Friday, October 15, 2010

Big Print in Canberra

Congratulations to Ampersand Duck and byrd for their work on Big Print. See images here. It is wonderful to see words from my Notes to Architects being used in the installation BIG PRINT, Megalo @ the Fitters Workshop, Kingston (Canberra ACT). Large scale printworks by 8 artists. Open 15-17 October 2010.

Vario Exhibtion at Bay Art Cardiff, Wales

While I was in Cardiff recently I was privileged to attend the opening of an exhibition of Vario at Bay Art. The Folio is an International collaboration between printmakers in Hawaii, USA, Virtually-6 printmaker’s in Wales, UK and Southern Highland Printmakers and Impress Printmaker’s in Australia. The exhibition also showed work by The V-6 print group (Cardiff, Wales) Annie Giles Hobbs, Sue Hunt Tom Piper, (all pictured), and Richard Cox, Chris Lloyd and by David Ferry A.R.E. The Cardiff Vario connection has put in a proposal to IMPACT 7 to be held in Melbourne Australia in November 2011 for an exhibition of the Vario portfolio.

Practicum on an Idealised Landscape

‘Practicum on an Idealised Landscape’ is a recent look at landscape. Thinking about different greens in watercolour, that whole watercolour landscape tradition and the nostalgic country names that are given to commercial green paints. My father was a watercolourist, who trained at Winchester School of Art just after WWII and exhibited with the South Wales Arts Society. He and my mother now live in a garden village, the idealised movement that flowered with Utopian Socialism and the Arts & Crafts movement. The village they live in has strict rules, due to Grade2 listing, about what can and can’t be done to the fabric of the buildings, including carefully prescribed colours of house paint. On a recent visit in September 2010 I documented the different greens on the garage doors as people do what they want while nodding in direction of these rules. The result is an artist book presented in the form of a slideshow '60 shades of green' that is presented with a poem I have been writing about Actaeon and the forest: our green youth when we enter the forest and look upon the embodiment of Love. The subjects of the work, artist book and poem, are therefore not just idealised landscape and the mythos of Youth, but also by inference ageing, which has come in this instance from thinking about my father as he was, and is.