CONCEPTION / ART DIRECTION / CURATION / DESIGN / PRODUCTION / ARTIST MANAGEMENT
Curated by Marty Routledge (The Hours) and Joseph Allen Shea (Gallery AS), Self Est was a four day art event in November 2011 exploring contemporary art from alternative backgrounds. This first instalment of Self Est (short for Self Established) investigated the study of letterforms and pavement-based education. Self Est presented art created outside the traditional academy that has infiltrated the institution. These art forms may be self-taught, intuitive or born from marginal activities such as commercial art, graffiti or skateboarding.
Participating artists Jeff Canham, Horfe, Roid, Dmote and Ben Barretto took motivation from these auxiliary artistic pursuits, bringing unconventional and unique twists to fine art now being recognised by galleries and institutions.