Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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From Ngungun - 1995- Acrylic on Paper - 73x54cm

This is a a small quick painting that was based on a small quick drawing after a small quick climb to the top of Mt Ngungun. You can see an actual photograph of the mountains on the ...the failed painters blog.

I was painting and drawing a lot of mountains, trees and rocks in the nineties - here is another one from that period.

Pre-Iconic Landscape - 120x90cm - Acrylic on Board

I am not exactly sure when I did Pre-Iconic landscape - I have been cataloguing and photographing my work for eons but I still have quite a few that have slipped through the net - it would be most likely be between 1992 and 1996 . It was during this time that I was pushing the smaller paper works into larger works on board.

Up until I moved to the Glasshouse Mountains area I was mostly doing urban landscapes and images of lone figures inside rooms. The lone figures began in College as I had to contend with Life studies - I have always been bored with trying to draw figures accurately - I would always try to impose some sort of 'art' on the figure. One day I will commit and focus on more anatomically correct figures - maybe for a week anyway.

Modern Bubble Top - Acrylic and pencil on paper - 1981 - 75x55cm

In the noughties, I have been doing whatever - a bit of everything - reaching back as far as I can appropriating my own images reworking them into new contexts. Even odd little adventures like the following painting, with it's poorly drawn figure, metaphysical banding, existential red, organic shapes and threatening head. I think this was done around 2003 and relates to my inability to sleep due to a worrying situation.

Bands of Sleep - 120x90 cm - Acrylic on Board

I think the trick is to keep the paintbrush going even when your not sure - maybe especially when your not sure. There will always be people and other artists who will be critical or don't even get it, but in the end if you can build up a body of work then your doing alright.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hours


I use to spend many hours with pencil and paper drawing complex, organic works. What appealed to me, was the way free form patterns would emerge. There was a lyrical quality to the movement of the patterns across the page, with the different abstract like elements in balance and harmony. At that stage, I liked artists like Paul Klee because I could see the presence of his thinking laying bare in his art.

This was the second last Burleigh Rocks drawing and the most complex. I attempted at the time a few larger scale painting versions but never quite got the feel developing as I had in the smaller works. Maybe introducing colour at the same time was the mistake. I feel I have been pursuing indirectly (amongst other pursuits) this goal of attaining accomplished versions of the smaller works. Some of the larger works have been reasonably successful but the freedom experienced while producing the works has not been equal in measure to the smaller works - this of course is a challenge - one that all artists face in various ways.

Breaking through to the other side, where actions, thoughts and feelings are synonymously working together to produce breakthrough artworks. These in turn become the new benchmarks - not for the world or some artificial stadium but for personal development and resolution of original artistic intentions.

The drawing below is the original and the one at top is a negative version. I quite like seeing artwork as a negative or computer altered in some way - it opens the eyes to new possibilities and enhances things seemingly hidden.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Atari

This is a copy of an article posted on ArtSmelter.

Well, I have really done it this time - I am selling my old computer system - my original computer first bought in 1988. It's all advertised on Ebay as a massive bundle - there is so much stuff it fills my entire table tennis table.

And it still all works - can't kill it - it's worse than the 1971 Super Bug I used to own - indestructible. The way they use to fix these computers was by dropping them from a height to reseat the chips.

Back in the bad old days, the Seven Hills Art College mob were starting to get into computers around 1986 to 1989. At that stage PC's were just a boring DOS BOX, Macs were better but lacked a bit in the colour and sound department - and were frightfully expensive. The real go were sexy Amigas and Ataris - better graphics, great versatility and great sound all generally for about $800.

Roj had an Amiga back then and I remember he was quite adept at those machines. I was an Atari man, searching the horizon for more power and knowledge, stretching the limits of the new frontier. I am not sure what Snork. had at that stage. Early in 1989 Roj and I swapped a few lines of Basic code trying to improve our programming skills - we wrote a version of mastermind in about 100 lines of code.

What was really amazing for artists during that time was the potential of this new medium - we couldn't get enough power, have enough time (divorce would have ensued), develop quick enough or have enough money to fully realise what we were doing.

Over the years I dabbled with and learnt all manner of software. I even did some early animation back in the early 90's and dumped it to video with music - I still have it on video and will post it some time.

I am sure we all have own technology stories - we have come a long way in twenty years.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Face


Messing with technology
a window to the soul
knocking on my head
the blurred outlines
represent the outer limits
of my analogue self
as digital sampling
transports my earthly footprint
to a blurred portion
of the Universe.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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