BRISBANE, SYDNEY, MELBOURNE
23 NOVEMBER – 17 DECEMBER 2020
4A Digital Hits the Streets: Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze
23 November – 17 December 2020
Various street locations in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is thrilled to announce 4A Digital Hits the Streets, an ephemeral exhibition that will transform digital artworks into interactive street posters across Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney this summer. Programmed as part of 4A’s online commissioning platform, 4A Digital, this project features the mesmerising works of Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze, and are accompanied by a custom-made augmented reality animation created especially by the artists for 4A.
Simply point your phone towards the QR code on the poster, download the Eyejack app (if you don’t have it already), and hover your screen to activate Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze’s works.
Spot a poster? Let us know on Instagram via @4a_aus and #4ADigital for your chance to win 4A summer prize packs, including limited-edition artist prints, a 4A tote bag, and publications.⠀
4A Digital Hits the Streets takes place in these locations and others:⠀
📍Sydney: 23 Nov – 17 Dec
Alexandria, CBD, Darlinghurst, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Mascot, Newtown, Paddington, Surry Hills and more.⠀
📍Melbourne: 23 Nov – 14 Dec
CBD, Southbank, Carlton North, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Footscray, Richmond, Box Hill, Thornbury, Preston, Prahran and more.⠀
📍Brisbane: 27 Nov – 11 Dec
Airport, Fortitude Valley, Griffith Uni, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Kelvin Grove, Mt Gravatt, Paddington, Woolloongabba and more.⠀
To celebrate 4A Digital Hits the Streets, 4A curators Con Gerakaris and Reina Takeuchi invited Joanna Frank and Spectator Jonze to create new works that capture their vivid, character-driven aesthetics, with anthemic themes that celebrate the resilient and dynamic nature that comes with being a woman artist.
For the heroine-driven work, DEADALIVE, Taiwanese-Australian artist-musician Jonze tackles the taboo of coronavirus and maintaining creative stamina during times of unrest. Jonze explains: “For the poster, I wanted to capture the feelings of suffocation, isolation, health technologies and anxiety, but I also wanted to show that out of the rubble, I found the fighter, the survivor and also the amazing fortunes that 2020 has brought me as well.”
Frank’s pulsating work, Face is the Index of the Mind, pays ode to the lived experiences of creative women of colour: “Having resilience as a migrant is parallel to being an artist: we have this ability to use limited resources and materials to our advantage, and I think this is pretty astonishing when it comes to making art,” says Frank. “I created the work as a reminder of the value and power that women hold in this world.”
Around 300 posters will be prominently displayed in partnership with leading poster distributor Plakkit, and with support from the City of Sydney. To elevate the experience, these images are integrated with an augmented reality component custom-created by Frank and Jonze. Enter the artists’ conceptual worlds by downloading the Eyejack app on their smartphone, pointing their screen towards the posters, and activating their AR animation in real-time.
Gerakaris says: “4A Digital Hits the Streets allows 4A to highlight contemporary artists in a guerilla-style exhibition. Alongside the augmented reality videos the project is a unique hybrid of street art, design and digital art showcasing the bold and psychedelic work of Frank and Jonze. Frank’s work, Face is the index of the mind, is a self-assertion of power and confidence, twisting science fiction aesthetics into a visage of a female-driven future.”
Adds Takeuchi: “Spectator Jonze is an evocative multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans across digital media, drawing, performance and sound. Having experienced the COVID-19 virus first hand, DEADALIVE speaks directly to Jonze’s strength as a fighter, artist and survivor in the face of adversity. It’s with great pleasure that we present her work alongside Joanna Frank’s as a part of our initiative.”
The posters are distributed at various sites via our partnership with leading poster distributor Plakkit, and with support from the City of Sydney.
Stay tuned for updates via Instagram from 23 November onwards.
About the artists:
Joanna Frank is a Sydney based artist/designer born in Chennai, India. Her collages are a series of visual experiments that are created in a dynamic moment. They combine a variety of collected imagery such as personal photos, logos, religious icons, video screen shots and magazine ads. Through both intention and chance these images are layered, distorted and assembled to create new narratives. Frank has exhibited at Goodspace Gallery (Sydney) and Down/Under Space (Sydney). Her work has been published in Apostrophe Magazine, and The Lifted Brow and appeared on album covers and posters for Gauci, DMA’s, Triple One and more. Her commercial clients have included EMI, Pseushi and Universal Music. Joanna Frank is also a musician, and in October, she released her latest EP, FRANK-X 𝒲𝒾𝓁𝒹 𝐿𝑜𝓋𝑒!
“My new work, Face is the index of the mind, is a reflection of my experiences as a creative woman of colour. I believe that pursuing a career in the creative field is just as important as working in medicine or technology, so I want to leave a cultural mark on society through my art. As a migrant, I also feel like I owe it to myself to offer society a different perspective than seeing things from a centralised lens. Maybe this comes from the fact that children of immigrants have this pressure to succeed? Having resilience as a migrant is parallel to being an artist: we have this ability to use limited resources and materials to our advantage, and I think this is pretty astonishing when it comes to making art. If I could do something with so little, imagine what I can do with so much!
Spectator Jonze is the artist moniker of Deena Lynch. Lynch was born in Yokohama, Japan to a Taiwanese mother and an Australian father. She migrated to Australia under less than certain circumstances when she was 6 years old. For Lynch, art became a medium she utilised as a cathartic vessel to uncover the secrets she had even hidden from herself. ‘Spectator Jonze’ is the culmination of self-discovery and healing that has evolved into a project of passion – bringing mental health to light by depicting the often taboo subject of our individual battles into a colourful, comedic display of imperfectly perfect beauty. Lynch’s other projects include her work as Jaguar Jonze, where her enigmatic yet vulnerable songwriting has seen her music recognised in NME. To celebrate the release of Jaguar Jonze’s latest single, DEADALIVE, she is currently touring across Australia in November and December.
“This year was chaos for all of us, for the creative industries (especially in music), and for my health fighting COVID-19. I’m both a visual artist and musician so naturally, for this project, I wanted to draw on what this year meant for me. DEADALIVE was a track I released in September under my music project Jaguar Jonze, it was written in a pressure-cooker environment of uncertainty and tension. I wrote it in our New York apartment earlier this year when we were stuck in the beginning of the pandemic lockdown during our US tour, and then finished it off in Sydney while under hospital care for 40 days recovering from COVID-19. I’ve been in three quarantines this year, finally making it home after 6 months. It was a period of time that tested my resilience and fortitude. For the poster, I wanted to capture the feelings of suffocation, isolation, health technologies and anxiety, but I also wanted to show that out of the rubble, I found the fighter, the survivor and also the amazing fortunes that 2020 has brought me as well.”
- 4A Digital Hits the Streets – Poster image (cropped): Spectator Jonze, DEADALIVE (detail), 2020, courtesy the artist; Joanna Frank, Face is the Index of the Mind (detail), 2020
- Joanna Frank, self-portrait (cropped); courtesy the artist.
- Spectator Jonze, self-portrait; courtesy the artist.
- Joanna Frank, Face is the Index of the Mind, 2020, courtesy the artist.
- Spectator Jonze, DEADALIVE, 2020, courtesy the artist.