Art Problems

“A number of years ago I agreed to take part in a long term study of gambling practices in Victoria. I would get a phone call every six months or so asking me the same questions. While answering I thinakfully reflected I didn’t have a traditional gambling problem in the way they survey was targeting, but if they had been asking me about the financial risks I take being an artist I am certain I would have been scoring off the charts.

The pervading myths and stereotypes of the artist have always been economic whether they are starving in garrets or selling their work for outlandish prices – art is a con, seducing artists and the public alike with its snake oil charms of access to freedom, self-expression, genius, talent, unconventional lifestyles, beauty, taste, infamy and status.”

Art Problems 2020 Silk Screen Print on Calico 50x70mm
ART PROBLEMS has appeared in exhibitions in various formats prior to these affordable screen prints being printed by Spacecraft Studios in 2017 in an edition of 50 in 2020 with a new design and edition of 50. 



FEMMO Issue 1, 2, 3 (2014) 4, 5, 6 (2015)

Virginia Fraser and Elvis Richardson
screen print on cotton 1400x1100mm

The artists Virginia Fraser and Elvis Richardson have adopted a curatorial pose to collaborate on a series of magazine covers, combining portraiture with attention-seeking headlines for a so-far fictional publication FEMMO™. Where other curators might select, arrange and present tangible and digital objects in galleries, the editors of FEMMO™ have organised indexical text objects on a (very big) page.

FEMMO™ promises articles its producers would like to read. FEMMO™ imagines a world where feminism is central to, and informs, every topic. In particular FEMMO™ has fun with the artworld’s gender biased status-quo. The National Library of Australia declined to issue FEMMO™ with an International Standard Serial Number because it had “no content”. FEMMO™ disagrees. FEMMO™ is joining the surface litter of Australian art history.


Femmo has been exhibited at The Dolls House (image above)

2017 Unfinished Business ACCA, Melbourne

2016 Vote for me! FORMAT, Adelaide

2016 Fremantle Print Prize (2nd prize), Fremantle Arts Centre

2016 Art for Social Change Incinerator Art Award, Incinerator Gallery, MooneePonds

2015 FEMMO™ solo @ Boxcopy, Brisbane

2015 Fremantle Print Prize (highly commended), Fremantle Arts Centre

2015 FEMMO™ solo @ Dollhouse, Melbourne

2014 Benglis 73/74 Sutton Project Space, Melbourne curated by Geoff Newton

2014 Curating Feminism Sydney College of the Arts Galleries & Contemporary Art and Feminism conference


FEMMO Issues 1,2,3 (2014) 4,5,6 (2015)
Virginia Fraser and Elvis Richardson
Silkscreen on cotton, 140x110cm.
Printed by Spacecraft.

Edition 1 issues 1,2,3,4,5,6 donated by Elvis Richardson to Sheila Foundation,
Edition 4 issues 1,2,4,5,6 donated by Elvis Richardson to Heide Museum of Art
Edition 5 issues 1,2,3,4,5,6 donated by Elvis Richardson to Art Gallery of Ballarat.   


Trophy Art

From melted trophies resilvered in The Impossibility of Losing in the Mind of Someone Winning 2008 to upscaled trophy embelishments in Rose Window awarded the 2014 ROI Art Prize and geometric trophy shapes rendered in aggregated polished pigmented concrete. The meanings and representations of the trophy remain of enduring interest.

Trophy Art 2017 Cast polished concrete with aggregate
Rose Window 2014 c-type photograph awarded 2014 ROI Prize
Impossibility of losing in the mind of someone winning 2008, found metal trophies melted in a furnace then re-silverplated, dimensions variable Photo: Jenni Carter
Credits 2008 video 5 min
Slide Show Land installed at Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide
Trophy Art 2018 Cast polished concrete with aggregate
Impossibility of losing in the mind of someone winning 2008, found metal trophies melted in a furnace then re-silverplated, dimensions variable Photo: Jenni Carter


Artist Lifestyle 2018

Artist Lifestyle presents machine style, hand painted, enamel on aluminum, for shiny, capitalist marketing promises, both a sales pitch and a word of warning, depending on the target audience. Is the artist lifestyle for you? Anagrams of Artist Lifestyle feature on each panel and together mysteriously unpack a hidden truthfulness, underlying expectations and assumed promises within its self referential reshuffled letters.

The words generated seem to speak directly to the contested social and economic value of art and the role of being an artist today. Artist lifestyle questions how personal, civic and national identity are formulated around artistic acts, objects and events.

Artist Lifestyle has been exhibited at:

Force Fields 2018 Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennale 2018

True Estate @ Counihan Gallery Moreland Council 2018

True Estate @ Knulp Sydney 2019

Word @ Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide 2019



Women Vs Men

Names of artists cut from Australian contemporary art magazines, Art + Australia and Art + Text, assembled into lists and filling trophy shapes.  Womens and mens names are measured against each other from specific issues.

Women vs Men 2013 digital print  is in the Cruthers Collection of Womens Art at UWA
Women vs Men 2017 highlighted Handsard exhibted in Boundless Volumes @ Parliament House Gallery 2017