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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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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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Apart from the fact that i started my big weekend on thursday with the Gordon Institute’s Grad Show, Friday night was the launch of ‘Pinned’ over at Boom Gallery. A crazy night where i somehow managed to sell 12 works…Yep, you read that correctly! Not what i was expecting…but more than happy to accept. 😉

Shots of the show @ Boom Gallery below…

A big thanks to Boom and those who continue to support my art by acquiring pieces!

So after having a big night in celebration, I had to be awake and up at Boxhill Hospital to give back to the community and do a makeover of their Adolecent Health Unit with a bunch of other melb artists bright and early. Organised by Doil over at the Melbourne Street Tours some of the other artists included the man himself Doil, Adi, Tad Evil, Rusty, Makatron and some of the boys from the Napier Crew. If there was any fear i was going to fall asleep during the day from the big night, that quickly went away due to the complete…and i mean complete soaking that i got on the way to the hospital.

Anyway, below are some pix from the day once the rain disappeared…

Above: A piece in progress I did with TAD using my Think Tank image.

Below: A couple of overview shots.

And below a couple of my fav pieces from the day, the first one by the boys from Napier Crew and the second by Makatron.

And finally below a few of my NoFrills cans have finally started to hit the streets…

On Sunday the madness continued with the scramble to get ready to go set up a table over at the Charles Street Artist’s Market over in Brunswick. A beautiful day in the sun, lots of great live music and good people. So keep your ear to the ground for the next market which I think is running monthly.

Phew…feel tired just retelling this. Think i will sleep well tonight.

Peace Out…NF!

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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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If your in Sydney between 4 Nov – 11 Dec, get on over to Paste Modernism 3 an amazing installation of paste ups by urban artists over at Cockatoo Island in the harbour. There is going to be a massive collage combining the work of over two hundred and sixty street artist’s from both Australia and overseas coordinated by Ben Frost. By the way there is also a bunch of other urban art exhibitions going on within the whole island as part of the Outpost project. One not to be missed!

Above is a picture of the paste ups starting to be set up for the exhibition, including one of my ‘Think Tank’ stencil produced paste ups (On the brown paper). I pinched one of the photos (I hope Ben doesn’t mind…all in the spirit of plugging the event!), from the Stupidkrap flickr or you can find out further info on the Paste Modernism site. Also i think after the event they will probably be selling cut down sections from the pasted collage to raise money for charity, last year it helped raise money for those impacted on by the floods in Queensland. So be sure to keep an eye on the Stupidkrap website if you like the work of any of the artists listed below…and what is not to like, there are some amazing names below!

ARTISTS IN PASTEMODERNISM 3


Over 260 artists including:
Ben Eine, Pure Evil, Copyright, Dan Baldwin, Jeremyville, Nathan James, Ben Frost, Anthony Lister, Psalm, Mega, Heesco, Drab, Vexta, Esjay, Bei Badgirl, STABS, Jumbo, Zap, Kid Zoom, Chris Cunningham, Mats?!, James Dodd, Shannon Crees, Smc[3], HA HA, Benois, Urban Cake Lady, Ken Taylor, Bridge Stehli, Rone, Numskull, Yok, Miss KK, Cloud Commission, 1337, Makatron, Wolves & Owls, Birdhat, Max Berry, Golden Silver, Asio, Skallywag, Rosie Apps, Ape Seven, 7U?, Dr.X, Vars One, Megalo,  AM, Dstruct, Flutter Lyon, The Mong, Hazzy Bee, Akisiew, Baby Geurilla, Jess Higgins, Mr. Sweet, Ghstie, Olive 47, Trystan Bates,  Boots, Donovan Christie, Tad, No Frills Art, Abyss .607,  Th@anks, Mister Edwards, Fukt, JHamilton, Donnie Danger, PigeonBoy, Crisis, Mr Skel, Braddock, Skel, Teem, Jason Mamarella, Emya, Bennett, Damion Silver, Mr. Sweet, Wounded Children, John Forno, Bjorn Vanderborght, Mod77, Barek, Benjamin Reeve, Lostrack, Brett Chan, Asha Rowe, Emily hasselhoof, Clag Bandits, YMT, Kirbee Lawler, Thomas Thorby-Lister, th-INK, Resan, The Dirt, KonsumTerra, Vinzenz Reinecke, Lukasz Karluk, Swerfk, Andros, Houl, Rebecca Murphy, Tez, Scott Franks, IniqueInique, Qwux, S-701a,  Felix, Fintan Magee, Doni Paul, OKO,  Tomahawk, West, Lady Bna-Nas,  Kirst Ohh, Ms. Brown, Bunkwaa, Sam Evans, Bathcat, Lauren Vassallo, SeaweiD, Graham Wilson, Stylo, Tim Andrew, Aisha, Fletch, Blomtrog, Ox, Kaff-eine, Mis Adda, Nathalia Azuero, Joel Lambeth, Donovan Christie, Flx, Ankles, Xcopy, Ruffo, Keeey Pace, Sancho, Mike Francis, Mica Still, Simon Lovelace, Chris Petro, Phi, Toggles,  Ali3n,  Sebastion Toast, Dboe, Jessica Lahoud, Shida, Bijoux, Lazarus 0.1, Saffaa, Hamishi, Phoenix, Zen, Baako, Neil Collyer, Terrible Horrible, RJ, Nick Simpson, Klara, Murfy James, Mimi, I & The Others, E.G.H.A.D, David Whirlpool, Rod Bunter, Bhats, Claire Kurzmann, Michele Guidarini, Dean Sunshine, Codel, Mk Chilby, Alison Alder, Crux Godsend,  Ishi, Jyiro, Seth Tarrant, Keiron McMaster, Oliver Heath, Jodee Knowles, Mama Gunns, Naomi Lou Lou, Brad Robson, Mr French, Fezwitch, Ben Foster, Jeremy Austin, Eamonn Doran, Tdub, Zoe Weber, Nina Gibbes, Ghostess, Ruskidd, Tom Lukacs, Urban Monk, Jason Ditch, Dilute, CDH, Kara Nikkel, Newcastle Productions, Umpel, Phaux, Cooper Lawler, Facter, The Havoc Plan, Awol Monk, Jacquie Manning, areaRED, edgarR, Diamondxdaggers, Sevens, Anto Christ, Badger, Timbo400, Nick Boerma, Isabella Smith, Kieran Mangan, Godot, Timlikestodraw, Kon, Scott Blume, Kimberley, Adriana Abi-Rizk, Creon, Ian Phenna, Bats!, Recluse, Obscene, Bec Todd, Twitch, Meny Miny Mo, JB Rock, Nicole Tattersall, Pterodactylman, Tom Buchanan, Carley Ternes, Charlie Brookes, Andrew Ward , Rost, Dzia, Maaden, Boo, Anatta, Taxi66, Joe Vegas, Art Star, Albert Wolski, Marygribouille, Her0, Ham, Black Hole, Todd Manion

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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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Here are a couple of new paintings that i have been working on. I think they are finished now…

Golden Handshake, Mixed Media on Paper – 60 x 80 cm – 2011

Sexy Scissors, Mixed Media on Paper – 60 x 80 cm – 2011

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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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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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Here are a couple of pieces i have thrown together lately. Kinda just experimenting at the moment with a few techniques.

NF branded can – Paster on canvas(60x70cm). Thinking i might hit this one with some resin next!

NF Skull Logo – stencil on canvas (60x60cm). Trying to sand this one back to give it an aged look.

USB skull – Stencil on Canvas (40x60cm). Just another variation on this stencil that i have had on here a few times.

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I have a bunch of archival digital pigment prints for sale in a group show titled  Fit to Print, coming up on Thurs 9th Dec. (Opening Night) through to the 23rd Dec. at No Vacancy Gallery in Melb(QV building). There should be five of my prints on display including my ‘Horseplay – print’ which is on sale for the first time…In an edition of 25.

So if your keen get along to the show and have a look or buy some art… there will also be a bunch of other really cool artists on show including Beastman, Braddock, Ghostpatrol, Miso and Twoone to name just a few. So don’t miss it! 

 

Horseplay – 40 x 55 cm – Archival Pigment Print on 300gsm Rives Paper – Edition of 25


For every print sold over $20 the gallery will donate $2 to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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