Five on Five: Peter Waples-Crowe on David Wojnarowicz’s Bad Moon Rising

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In this first series of Five on Five we’re asking five painters to speak about a painting that has influenced, inspired or resonated with them. In this episode Peter Waples-Crowe reflects upon Bad Moon Rising (1989) by David Wojnarowicz.

As you listen, you can see in the painting (reproduced above) that Waples-Crowe is captured by Wojnarowicz’s symbolism, his aids’ activism and the queer politics underlying his imagery.

We’ll be releasing more episodes of Five on Five: Painter Series over the coming weeks so stay tuned. You can listen to past episodes with Kate Beynon and to make sure you don’t miss future episodes, subscribe to the Art Guide podcast on iTunes.

Peter Waples-Crowe is a Ngarigo visual and performance-based artist living in Melbourne. Waples-Crowe creates bold colourful work that discusses the representation of Aboriginal people in popular culture, often referencing the dingo as an analogy for Indigenous peoples.

He is currently exhibiting in A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness at ACCA and is also showing at Benalla Art Gallery for Squatters and Savages, a collaborative project with Megan Evans.

Tiarney Miekus