Monday, 4 February 2008

Art show opening over and now moving on to the next big thing, whatever that might be.

The art show opening is over and here's the edited video footage - sorry about the low volume speaking voices and lack of general professionalism - but I forgot the filming until about 5 minutes before the speeches - all caught up in the moment you see.

Thanks, for Antlion supplying the background music for the video. Also, I played a video on opening night, which I will post separately, when I get chance to upload to YouTube - this also has a liberal smattering of Antlion music.

This is the final photo I took of the 'as' painting, just before I blocked out the eyes and touched up a few rough bits - will post a photo of the blinded 'as' painting when I can manage to get a good photo.

as 2008

I originally was going to paint a transparent ribbon across the eyes, but I tried the ribbon and it didn't fit, so I painted it out and blocked her eyes completely with a rectangle. I have never had to rush finish a painting before, but am reasonably satisfied with the end result.

There is much to learn and much to try and master. Something that I find really challenging, is the notion of being contemporary and cutting edge. Most painting that I see (including my own) seems slightly out of date - I don't know how to fix this. The problem is not inherent in painting as a medium, because I see the same problems in Video, Sculpture, Installations etc, as well. I appreciate the greatness of artists like Will Robinson, Brett Whitely and Kitaj et al. But I am stunned by the lack of newness in 99 percent of what I see. Not only are technique, style, subject matter, marketing, skill, consistency, integrity and brilliance a major challenge, but relevance - relevance that grabs you, without using shock.

Art, whether that be painting or some other genre, is a great personal and social struggle - how do we reach deep down enough to pull out the goods, when we have been overwhelmed by the giants of history and sauteed by the flux of the information age.

Oh well, back to the grind stone!


  1. I really think that the approaches to art in other cultures have much to offer us in the west, in that the making art is a normal, social part of life and not another means of acquiring status and making money to fuel the consumer bonfire. I'm not talking about copying styles I'm talking about attitude. Everything that is created in the name of art is new in some way, but being the newest thing on the block is a commercial, ego driven approach.

  2. I hear you, but all we can do is be original to ourselves. So yes, I just plod on.

  3. Liked the video, had my show yesterday, sold one painting! Good turn out, the difference between my pics and yours we are all wearing our winter stuff( At least most of os our but some student go round i Shorts and flip flops because its cool also some posties ride around in Shorts,,,

  4. Artything, good to hear you a sold a painting. I will put on some winter clothing and check your site out.

    Antlion most if not all folk art or indigenous art relates to religious beliefs and superstitions. If the dominate belief system in the west is individualism, consumerism, greed,hedonism and atheism then it's not surprising that some of this is reflected in our art. Socialism does not exist as a fundamental way of life in any culture that I know of. But I agree with you that art should be linked and inherently apart of our culture. But, surely it is - it's just that we maybe a bit ashamed of our excesses. The striving for something new is not meant to be taken as a consumer/capitalistic driven thing. But more of a personal motivation to be less conforming to this mindset and more radical.

    Unfortunately Pandora's box is open and we can't go back to a small village like folk art setting.But if art is your chosen vocation then one must attend not only the business of art but also the content of what you do. Otherwise it becomes another form of self indulgence.I am neither a socialist nor a capitalist but see the dust of death and the springs of life in all different cultures and times. Unfortunately, the realities of my own western culture exist and in someway I have to respond to them.
    The shift in how we view ourselves and art occurred in the west over the last 200 years. These changes are now happening in the eastern cultures as well.

    Jafagirl, yes I plod on too. I agree, you have to be original to yourself - this will normally achieve what I am saying anyway. I am not suggesting a crass, scheming sort of art but one that has integrity and freshness to oneself and potentially to the surrounding culture.

    I am not into the next best thing.

  5. I was not meaning to promote any of the following biases in my comments.
    East over west,
    socialism over capitalism,
    religion over superstitions,
    folk art over professional art,
    contemporary art practice over past art practice,
    self indulgence over legit Occupation.

    Art is not business and business is not art, though at times they interact. When they do come into contact often one or the other is degraded, because they are irreconcilably opposed in their purposes. Art seeks to express an individuals vision and business ranges between getting by through to world domination. If a culture adopts the view that business and art are the same thing, diversity and insight are lost and as is the culture itself.


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