28 September – 10 November 2013.
Opening Night, Friday 27th September; 6-8pm.
Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts
26 Acland St, St. Kilda.
Can you imagine an exhibition catalogue that has an essay done in the form of a comic? No? Well, I’ve done one in collaboration with Matthew Perkins, the curator of this sizeable and important contemporary art exhibition called A Space Oddity. In it are four large installations that responds to the way people are required to navigate and consume space in this semi-virtual 21st century. I can hardly believe that one of them was co-created by Canadian Denys Arcand, the director of one of my favourite films, Jesus of Montreal. such a powerful, intellectual, profane and secular rendering of the Passion. Other artists are Adad Hannah, Darren Sylvester, Masato Takasaka, Antoinette Citizen, Dominic Redfern, Akira Akira, Philip Samartzis, Will Pappenheimer, Colin Harman. Curators: Jan Duffy and Matthew Perkins (my collaborator).
I took on this job as I love taking comics into places and formats where it is not usually found. True, the comic will be in print only, but some of the comics are going to be used in specially created app that embeds art into the surrounds of St Kilda as a kind of augmented reality. This may not seem all that unusual given that so many people wander around with their eyes glued to a small screen extending their presence (in the McLuhan sense) into the lives of others vis social media, or altering their soundscape with music or podcasts.
Check out the details here: http://www.lindenarts.org/media/a-space-oddity.aspx
And for your delectation, here is one page from the comic, drawn whilst I was doing my residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL, about an hour north of Chicago.
A remember, I’m doing cartooning and comics workshops for kids in the upcoming school hols at Linden. If your kids are aged between 7 and 12, bring them along to get a real education. No kid will go away without some drawings. Book using this form, here (link to http://www.lindenarts.org/media/14229/lindenartistprogram_onholidays.pdf