Dip or Skinny Dip
Mitch Cairns


228 x 176 mm
94 pages, offset print
1 & 2 colour plates throughout
Self-covered book with slipcase
Published by Gang Atelier
ISBN: 978-0-646-92203-4
Edition of 150

(Watch a flip-through of DIP OR SKINNY DIP here)

Gang Atelier is proud to announce the release of DIP OR SKINNY DIP, a publication with Sydney artist Mitch Cairns.

The ninety-four page book collects over forty cartoons made by the artist between 2011–2013, initially produced as preparations for paintings and later becoming an autonomous component in Cairns' practise. The intimate postcard-sized works are drawn from studio ruminations, political events and linguistic meanderings, constructing a type of poetic visual shorthand.

Like a side-of-stage narrative playing over these cartoons, Cairns invited friend, performance artist and poet Brian Fuata to create textual interventions to be dispersed throughout the collection. In this, DIP OR SKINNY DIP is a meeting place for both arbitrary and deliberate conversations between text, image and page: part pamphlet, part concrete poem, part page-turner.

Fittingly, Cairns' works are presented in an ephemeral-feeling self-covered book; cartoons are reproduced at around-about 1:1 scale in blue & yellow inks and alternating paper stocks—colours faithful to the artists' palette. The flimsy book comes snugly encased in a special slipcase, hand-numbered and packaged by the artist, in an edition of 150.

Twelve months in the making, DIP OR SKINNY DIP marks a progression for G.A. from online bookstore to part-time book makers(!). Our first foray into art book publishing, Mitch Cairns has allowed us a special and rewarding opportunity in making a book that not only compiles but elevates the original works into a new context, working closely with the artist to produce a book that is honest, playful and uncompromising.