Wonderful news. I’ve just been selected to do the PressNorth Printmakers 3 month funded residency for 2015/16 at Umbrella Studios. Both are great Townsville art groups to join, if you are not already a member. Their website addresses are: http://pressnorthprintmakers.com/ and http://www.umbrella.org.au/
A while back, I was thinking about the dialogue between my paintings and that I should pay more attention to it. Later that day, I went to a talk by Jeff Mincham about the works of his that were part of the Life and Solastalgia exhibition at the Perc Tucker Regional Galley.
Part way through the discussion, he looked at the three rectangular ceramics pots and a painterly ceramic triptych of his that were on display, frowned, and walked across and turned one of his rectangular pots to face the other way. The side now facing the viewer had the same three bands of night dark colours as the other side, but it also had a full moon. As can be seen in the illustrations below, this immediately amplified the dialogue between the works.
Have you ever considered creating not just a dialogue between the painting and the viewer but also between the paintings themselves?
Whether you show your artwork to curators, interior designers, or potential buyers you want it to snag their attention. When seen individually artworks lose power. One of the drawbacks in competitions is that artists are usually only allowed to enter one work in anyone section. Creating a theme for the exhibition will generally ensure that the body of works hang relatively well together.
However, when an artist is free to enter several works in an exhibition, it’s then possible for them to not only create a dialogue between painting and viewer but also to potentially make a far more powerful statement by creating a dialogue between the paintings.
To achieve this potential, it’s best, whilst creating the exhibition, to display as many of the artworks together as possible and ask yourself these questions:
• Is your art making a powerful statement or have you fallen back on an easy formula you’re fully familiar with, i.e. recipe painting?
• Do the colours and tonal elements enhance your message?
• Are your images iconographic or mundane?
• Which works speak the most powerfully to each other? Do the others fail and why?
• Is there an element of composition, symbol, or iconography that you could have carried through from one image to the other to amplify the message?
An installation by Rhonda Stevens, Margaret Robertson, Marion Gaemers and Lynn Scott-Cumming. Photo by Rhonda Stevens
Rhonda Stevens, Margaret Robertson and myself teamed up to create the Ship of Fools installation as part of Fenstoration during the Magnetic Island Festival. The concept is a comment on the amount of rubbish that finds its way into the sea. Marion Gaemers created the text.
Graeme and I are writ large in the lightboxes, back to back in Flinders Mall, Townsville CBD as part of the Faces of Townsville, a partnership between ABC Open and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. I couldn’t resist the temptation to poke some fun at myself.
Portrait photos of Graeme and I, larger than life, are back to back in the Flinders Mall lightboxes, Townsville.
As you can see from the poster, I’m one of the writers hired by Townsville Writers & Publishers Centre to take part in their Write Cafe Residency Program. They were funded by a Copyright Agency Cultural Fund grant. To find out when I’ll be ‘in residence’ at the Tumbetin Tea Rooms follow Townsville Writers & Publishers Centre.