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Lodz, Poland born 1953

  • to Australia 1958

Shorty pyjamas 1979 Description: a carry-bag in the shape of a pair of shorty pyjamas | the collar being a handle, decorated with various images
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: leatherwork, leatherwork: coloured with spirit dyes and acrylic leather paint, with plastic buttons, metal studs and laced hand-tooled, painted and embossed

Dimensions: 60.0 h x 56.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.3396

Mark Arbuz’s work brought images of Australian fauna to the streets and nightclubs of the cities. The fetishistic associations of leather are invoked in his Shorty pyjamas, a carry bag with images of cosy domesticity and an undercurrent of misbehaviour.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra