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.

1 comment:

  1. Hey have you seen this VCA Grad Show review featuring you and and Samantha Riegl?