Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nautilus Group Show St+Baker+Studio

Up coming Exhibition

Opening Sunday 5th October @ 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Runs to Sunday 26th October

st + baker + studio and gallery
Mon Komo Hotel
99 Marine Parade
Redcliffe, QLD 4020

11 Artists response to, and celebration of...Nautical life on Moreton Bay

'Nautilus' draws together a diverse group of Brisbane artists at St Baker Gallery to celebrate the wonders of Moreton Bay.

The works include paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture.
The artists have expressed their connection with and inspiration from the waterways of Moreton Bay in a broad variety of artworks that show the diversity of the marine life and landscape of the region.

Artist Jen Conde says  "Art is an attempt to explain our place in the world and painting and sculpture are two mediums I use to explore concepts of the sea, nature, spirit and my own place within". 

The Artists, Jenny Sanzaro Nishimura, Jo St Baker, Jen Conde, Cameron Eaton, Gill Pike, Timothy Wallace, Pat Zuber, Margie MacAdams, Nicolette Kelly, Nicole Condon and  Jennifer Stuerzl are inspired by the shared stories of Moreton Bay and their personal experiences and memories around the water.

The Nautilus exhibition shares the artists' passion for the Bay, the surrounding islands and landscape, the marine environment and the cultural significance of the region.

It is an exciting and creative exploration of Brisbane's bayside.

The exhibition opens Sunday 5th October at 1.00pm and runs through to 26th October.

Join us for a day on the Bay at beautiful Mon Komo Hotel Redcliffe.
See some great art, enjoy fresh seafood, great wines and entertainment and sensational views of the Bay.

Enquiries please call Jo St Baker on 041 757 3737
Mon Komo Hotel,
99 Marine Parade,
Redcliffe, QLD 4020
T: +61 41 757 3737
W: www.stbakerart

Hours: Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.00am – 4.00pm

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Santos Acquisitive Sculpture Award


Today I made my first submission for a piece of public art in the Santos Acquisitive Sculpture Award. 2014 marks the fifth running of this annual award and each year a different brief is formulated to secure a new piece of site specific sculpture for the town of Roma in Queensland's central west. This year the site is a section of footpath at the front of the Roma Airport.

Upon seeing the call for entries I decided that I would make a real effort to put together a professional submission and set about working on some ideas. But after several weeks, I must admit I really didn't have much. I was struggling with the fact that I don't know much about Roma, what it's like to live there and what the people of Roma are all about. In my research I came across a description of Roma's Heroes Avenue where 93 Bottle trees were planted around 1920 to commemorate the locals who lost their lives in WW1. It seemed appropriate to reiterate this homage right now, this being the 100th anniversary of the beginning of that conflict. I thought of my friend and artist Adrienne Williams, herself a regional Queenslander but also because the Bottle Tree is a recurring motif in her work.

I approached Adrienne about working together on this project and sent her scans of the rough sketches I'd been making. She promptly threw them out and admonished me for trying too hard to come up with an idea that I thought they would like, "It's all about you," she said, "what do you want to do?"

So back to basics I went. My practice is largely about taking an idea, reducing it to a single symbol or motif and then having fun with it. The bottle tree remained a good beginning. The site faces east and is fully exposed to the morning and midday sun and for that reason alone, trees are exactly what it needs. I just needed to come up with a design that matched my skills, experience, sensibilities, desires and aspirations.

I settled on two trees for a number of reasons but largely because it seemed physically appropriate for the space. Also, considering their location between entry and exit points to the airport, two really is the right number. It references coming and going, arrivals and departures, a landmark for the return homeward or a reminder of a journey past. Like bookends they have been named for the first and last soldiers who appear on the commemorative plaque that is mounted to the cenotaph at the end of Heroes Avenue.

Adrienne helped throughout the entire process, making suggestions about finishes and council requirements, sharing photos and some of her knowledge of bottle trees, critiquing the aesthetic qualities of the various forms as the design evolved, checking spelling, formatting and helping to edit my statement. Her help has been invaluable and I am sure without it, I wouldn't have seen this process through.

Craig, the fabricator is one of my commercial clients and has helped with pricing and specifications for finishes. We've worked together for many years and I'm extremely glad I've also had his support throughout this process. And as a Quilpie boy, born and bred, he's pretty keen to get involved in this project.

Shortlisted submissions will be announced in a couple of weeks and a winners selected in a months time. I'll let you know how I get on.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Full Size Split Pig

I've been working on up-sizing the split pig sculpture for a few weeks now. Modeled in clay this piece is about 100cm (40in) long and 50cm (20in) tall. Paul Stumkat, Artist and Paleontologist, gave a presentation of his work at the last SQ form night which included a thorough description of his modeling and casting of two full size Bullock sculptures using much the same process I have employed here. And while I had been planning this piece for a while before hand, seeing Paul's presentation gave me a lot more confidence going ahead with it.
At this stage the mould has been stripped, cleaned, sealed and coated with PVA release film. I'm off to the shops now for more gel coat and fibreglass mat. Should have this thing laid up and cast this weekend.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bruce Reynolds Workshop and Studio Visit

I attended a workshop last Sunday with Artist Bruce Reynolds at his Studio in inner city Brisbane. A lot of Bruce's current practice involves the incorporation of roughly cast plaster elements and in the workshop demonstrated his general approach and some of his techniques. I made this oxide coloured plaster shield in curved mould made out of gym mats. It was lots of fun.

Save me trying to describe what's he's all about, there's a great video of Bruce talking about his work on the Ryan Renshaw website so check it out here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

It's funny how stuff changes. Unhappy with the way things were going, I was all set to start painting over this piece but decided to photograph it, at least as a record of where it was at. But now looking at the image on screen, I love it.

It started as a drawing exercise that wasn't really working out. Too grey. I figured it needed colour and decided to return to my stalled attempts at collage. I transferred the outline of the same pig that has become pretty ubiquitous in my sculpture work. married to a second symbol. I worked these outlines together with Inkskape on the computer. I printed the outlines and transferred them to some heavy paper already painted with primary colours. Then glued them to a canvas on which I had painted an abstract "Space".

Now i'm not sure what to do. Leave it I guess and move on.