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Big Fag Wins Big Prize

fremantle arts centre print award

Yeomans Project – a print series by veteran aussie conceptual artist Ian Milliss, and Big Fag Press co-director Lucas Ihlein, has won the 2012 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award!

Above, you can see Lucas receiving a GIANT cheque from FAC director Jim Cathcart on behalf of the duo. (And a few more photos over here.)

(Lucas reports that he can now retire, having achieved his lifelong goal of “posing for a photograph with a giant cheque”…)

The set of prints was produced as part of a larger project investigating the work and influence of PA Yeomans – an important Australian agricultural innovator.

The prints were collaboratively designed by Ihlein and Milliss, and generated in the Big Fag workshop with prepress and printing contributions by Mickie Quick and Louise Anderson.

You can have a closer look at them over at our online store.

The 2012 judging panel consisted of Curator and art historian and President of Print Council of Australia, Akky van Ogtrop; Curator of Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC), artist and writer, Dr Ric Spencer; and artist, curator and writer, Julie Gough.

The judges said of Ihlein and Milliss’ entry:

In a tight layering of concept and research and through the process of offset lithography, the series references Land Art, commercial graphics, agricultural advertising and the history of topographical mapping.

Happily, the second prize was won by a buddy of the Big Fag, Ampersand Duck. Ampersand Duck is a letterpress outfit in Canberra, and the prize was for her delicious typographic work entitled Discontent.

As Ampersand quipped on the night, the real winner this year was obselete technology!

[A review by Darren Jorgenson of the exhibition is here].

Diego Bonetto wins the Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize!

diego bonetto and georgie pollard
[photo courtesy of The Madding Crowd]

Diego Bonetto, one of the directors of the Big Fag Press, has won the 2011 Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize!

Diego’s prizewinning work was an installation comprising one of his famous weed terrariums, alongside a print he produced in 2010 on the Big Fag:

diego terrarium audit
[Diego Bonetto, Terrarium Audit, 2010, in collaboration with Lucas Ihlein]

[Diego Bonetto, Weed Terrarium, 2010]

The print was produced in collaboration with Lucas Ihlein, as part of Lucas’ Environmental Audit project. Both the print, and the Terrarium were produced as part of the exhibition In the Balance: Art for a Changing World at the MCA.

This year, the MCAP was shared between Diego and Georgie Pollard. Congratulations to you both!!

Big Fag Press is officially Awesome!

awesome foundation logo

Thanks to the Sydney Chapter of the Awesome Foundation, the Big Fag Press has just been given $1000.00 to help with a project we’ve been wanting to do for ages: print a big map of Woolloomooloo.

The Awesome Foundation is an international micro-philanthropy movement – ten trustees of the foundation in each city put up a hundred dollars each, so that every month a grand can be offered for a project which is “awesome”.

There isn’t any other stipulation, and the application process is dead easy. You just have to prove that it’s awesome.

As a small experimental entrepreneurial artists group, we’re really excited to be affiliated with this amazing form of DIY, bureaucracy-free benevolence.

Our project, to print a map of Woolloomooloo, is motivated by the fact that we’ve moved into this neighbourhood which is rich in layers of social and political history. The best way to “put yourself on the map” is to actually print it!

The map will be designed and produced as a first step towards a larger project we’re working on, called the “Green Bans Art Walk”, which will launch in August.

We’ll put up more info about that project soon. In the meantime, thanks Awesome!

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