Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Twelve Angels was created in the spacecraft studio by Stewart Russell.
recollections on the origins of the idea:
It was a sunday, I was rearranging a bookcase when I came across an old
sketchbook... full of ideas for artworks, diagrams and descriptions. It was
from a long time ago, probably only a year or two out of art college. Some of
the projects had been realised, but I stopped at an idea I’d almost completely
forgotten. There were about six pages of notes and sketches of Angels, I
was trying to link an essay by Walter Benjamin, I guess 1940’s, and the Wim
Wenders movie, Wings of Desire which would’ve been early 80’s. On the last
page I’d scribbled down a line on Walter Benjamin’s critique of a Paul Klee
“ the angel of history - being drawn inexorably into the future by progress, but
travelling forward into the future looking backwards - facing our history”.
Then Grace and Flora came back and I realised the bookcase would have to
wait for another day - so I grabbed the camera and we went in search of Angels.
The process of recreating a photograph as a screen print is underpinned by creating a
halftone film from a continuous tone photograph. From that point, once the image is on
screen you can begin to explore the possibilities.
One evening, after a long session of testing print qualities, we were looking at a wall of
prints and discussing how to proceed. Then an idea emerged, pehaps we could show
the range of processes. So rather than making a decision on a single approach I decided
to make twelve Angels, created individually using sections of the studio backing cloth,
elaborately layered botanical imagery, masks, stencils, transparent and semi opaque
washes or simply priming fabric highlighting the qualities of the photograph.
Thanks to the spacecraft team that worked on this project, Clara Gladstone, Marina Breit
and Danielle Smyth.
Twelve Angels NOW IN STORES
spacecraft studio - new work
contact studio to discuss / view (03) 9329 4129
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
This Artplay 3D set is a freeform model-making kit that gives the owner title to realise imagined city masterplans, cathedrals, low cost housing schemes, modernist residences, shopping centres, power stations, tree houses …
Artplay 3D is made by hand screen printing 1960’s & 1970’s photographs of Melbourne architecture onto wooden blocks fashioned from timbers salvaged from heritage buildings.
There’s a sense of familiarity working with these wooden blocks and images, they trigger memories, perhaps from childhood or a film, or even a constructed image from a story.
The photographs include architectural details from a range of genres and architectural styles, however the photographs were taken between 1964 to 1974 : Victorian Parliament, Mercy Hospital, Exhibition Building, tram commuters…
The wood comes replete with the tell tale signs of a previous life, a length of tongue and groove floor, a section of a 1950’s door, a keyhole… All the pieces in this set have a legacy both in their materials and their form.
The dark, fine grain beams were saved from the Botany Bay Wool Store, selected from rambled mix of original cut Australian timber, milled in 1846. The multiple species used proves a patchy early knowledge of the various timber qualities. The Wool Store was demolished in Nov 2009. Those original cuts live on in this set.
Another story of natural heritage is found in the exceptionally light 1950’s redwood door sections made from old growth Red Cedar from British Colombia, part of the giant arborvitae ‘tree of life’ group. Looking at the grain of this wood it’s possible to realise the scale and age of this species, 6m around and 80m high, living up to 1500 years and now found in this first edition of Artplay 3D.
* * * *
Saturday, October 2, 2010
- ▼ December (5)
- ► October (5)