21 August 2015
20 August 2015
'Misanthrope' - Shrine Door 1 & 2
Below is a brief run down on my new show at Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, it features my street/installation paste up/ephemera work based around my totems commonly seen through out the Melbourne CBD and other out of the way places and suburbs.
The work has been created with a detritus theme that gives the work an appearance of something ancient and shrine like a beautiful juxtaposition with the detritus and waste often found in a great deal of the works. We will be having a Meet The Artist session this Saturday the 22nd from 2-4pm so feel free to drop in and have a look around, it is a great show and also features LazerFish and Shane Sterry, with some fab window installations to accompany the body of work. Hope to see you on Saturday. The show runs till 30th August and Port Jackson opening hours can be found here.
The contempt the human race holds for nature is evident in the failing landscapes around us.
With the loss of the ancient totem system in Australia, which once brought specialised management by individuals and groups who acted more like stewards.
This management did not necessarily transform the landscape so to speak. Instead it would re-energise and disperse elements abundantly necessary to enable a particular totem to flourish.
As this was enacted on a country wide scale this in turn encouraged bio-diversity and the symbiotic relationship required to manage the fragile Australian landscape, responsibly and very effectively.
This language has nearly vanished.
29 May 2015
Recent street art installation of Leadbeaters Possum shrine and offering in Munster Street North Melbourne - Paste up with mixed media offerings for the critically endangered Leadbeaters Possum, including, vases, flowers, fruit, candles, faggots, feathers, eucalyptus
19 February 2015
Just finished and framed this newest commission, mixed media on wood titled "Nickie Goes Hunting", made up of gorgeous old illustrations, fish scale and geometric wallpaper with other self designed elements, prose and of course the great Willliam Temple Hornaday totem!
13 February 2015
A new installation I put up in Tattersalls Lane opposite Section 8.
"The Rapanui Effect" consists of paste up and other found objects I have collected along the way, hopefully it lasts a while without people pulling it apart...
As part of each years Supergraph, Jacqui down at Signed and Numbered get artists to do a 50/50 edition of something new, this year I have editioned a series of an oil painting "Little Drummer Rabbit". These prints go for $50 each and can be sourced either at Supergraph this weekend or form Signed & Numbered.
16 December 2014
09 December 2014
Here are some images attached of my recent installation "A Beautiful Shambles", the install included oil paintings, found objects, cutlery, traps, wallpaper of totems and prose, up-cycled timber railway siding boxes, LED lighting, furs, paste up artworks and much more. Below is a brief synopsis:
The treatment of Australia’s dwindling native fauna is erroneous to say the least. The Kangaroo, arguably the most well known of Australia’s marsupials is a reflection of this “beautiful shambles”. This symbiotic descent demonstrates mankinds irrational, destructable and single minded pshyce.
The protected Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) is currently valued at an estimated $20 per head. They may only be processed however if they are shot and killed with a single shot to the head.* An intriguing contradiction, protected, not protected, permitted, not permitted, killed, not killed effectively... Treated by many as vermin and culled on a magnitude that is indescribable legally and illegally(estimated 90-98% population reduction). These mammals are not even an “object of desire”, merely destroyed for destructions sake, culled and buried or dealt out as pet food for the masses to feed the animal minions.
This is not disimilar to the predicament of other Australian mammals which since the arrival of Europeans in Australia have suffered a higher rate of mammal extinctions (%10) than any other continent in the past 200 years. Seventeen species of Australian terrestrial mammals have gone extinct, representing nearly half of the world’s recent mammal extinctions.* After a lull of 60 years the new wave of extinctions beginning with the extinction of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi) has arrived with a further 35 mammals listed as endangered species. This wave of extinctions will be on a far greater scale than seen since the last great extinction. The so named “marsupial ghostlands”* of the southern interior will spread, the effects of which are unfathomable in regard to the symbiotic relationships that have formed and evolved for millenia between flora and fauna amongst these fragile ecosystems.
Make no doubt about it, the face of this continent is under enormous and seemingly irreversible change with the cries of the few
going completely unheard by the many. This is the Holocoene Extinction Event.
31 October 2014
13 October 2014
The second wave of extinction since European settlement is currently sweeping Australia's north. It's arrived in the Kimberley - Australia's last ark of pre european bio-diversity, Feral Cats...
Scientists now say the main threat to that biodiversity is the feral cat. Shocking story which demonstrates the terrible state of Australia's native wildlife, and overall shows not much is being done about it...