Lachlan Brown, author of Limited Cities got to know my work online and several months ago invited me to collaborate for the EWF - easily the coolest outcome of my social media habits. If you're not familiar with what I've been doing on Instagram I've been posting digital drawings that I've made on my iPhone and iPad. The drawings document events of the recent days and weeks and then get posted on Instagram. After doing it for over a year the pictures are taking on a distinct quality from previous drawings and paintings that I've exhibited and increasingly more people are liking and commenting. This event showcased my online work in a physical tangible place, which I had never anticipated when I started working with Instagram. The response from it is super encouraging so I'll be keeping up the habit for some time.
Lachlan and I agreed to work together by using each others' work as a springboard for our own. I drew five pictures based on one of Lachlan's poems titled Five Stories from his book Limited Cities while he wrote a poem for each of the five images of mine that he chose, including #pressthis, #coffeeandpastries, #birthdaypicnic, #partiedout and #gifts #newyorkcity #breakfast.
Lachlan and I have been talking about taking this collaboration further but for now you can check out one of the poems here, which he gave me permission to show on the blog.
the vomit stream’s joyful
hallelujah chorus like an express
bus stoppin’ nowhere just
pouring itself down parramatta rd
where a thousand mazda windscreens
replace the stations and become
mandalaed globules seeing the city
from well within themselves
measuring those constant refractions
via talkback radio taxi sessions
or sutherland shire anglo-backwash
on a hazy wednesday afternoon
hey dj keep the king hits coming
keep patting the dude on the back
while he groans with a faux-westie’s tenacity
his bent-waist lego-man pose
doing all the work, making him seem
generous and simple like a fable
about a disguised ruler giving everything away.