Friday, March 30, 2012

Opening and Install Photos - DEVILS NIGHT, THE MORNING AFTER

An update from a previous blog about the exhibition DEVILS NIGHT, THE MORNING AFTER by Katherine York, see below are some images form the installation and opening night. And read more about the show HERE!

All images courtesy and copyright to 7daysisaweekend. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Future Fibre - White Box Gallery / Queensland College of the Arts, Griffith University / Australia

Opening last Thursday at White Box Gallery within the Queensland College of Arts, Griffiths University is group show Future Fibre. Curated by Danica Larkin, the exhibition brings together eight Australian artists whose practice engages textiles in their approach to art making and I am pleased to be included in the show. See an excerpt from the Media Release below.


Student Curator Selects the Best in Contemporary Australian Textile Art for Gold Coast Exhibition.

Queensland College of Art student Danica Larkin has pulled a major coup in curating the Future Fibre exhibition at the Whitebox Gallery. Larkin has managed to secure works from some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists working in textiles.

The exhibition features established artists such as Kate Just, Holly Story, Thomas C. Chung and others hailing from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. The young curator says, “we often think of textile-based practices like knitting and embroidery as crafts or hobbies but the artists in this exhibition show that there can be a much more thoughtful side to textiles in their work.”
Given the calibre of the artists in the show it is a major achievement for Larkin who is still an undergraduate student. The exhibition launches on Thursday 15th March at 6pm and is open to the public and it runs until 6th April.
Future Fibre:
thomas c. chung / elizabeth delfs / kate just alice lang / demelza sherwood / jessica shipard holly story / lucille martin
Curated by Danica Larkin
Opening night 6:00pm–8:00pm Thursday 15 March
Exhibition runs from 15 March – 6 April

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Workshop with American artist John von Bergen - Wedding

Yesterday I participated in a day long workshop with American artist John von Bergen in his Wedding studio. John has been in Berlin for around ten years, having trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Organized by the Berlin Collective, the workshop revolved around mold making – a process which is core to the artists’ practice. John went through a series of techniques that he has learnt mostly through trial and error and gave us some insider tips on different materials, suppliers and manufacturers in Germany. John’s work is often site specific and his ability to integrate objects and installations into the architecture of a space is seamless, and often leaves the viewer pondering how it is created and questions the nature of the material. To gain an understanding into how he technically puts his work together was a fascinating insight into his sophisticated art making abilities. Not many artists are so generous to share their material research in such a manner, making it a real privilege to spend time with him in his studio.

For more info about John’s work check out his website as well as a great interview with BERLIN ART LINK with some great photos from his studio. There is also a really great article about a residency John did in Miami last year on Artslant where he talks about the process of getting gun parts from Miami to Berlin in the name of art which you can read here.

"The Anti-Precious Moment"
275 x 120 x 245 cm (108" x 47" x 96")
MDF, polymer-gypsum, plexiglas, flocking, wall paint
Installation at Silverstein Gallery, New York

22 x 99 x 5 cm (9" x 39" x 2")
polymer-gypsum, wall paint, US cavalry sabre
Collection of the artist

"Chronic # 4"
100 x 382 x 0.2 cm (39" x 150" x .08")
plastic, polymer-gypsum, graphite, rust paint, wall paint
Installation at Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne

John von Bergen received his BFA Degree with Honors at The School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2003 von Bergen moved to Berlin with an invitation from the Berlin Senate for Culture, Science and Research. Since living in Germany his work has been exhibited in various international museums, galleries, and institutions including Halle 14 in Leipzig, Wilhelm-Hack Museum in Ludwigshafen, The Pera Museum in Istanbul, and Smack Mellon in New York. He has lectured at institutions such as Kunsterverein Melkasten, The School of Visual Arts (New York), and European College of Liberal Arts / ECLA (Berlin). In 2011 an extensive interview with von Bergen was published in BOMB Magazine Online.