The Long Weekend turns 5 today

11 May

Five years today since the Alice Springs launch of the most emotionally difficult art project that I suspect I’ll ever do, and also the first huge art project I ever did. Grateful that I stumbled into it, completely unaware that it would change me.

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Recently I finished a minicomic called ‘The Tension’ which is about making ‘The Long Weekend in Alice Springs’ and what happened to me afterwards, which isn’t something that I’ve talked about much; it will be riso-printed in time for the Other Worlds Zine Fair in Sydney. I’ll have some mini launches later on once I’ve pulled my brain together.

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Craig San Roque showreel

3 May

My art-colleague Craig San Roque just had this showreel made up by David Nixon and Fiona Walsh in Alice Springs, some of his big hits over the years. He’s done quite a bit actually, strange and wonderful fellow he is. Some elements of the live performance of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs are at the beginning.

Craig San Roque from David Nixon on Vimeo.

 

May Newsletter

26 Apr

Hey! HOW ARE YOU??
My May newsletter is out -> HERE

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SOUND KLUB 16

24 Apr

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Sound Klub is a series of small events and concerts held in Hobart curated by Matt Warren and Joshua Santospirito focusing on audiovisual / improv and experimental sound / performances. It has been ongoing since 2009 … so next year it will be 10 years old.

Sound Klub 15

30 Mar

 

Saturday April 14 at 6pm with sounds from 6:15, $5 donation 

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Set-times subject to change 

6:15pm – Joshua Santospirito & Sara Wright

Experimental dance/sound collaboration two Hobart based artists. This should prove very very interesting. 

Listen to Josh’s at http://drivewesttoday.bandcamp.com 

 

7pm  – Trommel Inc. 

Trommel Inc. is a troupe of Hobart-based drummers dedicated to performing percussive experiments, planned, improvised or somewhere in between. This will be their debut.

 

7:45pm – Maria Moles and Adam Haliwell (Melbourne) 

Extraordinary Noise & Drums duo invoking incredible sound & music Improvisations. We were lucky enough to have Maria and Adam at a previous Sound Club episode. Maria also performed a solo percussion show at the Odeon during MOFO 2018. 

https://mariaandadam.bandcamp.com/album/if-the-times-were-right-i-wouldnt-be-writing-this-after-all

 

SK is curated by Matt Warren and Joshua Santospirito. 

It was started in 2009 by Matt Warren and Scot Cotterell and is a shifting collective of artists and musicians interested in live sound, experimental music and audio-visual performance. Based in Hobart, Tasmania SK produces small-scale, sometimes themed events presenting the work of local, national and international artists.

Poster art – by Matt Warren, Lettering by Joshua Santospirito. 

Free postage til Xmas

29 Nov

Woop !

I’ve been on big art-adventchas lately, it’s been grand.
But i’m back home now and it’s super nice to be back in my own bed after 5 weeks.

It’s almost the end of the year: it’s always surprising when it sneaks up on me like that. Not sure what you’ve been up to this year, but looking back I reckon the thing that I’ve spent most of this year trying to get better at is being a good friend to the people that mean a lot to me. I’m often away with the fairies in my own head reading books and writing and sometimes forget to tell my peeps that I love them. I’ll probably keep trying to get better at that next year too.

I’m grateful you’ve all been interested in stuff I do. I always hope that people find it interesting. Secretly (shh) I think I make comics because I’m not great at starting conversations the normal way … so I’m always super glad when people talk to me about ideas in my comics. It may not be the most efficient way to start a conversation … but I’m glad it works! 🙂

Xmas pressies
Hey … I just had an idea … perhaps you should get onto Christmas presents right now. By which … I mean you should buy my books and comics for your friends and family. San Kessto publications has free shipping til Christmas on both my graphic novels ->>>>>>>>

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* Swallows Part One (a tale of immigration and family) – $15 (FREE postage)

* The Long Weekend in Alice Springs (has turned out to be a cult hit over the last four years) – $29 (FREE postage)

* I wanna be a travella: Sri Lanka (a nice little travel comic/sketchbook from my trip there) $5 + postage

But now that my overly forthright sales pitches are all done
– I’d like to say that 2017 has been smashing for me and I hope that it’s been pretty damn smashing for you too. Whether it has or not – I hope that 2018 will be a WONDERFUL an super creative year for you all.
jxo

Follow Your Shadow

10 Oct

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13th Oct – 5th Nov

An exhibition of comic, cast and cartoon art at the Rosny Barn.
With artists – Scott Baxter, Alyssa Bernudez, Grace Garton, Paula Hatton, Joshua Santospirito, Paul Peart-Smith, Vivien Mason and Sarah-Jane Moore.

Opening – Thursday the 12th Oct, 5:30pm.
FREE, All welcome.

Artist talks – Saturday the 14th Oct, 2pm.
FREE, all welcome.

Student drawing competition – 13th Oct – 5th Nov.
FREE, students 18 and under.

Follow Your Shadow moves between surface and source. Curated by Dr Sarah Jane Moore, Tasmanian artists Scott Baxter, Alyssa Bermudez, Grace Garton, Paula Hatton, Joshua Santospirito, Paul Peart-Smith, Vivien Mason and Sarah Jane Moore collaborate to create a magical place of mystery, animation, exaggeration and intuition. The shadows we cast are explored through object, sound and space where cartoon meets comic, graphics meet sculpture and holograms meet playful projections. From Marvel to Minions, comic and cartoon art is all around us and is increasingly being recognised as an art form with both high artistic value and the power to communicate diverse stories. Join us and follow your shadow.