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Hyper loop / Richard Gillespie
Bib ID 7898479
Format BookBook [still image, text, sheet]
Gillespie, Richard, artist
Description Townsville, Qld, Australia : Respectfully printed in the studios of Red Rag Press, 2017 
1 broadside : colour ; 69 x 50 cm 

One of sixteen limited edition posters produced as part of a project in which North Queensland printmakers were invited to produce a letterpress poster using their own imagery and the type and letterpress printing equipment available at Red Rag Press. This poster is printed in a Russian Constructivist style, in red, orange and yellow (for the hub of the loop and a seven-pointed star). The type is printed over the top in black in the English and Russian alphabets. The title appears in the centre, surrounded by place names and locations, including к востоку от Мюррея дорогая (east of the Murray Darling) and кзападу от диапазона (to the west of the ranges); Таунсвилл (Townsville) and Аделаида (Adelaide) are in larger type. The artist notes: “Talk of very fast trains in Australia only ever arises at election times and only ever between Sydney and Melbourne. With photo polymer plates as some font, I’ve mimicked the constructivist style to advocate for a futurist, infrastructure plan to have magnetic levitation, tube transportation, on the other side of the dividing range, between Adelaide and FNQ [Far North Queensland] to foster the development of regional cities.”


Red Rag Press was formally established by Sheree Kinlyside in 2006, and has generally produced fine press artists books along with some limited-edition poetry, broadsides and the occasional poster. In 2016, Sheree Kinlyside approached fourteen other Townsville artists to contribute to a poster project using the resources of her press. Arts Queensland provided a grant to help the project along with paper and to pay each artist for their production costs. Caren Florance, an artist, letterpress printer and arts lecturer from Canberra, also visited the studio for a week as artist in residence, and assisted many of the project participants to achieve their text–image collaborations. Sometimes the letterpress printed text (essentially relief printing with words instead of images) is original, sometimes the artist has used found text, written by a poet or prose writer. Sheree Kinlyside and Caren Florance also each produced a poster as part of the project, making a grand total of sixteen.


Title from accompanying documentation.

Reduction linocut, photopolymer plate text and hand set type.

Limited edition of 11 copies.

National Library of Australia's copy is no. 3/11, signed by the artist.

Subjects High speed trains -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Linoleum block-printing, Australian -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Letterpress printing -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Broadsides -- Queensland -- Townsville -- Specimens.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Kinlyside, Sheree, printer  |  Florance, Caren, 1967- printer  |  Red Rag Press, issuing body  |  Arts Queensland, commissioning body
Terms of Use Copying allowed for research, study or personal use; permission required for publishing and other public use. 
Exhibited Commentary: Hand-printed Posters from North Queensland Artists, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Queensland, 9 November 2018 - 16 December 2018. 


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