Friday, November 2, 1990

VACHE (for AIDS) - AGLASSOFWATER Project - SITE 36 Agnes St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane - 2nd November to 1st December 1990

VACHE (for AIDS) was a AGLASSOFWATER Project initiated by Luke Roberts, Scott Redford and Hiram To as a fundraiser for the Queensland AIDS Council.  I don't remember what my work was - geez I hate that!....


Wednesday, October 24, 1990

SITES UNSEEN 1 & 2 - CCAS Gallery 3, Manuka ACT - 24th October to 15th December 1990

SITES UNSEEN were 2 exhibitions curated by Janet Garcia Coleman, Sue Lovegrove and Caroline Gray.  Both exhibitions showed 2 Sydney artists with 2 Canberran artists as an exercise in stimulating an ongoing dialogue within alternative and regional art networks.

" 'Sites', in the context of this curatorial aim refers to the actual geographical locaton of artists and 'Unseen' refers to the lack of interaction between regional art practices."
JG Coleman, S Lovegrove, C Jervis 1990

I exhibited 5 works.  Each work was of the same image - a re-creation of a Romantic Classical Ruin with a Garland of flowers taken from a wallpaper sample.   Each image was the same except for the colouring.  The paintings were created by a series of stencils that built up the image in a similar way to a screenprint.  The imagery was chosen as a response to the exhibition rationale.  I was attempting to suggest that the relationship of the Regional art spaces to Sydney art spaces was analogous to the relationship of Australian painting to European painting.  I used the culturally debased imagery of wallpaper that had taken its imagery from historicized European art.  The five colour-altered versions referred to the way that we in Australia got to view these paintings - always slightly different depending on which book we were looking at.

I have just discovered that I showed these paintings in the back room at First Draft WEST as part of my 'Grammar of Ornament' exhibition  in 1991 and I have a video of the 5 paintings in that show.

No.2 of  'One to Five', oil on canvas, 38cm x 30cm each, 1990

Friday, September 21, 1990

NO - AGLASSOFWATER Project - Milburn & Arte 336 George St Brisbane - 21st September to 10th October 1990

Luke Roberts and Scott Redford co-ordinated a series of art events that they called AGLASSOFWATER Project.  NO was a group exhibition that was held in Brisbane.  I don't have an image of the work that I sent, but I remember it was a framed, typed work on blue/purple paper, about A5 in size.  I had gone through the dictionary and listed alphabetically all the 'negative' words that contained the word 'no'.  I had an old typewriter that had belonged to my grandmother - it had a half black/half red ribbon - I typed the words so that the 'no' was in red - abnormal, cannon, dishonour, nothing, nobody, snob - you get the idea. I found a page full. It was the first work that I sold!

Tuesday, April 3, 1990

1:10 - Upstairs Gallery First Draft WEST, 39 Parramatta Rd Annandale - 3rd April to 15th April 1990

I liked this show...  The upstairs gallery space had five areas of wall - they were of course all the same height, but of different widths.  I made five canvases that were each one tenth in size of each wall space.  I lined the canvasses up next to each other and painted them with a layered pattern as if they were one painting.  I then hung each canvas on its matching wall.  I think I sold two, (I think Sandra Norrie may have purchased one...or I might have imagined it...) and gave two away as gifts - so I've got one left to photograph.

Sunday, April 1, 1990

CERTAIN WORK - Foyer Gallery, Macarthur Institute, University of Western Sydney - 1990

I was invited to show some work in the Foyer Gallery space at UWS.  I can't find any list of the works from the show, but remember that it was basically paintings that I completed while still at Sydney College of the Arts - so it may have included these works....

Untitled Carpet, oil on canvas, 140cm x 80cm, 1987

Untitled, oil & wax on canvas, 150cm x 90cm, 1988
Untitled, oil & wax on canvas, 150cm x 90cm, 1988

Tuesday, January 16, 1990

In Full Sunlight - First Draft West 39 Parramatta Rd Annandale - January 16 to January 28 1990

In Full Sunlight was a group show curated by Scott Redford and Luke Roberts.  It was the first exhibition to be held at First Draft West. (First Draft had moved from Chippendale to Annandale to become First Draft West - myself, Helga Groves, Vicente Butron and Janet Shanks became the directors for 1990-1991).
I had forgotten the work that I put in this show until I started sorting through the piles of work packed on top of the bookcase.... It is a framed work on paper - a photocopied blown-up image of Classical Wall Friezes covered in a wash of yellow acrylic and gesso - I think I must have been looking at some Lindy Lee works at the time... I have a video of the exhibition that I will post as soon as I have had it transferred to DVD.... I am looking forward to seeing what we all did...

The participating artists were - Charles Anderson, Fergus Armstrong, Nicholas Baume, Adam Boyd, Stephen Bram, Vicente Butron, Barbara Campbell, Eugene Carchesio, Cernak, Maria Cruz, A.D.S.Donaldson, Clinton Doyle, Marian Drew, Lucinda Elliot, Malcolm Enright, Allen Furlong, Joe Furlonger, Clinton Garafano, Diena Georgetti, Matthys Gerber, Helga Groves, Johnny Harden, Melinda Harper, Crow Hirst, Terence Hogan, Donald Holt, Felicia Kan, Jon Kelly, Peter Lambropoulos, Lindy Lee, Jennifer McCamley, Ewen McDonald, Fiona MacDonald, Kate Mackay, Bette Mifsud, Rosemary Nolan, Susan Norrie, Stieg Persson, Kerrie Poliness, Scott Redford, Jackie Redgate, Bruce Reynolds, Carole Roberts, Luke Roberts, Janet Shanks, John Stafford, Richard Stringer, Urszula Szulakowska, Ross Thompson, Mark Titmarsh, Hiram To, Karen Turnbull, Carl Warner, Gary Warner, Nell Watson, Venessa Williams, Gary Wilson, Heather Winter, Adam Wolter, John Young, Anne Zalhalka, Nicholas Zurbrugg.

Untitled, acrylic & gesso on photocopy, 31cm x 31cm, 1989