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In 2004 the world was a very different place, the term ‘Nu-Rave’ hadn’t yet been coined, Kanye West had only recorded one studio album, and Anthony Lister was just embarking on his artistic career. Fortunately, Fox Galleries knew they were onto something more inspiring than fluro hi-tops and autotune combined and decided to produce a short 15 minute documentary on Lister that captures the artist in his home town of Brisbane just as he was making the transition from art school graduate to international enfant terrible.
Metro Gallery has secured the Australian rights to a rare Anthony Lister DVD produced on the artist at the start of his career. “subtitled” is the visual hors d’oeuvre to Lister’s career, conceived and filmed by the artist in early 2004 capturing the burgeoning street art scene in Melbourne and his home town Brisbane. It was only shown at Brisbane’s Fox Galleries during the subsequent exhibition of the same name, however the DVD was instrumental in the artist attaining representation at Metro Gallery in Melbourne (where he still exhibits) and other galleries internationally.
Containing literally thousands of images from his studio and notebooks the only words uttered in “subtitled’ are from Fox Galleries director Michael Fox – “the humour is dichotomous with the image”. Or as Lister may have expressed it – “I’m not trying to change the world, I’m just reacting against the world trying to change me.”