Day One Ground Monash

I survived day one ground Monash. Battling incomprehensible acrynoms timetable confusion, a room full of strangers,  and unintelligible requests from the academic cohort, I staggered blindly around the Monash Fine Art Department for most of the day.

project
project

Studios are cramped, my timetable is not user friendly and my first subject choice denied but I’ll work it out. I got to spend the day with inspirational arts practitioners who will train me, and I colloborated on a joint project the results of which are seen here. The piece was inspired by a visit to Francis UPritchard’s exhibition imaginatively titled ” Jealous Saboteurs ” and the piece we chose was part of the ” What Happens Next” installation of clay figures. Whilst not specifically the end product I would have desired,  it made me think in a team mentality, utilise others skills, and assess how I think and work. It also made me talk about and question my aims of production.

What Happens Next
What Happens Next

 

We viewed a unique exhibition by Francis UPritchard at MUMA. It was  a retrospective show which included work from her student days. I particularly loved the installation piece of seven identical glasses cases. They were possibly gleaned from an elderly relative over a period of time and assembled devoid of glasses but fitted with tiny volcanic ranges of green velvet echoing her New Zealand home.

 

 

What Happens Next
What Happens Next

Its a definitive exhibition of many pieces, sculptural figures, refashioned found objects, childhood possessions transformed and dainty watercolours and incorporation of textiles. Her colour use is superb and the sense of scale challenging, as the pieces are diminutive but perfectly formed in a crouching, defensive position.

What Happens Next
What Happens Next

What I loved is the specific gathering of objects, but the casual way they are treated, indicating Francis UPritchard is not precious about her collection but rather sees it as a living, ephemeral body prevailed upon by human intervention and interpretation.

Class mates work "Amplify"
Class mates work “Amplify”

 

An enlightening footnote was the discovery of a pendulous, spindly spider web on the sculpture ” The Tourist”. The spider had invaded the gallery and added its own signature to the piece, perhaps unconsciously reinforcing the aims of the artist. It was specifically relevant to our piece, “what happens next”. The webs presence caused much consternation amongst the gallery curatorial staff, as did, apparently the renegade spiders presence in the gallery space the day before.

 

 

 

 

Neon Benders

standing man
standing man

My fellow artist Lauren Kennedy, was exhibiting her four piece neon installation at Ne Art Exhibition 2016. Its located in downtown Collingwood at the gritty end of Smith St.  I caught the packed 86 tram along gertrude st to make a foray northside. An old converted shop space with upstairs rooms its an artist run initiative. I talked to several of the exhibiting artists including “Teloc” a diminutive vocal man who expounded on the virtues of neon.

The man whose factory made all the artists neon pieces, Steven Cole, is a third generation “bender”, industry speak for manufacture of neon. He said his industries early work was in signage but laterally it has been in art installation, and he shyly showed me his piece.

Lauren’s panels were proudly on display in the third room placed strategically next to the “Ziggy Stardust” piece. I wondered if this piece had been created prior to the great man’s demise. Her work brightened the dim space, gleaming iridescently and invitingly in the small space. As a body of four panels it made a bold statement addressing her creative intentions of depicting the inner angst a  creative mind struggles with.

Lauren Kennedy
Lauren Kennedy

 

I also admired the work of Konstantin Dimopolous , Standing Man, a neon study in life drawing and Ally Pyers piece, “Selfie” epitomising the current obsession with phone self portraiture.

selfie
selfie

New Beginnings

Exhibiting three Detroit pieces from study trip in 2015 from 3 to 28 February at MetroWest Gallery , at 138 Nicholson St, Footscray.

Abandoned Factory Detroit USA September 2015 Photographic Image
Abandoned Factory Detroit USA September 2015 Photographic Image

dhonan, and others work is on for the month of February. Go along and see some inspirational work from denise honan, and other Australian Artists.

Fisher Plant 21 photographic image september 2015 dhonan
Fisher Plant 21 photographic image september 2015 dhonan
Abandoned Attic ,Masonic Temple, Detroit 9/15 photographic image
Abandoned Attic ,Masonic Temple, Detroit 9/15 photographic image

Battling

The end is in sight. It’s been two heady years at Victoria University, highs and lows, friendships forged and help given. I’ve loved it. I am eternally grateful to the chance I’ve been given, to return to my constant love, that of painting. Sometimes hidden in the background, but always on my mind, she is the constant nagging ache, that never quite goes away. I have embraced her these last few years after turning my back on her, for what I thought were more pressing demands on my time.

I’m loving what I do. Inspired, thankful, challenged, desperate, energised, I move onto the next phase of my artistic journey, hopefully receiving more brilliant tuition and networking opportunities with fellow visual artists.

studio
studio

The sleeping giant is awakened, but underneath I’m still a grateful, humble,

studio floor
studio floor

nervous, country kid.

 

Vale VU, couldn’t have done it without you.

 

 

 

Lunch Date

The time, venue, date and artist were set. Our lunch date with TV Moore was confirmed, a hasty walk to Southbank ensued, and three of our number strode boldly into the tightly packed, largely VCA held, lunchtime forum. PV Styler, Sungyole and deniseahonan were not daunted, single seats were quickly secured, and we sat attuned to the great man, waiting for pearls of wisdom to drop from his mouth.

TV Moore
TV Moore
me & TV
ticket

TV Moore, is a complex, multifaceted, Australian artist, classically trained in Sydney, who has completed residencies in Finland, and Los Angeles, and now resides, and works in NYC. He discussed his work candidly and expansively, and managed to answer the subversive questions, asked by the VCA students very deftly. His practice embraces many areas of the visual arts, and he is attuned to trends, developments and influences stateside, whilst stamping his own uniquely, iconic Aussie signature on his work, specifically the Disney figures, of popular culture.

VCA
VCA

A brisk Question and Answer forum ended the talk. A third year VCA sculpture student, sitting next to me, who I  questioned at the previous weeks Open Day, asked the question about his influences, claiming , ” its all very LA “. TV replied, well yes I lived and worked in LA, and have long been interested in Disney, and animation. The response was self effacing but the inference personal,  and I believe indicative that artists are like human sponges, soaking in much, re- processing, fashioning and discarding, to meet our own personal aesthetic.

I took a very valuable line away from the forum, that ” the gallery space, particularly the ACCA

tv moore
tv moore

space,with its no right angles owns you, and you work with it to extend your work”. It in essence becomes a part of your work, an extension to your exhibition.

TV Moore has deliberately embraced this with the ACCA space, as did his immediately previous exhibitor, Ryan Gander.

Quote by TV Moore, 1pm lunchtime forum, ACCA, Southbank, Melbourne, 20/08/2015.