Melissa, Simon & Gustov: utopian heights
“This used to be Tai’s place [artist Tai Snaith]. She moved out and wanted to keep it ‘in the family’ and offer it to friends and we were lucky enough to take over the lease. I work from home on Mondays and Tuesdays as well as in the mornings before the gallery opens. Both of us are self-employed so we’re always working around the kitchen table on our laptops (and we’re trying to enforce a ‘no laptops upstairs in the bedroom’ rule). There’s an office downstairs: computer programmers and designers. It works out well – they keep to business hours and get work done. There are always people coming in and out for meetings, so it keeps things interesting. I was in East Melbourne before. It was tiny, like a hotel room! It had a little kitchen and bathroom, but I never felt confined, because half of the area is parklands. This space is generous by comparison. We can have dinner parties. In East Melbourne, when I had people over for dinner, we’d have to have picnics on the ground or eat on the bed! My favourite artworks are those that have a personal story or memory for me. Easey Street [a painting pictured below by Jake Walker, represented by Melissa’s gallery Utopian Slumps] was given to me by Jake, after a conversation we had over lunch about navigating ‘the art world’. The gallery used to be on Easey Street (in Collingwood), so it was a kind of tongue in cheek thing… ‘living on Easy Street’, ha!”
Simon recently sat on the can for Who gives a crap, a project that aims to build toilets in the developing world. Or, if you like feel-good beer (who doesn’t?), visit Shebeen for updates on Simon’s upcoming bar and sustainable enterprise.
Featuring artwork (in order of appearance) by: Caleb Shea, Brendan Huntley, Amber Wallis, Mark Rodda, Bec Worth & Joanna Zawadzka, Kate Smith, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Tin & Ed, Ben Sanders, Newell Harry, Jake Walker, Josey Kidd Crowe, Thomas Jeppe, Lauren Berkowitz, Tai Snaith, Conor O’Brien.
- From humble beginnings in a Thornbury sharehouse to the basement clubs of Berlin, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett's organisation, No Lights No Lycra, has become a global phenomenon that is putting the fun back in people's lives. “We love the idea of interrupting people’s workflow, saying: nope, get away from your desk, stand up, move around and have a break."
- Say hello to Assemble Papers' new editor, Sara Savage. Her first print issue won't come out until later this year (founding editor Eugenia Lim will continue to take the reins for Assemble Papers' imminent fifth issue), so consider this mix programmed by Sara as a 'soft introduction' to your new editor – and a little gift from us to you, to say thanks for being a part of the Assemble Papers community
- Photographer Morgan Hickinbotham works across the fashion, design, architecture and commercial spheres. Seeing and thinking in sound and vision, he also makes music and video art. He is interested in the aesthetic of imperfection, or, as he says, “the minor narratives that are otherwise locked up inside the bigger picture.” Here he shares this series shot across seasons and emotions, in Japan