In the lead up to Australia Day/Invasion Day, we’re meditating on Australian identity, nationalism and colonialism in this exhibition at Beyond Skate. I’ll have two paintings, Ides and Cinis, in the exhibition, on colonial grief, guilt, horror and assimilated cultural identity. You can watch their progress via my instagram 📷.
Many thanks to Northbridge Piazza, Emiko Watanabe and Fresh Prints for having Xero back this year even though I put pictures of a dog vagina and a bong on the giant screen and read a poem about heroin to a crowd of families last year.
Emiko, you’re an angel. We’ve worked through Xero (and bongs and dog vaginas) to resist the kitschification and gentrification of art in this city where you work with it – and bless you, when you create something beautiful and kitsch and family friendly like Fresh Prints, you still invite us to take part. I really can’t say thanks enough. Sure, I think what we do – resistance – is important, but no one can function alone and this is not a war. Thank you so much for always inviting us along as a weirdo presence in your lovely events. Maybe if the other people in our lives growing up had embraced our weirdness as much as you do, we wouldn’t be half as hurt as we are today.
They even put our art in the cute little video!
And of course, thanks to Hayden Dalziel and Caz Bank for helping out with the stall, you know I couldn’t do it without you guys, and Clara Seigla and Ben Yaxley for keeping us laughing, and everyone who came down to see us and buy our stuff as always.
As the indomitable Ackley Ack returns to full time study this year, I’ve taken the reigns of the Xero zine distro for the immediate future. This year we’re expanding our stock, bringing music and accessories to the streets of Perth as well as importing work from interstate artists.
- Sunday 3 April – Perth Food Truck Rumble Arts and Crafts Laneway – tucked between Mechanics Institute and the Perth Cultural Centre
- Saturday 16 April – Fresh Prints Festival of Ink and Paper – Northbridge Piazza
I’ll be joined by collagist Caz Stafford and others to sell our art this year.
Caitlin Nienaber spoke to Dennis Venning and I about Ships In The Night and our writing. Featuring a reading from the novel and one of Dennis’ short stories. Listen ⇛
Our next Xero Distro event is a stall at the Bunbury Zine Market 2015, on the 7th of November, 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.
We’ll have prints from myself and Jessica Grace, and a full stock of our zines. Come and have a parmy at the pub with us after.
– R. x