Richard and Old Man Crow exploring 100s of hand cut objects in  Grinding (2013-16) by Yang Mushi
The Dark Matters at White Rabbit Gallery
Richard photographing the zeppelin blowing up in this surreal multilayered photo-video-“painting”
Infinite Landscape 2011 by Yang Yongliang
“The ancients used landscape to convey feeling,” he says. “I use landscape to criticize society”
sublimely carved marble reflecting in AIP-PF (2004) by Chang Nai-Wen
Water Drops (2014) by Kung Wen-Yi and Ko Yu-Cheng
“The artists (each of whom made half the work) celebrate rain as an analogy for the creative imagination. Just as water is the universal solvent and the source of life, they say, so the imagination is an all embracing source of ideas, which must be contained and channeled just as water is.”
beautiful, deep, sublime
so much to reflect on

A Tentative Conversation Mo16“A Tentative Conversation” Mo16
accordion book
260cm W x 17cm H
grape vine tendrils, graphite, ink, gouache, thread, watercolour paper, Japanese Abaca paper
Artist’s Statement: making an opening for listening
was selected for the Manly Artists’ Book Award 2017, this was my third try at this show, “An illuminated Book of Cats” didn’t make the grade in 2011 & in 2015 “The Spirit Book of the Spirit Books” and “Out of the Blue” didn’t get in either but this one did!
It was a dark and stormy night for the opening… the traffic was appalling, took us two hours to get there (a 45 minute drive when it’s not raining in peak hour) so we arrived just as the awards were being announced. There was some very good work in the show but sadly mine was displayed inside out with the “gates” closed on a low plinth that was too small for the work… I rearranged the piece as best I could considering the position and then Roderick could see it was time to get me out of there before I imploded. He’s such a champion, kept his cool driving there and back again in pouring rain and had me laughing by the time we got home, some gigs are certainly better than others!
On a lighter note Liz Ackert is stitching “imagine peace” onto safety pins and sending them out into the world
her stitching is so exquisitely fine on beautiful old indigo dyed linen, here it is on Grace of Windthread’s “x-roads cloth” with The Pale Rook’s “Fish Bones”Ariel is looking fabulous this morning, his eyes are bright, his coat is shining, he’s eating with gusto, purring madly & running up and down the stairs. He’s still on the non steroidal anti inflammatory pain medication and the blood in his pee is still happening intermittently but he will be with us for a good while yet, he’s such a magic cat!

here’s a link to the preview

morning light

Posted: March 26, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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morning light on the studio bench
letting the Book of Honesty pages rest, making samples for the binding & covers

Book of Honesty XIII Mk2 Mo17 (DOA)
graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Lunaria pods
feeling that yesterday’s effort didn’t really work, I carefully worked on XIII mk2 early this morning but tried too hard, played too safe…
it was DOA
Here’s a link to all the Book of Honesty pages
time to let the drawings rest & make some samples for the covers!

Book of Honesty XIII

Posted: March 24, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Book of Honesty XIII Mo17
graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Lunaria pods
13 double spread pages for the 13 moons of the year
time to sort out what the covers will look like, the sewing stations for the text block & how it will be bound

Book of Honesty XII

Posted: March 23, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Book of Honesty XII Mo17
graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Lunaria pods