In Ephemerality Is All Very Well, the face of Rowland S. Howard repeats, morphing between portraits, boyish and otherworldly, but the reality of the man remains elusive. It is true that this memoriam does not attempt to ‘capture his essence’, or even much of his history. Instead, it muses on grief – for Howard, who died in 2009, and for other kinds of loss – mortality, and the infatuation of teen adoration, precariously dependent on the mystique of their idols. This publication, by Australian artists Tony Clark and Lyndal Walker, presents an ode to Rowland S. Howard’s influence on both the artists’ themselves and on a wider cultural level.
49 pages, 28 x 20 cm, hardcover, Art Ink (Melbourne).