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Inseparables 1974-1986 to Now – Artist Malcolm Enright & Enduring Conceptualism

Poet Peter Anderson evinces the enduring conceptualism of artist Malcolm in the catalogue essay from the 1986 exhibition Inseparables 1974-1986, which was held at Michael Milburn Galleries in George Street Brisbane:


“Meaning, rather than being the product of equivalences, of positive relations, ends up being found in the gaps between words, and in that conceptual gulf that lies between words and things. Rather, they operate as elements of a language system, in which any unit means what it means because of its difference from the other elements in the system… READING, rather than simply looking, is the process demanded by Malcolm Enright’s Inseparables. Each piece provides a frame which seduces the viewer into an intellectual game, stitching words and images together in an attempt to fix the relations between the elements in the system, or pulling a loose thread and letting language run away with itself… The 100 Inseparables that Malcolm exhibited [at the IMA in 1983] generated a good deal of interest… some people began to see readymade Inseparables everywhere, as the demand for viewer involvements, to make each work more than a simple illustration/caption, produced a spin-off effect, and the idea became the basis of an intellectual game which anyone can play.” 


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Catalogue here – courtesy artist Malcolm Enright and Peter Anderson