Philip Juster – Collage, Curated by Robert Lake

PHILIP JUSTER 1952-2004  Born in Brisbane and raised in Redcliff Qld, Juster moved to Canberra in the mid 70’s to (briefly) study art under  Keith Looby.  It was here he met Peter Blazey and together they set up base camp in Sydney, in the late 70’s, travelling the world, several times, over the next two decades. This will be the second posthumous solo exhibition of Philip Juster works, focusing on the small and medium sized collages from 1978 to 2003.
Inspired by one of his early influences, Juster’s late 70’s work includes the Chairman Mao series, as well as some works influenced by Pop artists Richard Hamilton and Andy Warhol. When dinosaur bones were discovered in China in the early 80’s, Juster was inspired to create the Chinasaur series. Other series from this period include the Fish Tank collages, the Anthropological / Museum works and his continuing fascination with the Pacific.

In the early 90’s after his breakup with Blazey, Juster spent 6 months in the Kerala region of India. The sojourn gave him a clear head and a wealth of new ideas. This new productive period continued in Sydney where he moved to Bondi Beach and his exhibitions focused on the kitch and manipulative images being sold by the Honeymoon and Travel  Industries. He moved back to Qld. at the end of this decade. His late 90’s and early 00’s work moved away from using intentionally non-archival material to a more museum friendly practice. In 2003, several months before his death, he spoke of his earlier influences: “Probably the biggest influence on my art practice would be Andy Warhol, Punk, the Cultural Revelation of Chairman Mao and, of course, Dada”.
Robert Lake.

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