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Brian P.

has worked as a painter, designer, curator, screen printer, graphic artist, installation artist, set designer, sound system operator, radio DJ, interior decorator, tutor and lecturer. In the early 80s, Brian launched his own t-shirt label Sub Standard, which lampooned corporate culture, advertising, the media and religion. An early exponent of what became known as "Subvertising" a decade later, Brian's often controversial work gathered the attention of censors in the form of police raids, was the subject of parliamentary debate and religious vigils, was charged with blasphemy, and received death threats. Simultaneous to these successes, Brian's screen printed posters decorated the streets of UK cities, he co-founded Phoenix Gallery and Studios, founded Sacred Art Graphic Gallery, and dabbled in the emerging UK stencil art scene. In the early 90s Brian founded Rebel Music, a UK sound system specializing in mixing Irish and Jamaican music. Relocating to Sydney in the late 90s, Brian switched to digital art, and was amongst a group who set up the artist run space Mekanarky and set up Turrella Artists Centre. In recent years Brian has constructed large scale installations for events and festivals with his project Lava Rooms. Brian's work has appeared in or on the cover of Time Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Time Out. He has designed for the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Glastonbury Festival and Big Day Out. He has exhibited work in Australia, UK, USA and Japan.

The works for 888 were created for a series entitled It's Mao or Never. "China embraces McMaoism, with great leaps forward in designer sneakers. The long march is a short trip to the shopping mall. Serving the people will be serving burgers with fries. Moaist slogans will be corporate slogans. Statues of the beloved leader will be replaced by brand characters. Revolutionary activity will be the spinning CD providing backing tracks to Chinese Idol contestants selling consumer culture. Consumption is patriotic. The iron fist is clad in corporate colours. The new Cultural Revolution doesn't need little red books, it offers credit cards."