dema...

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Posted on November 29, 2006 at 8:37 AM Comments comments (2)

'This capacity to distribute hope in the midst of massive social inequity has been the secret of the nation-states enduring ability to sustain capitalist accumulation... Hope here is the worst of all human ills: if it wasn't for hope, [we would not accept] our subjection to a miserable life... it is only because we continue to have hope that we continue to suffer and endure the ills. As Friedrich Nietzsche put it, 'hope is the worst of all evils, for it protracts the to...

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Send in the clowns.

Posted on November 29, 2006 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)
'The triumph of airheadism is all about money. If there were millions to be made out of memorising Shakespeare, inventing affordable housing for the poor or teaching children how to read properly, our cities would look very different and so would our minds. But instead, todays fortunes are to be made out of entertainment, infotainment, computers, games, food, clothes, beauty products, lifestyle.

"No-one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great mas...
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Real reality.

Posted on November 28, 2006 at 8:27 AM Comments comments (0)
'Reality is what new art has to adjust to. It's adjusting all the time. Its working overtime to keep up.'

Collings, Matthew. This is Modern Art. (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999.)