Shida’s work explores the interlinked relationship between ritual, sexuality and love. Psychedelic entities are entwined in ceremonial acts, transcending the boundaries of known reality. In a world where society’s issues are becoming increasingly gendered and people are seemingly more divided than ever due to the rise of identity politics, Shida seeks to turn this tide like an ancient shaman with each of these works being, in essence, an invocation, an energetic manifestation, a prayer to joy.
Not something we usually do, and probably won’t get around to doing again for quite some time, but we thought we’d review some of the books that we’ve had spread over the desk acting as upmarket coasters for the past month.
It’s also probably the only time you’ll see publications about animal porn next to books that include the Vatican’s ltd edition record releases. Unless perhaps that sort of thing goes on at the Vatican when their librarian’s car isn’t being used to smuggle hundreds of kilos of illicit drugs. Who knows…
T-post 96 – Alife – T-post
Now-retired Alife head honcho, Tony Arcabascio has stepped down from the pioneering clothing brand to concentrate on publishing. His latest focus is Swedish-born heavy-hitting monthly t-shirt zine, T-Post; a wearable magazine, with each ‘issue’ focusing on a different story or brand.
Ahead of her new show in Brisbane, VNA caught up with straight-up from-the-streets artist, Vexta. One of the highest-profile artists in Australia, she has a unique, self-taught style and a DIY attitude. We like her lots.
Vexta, tell us about your new show, what’s it all about?
My next exhibition is called In-Between Worlds, it opens on Thursday April 19th up at Edwina Corlette Gallery in Brisbane, Australia. It’s a collection of new work examining our relationship to ourselves, ideas about evolution, the mysterious interconnectedness of all living things and the atomic particles that hold it all together. It originally spawned from thinking about the way everything, ourselves included, is constructed from tiny particles, the way those atomic particles are clustered and thinking what would happen if they shattered. It’s about what they would look like if we could see them and how if they did shatter, it would be a new world. So, this show is about that possibility. I’ve painted the particles as these geometric neon shards and in the show they are fusing and pulling things apart. The show itself includes paintings, installation, a light sculpture and a sound piece.
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