Searching for Colby by Wendy Murray

24 June - 5 November 2017 / photo's by Ben & Dorian 

24 June - 5 November 2017 / photo's by Ben & Dorian 

The Colby Poster Printing Company had an impact on visual culture in Los Angeles.... but exactly how much of an impact? I'm on a mission to find Colby posters in their natural habitat in movies and documentaries. 40 Movies into the project and I've found one post closure Colby and 3 near sightings - these will need to be confirmed. Again - I have seen some fantastic movies and spotted some incredible historic murals and graffiti. If you know of a Los Angeles based movie that features posters - please let me know! Special thanks to Ben at Film Club for his help & support.

Pulling posters from history - installation day! by Wendy Murray

Installing 'Pulling posters from history' , Newtown Art Seat, 1 September 2017
During September - November 2017, I will continue to document local histories and research poster makers of Sydney's Inner West and Western suburbs. If you have pulled your punches or know someone who has - please get in touch! Project instagram: @pullyourpunches

Thanks to the team at Inner West Council, Tom Helliwell (photographer), Nick & the installation team at Signwave Newtown. 

Newtown Art Seat - a contemporary public art space by Wendy Murray

Development of Pulling posters from history, for the Newtown Art Seat

Development of Pulling posters from history, for the Newtown Art Seat

Developing the new installation work for the Newtown Art Seat. I'm really interested to uncover more Sydney poster makers, posters and stories. The work has been developed using a combination of letterpress and Letraset processes. The mini poster will be published at the completion of the installation period - stay tuned! If you have pulled your punches in the Inner West, Sydney - I want to hear from you - please get in touch!  

The Newtown Art Seat presents innovative contemporary art to the local community and provides artists and community groups with the opportunity to exhibit in public space for the purpose of experimental, non-commercial artistic outcomes.  

Working Poor at Self Help Graphics & Art, East L.A. by Wendy Murray

Working Poor, East L.A. 2017

Working Poor, East L.A. 2017

The Collaboration
Earlier this summer, Wendy Murray, an artist from Australia, stopped by our studio hoping to make a print. Murray first heard about Self Help Graphics & Art from printmakers back home. She is the first artist from Australia to visit our studio since the 1980s. When she first arrived to our space she was instantly introduced to Dewey Tafoya. The pair sat down and had an open discussion about their lives. They talked about everything from job insecurity to high rents to their art practices. The parallel in their lives inspired the subject of their collaboration- the working poor class.... read more >