Axis Art Projects - BNE - NYC - 1987- 2017 - Memento Vivere #1 ( East Village People Remix)
AXIS is an acronym for Art Xtremists International Syndicate - A media art collective initiative and artist-run guerrilla art project founded by artists Jay Younger, Paul Andrew, Lehan Ramsay (1987-1989) in collaboration with over thirty Australian, US and UK based artists directly engaged in independent DIY artist-run culture throughout the 1970s and 1980s, AXIS was conceptualised as a collective art documentary collaboration and included the project AXIS File - Sites of Dis-closure - a participatory artist book and photocopy art exhibition exhibited at various artist-run spaces in Brisbane in 1988 and at artist-run spaces in NYC and London including 2B Garage on Avenue B and outside the Guggenheim Museum May - June 1988 and at Arch Lane Public Art (Artist-Run) Brisbane December 1988.
Video artist Paul Andrew in collaboration with video artist Susie Forster
I use the language of Super 8 film making and 'home movies' , photography, digital archival recovery and remix culture to consider profoundly personal and shared memories. Axis Art Projects was a collaborative guerrilla art project I participated in with artists Jay Younger, Lehan Ramsay and thirty artists actively engaged in the vibrant Brisbane artist-run scene during the oppressive Bjelke-Petersen era in the 1980s.
The aim of the Art X-tremists International Syndicate project was poetic and documentary in impulse and designed for us to directly participate with socially engaged artist-runs and alternative art spaces based in the East Village including "The Gas Station and The Junk Tower" or "2B" an abandoned gas station, used as a metal workshop, bar, outdoor sculpture exhibition space, a performance art and concert space.
The project was titled “Does New York Exist?” and unlike other Australian artist-runs emerging at the time we were passionate about networking, investigating and examining the shared and distinctive affinities with artist-runs overseas, specifically in the East Village scene and gaining insights into how our artist peers in New York working in a climate of precarity and state sanctioned calumny were responding to the mainstream arts system, to the art star media phenomenon, HIV AIDs and Reagonomics, gentrification, property development and widespread demolition of cultural precincts and the ways that artists were actively diversifying the arts ecology through artist-run collaboration, protest, contestation, experimental practices, street art and urban disruption.
Paul Andrew is an artist working in interdisciplinary ways and has been practicing and exhibiting professionally since 1984. Paul works in a range of roles including curatorial practice, artist-run collaboration, archival recovery, writing, memoir & text, painting, photocopy, photography, super eight, video, wall-based installations, analogue-to-digital media and community contribution methodologies.
Keywords for his art practice includes: Social Justice, Dissonant and Non-traditional Media, Relational Aesthetics, LGBTQI, Gender Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Complex PTSD, Homophobia, HIV/AIDS, Artist-Run Heritage, Self-Publishing, DIY, Living Archives, Walking, Nature.
Originally trained as a fine artist, Susie has combined her creativity with the digital world through film and multimedia. Her love of story-telling has led her into the world of the short documentary, and her passions include community, living healthy and sustainable lifestyles and sharing knowledge with young people.
As well as producing many digital community stories, promotional clips and short films, Susie has a background in business and marketing.
Artist Paul Andrew in collaboration with Susie Forster
Super Eight - Paul Andrew
Photography - Paul Andrew, Jay Younger
Miracle observed on Super 8 - A rare sighting of HDH Pope Alice, Brisbane 1997 - "Walking through the suburbs with my super eight camera on a trip to Stradbroke Island I was astonished by the ghostly apparition before me, HDH Pope Alice meandering in the streets of Buranda, holiness enchanted by a neglected garden. I couldn't believe the miracle unfolding before my eyes. I often have my super eight film camera on hand to document my body walking, dancing or observing and that day I had some B& W film in the camera, I feel truly blessed to witness this event and as good fortune would have it this and many of my super eight films have been recovered and are being remixed into a digital form... "Paul Andrew, 1997-2015 - Artist Collaboration Paul Andrew, with Artist Luke Roberts and editor Marion Conrow.
Short Film - Super Eight - Performance Art - Collaboration - Featuring artists including Barbara Campbell, Ted Riggs, Brian Doherty ( NB this work was made in 1984)..
Brian Doherty Quote:
Less than a year later on 12 September 1984 I chaired a meeting of the Artworkers Union where Barbara outlined a proposal to hold a major visual arts conference. Five days later on September 17 there was another meeting where the details of the conference were finalised – where it would be held, the speakers: representing the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council; local educational institutions: Qld College of Art, Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Qld University Fine Arts Dept, Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Brisbane Institute of Fine Arts; State Government funding bodies and the Labor Party shadow minister for the Arts; Galleries: Qld Art Gallery, Uni of Qld Art Museum, Griffith Uni Art Collection, Institute of Modern Art, Qld Regional Galleries, Aust Commercial Galleries Assn, Qld College of Art Gallery, Civic Art Museum, and the dates – the weekend of October 27/28 – which was less than six weeks away...