Jumpers and footballs in progress.
Works for Red Gallery’s Red Ball show.
Jumpers and footballs in progress.
Fairfield Primary School are about to hold their annual Art 4 All weekend. Centered around an art exhibition, there is an opening night on the Saturday and market stalls on the Sunday.
I am going to be making some crocodiles and maybe some birds between 11 and 1 on Sunday 11th Sept. Come by and see the frenzie of cutting and gluing!
For more information see the school’s webpage.
Fitzroy land snail
Am putting this project on hold for the moment. Really happy with these little endangered snails but rest of the project got a bit ugly!
The new gallery, Dear Patti Smith, located on level 2 of the Patterson building on Smith St, Fitzroy is preparing for the 2nd in a series of 3-day exhibiton events. I am having some issues with links, so for more info copy and paste: http://www.dearpattismith.com/index.php?/documentation/20113-day02marshelved/
Will get these integrated asap.
It’s on the shelf in the studio. Occasionally it catches the eye from its place in the corner.
I have submitted my metal and cardboard ballerinas which have thwarted me on more than one occasion and have been sitting in the rainy day pile.
For those not so interested in art, but familiar with the Patterson building, come along and see what has been done with the space. It looks fantastic. Very different to this original photo I found in the State Library’s collection: old Pattterson furniture store (circa 1905).
These mice are actually finished and installed in the Brunswick Street Gallery, however I haven’t had a chance to photograph the finished exhitibition so thought I’d blog a few more ‘mice factory’ images. Plus they look so cute and naked all prone and in a line. As with the flying mice I really like these guys half finished and layed out like a taxidermy project. The 3 who look like they are wearing bright coloured underwear are the ballerinas (or ‘mouserinas’ as a a friend brilliantly dubbed them) and the others end up as garland dancers. Promise to blog finished photos soon.
Here are some of the pieces I am making for my new solo show.
The show is title ‘cardboard mouse and the summer spin-sters‘ and I am making millions (maybe ?) of mice in wheels that spin and cogs that turn with flowers everywhere and generally an atmosphere of summer-time fun! The show is at the Brunswick Street Gallery and opens Friday 4th February, 2011 and runs until the 17th Feb.
I made these rats because I loved the look of the winged mice lying on their backs with their innards on display.
These guys are best when they are also on their backs with their tails hanging over the edge. They have wavy, mulit-coloured gizzards (hanging below their bellies in these photos) which wriggle when you turn the key.
A few mice for my upcoming show at Red Gallery.
And a couple of wheels for running in…
I am working towards my first solo show in September at Red Gallery, North Fitzroy.
It is looking like the works will focus on my cats and some imaginary mice who torment them. I’ve started with small lucky Maneki Neko:
(This is a flickr photo – I have managed to turn my flickr page into Korean text. When I get it back to english I’ll post the reference.)
Okay – back into english.
See Paul McAleer’s flickr page for the original image.
These cats are a little less lucky as their paws have to be moved manually. I have not fit them with a battery pack and a perpetual motion machine.
This work has been short-listed in the upcoming Togart 10 Contemporary Art Award.
The exhibition will be held in Darwin for 5 weeks from early September. The venue is about to be announced.
Photos of my dream feet shoes in progress.
The soles pattern is from my birkenstocks which were the only shoes I wore until my family started on their current shoe-shop preoccupation.
These are photos of a recent piece in progress.
Three elephants carry a cross on their backs with with the help of a tiny little bird.
Finally, photos of the final work are here.
The bodies of the dancers are made from broken blades found along the sides of major streets. They are fixed together with wire and solder.
Brightly coloured alco-pop (and beer) packaging has been used for the tutus. The graphics are already designed to grab people’s attention and stand-out in the drinks fridge. The printed face has been used on the underside of the skirts where the multiple layers confuse and intensify the gaudy colours. It is all excitement and froth as the dancers kick their legs, jump and turn.
The brown top layer makes the ballerinas appear demure and graceful just like all good ballerinas should be.
I share a house with a lot of fish and a turtle called Spencer.
A while ago Spencer was run over after she’d escaped from the pond. It was summer, it was hot and our turtle was looking for love. Luckily she was found and taken to the vet who wired togther her shell. Spencer then had to spend 8 months recovering in a hospital tank in our lounge room. This gave me plenty of time to model her.
Thought I might have a go at a couple of stencils for the Melbourne stencil festival.
So I started with an old piece:
And cut some layers. (I used my current favourite beer packaging for each of the stencils – maybe not the best idea I have ever had.)
And because really the part I like most is cutting out, I decided to try 2 stencils:
And decided I needed a mega-sized met card top layer:
And, well the results are mixed. Decided not to enter them in the festival. Will have another go when I get some spare time. Did quite a bit of air-brushing at school and so feel determined to master this… later.