|tiki beat by marcus thorn|
Joined: Jun 01, 2005
From: A Little Island called Australia
|Posted: 2006-10-26 2:50 pm  Permalink|
The Vinyl Frontier at Petrie Terrace will be overrun with artists and their robots from Friday October 27 for “Not Just Another Giant Monster Robot Show.” This is the
second in the “Adventures in Lowbrow” series of shows to help promote and
support local outsider and pop surrealist art.
Tikis, velvet paintings, mixed media, photography, video and sculpture will turn
robotic in October when local Brisbane and overseas artists show their talent.
Marcus Thorn, renowned local tiki carver, will reinvent the tiki genre with a new,
improved tiki-robot to be unveiled on the opening night. Anyone who enjoyed the
Zoo’s recent Night of the Tiki Terrors with Wiseacre will have seen some of Marcus’
proficient work with a tiki. He dressed the stage and carved a tiki on the night. His tikis are much sought after by surf shops and fans of Polynesian pop and his tikirobot will be a popular exhibit at the show.
Gold Coast black velvet artist Baron von Weirdo, following in the tradition of Leeteg, will bring a Polynesian twist to all things robotic. He has been the leading black velvet artist in Australia since the 1960’s and has dragged himself away from more profitable interstate commissions to exhibit at the Vinyl Frontier.
Mimi Kersting, a U.S. original , now residing in Brisbane, will lend her special 50s glamour with endearingly vivid, pertinently captioned and perfectly executed robot themed graphics. Think Robbie the robot meets Bettie Page! Mimi’s last exhibition at Metro Arts was a big success and her old fashioned oils on board were snapped up.
Chris Osborne, whose photographs of Brisbane composers inspired us at the
Powerhouse last year, will combine his skills with photography and collage to reinvent the terror and thrills of robots. Chris' promotional and publicity photographs have appeared in everything from The Australian and The Courier Mail, to Brisbane News and the Woodford Folk Festival programs.
Leon van de Graaff will be contributing robot sculptures like the gorgeous specimen
in the photograph.
A host of other Brisbane artists will be contributing to the event. Opening night will include a dj, drinks and retro snacks for all.
Lowbrow art’s popularity has been growing through the visual subcultures of tattoo
art, underground comics, custom cars, graffiti, skateboarding and the tiki and retro revival.
The work isn’t lowbrow in execution just the sources of inspiration are.
The exhibition opens 27th October and continues until November 5. For more
information call The Vinyl Frontier (5/32 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane, 4000) on (07)
Tiki Beat by Marcus