Art Groupie Poster

From Sept. 23-28, 2008, Steve participated in Art Groupie II, "an exhibition of visual art by musicians," at the Tap Gallery in Sydney (Darlinghurst), NSW, Australia. He exibited two paintings: Ricki Maymi and Jim's Mirror. Steve also performed with Martin Kennedy at the launch party on Sept. 26, playing five songs from their "Unseen Music, Unheard Words" collaboration. Joining them on stage were Ricky Rene Maymi (guitar), Scott Von Ryper (guitar), Tim Powles (drums & percussion) and William Bowden (radiotronics).

A 2-CD set was given away to attendees at the launch party, containing tracks by participating artists. See below for details.

Exhibit Advertising Card (roll over or tap a thumbnail for a larger view):


Exhibit review from, with a couple of quotes from Steve:

Art Groupie
by Freya Ververis

October 8, 2008

An exhibition of artworks by 29 Musicians, Producers and DJs who also make visual art, presented by Groovescooter Records and da dAdA imprint, as part of this year's ANODE festival.

Art Groupie included works by well-known musicians such as Steve Kilbey (The Church), Mick Turner (Dirty Three) and Ben Ely (Regurgitator), alongside lesser known musicians and rising stars of Australian music. Georgie Zuzak and Paris Pompor, Groovescooter's founders, accomplished the amazing task of curating a large and diverse group exhibition and produced an accompanying CD set containing tracks by all the exhibiting artists.

This is an intriguing exhibition of what may at first seem an unlikely selection of artists. As one explores the exhibition space and examines the variety of works and media used in this exhibition of paintings, photography, mixed-media and interactive sculpture, it becomes clear that at the center of this show there is a reminder and affirmation of the diversity of creative expression.

This Exhibition is thought-provoking and illuminating, with depth that reveals itself in layers. Alex Crowsfoot's Thieves Like Us at first glance is a haunting portrait, but more time spent with the work reveals that it is a comment on the illegal downloading of music. "We are losing something from music culture that to me has been very important--sleeve artwork, record shops, trawling through racks of vinyl in second hand shops and so on--and that this is leaving a ghost in our culture because it's not really there anymore."

Nick Wishart and Jodi Rose's created an interactive installation, The Singing Bridge, made out of various materials including a theremin, door bell and model bridge. Audience members were invited to touch parts of the work in different combinations to make sounds. Wishart commented that, having a child himself, he is now more aware of the 'do not touch' policy in art spaces. In creating The Singing Bridge, Wishart desired to make art and musical instruments accessible to anyone.

One wall of the gallery contained the atmospheric and accomplished photographs of two artists, Heide Elva and David Kagan. Heidi Elva produced two triptychs of photographs, soft focus images of lights and silhouettes, titled Night Time in Brisbane Series and The Sunset in Lismore Series. When asking Elva about her choice of subject: "I do romanticise things and create something poetic from what is around me, the lighting is important in creating an atmosphere"

David Kagan describes his photograph of a bird suspended in flight, titled Suspended Animation, as "a fluke, taken straight from life." Both his music and art contain "an element of whimsy, neither take themselves too seriously. It's about enjoyment and expression."

Amanda Cole, who creates work from everyday objects and recycled material, produced an amazing series of intricate drawings on envelopes for this exhibition. When describing her work, Cole, an Art Music Composer, clearly describes a strong link and the similarity between making Visual Art and Music: "...when composing, my patterns are fitted to an underlying grid, which is pulse. When drawing on the inside of envelopes there is also a set grid, which is the printed security pattern. I enjoy discovering new security patterns that I can use to superimpose my own patterns on."

The most colourful works in the exhibition were by Steve Kilbey: Jim's Mirror and Ricki Maymi, gauche and pastel on paper. The images seem to contain a psychedelic, possibly even esoteric element. When asked about this Kilbey responded, "I'm just trying to paint the stuff that's impossible to really paint, at least I don't know how to yet. And in my struggling I stumble upon what I do."

Finally, the question had to be asked about the difference between making art and music, especially as a touring artist. One can only imagine that playing songs over and over can possibly get a little jaded. "I find painting SO much more fresh and impulsive, and I love the fact I don't have to explain anything to anyone as I do it. It's also much less involved in electronic malarkey" says Steve Kilbey.

Tap Gallery, 23 - 28 September 2008


This set of CDs was given away free at the launch party for Art Groupie II (see above).

Art Groupie 2008 CD One Cover


CD One:

  1. Residue (2:27) - Amanda Stewart
  2. Vibraphone Theory II (2:12) - Amanda Cole
  3. That Sound (3:24) - Ollo
  4. The Plot Thickens (6:29) - Peret Mako
  5. Drop Down Angels (4:06) - iOTA
  6. Shih (3:54) - Nicola Schultz
  7. Wolfe (2:29) - Steve Kilbey
  8. Persist (3:39) - All India Radio
  9. Maps In The Sky (4:02) - Night Radio
  10. Lovers Home (2:56) - Melanie Horsnell
  11. Yumi And The Sky (3:50) - Zeal
  12. Nothing Is What It Seems (2:50) - Heidi Elva
  13. Neither Here Nor There (5:29) - Mick Turner

CD Two:

  1. Hick Up To 'Ere (4:42) - The Hoo-Haas
  2. Heroes Aren't Everything (3:18) - Caroline Kennedy-McCracken
  3. Car Of Idiots (3:55) - Gustoclout
  4. I'm Psyched (3:21) - Ben Ely's Radio 5
  5. Nancy Boy (3:03) - Danger Of Death
  6. Feel Like A Man (3:25) - Cherry2000
  7. Everything Is Green Except The Way I Feel (5:04) - Telafonica
  8. Refused Morning (5:31) - Justin Cooper
  9. The Dark Side (5:51) - The Dub Dentist
  10. Monkey (2:46) - Deprogram
  11. Smothered Love (2:41) - Toydeath
  12. The Information Booth (5:04) - Kristofir
  13. Train Noise (Ghost Train Remix by Mothloop) (3:44) - Don Meers
  14. Submariner (7:56) - Forenzics
  15. Passing Signs (7:18) - Volume=Colour