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The feeds I read

I’m slowly rediscovering the joys of blogs lately, though trying to recall how & with what tools I was ever able to stay on top of all the juicy feeds & blogs & advice & sundry out there. Why, just today I discovered a comic book with invisible ink dialogue …

I guess that’s why it’s called ‘average’

You know, when someone roams the world photographing the first hundred people they find in each city (who agree to be photographed), & then average those hundred faces & call each composite by the city name — it’s surprising how similar we all look. Or, well, maybe it isn’t. But …

To bring to expression

“Is it my role as an artist to say something, to express, to be expressive? I think it’s my role as an artist to bring to expression, it’s not my role to be expressive. I’ve got nothing particular to say, I don’t have any message to give anyone. But it …

Paper Art

In honour of a lovely weekend (spent partly at the fantastic Finders Keepers Markets in Sydney), I present to you Anna-Wili Highfield’s fabulous paper art. Plenty of art at the Finders Keepers Market, much of it wearable. I found pressed metal is in, & so are teapots. I bought some …

Pretty things

I love a good Friday night off from social engagement, committment, plans, duties, things-to-do. A Friday night on the lounge with a good book and some Law and Order episodes on TV. And I love new pretty links. Today: Looking for business card inspiration, I found this awesomeness: http://creativebits.org/cool_business_card_designs Looking …

More of the visual delights

This /w cheeseburgers is rather wonderful and I don’t know why. But isn’t all great art like that? A little bit more, a little bit ‘other than’ something that’s easily put into words? Also little naked person storage is kinda funny. ;p

That funny feeling I’ve forgotten something

Toothbrush, check, passport, check, notes for panel, check, copies of A Book of Endings to use as beercoasters give-aways, check, list of MEXICAN places to eat in San Francisco, check, US dollars (now over AUD$0.90, keep ‘em coming), check. What HAVE I forgotten?! While I shut down my browser for …

Visual inspiration: Apply within

A good, long chat today with author rcdaniells about the importance of visual inspiration. Oddly, I don’t hear a lot of writers talking about visual influences though I suspect it’s more prevalent than a lot of people make out. Plenty of people talk about the importance of music, ‘what music …

Drawing outside the lines

I’m often not a fan of subversive art, finding its teenaged narcissism unattractive. I make an exception for this guy, though. There’s just too much nutty good humour to Banksy’s art. Described as a ‘covert graffiti artist’, the true identity of Banksy is unknown. (Instantly my mind rushed to the …

Catching up, keeping up, on the up & up

It’s been a weekend of ideas. Firstly, the Archibalds at the NSW Gallery of Art generally failed to connect with me this year. A few highlights, of course, but not really stuff that inspired a lot of reaction from me. That’s what I look for in art: the ability to …

The Spaces In Between

I was looking for this quote last night when I was thinking about Bill Henson: “The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes — ah, that is where the art resides.” — Artur Schnabel, pianist, (1882-1951) I like the idea that art is …

Bill Henson @ the Art Gallery of NSW

“What is that face, breaking our hearts, but a momentary configuration of molecules taking form and changing form and losing form, as night falls.” — Peter Scheldahl, 1989 There is something fragile in Bill Henson’s art, something that implies loss even as it offers substance. Perhaps it’s the way he …