Thursday, 24 November 2011

Local velocity slows to an imperceptible pace

Well, the last of the Pace Project exhibitions has closed, the artists have collected their works from the space, and the walls of the space are being patched for the next exhibition.

I will pass on news of what the Pace artists are doing when I can, from time to time ...

Here are a couple more shots of the installed LV show.

Tools for Living by Mike Riddle, also part view of Mike's Dead Reckoning

(difficult to see from a distance) Phoebe McDonald's works, and partial view Dead Reckoning by Mike Riddle
And I think this Pace blog may continue in a slightly different way - watch this space!

A show in Melbourne - Bruce Reynolds

If you are in Melbourne over the summer, call in to see Bruce's work at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, at 25 Collins Street.

The show is called Bruce Reynolds: Floor to Ceiling, and is an exhibition of works inspired by Bruce's residency at the hotel in June 2010.

Exhibition dates are 6 December 2011 - 29 February 2012
open daily.

Here's an image of the exhibition invitation:

North, 2011. 155x120 cm. linoleum, paint and giclee print on wood

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Interesting & informative talk by Carl Warner today

Carl answered questions about his fascinating and beautiful photographs. Looking at them, it isn't easy to see how they were made, and several people were surprised to find that they are 'straight' photos - that is, they aren't manipulated or constructed digitally.

The grid that seems to be overlaid on the image is actually part of what was there in the space where Carl took the photographs - the gleaming reflective surfaces of mirrored mosaics in an old(-ish) theatre foyer.

Carl explains...

and describes some of his thought processes when making work. 

Carl's extensive experience is clearly evident in this work. And there is always such valuable information that comes out of these q & a sessions. 

Something I really like, and had not realised before is that much of the colour in these works is generated by light sources in the space that was being photographed. The pink glow, the greenish glow are caused in large part by the way the process of photography responds to light temperature. Those seductive colours and the surface of the photographs are further enhanced by being printed on metallic paper, and the print is then bonded to acrylic.

This was the very last talk of the very last event of the 2011 Pace Project! All good things come to an end eventually.

Friday, 18 November 2011

CARL WARNER'S TALK - DON'T MISS IT! Wed 23rd. 12.30pm. BIA.

Carl's Q & A session - the last one for Local Velocity Exhibition, and for the Pace Project.

Not to be missed!

In the meantime, here's an image of one of Carl's photographs from a previous body of work to enjoy:

paint01, 2006. type C print. Image courtesy Carl Warner & Jan Manton Art.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Mike Riddle's talk - insight into thinking through materials

Mike's talk began with some explanation of ideas that provoked him to make the series of works called Tools for Living. 

He had brought along some works other than the ones in the exhibition, including tests and experiments with materials in process, to help illustrate the technical and conceptual processes he uses to make his artworks. Many of the works are made with cast metal using lost wax processes or similar casting techniques involving several steps. Latex is another material he uses really effectively:

The processes used are quite physical and the works themselves look as if you should pick them up to try to work out how to use them. It was good to be able to handle the small works which were mostly tool-like, solid to hold and surprisingly detailed with personal references such as the kitchen grater cast in lead, with rows of teeth taken from a cast of one of Mike's own teeth. 

This was a great talk/Q & A session, informal and informative. Can't wait to see where Mike's practice takes him, and the next work he produces!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

23 NOV - LAST DAY for LV exhibition

Arrive before 12.30 on Wednesday 23rd to see Carl's work, and to hear his talk.

The whole exhibition closes at 4pm on the 23rd, but don't leave it till the last minute to arrive!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Next Q&A - Mike Riddle - Thursday 17 November

Same time of day, same place - about 12.35-1pm in the BIA gallery with the work, don't miss this opportunity to ask Mike Riddle about his wonderful and enigmatic Tools for Living.

Here is an image of some smaller works of  Mike's that aren't in Local Velocity:

Image courtesy Mike Riddle. Photography by Carl Warner

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Remember Peter Biddulph's guinomi in the first Pace show?

The digital processes Phoebe McDonald talked about in her show and tell (Nov 10) are similar to those used by Peter Biddulph to make the guinomi shown in the first Pace exhibition, Drawling.

You'll find photos of the guinomi on a previous post on this blog, and this:  "The source objects for the guinomi were created as digital 3D forms before being rendered as physical objects using rapid prototyping technology. Casts taken from these generated objects were used to create the vessels using liquid porcelain, sometimes mixed with oxides, in a slip cast process." The vessels were polished by hand and interiors glazed.

Perfect mix of rapid and slow pace, of ancient & new methods, skills and knowledge.

Phoebe McDonald's show & tell

A very interested group was present to hear Phoebe talk about recent developments in her art practice which always centres around using light and shade. She had brought in some new pieces to show and talk about alongside the pin works on the wall. Phoebe's enthusiasm for whatever she is involved in is evident in her readiness to share information about techniques and the processes of her making. 

Leaning against the wall in the photo above are two of Phoebe's new balsa wood works, constructed painstakingly by hand, from a series of at least 9? that will be shown in Sydney in the next couple of weeks. (We had turned the lights in the gallery off to better see shadows formed in the surface of the works.) Phoebe had also brought prototypes of a similar kind of surface made by writing a CAD program to enable a computer operated router make the work, a process she is learning about to use especially for large scale works. 

Here she shows a video of the router in action:

 and she also brought a 3D printed object ... and delicate laser cut 3D shapes

Fascinating potential - and it will be worth keeping track of how Phoebe uses these technologies in her practice - watch this blog, or watch Phoebe's website for developments and news!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Second LV talk today (Thursday Nov 10) - Phoebe McDonald

Phoebe's talk today starting at about 12.30pm. She has some new and exciting information or a prototype to show us, I believe!

Its difficult to photograph the pin works Phoebe has in the show, especially behind glass ... but come along and  have a close look at the works in the gallery, ask questions and hear what Phoebe has to say - hope to see you there!

(There are some photos of other pin works by Phoebe in a post from February in this blog called 'Meeting Phoebe McDonald' - check it out, below)

A great talk - Bruce Reynolds

About twenty people came to Bruce's lunchtime talk - he introduced his work,

people asked questions about his making processes and he explained;

he gave us an insight into what he thought about when planning a work, answered more questions, told background stories,

and everyone looked more closely at his paintings ...

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

First LV artist talk today (Wednesday Nov 9) - Bruce Reynolds

Don't miss the talk-or Q&A- starting at about 12.30 today (Wednesday) in the gallery.
Bruce's work in the exhibition sits somewhere between painting, sculpture, design, with more than a nod to photography ... this is your chance to ask him lots of questions about it!

Detail of a work by Bruce Reynolds - one not in LV exhibition
Bruce Reynold's work is courtesy of Ryan Renshaw gallery

Saturday, 5 November 2011

A couple of photos of the exhibition ...

Artwork by Sharon Jewell (foreground) & James Watts (background)

Works by Bruce Reynolds

Photographs by Carl Warner (foreground) looking through to part of an artwork by James Watts

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

After the opening.

The Local Velocity opening was a good one; I was enjoying talking with people so much that I completely forgot to take any photos of the opening crowd or of Sharon's talk, until the moment right at the very end of the night when I saw some of the artists talking with each other ...