NO KING by Richard Tipping     10 October 2012   Art Almanac

NO KING is an exhibition of signs and photographs by Richard Tipping currently showing at ArtHere in Redfern, Sydney.

Tipping takes his imagery, text, and forms from classic Australian road signs. Playing with this familiarity, he cleverly flips the associated meanings of the words and symbols into direct and provocative statements that challenge hierarchal structures of English royalty. By doing this, he addresses public language of the street, and using unexpected poetic interventions, extends our experience of public space to new, metaphorical meanings.

The works engage us through many levels – as everyday objects with unexpected alterations, we can read the text with a personal perspective, or imagine it's implications on broader society when placed into the public domain, as it would be in it's original form.

In No King, Tipping has cleverly managed to make a witty, ironic, and amusing collection of work drawn from everyday experience, while also directly commenting on Australia's current political climate.

ArtHere    Until October 27, Sydney

New York Times   Arts


by KEN JOHNSON Published: January 08, 1999

'Versions: Perversions, Subversions and Verse'

Ubu Gallery 16 East 78th Street    Through Jan. 16

Richard Tipping, an artist and poet from Australia, operates along the blurry boundaries between the verbal and the visual, creating amusing, sometimes illuminating works of concrete poetry. In this extensive selection of works from three decades, words are embodied in stone, molded glass, carved wood and found objects.

Some pieces are primarily typographical compositions, like a wooden bowl bearing a circle of carved, gilded letters spelling ''Hear the art,'' a phrase in which the words ''heart,'' ''earth'' and ''hearth'' are embedded. But Mr. Tipping's most effective device is to alter familiar types of signs. A hexagonal red stop sign says ''Go.'' Standard black-and-white one-way traffic signs turn out on closer examination to read ''one day.'' A square white sign displays a red circle above the word ''ozone,'' a mysteriously ambiguous warning.

Mr. Tipping also ingeniously manipulates familiar commercial signs, as in a re-creation of an old Kentucky Fried Chicken poster in which he substitutes the image of Sigmund Freud for Colonel Sanders and adds a profane, Oedipally suggestive slogan. Such creations may be more clever than profound, but at best Mr. Tipping's wordplay sneakily interrupts our everyday habits of perception and cognition to mentally tonic effect.


Posted by Andrew Frost • September 28, 2012

The Art Life

On the stairwell wall of the art school's library there was a framed work on paper that simply read AIRPOET. Executed in the manner of a street sign it has plagued me for decades - to this day I still think airpoet when I'm on my way to Mascot. Such is the work of artist-poet Richard Tipping whose witty, punning and visually impactful word art signs is a vital link in the small history that is Australian text art.

Tipping's latest exhibition - and his third in 12 months - No King: Signs & Photographs by Richard Tipping continues the artist-poet's trademark détournement of street signage, this time collected around the theme of the Australian Republic such as NO KING, Thank You and featuring older works including REDUCE NEED and WRONG DAY GO BACK.

September 29 - October 20 Arthere Photomedia Space, Redfern.

Pic: Richard Tipping, Reduce Need, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Arthere Photomedia Space.

GO by Richard Tipping 1998. Pressed- aluminium sign, first issued 1999.

No King © Richard Tipping 2012

One Day 1998 © Richard Tipping  Manipulated sign, issued as a small pressed-aluminium sign in 1999. Out of print.









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