Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Up zits creek without a paddle pop

Hey, the other night I was driving home after another fun filled day at work collecting trolleys, when check out this very cool message that my workmate sent me.

So it turns out the specific Coles I work for has its own facebook page, and yeah, a customer was talking me up on it for being nice, (ha, and remember, the customer is always right.)

(It's the third comment down).

I remember on my first shift at Coles when one of the guys I work with asked the boss "How come we have to wear name a tag?" and the boss said "So that customers can compliment you more personally". To which my workmate replied "Get stuffed, it's just so that they can complain about us". Ha, but so there you go.

It's pretty amazing that a customer took time out of their day to write that. Thanks so much Kylie, I thought about your very nice comment all Saturday while I worked 8 hours to cover someones shift who'd apparently told the boss that he couldn't come in because he has a pimple on his leg and it hurts when he walks. 

So shout out to Big L, from all of us here at we wish you a speedy recovery and we hope the pimple pops. 

...And changing the subject slightly from pimple pops to paddle pops, back in 2012 I made some ceramic Paddlepop ice-creams that were acquired by the Melbourne Uni Union Collection, and the reason I'm writing this little blog post is that the collection is now on display in the current exhibition on at George Paton Gallery. 

And so yeah, I just wanted to let you know that if you're around the Parkville campus tonight, (Thursday the 17th), between 5-7pm, come along for the closing celebration drinks. Here's the details;

Here's a sculpture from 2012 of a Rainbow Paddlepop in front of some rainbow oil.
Rainbow paddlepop. 2012
And here's some sculptures of Chocolate Paddlepops, also from 2012, in a fancy perspex box in the current George Paton exhibition, photographed by Alice Mathieu.

And so yeah, if you're free tonight then please bring your lovely manners and cheery personality, squeeze your pimples out and squeeze some more art into your life!
pop art

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Leaving the nest

Hey there, good morning, here's three or four exciting things going on this week that you might hopefully be interested in.

First up, this weekend I've been invited to host not one, but two, still life drawing workshops.

So if you're in the mood to have a draw then come along to the MPavillion today, (Saturday October 22), from 2-4pm. For more details click here.

And then tomorrow, (Sunday October 23), from 10-11am, I'm hosting another drawing workshop in the Queen Vic Market, as part of the Melbourne Biennial Lab. For more details on that one click here.

Come to both! They're totally free and fun for people of all ages and skill levels. 

Am I qualified to teach still life drawing? Possibly not, but come watch me try! 
In other news, for the last two weeks I've been doing a residency with the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Basically the awesome team at the MPRG commissioned me to spend some time on the Peninsula to draw their native birdlife.

And so yeah, I'm no eggspert but I've really been getting in to the subtle art of birdwatching.
(Big thanks to Danny Lacy for the photo!)
My bird drawings will be turned into a colouring book, and in December this year the Mornington Gallery are having a big exhibition all about birds and my colouring book will be available at the show.

I'll talk more about the project soon but for now if you'd like more info on the bird show or my involvement in it, click here.

In the meantime, here's a drawing of an early bird about to catch a worm.

And in news that's not even slightly related to art, last Tuesday night I tried stand up comedy.
Ha, yep, there I am on stage at a comedy room in Fitzroy. A big thanks to my buddy Nelson for taking that photo from the front row.

I worked really hard on writing and rehearsing my little five minute set and it actually went surprisingly well. Ha, well that's what people told me at least, I recorded it but am too afraid to listen back. I don't know if I'll ever do it again, I think it's probably just something I wanted to try once, but yeah it was definitely a really fun way to scare myself. 

Speaking of intimidating moments, last week I got to meet one of my very favourite comedians; Judith Lucy! As well as being a hilarious comic Judith Lucy is also a hilarious author, and so naturally I made a ceramic sculpture of her book. And she was super wonderful and friendly and kind enough to sign it for me. 
(Big thanks to Amaya Sundae for this photo!)

And speaking of books, I reckon my life is officially at the beginning of a new chapter. This morning at 7am I went to the gym...

Not for a work out though of course, no way, I went there to cancel my membership.

And the reason I quit my gym, (aside from laziness and not being able to afford it), is that I'm moving to the city!

Now I know what you're thinking; "Kenny, don't you think 28 is way too young to be moving out of home?!" But it's ok, I'm ready. 

Trying to find a sharehouse was pretty weird though; driving all over the place, getting tours of strangers homes while they're eating dinner, and feeling like you're on blind dates with entire households. Until finally I hit the jackpot, I found a really amazing place with really amazing people, and I move in next week. Yay! I'm actually really excited.

But ok, hopefully things are exciting for you too. And if you're looking for a little more excitement then for flocks sake come do some still life drawing with me today and tomorrow!

Thanks heaps for reading and I hope your weekend is full of many flights of fancy.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Don't give up your day jobs

Hey, I recently started two new jobs. 

The first of my two new jobs, which I actually started back in May, is 2 days a week of shopping trolley collection. Very glamourous.

You know how when you go to a supermarket and you see all the trolleys loitering around the carpark, and you think to yourself, "Gee, I wish I could be the person out there in the rain, strapping those trolleys into 50 meter trains and pushing them uphill back into the shops"? 

Well, you are looking at the guy who landed that sweet job.
At first I offered to collect the trolleys voluntarily, you know, just for the experience and exposure, but the supermarket are actually paying me to do it!

Joking aside though I do really love this job. (And I'm not just saying that in case someone from the company reads this!) 

One cool thing about collecting trolleys is you get to use the secret corridors of the shopping centre. 

When I went to Italy I was amazed to learn about the Medici Family; a bunch of rich murderers who in 1565 controlled Florence and built secret corridors all over the city. Apparently the Medici's had to use secret corridors because if they walked amongst the public they definitely would've been assassinated. 

So it's comforting to know that my job has the same level of safety from assassination as the 16th century mafia.

I think the only real difference between the Medici secret corridors and the ones that I use is that the Medici corridors were filled with fancy self portraits
unlike the ones I use, which look like this.

But if the only thing separating me from living the life of a Medici is sticking a self portrait on the wall, then that's an easy fix. 

So this morning before my shift I painted this self portrait.
And then, after my shift, I duct back into the corridor and duct taped it up.

Here's a photo of it with my workmate, who's very generously pretending to be impressed.
And so yeah, collecting shopping trolleys is obviously my dream job, I work really hard at it and I think I'm pretty good at it. But I'm also realistic; I know that collecting trolleys is super competitive, and it's a tough industry to make it in. Which is why, to give my parents some peace of mind, I did the smart thing first and I got my fine arts degree, this way if collecting trolleys doesn't work out at least I'll always have the art to fall back on.

Speaking of art, here's four places you can find some of my work at the moment, please check them out if you can!;

1. If you're in Brisbane, I've got a large new sculpture and some drawings in The Churchie exhibition, held at the awesome QUT Museum. The show's on now, and runs until November 13. 

3. If you're in Tasmania, I've got a big new painting on canvas in the Bruny Island Art Prizeon now and running until October 4. 

2. If you're in the south east suburbs of Victoria, I've got a new series of 25 ceramic sculptures in the McGivern TEXT exhibition. It's at Realm Gallery in Ringwood, on now, and running until November 20. 

4. And if you're in Melbourne, I've got a new sculpture, a painting and a wall piece in the current group show on at Lon Gallery. On now and running until October 15. The show has the theme of nudity in art, so if you're around Collingwood go have a perve. (Ha, but I don't wanna get your hopes up, you won't see me naked in the show!) Here's a flyer with all the info.

But if you can't make it to any of those exhibitions you can always just come find me at the supermarket. 
A big thanks to Zoe Mullins for helping take some of the photos in this post. Oh and hey, I nearly forgot; at the beginning of this post I mentioned that I've recently started two new jobs, but so far I've only talked about the shopping trolley job. 

Well, the second of the new jobs that I've recently started is this one, staring Ashton Kutcher.

So far I'm about halfway through the movie and to be honest I don't really wanna keep watching, but if there's one thing you should know about me it's that I always see my Jobs through to the end.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The fine art of fundraising

Hey, just thought I'd quickly put this out that if you're free tonight, (and in Melbourne), then come along for a drink at the RMIT fundraiser exhibition, where all the money raised goes towards their grad show catalogues. 

My pal Lucy Davidson is one of the artists in the course and invited me to donate a work. Lucy works part time at a chocolate shop so I donated this painting from 2010 titled Block

But as well as me, the auction is also chock full of other great artists whose work we can bid on;
Should be lots of fun, hope to see you there!

Here's a link to the facebook event with all the details.

And here's a photo of Lucy, about to eat my painting.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

The Good, the Dad and the Mug-ly

Hey, it's Fathers Day, and so I just wanna say a big Happy Fathers Day to my amazing Dad! 

Not that I think my Dad is likely to read that, as I don't think he's ever read this blog, but just in case you are reading this Dad; I love you. You're actually something of a real father figure to me.

However, Fathers Day isn't just about my Dad, it's about all the other amazing fathers too, and so speaking of other amazing fathers, here's a photo of me with Father Bob Maguire. 

I got to meet Father Bob at a street art exhibition I went to earlier this year where he gave the opening speech. 

In the lead up to the show I made a ceramic sculpture of Father Bob's biography, and Father Bob was kind enough to sign it for me.
I first discovered Father Bob through hearing him on the Triple J radio show that he co-hosted for ten years with writer/comedian John Safran. I used to listen to their show every week so it was pretty surreal to actually meet him in person. 

My favourite part was that he kept calling me "comrade", which is how on the radio he would refer to the guests and people who called in.
After Father Bob signed the sculpture he asked me if he should also write an inscription. I said "Sure, I'd love that, how about some words I can live by". 

He thought for a moment, and he wrote;

"No Them and Us- just We"


And so yeah, a huge thanks to Father Bob for signing my new sculpture. And because it's Fathers Day, one more huge thanks to my father for being such an amazing Dad.

Having said that though, I decided today that this Fathers Day my Dad shouldn't be the only one getting presents, so this afternoon I went out and I bought myself a new mug and I got my brother a matching stubby holder.
And so there you have it, here's a photo from tonight of my Dad, my brother and I, gathered together to celebrate my new mug. 

Because, like I always say; No Them and Us- just Tea.
(In other news, I got a haircut.)

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

I haven't got an air in the world

Hey, here's a drawing of air.

And here's a drawing of air, at night.

Here's a drawing of a Macbook Air.

And here's a drawing of a Macbook Air, at night.

Air-nyway, let's change the subject. 

Here's a drawing of gas.

Here's a drawing of a sculpture by De-gas. 

And lastly, here's a drawing of a De-gas being a little bit De-gassy.

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.