David Ghostpatrol at the Harvest Workroom. Photo: Simon Schluter
Is there an art gallery you like to hang around?
I like ACCA (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) and the National Gallery of Victoria because they are so big you can go there and be anonymous. Two smaller galleries are Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood and Utopian Slumps in the city. I could go to every show there and be surprised and challenged. I like going to shows you have to experience.
Favourite public space?
The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo: Joe Armao
I really like Carlton Gardens. I don't have a garden and that's where I go. It's my backyard but it's so beautiful and looked after so well. Even if there are huge groups, you can still find a spot. I sit there with a book and it's really safe. I live in Fitzroy and my studio is in the city and … I don't leave that path very much. Sometimes I yearn for more green and to be around real things.
What's your earliest photograph in Melbourne?
It's 2006 and I'm doing a drawing with chalk in Fitzroy. I used to have short hair so it feels like a long time ago. The world has just kind of opened up to me. My whole life has changed since that picture. I don't think about the past so much because things keep getting better and bigger … so I look forward.
David Ghostpatrol in Fitzroy in 2006.
Which piece of artwork is integral to a Melbourne street?
Some of my favourite graffiti rooftops are those by 70K because they're the first I noticed when I started travelling to Melbourne. And the Keith Haring mural, in Collingwood, which is on the side of an old college. He's so playful and inspirational. It's graffiti but how could you hate that stuff? It's not antagonistic … it's a really positive piece.
Which building would you most like to transform?
The Keith Haring mural in Collingwood. Photo: Wayne Taylor
On the corner of La Trobe and Elizabeth, the Argus building is derelict, with all the windows smashed out. In London there are some old churches where the roof isn't there and the structure has just been left - and it's like a park inside. Sometimes I look at that building and imagine it empty with the floors taken out and it becoming a public space.
Where do you like to unwind?
I like to spend time on my balcony because it gets the afternoon sun. It's pretty good when someone drops in and we have a beer on the balcony. I feel really lucky to watch the world go by up in my little nest … When I've got spare time I like to draw and paint.
Ghostpatrol would like to see the Argus building turned into a public park. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones
Which laneway would you like to get lost in?
I love going through the service lanes in the northern suburbs - Brunswick East and Carlton North. I like the exploring part and not knowing what I'm going to see. If more people go down laneways and artists put stuff there, it would make them a safer place.
Where do you go for inspiration?
There's a great bookstore in Thornbury called Perimeter Books. You really have to go and visit it. It's a representative of self-published, small-press community - it's world standard. Someone can think of an idea, make the book and have it out really quickly. It can be small, 16 pages, a set of someone's photos, an academic or a weird art book. The books are amazing pieces of craft.
Your most exciting recent discovery?
It has to be Harvest Workroom (East Brunswick), that's where I'm doing my residency. It's a screen-printing studio and a collective, but it's easily one of the most positive, bright, open, caring places I've ever worked. The work they produce as a collective is really experimental and great.