Archives for category: Finished works

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.

After a brief hiatus I am back in the studio.

Am working towards a new show in early February and will post some images of how that is going soon. In the interum I have pieces from earlier this year in a couple of group shows. My feet shoes (For the love of shoes…) will be exhibited in the Brunswick Street Gallery’s Small Works Prize 2010. The show opens Friday 10th December, 6pm. The gallery is located upstairs at 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.  See http://bsgart.com.au/ for more information.

Also the ‘itty bitty kitty machine’ and one of the ‘lucky cat’ statuettes are included in the Linden Gallery’s post card show early next year. This show opens 1pm-5pm Saturday 5 February 2011. The Linden gallery is situated at 26 Acland Street, St Kilda. See http://www.lindenarts.org/ for more information.

Last week of the exhibition. Closes around 4pm on Saturday 9th October.  Thought I’d try and get a few more images on-line. Most of these are happy snaps I have taken but a few of the better ones (like the lucky cats and the itty bitty kitty machine) are by my excellent photographer friend Erica Lauthier. I have taken a few movies of the pieces in motion but need to change format etc before I can post them up. Will try and do this early next week.

Installed show at Red Gallery yesterday.

Opening is tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd Sept) at 6pm.

My first solo shows opens in 2 weeks at Red gallery, Fitzroy North.

Subtitled ‘mice running wild in the hall of the cats‘ the show includes the felines and rodents I have been making. Most of the pieces are kinetic is some way or other (mice that fly and run in wheels, rats with wobble guts and cats with waving fists).

There are also 2 other shows opening on the same night (Phil Roubin and Judith Cobb ). More information on these exhibitions can be seen on the Red Gallery website.

My work ‘Heading home (for Mum’s birthday)‘ has been selected for this year’s BSG General Art Prize. The piece was exhbitied as a part of last year’s Togart awards however this is the first time it will be exhibited in Melbourne.

The winners are announced at the opening this Friday (10th Sept) and all are welcome.

For more information see the Brunswick Street Gallery website.

For anyone in Darwin, the Togart 2010 exhbition opened last week.

It is in the newly developed Chan building opposite parliament house. The exhibition includes a diverse selection of indigenous, traditional and contemporary works including my piece ‘For the love of shoes…‘ .

What happened while I wasn’t looking?

Suddenly my whole family are selling shoes.

I don’t much like shoes.

I don’t mind my feet.

They are flat and fat and hairy and strange. They keep me from falling over (most of the time) and they are a good endpoint for my legs. Unfortunately most shoes make them hurt or blister or smell.

Mine are feet for wiggling in the sand not mincing 6 inches from the ground.

My feet make it hard to understand the vocational choices around me.

But, ugly and proud up on their podium, these odd feet-shoes celebrate the gumption and nerve needed to pursue something new.

This work has been short-listed in the upcoming Togart 10 Contemporary Art Award.

Photos by Erica Lauthier

From ‘The AGE’ 16 June, 2010

An early fish mobile I made was recently included in ‘Inside the mind of…’ segment of Monument magazine.

Refer pages 15-16.

This piece was short-listed for the BSG Prize 09 and was also exhibited at the Sydney Opera House as a part of the Avant CardWe love 3D‘ program.

Blanketed in their endorsed skins this odd couple are united as members of one tribe; an odd-ball gang; a strange aquatic squad. Instead of individual details of claws, fins, lips, wheels and heads one sees amorphous colour and pattern.

… extra, imported be .. from mexic, .5% alc/vo, empaque, 4 x new 330 ml, distil 48 using onsumer,   lder of bottle, importa….

From a tissue box, some metcards and alfoil packaging.

This work was short-listed in the Togart 09 Contemporary Art Award.

This small scale cardboard sculpture depicts one of my most treasured experiences.

This memory combines nostalgia, a love of the emptiness of Australia and an easy, sisterly companionship.

It also involves my car.

My car, a 1964 Ford Falcon XM sedan, is a dream of chrome and stream-lining but it is old and it is slow.

In 2000, in an episode of defiance, against good sense, distance and physics, my sister and I drove this car across Australia and back to surprise our mum for her 50th birthday. As kids our family would regularly make the trek up and down the Stuart Highway. These early trips were about speed and getting to our destination. We were car bound for 15 hours a day; meals were prepacked and toilet stops timed to coincide with refuelling. My sister and I were well trained in efficient road travel.

My car was not.

The old engine and small radiator meant we motored at a gentle 50 mile /hr and, every 3 – 4 hours, the car needed to cool down. So, a couple of times a day, with a thermos of coffee and a couple of camping chairs, we waited. In the vast, red, empty space we waited like grand dames of the interior. With the bonnet popped, on the side of the road we were characters in our own Merchant Ivory production.

With a different car, the mood might have been ‘Mad Max’ or ‘Vanishing Point’ or there may have been no need to stop in the middle of nowhere at all.

Some of these photos are by Erica Lauthier.

For Togart 09 catalogues click here

Stickers made from the cardboard Quadrapod works.

I sent them to Spain in response to a flickr call to artists.

Metcard reliefs.

Exhibited in the Tag Tree Exhibition Group show, Hampshire, UK, 2009.

This exhibition aimed to amass 1000 tags from across the world and  the call for entries was posted through flickr.  The works were to be exhibited in two shows: an indoor, gallery show Hampshire, UK, and an outdoor exhibition to be held in a tree.

Had to have a few tree hanging prectices before sending them off.

For images of the indoor exhibiton see the photos in flickr. I do not think they have been stuck in a tree yet.

First attempts at using plastic lids.

These are available through Me and My Llama.

These are part of a series of cartoonish relief works.

They follow on from the flying pig and the cranky deer.

Exhibited in the group show of architectural models ‘Abundant’ at the Australia Stand,Venice Biennale, Italy, 2008.

This sculpture focuses on the fabric of building and the ritual of habitation. Traditional architectural model making techniques were combined with domestic and bush crafts, using materials both new (gold wire and boxboard) and recycled (street sweeper blades and beer boxes).
The show was sponsored by Austral bricks.

Another metcard mobile.

In this small collage the tram trundles from side to side, the hands wave goodbye and the plane zooms into the sky.

My sister left Melbourne and returned home to Darwin to live with her crocodile framing boyfriend and open a show shop. She is enjoying herself, but it is hard being in different cities. Her shop, Me and My Llama, has been open for just over a year.

Everyone should be able to fly…

In progress:

And from lois stavsk’s flickr site:

This is one of the first of a series of reliefs I have made out of and mounted on a metcard / tram ticket.

The photo is a bit blurry so it is hard to see just how cranky the deer is loooking. Not sure why.

Based on the knitted quadrapods, this is one of a series of quad metronomes I’ve made.

The figure rocks back and forth on top of the blue box.

Exhibited at in a group show at Artholes, Melbourne, 2007.

Another similar mobile was included in the CERES charity art auction, 2007: http://www.ceres.org.au/

I have made a number of these fish mobiles. The first ones (including this one) are made out of tram tickets / metcards. The fish are suspended on salvaged street-sweeper blades found on the side of the street.

If you look along the edge of most major city streets you will find these long thin snapped of steel blades. Took us a long while to work out that they are from street-sweepers. Once you notice them it is hard to stop seeing them.

I have also made some elephant mobiles but I do not have any photos of these.

Exhibited in the Human Rights Art Award, Darwin, 2006.

I have knitted a lot of woolen ‘quadrapods’ for friends’ kids. They started life as a horse type creature but ended up as a uncategorised 4-legged thing. The main criteria was for it to have many limbs to be carried by or to put in one’s mouth.

This piece is knitted from plastic bags and bits of flyscreen. The texture is similar to the effect you find along some fences where plastic shopping bags have accrewed and matted into a thick. lumpy, faded fabric.

This piece (made up of 3 tiles) was made in response, in part, to the City of Melbourne’s public toilet archive and, in part, to old drafting stencils of produced by caroma for use in architectural drawings. The 3 tiles, when read on their side as scrabble pieces spell P SS…

This is a photo of the work 95% complete. All of the traps were painted blue so that the letters were more apparent.

It was exhibited in 2005 as a part of a show at the City gallery in the Melbourne Town Hall that I curated in conjunction with Dr Andrew Brown-May and Nicky Adams.  The show was called Flush: the quest for Melbourne’s best public toilets in Art, Architecture and History.

The gallery has some kooky exhibitons showcasing the City of Melbourne’s archive material. Recently they have had a ‘pardon me boys’ show on the influx of american service men during WW II.

They are currently working on a webpage of previous shows. I’ll try and add the link when it is on-line.

Exhibited in the ‘Skipping Girl Exhibition’ Group show at the London Tavern, Melbourne, 2004.

This show responded to Richmond’s iconic ‘audrey’ the skipping girl vinegar neon sign. She has recently been restored and is now skipping on Victoria St, Burnley opposite IKEA.

A series of Matryoshka Animals, the mouse fits inside the chicken, inside the rabbit, inside the elephant.

Made out of cardboard, Japanese paper and glitter contact.

Made in 2003.