Joseph Rubbo reviews 'The Lifted Brow' edited by Stephanie Van Schilt, Ellena Savage, and Gillian Terzis

Joseph Rubbo reviews 'The Lifted Brow' edited by Stephanie Van Schilt, Ellena Savage, and Gillian Terzis

The Lifted Brow: No. 28

edited by Stephanie Van Schilt, Ellena Savage, and Gillian Terzis

The Lifted Brow, $13.95 pb, 128 pp, 2776000708199

Melbourne-based 'attack journal', The Lifted Brow, has gone through another evolution. Once teetering on the edge of the defunct-journal abyss, it was reborn in 2015, phoenix-like, bigger and better than ever. The earlier newspaper-style format has been replaced by a quality A4 magazine. There have been some changes going behind the scenes too, with a new editorial team: Stephanie Van Schilt, Ellena Savage, and Gillian Terzis. Although this, The Art Issue, shows that some things haven't changed: The Lifted Brow remains a fresh and exciting platform for emerging and established voices from Australia (mostly) and overseas.

While the journal has always had a literary bent, it has maintained an interest in art and design. This issue tips the scales in the latter's favour – ever so slightly. Krissy Kneen details the similarities of crafting visual art and literature in her essay, 'The Elements and Principles of Designing a Book'. There is a touching piece on the notion of 'Formless' in Elizabeth Caplice's 'Vile Bodies', the writer exploring how her art practice and terminal illness have become intertwined. Sophie Allan's standout piece is an essay in three parts, each linked by the themes of photography and longing. The Chris Krauss round-table discussion is perfect for this issue; Krauss's art-world novel, I Love Dick, is now starting to find a wide readership almost ten years after it was first published. Perfect, if somewhat inaccessible for those unfamiliar with her work.

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Published in March 2016, no. 379