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Well it has been a little while since I have updated here. I have been consumed by working my day job and now a new second job writing the course content and getting it certified for a training organisation. On top of this I am working towards a large solo exhibition ‘Territory’ coming up in August at Boom Gallery in Geelong where I have made about 80 works over the last 12 months with about 60 odd to go on show. All are welcome, so come along and have a look on opening night, say hi and enjoy the art.

The opening night is on Friday the 8th August and there are a couple of concurrent exhibitions opening the same night in the gallery for Casper Raglus and Dave Bowers.

See the flyer below for further info…

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Hmm…So what else is new…

This weekend just gone I spent up in Ballarat as I had the Altered State assemblage book that I put together a year or so back on display as a part of ‘Page.Print.Post: 50 Years of Artists Books’. The exhibition looked amazing with over 500 books by artists covering printmaking, assemblage, political books and zines. So there is something for pretty much anyone interested in artists books. The highlights for me were seeing a box of work by David Dellafiora (Field Study international) who also opened the exhibition, Seeing a beautiful book made by Chuck Close as well as Sunset Strip by Ed Rushca. But there was too much great stuff to mention…so I suggest you get up to Ballarat and see the show at Post Office Gallery (Open wed – Sat 10 -4pm).

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Above: Altered State Artists Assemblage Book

Below: Post Office Gallery Overview

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Below: Artists Book by Chuck Close

Bottom: Exhibition Flyer

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ballarat book show 2014

On a different front I completed the ID:5G mural Project for the City of Greater Geelong. I painted Chrissie Amphlett as a tribute about a year to the day after her passing. I got some awesome feedback, the image went a little viral online getting nearly 2000 likes and the work even landed me on the front covers of both the Geelong Advertiser and the Geelong News. The stencil was a massive 3x3m six layer effort.

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Above: Close Up of Chrissie

Below: Mural Overview – Denny’s Lane Geelong (Next to Beav’s Bar)

Bottom: Addy Front cover

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Addy picture

Apart from this I have been spending a bit of time developing my audience on a new platform with my new Facebook page. Click on the link and come across and show me some FB love if you feel like it! ( facebook.com/nofrillsart )

Oh and I just realized that I didn’t post any of the Ctrl+V pics on her as yet so here are a couple from the project. The first picture is me putting up my image of the shell refinery, and below is a shot of the other works by the ten artists I was coordinating(Oops…one artwork is missing in this picture still), and their works in situ on the hoardings around the new Geelong Library and Heritage centre site.

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Secret Project…Shhh! I also have a big project in the wings as we speak, but I am currently not in the position to announce it, but stay tuned for big news around Sept this year for the announcement and Nov for work to begin. Seeing as I can’t tell you too much more about this yet, here is a sneak peak at one of my latest artworks for my upcoming solo exhibition. Rumour has it since I have created this artwork these shops have been knocked down…or earmarked to get demolished which is sad and poignant.

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So I guess you can see that I have been pretty flat chat which is why the updates have been a little on the quiet side. I think I have enough work on the go at the moment that the next break will most likely not be till Christmas…where I am looking forward to sitting around relaxing and not have to do anything.

Hope life is treating you all well!

NF

 

 

 

 

 

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Well everyone I have been a little slack of late with updating this site due to work commitments. But hopefully the new year will see me having a little more free time and I will update more regularly. So what has been happening…

The murals with the city are still on hold or in the works. So stay tuned! And in terms of street based stuff, I have hardly got anything up around town for ages…so that must be a new years resolution.

The article in the weekly review came out in early December with my profile in it…and as a positive note from this article, I sold two large works in week one of the gallery reopening this year with a buyer who had seen my work in the magazine in December and wanted to see more. So that was an awesome start to the year and will go towards framing a bunch of other artworks. So thank you to Julia and the Weekly Review!

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This weekend just gone I worked at the 2014 Festival of the Photocopier at the Town Hall in Melbourne. It is always fun to share the same room as around a hundred other artists into making artists books and zines. While there I was also filmed for an interview to do with my practice, zine culture and the role of Sticky Institute. I am not a hundred percent sure what will come of the interview…but if I find out I will link to it at a later date.

FestivalPhotocopier 2014

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I have also spent most days in the studio over the christmas holiday period and I have about thirty or so new works  from the last two months. Similar in style to the last show…but getting a little grungier and a bit more industrial.

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And the final bits of news are that I have started up a Facebook Artists Page which I hope to update often with new works as I head towards another solo exhibition in August this year at Boom Gallery (This time in the big new second space that opened just after my last exhibition). The FB page can be found by searching Glen Smith – Artist on a Facebook search or at www.facebook.com/nofrillsart . It has quickly grown to over two hundred likes in the first two weeks and is climbing strongly which is exciting at both the thought of being able to connect to a new audience, but also in terms of being able to filter my work to select the best works for the upcoming exhibition.

Oh…And in other news, just to keep me on my toes I have been doing a bunch of Graphic Design on the side as well as starting to plan for a project in the works out in Inverleigh…but more on that closer to time. I also have three new publications out, ‘Art Club’ , ‘Sporadic #3 (With David Dellafiora)’ and ‘Life finds a way’, but I will do a feature on the new publications next time.

Well I think that is about it for now…stay tuned…And I hope you all have a happy and safe 2014!

NF

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Over the weekend just gone David Dellafiora and myself ran a workshop on zines and making artists books at Cloverdale Community Centre. It was a fast paced day but over the day we did manage to produced issue two of Sporadic. It was a fun day enjoyed by all involved and we were very happy with the quality of the finished zine. I think there are a few more of these workshops still to come over November so stay tuned or keep an eye on Cloverdale’s Facebook page if making zines is your thing.

sporadic issue 2 oct 2013

 

Flyer below…

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Workshop Photo…

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And while on the topic of Artists Books I saw a copy of the Artist’s Book Yearbook 2014-15 thanks to Dave, which happens to feature three of the books/zines that I have made recently. It was a pleasant surprise as flicking through the book I was unaware that they were in there!

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and below are the pages with my work featured…including Altered State, Don’t feed the Humans and NWO. This publication is produced by the University of West England. It is 21 x 29.7 cm, 296 pages, black and white offset print. Published September 2013 by Impact Press, UWE Bristol ISBN 978-1-906501-07-5 and are available to order online here. It looks like a great resource book for anyone interested in this field.

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There is also an excellent article on Field Study written by Sue Hartigan in the publication. So one more reason to get your hands on a copy!

In other news I have an invite to place some works in a show in Melbourne in December and have a few murals that are in negotiation with the city currently…more to come as they all get more concrete!

I did an interview with Weekly Review Magazine that may/or may not be coming out this week. So keep your eyes peeled! And over the last few weeks I have got back into the swing of making things with a new mash up zine ready to go to press and new paintings on the go. I have about ten new small mixed media paintings done now, and I am heading towards a new solo show at some point but nothing is set as yet. These new works are all on found wood supports and are capturing abandoned buildings and other landmarks in the region.

Below are the first two that I did: Erskins (Before the reno)

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I think that about sums up the last month, or at least everything I haven’t already discussed on the blog previously. Stay tuned as it looks like it may be a busy few months between now and the end of the year.

Cheers,

NF

 

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Well the exhibition is now up on the walls at Boom Gallery, opening night is over and I can relax again for a little while. All tolled up I made about 34 paintings in just over two months…so it has been busy times in the studio. The opening night got over a hundred peeps through the door and at last count after the first week on the wall I have sold 21 paintings! Woo Hoo!!

It all seemed to just fall into place perfectly which is lucky, with even the exhibition catalogues getting delivered only a few hours before the actual opening(Slightly stressful). Anyway, The response has been awesome and I can happily say it is the most consistent exhibition I have done to date.

Below are a few pix of the gallery.

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Vinyl signage

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Exhibition Catalogues (Free…Get one while they last!)

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Room Two – Panorama

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And in other recent news, I have done a small two-day artist residency out at Cloverdale Community Centre, with fellow artist David Dellafiora called Neighbourhood Press. We worked with participants at the centre to create small artists books and zines for the little libraries project.

Below are a couple of images of books made during the residency.

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Another project just finished last week was a commission for a Melbourne nightclub to create two space invaders masks. I called in the assistance Jo Kemerer to create them as she has more experience with sculpture…and I must say we were very pleased with the finished results.

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Now for a well earned break for a few days before I get into the next lot of projects.

Enjoy!

NF

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Well April has come and gone in no time. But it has been a fairly productive month.

The Game of Kings project that I was involved in a few years back, conceived by Simon Sherry and written by Danny Nolan has finally made it into book form. Below are some pictures of the book and the pages with my artwork. It is a beautiful book with tons of awesome artists involved as well as some stunning artwork for those into the fantasy art genre.

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The book is available here: Game of Kings book

While I am on books, Altered State the artists book that I spent much of last year coordinating has been finished and I have started to get the books out to those who took part(Some still to come!). It has taken me a while to get a few photos together. But here are a few and i’m sure you would agree that the final book was stunning with about thirty artists producing editions of 50 pages each…all hand altered! So each book becomes a beautiful one off artwork in essence. This project was an exchange project so no books are available for sale. A big thanks to David Dellafiora for helping to realize this project!

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Artists pages displayed above include: 7U?, Luke Cornish(E.L.K.), Rona Green, Anthony Lister & Regan Tamanui(HaHa).

In other news I have been busy working on a new series of paintings after my short break and have about a dozen new works done which I will reveal a little further down the track. On another tangent one of my works has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 150th Queenscliffe Anniversary Art Prize. It made the cut from over two hundred entries which is always a nice feeling!

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The Award is being judged by Geoffrey Edwards, Director of the Geelong Gallery; Susan McCulloch, writer, publisher and curator; and Anne Virgo, Director of the Australia Print Workshop in Melbourne. The opening and awarding of the $5000 Open Art Acquisitive Award will be at Salt Contemporary Art in Queenscliffe on Saturday 4 May at 2pm. If your in the area or want a nice day out in Queenscliffe come down for a few wines and see some art from artists from all across Australia. My artwork will be on display at Seaview Gallery in Hesse St in Queenscliffe.

The other finalists include:

Paul Barton, Violeta Capovska, Michelina J Di Mauro, Kathy Fahey, Peter Ferguson, Tarli Glover, Kate Gorringe-Smith, PJ (Peter John) Hickman, Anita Iacovella, Debra Jackson, Gabrielle Jones, Katherine Marmaras, Eleanor Millard, Christopher Scott, Judi Singleton, Bridgit Thomas, Pip Williams, Yvonne Boag, Patrick Brady, James Caffyn, John Druce, Deborah Fisher, Brett Jackson, David Jarman, Joshua McCrimmon, Glen Smith, Jan Stickland, Phil Sutter, Anne Tompson, Sisca Verwoert, Leigha White, Margie Balazic, Mark Cairns, Darin Frankpitt, Paul Ingham, John McClumpha, John Madsen, Soula Mantalvanos, Helen Martin, Jo Reitze, Stephen Singline, Keith Smith, Paul Snell, Dennis Sonogan, Anne Spudvilas, Susan Sutton, Joel Wolter.
On that note fingers crossed for a win(Not very likely! But you never know…),

And until next time,

NF

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This weekend I worked at Paper City zine fair at the town hall in Melbourne presented by Sticky Institute. The day saw over 100 tables all selling zines and small press books. It is kind of interesting to see so many people interested in such an alternate practice in one place at the one time. It was really cool to catch up with the regulars, see new audiences developing and starting their journey with zines. It is also always fun to sell and swap  a few publications with the public and other stall holders.

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Below are a few pix from the day. The first one is of the whole set up from the balcony looking down.

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While this one is of my table including my new book ‘ Your conversation may be monitored for quality control‘ in the foreground.

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In other news I undertook a workshop cutting stencils for a local community center a week or two back. It was a fun day with the kids all being good to work with…and demonstrating some promising skills towards becoming the next generation of artists. However, It was the first time my participants had all been under about 12 or 13…eek! This meant that I had to do all the cutting of the designs due to the liability side of things, so for me it was like a small scale stencil sweatshop! However, the kids all enjoyed it, and I think they always seem to enjoy the spray painting part of it the most anyway.

I am still settling into my studio. I have been wanting to take a bit of a break from making art after the solo exhibition at the end of last year, so i have applied myself to doing less creative and more manual constructive tasks of late. I have always wanted an old wooded plan file, however i could never justify the expense…so I decided to build one. Not exactly is building things out of wood my strong point…but i am pretty happy with the end result.

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And finally, I just received a copy of ‘Who is Ha Ha’ small press zine produced by Michael Fikaris of silent army in Melbourne. This is a compilation book that i was invited to take part in focusing on NZ/Aust. Artist Regan Tamanui. Below are a few pics of the book and my page on the right.

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I think that is about it for now. Take it easy!

NF

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Recently I put together an artists book/zine/small press exhibition in the cabinet at the West Geelong Library. The exhibit focuses on books made by artists in Victoria, and even more so within Geelong. All items have been drawn from the No Frills Art archive. It is a fairly eclectic collection…but well worth a look. So if you’re in the neighbourhood pop in!

Below are a few pix of the cabinet:

And a few close-ups of each shelf:

 

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A while back i was invited to take part in an exhibition and publication of artists books dealing with political and social commentary. Well it has finally rolled around. The exhibition is a combination of artist’s book from the Monash University Rare Books Collection and Monica Oppen’s archive based in Sydney, the Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificern. It is on at Monash Uni’s Clayton Campus(Wellington Rd), lvl 1 ISB Wing – Sir Lewis Matherson Library from 28 Sept – 25 Nov 2011. There are some really cool books on show so get on down to check out the show!

Below: My zines on show in the cabinet, some blow ups of individual pages mounted on the wall and the catalogue/flyer.

And below is the book, ‘A Silent Scream – Political and Social comment in books by artists’. It is a very beautiful publication and the company i’m sharing it with are outstanding. I’m not sure about distrobution, but going to http://www.bibliotheca.org.au and enquiring you will be able to get your hands on a copy. ($39.95 RRP + postage).

So life is good right now, currently working on a large format commission, a fresh publication and exhibition…and i have just had two weeks holiday.

Peace out!

G

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I have a selection of my Artist’s Books in the exhibition ‘Global and Local’ at the central Geelong Library. The exhibition has been drawn from the Field Study International’s Archive.

So if your in the area drop in and have a look at books by Marc Cuthbertson, David Dellafiora, Phil Edwards, Robyn M Fry Susan Hartigan, Mardi Janetzki, Karingallery, Glenn Fry, Noreen Grahame, Denis Mizzi, Jiri Tibor Novak, F’nL Osowski, Luke Sinclair, Glen Smith, Zoe Snyder, Ive Sorocuk, Pete Spence Spowart & Cooper, Stephen Spurrier, David Lawrence Stafford, Guy Sterling, Cornelis Vleeskens & Anthony Woodward.

Further Info here: http://daviddellafiora.blogspot.com/

And below is a close up of my books from the display. On show till 3rd Oct 2011.

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Here is the ‘Seeing Red’ zine that I mentioned yesterday. Out now…so if you see me round hit me up for a copy while stock lasts!

Seeing Red – Zine – 8pgs Full Colour, 2011. No Frills Art. (Open Edition)

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Well, I was pretty excited recently when I picked up a copy of Imprint, an Australian printmaking magazine to find an advert for the exihition The Silent Scream, the political and social comment in books by artists exhibition that I have a few zines in later this year. It’s kinda humbling to see your name in the company of Norman Lindsay, George Grosz and Gerhard Richter to name just a few.

So if your in Melbourne between the 26th September and 25th November …and artist’s books with social comments are your thing, get on over to the Sir Louis Matheson Library at the clayton campus of Monash University to have a look at the exhibition.

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A new little book…

White Noise, 8pgs – 200 x 200 mm, No Frills Art Publications. 2011 (Ed. of 20)

Plus some Think Tank stencil paste ups in the making, so keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned!

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Well some pages have started to come in for my latest assemblage artists book Altered State. About five of the thirty-five artists have now got their pages to me and it is already starting to look the goods. This is still early days as I am inviting and negotiating with each artist individually to show respect and to convey a deeper understanding of the project. I expect this will take at least the rest of they year to get blood from a stone…err 🙂

…to get an edition of 50 hand altered photocopied pages from each artist.

But when it does all come together it should be a beautiful object challenging the notions of zines and artists books, as well as that of art in the age of mechanical reporoduction. This project is not about commerse but rather the exchange of art and ideas with each of the artists gaining a book assembled with each other participating artists works in it.

I have chosen to include about 35 artists to allow the placement of a few in archives and public collections.

Enjoy!

NF

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I have been handing these new zines out for free lately. They are basically taking a dig at consumerism. So keep you eyes peeled round town for one!

 

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Coming VERY soon…

I got the proof copy of my new publication recently. If i do say so myself…I think it looks awesome! It’s really nice to see a whole bunch of your artwork in one place slickly presented. It covers my canvases, street art, t shirts and more.

The specs are as follows:

No Frills Art : Glen Smith

176 pgs Full Colour – Illustrated

Perfect Bound Paperback

210 x 295 mm

So stay tuned as it will be available from here soon and should be around about $45 USD.

NF

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