The images above show the artworks in situ at the 2010 biennale of Sydney. As well as designing the identity, Jonathan Barnbrook was one of the featured artist at the biennale.
These new limited edition prints of the artworks refer directly to artists, gallery owners and to the history of Cockatoo Island where the artworks are located. You can view larger images of the prints here.
A Cock or Two: They Continue to Preen
This artwork ironically refers to the birds that originally inhabited the island and the insular, self-congratulatory nature of art exhibition openings.
A Cock or Two: No Danger of Attack
This artwork is located next to the sea and parodies a shark warning sign. It is a reference to the white, rich private gallery owners that feed off the artists works but rarely are prepared to take a creative risk themselves.
A Cock or Two: Fatigue, Cynicism, Existential Pointlessness
Referring in a pragmatic and satirical manner to the experience of walking around a huge exhibition. This artwork offers a positive reminder of why we are all prepared to put up with the experience.
A Cock or Two: A Prison, A Gallery
Cockatoo Island once was a prison similar to Alcatraz. This artwork wryly compares the ‘confidence trick’ used by criminals in the past to the ones used by the artists to appear in the exhibition.
A Cock or Two: A Pilgrimage
There was once a shipbuilding facililty on Cockatoo Island. This artwork paradoxically portrays the artists as ’empty vessels’ – a person without a brain who speaks loudly without saying anything of any depth. Taken from the English idiom “The emptiest vessels make the loudest sound”.