Thursday, July 28, 2016

50HR PRINT POP-UP EXHIBITION EVENT:


The QCA Printmaking Club would like to extend an open invitation to attend a pop-up exhibition event:
WHITE BOX GALLERY: SUNDAY 31st.JULY 4-6pm.
Queensland College of Art, Grey Street South Bank

The exhibition will feature all prints created by students and staff  from QCA Print Dept. who will spend a weekend of continual printmaking. All works will be for sale at very reasonable prices in hope of raising funds for the ARTEL Print Workshop that assists artists with disability in the Redcliffe community.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Instruments of Ability

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As an extension of the approaching 50 hour weekend of printmaking to raise funds for artists with disabilities from the Artel workshop based in Redcliffe I recently documented many of the assemblage instruments adapted to fit individual artists capacities and methods of engaging in drawing, mark making and printmaking. A  piece of pva piping extending from a footballers protective head gear with a graphite pencil secured in masking tape manufactured for someone who has minimal use of their fingers and hands. In a combination of bamboo and timber dowel a graphite pencil is embedded at an acute angle bound with masking tape in order to provide the maximum engagement with surface. The handles of etching plate ink dabbers modified and contorted into shaped angles that make the application of ink more efficient. A paint brush reinforced with layers of masking tape to enable a fluid touch of surface. Essentially in their visual articulations each of these modified instruments allow for an emotional response that has the capacity to dissolve notions of difference between 'abled' and 'disabled' expressions.  


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                                                         (c)


                                          (d)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Create and Donate: Raising funds for Artists with disabilities.


On the weekend of  July30th.-31st. of 2016 the printmaking students at the Queensland Collage of Art in Brisbane will host a 50 hour print project to celebrate the Year of the Print. The Print Club at QCA have decided to celebrate by making prints continuously for 50 hours. All prints created over the 50 hour period will be displayed in a closing exhibition with the proceeds of  sale of works being donated to the Artel artist with disabilities group based in Redcliffe, a seaside suburb of the city of Brisbane, Queensland Australia.
I was wanting to connect with printmakers out there beyond the QCA print community who would like to run a similar event with the intention of raising funds for the Artel artist group. The format is very simple. Each participant donates a gold coin to be a part of the event and any proceeds from the sale of works are also to be donated to the Artel group. No commissions...no percentages...this event asks you to engage in your altruistic nature and simply... create and donate. If you or your print group is interested in being part of this event please contact me at: silentparrot1@bigpond.com       

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Phenomenology of Birds...works in progress


Etching, bees wax and photo-transfer image.

After two weeks of visiting the natural history museum here in Brisbane to study various species from the ontological collection tenuous threads of association are beginning to surface,,.seemingly impossible to keep the bird and the human form separate...references to the map weaving its way into the surface of things...'birds as maps'... at times all one needs is a title...almost impossible to see but the surface of these bees-wax embedded images have incisions of marks that relate to the notation of maps...coastal and interior spaces...everything is a map.     



Etching and bees wax (detail)
Etching and bees wax...(detail)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ornithological moments at the Queensland Museum


Several days of the past week were spent visiting the Queensland Museum studying the collections of bird species to commence a new series of etchings...at this  stage nothing more than a vague notion of using the images and the scientific descriptions of  birds to reflect upon the relationship between art and science,,,a space that perhaps should never have been severed to the degree that exits in present times...gs.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

MYTHO-POETIC: Print and Assemblage works


Mytho-Poetic: Print and Assemblage works...Sturt Gallery will host the second last showing of my touring show...I will visit for a weekend of workshops on May 28-29th...I'm not certain if there is an official 'artist talk' but I'm more than happy to meet and speak with visitors about the works...gs.