Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lino Cuts

I have started to create some lino cuts out of a piece of lino that I found in a dumpster on Swanston Street. I've done a few so far with varying degrees of success both in the cutting stage and the printing stage. Its a really methodical and cathartic process that I'm really enjoying. I've been thinking about printing the designs from the lino cuts onto the Obi style belts that I have been making.

The Lino cut of the feather. One of my favourite i've done so far.

Printed verson of the feather.

I'm also cutting out one of the cameos i've been making out of felt to see how that goes.
I'll have some pics up of the belts i've been making soon!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ron Mueck Exhibition

Ok, so one thing to see checked off my list. Today I went to see the Ron Mueck exhibition at the NGV. I was already a fan of Mueck and left the exhibition more so.
The exhibition is a fantastic collection of Mueck's works. All up there are about 9 - 10 works. Each one of them amazing. His use of proportion has the incredible ability to set the tone for each work. What amazed me was the power of some of his smaller works to be so intimidating.

These two old women were just under a meter tall and they were probably the most intimidating sculptures in the whole exhibition for me. Despite the size, their expressions seemed to command much more than their stature did.

As I was walking out of the exhibition I wondered why there weren't more descriptions of each of the works. I think that this may be because so much of it has to do with the individuals relationship wtih each of the subjects and how the individual percieves the change in proportion. You can't really be informed on how to feel about the proportion of something, it seems to me to be more of a personal expeirence thing. 
I'm sure there is an artists intent (in fact, i think Mueck details it in the book he has for sale in the NGV shop) but i'm glad that it's not particularly relevant when first viewing the work. 


A few more works that were in the exhibition.

Basically, if you appreciate the realism and amazing talent that is put into work like this, go see it in real life. It will blow you away.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Image Inspiration

Inspiration can be a hard thing to come by sometimes. Recently, due to my shiny new laptop, I have been constantly searching through many a blog, image share site and etsy seller page.
I thought I would share a few things that make my heart beat a little bit faster. These images are the kind of things that I have to save and have on hand somewhere so that if I am ever feeling flat and uninspired, they are there to pick me up.  

Meredith Dittmar - a flash artist turned sculptor 

I found her stuff on
there is also a really good interview with her on there and some really good shots of her work in her studio.
I am an absolute studio perve. I love to see other peoples working spaces. How they have it set up, what they use, how messy they are compared to me.

By an illustrator called Matt Taylor, really awesome colouring. Found this on - I check this site nearly every day

I found this on there today and think it's beautifully put together. Not too sure who the artist is.

Oh, and if you want to have a little perve on my newly, kind of clean studio, here you go

Pretty nice eh? And it's only going to get better, yeah!