Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Rogue Planet exhibition at Chameleon Gallery a success.

Screen printers Carol Porter and Nicholas Mau have created a collection of limited edition screenprints under the banner of Rogue Planet, exhibiting at Chameleon Gallery in Hepburn Springs, Victoria. The works reflect the artists’ political and social responses to current local and global issues such as carbon offset, global consumption and factory farming.

The creating of Rogue Planet is a reference to the Melbourne based political arts collective RedPlanet where Carol and Nicholas both worked as artists. In 1992 RedPlanet became the combined entity of Redletter Community workshop and Another Planet Posters. The workshop provided access to cash strapped organizations, individuals and not for profit communities. It was the dissident voice of those with a different view to the mainstream. In the mid 90’s the screenprinted poster was fast becoming too expensive in comparison with a more cost effective desktop publishing option.

Funding from the Australia Council ceased in 1998 and eventually RedPlanet went into receivership. The State Library of Victoria bought the remaining poster stock in 2001. The Artery Gallery in Fitzroy exhibited the collection as RedPlanet Revolution in 2005. Those who remember the temper of the times received the exhibition with great enthusiasm. Younger art pundits have been inspired by the causes and attracted to the low-tech appeal of some of the works.

Both Carol and Nicholas have permanent works in the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; National Gallery in Canberra; Art Gallery of Western Australia; State Library of Victoria; Estonian State Library, Estonia and Chaumont Poster Museum, France and some of these are available for sale.

New posters from the Rogue

It's been an industrious few months at Rogue Planet, with lots of new goodies to share - a new range of limited edition screen-printed posters to whet the ol' appetite.