Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In the studio


My studio work table at the end of making a work. Layers of pieces that did and didn't make it into the final work,  makes me think of the phrase - what ends up on the cutting room floor.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Paper Works III installed

Paper Works III, image courtesy of Brenda May Gallery.

Paper Works III is now on show at Brenda May Gallery. If you are in the Sydney area, please feel welcome to join artists for a drink and show viewing this Saturday 18th April from 3-5pm.

You can also read the beautifully designed digital catalogue online here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Paper Works III at Brenda May Gallery

 
 

My hand cut paper work Curated ecology - Nature Strip is included in the show Paper Works III, a curated group exhibition at Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. This third installment of the galleries paper works series endeavours to illustrate the diversity and versatility of paper, providing a glimpse into the range of creative potential for this medium.

Curated ecology - Nature Strip reflects on the habitat of many city and town suburban environments. A place where, town planning, heritage and personal aesthetic; mixes with maintenance regimes and safety concerns. This confluence of values interests me, in the affect it has on our relationship with environment. This work developed in response to a residency at Grafton Regional Gallery in 2014, featuring several of the streets flora and fauna.
This work has approximately 80 hours of cutting time invested in its making, along with a week of paper and drawing preparations.

Paper Works III is on show from 14th April to 2nd May 2015, at Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In the studio

Work in progress - a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, but I don't know what the final image will look like....yet.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mater Children's Hospital Building Commemorative Commission


My hand cut paper work 'To resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow' has been installed in the foyer of the recently refurbished former Mater Children's Hospital Building, Brisbane.
The commission brings together connections of legacy, culture and community to honour the decommissioning of Mater Children's Hospital.

The paper cut triptych features hands representing care and commitment in services provided, connection to community and children, and Sisters of Mercy as Founders.

This commission was developed in conjunction with iAM Projects, with thanks to Renai, Michelle and Jon.
Also a special mention to my nieces and nephews - Will, Lucas, Abbie, Grace, Indie and Angus for making me some kid-size hand prints, Thank you.
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chuck Close at MCA

 



MCA's recent show - Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration - WOW!
I was delighted to have an opportunity to see this exhibition when recently in Sydney. The generosity of seeing plate proofs, mylar stencils, individual wood blocks and paper pulp screens was amazing. The workings of a master innovative artist, Chuck Close extends and pushes the limits of each medium, process and scale he investigates.
It was an interesting show too, to be aware of my eyes preference for incomplete proofs. For me, many of the one-third, half-way and two-third complete plate proofs were more intriguing than the fully realised and editioned work. There is something enigmatic about the half appearing face or subject. During the printing process, proofs have more space for my eye to rest, more contrast perhaps in the very worked and still to worked areas that appeals to me strongly. The completed works are extraordinary, don't get me wrong, but I am drawn to the abstract qualities and contrasts of the proofing stage.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Leichhardt Open Studio Trail weekend


 ArtCycle Inc. listening to an impromptu curator floor talk at Art Est. Art School and Gallery. As you can see below, I had a good time at the Scientia opening drinks with artists afternoon, held in conjunction with LOST - Leichhardt Open Studio Trail and Art Month Sydney. Artwork pictured is 'Resource Ecology (Conserve-Develop)', hand cut from a single piece of Fabriano paper.

With thanks to Jennifer and Lisa at Art Est. and Susan and Faye for joining in an afternoon of gallery hopping - and providing transport - cheers x.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Heritage ecology - Wollemi

'Heritage ecology - Wollemi' ©2015. Hand cut papers, synthetic polymer paint, rust stain, monoprint. 57 x 38cm. Photographed by Carl Warner. On show in Scientia, Art Est. Gallery, Leichhardt, 2-31st March 2015.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Con/struct at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery

 
Last weekend I headed along to the opening of Con/struct at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition is a celebration of Queensland Sculpture, featuring eleven artists who have a sustained practice in the sculpture realm.
Three of the artists gave talks prior to the official opening, providing interesting insight to their conceptual enquiries and process. A highlight of the show, for me, is the diversity of material and process utilised by the artists; with tactile qualities of organic materials and forms such as tree trunk and horn, ranging through to industrial products such as mdf and glossy laminate utilised in clean lines and planes of design aesthetic.

One work in particular had my attention, partly because I had seen it before in another location. Daniel Templeman's sculpture titled 'Four Rings'; was exhibited at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in 2013 where it occupied the volume of the room. My experience then was a sense of stepping into a space within the artwork. On show at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, the same work was sited within 4 metre high gallery walls with expansive space surrounding. The tension of the sculpture sitting on the floor became more apparent, along with beautiful shadow lines. I'm sure sculptors are well aware of their work having a different presence in various locations, I was conscious of my experience and perception of a work being quite different.

Artists in Con/struct include - Lincoln Austin, Eleanor and James Avery, Laurindo De Abreu Soto, Simone Eisler, Jason Fitzgerald, Hew Chee Fong, Stephen Hart, Stephen Newton, Charles Robb and Daniel Templeman.
Con/struct is on show until 11th April, 2015. Further artist talks and a panel discussion are scheduled during February and March, details here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Scientia at Art Est. Gallery


A couple of my paper cut works are in the exhibition Scientia, curated by Lisa Woolfe and presented by Art Est. Gallery, in conjunction with Art Month Sydney and LOST (Leichhardt Open Studio Trail).
I'm looking forward to seeing the show which features seven artists whose practice is informed by one or more of the sciences. The works I have included were developed in response to a month long residency at BigCi in the Blue Mountains. Celebrating the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the World Heritage listed area; works combine elements of competing interests in the ecology - conservation, development and mineral resources.

Scientia runs from the 2nd to 31st March. If you are in the area on Saturday 14th March, please join us for drinks from 3-5pm. Look forward to seeing you if you can make it.