Thursday, May 28, 2009

Marco Luccio exhibition

Attended the opening of Marco Luccio's exhibition on Tuesday 26th May.
Totem City at Steps Gallery.
How inspirational!
Sometimes we think that we need to travel to exotic locations to get inspiration, but Marco's etchings of Polly Woodside and the Docklands wheel show that great subjects are right there under our noses if only we look with the artist's eye.

I love the strong gestural lines and beautiful atmosphere created in these works. They have a warmth and depth that is seductive.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ros Atkins at Australian Galleries

How much did I love this exhibition? Heaps!
Printmakers like Ros Atkins and Marco Luccio are such inspirations.
Very different, but similar in the elegance and superb mastery of the medium.
The delicate images of birds, the fragility and delicacy of the works on gossamer paper, contrasted with the solid, clear boldness of the black and white wood cuts made a wonderful feast for the printmaker's eye.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Painting with Chocolate Sauce

Mixed media class today - a fascinating lecture on artists in 20th century who used mixed media.
Last artist we looked at was Vik Muniz. He makes art from pretty much anything, be it shredded paper, wire, clouds or diamonds.
The image we looked at was his drawing (using chocolate sauce) of Jackson Pollock painting.
We then had 20 minutes to make a work using chocolate sauce.
Here are mine.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Painting class - The Golden Mean

This term we started off by looking at the way that artists use the Golden Mean - a method of constructing pictures to conform to a pleasing and balanced creation. It has been used by architects and artists such as Loeonardo Da Vinci - and now us. The class exercise was to create a composition with the theme 'whiteout' using the Golden Mean.
I have chosen to look at 'whiteout' in relation to the aboriginal community.
So I combined images to conform with the Golden mean proportions/positioning. I am now about to paint this.
The spirals and squares demonstrate the underlying framework for positioning parts of the image. They will not be included in the final piece.

Goldsworthy Project

We are back at college and one of our first lectures was on Andy Goldworthy - and artist I already liked heaps. So the challenge to create a work in is style - no glue, string etc, just natural items was fun.
Here are my efforts.