Die Laughing at the May Lane Street Art Project, Sydney, Australia, 2005
NOT MUCH HAS CHANGEDDie Laughing were a group of artists operating in the early to mid 2000’s from Tasmania. They basically threw heaps of art-rocks at the Australian and International political landscape of the period.
And you know what - things were similar then to now. There was a period, felt acutely in Tasmania, Australia and around the world - of political change. Obama… Rudd… and in Tasmania, Bartlett. It was a swing towards freedom. Some would try to put it on a linear scale and say “a swing to the left”. But surely there are other more colourful, strange and diverse ways of discussing the political landscape than left-right-and-middle. Anyway, it collapsed.
I was commissioned by Frank Restaurant & Bar to produce a wall painting, stencil some bathroom walls and mess up some Eames chairs (assisted by Tom O'Hern on the black & white ones). Here are the results. The interior design is by Georgina Freeman with logo and design elements by Damian Scott - the same team responsible for the MONA ROMA Ferries.
Parallax (Blacker Mask), Jamin, 2014, acrylic spray paint on acrylic sheets, 80 x 160cm
This new work is on display in the exhibition Abstraction - A Group Show at Despard Gallery from 30 April till 19 May, 2014.
One Thing Begets Another
An exhibition in tandem by Jamin & Jacob Leary
Opens 6pm, Friday 16th August 2013
Exhibition runs 16.08.13 till 09.09.13
15 Castray Esplanade, Hobart, Tasmania | +61 3 6223 8266
This exhibition is a series of work concerned with camouflage - in the sense of how one thing relates to another, rather than how one thing hides from another. Specifically, they mark a continuation of my ongoing interest in media processes, knowledge systems and power structures. The works evolve through an engagement with materiality: the plexiglass substrate mediates the subject and the ground whilst continuously occupying the territory of object just as the application of spray paint oscillates between transparency and impenetrability across areas of the screen. Masks have been employed in the creation of the work to continuously reveal and conceal areas of the substrate, an additive and subtractive force at play. These masks, or stencils, are matrices, semi-random in their creation and deployment. The framework for these matrices is one thing begets another, each cut line informing where the next occurs, and each layer arranging and colouring the next. These matrices operate individually and collectively, often intersecting to create new arrays of arbitrary quantities. Enmeshed within the matrices are elements of form and colour which occasionally coalesce into figures or symbols. These areas have been treated with paint in much the same manner as has the rest of the matrix.
The video work, Entropic-Extropic, mimics the methodology employed in the painted works via a different set of processes. Fine particles of paint, dust and detritus have been manipulated to coalesce and fragment according to my level of interest and surveillance.
The Death of David Walsh is a painting that has been created using a wire brush attached to a power drill. The areas of image have been subtracted from layers of flat paint by vigorously applying the abrasive tool to the reverse surface of the plexiglass. Each successive layer of paint concealed the previous layer in such a way that the forming image was continuously hidden from view - resulting in a painting that was painted, or un-painted, before it was seen in the manner that you are seeing it.
Images of Works:
Entropic Extropic, Jamin, 2013 (35 sec preview of 10min single / multi channel video installation)
MONA ROMA 1 - Artwork by Jamin, Tom O'Hern & Rob O'Connor
Jamin, Tom O'Hern & Rob O'Connor were commissioned to paint the new MONA ferry, MONA ROMA 1. It was 6 nights of painting, drawing and working collaboratively on the walls, glass and toilet doors of the catamaran.
The ferry was commissioned by the Roche Brothers, built at Incat, with the exterior camo design by Damian Scott and the interior design by Georgina Freeman.
I WANT CHANGE: Two Decades of Artistic Defiance, Disapproval and Dissent
Exhibition runs 20 February - 12 April, 2013
Curated by Michael Brennan
Artists: Michael Agzarian, Brook Andrew, boat-people.org, Bindi Cole, James Dodd, Fiona Foley, Jamin, Ash Keating, Deborah Kelly, Azlan McLennan, MEEK, Oliver Ressler & Zanny Begg, Van Rudd, Carl Scrase
"A shadowy figure sits cross-legged against a wall. Hands outstretched, he holds a placard above a beggar’s cup, scrawled with the text, “KEEP YOUR COINS, I WANT CHANGE.” MEEK’s iconic stencil, Begging for Change, sums up a sentiment that experienced a groundswell in contemporary art practice in Australia during the Howard era and has maintained an active presence to the current
day. The War on Terror, our treatment of refugees, the environment, gender and sexuality, Indigenous identity and the GFC have each figured prominently as political issues that have occupied artists and their practices over the past 15 years. I Want Change: Two Decades of Artistic Defiance, Disapproval and Dissent takes a snapshot of these issues and the often public, performative and socially engaging approaches embraced by artists to voice their protest, criticism and concern."
This large wall was commissioned by Ionata in Hobart for their rooftop lunch area. A very fun commission for a bunch of great people.