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11 February 2016 @ 11:28 pm
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I would maintain that this is not a design flaw inherent in the milkcrate, but a design flaw inherent in basketball hoops everywhere. How would one dribble? You may ask, but netballers have been not dribbling for decades, dribbling is for jerks who won't pass, it's a team game. Also I feel obliged to post this here for some reason:

 
 
My Grandpa died a few years ago & while helping clean out his flat, I 'inherited' his collection of matchboxes. Before smoking got banned from everywhere, promotional matchboxes were a thing, & my Grandpa had a thing for matchboxes, besides other nick-knacks.



Translation trouble makes this hotel really hard to find with Google.  :(

Armchair
Pssst, never actually went to China.
 
 
21 January 2016 @ 11:32 am
Furniture


Definitely featured a milk crate chair arrangement here before, but the addition of the fake lawn as cushion creates a kind of hybrid garden bed simultaneously, making this example unique.
 
 
15 January 2016 @ 09:05 pm
by Hoffna


Japanese Red Garlic packs a tasty punch

The seasons roll on and each one brings its own moods. I personally love Autumn for its cooler evenings, epic sunsets, the promise of rain and the planting of Garlic! I can’t think of a more versatile vegetable and I can honestly say that I put Garlic in almost everything I cook. One of my favourite snacks is to toast some bread and then rub a whole clove into the piece of toast before drizzling over some Olive Oil. Instant Garlic Bread!


Silvia preparing last Summers harvest for this Autumns planting

I’m forever amazed at the huge amount of varieties available to gardeners. From the wild growing Three Cornered Garlic (Allium triquetrum) with its very mild flavour and tiny bulbs, to the hotter Asiatic varieties and the giant European ones. Sometimes I wish I could grow them all. This year we’re planting Japanese Red, Purple Monaro and the mystery variety I’ve been carrying around with me for the last  five years now which I’ve still yet to positively identify. This is the reason that its important to label everything! It’s a lovely and mild, nutty Garlic that thrives on neglect . (We have it planted around the perimeter of Wagtail and it grows without any soil amending or irrigation!)


Our mystery Garlic, lined up and ready for planting

Last year we experimented with the planting times at Wagtail, using two test cases side by side in the same bed. We planted one lot of the Garlic in April and harvested them as the leaves started to brown off in October and the other we planted using the old lore of “Plant on the Winter Solstice and harvest on the Summer Solstice.” We found the earlier plantings grew larger and had much better shape, kept better and there was no discernible taste difference. The solstice guide is easy to remember and probably works a treat elsewhere but it doesn’t ring true for our little urban farm. This year we’re planting earlier to see how our Garlic reacts. This is a key point in any gardening. Every Garden is different. Different soils, different micro-climate, differing amounts of Sunlight hours, the list goes on. Experimentation is key in growing your own veggies, everyone has their own experiences and are usually happy to give you some instruction but the most valuable advice you can garner is from your own Garden. Hopefully our latest experiment pays off!

Garlic’s medicinal qualities are well known, almost instinctual I think. As soon as I feel like I’m coming down with a cold or flu, the first thing I reach for is a clove of Garlic. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, it has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, it helps regulate blood sugar levels, it helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, it can help ease the pain of toothache and it makes food taste amazing! Well, not the imported Garlic that’s been irradiated and denatured that most people buy from the so-called “super” markets. That tasteless stuff’s the reason why there’s so many small scale organic Garlic growers popping up all over the place. Nothing like a poor product to make people proactive! Hmm, I might just plant out two beds this year…

Happy Plantings!!!



My pal Hoffna is usually too busy urban farming to blog but you follow posts by him & the occassional other farm pal on Wagtail's blog heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere.
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12 January 2016 @ 09:17 am
 A few years back I was a participating artist in a group show called "Beyoncé is a Feminist" at Fontanelle's gallery. The show was well receieved & the curator, Brigid Noone, asked me to write an artist statement for a follow up publication. Last year I returned to Fontanelle & caught up with Brigid & I found out the publication never eventuated. So I've dragged the essay out of a hard drive to have an airing here.

My first idea for the show was a small drawing of Beyoncé as a tarot card, as one of the mythic figures of the major arcana, an appropriate, female, powerful figure. I did a sketch I wasn't happy with. The failure of the tarot idea, besides my inability to sketch the idea to my satisfaction, was that it was too tied up with my own ego & obsessions, which is/are male & it didn't give props to the wonderful wide world of Feminism. I proceeded to throw other ideas around to better address criteria for the show.

Who is Beyoncé? What is Feminism? Beyoncé, to me, is a really talented singer with a lot of popular hits. Feminism is a much more multifaceted phenomenon, but to reduce it to something tangible for art I'd refer back to my academic studies, the lone male in a couple of women's studies topics about ten years ago. Furthermore how do we collectively, culturally, consume & enjoy Beyoncé & Feminism? The Beyoncé mp3s lined up in my music software quickly answered part of that question, for the other part, the bygone years I spent immersed in Feminist texts really only manifest itself in more contemporary times as meme style jokes on the internet.
In marrying these thoughts together to form some art I decided I wanted to work with Beyoncé's music, a significant aspect of her career achievement, & avoiding objectifying her in a visual representation, objectification has never had much Feminist approval. I also had a squiz at the rudimentary Wikipedia article on Feminism to jog my memory for significant contributors to Feminist philosophy. The re-acquaintance was very enjoyable, & added some titles to my to-read list while bopping to some catchy tunes. I made a list of top tens, like the sales charts for pop music, of my favourite Beyoncé songs & other Feminists I enjoyed the work of. & I decided to juxtapose lyrics from these Beyoncé songs with images of these Feminists, appropriating the meme aesthetic in keeping with my own contemporary consumption of philosophy. Some digital manipulation & a trip to the copy shop later, the results are on the wall.

I approached the criteria like a question rather than a statement. The art in this series, mixtures of images & text, contain combinations that refute the idea that Beyoncé is a Feminist, as well as others that confirm the idea. The rhyming couplet - “I got gloss on my lips/A man on my hips” presented with Naomi Wolf, author of 'The Beauty Myth' seems quite disrespectful & comparing these lyrics with the iconic tomes of the other Feminists, even the included sitcom writers, makes Beyoncé perhaps seem foolish. However, to consider the lyrics of 'Halo' presented with Mary Wollstonecraft, author of 'A Vindication of the Rights of Women', it appears one of the earliest recorded Feminists is speaking to all the future Feminists & Beyoncé's pop-lines are a startlingly touching medium.
Statistics clearly & sadly indicate, despite Beyoncé's (I'm sure) flush contributions to righteous political organisations, we all still live in a society rife with systemic patriarchy. Those in power perpetuate their superior societal position by denying their subordinates access to the wealth & education that would facilitate their own societal strength. Looking at my work alongside others in this show, it does come across as academic, but that the (perhaps) most scholarly piece in the show is by a male is only symptomatic of this problem. If poor & uneducated masses of women gain empowerment, inspiration, feel even a slight rise in consciousness from a silly pop song by Beyoncé, in a society that has denied them the opportunity to experience that elsewhere, then it's an example of Feminist excellence.
 
 
 
05 January 2016 @ 03:43 pm
CHEF
In the 1960's there was a monk who set himself on fire to protest! You have left me no choice! To protest your lack of humanity, I will now do the same thing!

MONK
Huh? Haaaaaaaaaaaah!

SIMON GRAY
In 2006, ten years ago, I got my first writing diary & turned all the writing into a monthly zeen. It featured a lot of blather, find reviews, cartoons & grainy photos. It was a lot of work but conducted with a fun sense of experimentation & related enthusiasm. The zeens were only available via private mailing list but were well received as toilet reading.

It is now ten years later & I am about to attempt this project all over again in 2016. If you would like to be on the private mailing list & receive a zeen by me approximately once a month for free, please send me a private message across a preferred network we share.
I will make a physical version, & a pdf version for readers with modern devices & to help avoid postal costs after ten years of price inflation.
I will need your postal address to send you a physical copy, or an e-mail address to attach a pdf version.
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This is the most complete collection of celebrity PEZ dispenser cartoons I did for my university newspaper. The joke was based on the inappropriateness of these people serving up child's candy.


Billy Ray Cyrus

Billie Jean King

Bob Brown

Arundhati Roy

Charles Manson

Courtney Love

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Germaine Greer

Gary Glitter

Jeanne Little

Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Macaulay Culkin

Paris Hilton

Nick Cave

Roseanne

Xanana Gusmao

Paul Shaffer

Annie Sprinkle

Lou Reed

Nelson Mandela

Yoko Ono
Title: Bhakthi
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This is the amazing illustration work Rebecca Sheedy did for the cover of Charles & The Eggman #4. It's been coloured in & should be printed early next year. Check out Rebecca's stuff here & here.
Title: Teddles
 
 
My Grandpa died a few years ago & while helping clean out his flat, I 'inherited' his collection of matchboxes. Before smoking got banned from everywhere, promotional matchboxes were a thing, & my Grandpa had a thing for matchboxes, besides other nick-knacks.


Studio Arts are no longer with us.



Chess House, 18 Knuckey Street in Darwin, circa: The Google car.

This one's for sale on Ebay too, mine's in the bin by now.

Armchair

When I was in Darwin...
 
 

This is a seris of photos I took for a glitter themed art show I curated with Chloe Mariah Langford at Format's Gallery on Peel Street. For some reason I never uploaded them back when the show ended, & I stumbled across them in a hard drive more recently, so here they are. I was aided on the shoot by Zoe Lyons (glitter wrangling & some photography too) & Madi Bycroft (camera  & backyard loan). The work was a bit rushed as I was time poor & would like to do this again sometime at night with a camera+flash.

Title: Gus
 
 
11 December 2015 @ 11:17 am
by ET














Notes

  1. ABC's Mental Health Week featured some helpful resources and discussion surrounding mental health here in Australia. In particular, this article is a good reminder that depression is not a monolithic illness. The words and actions in this comic are ones that various people have used to support me, but good support might look or sound different to another person who is suffering.

  2. The always brilliant Captain Awkward has some excellent and practical suggestions here for reaching out to friends who have depression. She also emphasises that it is okay to have boundaries on how much or what kind of time and care you can give somebody.


& You can read more of ET's great work heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere.
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10 December 2015 @ 11:44 am
Title: ROMI
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My Grandpa died a few years ago & while helping clean out his flat, I 'inherited' his collection of matchboxes. Before smoking got banned from everywhere, promotional matchboxes were a thing, & my Grandpa had a thing for matchboxes, besides other nick-knacks.



Noah's Lakeside Resort in Canberra is now the QT.



& Looks like this.
& If you wanna buy the matchbook for $7, somebody's trying to flog it on eBay.

Big Dinner
Top notch.
Title: Bhakthi
 
 
 
04 December 2015 @ 11:12 am
by Philip Dearest


read more of Philip Dearest's prolific output heeeeeeeeeeere & lots of other popular places.
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My Grandpa died a few years ago & while helping clean out his flat, I 'inherited' his collection of matchboxes. Before smoking got banned from everywhere, promotional matchboxes were a thing, & my Grandpa had a thing for matchboxes, besides other nick-knacks.




I imagine as banks branch out into health insurance providers, less & less smoking paraphernalia becomes available.

Boys At Bar
Title: Anwen
 
 
 
01 December 2015 @ 12:58 pm
I'm putting my Charles & The Eggman comic project on the back burner next year. After three years of illustrating I'm only about halfway through publishing the whole project & it kind of sucks to slow it down, but I will soldier on & complete the thing provided I don't die in a terrible accident before hand. 2016 is the ten year anniversary of my old 2006 zine project & I'm gonna repeat that in 2016, so I'll be focussing on writing rubbish about myself every day all over again. While I've enjoyed writing in diaries in years since 2006, returning to diary writing after Charles & The Eggman's three year illustrating gap has revealed a few things. Australia Post no longer sells the format of diary I had become accustomed to sporadically between 2006 & 2012. & That format of diary didn't carry a brand name to Google, & Googling diary formats to find something similar resulted in pdfs from designers making their own that were never exactly the cup of tea I was after, if you catch my drift.

SO I FUCKEN DIY-ED MY OWN DAMN DIARY

The joy of productive illustrating has kept me at home more than I had been three years prior, so at the completion of Charles & The Eggman #4, when this diary Googling commenced you wouldn't have noticed my disappearance in to this new project. But for a handful of weeks in November I became fully preoccupied & immersed in a project that seemed simple enough, but results in a 370 page volume of, essentially, lined paper. But each page individually catered to for every day of a year, coupled with the DIY onus of making it excellently personable. I threw in every astro-woo-woo wacky zodiacky & tarot thing I knew of, used the old timey latin & norse calendar names for stuff, & used Wikipedia to find some goofy holiday or commemoration for every day of the year. That was a lot of extra work. Plus the normal, practical diary functionality of a page-a-day writing diary, a space to mark appointments, what day/week/month of the year it actually is & reference calendars & a planner page etc. & The nature of the project meant I was working to a deadline, which I don't usually pressure myself with. It was an intense few weeks, creatively. But it arrived in the post today & I can't stop thumbing through the yet to be scrawled upon pages.
 
 
04 November 2015 @ 11:01 am
My Grandpa died a few years ago & while helping clean out his flat, I 'inherited' his collection of matchboxes. Before smoking got banned from everywhere, promotional matchboxes were a thing, & my Grandpa had a thing for matchboxes, besides other nick-knacks.




The Top of the Mart is apparently a revolving restaurant on top of the New Orleans World Trade Centre. It's a building too tall the roof from street view, so here's a photo.

Joyce & Peter

Pretty Jazzy.
Title: SJ Finch
 
 
03 November 2015 @ 05:32 pm
Here's some photo of TISM performing at a BIg Day Out circa the fucken nineties. They were taken by my old pal Brendan & I think he gave me some secondary prints. Sorry Brendan they are in the bin now.

Title: Holleeeeeee
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30 October 2015 @ 11:10 am
by Cakey Sportsman

haircut idea i had, execute today on katie. the idea was an inuit ice hole fishing scene. so made the hair an icy blue, and then a shave to the skin in a perfect circle with a lure earring as the fish in the hole.



we were trying to be safe by filing down the hooks on the lure. but as you can see it still found its way into katies finger. and we ended up in emergency, with katie recieving a few injections.
fun day!

& I spied Cakey Sportsman calendars while out the other day heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere.
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29 October 2015 @ 01:46 pm
Title: Holly
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26 October 2015 @ 12:55 pm
Thanks to the data-miracle of internet file sharing my current reading includes e-versions of the 195 daily-strip Phantom stories written by Lee Falk & illustrated by about 5 different artists spanning about 60 years. This means I'm re-reading a lot of the material I had in paper copy form, including this sequence I realised ran as a strip/text on its own. & As an isolated text I think it's even stranger & funnier to be run in the daily paper. I'm keeping my eye on bits like this to hopefully mash up into an unauthorised zeen. & The nostalgia of it drove me yesterday to rummage through my wardrobe to pull out my old skull ring, aw, tragic.

Title: Todd Longwood
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by Connor Tomas O'Brien

In the wake of the nude celebrity photo leak, I noticed something strange about the ways different publications skewed their coverage. Tabloid-style publications tended to be honest about their motives, referring to the situation as “scandalous” and often reproducing portions of the images outright in a bid to appeal to readers’ basest impulses. The behaviour of left-leaning broadsheet-style outlets, however, was more complex, generating page-view profit by promoting the images while denouncing tabloids for engaging in the very same practice.

In broadsheet-aligned Forbes, for example, a piece about the stolen photographs generated over two million views. The piece begins with a list of nine women whose photographs have been stolen, then proceeds to discuss, ‘without going into sordid details’, which of the women’s photographs have been confirmed as real. Later in the piece, the author links to five sets of images of Hollywood actresses that ‘sadly’ focus on titillating the male viewer. The article’s explicit intention was to argue that the ‘burden of moral guilt [is] on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or gratification’. Yet despite their desire to condemn the vulgar coverage of tabloid publications, almost every hyperlink in the piece simply directed the reader more easily to that same coverage.

The same day, Daily Life published a piece by Clementine Ford titled “This is why you shouldn’t click on the naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence”. This article quickly generated over a million pageviews, for a whole host of reasons, but it is worth noting that the first paragraph contains a link to an image in which dozens of the women are named. On Junkee, a piece titled “Blame The Hackers, Sure, But Blame The Tabloids Too” was accompanied by exactly the kinds of images the author decries.

These kinds of pieces can be understood as akin to offense criticism, but they tend to go somewhat further. Offence criticism generally operates under the assumption that you’ve already consumed a piece of media, and attempts to explain why that content is so problematic that it should generate sustained outrage, ideally through sharing of a proliferation of thinkpieces about the content via social media channels. It is a self-sustaining form of criticism that primarily benefits advertisers on online news outlets.

The glut of broadsheet thinkpieces about the nude celebrity photographs had a slightly different effect. As the focus of the outrage is on content that the reader is encouraged not to consume, the sharing of these pieces of criticism inadvertently promotes the unscrupulous content in the name of fostering outraged responses to it. But what if the reader of the thinkpiece had come to it unaware of the reprobate content? In this case, the thinkpiece serves a strange dual purpose; both serving up links the reader can use to seek out the unseemly content, while repeatedly imploring the reader not to do so.

Urging others to look away is almost always ineffective. A decade ago, Barbra Streisand attempted to suppress the dissemination of a picture of her beach house. Until Streisand sued, almost nobody accessed the photo; in the month following the highly-publicised lawsuit, the photographer’s site would go on to receive close to half a million unique hits. In the years since, many others have found themselves burned by the “Streisand effect”, not recognising that attempting to convince others not to seek out a piece of media will only cause that media to rank more highly online.

In terms of what might be called “Streisand offence criticism”, it’s worth questioning whether or not publishers recognise what they are doing. The authors of individual pieces of Streisand offence criticism are almost certainly genuine in their intentions to turn readers away from offensive content. Publishers, however, must more clearly realise the true implications of running these kinds of articles. If the goal were really to draw attention away from offensive content, after all, the prudent move would be to publish nothing examining such content whatsoever. Not even a high-minded broadsheet, though, can simply turn away potential traffic. In the digital space, in which page views are of real short-term import and a “serious” publication’s reputation must be protected in the long-term, how to deal with morally discomfiting content becomes a serious business issue.

Streisand offence criticism has emerged as a perfect smokescreen. It allows such publications to publish articles that will draw in those looking for salacious and objectionable news on a “scandal”, while also ensuring the publication is never seen as endorsing or promoting the unscrupulous content readers are being ostensibly directed away from. This kind of criticism allows publishers to play a sleight of hand game, in which page views are boosted off the back of salacious content that appears to be principled and high-minded. If the reader or author never recognises the game is being played, all the better.

Streisand offence criticism extends in all directions, but it tends to be clearly designated: most pieces of Streisand offence crit are either prefaced by ‘Don’t’, or feature some sort of negatively expressed directive. The Guardian, for example, recently published a piece titled “Don’t fat-shame Clive Palmer”, which allowed it to subtly promote a slew of pieces of media which do fat-shame Palmer. As with much of this kind of criticism, the Palmer piece is complex. It has almost certainly been orchestrated to gain social media traction by those who do enjoy making fun of Palmer, but it also allows the publication to deny culpability by suggesting that the piece was published as comprehensive instruction on how a reader should not behave.

Ultimately, the logic of offense criticism dictates that it must eventually turn upon itself. This is why coverage of the nude celebrity photo leak so quickly turned away from criticism of those responsible for leaking the photographs, and toward a meta-discussion in which the tabloids were criticised for their coverage of the issue. Now I am criticising the broadsheets, and somebody else will almost certainly criticise me. The criticism must move up the chain, until we are all both outraged and condemned. Maybe we should just be quiet.

Read more Connor O'Brien heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere.

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My Grandpa died a few years ago & while helping clean out his flat, I 'inherited' his collection of matchboxes. Before smoking got banned from everywhere, promotional matchboxes were a thing, & my Grandpa had a thing for matchboxes, besides other nick-knacks.

Googling for the street view pic below, I found another copy of this matchbox on eBay for $8.



Here's the building the matchbox describes, up for grabs when the Google Street View car drove past. A Golden Opportunity the real estate ad claims.

Big Dinner

Golden!
 
 
13 October 2015 @ 10:13 am

Title: Tomas Ford
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