Exhibition at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston, Australia. April 4-26, 2014
Sleuth: The Delegation
it would seem that sometime in the last 250 years the fire-farming just stopped. The humans no longer see themselves in the landscape, and consequently they no longer care for the trees, the dirt, the spirit. Now the giants have awoken. These strange and large visitors have come to Canberra to discuss a situation: Australian spirituality is all over the shop! The continent’s psyche appears to be diversifying … this mightn’t be such a good thing.
I don’t reckon this is such a good thing.
And where is Amos? Is he always late for every meeting!!
Exhibition review by Patrick Sutczak (April 2014)
Sleuth is an ongoing series that begins with exhibitions, comics and other crosses into other multimedia. It explores what is happening with the Aussie psyche and soul, a nebulous and amorphous thing.
Joshua Santospirito is an illustrator, musician and multimedia artist who lives in Hobart, Tasmania. His main artistic obsessions revolve around language, anthropology, culture and psychology. His main works in comics have been his very rambling Sleuth series, and the award winning graphic novel The Long Weekend in Alice Springs which he published in 2013 through Sankessto Publications.
The Sleuth-world continues to grow and grow with this new story – Sleuth: Somethin’s Rotten on the Apple Isle!
It’s part of the new Tascomic series curated by Josh called DOWN THERE where there’ll be a different artist making each issue – up to four times per year. Part of what Josh likes to call – the comics Rennaissance of the Southern Ocean.
This issue is from Josh’s Sleuth series of stories – which is a bunch of rambling, multi-format comics that vaguely resemble a theme on where the modern Australian psyche has gotten itself to … wherever the hell that is.
Some new characters – including Reverend Browning (who was a real bloke from Cressy in Northern Tasmania).
Some old faves – the potty-mouthed Pademelon comes off the gallery wall and bounces into your cute and cuddly hearts in comic-book form, Andrew “Poppy” Harwood makes a return with an all-new jug of Boags … in this all-Tassie extravaganza.
BONUSSSSS – an extra story with the giant Amos Waistcoat meeting up with anthropologist extraordinaire Teddy Strehlow out in the desert somewhere.
The first in the series (each made by a different artist) will be by Josh – a new comic in his ongoing Sleuth series. Here’s a rough drawing for a new character – Revered Browning.
Some images from the exhibition that is currently in Alice Springs at Watch This Space gallery of the art from the graphic novel along with development sketches and earlier version of pages and other bits and bobs.
Exhibition dates – May 10 to June 7
Some recent media stuff
Also – an Arts hub interview relating to Josh’s work at the MONA FOMA in January 2013.
The long wait for The Long Weekend is finally OVER!
You can buy it now direct from the San Kessto Publications website.