Melbourne FRINGE '13 by JoFF Rae


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TREE T - Weston Frizzell 2009 by JoFF Rae

800mm x 1200mm

mixed media on hardboard

It is a letter from the Weston Frizzell "WORD" series of prints that appropriate iconic images of letters from prominent New Zealand artworks & artists & other images, further referencing the hip hop phrase "word" as an exclamation or positive expression.

TREE T has featured in the prints AOTEAROA & TAUPO.

Other letters have included the AA A & O GORDON with appropriated image from the Automobile Association & Gordon Walters; &P was taken lifted from the classic L&P logo & other letters are from shoe polish, other McCahon paintings & familiar imagery.

TREE T References the McCahon's Urewera mural, 1975.

By no chance the original mural was the controversial McCahon stolen from the Waikaremoana Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa in 1997 but subsequently recovered.  The Tutu or 22 is a direct reference to Tame Iti as his DJ name of Dr Tutu.

The Word series of Weston Frizzell letter paintings and prints can be exhibited in flexible configurations, in sequential locations.

As they sell, we add  other new letters to the lineup and individual letters can be replaced with new versions or ideas, to allow the same show to be exhibited in many evolving configurations. Its an idea format designed to be shown repeatedly.

Individual letters realised as paintings are 1200 x 800,  acrylic lacquer, enamel, 2 pack clear, very sophisticated paint technology on wooden box frames. In NZ $4500 (negotiable less 10% for combinations). Before being sold the works are photographed to a very high spec, recombined to produce a range of Word ideas produced as limited edition prints.  

Prints are up to 1000mm x 500mm archival pigment inkjets on Hahnemule 310 gsm rag (there is no better paper); stamped, signed and numbered by both artists; editions between 50 and 180 with price point between $450 and $900 NZ.

To date we have sampled the key NZ historic superbrands, and appropriated many from Colin McCahon & Gordon Walters paralleling his graphic vocabulary with product brands, to evolve a remixed montage of art/pop culture identities, configured into an alphabet, encapsulating the Kiwi psyche.


Weston Frizzell - the BLOCKBUSTERS series by JoFF Rae


Nama Malarky


Us and Them


Blockbusters by Weston Frizzell

Edition of 50, archival pigment print on Hahnemulle 308 gsm Cotton Rag. Signed by Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell (Weston Frizzell)

Weston Frizzell first conceived the Blockbusters design as an illustration of the title in abstract block typography. A digital mock-up was divided into six equal segments. The six segments are collage style mashup of famous art and brand details. The segments (from left to right) are titled "Blurb", "Nama Malarky", "Couched", "Us and Them", "Thonglines" and "Grocer with Moko Erased". The names of the segments are further clues to the identity of artists being remixed by Weston Frizzell in this piece! Intriguingly the six individual Blockbuster paintings exhibited at the Blockbusters show were simply byproducts of the printmaking process, described by Weston Frizzell as "ancillary artifacts" remaining after the digital artwork was completed. In the vocabulary of street art the term Blockbuster refers to a piece where one word occupies the entire wall. The outlined text is predominantly defined by the blacking out of the gaps and negative space. Parasitic of the underlying work, a BLOCKBUSTER envelopes and consumes the surface. A Blockbuster is also the biggest thing of the summer, the thing everyone has to see.

Blockbusters screenprinted poster

Print size in millimetres: Full A1 Sheet

Edition of 100 large A1 screenprints on Hibrite art stock. Numbered, then signed by all three artists who exhibited - Dick Frizzell, Otis Frizzell and Mike Weston below image.

Unique edition of 100 screenprints to promote the recent Blockbusters exhibition at Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery. Featured new work from Frizzell & Son (Dick Frizzell and Otis Frizzell) and Weston Frizzell (Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell collaboration). This is a screen printed version of the exhibition poster. 

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