Well, time to wrap it all up – I’ll be taking the show down today so thought I’d do a quick wrapup of it with a bunch of images …
Thanks to everyone who came down, and to everyone who had kind words to say. T-Squat for the interview. Promoting other peoples work every day – its nice to really see people giving back a bit of love my way for a change, so thankyou to all those blogs that posted about it and helped promo it.
Well, the other day I was interviewed on T-Squat – James Watkins said some pretty damn nice things about me that I feel pretty humbled by and slightly undeserving… but it was a great interview. It gave me a chance, for the first time, really, to put some of my ideas and thoughts out there through an objective viewpoint. Cool questions, thanks T-Squat.
So, I had mentioned the collaborations in the show, but didnt really go into a lot of detail (as when I did the interview it was a week or two back and everything was still being worked on).
Before my show tomorrow, I thought I’d just take a few minutes to talk about all the people that have helped me out with collaborations in the show. Anyways … a few weeks back, I sent off a message to a bunch of mates I’ve been painting with for the ReVurt project, and few other friends, asking if they’d be interested in doing some remixes of the original drawings and such – I figured a couple of them would be interested, but I was totally stoked when all of them said they’d do something. There were a heap of people I wanted to ask! In fact .. an entire collaborative show is something I think would be mad – an idea for the future.
So, this is a little on those who have pieces in the show – some of the most talented and passionate people I know …
Pierre Lloga – As far as illustrators go, Pierres work is what I picture when I conjure up that exact word. Comicesque, yet highly stylised and brilliantly realised, he’s able to translate that from pen, to paint, to the wall, and anything in between.
ExRobot – one of our RR studio residents, his monochrome work is just starting to get out there, and there is a fair bit of interest as well with his works flying out the door over at Artboy Gallery. Definitely an artist to watch!
Mishke – I met Mishke at an exhibition some time back, and promptly coerced her into moving into our studios after I saw her work – and every one I see she just gets better and better. I love her illustrative style and I can’t wait to see where she takes it – must get her back to painting on more walls!
Ed "Unwell Bunny" Bechervaise – he recently had a hugely cool exhibition at RTIST Gallery in Prahran, and has started getting back into painting walls after a small hiatus. Always helpful, completely passionate and just a generally great guy to be around.
E.L.K. – a more honest and humble man I couldn’t meet, and there is a reason why E.L.K. is one of the best stencil artists in the world right now – because, simply, he is an absolute cutting fiend who can put together a stencil composition like no one else. E.L.K. moved down here from Canberra recently and has had some amazing shit start happening for him, and I’m totally stoked for him – he deserves great things for all the hard work he’s put in to his art over the years.
Conrad Bizjak – whether its with a brush, or on a wall, the man has style, absolutely mad technique, and an amazingly vivid imagination. His technique makes me wish I was that damn good, and, having seen some of his recent oil painting work – damn.
Heesco – awesome as all fuck, Heesco is one of the coolest emerging talents in Australia today. So down to earth and a real inspiration to me – he’s pushed me along and helped me out in going in a few different directions, always had kind words, and has always been there to help me out whenever I’ve needed it. Plus, he’s just fun mate to hang out and get drunk with haha.
Phoenix The Street Artist – until I saw Phoenix’s work, and met the man himself, I had, admittedly, never really thought all that much of collage work – but seeing the process he undergoes with it all, the philosophy behind it, the amount of work and preparation and planning – well, the man is a genius.
Jianna Lucia – another RR resident, this gypsy women has some pretty unique style! We hang a bit and chat – well, when I’m not heads down and immersed in focus land haha, but she’s great value, and a really cool artist. She recently did this video with Ollie Lucas for the Grolsch Grid show.
Jack Douglas – Jack stole my idea of buying one of those awesome bags for spraycans, and at some stage, I’ll steal it off him. Besides that, he’s a really really cool artist – his can technique rules as well, and he’s a funny bastard to boot – I had fun working with him on a quick road sign that turned up …
Robbie Warden – helped me out with all the photography. He works for Big Dog in Prahran, and you can see him out and about taking a bundle of photos at all kinds of gigs, and just generally popping up here, there and everywhere. There is no way in hell I would be this happy with the work in the show without his photographic skills.
Carl Allison- I wanted to get some video done for the show, a first for me … and there was no doubt that I wanted Carl to do it. He’s been killing it lately with his work, covering artists that are a part of my friends from Just Another Agency, as well as stuff over at RTIST Gallery, and everything in between. We got him to do our first webisode for Invurt, and, he did an awesome job with my preview.
There were others involved too – all the girls who modelled for me were amazing, as was Sammy Elise at the Body Canvas event. To all of them, the biggest of thankyou for being a part of my show in one way or another, and thanks for all the inspiration along the way – love your fucking work.
All round talented video guru Carl Allison put together this quick preview for my show – absolutely love his work. Together with Scotty and Gregs mad tune (go buy it, it totally blitzes after the drop!) and with some footage from Body Canvas with Sammy Elise … its perfect. Thanks all.
I have a lot of influences when it comes to books .. and a lot of books in general, but for Angels See In Sepia, these are the main ones that have resonated with the entire concept … covers are the versions I own …
to wound the autumnal city. So howled out for the world to give him a name. The in-dark answered with wind …
What follows is an extended trip to and through Bellona, a fictional city in the American Midwest cut off from the rest of the world by some unknown catastrophe. William Gibson has referred to Dhalgren as "A riddle that was never meant to be solved." Thats only the beginning of it, and this is one of the books that completely remapped my idea of the written word. "
Don’t read the wikipedia entry if you want to be surprised – this book will break your head worse than House Of Leaves ever did. It’s objective and the whole concept behind the book actually eluded me on the first read, and it was only when I read it a second time that it dawned on me what was going on. I wont say what it is, because everyone should discover it for themselves .. but once I got the concept, it opened the book up again. I have read this many, many times, and each time, I come away having learnt something new about it or have found a different twist on things – but as William Gibson said in the quote above, I don’t think I’ll ever truly solve it or come close to understanding everything in its pages – which is exactly why I’ll keep reading it again and again. Remarkable literature.
Vurt tells the story of Scribble and his "gang", the Stash Riders, as they search for his missing sister/lover Desdemona. The novel is set in an alternate version of Manchester, England, in which society has been shaped by Vurt, a hallucinogenic drug/shared alternate reality, accessed by sucking on colour-coded feathers. Through some (never explained) mechanism, the dreams, mythology, and imaginings of humanity have achieved objective reality in the Vurt and become "real"."
I read this book way back in 1993 when it first came out – I saw it on the shelf of the old and much loved Supernova books in Perth. At the time I’d finished reading through pretty much every Golden Age scifi book I could get my hands on, and was looking for something new – and Vurt changed everything. It was difficult at times to follow, and its premise was odd – a universe found in a drug, a backdoor gateway to an alternate realm with its own myths, characters and legends. Its impact on my tastes both literary and technologically was immense, and Jeff Noon is to this day one of my most loved authors.
"Needle in the Groove is a 1999 novel by Jeff Noon. A music/spoken word CD was released on the same day as the book. It tells its story through the eyes of Elliot, a young twenty-something bassist, as he finds himself playing bass for Glam Damage, a new DJ-based band who are experimenting with a new recording technology – a weird liquid/drug that remixes music when shaken."
Another really cool premise from Jeff noon, set slightly outside of the Looking Glass wars universe – the premise, that music is recorded onto a special liquid – the ultimate remix, combine tow liquids, get a different sound … then, when you drink it …
I have always loved the idea of remixes and collaborations, and this book took a completely different spin on things. Its things like this that make me love collaborating on art with people, and why I wanted to have that aspect of things in the show.
"The good news is that you have just awakened into Eternal Life. You are going to live forever. Immortality is a reality. A medical miracle? Not exactly.
The bad news is that you are a scrap of electronic code. The world you see around you, the you that is seeing it, has been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reality program. You are a Copy that knows it is a copy.
The good news is that there is a way out. By law, every Copy has the option of terminating itself, and waking up to normal flesh-and-blood life again. The bail-out is on the utilities menu. You pull it down…
The bad news is that it doesn’t work. Someone has blocked the bail-out option. And you know who did it. You did. The other you. The real you. The one that wants to keep you here forever."
This premise along with the whole Singularity idea is the main one – I read this book when it first came out, and it shaped a hell of a lot of my ideas in regards to technology and futurism, and has driven a lot of my artwork from the word go.
"Permutation City asks whether is there a difference between a computer simulation of a person and a "real" person. It focuses on a model of consciousness and reality, the Dust Theory, similar to the Ultimate Ensemble Mathematical Universe hypothesis proposed by Max Tegmark. It uses the assumption that human consciousness is Turing computable: that consciousness can be produced by a computer program. The book deals with consequences of human consciousness being amenable to mathematical manipulation, as well as some consequences of simulated realities. In this way, Egan attempts to deconstruct notions of self, memory, and mortality, and of physical reality."
This book holds a special place for me beyond the fact that the themes directly relate to my thinking behind the show.
Somewhere in the mid 90s, I had lent a copy of it to my best mate, Adam, aka Karnage. It was a running joke between us that he hadn’t given it back to me, and I always gave him shit for it … but he loved it, had gone and re-read it many many times, talking of how something like this would be possible in our life times, and how excited he was about the prospect of this "digital life"; topics we talked about a lot .. it was very much a shared passion between us that spoke volumes on our friendship.
When he passed away, suddenly, several years ago, I placed that same copy of Permutation City by his side when he was laid to rest.
While I’ve been working on my show, there are several audio visual pieces that I keep coming back to that have inspired me throughout the past two months of working on it all …
Obviously, the movie itself has been a real piece of visual input .. . but I keep going back to this montage clip from the movie, featuring the Pyramid Song from Radiohead – whenever I feel like I’m sidetracking on the theme, I go back and watch this.
Secondly, my best mate Scotty, aka Mc Assassi, along with another of my great mates, Greg Packer, produced this song while I’ve been in the throws of it – I love it, and it fits in with the theme of my show awesomely.
I also keep going back to this track – because I fucking love Netsky, and I love Drumstep (not to be confused with dubstep, no clown-swing, thanks!) – btw, these new pre-video youtube ads fucking suck.
All of these things have all really set the mood for all the work … and have been grand company along the way.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C Clake
Based on the thematic muse of Wim Wenders seminal movie Der Himmel über Berlin (”Wings Of Desire”), Fletcher Andersen brings his second solo show, Angels See In Sepia, to Melbournes Rancho Notorious Gallery. Having produced a unique collection of portraiture, Fletcher delves into a combination of influences that have driven his creative passions for over twenty years – science fiction, arthouse films, street art and technology.
Combining an inimitable illustrative style with visages of natural beauty, the images within Angels See In Sepia depict returned angels of the Singularity, and their restoration to mortality after having relinquished their transhuman, digital heaven. From a universe of plenty, to a world of raw, unedited emotion, they are freed from the “shackles of immortality” to face a long forgotten "natural” world; one far removed from of their solipsistic experiences.
As the culmination of years of exploring these themes within his writing and art, the works within Angels See In Sepia are an experiment in the combination of hand drawn, illustrated imagery, and digital realism. The results of this process is a unique, mixed media collection of works that attempts to bridge the past, present and future of both art, as well our technologically evolving humanity.
“When the child was a child, it was the time of these questions: Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there? When did time begin, and where does space end? Isn’t life under the sun just a dream? Isn’t what I see, hear, and smell just the mirage of a world before the world? Does evil actually exist, and are there people who are really evil? How can it be that I, who am I, wasn’t before I was, and that sometime I, the one I am, no longer will be the one I am?”
As I mentioned earlier, I’ll be having my second solo show in October – this is one of the process sketches that I’ve been doing in preparation for the show … more details on it at the end of the week.
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