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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lunch - sometimes we take the easy way out. Another 0 and an X:

The Ashgrove Bakery to the rescue, curry pie with home-grown salad.

One more X and O image

Apple set-top box packaging

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Another condom pack for the collection, a gift from Scott Redford yesterday

The Gold Coast designer, business man and now contemporary artist - Paul Everest designed the pack I'm told. He's been here to the studio and we hit it off . . .
add to the previous posts here and here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

My first actual "inseparable" artwork - 1979 but it was never titled as one . . .

Paul Andrew was here looking at my artist_archive earlier this year. It seems that I have done all the work of documenting the artists that I have followed for over 40 years but I've never done my own chronology of works. I have to admit that the curators at Griffith University, Scott Redford & Barbara Heath have also been on my case. The visiting Polish artist and art historian, Marysia Lewandowska also pushed me when she visited the studio recently. Paul has requested I prepare an A4 page on the "inseparables" for his ARI publication. Download here.

In 2009 I did a blog post on Vile7 but never pushed my own piece, below. Here is an extract from that post: "Robert Jacks really tipped me into this exercise, other than numerous 'designed graphics' using rubber stamps, either illustrated of found - I had never made an artist book until this opportunity. This opened my eyes to the collaborative nature of the beast. I first seized upon all my early photographs and postcards of aboriginals, I've collected these from my first year at high school. I picked the strongest looking local fellow, I then xeroxed his body and rubber stamped his head - in red coloured ink.
As a metaphor for (spilled blood) . . . It was my first white boy statement about my view of colonial history and an early high-jacking (appropriation) of a 'black fella' card. Aboriginal history had been buried in white men's re-constructions. I knew of no local aboriginal art other than Kath Walker's writing and her family's activism. I had lived in a shared house with Marcia Langton and met her sisters and aunties. I wanted to make my own early art statement in their defence."

Tim Gruchy owns one other number of this impression-3 work, not consigned to the Vile 7 edition.

The indigenous artist Brook Andrew maybe used this postcard image in the work
entitled: sexy and dangerous from 1996
I've seen another more recent appropriation by someone but can't find it now . . .

Monday, August 17, 2015

An update on my 'pink' folder production

I have been collecting 'found' digital material in the public domain now since 1991 . . . in the early days it was used for my artist books where possible. I also augmented this material with items scanned from my own ephemera archive and my own artworks from a career in design.
I have also started reworking 'found' material along a 'pink' theme and these have been stored in sub folders of eleven high-res files. The one above is #547-6, thats the 6,032nd artwork so far.
Go back and search 'pink' in the blog to follow the progress . . .

Two recent X and O elements from artists I follow

Following hyper-realist work of Canadian artist - Kit King for a while now, she sells works online also.

Terry Richardson's Diary is king as far as following his most recent briefs and his snapped interests.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Degraded surfaces, I have been reproducing these effects (in vector) for ages now

Here are a few from our last trip to Midlands, Tasmania. All from a collector friend in Parattah.

So what do we call these (found) crackelur patterns in mirror?

Porcelain takes on a certain interest when the surface is crackled, in the 12th century the Ru kilns near the Northern Song capital at Kaifeng were master exponents of the crackle glaze surface treatment in their monochromes. Much copied till the 20th century.
These below are English and European shards straight from the field.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Two magazine stories bound into one post

My daughter Lil and her long-time childhood friend, Sophie Potter started sharing Kate Moss pics on their iPhone messaging and because of my Miss Moss interest, I have been the recipient of many of these pics . . .
I have also responded by
1) creating a Kate Moss folder and have been sharing these with Lil and

2) I have just culled all the past 7 years worth of Paris Vogue issues down to Bijoux & handcrafted material for out own studio resource.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Eve Harmon who ran Condé Nast publications in Australia in 1983 wrote a letter to creatives and socialites informing us that Vanity Fair was being published again - starting with Volume 47 #1 in March of that year.
In the first edition 'Fanfair' lead article by Calvin Trillin he muses "My curiosity about the new Vanity Fair has been dominated by one question: Why wasn't I asked to subscribe?." "Plenty of people were. I happen to know one J.E.Curr Jnr., who describes himself as the publisher of Vanity Fair, sent letters to any number of people informing them by name (Dear Mr. Upscale) that his magazine wasn't meant for everyone but for only a handful of bright, literate people." . . . so the first issue appeared and then disappeared.
The first twelve issues only arrived in Australia via a USA subscription, so those are rare + these first fifteen years kept me enthralled and here they all are, being sold as one job lot to the first person who promises the dollars.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Delightful visit to Hazel Dooney's studio a few Mondays ago

My 'select eleven' set of (pinks) is dedicated to Ray Norman in Tasmania.
I randomly shot quite a few shots before Haze had noticed, then she suggested more possibles so my cut here is our selection - there are other (pinks) she has shot and uploaded on her studio blog - here.
Hazel's body of work is growing as is her c.v. and stature within the artist community, she represents herself now via her web as she has moved to control not only the work she decides to make but who she makes it for. I personally love her commissioned portraits; the thought and the human depth of experience behind the themes she explores and her absolute dedication to her craft.
[photo: malE/Anna/Hazel/Barbara, BrisbaneApril2015]

The last items out of our lock-up in Brisbane to be sold.

These were made to my design for my studio in 1974 by Gary May, he later became Quunsland Government Architect.

They were for my art studio - 'Fair Dinkum Graphics' 1975–1978 and have been in storage since, holding my graphics library that isn't at home. Originally in yellow laminex with matching knobs, I overlaid white laminex in the early 1990s and replaced the yellow knobs for white ones.

I've spent two days taking off the white laminex and glue and they have come up a treat. Very solid oregon pine throughout with bronze bevelled glass set into all the outer shelves. The bookcase units are in two pieces and I want A$600.00 a unit = A$1,200.00 and I want A$300.00 for the matching table. Bookcases base 1480mm W x 730mm D x 1020mm H. Bookcase top 1430mm W 1270mm H x 350mm D. Table 1770mm L x 860mm W x 750mm H.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Home Chat issues going . . .

Two sisters who lived at Tennyson - Joyce Soden and her sister who who took the surname Truth after Joyce died sold these in the early 1970s. I bought these as they became available via Naomi Berry at her Saturday morning shop at Fernberg Road, Milton.
1932–1957 issues of  'home chat' magazine that was only available as a subscription.

My mother, Dulcie Marion Hansen died when I was 11 years old, I missed out on more stories from her as I grew up so, in part I filled in those times from these little weeklies - what she would have read and kept up with had she lived longer.
They can go now, I believe they should go to the Fashion Archives here in Bne?
No, the two authors have told me they don't have the funds to purchase - so who wants these?

Friday, April 10, 2015

So English and proper - George Newnes Limited - no credits to illustrators, writers or the editor, ah he is credited on some covers

I wanted to share these before they are sold, I've kept these in my illustration resource folders since I first bought them in the early 1970s. I've always felt they were early precursors to the 45º angle drawing style of George Hardie in the UK.