Archives for category: Finished works

Well it is that exciting time where the works have made it to the gallery and it is ready to be hung. Looking forward to Wednesday night’s opening. From what I saw this morning, it is going to be a great show.

More previews on Red Gallery’s face book page.

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Half time madness.
Go Mega Hertz
Go Rock Dogs
Kids, dogs, hangovers and footballs everywhere…

First completed work for Red Gallery’s Red ball show.

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One fiery square in space,
two circle aliens hiding in the dark,
three cross Martians chasing cotton reels.

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Open up and say Grrrrrrr…

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Some aliens live in the air, among the stars and the rain clouds.

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Some live in the water…

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… and some live in the forest. Woodland aliens, take me to your queen.

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Well, it has been a long time between posts.

I have had my hands full renovating at home, having a baby and moving my studio. The studio space is finally ready to go and I, miraculously, have time to poke my head above the water!

Over the past year I have turned my sewing machine into an artist’s tool and made an activity book for the newest family member. While teetering on the edge of useful and ‘crafty’ I, none the less, thought I’d post some photos of how it turned out.

Like an old fashioned radio play perhaps installments are best?? A quick overview (see below) and then a chapter at a time?? Chapters you ask… for an activity book… well ok the narrative is loose, there is little, if any,  character development and I can’t be sure if good transcends over evil…

but see what you think.

Alien_01Alien_02Driving on a lonely highway in the desert, one looks up and notices some unusual, coloured planets hovering in the sky. What strange creatures might inhabit these other worlds…

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… to be continued…

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The fabulous Off the Kerb gallery is celebrating their birthday with a CREATurE themed group show.
Opening night is Friday 11th April, in Collingwood.

After a lengthy time away from the cardboard I have adapted my Noah’s Ark piece and it is included in this show. Think it’ll be a few more months before I am back in the studio, so am excited to have been selected for this show. Great line-up of artists. Should be a fantastic exhibition.

Hope Melburnian’s can swing by.

01_web02_web03_web04_web 05_web 06_web 07_web 11_web12_web08_web 09_web 10_webSpent the last heat wave making polar bears. Am really happy with how expressive they are so am posting about a trillion photos. Is a pictorial story of 3 bears with only 2 fish!

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Three more itty bitty kitty fabrics.

New fabric designs at spoonflower.

Made from Melbourne tram tickets, this design is based on Wanda Gag’s ‘Millions of Cats’ book and my Itty Bitty Kitty Machine artwork (seen here and here).

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I am in the process of uploading all of the colour permutations (hope to finish today). In the interim feel free to vote in this week’s warmable pillow competition.

(Can’t help it – I am a sucker for entering a competition!)

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Following on from my last post, I have modified the neon deer so they are wall mounted and have some green sushi grass to frolic in. These 2 works and some Flamingos Au-go-go will be a part of the 40 x 40 BSG show opening Wed 19th December.

To everyone who can’t make it to Fitzroy next week – an enormous thank you for your support throughout the year and hope you all have a great summer and enjoy the festive period.

I look forward to more art adventures with you in 2013.

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Two x two = weird.  An old tail with new beginnings.

Just updated this file – click on the photo to see the animation.

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I have improved these movies. Have a look here.

Last year my sister got married.

She married a wonderful crocodile farmer amongst the termite mounds at sunset.

 

There is not likely to be another wedding in our family and we made this one count.

We celebrated at the races, on the harbour, at the caravan park, out fishing, swimming at Buley, at the markets, all over town and down the track.

For some friends it was their first trip to Darwin and it was a great introduction.

For me it was an indulgent and special re-acquaintance with the town of my childhood.

 

Darwin is my place for growing up.

It is where I was born and went to school. Where I turned 16 and 21.

It is where I lost my virginity and where I attended my first funeral.

It is the place I rush back to when I can and miss when I am gone.

 

And now it is where my little sister became a wife as we danced in the dust with the fairy lights and paper stars.

A mobile of elephants I made from free paint colour sample cards from Bunnings for my sister’s new baby. I have often thought these paint cards look like elephants. The mobile was easy to make so I have attached a template so people can make their own. Would love to see photos if you do make one.

Has been a long time between posts. I have been renovating and painting walls etc at home so haven’t had much time for cardboard. House work is nearing completion so am starting back on a few projects.

Hope everyone had a good end of year break and are settling into 2012.

A group show of artists utilising discarded and recycled materials.

Opens 6pm Friday 4th November and runs until 17th Nov, 2011.                      Brunswick St Gallery     322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (opp Bar Open)

See http://bsgart.com.au/indexnext.html (image 4) for more details.

Artists include: Aaron James McGarry, Anita Larkin, Bengamin, Cyndy Smith, Deborah Redwood, Eliza Lawrence, Eve Young, Feedme, Gemma Horbury, James Cuming, Kaff-eine, Kirsty Fletcher, Michal, Natalia Ludmila, Ryan Richter, Skallywag, Tiziana Borghese, Veronica Cay.

… me and some of my crocodile buddies are heading to Fairfield Primary School for their Art 4 All exhibition this weekend. Come and play.

 

Have just had some work added to this fantastic website, one little loop. It features a selection of creative professionals who are artists and crafts-people in their spare time. The focus is on recycling, upcycling,  craft and whimsy.

Thank you Katy.

Have finally got a chance to upload photos of my rats and mice at the Carbon Black exhibition. Most works have appeared in previously in this blog however it was good to see them in a new space and they seemed to sit well amongst works exploring gritty industrial urbanism.  This show finished a few weeks ago but the gallery focuses on interesting work by emerging artists and is worth a visit.

Special thanks to all who attended on Wednesday night and to Daniel Barfoot for these excellent crowd photos.

 

Some overall photos of the exhibition. (They look a little blurry small. They are much much clearer if you click on them.)

I’ll post some pics of last nights opening in the next few days.

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The giant lizards are about to rumble…

Crocodiles fight dragons in a battle to the death.

The prehistoric hero of the river takes on the mythical beast of the sky in a spell-binding, nail-biting bout of fire and water.

These scaly reptiles are both threatening and tamed. In the guise of innocent pull-along toys, swinging pendulums and flying mobiles there is an air of menace. With the glint of evil, a sudden jump and snap, someone could lose an arm.

The exhibition is on June 15 – July 2, 2011 at Red Gallery North Fitzroy. Opening drinks Wed 15th June, from 6 – 8pm.

Almost ready for my new show.

If you are in Melbourne on Wed 15th June, come along to the opening.

BEWARE – The giant lizards are about to rumble…

Crocodiles fight dragons in a battle to the death. The prehistoric hero of the river takes on the mythical beast of the sky in a spell-binding, nail-biting bout of fire and water.

Gone are ideas of spiders, bitey insects and meat-eating plants. Instead it is lizards all the way. More pics soon.

 

A trio of angry snapping crocodiles.

First works fully finished for my June show at Red Gallery.

A couple of weeks ago I received 100 of these postcards courtesy of Linden Gallery. If anyone would like one, let me know your mailing address (my email address is under ‘contacts’). Already have a few address from people who are keen, so will try and get these in the post before Easter.

off the kerb gallery (on Johnson St, opposite the tote) is about to celebrate its 4th birthday with a group exhbition.  Included will be handful of my spinning ‘say it with flowers‘ and ‘mice in love‘ disks.

Opening night: 6 – 9pm Fri 1st April. Exhibiton closes Fri 22nd April.

The exhibition is called ‘Pirate Existence’ and concentrates on works utilising salvaged and found material. Artists have been asked to turn discard refuse and abandoned items into treasure.

I have just completed my kinetic crocodile piece. Five hungry crocs chasing each others tails. The disk is wall mounted and the crocs spin the waterlilies.  As they spin they flip back and forth and their jaw snap open and close.

Here is a photo of the original picture disc by Thomas Mann Bayne for Joseph Plateau’s Phenakistiscope and my ‘Winged tribute‘ piece finished. The original picture disk is a part of the Werner Nekes collection which has all sorts of early illusion and animation pieces. The The images of the phenakistiscopes (picture disks) are located under ‘Gallery’ and then ‘Photos of the collection’.

I have yet to do some spinning experiments to see if I need to make any modifications to achieve the animation effect but am hoping it will work. I have tracked down an internet animation of the original wheel. If you scroll down to the thrid image on the left and click on the bottom right wheel you can see the rats running out of the central holes, across the disk and over the edge.

Two small spinning wheels to go with the ‘Winged tribute‘ piece.

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Paper: various works, varied uses…

A group show on at Anita Traverso Gallery untill the end of Feb 2011.

Included with works by Susan Buret, Nicola Moss, Onerva Utriainen, Stefan Gevers, Kim Barter, Michael Coyne, Pamela Rataj, Jenny Bolis, Jessica Wong and John Bodin are  my 3D works ‘For the Love of Shoes… ‘ and ‘Spencer and the Fish‘.

It is an eclectic, calm and crafted exhibition. My favourite works are the large, organic, geometric, mixed media pieces by Susan Buret, Michael Coyne’s photo of Brett Whiteley, Stefan Gevers’ watercolour caravans and the large paper cut of birds and plants,  ‘Searching for Sanctuary‘ by Nicola Moss.

A mouse plague exploded in my house this summer and to make matters worse they are enjoying themselves. They are in love and dancing and spinning their little hearts out.

Exhibition is currently on at Brunswick St Gallery, Fitzroy but closes this Thursday, 17th Feb at about 4pm.

The Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts’ annual postcard show opened on Saturday. There was a great turn out and over 1800 pieces, from about 1600 artists on display.

The prizes were also announced and I am very proud to report that my ‘itty bitty kitty machine‘ was awarded one of the 6 postcard awards. Expect to see tiny kittens made from metcards on postcards across Melbourne later this year. I will recieve 100, so if you are not in Melbourne (or want to make sure you get one) let me know and I will mail them once they are printed.

Also in the exhibition is the prototype ‘lucky cat’ from my Cats and Mice show last year at Red Gallery. The post card show runs untill the 26th of March and is well worth the visit. Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts is at 26 Acland St, St Kilda.

The catalogue for last year’s Togart awards is now on-line.

Here are a few  of my favourite pieces including the winning work by Chips Mackinolty, who donated his winnings to a handfull of live music venues in the Northern Territory. There were lots of great entries and the catalogue is well worth a browse. Included is my work ‘For the Love of Shoes…‘.

 

Mice in love, spinning out of control…

Finally have the invites for my new show…

Come along if you are in Fitzroy at the beginning of Feb. Am currently working on a wall of cogs and mice that are all interconnected. There will be spinning flowers and summer love and ballerina mice in crazy skirts… hopefully.

Some happy snaps of my visit to Brunswick Street Gallery’s Small Works Exhbition. There are 2 floors full of artworks smaller than 30 x 30 cm.  Great range of works and medium and well worth a look. See previous post for gallery details or see the galleries webpage to see the art works selected by the judges: http://www.bsgart.com.au/

As I have mentioned quite a few time s already, the exhibition includes my piece ‘For the Love of Shoes…’.

Come along to the opening and prize announcements for our 2010 Small Works Prize and Exhibition.
6pm Fri 10 Dec 2010
at Brunswick Street Gallery
322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

500 artists
2000 works under 30x30x30cm

Show runs from 10 Dec 2010 to 16 Jan 2011

Includes ‘For the love of shoes…’

Melbourne City Council has a new website for their City Gallery. The small gallery located on the ground floor of the town hall has exhibitions on topics relating to Melbourne and and council’s archive material. They have had some fantatsic shows on the newspaper  boys, american sailors during the war, their lost and found collection, keeping the city clean and parking meter culture.

A few years ago I hepled curate a show called ‘Flush‘ on Melbourne’s public toilets. The city was one of the first in the world to provide public toilets and their history is fascinating. Part of the exhibiton involved artists responding to council’s toillet archive material and included my toilet scrabble pieces.

The website is through and easy to use and the content is quirky and really interesting. Well worth a look.