I have a piece on display at The Laird hotel in Abbotsford as part of their 'Men on Men' exhibition, on until Sunday June 24th.
‘m4m - 20 YO Fit Caucasian - seeking reward’, 2018
Acrylic, gel pen, pencil on wood board. 61.5x52cm
‘This painting depicts a young man, a ‘digital sex-worker’ as implied by the title, against a black background of radiating mandala-like circles. This motif also evokes halos, and coupled with the dynamic gold lines and curves stretching from the figure they imply a religious, almost virginal quality. The textured background only comes to life in proper lighting, revealing a glossy, viscous and finely-rendered expanse of small brush marks, evoking the nighttime as well as more sensual textures such as leather and liquid. Finally, a hand extends from the bottom left - the boy’s, or his trick’s? Depending on one’s own sensibilities, these background qualities either suggest something sinister, perhaps seedy and reluctant, or they simply illustrate this young worker’s experience - the twinkling night, the ‘virgin’s’ gift, and his lover’s tender embrace.’
Thank you to curators Manda Jean and Sam Emery for inviting me to take part in the 'Connections - Stories of the Melbourne Landscape' group show, on at Tree Paper Comics in the Docklands from June 1st til June 23rd.
I revisited three pieces I'd put aside over a year ago, connecting them to my home of Melbourne by seeking hints of spatial and temporal essence then implanting, building and developing them to form a new creation of specific cultural identity; giving the hollow pieces purpose, like looking at a Rorschach of your own making, and in doing so uniting a past self to the new you and using the gulf as inspiration.
I know that's real wanky, but that's because I really just painted some more bits on three old paintings I really liked but which were meaningless haha. By giving these paintings titles it became obvious what they needed to be complete. I'm really grateful I was able to revive these works as the patterns and mark makings I was exploring at the time completely informed 'Cosmic Ocean'. They've now jumped forward in time and have taken inspiration from their successors. Love it.
Flinders Street Station, Six o’Clock, 2018
Hamer Hall Over the Yarra - 2018
Manhole, Collins Street Afternoon - 2018
Had a brilliant time celebrating the opening of Cosmic Ocean with a lovely bunch of friendly faces. Seeing the past year and a bit of production up on a wall at the long last was exciting! Thank you to everyone who came out and listened to me ramble, and thank you to Pimpisa and BlackCat Gallery for their hard work and support. We had some projector troubles up til the last minute, but the crew came through - looked brilliant, lots of passerbys stopped for a gander :)
Finally catching up on some overdue news - had a great time at the Memphis Gardens artist market. Thank you to everyone who came down and picked up some books, cards, prints and whatnot - you have no idea how much all of us stallholders appreciate it, even just the connection and conversation. The crowd maketh the market.
Here are some pics, thanks Meng