Friday, June 19, 2009

Even Cowgirls Get The T-Shirt

One of the several things I did to promote my first exhibition of sexually explicit photography in Melbourne, last year, was to create t-shirts that had the one-word title of the show – PORNO – on the front and a reproduction of its widely distributed poster on the back. MARS gallery employees and catering contractors wore them on opening night and over the next week about 100 more were sold to collectors or 'fans'. Since then another 50 or so have been sold or given as gifts by my studio.
I'm always surprised when I see the limited edition t-shirts on the streets of Sydney or Melbourne. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to see a photo of a rare, signed one – posted by a fellow artist (Hazel Colditz, from Arizona) on Twitter – being worn in a café in, of all places, Missoula, Montana. I can't help wondering what the other patrons made of it.


Anonymous said...

Well, I've never encountered anyone wearing one of these T-shirts and I'm from Melbourne. But perhaps I don't get around to the right places. My hubby suggested getting one for his art-house teenage sister. She might get into it, but as for me, I can't understand why anyone would want to walk around advertising 'porno'.

Monique said...

because people like you react like that anonymous.. lol

thanks for the laugh

Anonymous said...

I think I'll wear my porno tshirt out today on top of a black jumper since its a cold, winter soltice weekend. When I wore it to work underneath a jumper I flashed it to a few people who smiled in response except one, our more mature accounts person who gasped & literally jumped in her chair demonstrating its electric effect.


Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention mine is also signed. Thanks Hazel.


b/rood said...

if Anonymous can't understand... why the hell is she even bothering to read this blog? Inverted snobbery at its most vapid and parochial.

Anonymous said...

Idea for a new PORNO T/shirt text:

"I can't understand why anyone would want to walk around advertising PORNO"


Paul Martin said...

FWIW, as soon as I received mine, I proudly wore it to Melbourne Cinémathèque at ACMI.

hazel colditz said...

hahaha....she missed the point! it's NOT about PORNO, its about ART! hazel is just great at marketing...everyone looks at the BOLD type she picked on the front, see what's on the back!
i promote art/artists....xo to you PORNO girl! in Three Rivers, Idaho...wearing your T!