Gemma Smith

Gemma Smith is one of my favourite artists. Her paintings are made up of geometric colourful ‘shards’, giving a sense of perspective and depth. She also makes multi-sided perspex sculptures she calls ‘boulders’. Her new works (Tangle paintings) are much more painterly and use organic shapes. I love her use of colour and the way she uses both geometric and organic shapes.

Work from 2011 here.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition

Flowers that bloom at midnight

In March I went to Brisbane Gallery Of Modern Art to see Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition, Look now, see forever.

In the show were large acrylic sculptures, installation rooms with inflatables, sculptures and mirrors, and large paintings, including an ‘Infinity Net’ series which inspired my Psychedelic Pink Coral painting. The Obliteration Room, an interactive work — a white room containing white furniture — was gradually covered with round colourful stickers by the audience. I love Yayoi Kusama’s work, it is so vibrant, quirky and colourful, and her installations are amazing. I first saw her work a few years back, her infinity room Soul under the moon, which is also at Brisbane GOMA. It’s incredible. You enter a small dark room and feel like you’re in a galaxy stretching to infinity. I’m so pleased I was able to see more of her work this year.

New work in progress

My latest painting uses geometric shapes again. I based the composition on a random arrangement of cut-out shapes then added new layers with transparent paint. Next I think I’ll add some drippy sections as a contrast.

Welcome, Bruce

Melbourne has lots of ARIs (Artist Run Initiatives) which usually show different and more unusual work than commercial galleries, and a new one has popped up locally in Footscray. My artist friend Michelle and I went to the Bruce opening night last night.

We saw some interesting installations using lights, cane, a birdcage, timber and paper ‘fungus’ by Leon van de Graaf.

Welcome to the neighbourhood, Bruce! More places to show art can only be a good thing…

Flash nite! the Awesome Awards

The Awesome Awards at the University of Awesomeness were a blast. Apologies for the amateur photography… we were all drunk at the time! Video highlights to come… Thanks to everyone who helped me organise the night, my co-host Karlo Escuadro, the Award Winners, the bar staff, and Fernando De Souza, technician extraordinare! XOXO

p.s. yes that’s my latest big painting as the backdrop ‘Psychedelic Pink Coral’

New show at Edmund Pearce

New Show at Edmund Pearce

Last night I went to an opening at Edmund Pearce in the Nicholas Building, Melbourne city. EP has only been around a few months, but I am mightily impressed by 1. the free drinks, 2. the quality of the work and 3. the charm and friendliness of the lovely Directors.

Anyway, this is their best show yet, IMO. Annalisa Feleppa’s georgeous flower ‘still lifes’, Rory Fink’s mirrored landscape installation, and Jacqui Henshaw’s spooky hedges. Check it out! Five stars from me…

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Last night I went to an opening at Edmund Pearce in the Nicholas Building, Melbourne city. EP has only been around a few months, but I am mightily impressed by 1. the free drinks, 2. the quality of the work and 3. the charm and friendliness of the lovely Directors.

Anyway, this is their best show yet, IMO. Annalisa Feleppa’s gorgeous flower ‘still lifes’, Rory Fink’s mirrored landscape installation, and Jacqui Henshaw’s spooky hedges. Check it out! Five stars from me…

New studio with a view!

My studio has moved! To cut a long story short, a student dropped out of our art studios, then I swapped studios with another student, then a third student swapped with me… now I’ve got a studio with a window view looking down onto Melbourne city from the 17th floor… Sweet!