defining and refining

Posted: May 29, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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1--OMC-title-page-3-webgetting the title page “right” for the third and final draft of “The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow”
just pressed the send button on a submission for an artist’s grant to help with printing & exhibition costs, getting the project statements, quotes, schedule, budget & marketing strategy together has defined what we are doing & is a huge reality check, here’s the project statement –
“This project celebrates four decades of music by singer songwriter Rod Morgan (aka Old Man Crow) and 25 years of collaboration with his partner, illustrator and bookbinder Mo Orkiszewski. In this exhibition the songwriting of Old Man Crow is honoured by his partner in life and art in a collection of 38 beautifully rendered illustrations that bring to life his heart felt lyrics seasoned with wry observations of life in Sydney’s inner west. The result of four years of intensive work (2011 – 2015), the 38 original illustrations will be exhibited alongside a limited edition book including a 4 CD recording of the illustrated songs. In the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, posters, cards, t-shirts and accoutrements designed and made by Mo for Old Man Crow’s stage performances will also be exhibited.”
it will be a party on September 4th, 2016 from 3pm
at Artsite Gallery here in Sydney, Australia
let the good times roll!

  1. Patricia says:

    a life’s work. amazing to be commemorated in this way–and that it’s collaborative makes it priceless.

    • Mo Crow says:

      getting the statements together really helped me see what we are doing, wrote the paragraph below in response to, “Please describe how the project benefits the Marrickville community and/or contributes to the artist’s professional development.”-

      “The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow” is a retrospective of Rod Morgan’s lifetime of song writing and playing gigs for the past 40 years in the inner west and is a celebration of our creative partnership with this third book collaboration. As an artist and illustrator I feel like my whole life has led up to producing this book. I first heard Rod playing “A Life of Crime” with his band Sourpuss at the Royal George Hotel in Sussex Street in 1977 and wanted to illustrate it way back then. Working on the drawings for these songs over the past four years is a dream come true or as Rod said after holding the first draft in his hands, “It’s like a surreal crow version of ‘This is Your Life’.”

  2. dinahmow says:

    It sounds great,Mo. And what I really like about this whole venture is that Rod is still working.I wish more artists could have such lovely retrospectives before they croak!
    Huge effort, too so kudos to you, my friend. 🙂

  3. Carol says:

    Excitement rising, Mo! Looks fabulous and I know it really is. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Di could get down for the opening…

  4. Wow! That’s the second “Wow!” in 30 minutes. Beautifully described . . . and what a party that will be!

  5. Marti says:

    Mo, this is not only a collaborative celebration but I also want to say tribute to the love, creativity and partnership of you and Rod. It is equally an everlasting gift of observation, notice and realistic and heartfelt attention to your community. Fingers crossed that you get this most deserving grant to help with this amazing project.

  6. saskia says:

    let the good times roll, indeed!

    25 years: a golden jubilee

  7. beth says:

    Congratulations, Mo. This egg has been a long time hatching!

  8. It is looking fantastic Mo. I realised that I hadn’t seen you for a while then realised that I had lost the feed when I updated the theme on my site. All back to normal now xxx

    • Mo Crow says:

      getting there Charlotte, have just started printing the final draft with Red River 50 lb Premium Matte double sided inkjet paper, the depth of the blacks and clarity of detail is almost scary!

      • Is that when you spot all the bits you want to change, just when it is too late to tinker any more? Good luck.

        • Mo Crow says:

          a very good friend who is an artist and works as an editor went over the second draft carefully & came back last weekend with half a dozen minor typos and a couple of small changes in three of the illustrations, not bad!

  9. handstories says:

    It’s been so interesting & educational watching your process, I had no idea what all went into this kind of making! I’m wondering what your next adventure will be when this is all done?! Fingers crossed for your grant.

  10. vdbolyard says:

    i’m always amazed by the finishing of big projects, especially this one. well done! and may the grant gods fund you generously.

    • Mo Crow says:

      x fingers re the grant Velma! must do a post soon showing the difference in the quality of the blacks & resolution of detail with using a different inkjet paper, this happened with “An illuminated Book of Cats” back in 2010 when I discovered the Hahnemuehle Photo Rag Satin, still a favourite for depth of colour but printing on both sides is a whole new trip, precise registration of the foredge is proving quite tricky…

  11. fiona says:

    I am so glad you (collectively) have found the words to describe what you are doing so perfectly and movingly – I would grant you funds immediately! It is such a heartfelt tribute and celebration and historical record all rolled up into one big gorgeous fabulousness! Keep the good times rolling.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Fiona, you know about making books and big projects, it’s a bit like riding a tiger but mostly it’s just going & doing each thing that needs to be done next.

  12. mo. what a feat ! incredible really what one can accomplish by going and doing. wishing you all the luck in the world towards funding being granted. and here is to a Superbon Party ! in september.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Thanks Linda, September 2016 is still over a year away but there’s enough to keep me happily busy til then so I don’t get too nervous & excited!

  13. deemallon says:

    Mo, you should be so, so proud of yourself! What a monumental effort and collaboration. I really hope that lots and lots of people can see the work that we all have so enjoyed seeing come to life.

  14. Mike says:

    September 2016.
    I just got transferred to a new gig that I have promised myself I will stick with for at
    least a year (which, coincidentally, is about how long it would take to have me done away with for “failure to perform”).
    If my long-awaited “retirement” does in fact happen about this time next year, seems like a September trip overseas might just about be in order.

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