Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

TAG

Squarescape 9

SquareScape 9 – Graffiti   Acrylic and Ink on MDF  120x120cm  2011

The landscape bares my TAG. A TAG is a graffiti term - The most basic form of graffiti, a writer's signature with marker or spray paint. It is the writer's logo, his/her stylized personal signature. If a tag is long it is sometimes abbreviated to the first two letters or the first and last letter of the tag. Also may be ended with the suffixes "one", "ski", "rock", "em" and "er". –  from ‘The Graffiti glossary’.

There seems at times to be a contradiction in the art establishment. Money vs. Morality. Once upon a time, there were drawings on the cave walls. Statues in the temples and paintings on the ceilings of churches. Not so long ago we had a urinal in the gallery, a shark in a tank and a diamond encrusted skull. Then we had political notions to justify our art and cultural ambassadors who curate our future – protecting us, empowering us, sanctifying us, legitimising us – what’s next?

Maybe, a redistribution of wealth to the poor artists away from the rich. Artist who can paint whatever they like, whenever they like and display the work wherever they want - sort of an artist tax for the good of mankind. But maybe that wont work, because we need a cause, a reason a strong moral reason to govern wealth and impose our will.

Graffiti, seems to be about freedom, protest, commentary, criticism and speaking out -  but on other peoples property. Then again - Who owns the cattle on a thousand hills?

The landscape bares my TAG – my graffiti.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mindless

Mind numbing, stripped of all reason, just sensation, like a pinball rolling from bumper to paddle – pick up the brush.

Paint drooling from my chops, slurping and slopping all over in a reckless manner – not even art.

Agitation and tension, underlying depression, regurgitation of empty dreams, trying to find the edge that never was – self delusion.

Beginning, ending, no satisfying middle, just more of the same reckless, lackluster striving and chasing the wind – inescapable escalation.

Art value only defined, by cultural caretakers not art valued by culture, where will it end, poor Orwell was right – art bureaucracy mon amour.

Squarescape c

One of the ideas behind the Squarescape  perpetual series, is to loosen up, avoid predicating meaning and experiment.

Squarescape a

The Squarescapes are landscapes in a square – this one is just horizontal bands – sky, water and land.

Squarescape b

It’s at the, “I have no idea stage”, and so, I laid it down to apply a coat of varnish. The varnish brings out the depth of the build up of marks, which has a way of restoring my confidence in the work – before I attack it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Peregian

This is the video I played on opening night at  Peregian Beach show. Video : David Howard and  Mark O’Neill.  Music : Simon Howard. Editing : David Howard.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Spray

Blow Spray

 My old, blow spray gun.

Blow Spray Eqipement

A few garden leaves.

Blow Spray painting stage 1

The beginnings of a SquareScape painting.

Blow Spray Leaves  

Ink blown over the leaves and allowed to dribble.

Blow Spray painting crop

A close up of the effect.

Nude Bum 

A nude bum drawing, that I am working on.

Studio Desk

Other activities on my drawing desk.

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