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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…

territory flyer 2014

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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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.

rabbit 1Above: Under the bridge into town

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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Recently, I have been working on a large scale paste up collaboration with artist Darren Wescombe(Darren Wescombe illustrations on FB). We were asked to interpret Daniel Longo’s image (See fringe advert down below) that he produced for the Geelong Fringe Festival. Darren and I have very different styles with Darren using illustration as opposed to my collage based images…however I think we tied them together really well.

courthouse arts paste upAbove: Aerial View of the foyer

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Above: Overview shot of the full paste up (5 x 1.2 metres)

Paste up detail

Above: Paste up detail shot – Centre Panel

Below: Daniel Longo’s Image for the 2013 Geelong Fringe Festival

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And while I am mentioning the Geelong Fringe get on down to Courthouse Arts to see some of the awesome events on offer over the festival. More info and bookings at courthousearts.org.au

peace out!

NF

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Recently(Last Friday), Boom Gallery opened their latest show ‘Big Boom‘. It coincided with the galleries expansion which sees the gallery nearly double in size…which is massive thing for Geelong, being that the gallery was already fairly large! The Big Boom exhibition was a group show with about twenty artists work on show including; Jeff Raglus, Tibor Novak, Anita Iacovella and many more. So although eclectic, the show is bound to have something that will cater to everyones tastes.

It runs till the 14th Sept, so pop in and have a look if you want to see some fresh art.

Boom Gallery Hours are 9 – 4pm Wed – Sat – 11 Rutland Street Geelong

Big Boom

Further Info: www.boomgallery.com or find them on Facebook.

Below is one of the works that I had in the exhibition. I decided to use the fact that I only had to put in a few works to be a little experimental and put in some straight stencil works that were stripped right back to give a design edge to them. A bit different and less busy than my usual work.

Bird Stencil by Glen SmithBirds of a feather #1 – Acrylic Spraypaint on plywood, 2013. (45x45cms)

In other news…

I have been back painting more little bits and pieces at the Eureka, I have been doing a bit of graphic design for ‘Future Digitals’ a new media concept/group starting in the northern suburbs/Cloverdale. As well as all this, I am also currently working on a large scale paste-up collaboration with Darren Wescomb as a feature for the upcoming Geelong Fringe Festival (Pictures coming soon!).

Further info on the Geelong Fringe visit www.courthousearts.org.au .  It has been a while since the fringe festival has been in Geelong so be sure to get along and support it.

And just for fun, below is tonights little piece of culture jamming…

a little sticker run for the next art jam session coming up at my studio.

Enjoy! NF

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Below are a few new pieces that i have been working on over this week. They are mashup images that seem to be heading more and more towards abstraction due to the sensory overload altering your ability to read their meanings. Basically experiments hand colouring and spraypainting on digital prints and breaking them up into fragments to dislocate them even further.

Fragments 1 (Arresting Thoughts)

Fragments 2 (Missed Call)

Both are little sets of four with hand coloured (25x25cm each frame)

(Ink, Watercolour, Spraypaint and Shelac) archival pigment prints.

And just a little bit of other news for the weekend, I spent a bit of time on sunday doing a few paste ups over at Armageddon Cakes in Geelong. Just a mixed bag of images getting pasted up with a few other local artists.

If you haven’t heard about about Armageddon Cakes it is basically a place where you can go at night time for a coffee and a cake. Basically an alternative to traditional bars and restaurants, open from 8pm till 11pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights(Cool hours!). Friendly service, good coffee, retro decor, paste ups and very nice cakes…plus if you ask nicely i’m sure they will let you add to the paste up wall!

So drop in if your looking for something a little different…they are in McLarty Place in the Geelong CBD.

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Finally below I have pictures of some of my pieces from the Paste Modernism exhibition, a part of the Outpost Project at Cockatoo Island in Sydney. Enjoy!

Think Tank – Stencil/Paste Up

Mickey Maus (Left Bottom)

Crucifixion (centre)

And below is an overview photo of one section of the wall collage…maybe about 10% of the entire installation! (You can see my tank starting to disappear. They say the whole walls got about four layers of images)

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Here are a couple of images of my paste up for ‘Peel Your Eyes’. The main image is about 2 x 4 metres and wraps around the stairwell inside the Old Dimeys building in Geelong. The show opening gathered together a big crowd and the exhibition will stay open for another two weeks. So drop by to see the work of over 50 artists, including a lot of cool installation based artworks.

Below: Close up detail

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There is going to be a massive exhibition opening this friday in Geelong. So if your about get on down to the old Dimeys on Malop Street for installations, music, paste ups, graffiti, photography and traditional framed works by more than 50 Artists. See what happens when a bunch of artists get their hands on a very large two storey empty building! (see flyer for details)

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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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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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A night on the town…

If you haven’t already heard the buzz new york based street art star Swoon is in Melbourne for an exhibition at Metro Gallery. I was lucky enough to meet her this week and got to go on a little run around melb on thursday night with her and a few others.

No Frills Toxic Mickey meet Swoon – Hosier Lane

This one above was the first one i came across before i got to meet her. Looks like Mickey has seen better days!

Swoon unrolling the goodness…massive woodcuts with intricate handcut backgrounds designed to really make the pieces become one with the environment.

Getting messy wheatpaste style.

On the wall…AC/DC lane Melbourne

There were a few people getting up or helping out including HAHA, Vexta, Drab, Junky and Tonez.

HAHA getting down with the wheatpaste.

Drab doing what he does so well – Tatterstalls Lane

And finally a small one of mine going up in AC/DC  lane…

Thanks Ms Tonez for the above pic.

Subtle Stealth Bomber pasted to the wall.

All up it was a really good session, Swoon was really nice btw…and we all got to change the walls of melbourne for a little while. And if your in melbs drop in to Until Never Gallery and see Shida’s first Melb Exhibition…it is awesome and well worth visiting.

Until next time….enjoy!

NF

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I have been a bit quiet of late due to an injury slowing me down and a serious illness in the family being a focus of my time. Anyway, here are a few pasters up in Melbourne…generally round Hosier. Enjoy!

Toxic Mickey

Small Terrorist

Brumby…this one actually went up round the time of the election.

The Raven

Words are Weapons Mash up

We are the real Pests

I also threw a few of these Terrorists mugshots up for Prefab 77, a collective from US now living in the UK…while i was out and about to give  them a presence in melbs. So if you don’t know there stuff go look em up…they do massive paste ups on the whole side of buildings!

and finally here are a few of my new stickers…

  



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Well its been a few weeks since i have updated here. So it has been interesting times…I have been busy with work stuff but was also out of action for a bit with a torn calf muscle…yes painful, and it went pop…out loud!

The Sweet Streets festival has finally come to a close. It proved to be sucessful for me with my painting in the award show selling, as well as four prints i had in the folio on the mech desk. My piece created in the collingwood underground art park also found a home as part of the charity auction. There were a few serious bargins to be had at the auction, so if you missed it be sure to get along to next years one if you want to take home some seriously cool art at great prices, and help a charity in the process.

Anyway, I will be updating a bit more over the coming week, but here are a few cool shots from the collingwood underground. I only had time to get some pasties together…but its all good!

Head to head with HaHa…mine is the skull stencil. You can also see the magnifying glass by phoenix the street artist, and some little men by Civil. (Not sure who did the quote piece or the pyramid one)

Sexy Scissors…

My little terrorist…

No Frills Mickey vs HaHa…pretty sure he’s going to get smashed!

Peace Out!

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Well, its been an interesting few days. I have made a new small Mash Up Zine playing with the idea of reintroducing the artists hand into a photocopied zine to embody it with a bit more ownership and value…Think the Artist’s mark versus Art in the age of mechanical reproduction.

Zine – End Game available soon from Sticky Institute in Melbourne.

Small hand sprayed edition of 20

…so keep your eyes peeled as they will go quick!

Exhibition – I also was lucky enough to get one of my paintings selected for the Sweet Streets street art exhibition coming up in Melbourne this October. It wasn’t the work I was hoping was selected, but getting a work on the wall is all the same at the end of the day. Anyway, to find out more about whats on during the festival follow the sweet streets link above.

Mail – Today I received a few awesome paste ups from the crew over at UK based Prefab77. The pasters will be hitting the streets of Melbourne soon, maybe during Sweet Streets…so keep your eyes peeled.

Or go visit their site and see their awesome art >>

Old Friends – I caught up with Mel Kerr, a Melbourne artist and an old friend of mine this week at her studio. Her work inspired by suburban interiors and urban exteriors blends fine art beautifully with inspiration from street art.

 So go check her art out here >>

 

Copyright Breach – And the final bit… not as fun as the rest above, is today when I went to log into ebay I found one of my t-shirt designs for sale on ebays front page from a seller/company over in Thailand. The funny thing is, that its not even a particularly good design of mine. They had also ripped a few from mechline, and a few others designers also. I guess if you look at it one way its flattering. But if you look at it another way it just pisses you off.

Anyway, at least I can say things are never boring!

Enjoy,

No Frills

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Little painting/paster done this week.

We are the real pests – Mixed Media on Canvas 30 x 30cm, 2010. G.Smith

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