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Neither here nor there / Eric Nash
Bib ID 7898515
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [still image, text, sheet]
Author
Nash, Eric, 1987- artist
 
Online Versions
Description Townsville, Qld, Australia : Respectfully printed in the studios of Red Rag Press, 2017 
©2017 
1 broadside : colour ; 70 x 50 cm 
Summary

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 digitally printed poster shows a photographic collage of the interior space of Federation Square with fractal-like branching ceiling beams opening out onto an exterior view of the facade of the Moorish Revival Forum Theatre (formerly the State Theatre) and flowering purple jacaranda trees. In the foreground, a silhouetted couple walks across a tiled floor. White wire-frame or polygon mesh models of Townsville’s ‘Castle Hill’ and a man’s face are superimposed over the top. The four points of the compass, N, E, S, and W appear around the edges, referencing the Facebook logo. The title, ‘neither here nor there’ appears in a lower case cursive type in two lines across the centre.

An artist statement that accompanied the 2018 Townsville exhibition of the poster described it as a response to the year of major personal change, growth and challenges that Eric Nash experienced after he and his wife moved to Melbourne in January 2017. After a long period in Townsville (from his early secondary education to nearly ten years working in the city’s regional galleries), Nash experienced a sense of social and professional solastalgia and no longer felt a sense of belonging as he recognised that the city he loved had changed around him. However, after close to a year in Melbourne, re-energised by its frenetic pace and rich cultural offerings, “he has (perhaps surprisingly) discovered he is still fiercely passionate about Townsville, and regional Australia more broadly, and identifies more strongly than ever as a regional Australian with a desire to meaningfully advocate for those communities. As such, the work he presents is an amalgamated landscape of his real metropolitan surroundings, and sketches of regional intrusions, which combine to form his new sense of ‘home’. The drawn incursions in the landscape are sourced from social media - people and places in Townsville he still feels connected to. In many ways, these people and places do insert themselves in his experience of the Melbourne landscape on a daily basis; a voyeuristic connection retained through our consumption of social media. The exploration of the digital experience of the landscape is also expressed through Nash’s use of mobile phone imagery to depict his Melbourne surroundings.”

Biography/History

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.

Notes

Title from accompanying documentation.

Giclee print with hand set type.

Limited edition of 16 copies.

National Library of Australia's copy is no. 3/16.

Also available online https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-2357416840 Broadside 1309 copy

Subjects Place (Philosophy) -- Posters.  |  Digitally printed materials -- 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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