SECRETS OF THE PHOTOCOPIER



Paper/Cuts
Secrets of the Photocopier
(drawing, collage, reassembled photocopies)
© 2008

In one of our best group shows in recent times, Secrets of the Photocopier saw some of Australia most prolific zinemakers descend on the subway to take over the cases during February. Organised by Platform lovechild Sticky and the Shop 10 crew (Luke Sinclair and Elle Peace with a host of dedicated volunteers), the Secrets exhibition was part of the first zine festival held in and around the subway throughout the month. Secrets featured some top Aussie talents in cut-and-paste independent publishing including: 7U, Breakdown Press, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, All Thumbs Press, WEB, Ianto Ware, DNA, YOU, PAPER/CUTS (see image), Erinsborough Exploits, Mavis McKenzie, and Contextual Villains. Altogther a superbly executed group show about zines…still not sure what a zine is? Here’s the closest definition from the Sticky crew:

“Zines are a low-budget, accessible, ‘democracy of the multiple’ form of artistic and written expression, usually centred around photocopier technology as an easy and immediate form of reproduction, the zine then being freely distributed at little or no cost. Zines are often difficult to define and it is this difficulty of defining zines that contributes to its ever-changing dynamics and freedom that encourage experimental and innovative art forms.”

For more information about zines and how to buy, sell and exchange your own work, visit Melbourne’s leading zine shop: Sticky, Shop 10, Degraves Street Subway, Melbourne or check the website.

DAVID MAHLER



David Mahler
My Head Hurts (installation view)
(charcoal, pencil, acrylics, spray paint, collage, lego)
© 2008

One of our youngest Platform artists to date, 15-year old David Mahler held his first solo show, My Head Hurts, in the Sample space during February. David experiences synesthesia and much of his work is produced to music, exploring a range of techniques that demonstrate an unexpected diversity.
David says about this show: "I decided to call the exhibit "my head hurts" for various reasons. I get stressed pretty easily, and art helps me relax. I enjoy using bright colours and collaging images that have surrealistic and confusing implications. I guess the effect of the brightness can sometimes just dazzle people, which can be exaggerated as to being a headache." We're looking forward to seeing this young hotshot evolve his practice in the coming years!

PIP STAFFORD



Pip Stafford
Nobody Knows You Better Than I Do (detail)
(video still/screen print)
© 2008

Tasmanian artist Pip Stafford popped up to town to install a new piece in Vitrine for March. Nobody Knows You Better Than I Do explores everyday confessions from anonymous strangers presented in video, audio and screen-printed formats. Pip says about her work: "I am interested in the everyday; the mundane, daily rituals and private life. The length and breadth of lovers’ intimate knowledge, the things a mother no longer sees her grown up children do. The daily intimacies that we keep entirely to ourselves. Nobody Knows You Better Than I Do is an ongoing project which asks the question “What are your habits and rituals?” The video component of the project consists of a series of videos created anonymously: people talking about their personal habits, rituals and fears while videoing something of their choice - which is both a conceptual trope and an attempt to maintain anonymity while providing an interesting backdrop for their stories. The text on the window tells nine anonymous stories in gocco-printed repetition - the quotes were sourced from a Google search about 'weird habits'."
Anyone can participate in the project and videos, audio or text-based confessions can be sent anonymously to: GPO Box 325 Hobart 7001 Tasmania.