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Ah, time flies when your busy. So what has been happening in the second half of 2015 i hear you ask…

Well I was flat chat working on works to be presented up in Mildura as part of the emerging artist exhibition for the first Australian Print Triennial. This was a massive undertaking as i produced six screen prints resulting in around a hundred artworks as each one had an individually painted background.

Below: My install at Deakin 25, Mildura for APTmildura.

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On top of this i took part in Boom Gallery’s pop up gallery at Austin’s Winery as a part of toast to the coast. I also spent a fair bit of time putting together a mural for Deakin University where i was collaborating and mentoring young Jack Herd.

Below: Alfred Deakin mural at Deakin University, waterfront campus.

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towards the end of the year also got my hands on a copy of Street Art Australia by Lou Chamberlin, which has a few street pieces of mine included. It is a really great book if your into Aussie street art. See it below:

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and following this saw the year out with the Boom Christmas Show, a Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press as well as their christmas exhibition ‘Wrap Up’. So basically i have been pretty busy. I also finished up at my old job teaching high school and have taken up a new position teaching Cert/Diploma level courses…so that is exciting.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy christmas and new year, and stay tuned for an exciting 2016.

Cheers,

NF

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Well it seems the last time I updated here was early January…not sure where Feb, March and April went?! Where does the time go?

Oh well…so what is new…

I have moved out of the Factory 21 studios into a new bigger studio…G-Cubed Studio.

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So the move took some time over Jan, but we got there and the new space is now decked out and looking sweet. (Big props to Boom Gallery for fitting it out for us.)

The Powerhouse kicked off in Geelong at KNS, the old power station in North Geelong. I did a few pieces out there including a street based version of the Ritz as a straight up stencil.(Amazing piece by Adnate in the background!)

 

I took part in Summer Projects 2 at Boom Gallery pushing out some new graphic prints of urban scenes. I also got to show a colab I did with JoanneKemerer…being the tagged up head that she sculpted titled. ‘defaced’.

10841854_319041318305737_6403778465329185280_oMy Ritz install at the Geelong Gallery finally came down after its extension. This was to mixed views…it seems people are going to miss it and wanted to see it it stay. But keeping in true form with street art, it was always going to be ephemeral. What goes up must come down. Thanks Geelong Gallery for having me.

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Now we are well into the year, I just took part in Geelong After Dark last week doing a projection from Oxide Gallery in McLarty Place. It was a quick project…but it went off seamlessly once set up, which is always good. Thanks to Sue for the opportunity to base myself in her gallery, and Lou for adding me to the website at short notice. Note to self…must do paperwork!

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Recently, I had my artwork featured on a wine label by Livewire Wines.(Image pinched from their insta…Thx Livewire Wines!). Haven’t got my hands on one yet, but i have had their wines before and they are very good…and this one is largely organic with just a small amount of sulphur for bottling. So one not to be missed. I think Union Street Wine bar are stocking it locally to Gtown, or contact Anthony at Livewire directly to get your hands on it.

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On top of this I have some work in the next Boom Gallery exhibition…a stable group show(two solo shows opening the same night too!), opening Friday 15/5 at 5:30…so come along if your free. I have something new and a bit different for me on show around the theme of water…and a big work too.

I currently also have a few murals on the go in the background which could get the go ahead at any stage…but I will talk more once they are in real motion. So stay tuned.

I have another little solo exhibition ‘Zone 1’ coming up in the Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press in the second fortnight in June(Starts on the 16th). After the last show basically sold out…yay! I got the call back. So fingers crossed it goes well again. It is an inner Melbourne focus for the work this time, with areas that I have been very familiar with over the years or lived in.

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PJP DL flyer mockup 2015And in final news…only public last week. I have been selected as one of 15 emerging artists from around the country to take part in a series of exhibition for the first Australian Print Triennial in Mildura set for October this year. This was a real honour if you go over and have a look at the line-up.

So it looks like it is going to be a busy year ahead as well…while still working 5 days a week!

So lets see what develops next.

Thanks for the ongoing support,

NF

 

 

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Well, what can I say. 2014 was a massive year! Below is the round-up…I hope you enjoy the flashback, and thanks for coming along on the ride.

So apart from working full time with two jobs…(NY Resolution…work smarter not harder.)

I had a successful solo exhibition down at Boom Gallery in Geelong…Boom also signed me up for representation during the year which is great for having a regular exhibition outlet…and they are always really supportive of me. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Above: Territory Exhibition shot

I also had a solo exhibition/installation in the Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press(This nearly sold out!), this was the first time exhibiting back in Melbs since maybe 2012…so good to be back in town.

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I produced a 15m x 5m paste-up installation at the Geelong Gallery that had a lead in of 12 months from start to finish, this was my biggest and most ambitious work to date. I completed it over 5 days on site as a residency. geelong gallery install dec

Above: #RitzHeritageOverlay in the foyer of the Geelong Gallery

I did the Chrissy Amphlett Mural for the City of Greater Geelong, which landed me on the front page of the Geelong Advertiser…that was a strange experience! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA and co-ordinated ten artists to work with to create a 30m Paste-Up installation titled ‘Ctrl+V’ on the hoardings around the new Geelong Library/Heritage centre site for COGG. A big day with a spectacular result and amazing effort from all involved. ctrlv overview Along with all this I took part in a few groups shows including ‘Page-Print-Post’ at the Post Master Gallery in Ballarat, ‘Artistic Intervention’ at Red Door Café, ‘Unhindered Abstractions’ at Shearer’s Arms Gallery and Boom’s ‘Christmas Show’…oh, nearly forgot..also worked on a colab mural at One World Childcare Centre and was one of the artists on the installation for the Mountain to Mouth event in Steampacket Gardens on the waterfront. I finished up the year selling one of my biggest framed works to date and knocking up a few artworks out at Geelong’s newest art venue(well officially a venue now…always was under the radar! KNS), Powerhouse Geelong. Stay tuned for more on this amazing site… powerhouse 14 It was a hard year, but a rewarding one. Thanks to all those who have been supportive over the year…especially my beautiful partner who is always helping in the background and who I couldn’t do what I do without her support.

I hope you all had a good year during 2014, a great Christmas and a safe and happy NYE.

Take care of the ones you love and all the best for 2015!

Cheers, NF

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This weekend myself and a bunch of other artists will be transforming the hoardings around the Geelong Library site in Johnston Park with large format Paste Ups. So if you are in the area pop by and say hi and have a look. Also on at the same time and location is Figment a participatory arts event, so there should be lots to do and see.

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In other news last weekend I was out in Inverleigh for ‘The Intervention’ festival. I was spray painting white rabbits around town. The rabbits had a map running through them of the highway through Inverleigh, with the location pin used as the eye. The concept related to bringing street art to a rural area with the white rabbit used as an Alice in Wonderland reference to ‘I’m Late!’ with the perception of time management in the city versus the country. The rabbit being white also symbolised colonisation in Australia, and was chosen as rabbits as an introduced pest in this country were released between Inverleigh and Winchelsea. There was a bunch of other stuff going on including a shrink wrapped tractor, inflatables, robots, printmaking workshops, sauce making…you name it.

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Below: Main street at the bus stop

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And I had some of my stencils in the Red Door Cafe who were hosting the event.

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How cool is that Mirror piece by Mark Cuthbertson on the right?! Oh and below is the afore mentioned shrink wrapped tractor also by Mark Cuthbertson…cool huh!

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And on a positive note I just sold these two large ‘A0’ pieces that I was working on for my upcoming show in August. They are at the framers now…can’t wait to see them all framed up in float frames for the customer. Woot!

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oh…I am now also officially represented by Boom Gallery, so that is a big step forward for my art. And i started a Facebook page…I can be found by searching Glen Smith- Artist. Go check it out and show me some love with a like or a share. Thanks! 😉

Stay tuned the next few months I have heaps on!

Cheers,

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.

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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.

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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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It seems like it was just yesterday that I put up all the work for my solo exhibition down at Boom Gallery…but as they say in the classics, all good things must come to an end! So if you haven’t seen the show yet you have till Saturday arvo to see it.

Anyway, moving forward I have a couple of new(probably still wet) artworks in the upcoming Boom Chrissy show. So if your around drop in for the opening and have a few quiet ones, enjoy the artwork on show by a wide range of artists from the greater Geelong region and celebrate christmas with the gallery.

enjoy!

NF

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Well it has been a few days since opening night of ‘Only dead fish go with the flow‘. However I think I have needed a little time to recover…and regain energy before I got around to posting about the opening. The lead up to the exhibition went without hitch. Hanging the show went smoothly(Thanks Ren!), and we also got a little article in the local paper a few days before opening night which was great. Overall, everything seemed to travel nicely.

Opening night itself was amazing with over a hundred and fifty through the doors, although hectic with non stop conversations everyone seemed to have a fun night and the feedback on the show was all very positive. We managed to sell fourteen artworks which was great for both the gallery and myself. To my amusement we also managed to drink the galleries entire wine supply, which I hear was a first for them!

So thanks to everyone who came along for the opening and to those who have popped in to have a look at the show since it opened. And if you haven’t been through yet, the exhibition runs till Sat 1st Dec.(Further details on my previous post or at the Boom Gallery Website).

I have also got an interview about the exhibition and my practice in general over at: Artin’ Geelong. (Thanks Deirdre!) It’s a great read for anyone who wants to know a bit more about my work.

Below are a few shots of the works on show just prior to the opening. I didn’t get any crowd shot due to not having any free time at all once it started, but I’m sure others will have some. So I will have to chase them up at a later date.

This is not all the work in the exhibition, as there is about fifty works on show. But it should give an overall impression of how the show looks and feels. I think the work goes really well at Boom Gallery as they have a cool industrial aesthetic throughout which seems to compliment my style.

Cheers,

NF

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I have a piece in the ‘Beautiful Soup‘ Exhibition put together by Rona Green coming up at St Heliers Street Gallery at Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne. The exhibition is an open theme show consisting of 56 Artists working in the printmaking medium.

The exhibition opens on Sunday 14th October at 2 – 4 pm

Feel free to come along, enjoy the art and have a drink with some of the artists.

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further details or to see the other artists in the show

Above: Sneak preview of some of the works in the show compliments of Rona

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R.I.P. Mum

Well the last few weeks have been a bit sad with the loss of my mother through cancer. She was an art teacher, artist and all round crafty type…not to mention a good person in every way. It is probably safe to say that she is one of the main reasons why I began creating art in the first place due to the constant supply of art materials that surrounded me in the household, combined with her ongoing support and encouragement for my art practice.

One of the things that she always wanted and that she has been reminding me about over the last ten or so years was that she really wanted me to draw on her coffin when it was her time to move on from this life. So last week the inevitable moment arrived…

I had warned her that this was probably the last thing I would feel like doing at such a sad time…however, I always new that it would be the least I could do for an awesome upbringing and to…if only in the smallest of ways say thank you for everything. So due to the personal nature of the image I won’t go right into detail with some of the symbolism, but in short the image is a representation of her workspace/clutter that adjoined our lounge room…affectionately named the bus stop. This space allowed her to do all things arty/crafty while being in close contact with her family. It often grew and teetered on the the edge of getting out of control!

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Well the new year is well and truly upon us. It has now been about six weeks since i fractured the arm, and although not quite right(rotation hurts and there is no strength as yet)…It is feeling heaps better. The ‘Altered State’ book that i am putting together is starting to take shape with about two thirds of the artists getting their work in. But it has been a challenge at times to nail down artists and get their contributions. But i’m sure the end product will outweigh these small issues. On the low down…It looks like i might be doing my first solo gallery show since 2004. It has been a while between drinks…but i will give further details as they get set in concrete.

I think that is about all the news to make public at the moment, so I hope everyone had a good new years and stay tuned as i start to slowly get back into it.

Below are a few recent works. Until next time…Enjoy! NF

Pressure – Mixed Media on Canvas, 2010

Don’t feed the Humans – Mixed Media on Canvas, 2011

Free Hugs – Mixed Media on Canvas, 2011

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There is a new show opening titled ‘Pinned’ at Boom Gallery this friday that i will have a bunch of work in. The theme is simply small unframed works pinned to the wall to try to keep prices down…keeping the GFC(Global Financial Crisis not the Geelong Football Club!) and christmas shopping in mind.

I will have a mainly archival prints, many of which haven’t been shown before up on the wall. So if your in the hood pop by have a wine, chat to the artists and enjoy the art!

Opening night: Friday 25 Nov 5:30 – 8pm (11 Rutland St, Newtown Geelong)

The other artists in the show are: Jeff Raglus, Robert Ashton, Gary Parker, Richard Verhagen, Peter Steven, Anita Iacovella, Jeremy Vander Noord, Kerry Buckland, Jiri Tibor Novak, Ren Inei and riley McDonald.

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Well last night was the launch of Boom Gallery in Newtown. The night was a huge success with over four hundred punters through the door. There was a bunch of cool art on offer, and lots of people I hadn’t seen in the longest time…which was really cool. And I managed to sell three paintings for the night. So a big success from my perspective, and a great new adition to the arts scene in Gtown.

If your in the area, drop in wed – fri or sat 10 – 4pm to have a look at the art, and enjoy a high end coffee from the gallery’s own coffee bar. (How cool is that!)  Boom Gallery – 11Rutland St, Newtown, Geelong.

Above: The picture above shows four of my paintings near their coffee bar.

Below: Two of my terrorist pictures framed up in gallery format.

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As part of the Illumination project by Courthouse Arts in Geelong, one of my animations of mash up imagary, ‘Mind Control’ was projected large scale (Three Stories high!) onto Custom House in Geelong. It was a short Mash Up film culminating in the following images…

Always good to have a bit of large scale propaganda projected onto a public building!

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I have been stuck indoors a lot lately so i haven’t got out to do much outside…so i have been doing some new works for walls of the inside variety. Heading towards an exhibion at some point.

Anyway, here are a few i have been working on.

enjoy!

NF

Remote Control (Frame by Frame) after Duchamp – Mixed Media on Canvas, 2011 – 650 x 900 mm

 

Life is not Black and White – Mixed Media on Canvas, 600 x 600 mm – 2011

 

Cassette Mouse – Mixed Media on Canvas, 650 x 750 mm – 2011

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