There’s a lot of haters out there. Just ask artist Jason Wing who used tweets as the foundation of beautiful letterpress artwork House Wigger that was on show at the Casula Powerhouse. The tirade of abuse for being Aboriginal is raw and uncomfortable and leaves a lasting impression. Like this one from JohnBoy “I guess he used his fat nose to help hold his breath … Continue reading How @Twitter can be your muser and abuser in #art
I was sad but not surprised to find out this week that Bono has made more from his Facebook investments than all of his music combined, ever. For Bono, that means that his life’s work, all his creative pain and joy, all his successes and failures (dare I mention U2’s Songs Of Innocence on iTunes?) are worth less than a meeting he had with investors to … Continue reading Is all art worthless?
If you’ve read Death in Venice by Thomas Mann, you’ll know the protagonist Gustav von Aschenbach dies a self-indulgent painted-fool blinded by his passions. Walking the canals of Venice, I can’t help but think so many of the exhibits at La Biennale reflect a similar foolishness. Tangles of wire cabling and crushed plasterboard are not art, even if you fill an enormous room full of … Continue reading Death in Venice. How I died from overwrought, self-indulgent art.
I’m going to say it straight out. There’s a lot of shit at the Venice Biennale. Two planks nailed to a wall? Shit. Self-indulgent video of artist? Shit. So much of it reminds me of the Emporer’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson. The wonderful thing about there being so much shit is that the brilliant work stands out like a beacon in a storm. By … Continue reading There’s a lot of shit at @la_Biennale but Grisha #Bruskin is crazy wild #art #videoart
Just before Christmas, Saatchi Art let me know I had sold one my my landscapes to a collector just outside Atlanta, Georgia. It was quite a euphoric moment for me as this work was one of my favourites from my Dark Side of the Road series that was shown during Art Month at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney. I love that it’s gone to a new home, … Continue reading Georgia on my mind #artforsale #modernart #collage
I love talking to artists about their work, it gives you so much more depth and understanding for their work. And that’s why I’ve decided to try and create short little videos about my work as I go along. This video is all about my recent exhibition Dry Your Tears which explored how our childhood affects us as adults. It’s rough around the edges, but … Continue reading How our #childhood affects our lives as adults
What’s next? What are you working on now? These are the questions that make my skin prickle and my underarms stream. After a successful exhibition at Stur Gallery in October, where I sold a lot of work, got good coverage in local and regional press and felt people really engaging with the works themselves, the big question people want to know is what’s on the … Continue reading What’s the question contemporary artists are most scared of?
Last night my kitchen was a frenzied mess, I had the fire blazing as I glazed the collage and feverishly blackened the sides of the canvases to make the unframed works consistent. I’m sure artists aren’t ever 100% happy with their work before they go up, they’re always wanting to tinker or just do that little bit. I had even created a wishbone to add … Continue reading DRY YOUR TEARS; New work opens September 5 at Stur Gallery #art #collage #contemporaryart
A few weeks ago, this was the disaster I was facing. Beneath this mess of gesso and paint and scribbles is another collage of a bathtub that wasn’t working – with a stupid weeble launching itself in from the left, that looked far too much like a penis. Then I tried to salvage it with a large yellow rubber duck which you can kind of … Continue reading Sometimes you need to launch a surprise attack #art #collage #caddyshack #poolscene
Sometimes you meet someone new and you can immediately see how they would have been as a kid. In fact, it’s one of my favourite internal pastimes, to imagine people when they were little. A lot of the stuff we experienced as children comes out in our grown up lives. You can see it in our gestures, you can see it in how we respond … Continue reading I can see just how you would have been as a kid #art #collage