MATTHEW MARTIN, DAVID MCKAY, PAUL MCNEIL, JIM MITCHELL REG MOMBASSA, ROBERT MOORE, JEFF RAGLUS, GERRY WEDD
Mambo rose out of the early 1980’s Sydney post-punk scene, founded by Phantom Records visionary entrepreneur Dare Jennings. Drawing on the talents of self-taught outsiders, muso-slash-visual artists, poster, graphic & comic artists and refugees from the Yellow House, Mambo was more an art movement than a clothing brand, built on a foundation of subversive vernacular, satire, music, surf and politics.
Initially spearheaded by the razor-sharp graphic wit of Richard Allan and suburban observations of Paul Worstead, and later to include the brushwork of Reg Mombassa, art director Wayne Golding and others, Mambo’s, boundary pushing meta-consumerism and iconoclastic approach to Australian culture took critical aim at barely-questioned national clichés and obsessions while mocking the dull seriousness of “authentic” logo-based marketing.
Between 1984 and 2002 (Peak Mambo Era), the core group of around 15 Mambo artists created art, text, graphics, logos, loud shirts and schmutter that payed scant regard for selling units and more interest in turning themselves on (or the Squares off). In spite of this disregard for the mainstream or economics, Mambo evolved into a national icon, culminating in Mambo’s art direction of the 2000 Sydney Olympics celebrations and athletes team uniforms.
The impact and influence of Mambo continues to be felt, with Mambo alumni continuing their prolific ways, and a generation of kids who grew up on Mambo now artists themselves.
Lone Goat Gallery is proud to present new works by 8 of the most notorious Mambo artists: Matthew Martin, David McKay, Paul McNeil, Jim Mitchell, Reg Mombassa, Robert Moore, Jeff Raglus, Gerry Wedd.
This ain’t no retrospective.