Chipman’s African Adventure by Jim Anderson is a story about Chipman Smith, a man who is still in the closet when he arrives at the Hornbill Palace Hotel at Tlula Leisure Beach in Bomzawe in 1972. This blackly comic tale balances throughout on the edge of laughter and reaches crescendos of absurdity and high camp drama which supplant and transcend each other with accelerating speed.
Jim Anderson was Art Editor of Oz Magazine in the UK in time to be put in the dock as a conspirator in the famous 1971 Obscenity trial at London’s Old Bailey. After the demise of Oz in 1973, he spent 20 years in the US where, as well as engaging in various hippie excesses, he edited the Monday edition of The Bolinas Hearsay News. Since returning to Sydney in 1993, Anderson has continued his editing, writing and photo-artist careers and still plays an active role in the cultural activities of the GLBT community. Anti-establishment satire has remained a focus. Exhibitions of his art include a major retrospective, Lampoon, an historical art trajectory 2011 at the University of Sydney’s Tin Sheds Gallery.
Denis Mizzi and Terry Reid have formed a distribution partnership to present consequential works (old + new) before the wider public of VOLUME 2015.