(A digital collage for an as yet unrealised plan to illustrate Arthur Machen’s The London Adventure.)
In 2010 I had a solo exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown. The show was called “The White Room, or, Astronauts are not Excitable”. Its theme was space in the various ways that concept can be interpreted: space travel (I built a life-size replica of an early NASA space capsule), the spaces we find in our lives to do creative work, the spatial dynamics of minimal collage.
Since then I’ve made countless (mostly unexhibited/unpublished/not widely distributed) small collages, drawings, prints and zines through which I have explored my interests in life and art: utopia, photocopying, communism, cheesy television sci-fi, childhood/childish dreams, outdated encyclopaedias, obsolete printing techniques, stationery, amateurism, hobbies, modernism, punk, zines and so on.
In 2018 I am going to present this body of work in a new installation at Chrissie Cotter Gallery. Whereas the theme of my earlier CCG show was space, the theme of this one will be time: the time I’ve spent over the past decade on work (waged-labour) compared to the ‘non-work’ activity of art; how human cultures across the world describe experiences of temporality (uchronia, nostalgia, saudade), and the preoccupation in my art with obsolete materials.
The show will be called All or Nothing. I’m going to use this blog as a place to record my ideas about what it is that I’m doing.
Nearly ten years ago I wrote a zine called Digging. It was about some old road blocks that had been left in Callan Park, and SCA, and Kirkbride, and my grandparents in Ireland, and ancient monuments, and sadness, and Laika the space dog, and other things.
Last year I learned to ride a motorbike, and with this new mobility I visited Callan Park for the first time in a long time, and kept going back there. I took photos and spent some time writing my thoughts down. I kept finding myself thinking about a lot of the same things the first Digging was about, so I decided to make a second issue.
I’ll send you a copy for free if you email me your address: eternalproject (at) gmail (dot) com.
This is the final weekend of Fully Automated Dexter Fletcher at 55 Sydenham Rd Gallery, Marrickville NSW 2204 AU. Members of Dexter Fletcher will be in attendance on both Saturday and Sunday, if you fancy a visit. We have made a game that you can play to make your very own Dexter Fletcher artwork.
Thanks to the Sticky Institute and 55 Sydenham Rd for everything you do.
Fully Automated Dexter Fletcher (Beta Version)
55 Sydenham Rd Marrickville NSW 2204 AU
2/2/2018 – 18/2/2018
Fully Automated Dexter Fletcher is an enquiry into the basic philosophy of games. Is it possible to create a set of rules that can be followed in order to produce work indistinguishable from Dexter Fletcher’s existing artworks?
Dexter Fletcher is a mysterious revolutionary feminist art gang, current membership two.
Dexter Fletcher is a conscious attempt to recover the cooperative, non-commercial motivations of childhood and/or amateur art-making practices, and is also an investigation as to how these motivations may anticipate a post-capitalist society.
Numbers is a zine collaboration with Tim. We made 13 issues in 2017, with more coming.
Each issue of Numbers is a double-sided, photocopied A4 page, with Tim and I taking a side each. The writing on my side of the zine is inspired by the objects in my house, and memories of objects in other houses and rooms that I’ve lived in or temporarily inhabited, or anything else I feel like writing about. The coloured backgrounds are simplified digital tracings of artworks, some my own, some by other (much more well known) artists.
My side of Numbers is designed so that each issue can be ‘read’ 1) literally, as a piece of writing b) as an abstract composition of colour and line and c) eventually (after the publication of many more issues), as a modular artwork that can be viewed in many configurations, e.g. as a large grid on a wall, a book etc. The issue shown here doesn’t have any writing because its publication coincided with a sad event I wanted to mark privately. All of the other issues have writing.
Number 20 of Numbers was recently exhibited in the window of the Sticky Institute in Melbourne, for Craft Victoria’s annual Craft Cubed Window Walk. (We’re not actually up to Number 20 yet, we skipped ahead for the purpose of the exhibition. Number 20 will be available after we’ve finished Number 19, some time in 2018)
Numbers is free and you can subscribe by filling in the form here. By subscribing you will receive all current available issues and future issues, posted in a (roughly) quarterly mail-out. It’s free to subscribe. Numbers is also available from Take Care (if you place an order for free zines) and from Melbourne based free zine distro Small Zine Volcano.
Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow is another free zine that I have started to make. As it says on the cover, it’s about walking. Bushwalking mostly, but future issues may cover other types of walks and walking. The first issue is also available now from Take Care and Small Zine Volcano.
Speaking of the Sticky Institute: news over the weekend has revealed that Sticky is in real danger of being evicted from their iconic Degraves Subway location under Flinders Street in Melbourne, due to impending Metrolink development. Read about that here. Obviously, this can’t happen. Sticky is encouraging people to tell the Government of Victoria that Sticky – and Degraves – must be saved. You can do so by filling in the ‘have you say’ form here.
My illustration from the 2017 Other Worlds Poster Zine, find at future zine fairs around Australia…