Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Save the Date: Seed.Art.Lab in November + the BIG SEED DRAW!

Its a quick post today to mention an upcoming OPEN STUDIO event at Seed.Art.Lab Studio in November. Throughout the year I've opened occasionally on Thursdays from Midday, putting notices out through FB and Instagram. 

It was a great way to test the waters ... all very informal ... with low-key promo. Many weeks I was too busy or away which is why the casual approach was so helpful. 

I had an excellent time meeting new people and catching up with some I'd met before. Friends dropped in and I found a good rhythm for running the Open Studio days. A bonus was the studio was getting put in order.... it was easier to find things and get a fresh start afterwards too. When painting deadlines became crucial it was simply a matter of opting out till life was settled again.

Elizabeth Santillan, Brisbane Photographer, from her shoot at my studio.

It will be a year exactly since the launch of the Studio... well worth celebrating I thought.

Deciding to Open over 9 days struck me as a good idea when everyone is getting so busy at this time of year. There's a few ideas also being discussed for small events to run during this time.

WHEN:   Two weekends + any day during the last week of November
WHERE:  Meemar St, Chermside
INFO: Email, phone or text for more information ~ 0430 599 344

Once all the details are worked out I will be posting more info here and on FB Page : Homage to the Seed and Instagram. 

 Stay tuned for info on special events during   OPEN STUDIO WEEK!               

One of the activities planned for this OPEN STUDIO week is a communal BIG SEED DRAW. On my recent Residency I set up a drawing table, brought in baskets of seed material for inspiration, some books and artwork and set people up with sepia ink and and brushes. It didn't matter who came and who left... the idea is simply to be together working on shared paper and conversing about the task at hand and the beauty and value of seeds.

I'l be running a REALLY  big BIG SEED DRAW event on November 16th in Brisbane as one of many cultural activities at the G20 Cultural Festival happening for 3 weeks.

Read about this BIG SEED DRAW event here...  let me now if you are in Brisbane and interested to join us.

Its a FREE event and it will be buzzing with all kinds of activities by the river ...  I'm going to be in a Marquee next to the local Community Garden where they will be doing demos ... all very in theme!

The Studio after a huge spring clean following a 2 month painting spree!

Friday, October 17, 2014

An exhibition st Mobilia Gallery

Time to update on what's been happening at Seed.Art.Lab Studio.

After the May Plantbank residency 2014 seems to have flown. From late June to late August considerable hours were dedicated to painting three large works for a Textiles exhibition currently being held in the US, at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

During the painting phase I updated often on Instagram and FB page... and below are images of the works which have been professionally photographed and are now available as Limited Edition Archival prints. Enquiries here ... I'll add a link when formal online sales are organised.

 The show opened October 10th but a formal reception is being held Saturday week.. see here:

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
 RSVP 617-876-2109 or mobiliaart@verizon.net 

Text from my website:

The series, approx, 1 m x 2 m, is painted in acrylic and pigmented ink on-stretched Linen, featuring frayed edges, and stitched with Irish linen thread. A May residency earlier this year (tab: 2014) at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan 's new seed research facility PLANTBANK presented a huge array of Australian species, seed collections and related material which was important fresh inspiration for this artwork in addition to the body of material on Seeds gathered over the last 5 years. 

The motifs in these works are abstractions of seed forms, drawn from pods, seed capsules, seeds themselves, and also in the case of the third work, from the motifs that the artist became familiar with many years ago when looking into the symbolic language of diverse ancient and indigenous cultures. A statement which puts this work in perspective can be read here.

'Antipodean Inheritance I'      1m x 2m

'Antipodean Inheritance II'     1m x 2m

'Homage to our common inheritance'      1m x 2m

This week I've spent on residency in Brisbane at Food Connect but I'll update that at my Homage to the Seed blog tonight. So check in soon.