Trabajar en una Tienda is a zine I printed a few weeks or months ago. It is a compilation of stuff from zines I made between 1999 and 2005, during the day-dream of my youth (I am now in the nightmare of my adulthood, I suppose). It was mostly printed on the Rizzeria in delightful blue and alarming orange-tinged red, with additional pages photocopied in eye-soothing black and white on Officeworks’ finest. It’s pretty hefty, coming in at just over 70 pages, and costs $5, and is available from Take Care.
A Day in the Life is another zine I made recently that is about calling in sick to work, and hearing the Beatles song A Day in the Life for the first time. It is $2 and is also available from Take Care.
An expanded version of Dexter Fletcher’s ‘A-Z of the Non-Property Owning Classes, Represented as a Paint Chart’ is in this show at 55 Sydenham Rd until 1/12/13. With thanks to Iakovos Amperidis for curating and inviting.
From 5:30-8:30, the Sydney launch of the 2nd edition of this excellent book:
How To Make Trouble and Influence People started life as a zine and was extended into a book, published by Melbourneian DIY publishing dream-boats Breakdown Press. This new expanded edition was published by Breakdown and US based radical publishing house PM Press. Fricken’ awesome, it’s gonna be great.
Exhibition at Sticky
Opening Friday 13 September 6 – 7pm
I’m having an exhibition in the window and on the back wall of Sticky.
It’s at shop 10, Campbell Arcade (near Flinders St Station), Melbourne (as if you didn’t know). Rose Turtle Ertler will be playing songs on the opening night. If I can arrange time off work I’ll be there. Whether or not I’m there, if you can make it, please go along. Buy some zines, support zine distros, support Sticky! Thanks heaps to Luke for organising everything and for making the beautiful flyer.
Here’s a photo of the work in progress, inside the studio I share, Junior Gazette:
And where it all started, inside my work locker:
The second season of the Dexter Fletcher Feminist Film Club starts on Sunday 8 September with Dreams of a Life (2011, Carol Morley). The theme for this block of screenings is ‘The City’, and we’ll also be showing A Taste of Honey and Persepolis. All screenings at Junior Gazette, Level 1, 91 Railway Pde, Marrickville. Full details on the flyer below.
Take Care zine open days at Junior Gazette
To coincide with the DFFFC Take Care will be holding open days again. This time they’ll be from 2pm til the commencement of DFFFC screenings. So, to be clear, Take Care opening times arrreeee:
Sunday 8 September, 2 – 6pm
Sunday 22 September, 2 – 6pm
Sunday 6 October, 2 – 6pm
Junior Gazette, Level 1, 91 Railway Pde, Marrickville
I made a couple of news zines. First is a new issue of Tomorrow’s Machine Today, my zine inspired by music I discovered through mix tapes. This time it’s about my first record, discovering grunge, summer holidays, discovering Hole, discovering feminism. It’s $3 (plus postage) and available from Take Care.
The other one’s an elongated (approx 28x14cm) booklet of small collages and drawings about caves and underground worlds, amateur printing, intuition, libraries and figuring stuff out. The inside pages are photocopied (a few in colour) and the cover image is a two part Gocco print. The title and inside back cover credits were printed on the Sleepless Nights Press, Tim’s beautiful Adana 8×5″ letterpress. $5 from Take Care.
I also made a bunch of prints, about 14x15cm, of the cover image and text (same deal, Gocco and letterpress combination). It’s $2. The print and zine cover are both printed on acid free paper, like REAL ART.
Rizzeria Zine Club
You’ve probably heard about the Rizzeria’s great new space in the Rocks. On Thurday 29 August from 5 – 7pm the first of a (hopefully) monthly zine club get together will take place, and you, print-head, should go. It’s at the Metcalfe Arcade, Shop 5/80-84 George St, The Rocks (a bit up from the MCA). While you’re there, take a walk round poor old Millers Point before it’s completely screwed forever by the Barangaroo Development and Packer’s multi-squillion dollar VIP casino that you’ll never even be able to go near because it’ll be fitted with a laser beam that fries all proles within a hundred metre radius. Sigh. Anyway, go to the Rizzeria’s space, a strange anomaly in this strange city. Miss Helen drew this excellent logo for it the zine club:
I re-printed a stack of old zines – I sent a bunch down to Sticky and I’m gonna give a bunch to the Rizzeria, too. And of course Take Care has some. Old zines!
Alrighty then, that’s all for now. So many things to do, so many zines to read…
At dextersmidnightrunners.wordpress.com! Home of all work done under our collective name Dexter Fletcher. There’s only two of us but remember: a collective is a state of mind. Handy for when there’s no one else around.
Above is ‘An A-Z of the Non-Property Owning Classes, Represented as a Paint Chart’ (detail), a sample from our last project, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. There are lots more photos of that exhibition on the site.
Soon you will also be able to purchase merchandise from the site and make us rich beyond our wildest imaginings (we have fairly limited imaginations when it comes to thinking about money. For me money can be divided into three quantities: enough, not enough and inconceivable). In the meantime, you can head over to the takecarezines.org site and look under ‘C’ in the zines section and at the badges page for Careers in Retail (see previous posts) merch. I wore my What Would Jarvis Do? badge to work the other day and no one got the reference. Ah, the arrogant thrill of pointless subcultural knowledge! What at salve it’s been.
I hate my job. I love this song.
I forgot to mention that there are photos of the show Dexter Fletcher did at 55 Sydenham Rd on the gallery website now.
They look amazing and that’s entirely down to Josh Morris who very kindly documented the whole show for us. It’s so rare and amazing for me to actually have good shots of my work and to be able to prove that it actually happened, so thank you Josh. Thanks are also due to Iakovos for asking us to do the show in the first place and for generally being cool and easy going and for running a great gallery.
and I were in Melbourne, I would go and see this:
Faults & Folds exhibition by Dexter Fletcher artist collective
2nd September to 29th September
City Library, Flinders Lane
Faults & Folds is installed in the six ‘niches’ that are scattered around the City Library. The title ‘Faults & Folds’ incorporates the work’s themes of exploration, mapping and topography as well as our interest in the artist book as a medium.
While in Melbourne I would also check out this gig:
which is free and features the zine related Church of Hysteria, who are launching a split 7″.
‘The poster series aims to show that the Australian border is not a natural or inevitable thing. They explore the fact that the border is artificial, confront common assumptions about border-crossers, and consider how the border manages peoples’ movements to benefit industry and the state.’
Also located in Melbourne are t-shirts like this, made by the highly estimable (and impressively high, as in tall not ‘high’) Tom Civil, based on designs by a ye olde Australian anarchist called J A Andrews:
You don’t have to be in Melbourne to order the t-shirts though, just have a look at Tom’s blog for details.
So, by now if I were you I would probably be a bit sick of being in Melbourne and would be wondering what’s happening north of the border in New South Wales. So I’d drive along the Hume Highway, passing through countless country towns all painted the same shade of cack yellow, until I reached Sydney! In Sydney everyone would be busily pretending to not be freezing to death because it allegedly doesn’t get very cold or they’d be complaining about how high their rent is or that Marrickville is suddenly full of hipsters or that nothing ever happens in Sydney and even if it did they’d be too busy to notice. Then you’d notice this exhibition and decide to go along!
Crisis Complex, curated by Laura McLean and Sumugan Sivanesan, opens Friday 15 September, Tin Sheds Gallery (Sydney Uni)
Featuring a lot of good local and international artists, full details on the blog. There’ll be artist talks and a screening of Anathema (2011, The Otolith Group) and a discussion via internet magic with Mark Fisher (unless there’s some other Mark FIsher out there looking at the crisis/crises of neoliberalism and hauntological responses to the present I’m assuming that it really is this Mark Fisher). There’ll also be a forum with the aforementioned Cross Border Collective.
Ok, I’m tired of writing this in the hypothetical tense, final thing I want to tell you is that once again I will be contributing to the gentrification of Newcastle by participating in the This is Not Art festival! I swore last year that I would not do it again for reasons that I could not possibly divulge here, but anyway, I am doing it again, because, as Ivor Cutler said, happiness is realising that you are a hypocrite. So my collage series Risk and Chance will be displayed as part of a program curated by Danella Bennett called Secret Newcastle, which will be on for the duration of the festival.
Risk and Chance combines photos I found in an old Children’s Britannica under the entry for ‘Hobbies’ with text from a book about cave diving. The idea being to transfer the heroic tone of the text to the more gentle activities of the hobbyists. My main interest with these, and my main interest in general I suppose, is how we differentiate work and non work, why we value some ‘pointless’ pursuits over others, what we do or would do with our time if we had the time and didn’t have to worry about working for a wage etc. The title of Risk and Chance is appropriated from the title of a book (sometimes translated as Luck and Chance) written by Asger Jorn in 1952, which I haven’t read but which I’m told contains the sentence ‘in defence of my adventure as an artist’, which is also sort of what the collages are about. I’ll put up more info about the show in Newcastle as it comes to hand.The program has been announced but I’m not exactly sure where my work will be installed yet. As usual, stay tuned.
Finally, Take Care will be tabling at the Sunday fair, which this year is free for zinesters. I’ve written details about it here.
Ok, that’s all, I think.