Stuart Walsh is a member of the xs collective, an association of highly experimental installation and live performance artists who contribute collectively-themed and collaborative work towards installations using an experimental lab approach around their interpretation of human excess. The collective shares curatorial oversight. Work is entirely each artist’s or collaboration of artists’ contribution towards a collective notion of human excess. Collective artists join each exhibition on an individual readiness and availability basis. Decisions are made collectively at regular meetings. Artists are listed in reverse alphabet by surname.
Organisational or curatorial oversight is shared between members, either on a collective basis or between one or more volunteer or group-invited members on a loosely rotational basis. The xs collective aims to take advantage of the ‘many heads are better than one’ adage and to fully utilise the increased flow of ideas that comes naturally from collective processes and practices.
Stuart is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in art comics, street art and grave decorating (monumental masonry). Raised in the urban sprawl of Melbourne, Stuart takes inspiration from the ignorant, hyperbole-filled suburban consumer culture he was surrounded with as a child. His work focuses on the horrors of modern suburban life, politics and counter culture. He is profoundly interested in people and cultures that are ignored, maligned or that have a limited, unusual or unconventional voice (e.g. prison inmates, drug addicts, subcultures, countercultures etc.).
Other xs collective artists include: Geoffrey Brown, Rosina Byrne, Dan Downing, Laura Freitag, Kristian Häggblom, Danielle Hobbs, Rohan Morris, and Kerryn Sylvia.