I just packaged up and sent off Contents of my kitchen drawers – Part 2 to its lovely new home in Christchurch. Go giving artwork as gifts, and go finding nifty things on NZ craft site Felt I say! Anyways, as I was in the packaging process *mega amounts of bubble wrap* my partner couldn’t help but wonder out loud over why someone would want a picture of spoons.
I personally think there is something lovely about them, especially when they are all organised and lined up… And it seems I am not the only one out there who finds pleasure in sorting….
Hmmmm…. Feeling rather inspired by all these organised images, maybe its time to get out the paint again…
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Had a fantastic time at opening of Audrey Kawasaki’s Tangled exhibition here at Outre’ in Melbourne last night – was fantastic finally getting to see some of her originals close up. The colours of the originals are just that much more breathtaking, richer and brighter. And it was actually really reassuring to see the occasional tiny paint drops, flicks and indentations where a hair had come out of her brush and later been removed – these little imperfections don’t show up in the prints; Or that her beautiful curvy line-work is actually made up of a lot of smaller brush strokes. Apologies for the slight blurryness of the above pic, was a cheeky snap w the iphone, but has picked up the warm sunset colours pretty well. So here are the others that were at the show :
We arrived a little late as to miss the major part of the crowd, so sadly didn’t get to hear if Audrey gave a talk. Also meant all the rare prints had been snapped up, as well as all the originals except Tangled… which would set you back a good ten grand. But we were lucky enough to score one of the prints of Tangled – Yuss, get to pick it up this week. Can’t wait to get to hang it in the lounge and enjoy… Yay for having a boyfriend who makes impulse purchases, even if it means we have a week of eating two minute noodles and soup before next pay!
Sort of wishing I was getting to see the Sydney show too, but will have to settle with urging friend there to go and snap pics…. They get five more new originals, plus a whole other set of rare prints *Sigh*
More info about Audrey can be found over on her website : http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/ and she updates her blogs really frequently, i-seldom-do even has a couple of pics up from the show today : http://i-seldom-do.livejournal.com/ http://baibai-matane.livejournal.com/
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As I mentioned in my last two posts, Audrey Kawasaki’s new solo show Tangled is being held here in Australia next week, hosted by Outre gallery in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Super exciting is that she’ll be here in person for the opening! So in celebration, I have decided to do a feature post about why I [personally like her work.
Audrey will be presenting ten brand new original pieces for this show – They will be split between the Melbourne and Sydney galleries, with the rest of the show taken up with rare prints and new editions.
So. Why is Audrey is one of my fav artists? Well. Here are some of the reasons why:
- The ambiguity of her girls. They are at once sexy and seductive, while having this aura of innocent naivety. The juxtaposition of their child-like, slender bodies and fresh faces with their knowing ,bedroom eyes and provocative positions – most often nude or scantily clad. Her works become very appealing…but in a slightly risqué, uncomfortable way.
- I have a great love for the wood she uses as her support -layering the paint so that it blends to almost nothing in places, letting the grain show through to become part of the girls flesh, which gives extra depth and life to her figures.
- Her muted colour palette that compliments the wood grain and the natural flow of her figures, Often just shades white and graphite grey with hints of soft colour every now and then.
- Her articulate, flawless line work – everything just flows so smoothly. Each image is a compositionally pleasing balance of background and foreground space, beautiful curves and shapes. Gah…. I wish I had the patience and steady hand for this, I can’t wait to see it up close on the originals!
- She has a unique and instantly recognizable style that draws from both anime and art nouveau, which she marries together in such a way to draw the eye from one detail of the work to the next in a fluid continuous motion. Her pieces hold a lot of levels that keep pulling you back in.
I am hugely excited about getting to see some of her original paintings for myself, and pretty happy that I have managed to weasel my way onto the door list for the opening here in Melbourne next Friday. I so reccomend anyone in Melbsand Sydney to find some time to go check it out while its on…I have included the show dates at the bottom of the post, so do scroll down and find out when its on nearest to you.
Opening dates are as follows :
MELBOURNE SYDNEY PERTH
Friday 22th October Friday 29th October Friday 5th November 2010
249-251 Elizabeth St 13a Burton Street 260 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Northbridge WA 6003
AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA Finishes 10th Nov Finishes 15th Nov Finishes 20th Nov
More info about the show can be found via Outre gallery : http://www.outregallery.com/
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Its the weekend… I’m supposed to be writing a post profiling one of my fav artists Audrey Kawasaki, but I’m procrastinating – see I’m an artist not a writer. So instead here is little bit of all the things I am loving at the moment :
- Narwhals… I love these guys so much – Awesomness! I just finished the above pic this afternoon, to add to the original paintings I’ve got up for sale on my felt site : http://www.mightymouse.felt.co.nz/browse/listing/33250/Love.-Narwhals—Original-Gouache-Illustration-1-1 *I can be contacted about expressions of interest about this, or any other piece on the site by email at : firstname.lastname@example.org *Ha… Have just found some of my narwhal pics loaded up on Fuck Yeah, Narwhals! which is pretty cool – though I’m not too sure how I go about getting them to link back, or just put credit up – they can be found here : http://narwhals.pie0.me/ so if anyone knows how this can be done, I would so love to hear from you!
- Getting to show my work in Black Cat cafe, Fitzroy (It’s on Brunswick st, just down from Atomica)…. They bumped me up a space so my work will be up from the 26th of this month – Phew to actually having a stockpile of base pieces to put in for once!
- As mentioned above, Audrey Kawasaki – She has a solo show at Outre’ gallery opening on the 22nd – not only will they be showing some of her rarer prints, but there will be some brand new originals…. and what is more she will be there for opening night in person. Managed to get my name + D on the door list for this so I am super stoked!
- Sleep ins… with a 2yr old these are quite a rare thing, especially when I usually manage to trade mine for chocolate or a night out with friends. I got one this morning though and it was oh so good!
- Aerial prep class at NICA – This is Melbourne’s circus school and it happens to be in the same building where I take Tui to kindergym…. I signed up for a class a wee while ago and it just started last Monday. Was heaps of fun, not as scary as I thought and I got to hang upside down on a trapeze… need to work on my core muscles though, ouchy the next day!
- Fantastic Coffee from Ben and Daniel over at the Final step…. So lucky to have such fantastic Coffee close to us – Def. a big help when it comes to painting! Not to mention the beautiful bags their beans supplied by Seven Seeds come in…. trying to work out a way to work these into the backgrounds of some little canvases – I love the faded print of the coffee stamp, I wanna paint birds in between the leaves.
Uh huh. Now to stop putting it off and actually write this feature post… Stay tuned. x
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