Friday, November 06, 2015

There's no business like show off business

Hi goggle head, hope your week is going swimmingly.

A few days ago I went for a morning swim, in an attempt to start the week off with a splash, and so before jumping in the pool I did what I always do which is size up the other swimmers to figure out whether I belong in the slow lap lane or the medium lap lane. And every time I do this I always think about this drawing I made back in 2010, titled Life in the Fast Lane.
So with that in mind, when I got home from the swim I decided to make a SHOW OFF painting.
Here I am showing it off.
Last night I went back to the pool again taking my new painting with me. When the coast was clear I snuck up to the FAST lap lane sign and did the old switcheroo, proving once and for all that I am in fact Banksy.
Once the new sign was in place I couldn't work out whether my drawing had to come life... or if I was in my drawing.
And then just for fun, here's a 50 second video I made last night about being in the Show Off lap lane. 
Speaking of Life in the Fast Lane, something else that's really zoomed up on me is the fact that this Friday night, AKA tonight, is the sixth and final Friday night of my position as 'artist in residence' at the National Gallery of Victoria. 

I've loved every second of drawing with the NGV, and as my artist residency is drawing to a close I just wanna say a huuuuuge thank you to the NGV, being invited to take part in this incredible series of events has been a total dream come true. 

So yes, tonight, from 6 till 10, please come to the NGV, you'll get a free copy of my new little book Catherine the Great Gatsby, plus you'll also get to experience the incredible collection of Catherine the Great, as well a DJ, choral singers, expert lectures, yummy food, and headlining it all, you should totally come to the NGV tonight because there's gonna be people making love underground!
Ha, no wait, I can't believe I've gotten that so wrong, what I mean to say is that you should totally come to the NGV tonight because the headline act is the Aria award winning band Underground Lovers!!
(If you don't know how awesome the Underground Lovers are here's my favourite song of theirs; Losin' It.)
But if you unfortunately can't make tonight then you'll still have one more shot to draw with me at the NGV, and that's tomorrow, between 2 and 4pm. Click here for more info on that. 

Tomorrow's Drop By Drawing is gonna be slightly different from my Friday Night Drop By Drawings for a couple of reasons, the first is that, well, it's free, so that's awesome, but also I'll be doing slightly less talking one on one and a little bit more of talking to the group as a whole. Because of this I'll be wearing a Madonna headset microphone, which is very in Vogue. 

While wearing the microphone I'll try to resist the temptation to give everyone in the National Gallery a taste of my world class beat boxing, but I'm not making any promises.

Oh and a couple of other little plugs, and I'll talk about these another time, but just quickly incase you're interested; on Sunday November 8 I'll be selling a few of my self published books in the Open Spaces event at the Abbotsford Convent, from 11-4pm. Click here for more info on that. 

And then opening on Thursday November 12, I'm in a group show at Blindside Gallery in Melbourne curated by Verity Heyward and Lucie McIntosh. 

And if you're in Sydney on Wednesday November 18, I'm in a group show at PomPom Gallery, curated by Talia Linz. 

So yeah, I'm super excited about all those things and if you can make it to any of them come say hi! But definitely the big thing right now is please come to the NGV tonight from 6-10pm, and/or tomorrow from 2-4pm.

So drop by and draw with me, I'll do my best to teach what I know and make it a good time, and hey, if nothing else it'll give you a nice chance to improve your techniques and show off your drawing skillz. Everyone likes a show off.