6 December 2013
As one exhibition closes, another opens…and yet another one is in the planning stages...
I have taken down my exhibition at Port Jackson Press, but the Firestation Print Studio Summer Salon opened on Wednesday the 4th of December.
I have two works in the Summer Salon this year, including the piece pictured above: Seed of Doubt I, a three colour linocut with hand stitching and paper cutting, 33cm x 25cm. It is based on the seed of the Blackwood Wattle Acacia melanoxylon, with its beautiful orange eliasome that nurtures the seed in the pod as well as when it falls to the ground (protected, lovingly embraced, just like a doubt).
The exhibition continues until mid-January, but please check the website for opening times over the Christmas New Year period.
And coming up in January 2014:
I will be part of a group exhibition at the newly expanded Town Hall Gallery at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. There will be some public programs organised to coincide with the show, including some artist talks and workshops. More news as it comes to hand…
New Ground - Contemporary Printmaking
Town Hall Gallery
14th January to 23rd February 2014
Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road
Participating artists: Andrew Totman, Bronwyn Rees, Jenny Peterson, Anita Iacovella, Tiziano Bellomi, Elizabeth Banfield.
22 November 2013
My exhibition in the Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press will continue until the 3rd of December. Here are some photos of the work in situ, and thanks to everyone for their comments and support.
above: Turning to Ash (detail)
8 panels, hand printed linocut on Gampi Silk Tissue, each panel 62 x 16cm
below, foreground: Charcoal, Volumes 1 and 2 (detail)
linocut artist book with phase box enclosure, 15 x 35 x 10cm (each volume, when open)
below, background: On Reflection (The Forest of Ambiguity) (detail)
linocut artist book with bound portfolio enclosure, 28 x 50 x 28cm (when open)
9 November 2013
Tomorrow is Open Day at the FPS; part of an art trail that includes other studios in the Armadale area. All the individual artist studios will be open for you to meet the artists and see where and how they work. There will also be demonstrations at the presses in the workshop by my friends Bronwyn Rees and Margaret Manchee and others, as well as children's activities, Sue Top's exhibition in the gallery, and much more.
I'll be hanging around in Bronwyn's studio again this year, so come and say hello.
And my exhibition in the Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press is now continuing until the 3rd of December.
Firestation Print Studio
2 Willis Street
Sunday 10th November
12.00pm to 4.00pm
11 October 2013
The Forest of Ambiguity
An exhibition of linocuts and artist books
on display throughout the month of November 2013
The Little Window of Opportunity
Port Jackson Press
61 Smith Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Image: Elizabeth Banfield, On Reflection (The Forest of Ambiguity), linocut artist book with bound portfolio enclosure, 2013, 28cm x 50cm x 28cm, edition of 3
27 September 2013
Postcards from the North and South opened last night at the Firestation Print Studio. This is a joint project with PressNorth Printmakers of Townsville, Queensland, and features small works by 25 FPS artists and 28 from PressNorth. Both are artist-run printmaking groups, and many of the artists have used the postcard format to show us a little insight into life in their part of the world. Have a look at the page on the Firestation website for the complete set.
It was great to see the work of artists like Jo Lankester, Zelma Schulten, Sheree Kinlyside and many more adorning the walls of the Firestation Gallery. Each work is 10 x 15cm, and all printmaking techniques are there, including lithography.
This is my print, a layered linocut titled Flying Ember No.1. I used the small format to test an idea I am now expanding upon. I wanted to use layers of fine papers, connect them with stitching at the top, and allow both to flutter and separate a little as people walk past. (The larger works will be part of my show in the Little Window of Opportunity at Port Jackson Press in November)
The first layer is a black linocut printed on Kozo extra light paper, with holes cut through to show the second layer, orange printed Gampi Silk Tissue.
Many thanks to FPS Curator Marguerite Brown, and the FPS and PressNorth artists.
Postcards from the North and South
25th September to 20th October
Firestation Print Studio
2 Willis Street
48 The Strand
31 July 2013
My little book Shyness has been selected as a finalist in the 2013 Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize. I feel very honoured to have my work included in this exhibition (for the full list of 46 artists see the gallery website).
I have also recently sent a copy to the 4th Sheffield International Artist Book Prize exhibition, along with a copy of Grosvenor Reserve, my Art-Town book made with Joss Farmar-Bowers.
Geelong Acquisitive Print Prize
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
31st August to 24th November 2013
4th Sheffield International Artist Book Prize
Bank Street Arts
5th October to 30th November 2013
18 May 2013
The Libris Awards opened last weekend and the prizes were announced. Have a look at their website for photos of the winners, all the finalists books, and the judge, Helen Cole of the State Library of Queensland, conducting a floor talk.
There are more links to videos and articles available at the Book Art Object blog here, thanks to Helen Malone whose beautiful work is on her blog here.
And Diane of Book Art Object has been to the show many times and put some more photos and thoughts about it on her blog here.
The CPM Print Awards will be on show at the Tweed River Art Gallery until the 2nd of June. The Southern Printmakers of Sydney have put some installation photos on their blog, my little book Shyness (which won a Highly Commended award at this show) can be seen on the plinth in the third photo.
I've also put more photos of Shyness (and other books) on my new page of Artist Books.
7 May 2013
This weekend is the opening of the 2013 Libris Awards, here is the email invitation with my little book Shyness, among very fine company, and featured fifth from the left.
And more news regarding this book, at the recent CPM Print Awards at Tweed River Art Gallery it received a Highly Commended award, judged by Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian Prints at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
13 April 2013
The exhibition opens on Thursday night (so it's really art-under-the-pump!)
Thursday 18th April.
Chapel off Chapel Gallery
12 Little Chapel Street
The exhibition will feature all the art produced over the two weekends, in the Prahran Market by myself and my Firestation colleagues, and along Chapel and Greville Streets by the other participating artists.
It's been a very exciting and exhausting process, but inspiring too. We both wish we'd had more time. Some parts came together effortlessly, and some didn't. But it's all a learning process, and every artwork is part of the journey towards the next one...
Our book is called 'Grosvenor Reserve' as its subject is a park of that name in the Chapel Street precinct. On my first morning I hand printed two leaf blocks pictured above, and did some stamping with another small lino block I'd mounted on a piece of wood (many passing children stopped to have a turn, and thus helped me make the paper for the book covers). I had prepared the little blocks in advance, and while the prints were drying, I carved another block for printing the following morning.
The subsequent prints are pictured below, drying on the old clothes horse that I had brought along for the purpose. These are the tissue paper inserts for between the book pages, the design is based on the tall gum tree trunks in the park.
Then more carving on the second afternoon, more leaves, as well as another scene of the tree trunks for Joss to turn into a pop-up for the last opening of the book (pictured below).
Then a catch-up printing session at home on the little press, before a day at the Firestation Print Studio with Joss yesterday to cut paper, stitch leaves and tissue paper, and make the first of the small edition.
7 April 2013
My new book 'Shyness' (pictured here enclosed in its phase box) will travel north for two exhibitions this month.
The CPM National Print Awards will be on display at the Tweed River Art Gallery from 19th April to 2nd June (on the coast of far north NSW).
And as a finalist in the Libris Awards, it will be on display at Artspace Mackay from the 10th May to 30th June (on the coast of central Queensland).
The carousel book was well suited to being enclosed in a phase box. I've made quite a few now after adapting the instructions from the Indiana University Library manual of enclosures and repairs. I make them with 300gsm etching paper (here it was Somerset Textured) and I laminate the pieces with my prints (printed on Kozo Heavy), usually from a block that's also used in the enclosed book. Here I've used one of the parts of the carousel, but also with one of the red leaves first glued underneath.
And the book is kept nice and snug for travelling north...