I finally got around to producing my first personal zine. ‘Upload New Post’, 36 page b&w risograph print, perfect bound, featuring a mix of selected work both published and unpublished from the past couple of years.
Hand numbered edition of 100. $10 plus postage available from my store. Thanks to anyone who’s picked on up so far, for everyone else here’s a sample of what’s inside. More shots can be found on my Instagram account @samoctigan
Earlier this year I was asked to create album artwork for Melbourne hardcore band, Outsiders Code’s debut LP, ‘Exiled From Birth’. It’s a great record and I was real happy to be involved in the final product.
I’ve produced a limited edition of the original painting used for the artwork, available now from my store. 297mm x 252mm giclee print on 432mm x 385mm Arches Aquarelle rag, hand numbered and signed out of 30. $30, plus postage.
Huge thanks to everyone that came down to Obscura Gallery over the course of October to see “Time Flies”. It was the first exhibition from 615 and was a massive success on a number of levels. First it was great to get to properly curate a large show with a lot of work, then to look back at some of what the collective has produced over the past 12 months. Great to see all the guys get down to work in such a large space like Obscura Gallery, to have Marcus Dixon down from Newcastle and to exhibit with my man Doug Aldrich from Brooklyn, NYC again, this time in Melbourne.
Opening night was great, a huge thanks to Jansport Australia who helped create the above video and to Sailor Jerry and Guy Roseby / Wax Museum Records for supplying drinks and beats. Thanks again to the guys at Obscura Gallery for having us.
Time Flies is the 1st group exhibition held by my creative collective, Studio 615. Looking forward to this Thursday, if you’re in Melbourne come down and check it out. 6.30-9.30pm, Obscura Gallery 285 Carlisle St East St Kilda. Drinks on the night provided by Sailor Jerry Rum, beats provided by Wax Museum Records and the event is sponsored by the guys at JanSport Australia. Here’s a preview of what I’ve been working on leading into the show.
I recently spent a month in New York City, hanging out with Doug Aldrich and preparing work for our joint exhibition ‘Crossing Lines’, at Gallery 319 Scholes in Brooklyn. It was a great time, travelling to a different city, working in different surroundings and putting together a solid body of work for a new audience. The lead up to the show was spent making sure the work was on point, as well as organizing promotion and details for the opening to run smoothly. Could not have asked for a better night, an awesome space, a great turn out with all boro’s coming through from open to close and drinks provided by Brooklyn Brewery. I love NY.
Below are some photos of the preparation, hanging and opening of the show as well as a great video produced byJoseph Huba which does a good job of capturing the vibe of the work and show. Big thanks to Doug, Joe and everyone else in New York who helped make this come together so well! I’ll have a full catalogue of the work to view online shortly.
Iron Mind recently finished up a tour of Australia supporting Expire, from the USA. After being busy straight through the holiday period it was great to get out of the studio and hit the road. Here’s a brief look at what was seen between sets.
Over the holiday break myself and fellow 615 member, Mike Danischewski were busy working on a collaborative project to show at the COMA (Containers Of Modern Art) at the People’s Market in Melbourne. The project is on display until the 3rd of Feb alongside work by Meggs, James Hartley, Steen Jones and Melissa Findlay, so if you’re in Melbourne it’s well worth a look. If you’re unfamiliar the People’s Marketis a great place to hang out. Here’s some words on the project and some images of the work.
“Torn is a collaborative project between Studio 615 members Mike Danischewski and Sam Octigan. Combining their unique aesthetics, skill sets and visual ideas they have come together to create a series mixed media works using re-possessed and recycled materials to specifically compliment the COMA and People’s Market. An experiment in collage, collaboration and craft, Torn sees both artists pushing their own personal artistic boundaries to produce a site specific installation.”
Shortly before heading to Sydney for Of Two Minds, I visited New Zealand for the first time with my band Iron Mind. It was a short but very sweet trip and while I’d heard that it was a good place for sightseeing, I could not get over just how beautiful a country it is. The shows were great, the people were friendly and we managed to see a lot of the north island sights. Below are a few photos of what I saw and what we got up to. Great tour. Just before I left a package arrived from the good people at NoteMaker, including a sketchbook and new set of pencils to work with as I’m always sketching and taking down notes when I’m on the road.
Back in Melbourne after spending some time in Sydney for my first solo show, ‘Of Two Minds’ at The Tate. Really happy with how the work looked on the wall and how the week panned out. Big thanks to everyone who came out on the night or stopped by later in the week, below are some shots of the opening taken by Chris Loutfy. Cheers, now onto the next group of projects…
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