Thursday, December 03, 2020

Skating on thin ice-cream

Hi, here's a new ceramic sculpture called Walking on Thin Ice Magic.

This piece is included in a new group exhibition called Eat Art, opening this Saturday December 5th at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in New South Wales.

The exhibition explores the universal experience of food and its influence on our lives and imaginations, and features the work of myself alongside Marian Abboud, Cath Barcan, Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Lucy Culliton, Phil Ferguson, Chrissy Flanagan, Ben Tankard and Dawn Tan.

Eat Art is on until January 31st, 2021. For more info please click here!


In other exciting news, this Saturday December 5th at 12pm I'm hosting a live Christmas card themed drawing workshop with the National Gallery of Victoria, as part of an online event called North Pole University.

The event is free and fun for all ages. For more info, and to watch along at home, please click here!
In other news, my solo show at Mars Gallery is still on until December 15th, thanks so much to everyone who's seen it so far! For more info, and to view the exhibition catalogue, please click here!

And in other news, my solo show at Tweed Regional Gallery, called
Trains, Planes and Bubble'O Bills, is still on until March 14, 2021. For more info please click here!

Thanks so much for reading, hope things are looking UP & GO'ing well!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Planes, Trains and Bubble'O Bills

Hi, thanks so much to everyone who's seen and supported my new solo show, Trying to leaf things better than we found them, in its first week at MARS Gallery!

Here's a photo of me with some new glazed ceramic sculptures of toothbrushes, titled Old Mates. 


You can brush up against these Old Mates, and all the other new works in show, on now until December 15.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Hope you get a chance to see it before it's tooth late! For more info please click here!


In other exciting news, I have a new solo show opening this Friday November 27th at Tweed Regional Gallery in NSW, the show's titled Planes, Trains and Bubble’O Bills.



The title is a reference to the great 1987 film Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and the exhibition is all about the experience of passing time on public transport.

The main body of work presented is my series of 99 drawings of people on the train, originally shown in 2014 as part of the exhibition NEW14, curated by Kyla McFarlane at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

These drawings of mundane situations within crowded train carriages take on a new meaning this year.

Planes, trains and Bubble'O Bills also features a fun public program for kids and families. Tweed Regional Gallery is wheelchair accessible. The exhibition runs from November 27, 2020 until March 14, 2021.

It would be bubble'O brilliant if you get a chance to see the show, for more info please click here.


Tweed Gallery and I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which this exhibition will be taking place, the people of the Bundjalung Nation, and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, who've been creating art here for thousands of years.

Monday, November 16, 2020

On a wing and a pear

Hi, here's a new ceramic sculpture called "The world's gone pear shaped".

This sculpture is acrylic on kiln fired earthenware ceramic, its dimensions are 11.7cm x 7cm x 7cm, and in exciting news this work will be included in my new solo show opening this Wednesday, November 18, at MARS Gallery!
The exhibition plays with ideas of personal growth, kindness and togetherness whilst responding to themes that are both timely and timeless.


Here's a new painting that's also included in the show, titled "Trying to leaf things better than we found them".

"Trying to leaf things better than we found them" is acrylic on linen and measures 108cm x 96cm. 

If you'd like to see the exhibition catalogue featuring all the works in the show please email andy@marsgallery.com.au 

The show runs from November 18 to December 20. 
MARS Gallery is located at 7 James Street, Windsor, in Melbourne, just off Chapel Street.

Here's another new work in the show titled Social Bubbles and Social Bubble'O's.

I've just finished installing the exhibition today, I hope you get a chance to see these works in person and hopefully see you there!


I'd like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, whose land this exhibition has been created on, and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, who have been creating art here for thousands of years.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A new lease on Lifeblood

Hello, in super arm-azing news I was recently invited to design this new bandage for the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood!

Very happy to be selected to work on this project alongside artists Beci Orpin, Gemma O'Brien, Georgia Perry, Chris Nixon and Brian Robinson!

Lifeblood has partnered with myself and these five fantastic artists to create a vibrant range of limited edition bandage artworks, that will be available to all blood and plasma donors nationwide during the next six weeks.

Here's a photo of me wearing the bandage I designed after having just donated, and enjoying a free Nippies iced coffee (one of the many perks of donating!)

If you'd like to see if you're eligible to donate, or to book in your next donation, visit donateblood.com.au.


In other news, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Linden Postcard Prize held annually at Linden Gallery in St. Kilda, and to celebrate Linden are presenting an exhibition featuring work by the past winners.

Here's my painting which was the lucky recipient of the Linden Postcard Prize in 2013, titled Slime Balls and Misery Guts.
As well as myself, the other exhibiting artists are, in alphabetical order; Abdul Abdullah, Penny Byrne, William Eicholtz, Sarah crowEST, Robert Fenton, Prudence Flint, Josh Foley, Anna Hoyle, Helen Johnson, Michael Kluge, Robert McHaffie, Scott Miles, Jennifer Mills, Grant Nimmo, Greg Penn Louise Rippert, Hedy Ritterman, Valerie Sparks, Richard Stringer and Steffie Wallace.

You can view the full exhibition catalogue by clicking here.

My new work in the exhibition is this ceramic sculpture titled The Ticket.
A ripped ticket stub is a permanent record of a fleeting experience. The Ticket is a reflection on how, despite Luna Park having been 
closed for most of 2020, the year itself has felt a lot like a roller coaster. At times it’s been a scary ride with many unexpected twists, turns, ups and downs. 

This work is the latest in a series of hand sculpted replicas of items that are only very temporarily considered important, such as improvised bookmarks, discarded shopping lists and lost lottery tickets.

The online opening for the Linden Postcard 30th birthday exhibition is tomorrow evening, (Wednesday October 21st), from 6pm to 7pm. 

The event is free and will include live captioning. You can register to attend the opening by clicking hereHopefully see you there!

In the meantime, in the spirit of celebrating postcards, please feel free to send me a postcard addressed to my P.O Box, which is P.O Box 232, Batman. Victoria. 3058.

Thanks for reading, hope you're having a post-ticularly nice day!

Monday, October 05, 2020

Well this is orchid

Hi, here's a new series of ceramic sculptures of orchids playing classical music, called the Symphony Orchid-stra.

Whilst we've been in lockdown the natural world has carried on, and as we slowly return to busyness this piece is a gentle reminder for us to continue listening to what nature has to say.


















In exciting news, these works will be showing in Canberra's biennale public art festival Contour 556, showing alongside heaps of great artists including Louise Weaver, Richard Lewer, Kerrie Poliness, Tony Albert, Connie Anthes and many more.

Contour 556 opens this Friday October 9th and runs until October 31st. If you're in Canberra hopefully this plants the seed for you to have a look, so put the petal to metal and I truly be-leaf you'll have a lovely time.
Contour 556 would like to acknowledge the Ngunnawal People, the traditional custodians of the land on which this festival takes place. I'd also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which I created this artwork, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, and pay my respect to their elders past, present and emerging, who've been creating art here for thousands of years.

Friday, October 02, 2020

Baci to the future

Hi, the Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery is hosting a live online panel discussion at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday the 3rd of October). The talk is all about the value and power of using text and language within art.

On the panel will be 5 artists from the current group show 'Do I Have To Spell It Out For You?', including myself alongside great artists Kate Just, Benjamin Aitken, Nasim Nasr and Shevaun Wright!

The discussion is free to watch and will include live captioning as well as Auslan interpreting. If you'd like to register to watch the discussion please click 
here!
Speaking of things you might like to watch, here's a new video workshop I made with the Shepparton Art Museum where I show you how to sculpt and glaze a ceramic sculpture of an apple.

The workshop's aimed for primary school aged kids but all are apple-solutely welcome to enjoy.
You can watch the video here!

Big thank you to the Shepparton Art Museum, and also a big thanks to Emmy Clifton for filming and editing.
In other news, I haven't just been sculpting fruit, here's a new ceramic sculpture I was recently commissioned to make of Baci chocolates.

Perhaps the best part of making this sculpture was afterwards when I got to eat the chocolates that I based it off. And so if ever you're thinking of commissioning me to make a sculpture please note if you propose something yummy it will certainly sweeten the deal!

And in other news, I'm super excited to share that my recent ceramic sculpture series '
Life Is Like A Box Of Crayons', which I originally created for Cement Fondu gallery, has just been acquired into the Artbank collection!


I've been a huge fan of Artbank for many years and am so thrilled that this work has found such a wonderful new home.

Thanks so much for reading, hope the rest of your week is bright and colourful.




Thursday, September 03, 2020

Ready, set, up&go!

Hi, here's a new pair of ceramic sculptures titled Up and Go, Sit and Stay.

Up and go, sit and stay. Acrylic on earthenware ceramic. 13cm x 8cm x 11cm (x2). 2020

Originally created for Cement Fondu gallery, these works are included in the upcoming online exhibition called 'Do I have to spell it out for you?', opening this Saturday at Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery.


Running from September 5th to October 25, the current restrictions have shifted the show to being an online event.

The show brings together eight artists whose work plays with language, and features myself alongside artists Ben Aitken
, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Kate Just, Nasim Nasr, Claudia Nicholson, Christian Thompson, and Shevaun Wright. 

Big thanks to Chris Thompson from the Vision Australia community radio arts show for inviting me on last Monday to talk with him about the show.

For more info about the exhibition click here.


In other exciting news, a big thanks to Art Almanac, who featured this review of the current Cement Fondu online exhibition 'Don't Let Yourself Go' in their latest issue, with accompanying images of my ceramic Apocalipso series
.

In other exciting news I have some small sculptures in an exhibition called 'Primaveral' at Mitchell Fine Art Gallery in Brisbane. The show runs from September 2nd to October 3rd, for more info click here.

And in other exciting news, it's officially Spring! 


To celebrate, here's a ceramic sculpture I'm making of a mini Spring roll, photographed next to an actual mini Spring roll.

And lastly, a huge shout out to the superstar artist Tony Albert who recently acquired my
 Melted Bubble'O Bill ceramic sculpture.

Here's a photo of Bubble'O installed in its wonderful new home, surrounded by amazing pieces by Richard Bell, Daniel Boyd and Gemma Smith. Some very nice housemates indeed!

Monday, August 17, 2020

A sign of the times

Hi, here's a new series of nineteen ceramic sculptures I made this year called 'A sign of the times'.

Back in March, just before Melbourne's first lockdown, I was invited by the City of Melbourne to try to capture something of the moment. Wearing gloves and a mask I went for a walk through the city and found myself drawn to all the signs that had suddenly popped up in every shop window.



There was something urgent in these fleeting signs. 
With heartfelt thank you’s and concerned well wishes of safety, these signs illustrate the relationship that our businesses have with our community. 



Some of the signs contain humour while others are more sincere, almost all contain a strong sense of hope and togetherness.

These nineteen ceramic sculptures I've made are exact replicas of signs I found hanging on the front doors
 of businesses throughout Melbourne city on March 28, 2020.

1. Shimbu, Tibetan restaurant on Lygon Street.



2. T2 in Melbourne Central.


3. Barber on Degraves.


4. Melbourne Aquarium. 


5. Pellegrini's on Bourke Street.



6. Design A Space in Manchester Lane. 


7. Flight Centre on Queen Street.



8. Melbourne City Libraries.

9. KOORIE Heritage Trust Inc. in Fed Square.


10. The Arts Centre.

11.
Secret Kitchen restaurant on Exhibition Street.

12. Wax Museum record store in the Degraves Arcade.

13. TAB on Bourke Street.


14. Lt Collins Melbourne cafe.


15. Museums Victoria. (Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and IMAX Theatre.)

16. St. Paul's Cathedral on the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street.


17. Goodlife Gym opposite Etihad Stadium.


18. Myer on Bourke Street.


19. Sushi Sushi in Melbourne Central.



A big thanks to Eddie Butler and the City of Melbourne for commissioning this project. Also a big thanks Yarra Arts and the Creative Community Quick Response Grant for helping support this project too.

A big thanks as well to writer Andrew Stephens for so wonderfully writing about this project in his article "A Blank Canvas: As the world holds its breath, creative minds are mapping out a new direction", published in Saturday's The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. 

I'd like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, whose land this series was created on, and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging, who have been creating art here for thousands of years.

Thanks for reading, hope you're safe and as well as can be!

The nineteen sculptures will now live at their new home in the City of Melbourne Town Hall Collection. Am looking forward to one day seeing them installed on a gallery wall, but in the meantime as we remain in the current lockdown here is the series laid out on my living room floor.