How did Fallow come into existence? Did it take much planning?
Fallow came in to fruition after a trip to NZ fashion week 7 years ago…I realized many people I met that week were interested in what I was wearing, particularly my jewelry and upon my return to Brisbane we decided to open a store based on things I personally liked. Fallow took 3 months to plan, find a space, source labels and design the layout – the interior took 7 weeks to build.
Whom designed the store?
Myself and my partner Michael. We enjoyed the treasure hunt each weekend to find just the right pieces for the store and spent long days creating the finer details within the space. Many customers have looked through our ‘before and after’ album – the space was very different to what it is now and people can really only grasp how much went into the interior when they get to appreciate the photographs in store.
How do you select a brand to be sold in the store?
When we started it was very much a case of Fallow contacting the labels we wanted to stock – over the years it has reversed a little and more and more designers are reaching out to us. We choose brands who are likeminded, high in quality, creative and who understand our love affair with black. Items produced by hand and in limited quantities are of particular interest to us.
What is your favourite clothing item you own?
If wearing something far too much is an indication of favourite I’d have to say my Song for the Mute Fold Over Cropped Pants in black – they are a cotton|linen mix and have worn so beautifully. Or my Tobias Wistisen black skull rings!
What can we see in the future for Fallow?
We are focusing on offering artisanal, handcrafted labels to our clients that are not readily available. Our customers appreciate attention to detail and prefer to buy with longevity in mind so we are striving to present the best selections we can possibly source for them. We are also working on unique collaborations with some of our labels and on perfecting our online store experience. We are currently looking forward to holding another launch for the second edition of Plethora Magazine in May.
How would you explain your newest works from this year?
The current show at the Richard J Massey Foundation in NYC I asked myself what a painting would look like if one could cut a rectangle out of space time and present it as a work of art. They’re process heavy works and feed into my research on time travel, mysticism, archeology, and probability. They’re pretty deep (illusionistically, visually, and in the way people mean when they say “that’s deep”).
what is your biggest achievement as an artist?
A musician emailed me last week thanking me for my “outer space” painting he saw in an exhibition at Tibet House. He said it inspired him. I don’t know that it’s really possible to achieve more than that as an artist—to make art, share it, and have it affect someone positively to the point of inspiration. I’m grateful that this guy shared his experience with me.
Do you believe in the cliche that you have to have a mental disorder to be a good artist?
Absolutely not. Is that a cliche? Jeez.
Or live extremely abnormally?
If living “normally” is going to a 9-5 job you hate, eating shitty food, never exercising, having lousy relationships with your partners, friends, and other people in your life, watching too much TV, and endlessly consuming to fill the desire fueled void presented to us by our corporate run superficial automatic culture, then, yes, artists need to live extremely abnormally.