Last weekend I was in Canberra for the You Are Here festival, I presented work at the third overnight event at Canberra Museum and Gallery. This year I did an initial proof of concept of something I’ve wanted to do for a while: extending participatory art making into sculptural work.
The process was built on the participatory drawing exercises: I massages and prodded participants faces and heads as they manipulated the clay bust in direct response to my input.
Hopefully I’ll have an opportunity to present this work in a more complete and sustained context soon, I’d love to do a developing series and display them as completed works.
A big thankyou to the seven people who participated in the project:
Working with Shane Parsons, image credit: Adam Thomas
The bust as it was before work started.
and the completed sculpture:
The Drawing of Bodies and Things opened last week, the show went really well, I’ve presented several talks to visitors and undergraduate groups and everyone has been very receptive and engaged in great conversations about drawing.
Several people joined me in performative participatory drawings on the opening night, a big thanks to Kyla Cassells, Richard Carroll, and Eliza Vince.
A big thanks to everyone who came to the opening and who has visited the show, the exhibition will be up until the 8th of November, Wednesday til Saturday at Kudos Gallery, Paddington.
I’ve turned my exhibition thesis and a lot of the documentation from my masters project into a book! The Exhibition Thesis/Catalog will be available at my upcoming exhibition, I also plan to set up online sales for it soon, along with a free/by donation download of a PDF.
I have just got back from presenting my work at the Crack Theatre Festival as a part of This is Not Art Festival in Newcastle. I spent 3 days in a space drawing, both solo and doing participatory drawing exercises with people, which was fantastic.
The Crack Theatre festival were fantastic hosts, and put on a fantastic festival. The festival facilitated some great cross-disciplinary discussion and exposure, which for a visual artist (or conceptual art maker) with a largely solo and solitary practice can be a bit lacking normally.
It was a great space and an awesome opportunity and I’m hoping to head back next year to do something new and exciting that progresses on from these experiments and hopefully pushes the collaborative participatory experience further.
^(My catalog arrived and it’s great! I’ll do a whole post on this soon! and look into setting up an online shop and maybe a PDF download)
^This is the chair I made to facilitate drawing exercises that involve drawing on the back of or behind a mirror.
^Finn O’Branagdin demonstrating how to use the chair, for the participatory drawings I trace on the persons face and ask them to make marks in direct response to the tactile and visual sensations.
These last two drawings were done as solo exercises, I lay down next to the piece of paper with my eyes shut and attempt to map out a schema of my body relying on my proprioceptive awareness. I am particularly interested in our embodied ability to internally visualize what our bodies may look like from an external viewpoint.
this is a process that is heavily influenced by my knowledge of drawing, established methods I have of representation, and my expectations or internally simulated expectations of what the marks I am making will look like.
On a less theoretical note— I’ve recently become incredibly excited about wood working with hand tools. Woodworking and my drawing/fine art practice merged for the first time in the drawing chair I made:
(these little guys were really into my chair) ^
As well as the chair I’ve been going through a series projects of varying difficulty in order to develop hand working skills, I put together this workbench with my housemate Shane Wiechnik.
^I also made this Burr Puzzle for my cousin August’s 5th birthday present (he didn’t quite appreciate it but I hope he grows into it)
^This was my bedroom as I was frantically trying to get the chair done in time for TINA (which was a bit of mistake, I now know that woodworking is a thing you shouldn’t ever rush). You can also see my tool there tote mid-process:
I’ve just launched a Pozible project page to get some funding together for a catalog of my thesis to accompany my upcoming exhibition at Kudos Gallery in Sydney in October! You can pre-order a copy of the catalog or donate a bit more and receive a drawing as well, or one of my coveted wooden spoons!
Collapse Collective has just posted a super nice write up about my mini-residency at NA studios a little while back. thanks again to everyone involved!
Read it here:
Over the weekend I travelled down to Melbourne to present my work at N/A Studios. I did a series of participatory drawing exercises with people, presenting some methods I’d used previously as well as experimenting with some new configurations.
I’ll be presenting the project again in Canberra in a few weeks, in Newcastle early October, and at my graduate exhibition in Sydney late October.
Thanks to everyone who came along and had a go! and a massive thanks to Sarah Kaur, George Rose, and NA Studios for inviting me down and hosting me, it was a fantastic weekend!
(sorry about the quality of the photos of the drawing, didn’t have ideal lighting conditions…)
Drawing with Jess Kelly and Kat Clark
Drawing with Jess Kelly and Kat Clark
I’m afraid I can’t remember who these last two photos are of! if anyone can help me out that would be great! will have to keep better notes in the future…
Drawing with Sarah Salazar
Drawing with Sarah Katherine Firth and Marta Callizo
Drawing with Kylie Bollen
Drawing with Ness Roque
Drawing with Sarah Salizar
Self Portrait with Sarah Kaur
I don’t normally post this kind of thing here, but I made this video clip for my friend Raus’ new single Miles and I’m really happy with it.
It was made using 123D Catch to 3D scan Rory and his gear, and then put together in Maya.
RAUS — MILES
Written/Produced by Rory Stenning.
Mixed by Reuben Ingall.
Directed and edited by Robbie Karmel.
Download here: hellosquare.bandcamp.com/album/miles
Over the last two weekends I have been drawing in Canberra as a part of the You Are Here festival, I’ve built a table to facilitate my drawing experiments and have been working with people to make drawings.
A very special thanks you the You Are Here folks for having me, and to everyone that participated in the work.
I’ll be continuing to work with people and will be looking for people to draw with in Canberra and Sydney over the coming months.
Sorry I haven’t been updating recently, it got away from me while I was overseas. As part of my field I had an amazing time, I visited London, Leeds, Glasgow, Oxford, Copenhagen, Berlin, the Venice Biennale, and Shanghai. I presented my research and work at the International Drawing Research Initiative conference at Dong Hua University which was a fantastic experience, the work was very well received and generated some very interesting discussion of drawing processes.
Here are a few of the drawings I did while traveling as well as a couple that I’ve done since getting back to Australia.