a quick wrap up of what was found on the intertubes and beyond promoting the Return show
The West Australian had us in their weekend magazine 7 Days last weekend, with image, and yesterday in the Arts Review section (a very minor mention for us, but a glowing review of other shows). We also made in into the Sunday Times STM magazine (similar to 7 Days from The West) and there’s been a spot on Scoop Online for a few weeks now.
We also made it into the Echo community newspaper (I’m yet to see this to be honest, but I’ve been told by several people it’s out there) which covers the hills where I grew up. A writer called just to check that I was the correct Melissa Cameron – I’m not entirely sure how they knew where I lived, but they did.
All this (not including any paid gallery listings organised by Gallery Central) from putting out a single press release, two weeks before the show opened. Seems well worth the effort.
We’re going back in time, back to the end of last week, when I had an exhibition opening…
spot the artists
Justine; plinth manufacturer extraordinaire!
lost; one voice. went wandering late this afternoon, and was last seen hovering around the CIT complex in Perth. If found, please tell it to go home, its owner is anxious for its safe return. Preferably by 2:15pm WST tomorrow… The opening was massive night, we can hardly hope to count the numbers. Sales were good, and the popularity of our venue was such that we had to boot out about 30 people at closing.
My sincerest thanks to my co-conspirators, who surprised me with a gift at the end of the night, and to Justine for her excellent work on plinths (including some stellar project management). And Bruce, who kept his hand on the tiller all night, ensuring safe passage for all, especially me. No, go to bed, the lot of you! We start again at 9am sharp!
PS – If in WA, check out the Seven Days magazine in the paper, p6. The best publicity is free!
This is an image taken today of the Showcase Gallery, at the CIT, Northbridge. (WA, y’all) Next door is an even larger gallery being used for the massive Graduate Metal XII show, that was also in the process of being mounted today. When I say also, the plinths finished and the wall boards prepped is as far as I got today in our space. This is the calm before the storm. Tomorrow, it pours jewels!
There’s plenty of action round these parts at the moment. And all to do with one thing. I’m putting on a show! Of course you’re all invited, so long as you can get to Perth some time in the next month… If not, maybe you can live vicariously. I’ll try my best to keep y’all updated on the shenanigans of the show, and hopefully the conference too. But if I fail, please don’t judge me. Like they say on the Iron Chef, “I will do my best!”
This work is called ‘measuring the space between’. It’s a collaboration between myself and Chloe Vallance. Chloe is a good friend and fellow artist, who describes her practice as fine artist/painter/drawer. She’s a regular at the Craft Hatch markets, so her work may be familiar if you have been to one of them. Like the other spoons, this piece is going into the upcoming Hand Held show, and in fact Chloe had her own show at Hand Held in January.
We’ve been seeking an excuse to work together for a while. Chloe began separating out the figure from its context in her works last year, and I remember at the time thinking that the idea was ripe for interpretation as jewellery. Especially since our material aesthetic seems to overlap; in her case small works on timber offcuts and recycled board stand edge to edge with larger new panels and tessellated images on squares of watercolour paper. My piercing practice is summed up by “I’ll attempt to drag a blade through any material”, so the plan to work on small wooden objects was born.
Look out for some more shared works in the future.
So, who noticed the deliberate* mistake in the plans? Well if you did, write to me to claim your prize!
After adhering print-outs of the plans to the spoons, I cut out spoon one (as laid out pre-assembly above, with spoon two similarly arranged below it) and then drilled and began to cut into spoon two. And in the second round of saw-peircing, I noticed that the circuit that I was seperating from the main body of the spoon had no holes marked on the drawing, and therefore no holes drilled through the piece. By then it should have had both. So I got out the old texta, marked eight appropriate spots, and went back to the drill press.
*deliberate = complete, absent-minded omission
Two bowl plans. I’ve borrowed from the pattern on the handle to make the shapes in the two patterns above. Thanks to Camberwell Markets I bought two spoons exactly the same, so I didn’t have to choose which one I would prefer to see finished.
Exhibit A – a teaspoon.
Hand Held Gallery is having a show in April called ‘one cup’. It takes 48 teaspoons to make up a cup, says Megan at the gallery (I’m sure it’s true, Megan doesn’t seem the type to make up such a fact, or any fact, in fact). I am currently working on a pair of them, and they both started out looking like this.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Recycle show at Synergy Gallery in Northcote. I’m going to be gallery-sitting tomorrow too, from 1pm till stumps at 4pm, so if you haven’t had a sticky beak yet please come down and say hi! Synergy Gallery is located at 253 High St, Northcote.