Monday, December 09, 2013

Twist endings

Hey I know it hasn't stopped raining all day, but even still, it's finally summer! 

Here's a drawing to celebrate.
Acrylic on A4 225gsm paper. 2013.

Speaking of twists, here's a photo of me blowin' in the wind a couple of months ago when I bought the movie Twister on Blu-ray DVD.
So one little twist I've been meaning to talk about just quickly, it was pretty awful at the time but I think I'm becoming ok with it now, is that in the lead up to the install of the Honours Grad Show one of my sculptures went missing from my uni studio. 

It was an acrylic on clay sculpture of the Blu-ray DVD of Twister. 

The sculpture was a necessary element to a larger work and so as devastating as it was, after turning my whole world upside down and not finding it, I had to remake it. I'm proud of the result, but it meant I went without sleep for a while.

Here's a low quality photo of it. (I'll upload a better one soon).
Acrylic on ceramic. 17 x 13 x 1.2cm. 2013.

My fingers are still crossed, (or twisted), that the original sculpture will turn up, but yeah, I've looked everywhere. 

Hopefully someone took it by accident and hasn't noticed yet, but I'm pretty sure no-one would just take it. It reminds me of a poem by the American writer Bukowski that he wrote to a woman who stole a box full of all his best poems. "Take my money" he writes, "My left arm even, but don't take my poetry".

Here's something pretty awesome though; when I asked my buddy Ieuan, (he's an artist who works in the VCA office), if anyone had handed the sculpture in, later that day he took it upon himself to make this Lost poster and put it up around the campus.
I can't thank Ieuan enough for making the Twister posters, when I first saw one I was completely blown away.

Sadly though the only thing that resulted from the posters was my friend Alex asking me "Hey so those posters, is that some kind of joke about the Typhoon that's happening in the Phillipines? You know, about how there's so many people over there right now that are lost? Because if that's what it is then that's pretty dark".

Yikes. Ha, so that was a twist I never saw coming.
Obviously the loss associated with the Typhoon puts my little loss into perspective, and I guess all I really want to say about it is that if you see the Twister DVD sculpture please let me know. 

But so ok, I don't want this blog post to just be about me dealing with the loss of an artwork, maybe I should lighten the mood a little by talking about dealing with death.

So aside from the horrendous tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan there was a few other people who died last week as well; the actor from the Fast and The Furious movies, my angry neighbour from directly across the street, and Nelson Mandela. All sad cases, but the person I want to mention in particular though, who passed away last Tuesday at age 71, is the great Australian artist Martin Sharp.

Aside from co-writing the gnarly Cream song Tales of Brave Ulysses, I think what I always loved Sharp for most was his poster of Bob Dylan.
Dylan ends the first verse of his 1964 song To Ramona with the words;
And there's no use in trying to deal with the dying, though I cannot explain that in lines.
Despite there being no use in trying, the way I tried to deal with the death of Martin Sharp was to buy a Sharpie and paint the word Martin in front of the logo.

A Martin Sharpie.
It was pretty similar to when Australian painter Jeffery Smart passed away earlier this year at age 91. The sad news came during the Kenneth Biennale and so on that day I offered everyone who came into TCB Gallery a Jeffery Smartie. 
What's also worth pointing out about the Martin Sharpie is that buying a Sharpie was a big deal for me. First, because they're actually really hard to find, I went to several art stores and newsagents before I found one, but second, because I'm a very loyal lover of Posca.

In fact I love Posca so much that I very recently made this sculpture of one.
Acrylic on ceramic. 2013. 16.5 x 1.5 x 1.5cm.

One last thing to finish off this morbid blog post is that the day after Martin Sharp's death I still had the marker in my pocket on a visit to the Melbourne Now exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, and so I decided that just before I left the gallery I would use the Martin Sharpie to make this little drawing of Melbourne artist Michelle Hamer's amazing woolen tapestry. 
Martin Sharpie on A4 225gsm paper, (Photographed in front of We're All Gonna Die, by Michelle Hamer).

Thanks heaps for reading. As a special thank you for making it all the way to the end of this blog post here's a photo I took on the weekend of two ladybugs having the time of their life while on the back of my hand.

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