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Yesterday while in Melbourne I popped into the Blender Studios to say hi and stayed around for Trails…a melbourne tradition and a fun night of drawing. Always a worthwhile session if your about when its on. It took place in the new Silent Army Storeroom a zine/small press outlet put together by Michael Fikaris. One of the warm ups we did to get people to be a bit looser and have fun was a surrealist drawing type of game of Chinese Whispers. Each artist had five minutes to do a drawing then would flash the drawing for five seconds to the person next to them to redraw within a minute, this repeated until all players had drawn a variation of all other artist’s artworks. Make sense? Well we found it complex too…especially after a few drinks!

Anyway below are the images (In sequence) based on my drawing of a skull made out of worms…

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Above: My Drawing

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Ha Ha

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Unknown Artist

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Shida

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Blomtrog

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Unknown Artist

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Braddock

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Not a bad way to get 81 drawings from 9 people in ten or fifteen minutes!

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I also can’t leave the Blender without leaving my mark…

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And finally the other bit of recent news is we have adopted a new little Birman kitten/cat from the animal shelter. She has been a fairly sick little one having an epileptic fit, issues walking as well as being fairly under nourished…but she is so cute, and has starting to settle in gained 500 gms in the last week alone showing a healthy appetite.

So say hi to Audrey…

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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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I just found out some of my images have kindly been added to the assemblage wall down at the National Gallery of Victoria’s installation/project space at the moment for the project ‘Inherent Vice’. Put together by M P Fikaris of Silent Army fame…and in collaberoration with Pat Grant, Michael Hawkins, Rebecca Clements, Sarah Howell, Mandy Ord, Simon Haselman and Ben Hutchings. So if your in Melbourne and you have an appreciation for good illustration, comic art and all things small press related, then get on over to the exhibition space and show the artists some love.

The group of 8 artists have taken over the space where everfresh were last month(directly opposite Hosier Lane), and will transform the area into their studio spaces and a group exhibition from July 16 – August 14.

It will be open from 10am – 5pm Sun-Wed and 10am – 10pm Thurs-Sat.

It’s well worth a look!

(Sorry about the crappy images, but I only had point and click cam and no flash was allowed.)

Below is the wall where some of my stuff made it! From my zine ‘Seeing Red’.

Flyer below:

In other news the ‘Light Up Geelong’ exhibition that I have a painting in is on for another week or so upstairs in Market Square in Geelong. So go check it out. Peace Out! NF

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I have a small piece in the Tiny Peeks exhibition at Hand Held Gallery Coming up. The idea was to do a comic about your day.  This was then to be made into a small book that will be available at the gallery. The brains behind the exhibition and publication is the one and only M P Fikaris.

There are also some really cool other artists in the show.

Artists:

Athonk, Jerome Bihan,  Richard Butler-Bowden, Amber Carvan, Toni  Dowd, M P Fikaris,  Ghostpatrol,  Ha – Ha,  Jase Harper, Michael Hawkins, James James, Anna Kearey, Rena Littleson, Kirsty Madden, Tim McEwan, Tim Molloy, No Frills Art,  Tom O’Hern, Mandy Ord , Phoenix, Rachel Jesse – Rae, Mel Roswell, Kirrily Schell, Pip Stafford, Brendan Tolley, Jo Waite, Anthony Woodward.

So if your around on Thurs 30th Sept 6- 8 pm

get on down to Hand Held Gallery – Suite 18, 108 Bourke street (Upstairs Paramount Arcade)

The show runs till Oct 27.

Further details at www.silentarmy.org

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