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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!

Altered State documentation

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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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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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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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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This weekend was the “I am Typewriter” festival and zine fair. The fair presented by Sticky Institute was in the degraves street underground and saw a large number of both stall holders(Over 40 tables!) and audience. I shared a table with David of Field Study, and combined we moved a descent amount of alternative and small press publications. The day saw the first outing for my new sticker packs, Sample/New World Order/Dismay zines and a bunch of new badge designs. The audience were great, i met a bunch of great new crew and overall the day was a huge success.

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