“Yeah Right” is a satirical adaptation of the popular Tui Beer advertising campaign that uses sarcasm in a humorous, but light social commentary. Weston Frizzell present their version of Tui’s iconic ad, substituting an AK47 assault rifle for the usual perch branch and replacing the Tui logo with Tutu in the same style.
Tutu, and the glyphic logo formed by the inverted numerals 22, have been recurring motifs in Weston Frizzell’s work since 2004, first appearing in the “Dr Tutu featuring Tame Iti” exhibition, an art and musical work produced in collaboration with high profile Maori political activist and artist Tame Iti. Dr Tutu is the name Iti adopted when DJing on his various alternative radio slots.
It features in the title of works Tututables, and Tututime 2004, and the logo featured on the painted canvas works exhibited.
In Maori, (and most if not all Polynesian languages also) Tutu has a multiplicity of meanings such as ‘revolution’, ‘to meddle’, ‘arson’, 'sedition'.
A particular intended meaning varies in each of the artworks where it appears and relates specifically to the image it brands.