Monday, 21 June 2010

Halfway through Hell

Holes in the ground and things underneath the surface. A few of my art works over the years have holes and people coming out of holes, or standing in holes or going down into holes. NASA #15 which has a hole is now finished.

NASA 15 Dante, Virgil and NASANASA #15 : Dante, Virgil and NASA

The title relates to William Blake’s art works that were illustrations for Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Here is an example of Blake’s work, from the 102 illustrations he made for The Divine Comedy – Dante, Virgil and the Minotaur.


The Minotaur – William Blake

Here is another work, with hole, by Blake that influenced my drawing entitled "White Lies Last Dream”.

Simoniac pope

The Simoniac Pope – William Blake

White Lies Last dream

White Lies Last Dream

The imagery in Blake’s work is fantastic, although I am not quite sure on his theology – but he does seem to be a fired up man. Here is NASA #11 – The Great Fires at NASA – it also has a hole.

NASA 11 The Great Fires at NASA

NASA #11 – The Great Fires at NASA

In fact, I think all the NASA paintings have holes, but most of them are filled with water.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Flaunt Magazine : Katherine Bernhardt

Katherine, based in Brooklyn, New York, is known for painting portraits of women based on pictures from glossy magazines and well-known consumer symbols using acrylics, all in an expressionistic, almost abstract style. The images below display the further abstract style which she has embraced more and more in recent times.




Bebe Cover-2 small



Images supplied by Flaunt magazine : Issue 109 – The Census Issue.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Showcase Review : Ron Mueck

I checked out the Ron Mueck show at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane last Friday, and fortunately you can take photos of the work – as long as you have your flash off. The following photos are by Wendy Beuster, who managed to get quite a few good shots. I first saw Muek’s work back in 2005 at the Queensland Art Gallery – a giant pregnant woman – it was very impressive, and I have been a fan of his work ever since. The realism is amazing and uncanny, one gets a sense of life emanating from these works and a feeling of intimacy.

Anyway, here is a walk through of the show :

Ron Muek Dead Man 

Dead Dad 1996-97

Ron Muek Baby

A Girl 2006

Ron Muek Baby Feet

A Girl – feet detail

Ron Muek giant

Wild Man 2005

Giant Hand

Wild Man – hand detail

Ron Muek Sticks

Woman with Sticks 2008

Ron Muek Lady

In Bed 2005

Ron Muek Old Ladies

Two Women 2005

Ron Muek Old Lady

Old Woman in Bed 2002

Ron Muek man on Lilo

Drift 2009

Ron Muek Head

Mask II 2002

To check out the rest of Ron Mueck’s extraordinary work on show, you have until August the 1st 2010 at GOMA Brisbane.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

16:9 moving composition to music.

The above video is a composite of a still image, and a very short movie clip of an artist painting. The still image slowly glides across the 16:9 screen, while the superimposed movie clip has been slowed down. The music, from Simon Howard, has been added to create tension and acts as a timer for the whole transition. The idea is to have everything moving so slow, that the composition stands out. The idea of the 16:9 painting series is to create works that are informed by film/video, montage, collage, television and special effects, all within a 16:9 aspect ratio. I am thinking about using  black gesso instead of white – which relates strongly to how television and video work. The background screen is black and then a light emerges to form the image. So, this video is the beginnings of a new painting series – the hard part will be translating what I find, as I experiment, on to a physical support using paint.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


Maze  1981 Full

Multi-Dimensional Maze 1981

When I was  in primary school, when I wasn’t running around the bush and climbing trees, I would spend quite a bit of time indoors creating complex mazes, for myself, and others to solve. Sometimes, I would create large mazes by joining lots of mini mazes together – lots of note paper and sticky tape.   In high school I was quite interested in Op art, especially Bridget Riley’s stuff – I think I could see that my mazes had developed an optical effect. In grade nine and ten I started to experiment with little optical art works – none of which survive. The above maze was drawn at art college for an assignment on game making - it is what I call a multi-dimensional maze. Below is two close-ups of the above complex maze – the maze is actually about 90x60cm in size and drawn with a Rapidograph pen on illustration board.

Maze 1981 Close up

Maze 1981 Close up 2

Over the last 30 years, my interest in mazes has declined as my interest in art has grown, but I have drawn the occasional artwork that contains a maze – either in the background or as a feature – here is one example.  EE Pencil (now Staedler 9B), and acrylic paint on cartridge paper.

East West

East West 1987

Both of these mazes are solvable – the multi-dimensional maze is solvable on a few different levels.

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