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I Didn’t Winnnnn bahhh
Hehe but very happy to have the privilege to Exhibit with all the other amazing Artists that got into the South Perth Emerging Artist Awards 2009. Its still open till the 22nd of November and its a mixture of some amazing artists of all kinds of Medium.

SouthPErth

Post Boxes Australia

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I’ve had my work on display at the award winning Maya Indian Restaurant & Rush Me clothing store in Fremantle for the last 3 weeks. They just look awesome on the big red walls at Maya and perfectly place for street viewing at Rushme. It’s great for having new people see your work 🙂

Gurps & Rushme Bagga the owners are happy the lend there wall spaces to emerging artists so if your interested in Exhibiting the too contact them at http://www.mayarestaurant.com.au/contact.asp

RushMe Clothing Store

RushMe Clothing Store

Artwork on display @ Maya Restaurant

Artwork on display @ Maya Restaurant

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A good friend Shona Henderson ask me which piece in the ‘Art of Travel, India’ I liked the best. Which I answered ‘Shop Boxes.’ Unfortunately I couldn’t entirely share with her why I thought it was the best, as the images in this Blog don’t give you the opportunity to look up close to the images and explore the deep individualism of each image. So I though, as I explain to her, I would write some notes on my favourite piece and why.

Art of Travel, Part 1: India – Shop Boxes

'The Art of Travel, Part 1 India'

'The Art of Travel, Part 1 India'

These Shop Boxes are spread everywhere throughout India, so much so you almost don’t see them. They just blend in with the crowded chaos of the Indian landscape. Shop Boxes though are a brilliant idea. A steal or wooden cupboard like enclosure in which people have a shop. ‘A Shop in a Box.’ They save space in a crowded environment, are cost efficient, easily lock up at night and are portable to move with the changing times.

I once interviewed a Mechanical Shop box owner who told my friend who translated to me that every year or so he moves a couple of kilometres up the large road he is on as they keep widening the road and taking up his spot/post.

Types of shops in the boxes range from mechanic shops containing a compressor and many large hung tools, a tailor shop where the owner sits with his sewing machine each day as the clothes to work on are hung up and draped all around the walls of his box, a shoe shop featuring a crowed display if shoes lining the boxes walls with a father and son selling to the passers by, pan and cigarette shops where the owner dishes out pan to regularly visiting auto drivers and boasts that his is the best pan in town, an artists studio where you can sit and have your portrait painted, the morning juice stall, the lunch time chat & food stall and the list just continues and continues.

I love this image as it invites you to explore the many environments in these boxes or how empty and alone they look when they are shut up. Once again exemplifying the environmental changes of mans markings. They are a Box, a quiet deserted box, absent from live until they are opened up and brought to life by their owner.

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I gave myself 6 weeks to print and prepare for my exhibition and this is how it went.

First priority was to have all my collages finalized and ready for printing. Since I work with such large images I needed a much faster computer than my lovely imac. So I hired a wizz bang 8gb ram PC from Abacus computers and tied myself to my chair for three weeks for some quality Photoshop and coffee time. Eventually the work was done for all but three images, which don’t fit in the exhibition space anyways so I prioritized to complete them at a later date. I was happy very happy with my 9 completed works through and after a weekend off I rushed them to the printers first thing Monday morning.

Working with the printers was easy. I went to Fitzgeralds Photo Lab and the talent printer named PJ or PK, always get confused if he’s pyjamas or gum?. But either way he took control of the project and listen to every inquiry I had.

It took just over a week to print my images and I spent the time writing the press releases, listing publications to send the press releases too, sending out the press releases, when on a giant search for extremely large magnifying glasses, found extremely large magnifying glasses, brought framing material, started my framing, brain stormed with my amazing friend Kerri, wrote sale letters, wrote sale contracts, designed certificates of Authenticity, printed my artist CV, wrote a summary of the project for exhibition display, and proofing plus printing my essay about the exhibition. Pheww! Back to the Lab.

Wow. I when back to the lab to view the printed images and it was like 100 surprises at once. I have dreamed about seeing these images printed at large for soo long and there they were. It was my most memorable experience this year. Once I had viewed and ticked them off they were sent for laminating. I decided to laminate to exhibition prints as its cheaper than framing with glass and peoples sticky fingers are probably going to be all over them after the exhibition. The sold (fingers crossed it’ll be a sell out hehe) prints will be reprinted without laminate though as the colours and contrast look a whole lot better without laminate.

Lamination took another week and I spend this time finishing the frames. And now its all together ready to be hung on the 6th of July 2009 at Little Creatures Fremantle. Which I’m sure is going to be my next most memorable day of the year 🙂

Planned Exhibition Layout

Planned Exhibition Layout

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