Naomi Riddle

Naomi Riddle is the founding editor of Running Dog. She has written for Guernica Magazine, Oberon, Blonde Art Books, Sydney Review of Books, Das Platforms Online and HTMLgiant among others. Naomi holds a PhD in Australian Literature from the University of New South Wales (2015) and her work on the Australian author Elizabeth Harrower has been published in Southerly.

Black Mist Burnt Country

Group Exhibition

By Naomi Riddle — 22 June, 2018

Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown’s painting ‘Black Rain’ (1995) deals with obliteration: the sky is black, pierced only by thick white stripes of rain and an outline of cloud. The horizon isn’t level, instead it rolls and creeps, reaching upwards to meet the deluge. Half of the canvas has been covered in sand; its grainy texture overlaying…

April

By Naomi Riddle — 27 April, 2018

Whenever I give my editorial spiel about Running Dog to those involved in the arts community, the subsequent conversation tends to centre on the question of the ‘negative review’. Although these conversations are specific, each with their own terms of reference, the direction they take can be divided into two categories: those advocating that there…

Poetry of Michelangelo

Geng Xue

By Naomi Riddle — 20 April, 2018

‘Dear to me is sleep, dearer still being made of stone.’ Michelangelo Buonarroti, Buonarroti’s Reply (1545-46)   I kept thinking of two of Jenny Holzer’s most well-known phrases whilst watching Geng Xue’s video work Poetry of Michelangelo (2015), now showing at Artspace as part of the Sydney Biennale: the first, ‘it is in your self-interest…

March

By Naomi Riddle — 28 March, 2018

‘We cultivate insomnia, a kind of vigilance against the violence of the world that is always on digital display…We live in 24-7 time, a cosmos where the distinction between night and day shrinks, where age-old circadian rhythms have given way to a block of undifferentiated moments.’ Anna Della Subin, Not Dead But Sleeping (2017), p….

Hear No Evil / See No Evil

Locust Jones

By Naomi Riddle — 9 March, 2018

Fragmented text referencing news and current affairs recurs across Locust Jones’ work for his solo exhibition Hear No Evil / See No Evil at Casula Powerhouse. Much of this text has been overlaid with depictions of crowded scenes: in one there’s a mass of congregated figures, in another, a towering metropolis with a patterned background…

February

By Naomi Riddle — 21 February, 2018

“Running Dog magazine.’  ‘Running Dog,’ he said. ‘Yes.’ ‘You people still in business?’ ‘Barely.’  ‘Capitalist lackeys and running dogs.’  ‘Someone remembers,’ she said.’ Don DeLillo, Running Dog (1978), p. 30  ‘There is no superiority in making things or in re-making things.’ Anne Boyer, Garments Against Women (2015), p. 20    In its first five months of publication Running…