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.