Lucas Ihlein and the Rizzeria
born 1975 in Sydney, Australia
lives and works in Wollongong, Australia
Lower Level 2, Art Gallery of New South Wales
9 November – 15 December 2019
From 9 November – 15 December 2019, Lucas Ihlein and the Rizzeria activated Kaldor Studio with the weekly newspaper EXTRA! EXTRA!, as a critical and playful response to Making Art Public.
Over five weeks, Ihlein worked with the Rizzeria team to produce five editions of the newspaper in situ. Each edition featured contributions from guest writers, photographers and artists, and offered a rare depth of engagement with the history and archives of Kaldor Public Art Projects.
EXTRA! EXTRA! transformed Kaldor Studio into an active, working production house. Visitors were invited to “remix” the Kaldor archives and create their own unique print, or pen letters to the editor for a chance to feature in the newspaper.
Lucas Ihlein is an Australian artist whose work explores the relationship between socially engaged art, agriculture and environmental stewardship. He is a founding member of artists’ collectives SquatSpace, Big Fag Press, Teaching and Learning Cinema (TLC), Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA), and The Rizzeria printing collective.
The Rizzeria is a printing co-operative managed by artists, illustrators and self-publishers. In various forms, since 2009, the collective has owned and operated a Risograph printer and made it available for public use through workshops and open print sessions. Our aim is to challenge and develop the aesthetic possibilities of stencil press printing and make it available as a creative resource. Riso printing is a combination of the processes of screen printing and photocopying, using rich soy inks and translucent stencils to create vibrant and uniquely tactile prints. It is best suited for small-to-medium print runs, and is often used for zines, posters and limited edition artists’ prints. Riso printing is affordable and has little impact on our environment. The Rizzeria studio is currently located at the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.