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Friday, 30 April 2010

Flaunt Magazine : Music Video

Video by Flaunt magazine and DJ MartyParty

Video includes :Charlotte Gainsbourg, Terence Koh, Vincent Cassel, Diana Al-Hadid, Lizzi Bougatsos, BOXeight Studios,Tim Kent, John Baldessari, Eikoh Hosoe, Tracy Emin, assume vivid astro focus, Kurt Iswarienko, Masaharu Morimoto, Sam Bassett, Gilles Bensimon, Yinka Shonibard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jim Shaw, Skingraft, Jeffery Sebelia, Louis Verdad, Rami Kashou among others.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

In the studio – state of flux.

 

State of Flux

NASA #13 is now finished – for those who don’t know, I am working on a series of 30 paintings, called the NASA series – I have another 17 to paint. Below is the last three, the rest of them can be seen on my website here.

NASA 13 The Principle of NASA Rises in the East

NASA 13  - The Principle of NASA rises in the East

NASA 12 The NASA Space Odyssey

NASA 12 – The NASA Space Odyssey

NASA 11 The Great Fires at NASA

NASA 11 – The Great Fires at NASA

drawings

I love the feel of a sharp pencil on paper, it doesn't much matter what it does

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Henry Moore

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Reclining Figure - 1951

I found this great photo on Wikipedia.  The photographer was Andrew Dunn.

It really shows how good this Henry Moore sculpture is.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The daily studio stuff……

Book Drink Having a hot chocolate drink, looking at my latest painting on the easel, picking up the STUDIO book for a bit of inspiration and listening to JJ Cale.

NASA 13 beginnings The beginnings of  NASA # 13  - The Principle of NASA Rises in the East. And then a bit more paint ……

NASA 13 Stage 2 Moved the boat, added the third tube of paint, and then thought….. this NASA painting has a different type of composition. But then again….

NASA 13 Stage 3

Let’s not panic, I think it might turn out OK in the end, and besides a new thing happening might sustain me for a few more works. The figures on the rope/poles might need a few issues sorted out – limbs look a bit out of whack.

paint on my handsThis is one of my don’t waste paint pads – any excess painting from an easel work is transferred to the nearest bit of paper, then slowly built up into some odd work. This one has a title – Paint on my Hands but that's OK – here’s a close up……

paint on my hands detail

I have been painting on the back of some old vinyl, using acrylic and masking tape – it works well and has a built in dimpled texture. I like the blue one the most – it could become a Squarescape painting, using torn bits of paper as the masking.

Vinyl paint

The rejection or failure of the American/Australian dream seems to create a vacuum that leads people to the arts – maybe that's why there are so many artists nowadays – a quasi spiritual quest to find ones own meaning and purpose away from the dictates of the ruling class.  But then again ……

Studio Toys

……it might just be fun being in the studio, with your own thoughts.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

ABC ARTS : The Edge

ABC Arts blogger Marcus Westbury visits The Edge, the State Library of Queensland's new digital cultural centre. Video from ABC ARTS.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Flaunt Magazine : GREG LAUREN

Fabricating fa├žades of masculinity

written by Paul Oshima

For the artist Greg Lauren (nephew to Ralph), the particulars of his life are inextricably linked to fashion. Delving beneath the power of the tailored surface, Lauren builds upon a more nuanced understanding of the personal as political. His recent New York exhibition at 28 Wooster Street, “Alteration,” consisted of works that deconstructed recognizable social artifacts, ranging from the now-ubiquitous comic book superhero to the bridal gown. “It’s really looking at identity and image development,” Lauren explains, “how we become who we are and what shapes what we think we should be.”

 Though fashion is a major theme in Lauren’s life, it is by no means the heart of his work. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Lauren has found that his preferred painting surface is a specialized, textured paper, which imbues his paintings with an emotive and sculptural quality. For “Alteration,” Lauren used similar paper to sew 40 iconic men’s garments (primarily suits and jackets). Constructed out of paper, the pieces, drained of color and made functionless, became fragile, curious, and lucid. The associated ideologies are deconstructed. “It’s very, very hard to figure out who we’re allowed to be,” says Lauren on this transference and morphing. “Especially with younger people, there is so much pressure to be a certain kind of person, a certain kind of man.”

 Lauren encourages negotiations with identity. These are evident in the additional elements of “Alteration”: cloth garments—created with regalia gathered during major points in his life—and an operational workstation. The pieces feature various touches, such as journal entries sewn into the fabric, offering an experiential and personal foil to the propagandistic nature of the show, which included, for example, Superman comic book pages inlaid into a paper military jacket. The workstation, too, refines identity into an ongoing, perpetual process. To leave the comfortable confines of acceptable social mores for a better, although uncertain, manner in which Lauren suggests, the work will never stop.

 For more information visit GregLauren.com.

Article kindly supplied by Flaunt magazine.

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