CHARGES DISMISSED- 1st October 2014
Charges have been dismissed against the artist Paul Yore. We are so happy that this ridiculous trial is over!
ARTICLES ABOUT CHARGES DISMISSED:
"The magistrate said she was concerned at the way police had excised the seven images in Mr Yore's installation using a Stanley knife and that they may have gone beyond the powers of their search warrant."
Mark Russell, Adam Cooper, Child pornography charges against artist Paul Yore dismissed. The Age, 1.10.14
ARTICLES AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST PAUL YORE
HIS ART PRACTICE, THE CONFISCATION OF HIS ARTWORK FROM LINDEN GALLERY BY POLICE AND THE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.
This post brings together articles from about the Melbourne-based artist Paul Yore and covers reviews of his art, coverage of his artwork confiscation at Linden Gallery and articles surrounding his forthcoming trial. This post will be regularly updated with new articles. Excerpt Magazine fully supports Paul Yore, as does the art community in Melbourne, in the face of this blatant attack against artistic freedom and cultural critique.
ARTICLES & UPDATES - 2014
“As a queer artist I’m interested in depicting homoeroticism, and gay politics in my work,” says Yore. “I think in the mainstream media representations of homosexuality, of queer identity, are lacking and I see my work as partly filling in that gap in representation.”
Paul Yore’s artwork, addressing gay politics in the mainstream media, ABC online FULL ARTICLE
Melbourne Magistrate Amanda Chambers has reserved judgment until October 1st on the Paul Yore case. "The senior curator of modern art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Max Delaney, testified the work is a comment on the "commercialisation of teenage sexuality". - ABC, August 19, 2014, 5:59 pm
"For Primavera 2014, he has produced a large three-part tapestry made with felt appliqué, wool needlepoint, sequins, beads, buttons and found objects. Messages such as ‘welcome to hell’ and ‘culture is not your friend’ are woven into the boldly coloured textiles, revealing contemplations which can be playful but also provocative and even condemning. Fundamentally though, they are not simply commentary or satire; they are, in fact, the artist’s attempt at articulating an individual’s existence out of and within the excess of a world that appears to make no sense." - MCA website
Congratulations to Paul Yore who has been selected to exhibit in Primavera at MCA in September 2014.
“The MCA believes that artists such as Paul Yore are a driving force for creativity and that contemporary art should always be a medium for artists to convey cultural freedom and creative expression,” he said. “The MCA also believes that the offending elements must be viewed in the context of the installation.”- Blair French, MCA Assistant Director, Curatorial & Digital
Andrew Taylor, Artist facing child pornography charges selected for MCA exhibition, The Age, May 28, 2014 FULL ARTICLE
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2014:
Paul Yore's trial will now progress to a committal hearing. Excerpt Magazine supports Paul Yore completely in the face of this ridiculous situation. Anyone, either well versed in contemporary art or not, would be able to see that Paul's installation at Linden Gallery was meaningful, thought-provoking art involving social dialogue and that the collage component was not an exercise in pornography. This conservative attack against artistic expression is a blatant misuse of legislation. Making art is not a crime and this case should be thrown out of court. - Amy Marjoram, Editor of Excerpt
Images from Paul Yore's installation, Everything Is Fucked, part of the Like Mike group exhibition at Linden Gallery in 2013. Parts of this installation were confiscated by police. (photographs of installation by John Brash)
ARTICLES - 2013
The Justin Bieber component of Yore’s imagery seems to be examining the sexualisation of children in a larger social context, with a focus on mass consumption and the commodification of bodies and young persons’ in particular. The collage as a whole is far more complex, embodying sentiments of excess, frenzy, spectacle, violence, darkness, appropriation, kitsch, phallocentricism, queerness, and as Yore states on the Linden Centre website: ‘reflect[s] the ways in which one experiences the world, as a distorted, fragmented, fluctuating set of systems, signs and codes’. - Audrey Schmidt
"As an artist looking to articulate contradictions, everything must seem infinitely symbolic; glitter, Justin Bieber pin-ups and plastic toys become totems, exaggerated male bodies are pitched against colourful geometric backdrops, pornography and Greek sculpture commune." - Stella Ross McDonald
Stella Ross McDonald, Be careful how you multiply: The self as subject, das Platforms, November 24, 2013
''Australia is one of the most censored countries I've worked in, in terms of our fear of nudity, horror of sex, technophobia, and desire to control [what's available to] art audiences. I think culturally we are just plain scared of art.'' - Dr Melinda Rackham
John Elder, Covering their arts, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 13, 2013.
This article above outlines many recent examples of art censorship within Australia. It is excellent at contextualising the Paul Yore case and how artists are vulnerable in this pernicious system of self censorship and fear mongering to being hung out to dry. Excerpt Magazine believes that although many people within the art scene have vocally defended Paul Yore that many academics, curators and other art professionals are being actively discouraged and sometimes outright muzzled by their institutions from speaking out. With hysteria fed by conservatism leading the charge against the arts, we need reasoned and educated voices to counter this, now is not the time for muzzling.
''There is a moral panic about anything to do with the child. All sense has been lost. When our politicians enter the fray, their reaction is from the gut, and not rational,'' says [Juan] Davila. ''Yet, if an artist draws attention to a social issue that's a wonderful thing for art.''
John Elder, Echoes of moral hysteria in latest art controversies, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 22, 2013.
THE CENSORSHIP SAGA CONTINUES: Paul Yore's work has been removed from Sydney Contemporary 13. As an incredibly close follower of Paul's work for years I am as stunned as the rest of the Melbourne art scene that his artwork- and it is very obviously art and important art at that - is being censored again. - Amy Marjoram, Editor of Excerpt.
"When does a singular element within an installation constitute a separate and contentious artwork? Extracted they are taken out of context. Anyone who has experienced one of Yore’s installations would attest that it is the sheer volume of these artworks that entertain, challenge and transport the viewer." - Gina Fairley
Gina Fairley, Porn or persecution: the real Paul Yore story, Artshub website, September 12, 2013
''With the police raid, that's a response that I could have never imagined for the work … in a weird way, in dealing with the despair of the situation that I'm currently in, what I've taken from it is a reaffirmation of the need to make such work, the need to put things together from society that shows and reveals what they really are.” - Paul Yore
Dan Rule, Psychedelic dystopia, a vision of our mad world, The Age, September 10, 2013
"It is sad that the Linden Gallery shows so little faith in what it exhibits but even sadder and more perplexing that the police are called in to waste their time following bogus complaints and were even compelled to vandalise these extraordinary and beautiful artworks. Police time could be much better used following real dangers to the community. But perhaps even more unbelievable is the extent this farce has travelled. It’s time it just simply stopped." - Mikala Dwyer
Amita Kirpalani and Pip Wallis, Grievous Bodily Collage, Stamm website, August 2013 Issue
"Australian cultural expression must be protected against the personal ideological crusades and political point scoring exercises of particular interest groups and individuals." - Tamara Winikoff
Tamara Winikoff, Freedom of expression under threat, Artshub website, June 11, 2013
"Art should foster widespread debate on important issues - and that's precisely why Yore's exhibition should be defended. To put it another way, we need to talk more, not less, about how sexuality plays out in the world we have created for ourselves. Such conversations matter too much to be shut down by police." - Jeff Sparrow
Jeff Sparrow, Eye of the Beholder, The Age, June 9, 2013
"It should have been obvious that the intention of the artist, like that of the exhibition's curator, was benign. It belongs so clearly to a tradition of inquiry and speculation. How could a thoughtful artwork, emblazoned with linguistic challenge, ever be considered to be some kind of pornography?" - Robert Nelson
Robert Nelson, It might be f***ed, but nothing to fear, The Age, June 8, 2013
Like Mike is a series of exhibitions held over five Melbourne galleries from May - July 2013 as a tribute to the work of Mike Brown (1938 - 1997). Curated by Geoff Newton
Andrea Bell, Melbourne's Mike Brown Tribute, Eye Contact, July 18, 2013
Dan Rule, Etched in shades of Brown, The Age, May 11, 2013
EARLIER ARTICLES ABOUT PAUL YORE'S ART
"Nothing can really prepare you for Paul Yore’s, ‘The Arse End of the World’. This technicolour ride through a sort of queer adventureland, which is at once gorgeous and grotesque, is a place where phallic worship sits right alongside Disney figurines. Once you enter the ‘house’ you become immersed in a perfect mix of nightmare and unadulterated glee. This is either Tales of Toyland gone mad or a ‘queer’ paradise, depending on how you look at it, and it is almost majestic in its delivery." - Rachel Cook
Rachel Cook, The Phenomenon of Queer, Gay News Network website, 30 January. 2013
"...Reminiscent of a kindergarten playroom, thousands of found objects come together is ridiculous delight. But of course as you look into it – you know that the created innocence is far from true. It speaks to colonization, to commercialism, to blandness and blithely challenges the basic whiteness of life." - Artshub
Melbourne Art Fair: We Love Paul Yore, Artshub website, August 5, 2012
"Yore has studied archaeology, a science that enables us to "extract the values of a culture or civilisation from all the products that they made". "If you do that in our age, in a reflexive way, it becomes frightening. You wonder what exactly we're doing: the mass production, and all these little things that we worship and turn into fetish items."
This "horror", as Yore describes it, contrasts with The Big Rainbow Funhouse of Cosmic Brutality's strange beauty. "I was trying to create that tension," he says, "so the viewer is seduced and wants to come inside and explore … but then perhaps feels uneasy or does start to think about what all this stuff means." - Patricia Maunder meets with Paul Yore
Patricia Maunder, Bowerbid man turns discards to art, the Age, August 7, 2009