July 01

SOCIAL COMPLIANCE AND THE AFTER PARTY

William Yang and a friend

William Yang and a friend

Publishing arty magazines is the new collage. Everyone and their dog is giving it a crack. Not to be putting down a good collage or a good art mag. It’s the popularity, the fashionability of a medium that makes one nervous. But I’ll hold all value judgements back till I’ve at least had Higher Arc Issue#3 in my eager hands. It launched Thursday night at Murray White Room with an exhibition of works by contributors. I haven’t seen that neither, but have until 6th July to get my fat ass there.

What I did see was the Higher Arc After Party at The Carlton Club, and those who attended had partaken of quite a few celebratory Peroni. The party had a couple of bands, apology’s for not knowing their names, especially the band where the singer stood on his head and kept singing. This encouraged the After Party to get to the point where social compliance levels dissolve and an investigation into mayhem can ensue. It’s called the Mona Effect, and is easily identifiable from features including black walls, moody lighting, crushed velvet, anarchy and other feelings reminiscent of the fall of the Roman Empire.

Murray White reminisced about Art Basel Hong Kong. On his stand they sat, hour after hour, admiring an amazing installation of garlands of ephemera opposite, one with a massive six figure price tag. At Fairs end, the work hadn’t found a buyer but had found the bin. He’s got the pictures.

Natalie Thomas

Higher Arc is presently seeking submissions for Issue #4, to be launched in late 2013. Higher Arc can be purchased online, and is also available from Readings Bookstore, Carlton.

Murray White plants one on Bartholomew

Murray White plants one on Bartholomew

Chase Burns and Hannah Bellil

Chase Burns and Hannah Bellil

Singing

Singing

Tracey Lester and Harry the Hairdresser

Tracey Lester and Harry the Hairdresser

The singer can sing standing on his head

The singer can sing standing on his head

Not Afraid of Love

Not Afraid of Love

big rig

big rig