Sunday, September 16, 2018

Who wants to be a Bubble'O Billionare?

Hi, here's a set of new ceramic sculptures called "My ideal Friday Night in", consisting of a banana Big M, a supermarket chocolate cake and Missy Higgins first album.
These works will be on display in a group show called Ceramics (now), curated by Mark Hetherington, opening tomorrow night at the Adelaide Perry gallery in Sydney. If you're in the area come say hello! 

In other news, this Thursday (September 20) the RMIT 3rd year artists are having a fundraiser exhibition. I donated this ceramic sculpture that I made back when I was at art school of a bitten Bubble'O Bill.
Bitten Bubble'O Bill. 12.5 x 6.5 x 2cm. Acrylic and wood on ceramic. 2013
100% of the money raised go towards the RMIT's upcoming Grad Show exhibition. If you're around Melbourne this Thursday evening come have a drink and pick up a bargain, (or if you're feeling generous, feel free to spend a bubble'o billion dollars!)

For more info click here!
In other news, the travelling exhibition I'm in Self Made: Artist books and zines, first shown last year at the State Library of Victoria, has just opened at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery.

The show's on until 
October 21 and so if you're in Regional South Australia between now and then definitely check it out! I

Also in South Australia, the group exhibition 'Word' is still on until October 13 at Hugo Michell gallery.

Hugo Michell gallery is of course named after its wonderful gallery director Hugo Michell. Ha, not to be confused with Hugo and Michelle, as seen on the table reservation after the exhibition opening.
(This photo was taken by Jon + Campbell)
And lastly for today, the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award is still on until October 19. 
Here's a photo of me with my sculpture 'Golden Gaytime', which I'm super stoked and proud to have selected as a finalist.
Photo credit- Emmy Clifton
Thanks heaps for reading, hope you're having a nice day and I'll leave you with some classic Missy.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Taking the weisy way out

Hi, here's a new ceramic sculpture I made for the upcoming fundraiser exhibition at Firstdraft gallery. After all, it's the Weist I can do.

The Firstdraft fundraiser is a great way to support this fantastic Sydney gallery, as well as the wider emerging arts community that it nurtures. The fundraiser exhibition is happening next Friday August 31, for more info click here.

In other exciting news
, I'm thrilled to be taking some new work over to Adelaide next week for an upcoming group show at Hugo Michell Gallery.

The exhibition's 
called Word, and here's the full list of superstar artists I'm honoured to be exhibiting alongside;

Here's one of the new ceramic works I made for the show, titled Sulky-Boy

 opens at Hugo Michell Gallery next Thursday August 30 and runs until October 13. For more info click here.

And in other exciting news, I'm extremely proud to share that my sculpture Golden Gaytime has been selected as a finalist in the upcoming Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, open from September 5th to October 19.

The exhibition opening of the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award is from 6-8pm on Tuesday September 4th. For more info click here.

And so yeah, hopefully see you at one of those exhibitions!

In the meantime though thanks so much for reading and I hope you've been having both a nice week, and a slice week. Here's a new ceramic sculpture I'm currently making of a vanilla slice.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

At a floss for words

Hey, here's a new ceramic sculpture I made of the kids book, Tales from a Tall Forestby the brilliant Australian comedian Shaun Micallef.
Acrylic on kiln fired ceramic. 20 x 21 x 25cm
I took the sculpture along to the book launch at the Sun bookshop in Yarraville where Micallef was kind enough to autograph it.

But what I liked even more than getting the sculpture signed was getting the chance to tell Micallef how much I love his tv show, Micallef Tonight, and that when I was in year 9 my best friend and I would always race home to watch it. 

Micallef replied quick as a beat, "Oh so you're the two people who watched the show", (referring to the fact that sadly the show was cancelled after just 13 episodes due to mysteriously poor ratings).

But it didn't matter because much like his fairy tale, Shaun's gone on to live happily ever after.
Photo by Claire Sullivan
And a little congrats is in order for Micallef's book, as last month it won an Australian Book Design Association award for Best Designed Children's Fiction Book.
And a worthy winner it is; as it's very beautifully designed, both to look at, but also to hold on long walks up a mountain.

What I mean by that is yesterday some friends and I did the Thousand Steps walking trail out in the Dandenong Ranges. Now sometimes when people do the Thousand Steps they carry weights with them for the extra challenge, but I decided to bring the sculpture.
Photo by Emmy Clifton
Micallef's fairy tale deals with some pretty heavy themes, but it's not just the themes that are heavy, the sculpture is too!

Nevertheless I made it to the top, and so here's a photo of the Tall Forest, pictured amongst a tall forest.

And so segueing nicely from fairy tales to fairy floss, here's a photo taken in front of my new mural, (aka. my newral).
Photo by Emmy Clifton
The photo just shows a tiny part of the mural though, come see the whole thing at Realm Artspace in Ringwood, alongside the 3 person exhibition I'm in with Carly Fisher and Nathan Taylor, on now until July 15. 

Photo by Emily Jones
And in other exhibition news, I've got a couple of new pieces in a fun upcoming group show called Soft Toy Cityopening this Wednesday night, June 13th, at Rubicon Gallery just up from the Queen Vic Market.

The show's curated by Melbourne based artist Tegan Iversen and features a huge lineup of artists, a few of them whose work I already know and love, such as Tai Snaith and Cat Rabbit, but also a lot of artists whose work I'm not yet familiar with which is really cool and exciting too!

Here's the flyer for the exhibition.

And so yeah, hopefully see you there, and in the meantime I hope you have a fairy nice long weekend!
Photo by Emmy Clifton

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ten pieces of paper I found in shopping trolleys this month that I thought were shopping lists but aren't

Hi. I work two days a week at a supermarket where my job is to push the shopping trolleys from the car-park back into the store.

Yesterday a guy I work with told me that the job was starting to feel a bit repetitive. "Pardon?" I said. "A bit repetitive" he said. "Pardon?" I said. "A bit repetitive" he said.

One thing that helps keep the job interesting for me is I collect shopping lists. 

Sometimes though, I think I've found a shopping list but it's not until I pick it up and turn it over that I realise I've actually found something else. Here's ten non-lists I found this month.

I thought I found a shopping list but turns out I actually found...

1. A map.

2. A reminder to go to Mecca.

3. Matching notes to Mum and Dad.

4. A request from Grace's Mum.

5. A Medical Certificate.

6. A ripped up note from someone who bumped into someone else's car while parking.

7. Directions to the Big Fight.

8. Entry to Heaven.

9. Phill's Home Improvements.

And number 10. A perfume sample card.

Now that I've got these ten things I may as well put them to good use.

Thanks to the medical certificate I won't be going in to work tomorrow, instead I'll go to Mecca.  

I've never been to Mecca before but I should have no trouble finding it thanks to my new map. And if I bump into a car in the car-park, or if I bump into the ankle of anyone named Grace, it's ok as I've already got my notes ready for that as well.

I'm gonna send the matching love letters to my parents and then call up Phill from Phill's Home Improvements to ask if he wants to watch the Big Fight with me.

Anyway thanks for reading, let me know if you're feeling a bit stinky and would like me to send you the Dior perfume card. Other than that, hope you're having a nice day and see you in Heaven.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Eagleman has landed

Hey, here's a quick drawing I did of the Athenaeum Theatre on Monday night.
Well, technically it's not a drawing of the Athenaeum Theatre.

I was going to draw the Athenaeum Theatre but then I started drawing a motorbike parked opposite the Athenaeum Theatre. I spent so long drawing the bike that by the time I'd finished that it was time to go inside the theatre and see a talk by American neuroscientist Professor David Eagleman, in conversation with award winning journalist Natash Mitchell.

Much like the tyres on the motorbike I'd just drawn, I was wheelie pumped to hear David Eagleman speak, especially after having watched this great TED talk he gave in 2015.
Usually when I listen to talks like this it's while I'm working in the studio, and so just to keep my hands busy while I listened here's a little drawing I did from up the back.
Eagleman was brilliant and contagiously optimistic. He's one of those scientist rockstars that's both incredibly smart and also incredibly skilled at articulating his work in a way that dummies like me can understand.

After the talk Eagleman did a book signing, which was awesome and in preparation for it I made a ceramic replica of a book of his that I'm currently reading, The Brain, which he was kind enough to autograph.
(Photo by Emmy Clifton)
Here's a photo of my finished sculpture of his book The Brain, next to a clay sculpture I just made of a can of tuna, (aka. Brain food).

Eagleman was a total legend. His emphasis on the importance of trying new things was so convincing that later that night when my housemate Jodie told me she was doing a computer coding workshop I said "count me in!" and I signed up too.

And so yeah, here's a photo of me at last nights Coding 101 workshop.
(Photo by Jodie Woodburn)
If you look closely at my screen you'll see I've typed <h1>da Vinci</h1>

And so there you have it, I dunno who this "Dan Brown" guy thinks he is but clearly I'm the one who wrote The Da Vinci Code.

Ha, and I never would've written The Da Vinci Code if it wasn't for David Eagleman encouraging my brain to soar. So here's a little drawing of Eagleman, as an Eagle-Man.

The next thing I wanted to quickly share is that immediately after the Eagleman talk on Monday night I went to another Wheeler Centre talk, also at the Athenaeum Theatre, by the hilarious English comedian Robert Webb, in conversation with the phenomenal writer Clementine Ford.

Here's a little drawing I did from up the back.
And after the talk Robert Webb also did a book signing, and was kind enough to autograph a ceramic sculpture I made of his incredible memoir.
(Photo by Emmy Clifton)
Webb's book, titled How Not To Be A Boy, is a stunning look at gender and masculinity and is the best book I've read in a long time. 

If you're interested in hearing more you should for sure read this book, in the meantime though here's a great podcast I think is pretty special titled Robert Webb dissects masculinity, grief, career and his complicated relationships.

Here's a couple of photos of the sculpture, featuring a little birdy.
In other news, if you happen to be out near Ringwood during the next five weeks please be sure to visit the exhibition Monuments to the Everyday that I'm in at Realm Artspace with artists Carly Fisher and Nathan Taylor, on until July 15th. 

I'll be hosting a drawing workshop at the gallery from 10am to 12pm on Thursday July 5th, suitable for people of all ages and skill levels, pencil it into your diary, then bring that pencil along and come draw with me!
And finally, the new Star Wars Han Solo movie is out today!! Yay!

If, like me, you plan on dressing up to go see it, then here's my hot tip- All you gotta do is put your hoody on backwards, fasten a belt around your tummy, put on your dressing gown, stuff a bike light into the broken K-mart lightsaber you still have from 2004 and hey presto, you're ready to defend the galaxy.
Obi-wan Kennyobi
Thanks heaps for reading, be kind to the others and go easy on yourself, and here's the finished drawing of the Athenaeum Theatre.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The ball's in your Court...ney Barnett

Hey, last Friday the incredible painter and wonderful person Yvette Coppersmith was awarded this years Archibald prize. 

Here's a quick portrait I did of Yvette Coppersmith, standing in front of her amazing portrait of Yvette Coppersmith. Congrats Yvette Coppersmith!!

Looking at all the other great Archibald finalists I was excited to see one of my fave singer-songwriters is also in there as a subject; Courtney Barnett, painted by Melbourne artist Melisa Grisancich. Here's a little drawing I did of Grisancich's painting.

And speaking of Courtney Barnett; she has a new album coming out tomorrow! Which "coincidentally" is also my birthday!

It's so cool even though I've never met Courtney Barnett and she has no idea I even exist that she still somehow definitely remembered my birthday and decided to give me this special b-day prezzie! 

And sure it's a little annoying that her record company must've forced Courtney to share the album that she made just for me with the rest of the world as well, but hey I guess that's just show biz. 

So thanks heaps for the birthday album Courtney!! And here I was thinking that nothing could top the birthday email that Subway sent me.

You can pre-order the new Courtney Barnett album by clicking here. Or you can do what I'm gonna do and just wait till it comes out tomorrow and get it using the JB gift voucher your brother gave you for Christmas.

Here's a little painting on board that I did of the voucher I will be trading tomorrow for the album.

Ha, anyway I don't really have any reason to be plugging the new Courtney Barnett album aside from the fact that I'm really excited to hear it! 

But another thing I'm perhaps even more excited to plug is the exhibition Monuments To The Everyday, featuring Carly Fisher, Nathan Taylor and myself, which opened this weekend at Realm Artspace in Ringwood. 

A huge thanks to everyone who braved the cold for the opening but if you weren't able to see it there's still plenty of time as it's running until July 15!

Here's the cover of the exhibition catalogue, which is available for free at the show, featuring an essay by Melbourne based writer (currently in Germany) Jane O'Neil.
But so yeah, I'm turning 30 tomorrow and in the meantime I'm clinging to the last moments of today by doing lots of online surveys while I still get to tick the box of falling into the very cool demographic of being in my twenties...

Ha, but so if unlike Courtney Barnett and Subway you've somehow forgotten to get me a bday pres then please remember I still collect abandoned shopping lists!

Quick side note on that; Coming into the rainy season you have to be very careful picking up lists due to the fact they tear so easily when they're wet, so if picking up lists outside be sure to use all those skills you acquired when you were a kid playing the game Operation.

Here's a particularly fragile list I recently rescued from a puddle.
And here it is the next day, all nice and dried out.
But so yeah, if you have an old list lying around I would love it if you could please send it my way at P.O. Box 5039, Moreland West. Victoria. 3055. 

Perhaps you could just make a list that says "Send kenny this piece of paper", and then when you get to the post box you'll be able to tick it off the list.

Ha, but ok thanks so much for reading, I hope you're really well, and the last thing I wanna mention is that in addition to the show I'm in at Realm Artspace I've also been painting a mural on the outside of the gallery, next to Ringwood library, so if you get a chance to see the show please don't forget to check the mural out as well!

And in the meantime here's a sneak of how it's coming along.
(The mural's not even complete yet but already it's proving to be a bit of a photo hotspot.)
Much like the above pic I also took my photo with Gromit, but rather than drink a smoothie in front of him I found that he likes it best when you scratch under his chin. 
And tomorrow at the mural I'll be sure to bring along my discman and my new CD and then Gromit and I can each share an ear of my headphones. 
A fun fact about Gromit is he's nearly thirty too! 

And so as the two of us listen to Courtney sing Need A Little Time we'll be sure to think about everything that's lead us to this point, taking a little time out and enjoying our free six inch sub.