Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Honours Half Way House work

These are some shots of my work hanging in Halfway House courtesy of Kristone, a fellow Honour's exhibiter and charcoal wielder.  The works themselves are drawings made of charcoal and other dry media on primed zinc plate.  I've burnished and filed down some edges so you can see the metal peeking through the metal primer and the gesso but its pretty subtle.  

The works were pretty hard to deal with due to their size, none of them bigger than 8cm or so, but it was the shelves that were truly torturous.  Finding right angled wood that I could purchase straight from a hardware store turned out to be much harder than anticipated.  So I'm very glad I got the time to run through it madly when setting up for the Jenny Birt exhibition two weeks prior.  

There are some things you can only learn about your work when installing it.  Since I needed to prime the metal, the zinc sheets could and often did pass as paper.  Me and my Honour's Supervisor agreed that if treated like an object viewers would realize it wasn't paper.  So putting it on a plinth or on a shelf rather than straight onto the wall was an important consideration on how the work would be received.  Unfortunately during the Jenny Birt show I realized my work looks terrible on a plinth.  Just one of those things which isn't obvious until its too late.  Thankfully though it left me with enough knowledge on how to tackle the hanging at the next show.  

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Half Way House

I think I've already mentioned it, but this year I'm in my Honour's Year at CoFA working away at my art.  Every year, halfway through the degree, there is a show of our studio based projects to give a little taste of what we've been working on.  This show opened on

24th of May 
and is on till the 
3rd of June

closest to Napier Road, 
Ground Floor E Block

10am - 5pm

The Finnisage (fancy word for closing party) & The Presentation of the 2011 GBK Awards are on Friday 3rd June at 6pm

Monday, May 16, 2011

Works displayed for the Jenny Birt

Thank you to everyone who came and supported me at the Jenny Birt, it was a lovely show with music, food, wine and little boxes of chocolate! (will photograph the chocolate if there's any left)  Also a special thanks to Chris Ross, who was in the show with me and who took some great photos of my work.  

These are some of the first drawings I've completed for my Honours Year.  Though it should be safe to say I finished them for the Jenny Birt Show (I was up at 4am in the morning still working on them to meet the 10am installation deadline).  I'll be putting up a couple process shots, get a better photograph of the tiny work on metal, describe the problems of drawing on zinc sheets and try keep up to date with my work in the studio in the following weeks.  

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Jenny Birt Award

The Jenny Birt Award opens Tonight!

I happen to be one of the lucky eleven nominated students for this annual painting and drawing award and I'm happy to say that I am showing NEW work.  I've been working day, night and that horrible pre-dawn time when you can start hearing the morning birds and garbage trucks.  But I'm quite happy with how things turned out.  The show lasts till the 6th of May and I'll be putting up documentation and a few process shots later on in the week.