Sunday, December 30, 2012

SPOILER ALERT

Oh hey, how're you? I've been away for a bit; last week I spent a bunch of days in Brisbane, and then after that I spent a bunch of days in Sydney. 

In the space of five days I walked past the Melbourne Myer Christmas Windows, the Brisbane Myer Christmas Windows, and also the Sydney Myer Christmas Windows. I've had a very Myerry Christmas.

I didn't plan on seeing any of the windows, it just worked out that I did.

SPOILER ALERT, they're all the same.

But that's ok, because they're all great.

Anyway, I just thought I'd say 'hi', and also, just incase you haven't been spoilt enough this Christmas, here's a photo of every single spoiler that was in the Ferntree Gully Woolworth's car park at 3.46pm today.


Taking these spoiler photos made me think of the Indian artist Anish Kapoor. 

While I was in Sydney I saw the Anish Kapoor show they've got on at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Here's a photo of Kapoors piece Sky Mirror that's currently installed out the front of the gallery. 
It's a pretty great work; a 6 meter concaved mirror reflecting the sky, really simple and really beautiful.

As simple and beautiful as Kapoors piece is though, I think for me personally I was just as interested, if not more interested, in looking at the sky reflected in the back windscreens of the cars in the Ferntree Gully Woolworths car park.

Apparently Sky Mirror cost 900,000 pounds to make, so maybe Kapoor could've just used that money to buy a really cool car and parked that out the front of the gallery.

Or I don't know, maybe not, maybe that would spoil everything. 

I guess that's the difference between me and Anish Kapoor. I spoil stuff. 

Anyway, thanks for reading, hope everything's going good, see you soon.

Monday, December 17, 2012

All my Christmas' at once

Hey. It's only six sleeps til' Christmas, but who's counting?

I'll tell you who's counting; me.

It wasn't cheap, and it took a little bit of running around, but this year I bought twenty-four different advent calendars.
The thing about advent calendars is I always want to eat all 24 chocolates on the first day, and so this year, with 24 advent calendars all to myself, I get to eat the equivalent of an entire advent calendar every single morning.
Oh and hey, as a special Kennys Christmas Trix- Turn your regular advent calendar chocolates from boring choc into exhilarating choc-mint by brushing your teeth.

Thanks for reading, see you soon, send me your old advent calendar when you're done with it, and from all of us here at kenny pittock dot com, have a great holiday season, you deserve it. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

un believable

Oh hi, how're you? I just got home, it's 3 in the morning, I'm writing this in blue because I just realised that this post, what you're about to read, the black writing, didn't go up today when I thought it did. That's ok, most of it is still relevant. It was a really great night, I'll write about it tomorrow, thanks so much to all my amazing friends who came, you guys are the best, I think I'll go make some tiger toast.

Hey, I should've mentioned this earlier, but come to The Alderman tonight! 

It's the magazine launch of the latest issue of un.
un is a biannually published art magazine. un is free. un is the best. And what's more, the latest thing that I'm very excited to brag about, is that this upcoming issue of un features an artist page by me.

The Alderman is at 134 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, Melbourne. So yeah, it's a hot day, come in sometime between 6 and 8pm, have a drink, get a free publication.

There'll be a big pile of un on the top floor, in the space where the Death Be Kind gallery used to be. There'll also be three video works playing in the space, as sort of a one night only exhibition.

One of the works is by the Sydney artist collective Brown Council, another is by Melbourne artist Lane Cormick, and the third video work is just by some guy, I forget his name, oh wait a sec, that's right, it's me.

I've always wanted to be in a show with Lane, hopefully this is the first of many. Here's a shot of Lanes video where he stacks eight million champagne glasses into a pyramid until eventually they shatter.
Just as I'd finished installing this piece I went down to the bar for a glass of water. As a dumb little reference to Lanes work I broke the glass and put it up against the wall in the gallery. Here's an awful photo of that.
Lane told me he hoped I'd had to pay five dollars for the broken glass, like he'd had to for each of the seventy five glasses that broke in his video.

But so yeah, tonight, please come along!

If you're not from Melbourne though, the worlds most liveable city, and instead are from Sydney, there's another un launch happening just for you this Saturday, (December 15), at my favourite non-Melbourne artist run space; Alaska.
Alaska's at Level 2 of the Kings Cross Car Park, 9a Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay.

For more information, this sentence is a link to the facebook events.

Hope you can make it to one of the launches. If not be sure to get your hands on a copy of the issue. un is the best, and I'm pretty chuffed to be in the latest issue.

That's all, thanks for reading, really hope to see you tonight. 

Hey, it's me again, the 3 in the morning just-got-home blue writing Kenny, I just thought you might like to know that I made the tiger toast. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Couldn't be happier

Hey, here's a piece I made a few months ago. 

It's titled SD Card. It's acrylic on ceramic, 3.1 x 2.3 x 0.2cm.
I included the piece in the Funny Games exhibition earlier this year.

If you went to the show you might've missed it, I tucked it away pretty low to the ground behind this sculpture by Anna Higgins.
Happier days, that's what memory cards are all about right? 

I keep changing my mind on what I think this piece is all about, sometimes I think it's pretty funny and sometimes I think it's pretty sad. 

Either way I couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

If you want blood, you got it

Hey, late last night these three drawings fell out from the back of the book I was reading.

I made the drawings about 4 years ago, in December 2008. They're all just marker on 21cm x 15cm, acid free 110gsm cartridge paper. 

All three drawings are of somebody donating blood.

The drawings aren't especially good or bad, but what's worth mentioning about them is that I was also donating blood at the time I drew them. 





I'd forgotten all about it until I saw these drawings again, but yeah, it was pretty funny laying back on the Upwey Community Centre stretcher, looking at the other people laying back on the other Upwey Community Centre stretchers, and scribbling away with my right arm while the needle sucked blood out of my left. 

The nurse advised me not to draw until afterwards, but I assured her it was a bloody good idea. I thought I was so cool, ha, but I'm sure I just looked like a weirdo as usual.

(PS. Make me an offer I can't refuse if you're interested in buying these drawings, I'd be happy to sign the back of them in blood. Or, if for some strange reason you'd rather I didn't bleed on them, I guess I could just use pencil).

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Jodie Fosters birthday

Hey, so you know Jodie Foster? Sure you do, the American actress and film director, she's been in a million movies. I don't know many of them, actually I think Silence of the Lambs is the only one I've seen, but she was pretty good in that though hey.

Here's Clarice on a late night talk show spinning a basketball on her finger.
Apparently Jodie Foster also did the voice of Maggie in a recent episode of The Simpsons, although I haven't seen the episode. 
Admitting you haven't seen an episode of The Simpsons is always a bit of a shameful thing to do; we're all expected to have seen every one. Fortunately, admitting I haven't seen this particular episode; Four Great Women and a Manicure staring Jodie Foster as Maggie, is a lot less shameful than any other episode because apparently, and not to say that this is in any way a reflection on what I'm sure is an Oscar worthy voiceover performance by Jodie Foster, Four Great Women and a Manicure is the "lowest rating episode in terms of viewers in the shows history".

If it isn't already obvious I should point out that the reason I'm getting all my information from wikipedia and talking mostly about The Simpsons is because I don't really know a whole lot about Jodie Foster. Somebody who does know a whole lot about Jodie Foster though is the hilarious Sydney based artist Daniel Mudie Cunningham.

Since 1996 Daniel's been working on an obsessive and loving series of Jodie Foster fan art titled The Jodie Foster Archive. Here's a link to Daniels website. And here's a photo of Daniel, taken from the website.


The other day, on Monday, November 19, Jodie Foster turned 50, and to mark the occasion Daniel asked a small handful of people to film a message wishing Jodie a happy birthday.

I'm very happy to say that amongst all the very talented people Daniel asked, he also asked me.

All the messages were then edited into this one 16 and a half minute video which was put onto both youtube and vimeo on Jodies birthday.

(In case you're in a rush, I'll let you know that my message starts at exactly 13 minutes in).
Thanks again to Daniel for inviting me to contribute, and also a thanks to my dear old pal Amanda for doing such a great job filming and helping me out as I struggled to control 50 helium balloons, a cordless drill and a Golden Gaytime.

After all this maybe tonight I should make a point to watch a Jodie Foster film, but realistically I'll probably just watch The Simpsons.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The next three nights

Hey, I guess one of the reasons I have this blog is so that I can hassle you about the things I have coming up, so ok, here's the three things I'll be doing over the next three nights and I'd love it if you could come along to any or all of them.

Thursday, November 29, otherwise known as Tonight, my buddy Nelson Walkom, the extremely talented musician, is playing a set at the Highlander Bar. I can't wait. He's really, really good. Also, at some point during the set he'll be playing that song I wrote the lyrics for.
So yeah, come hear that and many even better songs live at the Highlander tonight. Highlander's at 11a Highlander Lane, which is just off Flinders Lane right near Flinders Street Station. Nel goes on at 9.15.

Then, Friday, November 30, otherwise known as Tomorrow Night, is the opening of a collaborative group show I'm in at Rearview Gallery. I wrote about it briefly here. It's a pretty different kind of show for me because I've been working with some guys who make work very differently to how I do. It's been such a productive and fun experience and I think it's gonna be a really interesting show. 

As well as many collaborative works I also have a handful of new works in the show that are just mine that I'm also really excited about. So yeah, come have a drink at Rearview Gallery tomorrow night, you won't regret it. Rearview's just off Stanley Street, directly behind 244 Smith Street, in Collingwood. The opening starts at 7 and goes for a couple of hours.

And then, Saturday, December 1, otherwise known as Not Tomorrow But The Day After, is the Three One Six Oh! Short Film Festival at the Cameo Outdoor Cinema in Belgrave. It's gonna be pretty funny seeing my video up on the big screen, placed in between much more serious, dramatic short films. For more information I've briefly written about it here

So yeah, in summary, come to Melbourne City tonight to hear great music, Collingwood tomorrow night to see great art and Belgrave the night after to watch great short films.

Ok, I think that's everything, I should really get back to installing the Rearview Show. As a side note, Jock and I were just hacking into a bit of the Rearview Gallery wall and much to our surprise this photograph came out. 
I'd love to find out what the story is with this photo being in the wall, maybe someone will be able to fill me in tomorrow night at the opening. If you can identify the person in the photograph please let me know, (or possibly contact Crimestoppers). 

Thanks for reading, hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Time fries when you're having fun

Hey pal, here's a new painting slash sculpture. 

It's acrylic on board. It's titled Large Fries.
Here's the back of it.
 

I included Large Fries in the Grad Show I was in last week, on the floor next to the Melbourne Shared Bike. Here's a photo of it I found on twitter.
During the crowded exhibition opening the fries got trampled on a bit, but I guess all the trample marks probably made the work better.

I made this piece after weeks of hearing all about how awful it is that they're trying to build a McDonalds in Tecoma. Tecoma's a suburb 3 minutes from my house, which is in the Dandenong Rages about an hour out from Melbourne city. 

The obvious reasons the locals don't want a McDonalds are concerned with obesity issues as well as the old case of big business coming in and killing off all the mom and pop fish'n'chip shops. The other reason is that Tecoma is in the hills and apparently there shouldn't be a McDonalds in the hills. 

Another argument, and I think this is probably the protesters strongest argument, is that they shouldn't build a McDonalds in the proposed location because it's directly across the road from the Tecoma Primary School.

Anyway, despite the fact that there's been so much uproar about the McDonalds it seems to have been given the go-ahead and I'm sure it will get plenty of business from the peoplee protesting it.

In a final attempt to prevent this, many anti-Mcdonalds protesters co-ordinated together using this Facebook group and created an elaborate community garden on the ground where the McDonalds is to be built. It's kind of similar to all the Occupy stuff.

 I went to the protest and took the Large Fries piece along with me.


All that protesting made me really hungry, so I left Tecoma and drove five minutes up the road to the Ferntree Gully McDonalds.


The end.




Monday, November 26, 2012

Check out this rear view

Hey bum hole, thanks for stopping by. This is just a quick update to say that I'm in a collaborative show on at Rearview Gallery that opens this Friday, November 30, and if you're reading this then I'm personally begging you to please come along.

The show's been organised by my buddy Henry Jock Walker. Here's a photo of the two of us looking like monkeys while standing infront of Brett Whiteleys painting of a monkey. Well, I'm looking like a monkey, he's looking handsome as usual.
Also in the show are my pals Andy Treloar and Sam Songallo, as well as New York based photographer Vivien Allender. 

Here's the invite.
My claim to fame with the invite is that I'm the one who spilt the white paint in the bottom right of the image.

I also painted the word CENTER that you can see in the top right of the invite, although It's just occurred to me that I misspelt it. Well, sort of, I spelt it the American way. The way years of using Microsoft Word has taught me.

The word REARVIEW, written in the top left of the invite, is also misspelt. Not in any acceptable Microsoft Word way either, it's just misspelt. That's Jocks fault though, he made the invite, and so if you decide not to come to the exhibition based soley on that typo, which I completely understand, then I just want the record to show that it's all Jocks fault.

Speaking of Rearview and Jock, here's a photo I took the other day in Jocks old studio. 

On the desk at the back is Andy. Leaning against the desk is a portrait I did of Andy, done over the top of one of Jocks paintings using an orange spray can that was lying around, and right there in the front is a cheeky view of Jocks rear.
I'll talk more about the show soon but all you really need to know is it should be pretty wild and you should definitely come check it out. 

The opening starts at 7pm and goes on until somewhere between 9 and 10. Rearview's located on Stanley Street, just behind 244 Smith Street, Collingwood. The show runs until December 22, but yeah, I'd love it if you can make it in for a drink with us, in the flesh, on Friday.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grad boys, grad boys, whatchu gonna do?

Hey, how are ya? Apparently there were about 5,000 people at the opening of the VCA Graduation Show two nights ago. Thanks heaps to everyone that made it, it was an amazing thing to be a part of. There was just so many people. It was totally overwhelming watching everybody flowing through the gates in waves. I went to a Coldplay concert last week and it felt a bit like that.

Speaking of which, on the subject of things that were all yellow, here's a couple of action shots of my 100 clay urinal cakes I talked about in the last post. These photos were both taken before I decided that standing around in the boys toilets taking photos maybe wasn't the best way to spend my time at the show.
It's not often you're able to see so many people looking at your work, and it was great to see so many people responding so positively. One thing I didn't expect to see anywhere near as much of was people taking photos of my work. Hopefully most of the people will attribute my name to the work, I guess at least the beauty of people photographing my PAINTING OF A BOOK piece is that my name's unavoidably right there on the front. 
I'll be sure to put documentation of photo's that I've taken of my work just as soon as I get the chance.

Here's a review of the Grad Show by Canberra Contemporary Art Space. It features a pretty awful photo of a flat haired me with one of my favourite tutors, Elizabeth Gower.
There were a few awards going around on the night and I'm extremely proud and thrilled to say that I received the Roger Kemp Memorial Prize. 
I've since done a little bit of research into Roger Kemp and I can tell you that he's an Australian abstract painter who died aged 79 in 1987, the year before I was born. 

You might not've known it was Kemp who painted the images, I didn't until now, but you've probably looked at the tapestry reproductions of these great paintings of his heaps of times, hung on the walls of the stain glassed ceiling foyer in the National Gallery of Victoria.
Obviously the Grad Show After Party was a very big hazy night and a lot of us stayed in the dirty underground smoke machined bass buzzing dance club until around 5 in the morning when they said they were closing up and we had to get out. 

At this point most people were able to make their way home and sleep the next day off, but not me and my buddy old pal Fat Dan, we had a job to do. A week earlier Fat Dan and I had decided we would be heroes and take the first shift of sitting the gallery, this meant that we pretty much only got in an hour or two of sleep before we had to head back to school and sit the show.

If you look closely at this photo you can see the gallery being sat.
Here's Fat Dan with his shirt and shoes off, lying on the bench space, fast asleep with his back to the gallery. 

To the left of him's a big puddle of juice running onto the floor. On my way in to sit the show I bought a big thing of mango juice for Fat Dan and I to share. Fat Dan forgot to put the lid back on and while laying back his leg twitched and he accidentally kicked it over. 

I'm pretty sure this is how all the best exhibitions are sat. 
I told a visitor that the sleeping Fat Dan was a sculpture I'd made, and that I was heavily influenced by Ron Mueck. Fat Dan and I agreed that Fat Dan would actually make a great Ron Mueck subject. He already looks a bit like this guy.
(I know you probably already know it but I should say it anyway on the off chance that you don't; Ron Mueck's a contemporary Australian sculptor who makes eerily lifelike sculptures of eerily looking people... Of course that isn't to say that Fat Dan is eerily looking, as obviously he isn't).

Here's a photo of Fat Dan trying to tell me that he's not fat and to quit calling him that.
Here's a photo of Fat Dan and I looking at the exhibition catalogue.
Fat Dan and I were put on opposite pages in the exhibition catalogue. The day before when we first got the catalogues I went around telling people that we'd paid extra for it, Dan of course denied it and said it only worked out that way because our names came after each other in alphabetic order.

Here's my page in the exhibition catalogue. The image I ended up going with is of the Bubble'O Bill, and below it Me holding two Bills (Bubble'o and Henson).
On a side note I was also really happy to see in the exhibition catalogue that my pal, the Melbourne Art Superstar Extraordinaire Charlie Sofo, (I say that in jest but I also mean it quite genuinely), put my name amongst a list of lots of other names and things within his artist statement. 
This almost makes up for Charlie deciding not to accept my offer of giving him five dollars in exchange for putting this blog into the bibliography of his masters thesis.
All in all the Grad Show has been so much fun. The show is still on and so if you haven't seen it yet, or you want to actually look at all the work, which is something that would've been pretty difficult to do at the opening, then yeah, definitely head on down to the VCA. The show's open every day until Sunday from 11 to 5.

Ok, that's probably enough for now. Thanks for reading. The RMIT Grad Show is on tonight, obviously it won't be as good as the VCA, but hopefully I'll see you there.