Pleased to be included in a recent shoot with Urbis Magazine (Issue 99, page 40); Objectify; where Clooney's head chef Jacob Kear created dishes with foraging at heart, in response to a range of local ceramics.
Photography by Toaki Okano, art direction by Thomas Cannings.
Few exciting projects coming up:
Innocent Packaging has a range of friendly coffee cups in their Compostable Canvas series coming out shortly featuring Bibliography For An Unwritten Thesis, 2016, look out in cafe's nationwide.
Urbis Magazine has an interesting feature collaboration between Auckland chefs and New Zealand ceramicists coming out in their next issue; my work Personal E-Waste Series (Panasonic Lumix), 2014 is amongst it.
Hastings City Art Gallery is loaning a few works from my Superfluous Series to be included in an exhibition this September exploring the everyday.
And... I'll be exhibiting new work continuing the Of Itself series, at Sydney Contemporary 2017! Thanks Page Blackie Gallery!
New exhibition on April 6th - May 1st 2017
Check out a great article written by Altair Roelants; Material thinking and sustainability in contemporary ceramics in the latest issue of Australian magazine, Artlink.
(It just so happens to mention my practice).
Thanks to Creative NZ I'm going to Jingdezhen, China next year for a porcelain residency. Super grateful and excited!
Come check out the phenomenal exhibition of the Portage Ceramic Awards, at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. New work of mine titled Waste Paper Series; Mound, Of Drawings From Series To Date, features in the show.
At Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington from July 21st to August 8th.
Proud to be a finalist at this year's Award, come check the show out at the Waikato Museum 18 July - 1st November.
Follow this link for more http://waikatomuseum.co.nz/exhibitions-and-events/view/2145882611/2015-national-contemporary-art-award-
I have work included in a new group exhibition on till May 10th at Pah Homestead (TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre) in the Long Gallery.
Follow this link for more information http://www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz/exhibitions/guidebook/
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Pick up a copy of the latest Art News magazine to read an article I wrote about my experience at the Vermont Studio Centre, on my 12 week residency earlier this year.
So its my last week here. I've finished the work I intended to, plus a little extra.Excited to finish up here, and move on. Its been amazing, and an experience I know will feed into my work for some time. But I am ready to return to the real world now. Can't believe its over. Gonna miss this place, but can't wait to get home. On my to do list this week highlights include learning how to forge steel, and have a go at life drawing. Been enjoying hiking some mountains recently, and swam in the darkest deepest lake I've ever seen; in great fear/exhileration. Thanks Vermont. Below is my favourite photograph taken at this past weekend's Lamoille County Fair (which was the quintessential rural American experience). Massive thanks again to the Wallace Arts Trust for their support.
On now at the Pah Homestead in Auckland is a group show of sculptural replicas. You'll find a ceramic work of mine there, along with work from Steve Carr and Glen Hayward. Exhibition closes July 27, 2014.
Follow this link for more information - http://www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz/exhibitions/imposters-sculptures-from-the-wallace-arts-trust-collection/
Well, I'm on the home stretch. Almost finished the work I had planned to - for the upcoming shows at Corban Estate Arts Centre in September/ October, and Page Blackie Gallery in November. Which means I have a little time at the end for play in the studio. Looking forward to working with a local blacksmith learning how to forge steel, and starting on a set of drawings with the intent to loose control. Playing with ash, and wish I could start on some of the new ceramics ideas I have (but alas shipping porcelain home from here just isn't practical).
New group of residents arrived this month and with it a whole heap of new influences, conversations and curiosities. Visiting artist and writer highlights this month include Sam Lipsyte, Jessica J. Hutchins, Dawn Clements. Lucky me.
So this being my last three weeks here I'm now also ensuring I complete a few more Vermont classic Summer adventures. To do this week: hike Mount Laraway.
I haven't managed to actually leave Johnson for three weeks now. The tight radius of this small town and the repetition of spaces and schedule is both comforting and inducing of a form of cabin fever I am new to. The effect of immersion - obsession and frustration, with great results in the studio. Running has been an effective way to clear the cobwebs and stretch my limbs. I've been running up a giant hill - not like I have a choice of the flat here, being located in the mountains. Turns out the air really is thin at elevation.
Its so weird not having little things to distract me during my working day - no meals to prepare or think about, no washing to hang out, no cat to smooch. Just painting, and more painting. The callous is growing on my brush finger relative to the hours spent gripping and labouring with small handles.
A small classic VHS collection in the VSC communal lounge has provided some excellent evening entertainment lately. Apocalypse Now is epic. Twin Peaks is keeping me sane, thanks NetFlix.
Small town karaoke at the only bar in town every Saturday night is amusing to say the least, I popped my public karaoke cherry recently. Fun.
Below is a studio shot - this is where I sit 9 hours a day.
Things are ticking along in the studio nicely. Completed the first of the Incineration Series, a group of five works. Such a luxury to have a massive studio here and be able to see them up and together before exhibition. (I've included a little detail shot for you).
Enjoying exploring more of the surrounding area of northern Vermont, some of it feels very familiar to home now that all the leaves are out in their vibrant lush shades of green. Hills, mountains, farms and rivers, with quaint small towns every few miles.
Experienced the first changeover - where around 50 residents from May left on the Friday, and around 50 new residents for June arrived on the Sunday. Was eerily quiet that weekend, although the treat of being able to crank the volume in my studio and sing along without disturbance or embarrassment was refreshing. The new group is lovely, making some new buddies and looking forward to the first Open Studio event this coming week. Painter Gordon Moore is the visiting artist this coming week also, so lots happening.