Thursday, July 28, 2016

Doing things by the book

Hey, I don't wanna boast but here's a new ceramic sculpture I just finished.
In other boastful news, I'm super excited to have found out that I'm a finalist in the upcoming R & M McGivern Painting Prize, held at Artspace in Realm, opening on September 16.

Here's a list of the fantastic artists I'll be exhibiting alongside;
When it gets closer to the date I'll be sure to invite you to please come along, but in the meantime I thought what might be more fun for today, rather than go on about shows that I'm involved in, will be to mention three other artists who've got exhibitions on at the moment.

First up is Emily Floyd. I really like Emily Floyd, she's funny and warm and a great sculptor. Emily's featured in the current exhibition, Telling Tales, on at the MCA in Sydney. Here's a quick drawing I made of Emily's work in the show, titled It's because I think too much that I do nothing.

And here's Emily Floyd and I at an exhibition she was in earlier in the year at Gertrude Contemporary, where she was kind enough to sign a ceramic sculpture I made of her 2014 book, The Dawn.

Here's my sculpture of Emily Floyd's The Dawn, photographed this morning at dawn.

The next artist I'll mention is Jess Johnson, and no I don't mean Jess Johnson the Cricket Wag...
I'm talking about Jess Johnson my pal, the awesome New Zealand born artist, whose work you might remember from her show at the NGV last year where you got to take a ride inside a fully immersive Oculus Rift headset. 

The show was amazing. Totally amazing. I was totally amazed.
Jess has a show opening tonight at Talbot Rice Gallery, so if you're lucky enough to be in Edinburgh between now and October 8 you should definitely hit it up. 

Here's the flyer;
And here's a selfie with the wonderful Jess as she's signing a ceramic sculpture I made of her book, a few days before she left Australia to go live in New York City.
Also, before Jess signed my sculpture, here's the scrap piece of paper she practised her signature on to make sure she would do a good one :) 
And here's the finished sculpture.

And with no time to keep Patting myself on the back let's move on to the third and final artist, who's a different kind of Pat altogether, the artist Pat Brassington. 

A lot of Pat Brassington's work is really disturbing. 

"How disturbing is it?" I hear you ask.

I would say it's almost as disturbing as the other morning when I walked into the kitchen and discovered that my Mum had made my Dad a coffee using my "Worlds best lover" mug.

The first time I saw Pat Brasington's work was back in 2012 when she had a show at ACCA. Recently I made a ceramic sculpture of Pat Brasington's book from that exhibition and last month, while at Arc One Gallery, Pat was kind enough to sign the sculpture for me. 


And so cool, there's three new ceramic books signed by three awesome and inspiring artists. 
Check out their shows if you can, pretend their work is Pokemon and go catch it in the wild.

Emily Floyd is in the group show Telling Tales, curated by Veronica Kent at the MCA in Sydney. It's on until October 9 and it's free. Click here for details. 

Jess Johnson's show opens tonight at Talbot Gallery in Edinburgh. It's on until October 8 and it's free too. Click here for details.

Pat Brassington is in the CCP 30th anniversary fundraiser in Melbourne. The last day to see the show is this Saturday, (July 30), and it's also free, but obviously it's a fundraiser so all the work is for sale and CCP is a great space so if you feel like buying a work you'd be helping out a great cause. Click here for details. 

Thanks heaps for reading, see you soon, and yeah, I'm just really thrilled with these new ceramic sculptures. But like I said, I'm not really one to boast. I much prefer to Boost.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blood, sweat and Voltaire's

Sometimes when you go through the old photos on your phone you can find some real gems you'd forgotten about. 

I'm not sure if this photo is one of those gems but maybe it is, well, at the very least it does literally contain gems.

And so yeah, here's a photo I took at the NGV last year of Catherine the Great’s famous collection of gems alongside a handful of ceramic sculptures I made of potato gems.


And speaking of Catherine the Great, here's the cover to a book of writing, drawing and activities that I was commissioned to make about her by the NGV while I was the artist in residence during their recent Hermitage exhibition. 
(I still have a couple of copies of this book, Catherine the Great Gatsby, so send me an email if you'd like one, they're $5.) 

Anyway the reason I bring all this up is because Catherine the Great was friends with a little 18th century writer by the name of Voltaire, and speaking of Voltaire, I've been invited to read some of my silly writing tomorrow at the House of Voltaire. 

It's 4pm, (on Thursday, July 21), at 80 Collins Street in Melbourne, come along!

House of Voltaire is a UK not for profit gallery, if you'd like more info about them click here for a link to their website, (or click here for an article about them published last week in Broadsheet.

And yeah, the House of Voltaire is really awesome, and my little reading has been curated by Melissa Loughnan which is really awesome too, and ok great, I think it's gonna be a lot of fun and hope to see you there!

In the meantime, here's a photo of me asleep after clearly having just read every single book ever written about Voltaire. 

And yes, I'm wearing an INXS t-shirt, but that's only because they could never Voltaire us apart.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A series of thank you's

Hey! I just wanna say a massive thanks to everyone who was able to see my solo show, A series of self poor traits, back in May at Galerie Pompom in Sydney. I know it was over a month ago but I'm really proud of the show and was blown away by the amazing response. 
I was also just blown away by how many people came to the opening. 
Galerie Pompom made a facebook event for the show and apparently 1.3K people clicked "interested", but even still you never know if anyone is gonna turn up.
Speaking of 1.3K, click here to read a nice little press release thing for the show that was written by The Thousands.

And while I'm sharing links, please click here to read a fun little interview I did in the lead up to the show with Sharne Wolff for The Art Life. The interview also answers the question I get asked on a daily basis about whether Brad Pitt and I are identical twins, (spoiler alert; the answer's yes, according to wikipedia).

Thanks so much also to the people who came to my artist talk at Galerie Pompom. Here's a picture I found of it on instagram, ha, and I swear the room was packed out, even though in the photo it looks like I'm just doing the artist talk for one person.
And lastly, not that sales is a particularly interesting thing to talk about or in any way defines the success of the show, but the show did really well, in fact I think even 8 or 9 of the works had sold before lunch time on the day of the opening. And I just feel like it really needs to be said that this kind of support really helps and is really appreciated as it allows me continue to do what I do.

For instance, the first thing I bought with my sale money was a long overdue new phone cover. It's hard to believe that my new cover and my old one were once the same colour.
Anyway that's most of what I wanted to cover in this post but I also just wanna say a massive thank you to everyone who saw my work in another exhibition that finished around the same time; Cornucopia, curated by Anna Briers and held at the Shepparton Art Museum.

I gave an artist talk at this exhibition too and again am really grateful of the turnout. It was also probably the most nervous I've been before an artist talk because my parents came to hear it and they rarely see my work. Here's a photo I got off instagram of my parents and I after the talk, with my Dad holding a sculpture I made of a gold logie and my mum holding a sculpture I made of a cup of tea.
And I'm super excited to announce that my piece featured in the Cornucopia exhibition has been selected as finalist at this years The Churchie prize exhibition held at the QUT Art Museum in Brisbane. 

For more information on the Churchie just click here, and if you happen to be in Queensland please come say hi at the opening on Friday August 19. (Ha, or at the very least please click "attending" on the facebook event.)

In the meantime though thanks heaps for reading, see you soon, and um... well, I'm not quite sure how to sign off on this blog post... Maybe the best way to sign off is with the fine art of sign art, and so yeah, here's a painting I made of a sign which I recently installed on my street. 
A little sign of things to come.

Friday, April 15, 2016

It's better to be TAFE than sorry

Hey! Far out, this year is going so fast, I mean, it's already the middle of April! 

But April schmapril, let's talk about July. Miranda July that is.

A few weeks ago I, (and fifteen hundred other people), was lucky enough to see a talk at Melbourne Town Hall by Miranda July, (the brilliant American artist/writer/film maker/superwoman). 

In the weeks leading up to the talk I made a ceramic sculpture of Miranda July's latest book. Here's a detail shot of my painting of the cover;

After the Miranda July talk here's a photo of me lining up to meet her, carrying my sculpture in a shoebox and feeling very nervous.
They say don't meet your idols but Miranda July was definitely an exception, she was super cool, super kind, and also super generous about my sculpture. 

She even got out her phone, took a bunch of photos of my sculpture and told me "you should feel pretty special because I've just had to delete a video I recorded for my son so that my phone has enough space to take these photos".
After that she handed me her phone and asked me to take some photos of her signing the sculpture, (which I very happily did, while resisting the urge to use her phone to call my phone and thus getting her number).And the most amazing bit of it all, later that night Miranda July posted one of the photos I took for her onto her instagram!
But so yeah, after hearing Miranda July's artist talk I left feeling all inspired about how good an artist talk can be, which was great timing because the morning after that I went back to my old TAFE and gave an artist talk of my own to the Swinburne first year visual art students.

My talk went pretty well I think and the students were really great, although secretly I was hoping that they'd all be skinny as a rake and have straightened their hair, just like me when I was in first year TAFE, as seen in this very cool photo from 2007.

The next thing I want to mention in this blog post is that I've got a nice selection of work in a group exhibition that's on now at the gallery in the Melboune city library. The exhibition is titled PLAYFUL and has been curated by Sophia Cai as part of National Youth Week. 

The library gallery is at 253 Flinders Lane, the show features a bunch of really great people and is on until April 29. A massive Frank you to Frankie magazine for doing a cool little write up on the exhibition; click here if you'd like to read that!

Also, if you're around Melbourne next Saturday afternoon I'm hosting a free drop by drawing workshop in the library gallery space between 1 and 3pm. Come along! Here's the flyer;
Thank you to all the bookworms who have already made it to the library to see the show, I really appreciate it and the fantastic feedback means a lot. And the same thanks also goes to you if you've managed to see the exhibition I'm in on at the Shepparton Art Museum, titled Cornucopia. If you haven't seen it yet there's still plenty of time as it's on until May 27. 

A big thank you to Sarah Workmeister for writing a review of Cornucopia that was published on Art Guide, click here if you'd like to read it

Definitely my favourite sentence from Workmeister's review is where she references that my work is exhibited next to Andy Warhol's. The review says, and I quote; 
"They sit nicely together". 
Super cool. I'll put up some photos of my work in the show next time, and the Warhol hung across from it, but in the meantime here's a quick drawing to give you an idea of what it looks like to see me and Andy Warhol sitting nicely together.


Me and Andy Warhol sitting nicely together, (as read about in Art Guide).
And if you happen to be near Shepparton on the evening of Thursday, April 21, from 6-7pm, come sit nicely together with me in person as I'll be presenting an artist talk at the Shepparton Art Museum. Here's all the info;
Also opening on the night of April 21 is the West Space fundraiser, so if you can't make it to Shepparton next Thursday then definitely help support the gallery West Space and head along to this. I've got three new little paintings hanging in the fundraiser exhibition, plus there's like a hundred other artists showing work too. Here's the full list;
And the last date I want to mention, particularly if you're in Sydney, is I have a solo show at Gallerie PomPom in Chippendale, opening on Wednesday May 4th, (and running until May 29). Please come! 

The show is titled A series of self poor traits

As you can probably gather from the title, the show is loosely based around self portraits. I figured I'd do this because I'm clearly an egomaniac, but also because even though I've shown my work in a bunch of awesome Sydney galleries over the years, they were all in group shows, and so it's only polite that with my first Sydney solo show I should try to formerly introduce myself. Kind of like how Eminem's first hit single was "Hi, my name is".

So in conclusion; here are the dates for your diary;


HOT DATES WITH KENNY PITTOCK
Saturday April 16, from 1 - 3pm. 
Drawing workshop in Melbourne city library gallery.

Thursday April 21, from  6 - 7.30pm.
Artist talk at Shepparton Art Museum.

Thursday April 21, from 6 - 8pm.
West Space fundraiser opening

Wednesday May 4, from 6 - 8pm.
Solo show at Gallerie Pompom in Sydney opening,

Wednesday May 18.
Kenny's birthday. Write him a card, send it to;
P.O Box 7127, Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic. 3156.

And since I started this blogpost off by talking about my sculpture of a Miranda July book, I'll bookend this blogpost by sharing with you another ceramic sculpture I've recently made of a book. 

This time the book I've replicated is a phycological thriller titled The killer and the slain, which was written in 1942 by Sir Hugh Walpole. (If you happen to have read it be sure to let me know!)
I made this sculpture for a woman who was wanting a replica made of her late husbands favourite book. And so yeah, this sculpture really means a lot to me, not just because I'm very proud of how hard I worked on the piece, but also because it was such an honour to be invited to create such a very special commission.

Here's a photo of me holding the actual book with my ceramic sculpture in the background. 
And here's the reverse; this time the actual book is in the background and I'm holding the sculpture.

And finally, on an unrelated note to finish off this blog post, just for fun, here's a photo taken last week at the National Gallery of Victoria of me, my Mum and Whistlers mother.

Thanks so much for reading, keep on whistling, keep on mothering, and hope to see you soon!

Monday, February 22, 2016

All my eggs in one Bus-ket

Bob Dylan's The Times they are a-changin' is a great song, that's one thing that will never change. Another thing I hope never changes is you, my blog reading pal, you're perfect just the way you are. 

But don't get me wrong, change is often good; I found ten cents on the train yesterday, that was good change, and this morning I put on a different t-shirt to the one I've been wearing for the last five hundred days, that was a good change too. 

In fact, in the spirt of embracing change I'm gonna stop writing this blog post in the usual helvetica font and instead write the rest of todays blog post in times they a-changin' new roman.

But enough roman around, this is just a quick blog post to say hi and to let you know that you are officially invited to please come to the exhibition Cornucopia, (meaning abundance of food), curated by Anna Briers and presented at the Shepparton Art Museum, opening this Saturday February 27th and remaining open until the 22nd of May. 

Here's the flyer with all the information;
I'm super excited about my piece in the exhibition, I think it's probably the most ambitious sculpture I've made to date and I'll definitely put lots of photos on here once the show opens, but in the meantime as well as my piece, there's also some other great artists in the show too, like the Hotham Street Ladies; whose work I loved in NGV's Melbourne Now exhibition, and also Patricia Piccinini; another very big name, (seventeen letters in fact!) 

And incredibly of course the biggest name in the show is Mr. Andrew Warhola, a pop artist who hasn't made much stuff lately but was very prolific during the second half of the 20th century...  I'm obviously totally thrilled that Andy Warhol is in this show too, and there's even a possibility that one of his souperb soup can paintings will be hung on the wall opposite my work, which is literally a dream come true!

And so yeah, now you'll have the option of going to see Andy Warhol exhibiting alongside the great Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in the current exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, as seen advertised on this bus stop where I just had my dinner...

But in addition to that, as of next Saturday you can also go see Andy Warhol exhibiting alongside me, in the exhibition on at the Shepparton Art Museum, as seen advertised (and certainly not sticky taped on by me) on the opposite side of the same bus stop.
So yeah, like that eye opening machine from A Clockwork Orange, definitely keep your eyes peeled for that bus stop.


And speaking of buses, here's a drawing I did of Speedy Gonzales driving the bus from Speed.
Speedy. Acrylic on 225gsm paper.21 x 29.5cm. 2016.
And still speaking of buses; yesterday was the last day of Um...titled, the group exhibition I was in at Bus Projects, curated by the awesome Laura Couttie. 

Here's a photo I was tagged in on Bus' instagram page that was taken of Laura and I back during the early stages of installing the Um...titled exhibition. 
I'm told the catalogue and exhibition essay for Um...titled will be up on the Bus website pretty soon, so I'll keep you posted as to when that goes live.

Here's a description of what Um...titled was about;
And here's one of the three ceramic sculptures I exhibited in the show, it's titled All my eggs in one basket.
All my eggs in one basket. Acrylic on ceramic. 40 x 30 x 30cm. 2015.

Thanks so much to everyone who was able to see the show, the opening in particular was overwhelmingly huge, here's a couple of photos of it from Bus' instagram. 

Anyway, I'll write more about this and other stuff soon but really the main thing for today is that I'm extremely excited to invite you to please come see my big new sculpture in the group show at the Shepparton Art Museum, opening this Saturday Feb 27.

I know Shepparton is a long way away from... well, just about everyone, given that it's a two hour drive from Melbourne, but hopefully there's a chance you might get to see it as I think this show's gonna be really special. 

Also, if you happen to be at Shepparton Art Museum the day after the opening, I'm hosting a fun and hopefully informative drawing and painting workshop for people of all skill levels and ages on Sunday Feb 28 from 10am -12pm. 

Oh and also, the day after that, on Monday Feb 29, I'll be at the National Gallery of Victoria hosting a drawing workshop responding to the Ai Weiwei / Warhol show as part of the NGV's Student Night. So if you're about to go into VCE or in tertiary education then definitely come along! 

Thanks heaps for reading, hope you're going really good, see you soon and I'll end this blog post here with some drawings I did of the three main Paddlepop ice-cream flavours. 

And I guess that's the big difference between Andy Warhol and I; he's a Pop artist, and me, I'm a paddlePop artist.