Hello! A couple of friends who were not able to make it to the opening of my show "Cheap Pop" (at Boom Gallery, 11 Rutland Street, Newtown) have asked if I could catalogue the work on my blog. I also thought that it would be a good way to redress the fact that I am blogging less and less lately (damn that incredibly convenient and highly addictive Instagram.....!). Above: Berliner Pho, a loving dedication to a fantastic soup that I ate a few months ago in Berlin, which seemed more tailored to the German palette than the Vietnamese. A bit like those "Steak and Fried Rice" signs one used to see in front of Chinese restaurants here? I love that sort of cross cultural adaptation.
Above: Geelong Player. I wanted a really varied little family of wooden figures, and decided that it would be fun to revisit my footballers, as I still love them.
'Normcore' look. I decided to take his vest and shirt straight out of Seinfeld. The cap is one that I observed a young Melbourne man wearing.
Trophy Wife. SOLD.
Above: Tony. This wasn't actually meant to be our former PM Tony Abbott, but after he was toppled recently, I decided that I would name my little man after him, mostly out of an unexpected pity.
Ethnographic Museum in Split for the first time. This work is dedicated to the fantastic textiles there. I hope to make more work early next year inspired by the museum and the brilliant book on fishing that I bought there.
The Ethnographic Museum in Split.
(My family spent the summer of 1979 in the former Yugoslavia, when to our delight the Mediterranean Games were held in Split, hence the souvenir beach towel, above.)
Below: in contrast, a scene that I glimpsed for a moment. Dressed in black in a modernist white room, I imagined that these were extended family members who had just returned from a funeral, and were playing out their usual roles, only with unusual exaggeration.
(When I took the photo that I used as a reference for the painting, I noticed afterwards that the other workmen -- who should have been hoisting UP the poster -- were actually waving at me and making childish gestures with their hands. Men!)
There are a few pieces which I have not shown here. I am having some technical difficulty with Blogger today, and thought that I had better finish this post before all of the work I put into it disappears! For the full catalogue, have a look at Boom's site.
No, this wouldn't happen on Instagram. But then, the failing of Instagram is that it is much more difficult to tell a detailed story like this one.