Road Trippin’

Some pics of our site based installation “Road Trippin’” which was living in the window space of 188 Molesworth St over the duration of Artstate Lismore. A collaboration between Joanna Kambourian, Darren Bryant and Clint Harvey – the work featured over 16m of wallpaper hand screenprinted in 7 colours using the old screens from Brisbane City Council.

Postcards were cut from the wallpaper and an edition of 100 posters were made to accompany the install.

Big thanks to Arts Northern Rivers for including us in the Disruption of Distance program during Artstate Lismore.

Road Trippin’ is an installation of screenprints made from the screens that were once used to produce the Road Signs for Queensland Transport. . The work is collaboration between a group of artists from Lismore Art Space and The Bacon Factory Brisbane. Over a weekend in November artists printed these large format screens on wallpaper and large format sheets of paper to create the work that is to be installed in the pop-up space during the weekend of Artstate.

The wallpaper and large format prints will be installed to cover the space, and using a viewfinder or grid, visitors will be invited (for a gold coin donation) to select an a6 size section of the print which will then be cut from the larger sheet and be able to be taken away, reminiscent of a souvenir or postcard. There will also be large format poster prints featuring road sign imagery in a stack also available for a small cost to roll up and take away.

The Road Trip is very much part of the Australian psyche, occupying such a large continent we are familiar with travel as part of our everyday – and living regionally even more so. Roads signs and travel form a significant part of our every day experience as well as invoking a sense of nostalgia about adventures, family holidays, speaking to us of the sense of freedom and movement as part of our cultural identity. The road between the Northern Rivers and Brisbane, being the closest largest city, is a familiar route and this project makes the connection between the two places in a very literal way. Over time the trip has become shorter and quicker and the project describes this passage of time and proximity of these places – through technology the concept of the centre and periphery is quite quickly becoming less apparent – and distance has become less of an issue for connection and collaboration and the transfer and exchange of ideas. It also speaks of the passage of time and space in this way through the very physical reproduction of signs – once screen-printed and made by hand, which now are being produced using digital technology.

A selection of the work will also be installed in a pop up space in the Lismore CBD for the duration of the project, which will visually document the process and will feature a large edition of pre-printed posters that visitors to the space can roll up and take home in a fluxus style stack, echoing the style of Cuban born American Artist Felix Gonzales Torres.