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Artist Archives – Chromatic Perversity with Dale Chapman – Indie DIY 1980s Ephemera Brisbane

Dale Chapman (born Melbourne 1960)


As a youth Dale traveled widely in Australia with his family attending schools in Melbourne and Broome before ending up in Cairns. Days upon days spent staring out the car window, watching the undulating rhythms of fences and powerlines….


After working on boats and in bars he moved south to Brisbane. Studying Fine Art at Queensland College of Art in the early eighties Dale lived in Brisbane and was involved in the emerging art scene of inner city artist run spaces and studios. During this time he exhibited visual art and started making sound with friends.


Arriving in Melbourne in the late eighties Dale continued his art making, working and exhibiting in shared studio environments in Footscray, St.Kilda and Port Melbourne. The art practice included exhibiting and curating shows in both ARI’s and alternative spaces.


After meeting Rod Cooper in 1998 his soundwork started to be even more important and with that Dale started performing with Klunk.  His visual art practices continue. This sound practice included building and performing with handmade electronic instruments (tone generators) and circuit bent toys. Most recently in a duo ‘The Drunken Boat’.