Thursday, July 31, 2008

Barbarella



I just watched an old Jane Fonda film, "Barbarella", and couldn't resist grabbing this scene from Youtube - "the evil children and their evil dolls". The whole film is very campy and kitsch and I thoroughly enjoyed the extravagant, arty sets and bizarre music. If you haven't seen it for a while, then check it out, it's well worth the look - it reminds me of "Juliet of the Spirits" mixed with "Lost in Space" and Burt Bacharach.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Environment


This the environment where I do all my computing stuff and write my blogs. Occasionally, you get to see the other side of the wire - the mysterious spot on google earth, where another being lives and transmits their electronic spirit to the rest of the globe. This is my spot - you can even see the modems where my little messages begin on their long but lightning fast trip. Out the window is my analogue world of weeds, green swimming pool, birds, long grass and a leaky septic trench. Tomorrow, if the weather is fine I will spend a bit of time cleaning up the outside world and getting things in order, but now it is digital time - for what it's worth - a reckless experiment foisted on the world to intimidate, titillate, exasperate and bewilder the masses into a homogeneous but diverse group of autobots.

Above is a portion of a drawing that I have been working on for a few years, it's part of my collection of unfinished work. My drawings seem to have a life of their own which is distinct from my life - always suggesting what they want from their meagre existence, encouraging me to complete their expression.

Below are a few haloed nudes, each in their own particular stance. These two images are just portions of the larger drawing which contains about ten figures. As stated elsewhere these nudes are the jottings of life classes transported into strange arenas.

Never content with a more realistic representation of the human figure - but seriously jealous of those who do it with ease - my expression is more expressionistic. In fact after checking out the some of the 'Kelly' series by Nolan at the QAG, I realise how similar my NASA series of works are to his - strangely reminiscent - which surprised me , because I usually pick up on similarities fairly quickly. The flash of the camera has exposed some of the pearly paint I used in this drawing. Eventually I will add quite a few transparent layers of milky, pearly white paint over hatched pencil to build these images into a cohesive whole - see! a little bit of thinking, is already getting me into the mood to be a partner in the completion of this work. Sometimes, I withdraw from completing an artwork, because I am not quite sure what to do next - it is important to have periods of gestation, where the mind ponders in the background, digitally scrutinising our every possible, analogous move.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Next

Before I go to sleep I like to have a bit of a read in bed. The above book is one I have flicked through more than once over the last 20 years. It's a book that tries " to come to terms with the mosaic of meaning systems which make up modern thinking". I rarely ever read fiction, preferring to flick pages of an art book or poke around theology, science or biographical stuff. I read the Bible most nights, which I have studied quite a bit over most of my life. Currently I am using the ESV (English Standard Version) which is a very recent translation, but retains the feel and accuracy of older English versions but with up to date language.

Recently, I have been drawing in bed - like the following quick layout of another NASA painting. I am up to No. 7 in the NASA preliminary drawings but only starting No. 3 in the paintings.


The drawings have all the basics, needed to start another painting - title, theme, composition, action, narrative and any new objects. The two shown here are about 75 x 50mm in size and were scanned from a notebook page. The paintings for these will start hopefully in the next few weeks.



This is NASA No. 3, which I showed on the previous post in a state of partial undress. At the moment I am colouring in and scratching around, trying to get a feel for the work. I am just starting to like it and am feeling a lot more confident about progressing to it's logical end.

Below is a detail from the work that I call the "Lost in Space" portion, because it is like the opening credits of the sixties program of the same name that I watched as a kid. In the background can be seen the standard, 'David' symbol of a Glasshouse Mountain (Crookneck) signalling potential doom - these little guys have no idea of what's goin' down - sort of a Mr. Jones, thin man sung to a different ballad.

The upside down, party pooper, flower object in one astronauts hand, that is appearing in these paintings is starting to grab my attention - it seems to symbolise much, but very little at the same time - curious.

My son Jonas and daughter in-law Sarah's first home has just begun, being built in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland - lots of rock.


And finally, another bedtime story - below is a book I bought back in 1980 in Brisbane. This is one I have flicked through many times - it's a straight forward analysis of Modern Art and culture. It's a pity that it is an early 70's book as there is so much more to be said about the last 40 years. I might have to hunt down the author who took up the batton after this author as he (Rookmaaker) died in 1977. Here is a quote from Rookmaaker -"Modern art did not just happen. It came as a result of a deep reversal of spiritual values in the Age of Reason, a movement that in the course of a little more than two centuries changed the world." - we are living in the vacuum.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Peradventure

"The world is full of speculation" - so sings Dylan on 'Modern Times'.

So as I venture down another junction in the road - bobbing and weaving like Bunyan's pilgrim on his way - I present some more images of work in progress. Hot from the press and straight from the studio - vain glorious, speculative, naive, fundamentally flawed, wrenched, drawn and quartered and one foot fumbling over another advancing haplessly towards the Celestial City - beware the lions at the door.

These images show another Squarescape painting in progress and the last image shows also the beginning of another NASA painting.









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