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Old Man Crow came home last night from the pub with a T-shirt his mate Badger had printed of his face on the Mona Lisa, low brow art at it’s best!
Talking of art, visited Obsessed: Compelled to Make
photo by Jules Boag of Lorraine Connelley-Northey weaving with barbed wire
from the ADC website
at the Australian Design Centre to listen to Louise Weaver and Kath Inglis talk about their work and process (sadly Lorraine Connelley-Northey couldn’t be there). The show is a different way of looking at craft as art with key works from each artist displayed alongside videos with headphones which I found oddly disturbing in the gallery context as it distanced me from the work rather than engaging directly although I enjoyed watching each of the videos at home before I went into the show. The ground is shifting in the arts, the need for working with our hands and engaging with art is more important than ever…
On the way home I popped into Stanley Street Gallery
loved Shaun Hayes whimsical stoneware
& Artsite Gallery’s Sydney Printmaking 2018
a brilliant show, if you’re near town don’t miss it !
Reaching for the Stars is getting there, will be finished by March!

Collector’s Choice 2017 at Artsite Gallery
click on the link above to see a preview of all the wonderful art in the show
here’s my 3 offerings
Holding the Moon Mo 17
Lapis Lazuli a talisman for dreams in the fourth hour of the night Mo 17
the chicken and the egg Mo 17
hope to see you Sunday!

the Untethered Fibre Artists inTransit exhibition has just opened at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
Cathy Griffith Transition
100 x 30cm
Fabric, threads
Fiona Hammond Square Peg
46 x 10x 10 cm
Cotton fabric, pearl cotton thread, interfacing, balsa wood, glue
Embroidery, hand stitching
Kirry Toose You are Here
3 garments – Navigate Interchange Destination
(inspired by The Little Prince)
Silk. wool, rubber
Screen printed, machine digitised, appliqué
Jane Badnaruk Under Sail (Parts 1 and 2)
4.5 x 6 m
Cloth, second hand female shirts, thread
Hand stitched, collaged
For better and worse, the First Fleet arrived in Port Jackson on 26th January, 1778.
Two of the eleven ships carried the 193 convict women. For 258 days, they lived their lives in transit.
One of the many constants was the sail over head.

this is just a small selection, there is so much more to see, visit the Untethered Fibre Artists facebook page for lots more photos and info

sculpture by the sea

Posted: October 30, 2017 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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B Jane Cowie Swirling Surround
Australia/ Singapore
art glass, stainless steel
300 x 600 x 600 cm
Artist’s statement
Fish swimming at the same speed in the same direction at the same time often undertake complex manoeuvres while moving together as a whole.
Angelika Summa Structangle
galvanized steel
120 x 120 x 120 cm
Artist’s statement
A term of the South Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han meaning textured angle.
Harrie Fasher The Last Charge
corten steel, mild steel, RHS
300 x 850 x 750 cm
Artist’s statement
A centenary memorial to the charge of the Australian Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba in Palestine on October 17, 1017.
Denise Pepper Leaden Hearts
hand embossed copper shim (stippling and repoussé), copper rivets and nails, fibreglass, timber, paint
80 x 370 x 150 cm
Artist’s Statement
Journeys are intimate stories of those who leave and those left behind. Leaden hearts were convict tokens fashioned from copper coins, left as farewell mementos for loved ones.
Dominique Sutton That Sinking Feeling
England / NSW
wood, life jacket fabric
500 x 150 x 100 cm
Artist’s statement
The juxtaposing concept of an un-floatable boat with the life jackets on the inside. A comment on the current situation of global immigration and a personal expression of my human condition.
the patinated copper text reads
Come o’er the sea,
Maiden with me,
Come wherever the wild wind blows,
Seasons may roll,
But the true soul
burns the same, where’er it goes.

Was not the sea,
Made for the Free,
Land for courts and chains alone?
Here we are slaves
But, on the waves,
Love and Liberty’s all our own.

words are from Come O’er the Sea a poem by Thomas Moore
I want to sail away in her!
you can see more photos on the Sculpture by the Sea website, in facebook & on instagram

Cressida Campbell Otto on the Stairs 2016-17 unique woodblock print detail
Cressida Campbell Bamboo Shoots 2017 pencil on plywood detail
Philip Bacon Galleries at Mossgreen
’til the 28th
Cressida is one of the most brilliant artists working in Australia today
review in the Sydney Morning Herald last week
interview with Dumbo Feather 2016
Sokquon Tran A Sense of Place Study (no 11)
oil on board 40x 40cm
Sokquon Tran A Sense of Place Study (no 27) detail
oil on board
Sokquon Tran A Sense of Place Study (no 30) detail
Sokquon Tran at Janet Clayton Gallery
his paintings hold such a deep sense of beauty painted with masterly skill
on ’til November 12th

A Handmade Life by 6 Inner West Makers at Chrissie Cotter GalleryKim Davies Trellis
vintage linoleum, hessian, woolen yarn, wire, whittled chair leg, upholstery tacks
34 x 34 x 12 cm
Kim Davies Theatre of My Mind
vintage linoleum, hessian, woolen yarn, wire, whittled furniture spindle, upholstery tacks
34 x 29 x 10 cm
Kim Davies  Ode to Bill and Iris
vintage linoleum, hessian, woolen yarn, wire, furniture spindle, upholstery tacks
36 x 27 x 11 cm
Kim Davies Small House Moth
Hessian, jute, cotton, woollen yarn, wire, whittled furniture spindle, upholstery tacks
23 x 25 x 9 cmKim Davies Chair Moth
Hessian, jute, cotton, woollen yarn, wire, whittled furniture spindle, upholstery tacks
30 x 36 x 10 cm
Kim Davies Carpet Moth
Hessian, jute, cotton, woollen yarn and wire on timber base, upholstery tacks
35 x 37 x 8 cm
Kim Davies Large House Moth
Hessian, jute, cotton, woollen yarn and wire on timber base, upholstery tacks
29 x 36 x 8 cm
Lorraine Evans Exercise in Leather #1
Hand stitched leather on linen
52 x 53 cm
Lorraine Evans Leather necklace
machine applique leather

Gill Brooks Faith
handstitching and dyeing on vintage wool blanket
Gill Brooks Joy
handstitching and dyeing on vintage wool blanket
A Handmade Life is on ’til this Sunday at 4pm
don’t miss it if you are anywhere near Camperdown!
& here’s links to the 6 artists over on Instagram
Kim Davies
Gill Brooks
Lorraine Evans
Meryl Blundell
Romana Toson
Ro Cook


Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize

Posted: October 18, 2017 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time

this morning we visited the Woolahra Small Sculpture PrizeSally Blake Seep
aluminium wire, plant dyed wool, silk, hemp
24 x 52 x 50 cm
Artist Statement:
In 2014 and 2016 I had artist residencies in Namadgi National Park, ACT. The theme of the residency was the environmental protection of the alpine bogs and fens. A particular focus was the seed collection done by the Australian National Botanical Gardens for their seed bank to preserve plants endangered by climate change. The role of these environments in water filtration was also a significant area of research.
As I visited the bogs and fens I wondered at their fecundity and the abundance of plant life. With permission I collected plant samples from these environments to be processed for their dyes to make a unique record of place. Seep is coloured almost exclusively with these dyes, celebrating the richness of the flora. The aluminium prongs sprouting from the basket/bog reference the continual regeneration of plant life. The patterns of aluminium wire ‘seeping’ from the work are mimetic to the release of filtered water from the bogs and fens.
Tevita HaveaTevita Havea Tuna
glass, sand, tapa cloth, wood, resin
22 x 48 x 21 cm
Artist Statement
Hina was a young maiden who used to bathe in the lagoon where an eel named Tuna lived. Tuna changed himself into a man so he could be with her and soon the two became three, as she fell pregnant, much to the dismay of the locals, so they decapitated Tuna and buried his head, and over time a tree began to grow from the burial mound. This first coconut tree, the “tree of life” for Polynesians, was a gift from Tuna.
This is one of many creation myths that aroused my boyhood imaginings. Stories about life, death, and rebirth, that reconnect our bodies to the natural world. Stories that help us transcend the physical, the animal materiality of our everyday existence and bind us to something greater.
David Hamilton Fishes and Loaves – Set in Stone
hydrographic print on cast aluminium
18 x 53 x 22 cm
Artist’s Statement
This sculpture proposes a cautionary speculation about a future world diminished by the quantity of our remaining environmental and global resources. The boat form is used as a metaphor to engage in both the transformation of material and the reconstruction of a recorded event. The sculpture reminds viewers of the ancient biblical story of the fishes and loaves and the feeding of the hungry masses. Laden with food it acts both as a metaphor for our overcrowded planet and as a memory prompt of that early story of hunger. The title Fishes and Loaves – Set in Stone directs attention to the cast aluminium form with its hydrographic printed surface that mimics classical marble.
Stevie Fieldsend As we melted into each other…
glass, metal filings, steel plate
47 x 15 x 28 cm
Artist Statement
My work As we melted into each other… expresses a feeling, a bodily sensation of desire, of giving into and of hovering in-between those two emotions. In working with materials that embody the process of transmutation such as molten glass, coal and steel, a type of performance takes place close to the furnace, at the welding bay and inside my body. A ritual, that opens up a space where realities can shift. This work slumps biomorphic glass impregnated with coal and steel filings that were drilled from its particular metal plate over a thick steel vertical form.
Emma Fielden An Infinite Line (1km)
1 kilometre of hand cut linen thread on polyurethane coated aluminium panel
Artist Statement
An Infinite Line (1km) reflects my ongoing exploration of infinity. It reaches out to encompass questions related to the divisibility of space and matter, touching on particle physics and astronomy, Zeno’s philosophical paradoxes on infinity and Georg Cantor’s mathematical infinities.
The work considers the idea that any line can be divided into an infinite number of infinitesimal parts. To clarify this, think of dividing a line in half, then divide each of those halves in half again, and so on endlessly; the line segments become infinitely many and their size becomes infinitesimal as they move toward, but never actually reach, zero.
In the case of this artwork, the given line is 1 kilometre in length. I cut this line of thread by hand into particles as small as I could physically manage, moving toward the infinitesimal. By doing so, the kilometre is reconfigured into a small mound of tiny particles and we see an alternative perception of its monolithic scale. As its large scale is subverted, the infinite nature of the line is revealed, and we see how the small scale too can be infinite.
view from the gallery, the Jacarandas purple the city for the next few weeks
to see all the amazing works in the show & the winners visit the website
Emma Fielden’s is my favourite for the Viewers’ Choice Award
such a deeply considered work, it changed how I see the world