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Brett Whiteley: drawing is everything

Posted: February 17, 2019 by Mo Crow in art exhibitions, It's Crow Time
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Brett Whiteley study for young wren bathing 1988
we saw the inspiring Brett Whiteley: drawing is everything at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wednesday
Here’s Brett’s (1939-1992) advice to the aspiring artist –
“aim at virtually whatever is in front of you… 
and then one day you’ll see something that you have truly never seen before 
and that is the beginning of yourself 
& that heralds the beginning of difficult pleasure.”
Difficult Pleasure
NB Difficult pleasure is how Brett described creating art,
“Art is an argument between what a thing looks like and what it means.”
Brett Whiteley Coincidence 1973

 

Crossing Boundaries: The Art of the Book
Elizabeth Beronich has gathered book artists from all around the world for this exhibition
I sent “The illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow” Limited Edition no 83/100
the show opens this Friday, if you’re in northern California have a look!

preview of Artsite Galleries Collector’s Choice 2018 today
my offerings A Starry Necklace Mo Orkiszewski 2018
H24cm x W 20cm
vintage electric blue leather over 4mm cotton rope, white linen and blue Gütermann upholstery thread, antique parchment stars stitched with linen & cotton threads stabilized with silk organza, hand carved slice of tagua (aka Palm Ivory) pentacle, glass and lapis lazuli beads
Once in a Blue Moon Mo Orkiszewski 2018 (SOLD)
Moon Unit I
H 9.5cm x W 29cm (starry ladder 3.5cm)
embroidered vintage electric blue leather over papier maché mold, 1.5mm black leather cord coiled & stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold, vintage white glove leather with linen thread stars, whisper silk organza rungs
Moon Unit II
H 5cm W 10cm (retractable ladder 25cm)
embroidered vintage electric blue suede over papier maché mold, 1.5mm black leather cord coiled and stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold, bamboo rungs, waxed & knotted DMC cotton, vintage glass beads, carved bone beads, lead fishing weights, nickel silver links, lapis lazuli
artist statement:
Wrought with dark humour, high hopes and slow stitching lunacy, these vessels explore the surface of the moon both real and imagined. The ladders provide a way in and perhaps more importantly a way out.
(a blue moon is when two Full Moons land in one calendar month)
Book of Honesty Mo Orkiszewski 2017
H 27cm x W 22cm x D 2cm
bradel binding, relief sculpted spine, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper over boards
illustrations graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Honesty pods
artist statement:
seeking honesty in this era of fake news
exhibition runs Dec 1-16th Wednesday to Sunday 11-5
the Silly Season is here & the xmas cards are well underway!

13th-25th November 2018
Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre
Hornsby
this fabulous exhibition finishes tomorrow, if you are anywhere near Sydney don’t miss it!
Destiny  by Carolyn Cabena
40 x 120cm
Linen, cotton, synthetic
Burnout print, applied dye, hand stitch
“A persona is shaped by experiences and images seen throughout one’s lifetime. These images are embedded in one’s memory forever and cannot be erased or unseen, although some may wish they could be.”
side viewlooking up
Carolyn’s work defined the show for me, loved the layering, exquisite stitching, complex hanging arrangement and how it fit the brief so beautifully
Eye Music (detail) by Samantha Tannous
40 x 120cm
merino fibre, silk fabrics
wet felted
“This felted sound wave conceals a poem by Petrarch, set to music by the late-Renaissance composer, Luca Marenzio, who frequently used eye music in his madrigals.”
Shouldering the Burden (detail) by Jane Bodnaruk
Installation
180 x 80 x 180cm
Second hand women’s shirts, netting, clothes airer, pegs, plinth
Hand stitch
“Let us acknowledge un:Seen women, who shoulder un:Seen burdens.”
Blockers (detail) by Desdemona Foster
Hanging
1.5 x 3m
Polyester, polyester thread
digital print, hand stitch
“Is what you see all that is there?”
Relief (detail) by Helen MacRitchie
one of 4 framed works
32 x 32cm
Merino wool roving and fabric, silk organza, cotton, silk and wool threads
Wet felting, hand and free macine embroidery
printed digital images of electron micrographs for asthma medication
Catching Breath (detail) by Helen MacRitchie
Hanging
120 x 80 x 10cm
Merino wool, cotton thread
Wet feting, free machine embroidery
“In the UK, asthma affects 1 in 11 of the population…
This work attempts to represent such an insidious contamination through a network. The whiteness of the lace felt layers is spoiled by spreading marks; marks which are in themselves tiny but en masse can prove impactful to the network integrity”
Disconnect (detail) by Kirry Toose
Wearable
175 x 80 x 80cm
Silk, wool, cotton, paper, rubber
Screen printed, hand woven fabric
Handmade paper framework
“This garment was created as a personal response to the sense of urgency to respond immediately to digital correspondence and Social Media- the inane attachment to a keyboard and the subsequent feeling of disconnect from reality and the tactile, through the everyday urge of the ‘screen’.”
Conversations in Time by Brenda Livermore
7 woven circular columns
1.0 – 1.4m variable height x 0.15m diameter
Paper string
Looping, fringing
“The time spent making these woven columns acknowledges and makes corporeal time spent with friends.”detail of looping and fringing
Common Ground (detail) by Brenda Livermore
54 vessels
8 x 60 x 90cm
Mulberry paper, paper string
Paper cast, fringing
“The imprint of memory on the landscape.”
to see more photos and information about this inspiring group of women here’s links to the Untethered Fibre Artists website and facebook

Marc Walter Canada
Buddy
500 x 250 x 250 cm
woven recycled casuarina branches, jute twine
inside looking up
the magic bound with jute twine
Kevin Draper Western Australia
Configuration
320 x 320 x 320 cm
forged, painted steel
love the lively spirals
was sure it was wood til I read the catalogue!!
Ben Fasham Victoria
Entwined
347 x 240 x 65 cm
stainless steel, bronze
elegant beauty well placed
Stephen Hogan New South Wales
Byobu
200 x 200 x 80 cm
forged steel, soft steel, wire
Ron Gomboc Western Australia
Time and Motion
350 x 230 x 160 cm
copper, corten steel painted
beautiful colour and form
Ho Quanchun China
home for Boston ivy
75 x 80 x 50 cm
stainless steel
from the outside looking in
Andrew Rogers Victoria
i am (2014)
66 x 31 x 25 cm
stainless steel
Cao Hui China
pure wool no.2 (2009)
116 x 57 x 91 cm
resin, fibre
Elaine Clocherty & Sharyn Egan Western Australia
Karda – Megalania
30 x 350 x 700 cm
grass, raffia, natural materials
the beauty and fragility of nature
the colours of Sydney Sandstone after a lot of rain
Mother Nature
photos courtesy of Old Man Crow and his new iPhone
Sculpture by the Sea

“Fish Out of Water” by Dorothy Filshie
“Dorothy uses hessian, calico, duck and artists’ canvas plastered with old-fashioned gesso made from rabbit skin glue and whiting powder to create her sculptural fish. Her work is dictated by a love of food, textiles and art. Each work is hollow and is made from a pattern by cutting shapes from suitable fabrics, stitching the pieces by hand or machine, then shaping and stiffening them into three dimensional forms.”
at Object Space til November 14th
you can see lots more of Dorothy’s fabulous fish on Instagram
today is the last chance to see Artisans in the Gardens
Colleen Southwell’s botanical papercuts are brilliant
Glebe Art Show closes this afternoon too
loved Tin Heart by Silda Trainor
The Intuitive Thread at the Japan Foundation is on for another week
Shells at Barometer Gallery closed yesterday
Irene Manion’s “Ammonite” is astounding
tomorrow we will do the annual pilgrimage to Sculpture by the Sea

See you at the opening on Sunday!
Beauty Mo 12
H560 x W760 cm
graphite, white gouache and black ink
is at the framers will pick it up and deliver to Artsite this arvo
preview the show on Saturday !