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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian image maker, researcher, curator and writer. He writes Art Blart which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts mainly photography based exhibitions from around the world, with insightful research and commentary.

The website, which is a form of cultural memory with over 1,000 posts in its archive, has a readership of 4,000 people a day and 4,000 likes on Facebook. The site is being archived by Pandora from the National Library of Australia. All Australian and international artists and exhibitions can be be found in the archive section of the website:

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A selection of his writing for the website can be found in the Australian archive under BUNYAN, Marcus (Writing) or on the Writing web page of his personal website.

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Marcus’ art practice investigates the boundaries between identity, space and environment. He trained as a classical black and white photographer but since 2004 has used mainly found and bought images to make his art. He is fascinated by the paradoxes of contemporary life: the fracturing of the image plane, the ethics and morals of humans, the choices human beings make in environments. Over the last few years the work has come to focus on fighter aircraft and the people (usually men) who fly them: to be as one with the latest technology, the speed, the thrill of flying; the reason to fly such war machines, to fight for freedom and democracy, to bomb and kill; and the moral and ethical choices that human beings make, to undertake one action over another. He uses found images of fighter planes which are then digitally manipulated.

Marcus is currently writing a book on the Australian photographer Norman Deck. His doctoral thesis at RMIT University, Melbourne, Pressing the Flesh: Sex, Body Image and the Gay Male investigated the link between self-esteem and body image and traced the development of male body image within photographic practice and gym culture. In 2013 he finished a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne and he has curated numerous exhibitions in Melbourne in the last few years.

Visit his website at www.marcusbunyan.com

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Marcus Bunyan
Untitled from the series Vertical
2011

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Marcus Bunyan
Missing in Action (dark kenosis) No. 2
2011

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Visit my website at www.marcusbunyan.com


8 Responses to “Dr Marcus Bunyan writes Art Blart”


  1. 1 Tom
    January 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about usb. Regards

  2. 2 Rodney
    December 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    The photo by George Hunter titled “Dofasco and Stelco steel mills, Hamilton, Ontario” is actually a photo of US Steel Fairless Works located outside Philadelphia, PA. The mill was built in the early 50’s. Production began in December 1952 and the hot end of the mill was shut down in August 1990. A great photo nevertheless !!

  3. September 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Bonjour Marcus,
    un petit mot ( en français, désolé je ne parle pas anglais!…) pour vous dire que j’apprécie votre site et grâce à votre newsletter je découvre des photographes jusque là inconnus de moi. Je suis moi même “fabricant d’images photographiques” et je trouve le réalisme photographique contemporain souvent répétitif et particulièrement misérabiliste… Votre site me permet de me ressourcer vers des figures incontournables de cette pratique artistique. Très amicalement, Vincent.

    • 4 Dr Marcus Bunyan
      September 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Bonjour Vincent
      Je suis si heureuse que vous aimez le blog. Il faut beaucoup de travail pour le faire fonctionner tous les jours et un commentaire merveilleux comme la vôtre en vaut la peine. Tant que j’ai quelque chose d’intéressant à dire et des gens comme les photographies et d’écriture alors qu’il en vaut la peine. Le blog a maintenant un lectorat d’environ 4.000 personnes par jour qui est étonnant quand il a commencé avec seulement 11 personnes de le lire!
      Tous les meilleurs
      Marcus

  4. June 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I agree with your comments about “Trace” and nice to read that Duane Michals quote . His thoughts about photography are always pithy and his work is consistently interesting and sadly at the moment, under-appreciated. I saw him years ago at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington and he shook us all up by declaring what you imagine is more important than what you see and then adding, if you an imagine it you can photograph it. Commonplace thoughts today but radical when Michals first proclaimed them.

  5. May 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the amazing pre=Raphaelite images at the Musee d’Orsay. Saves me a trip to Paris which I can’t afford.Still not sure that daguerreotype by Crawley isn’t a digital recreation. Or maybe just an inspired prophecy by Jphn Ruskin.I’ve never seen another daguerreotype like it. Interesting to know what “under the direction” means; is it usual for 19th century art critics to “direct” artists? Some very choice JMC’s too.

    • 7 Dr Marcus Bunyan
      May 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Mark I had to translate it from the French “sous la direction de” but I think I have it right. Probably means that Rossetti directed the photographer in the placements of the camera, the positioning of the person etc … the daguerreotype is very interesting – I have never seen anything like it myself either! Marcus

    • 8 Dr Marcus Bunyan
      June 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      thankx for your erudite comments Mark = much appreciated 🙂
      Looking at your blog reminded me that I saw my first three Tina Modotti at American Dreams exhibition in Bendigo recently and what a knockout they were – so intense a vision.
      Also the article on Miroslav Tichý was enlightening – I have always liked his work! I used to print on Azo paper many years ago bring back good memories.
      Finally the image Edward Weston, Nude, 1939 reminded me of my own image ‘The Floater’ from 1996


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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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