Author(s): Julie Davies
Alex Rizkalla: Praxis is a visual archive of Melbourne artist Alex Rizkalla's early paintings, object based installations, large scale projections, collaborations and artist run projects. It is a visual record of Rizkalla's works from 1989 to 2016 and is the culmination of a dialogue with him before his death in September 2016. Edited by Julie Davies.It contains three new essays; Justin Clemens has written on his last work in ‘Language of Illness’, Elvis Richardson on his collaborative practice with Julie Davies in ‘Fruits of our Labour’ and a reflection on the philosophical impetus of his work by Robert Schubert in ‘Eulogy/Post Eulogy’. The book also includes 15 past catalogue essays and fragments from several of his exhibitions, including the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan. The book is designed by Yanni Florence and Julie Davies. Alex Rizkalla has contributed enormously to the development of contemporary art in Melbourne through his individual and collaborative practices. This book is a valuable chance to reflect on the role that he played within the cultural community.