UNTITLED UNTITLED is a collaborative work made by BYRON MITCHELL (BYRON COATHUP AND MITCHELL SCHULTZ). Both artists began work by sharing files and crossing over images and text based work online. Occasionally they would meet and discuss their direction and influences which would in turn change the path and outcomes. With the use of a VHS camcorder and abode suite – they began documenting their meet ups and output. At times they would lend equipment and capture content they hoped would inspire the other. The use of imagery and text became each artist’s conversion point and would lead to another work. BYRON pursued documenting text and spoken word from his local radio station. Seeking strange and distinct use of language that marked this particular time and pivotal point. MITCHELL’s work has always been explored through the mediums of paint, pop culture, masculinity, thrift shopping and found objects. His magazine collection of ‘outdoor’ magazines from an era by gone became the central point of his storytelling and connection to Byron’s present time themes. Once both of these connections were made BYRON MITCHELL began their process again by sharing these images and text to mash and collage their ideas through digital paintings. What we have left is a collective experience of these two artist meanderings in an attempt to present our past and present.
BYRON MITCHELL is an art collaboration between Byron Coathup and Mitchell Schultz. Both artists have exhibited their own work in solo and group exhibitions locally and interstate. This is the first collaboration between these two artists who met as studio neighbours in the current MArts Precinct, Murwillumbah.
As part of SWELL Fringe Festival THE WALLS ART SPACE will present MEDIUM RARE; site-specific art and sculpture symposium: responding to the physical and psychological landscape, here and now. MEDIUM RARE is an initiative that supports artists to make and document contemporary artworks in the outdoors and other sites, in their own time and on their own terms. The symposium will showcase documentation of the artists projects and open up discussion about the landscape that we find ourselves in. SWELL SCULPTURE FESTIVAL is Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition and takes place on Currumbin Beach from 10-19 September.