We're thrilled to have our zines and artists' book included in the forthcoming exhibition, Self-made: Zines and Artist Books. Read Punk, politics and art on show in new exhibition at State Library Victoria to discover more.
Developed in partnership with The Sticky Institute, Self-made will display rarely-seen material from the Library’s collection of artist books and its zine collection — the largest and most comprehensive in Australia. Exhibition curator Monica Syrette said Self-made will take visitors on a journey through the colourful and sometimes controversial evolution of self-publishing.
"The history of zine-making and self-publishing is inextricably linked to influential counter-cultural movements and social activism. What we’re displaying — items like sci-fi zines from the 1940s, punk zines from the seventies and contemporary feminist zines — are all reflections of the political and cultural movements of the time. The artist books in Self-made were also ground-breaking, designed to circumvent the commercial gallery system and make art easily available to all."
The exhibition features works by leading international artists including Swiss German artist, Dieter Roth; Pop Art influenced American artist, Ed Ruscha; pioneering conceptual artist Sol LeWitt; and renowned Australian painter, sculptor and printmaker, Robert Jacks; alongside works by contemporary artists and zine-makers. More than 170 works will be on display, including a dedicated reading lounge, revealing the breadth and beauty of artist books and zines.
A Souvenir of Paris (2017) is a commissioned, one-of-a-kind Parisian memory folded into a concertina artists' book, which we recently had the good fortune to work on. Six-pages in length, we created a collaged version of the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes upon the page, featuring an original plate from Roemer's Genera Insectorum and Grandville's Les Fleurs Animées. The artists' book is now in private collection (and much loved, we hear).
Our 74 drawings, prints, collages, and a knot of books, as part of Here, there, will be catching reflections for your amusement until the morning of Tuesday the 22nd of November. Catch them before the circus is peeled and packed away at Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, 84 Smith Street, Collingwood.
We are delighted that our artists' book, Closer to Natural, currently being exhibited as part of the 2016 Libris Awards, has been acquired by Artspace Mackay. The exhibition runs until the 16th of October, 2016.
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Mackay, Queensland
As two windows come down (farewell, On the Verge Festival in Obus and Collected Works, you were great), a vitrine of collages and drawings for Betwixt fleshes out its form, as part of the forthcoming Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia.
(In addition to our part in Betwixt, we will also be conducting a kids' workshop inspired by The Seven Ravens.)
A twin entity! A double life, sprung “from matter and light, envinced in solid and shade,” our Salvaged Relatives, collaged and drawn, toss gauzy film over the certainty of your consciousness.
A shadow, rendered, of a life imagined; or is that the other way around? In a game of Chicken and Egg, call and response, surely, the drawings echo the collages on cartes de visite. And were they to be “separated from one another by the whole length of the building… [the] distance between [them would] seem monstrous… as is they had taken half [their] bodies away. [They would lose their] sense of balance… feel dizzy… fall.”
Creeping through these unknown time-eaten spaces, memories splinter; with nature as your theatrical backcloth, you’d do well to borrow a stained costume from the Ballet Russe, while things reconfigure.
My tail, Léon Bakst, what do I do with it in this lonely place “newly with grass o’ergrown”?
 Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Silence (a sonnet),’ version published in The Raven and Other Poems, 1845
 Ágota Kristóf, The Notebook Trilogy, (Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2016), p.23
 Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Silence (a sonnet)’
Our works on paper are set to play a game of hide and seek as part of BLINDSIDE's forthcoming On the Verge festival.
Our work will be hiding at Collected Works (Level 1) and Obus (Ground Floor, Cathedral Arcade) in the Nicholas Building from the 24th of August through until the 3rd of September, 2016.
BLINDSIDE's 2016 festival guide (pdf)
Opening Night Drinks
Thursday the 25th of August
Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Walk the Verge
Saturday the 27th of August
Meeting at BLINDSIDE Gallery
Thank-you to everyone who swung by our stand and leafed through our zines and new work. It was a pleasure to show you our jaguars, giraffes, tigers, and other pressed animals on the page. A real pleasure indeed.
From Dear tails to Whiskers and Bristles, over the coming days, we'll list our nine new zine titles on our online store, for those of you who couldn't make it along.
In the meantime, you can 'turn the pages,' as it were, of our artists' books, The Company You Keep and Closer to Natural.
You're invited to Animal Instinct, a group exhibition at Metropolis Gallery
Anita Barrett, Dean Bowen, Jazmina Cininas, Rona Green, Bridget Farmer, Lucy Hardie, Gracia Haby + Louise Jennison, Sheridan Jones, Kyoko Imazu, Adrian Lockhart, John Ryrie, Judi Singleton, Jess Szigethy-Gyula, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Deborah Williams, Gail Willoughby
64 Ryrie Street, Geelong, Victoria
Saturday the 5th of March – Saturday 19th March