The Drawing of Bodies and Things — Exhibition

Posted in Drawing, Exhibitions, Participatory Drawing, woodwork by robbiekarmel on November 3, 2014

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.




















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This is Not Art 2014 (and some serious woodworking)

Posted in Drawing, Exhibitions, woodwork by robbiekarmel on October 7, 2014


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.

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^Andrew Styan

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^Jane Walter

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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.


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^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:


Funding a Catalog

Posted in Exhibitions by robbiekarmel on July 23, 2014

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!


Tim Olsen Drawing Prize 2013

Posted in Exhibitions by robbiekarmel on August 31, 2013

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Work in the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize/Recent drawings

Posted in Drawing, Exhibitions by robbiekarmel on September 21, 2012

Tim Olsen Drawing Prize

Posted in Exhibitions by robbiekarmel on September 13, 2012

I’ve been invited to exhibit works at the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize which will be opening at Kudus Gallery near COFA in Paddington, Sydney on Tuesday the 18th of September from 5 til 8pm, exhibition runs until Saturday the 22nd.


Posted in Exhibitions, PICA by robbiekarmel on April 29, 2012

My fourth solo exhibition, Obstacle, opened at Paper Mountain gallery in Perth on Thursday, below are some photos of the installed work.

The work was for sale at $100 per piece of A1 paper and all 130+ works I produced during my residency at PICA were either on the walls or in the plan draws for visitors to look through.

If you are interested in buying any of the drawings I have in the exhibition or that I did during my time at PICA please send me an email or reply to this post.


Posted in Exhibitions by robbiekarmel on March 28, 2012

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Posted in Exhibitions, PICA by robbiekarmel on March 20, 2012

Fine Lines

Posted in Exhibitions by robbiekarmel on March 1, 2012

I’ve been invited to be in an exhibition  about contemporary drawing that has been put together by Hannah Quinlivan, who recently graduated from the ANU School of Art Printmeia and Drawing workshop with an amazing body of work and is doing some great things. The show is called Fine Lines and opens on Wednesday the 7th of March and runs til the 16th. I’ve sent over some of the drawings I’ve been working on here in Perth, so if you’re in Canberra and would like to see it in the flesh head along. There’s a lot of brilliant Canberra artists involved and it looks like it’s going to be a great exhibition!