To accompany my Penrith Arcades Project exhibition that’s currently on at the Penrith Regional Gallery, I have printed a map on The Rizzeria. It’s for sale in the gallery shop at Penrith and I have also put a few copies on Etsy if anyone is keen to have one and can’t make it to the exhibition.
The exhibition is on until May 25th – you can go along and add your Penrith memory to the Memory Mall wall – joining the memories of bookstores, weddings, and being punched at Phriction Nightclub already there.
On the way home you can visit the real Memory Mall to complete the experience. I like to buy a sandwich from Top Sandwiches and sit in the Memory Mall food court and read the Penrith City Gazette. Then I pop into the Salvos, then the cake decorating store in the NK Centre for some cake decorating figurines, such as my exhibition mascots here, the bowling ladies.
Remember Newtown in the 1990s? I’ll be doing a time-travel talk about it and about Ninety9 at Newtown Library on February 25th as part of the Better Read’s Talking Heads series. Expect this head to talk about the owl clock with moving eyes on the wall of Singapore Gourmet, book landslides in Goulds, mischief in Sydney Park and buying tie dyed slips at the night markets at Burland Community Hall.
In one of my other lives, the one where I am a DIY cartographer, I am part of the Mud Maps exhibition at the Penrith Regional Gallery where I’ll be showing work related to my Penrith Arcades Project. It opens on March 1st so if you’re of the westerly persuasion do come and visit. My friend and fellow cartographer Keg de Souza is in the exhibition too.
There’s plenty of zine activity on the horizon and this post is going to be a round-up of various zine-related announcements and events rather than news of my own zines, although I have a couple in the works, as ever.
For those in Sydney, if you haven’t visited a Rizzeria Zine Club yet, come along next Thursday, January 16th for the launch of the Bizoo zine anthology, with music, gocco printing, and a panel on DIY in Australia.
The Rizzeria are currently running a Pozible campaign to buy a gold ink drum – if you’re thinking of printing with them sometime this year some of the rewards are printing credit, so it’s a good way to support the Rizzeria and also make sure you do end up making that thing you were thinking of! Another reward is a series of Sydney themed postcards, of which I designed one.
Also coming up in Sydney this month is the Take Care Zine Open Day at Junior Gazette – these don’t happen very often so make the trip to Marrickville to browse and buy from their great catalogue of zines. It’s on the 25 January from 12-5pm. Junior Gazette is at Level 1, 91 Railway Parade, Marrickville.
There are a few callouts for upcoming zine fairs, the first is Sticky’s Festival of the Photocopier zine fair in early February, and also taking stall applications is the Canberra Zine Emporium for their zine fair in March.
That’s all for now, do leave a comment if there’s anything else ziney coming up in the next few months I haven’t mentioned, and see you at the Rizzeria next week.
On a rainy Sunday in November, myself and the good people at Junior Gazette hosted a Morrissey themed party. From the time between the nervous beginnings to the too-much-toast aftermath among the fallen petals and teacups, I offer you these moments:
One of the many things I do is make maps. Sometimes I post my maps on my Sydney exploration blog Mirror Sydney, other times they accompany a 1990s tour of Newtown, and now you can see one in the Museum of Sydney: my map of 1950s and 60s Bankstown is in the new exhibition Suburban Noir, which runs until April 6th 2014 and features artwork in response to postwar crime scene photographs.
From the treacherous crime scenes of the south west to wild beasts and waterslides in the Sydney suburbs – my map of Sydney Theme Parks of the Past, Present and Future has been published in the latest issue of The Lifted Brow, available here and always good company. The African Lion Safari is just the start.
Start styling your quiff, get through the court case section of Autobiography, give The Queen is Dead a spin for the thousandth time, and get ready to join Junior Gazette and I to celebrate all things Morrissey on November 17th, when Junior Gazette becomes the Salford Lads Club and it’s okay to go and stand on your own, or eat a slice of toast while writing a Christmas card to Morrissey, or dance around with a bunch of gladioli. You are safe here. Others may try to destroy your flower-like life, but not here my love, not tonight my love. (Help me, the Smiths lyrics won’t stop!)