Shannon Michael Cane : Someone Great — A celebration

Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip/DJ Set), Andee Frost, Gerard Frank Long, JNETT, Stereogamous and Betty Grumble (MC)

  • Music
  • Art Installation
  • RISING exclusive
  • Dancing
  • Standing
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Shannon Michael Cane takes a nude selfie in a mirror, holding a french bulldog in one hand and the film camera in the other.

Shannon Michael Cane : Someone Great — A celebration

A tribute and coming together in honour of Shannon Michael Cane.

Shannon Michael Cane was a maverick of the Melbourne arts scene of the early 2000s. While behind the desk of Polyestor Records and Outre Gallery, he was also throwing his infamous Witness Protection Program parties, and busy founding the groundbreaking gay zine, They Shoot Homos Don’t They?

In 2008, he pulled up stumps and moved to New York, where he revolutionised art book fairs during his time at Printed Matter, all the while, passionately lifting up emerging artists and moving arts culture forward with his passion, vision and humour. In 2017, Shannon passed away, leaving a huge void among friends and a vast network of collaborators.

So, in the year it would have been SMC’s 50th birthday, it’s fitting RISING’s opening night party will smudge outside the lines in honour of his work and memory.

For those who aren’t familiar with SMC, a perfect opportunity to get to know him and his favourite artists, friends and collaborators. And celebrate SMC’s positive force, which has inspired so many worldwide.

Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor is heading behind the decks in tribute. He’ll be joined by Gerard Frank Long (aka Sugar Plump Fairy) spinning disco. Expect joyous vinyl sets from the legendary JNETT and the care bear of the Melbourne music scene, Andee Frost. Plus, Sydney’s gayest collaboration Stereogamous, featuring Johnny Seymour, is heading down south. Betty Grumble takes the lead on MC duties.

It’s a huge coming together in the name of friendship—those forged and those lost, but never forgotten.

Prepare for butt plugs, balloons, and general frivolity. Enter through the Stage Door via Night Trade.

Who wants to wait to get a gallery show? Who wants to wait to get representation? Who wants to buy into the boushy world of the art world? Let’s just make artist’s books and use the form as an artist’s expression. We can make a book for five dollars, and give it out to our friends for free. Or sell it for 10 bucks. It’s an exchange of ideas, a whole exchange of what art is supposed to be about. It’s supposed to be for everyone.
— Shannon Michael Cane, interview with Nothing Major, 2013

Artistic Team

Curated by Mark Poston with Colin Carmichael

Image Credits

Shannon Michael Cane. PHOTO: Ryan McGinley

Alexis Taylor. PHOTO: Courtesy of the artist