Friday, March 27, 2009

pools of light

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Remember the EMPTY Arcane Bookshop on William St?

And have you noticed all these new signs that have been stuck up in every empty window on William St?

Well last night I noticed another one at the Bookshop, nestled among the others, but stuck on the outside of the window...

Which reads...

Brilliant! Whoever you are, I hear ya!

I don't imagine it will last long, which is why I went back to photograph it today...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

milking me dry.

"nothing so consumes a person as meaningless exertion"

in other news, kaleidoscopes:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

untitled, with gumboot.

so, i have now switched books again and am reading Murakami, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle. I am such an erratic reader, but I think this book I will finish pretty easily. I have it on good authority that it is excellent.

Also I have been really struggling without a studio at this point in my life. I have been having dreams about the paintings I want to be making, amazing stories of colour and light, narratives in the blobs, feelings swelling and bulging in colourful masses, really really interesting and progressive works. But I feel completely stifled because I simply don't have the space (or time, to some extent, or money, really...) to be able to work through these ideas and create some new work. Really new. Not just another painting like all the rest, but different and interesting works. Works that I have the time and space to work on.

This, and the library, are what I miss about uni. Having a designated space which I could leave and come back to, and use solely for the purpose of making artwork, channeling that creative energy in one place, large open working areas.

Whinge, whinge... I've had a difficult-ish week.

What I really enjoy about not being at uni, though, is feeling like I can work at a pace that suits me, and feeling opened up to a real world of possiblity and opportunity (I suppose I'm speaking largely about the work I'm doing with the collective, but also to some degree the [small] amount of personal work I'm doing too). I am now an artist, not an art student. This is pretty exciting, and refreshing, and enjoyable. Though at times challenging, as the last few days has proven.

Speaking of the collective, we are doing a performance for the launch of the Love Is My Velocity Cookbook II, which I will detail more later, probably once it's done, but will take this oportunity to ask if anyone has a breadmaker or an electric knife, we are now collecting them (yes, we want several, as many as we can get, even) to borrow... if you can help, let me know!

In other news, my housemate Briony is having an exhibition tomorrow (Friday) night at HQ in Leedervile, as is my clever friend and collaborator Laura (who doesn't have a blog, silly girl!) at Perth Galleries in North Fremantle. Go and buy their artworks!

And anyway, how exciting is it that we are approaching gumboot season again?!...

Friday, March 6, 2009

new wheelzzz!

now all I need is a basket...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

artwork for VC's

the last one was the one I ended up using...

reading reading reading

it's quite overwhelming how much there is that i want to read, and i feel quite certain i could spend my entire life reading and still never feel like I'd exhausted my perpetual reading list. I just finished Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides, I then started a book of interviews with Bob Dylan called Dylan on Dylan (if this blog is anything to go by, it's clear I was on a little Dylan binge a few weeks ago), before I got distracted by Oscar Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray... " We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless." Ohhh, Oscar, you devil!

So, that's a lot of novels... and the amount of critical reading I'm doing is diminishing at an alarming rate. I'm a bit lost without the uni library, and not convinced that the State library is an adequate substitute. Help!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


So, my posts are becoming increasingly few and far between. This is mostly because I've been really really busy doing lots of work, in all its forms, and tying up lots of loose ends. However now that I'm entering a period of unemployment (somewhat) I am looking forward to being able to dedicate more time to thinking again, and less time to wasting time making money. Ha!

Here are a couple of things I've been doing...

I've started doing a bit of writing for ye olde street press, X-press, so have been spending my spare moments doing research and writing a few stories. My first story was about the exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre called the Yellow Vest Syndrome. I got to interview three of the artists in the show who worked collaboratively during a residency in the Moores building (Daniel Bourke, Jeremy Davis and Lisa Purcell). It was a really great experience to have a talk to them, and really affirming to hear about other young Perth artists working in similar ways to how I have worked with the Inter Collective. They held an interactive BYO tshirt tie-dying session a few weekends ago, which I think worked really successfully, in terms of interactivity and participation: people got right into it without hesitation and, maybe because they were creating something they would potentially wear, seemed to take more care and pride in the outcome of it. I have noticed that otherwise, these kind of 'interactive' art projects are started with the best intentions, but almost always end up in a 'who can draw the biggest/most offensive cock-and-balls' competition.

We finally got to materialise something with the Inter Collective a couple of weeks ago, as we were asked to do a temporary installation for a function for the Planning Institute of Australia. It was a challenge: we worked with almost no time or money, but were quite happy with what we did, despite the fact that we had very little interaction from the function attendees. Laura posted a lot more about it on the Elusive Isolation blog. There are pictures, too! Read it and tell us what you think!