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This Is How Memories Are Made

Draw filmMild Manners Presents

This Is How Memories Are Made

Woodcuts & Artwork By Alex Gillies

Opening Thursday 23 May 6pm
Showing until Sunday 30 June

Upstairs at Ksubi
Shop 2/30 James St,
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
QLD 4006 Australia

http://www.mild-manners.com

It’s been a few years between solo art shows but thankfully due to that, I have a few years of artwork that I will be showing as part of this show.
More details will be coming along in the next few days but until then you will find a portion of what’s on display over on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/againstthewoodgrain

Print in Print

Firstly a quick thank you to all the terrific folks who came along to the Wasted Dream group art show over the last week and checked out not only my prints but all the great artwork on display. My good friend Murdoch absolutely killed it with some of his new drawings. There were two of them that were my favourites!

Here’s what I had on display…

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So last night we pulled down that show and tonight there’s something a little different happening across town.

My friends at Mild Manners are making the Ksubi artspace in Fortitude Valley their new home for 2013 and they’re kicking off proceedings with a group show (check it out here or here) and publication launch (care of Small House Books) tonight from 6pm. I’m in said publication and you can pick up a free copy at the show or if you keep your eye out, probably around town.

Koma Mag

Koma Mag-2

The reason for my inclusion is that I’m going to be having a solo show at the Ksubi artspace soon and so this is a nice little lead into that. I’ll be sure to put up full details of my show once it’s all ready to roll! Until then, Maybe I’ll see you tonight, maybe I’ll see you round town…

Wasted Dream III

Wasted Dream III

Yep. So this is coming up in a few weeks time and it is just the first of several exciting announcements and events that I have coming up over the next few months – I’m going to be all over the place and loving it.

This time around for the third installment of the show we have moved out of the DIY music venue and into the DIY art space. The Box Gallery is nestled in the heart of West End (http://theboxwestend.com), we’re definitly coming up in the world. I will have three new works on show which will be nestled in amongst a whole heap of great made by my friends.

If you want to have a sticky-beak at some of the works that are being made then you should head over to http://wasteddreambrisbane.blogspot.com.au or better still, go join the facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/121084578073428/ and share/invite your friends to come along too!

I’ve Made (Another) Book!

Well everything art-wise for the last two months has been all about the group show I’m a part of in a few weeks time (see posts below). I’m currently half way through my last woodcut for the show and what better time but to create a great big distraction. One in the form of another handmade book so I can show off some of the work I did last year.

I would almost say that this is becoming an annual thing for me, if it wasn’t for the fact that we’re only three weeks into 2012. In 2009 I made my first hand-bound artist book. I only made 5 copies of it though. In 2010 I made a much smaller sized one and there ended up being 31 copies over two editions of that made (with nine copies still somewhere amongst my books and records). In the middle of last year I made a deluxe book but seeing as it took ages to put together and wasn’t cheap to make, I only made seven copies, I couldn’t work out what I should do with them so I ended up giving them away to people who had bought some of my artworks.

I love making artist books, they are not only challenging to plan, construct and make but it’s nice to look back over what you’ve done recently and it does give you a sense of accomplishment. I always try to do something different each time with the bookbinding side of things and the one I’ve made this time could almost be considered a back to basics artist book. It’s a 16 page double-sided concertina layout with full colour reproductions of some of my favourite woodcuts that I made last year (well Dec 2010 to Jan 2012 to be precise). Also included in the book is an original hand-coloured woodcut that I’ve done exclusively to go with this book.

The original plan was to make a book that I could have to sell at the Wasted Dream art show in February but as everything came together last week I (again) didn’t know how many copies to make. So this time around I’m trying something a little different. Rather than making something and hoping others are interested (because I’ve already got my copy to keep so I’m happy) – I’m going to only make copies of the book for people who really do want one or for folks who are interested in the art I make but maybe don’t want to spend lots of money on a big print.

So I’ve set up a page where you can go and look at the book a bit closer and buy it through paypal. It’s $35.00 (Aus) and there are postage or pick up options available. Here’s the catch though… The book will be available to purchase for one month (24th Jan – 23rd Feb). After that I won’t be making any more. I’ll make the books over the next few weeks and at the end I will edition them accordingly and either post them out or (if you’re in Brisbane) bring them to the Wasted Dream art show. That means that there might only be three books made or maybe 30? I don’t know yet but this way no one misses out and I get to move onto more woodcuts (insert a short attention span).

Coming Soon…

Harmony & Heartache

Some good friends of mine from Melbourne have a band called Harmony and I think they’re pretty damn good. The bees knees as a matter of fact! Thing is that there are six of them. This is good when it comes to the music and the singing and such but bad when it comes to affordable independent touring!

This Friday and Saturday they’re playing here in Brisbane as part of their national ‘Heartache’ tour.

Friday night: X&Y Bar (Ann St in the Valley)
Saturday night: The Waiting Room (Browning St in West End)

Because we’re lucky enough to get two shows, I initially though of doing a poster for it all. This however, in my usual way of getting carried away with things, meant that I ended up carving out a special woodcut and hand printing 20 prints instead.

I figured if I make 10 prints for each show and the band sell them for a few bob, then it may help them with the petrol money and get all six of them safely home to Melbourne (instead of leaving one or two on the side of the road half way home). That (joke) aside, I’m sure they will sell out both shows, be great to watch and these prints will make wonderful mementos of it all.

All of the prints have the same illustration but are printed in a unique fashion…

There’s definitely a lot happening this coming weekend. On Friday night I for one am having an art exhibition opening a few blocks down the street at the White Canvas Gallery which is where I will be before X&Y.

If you don’t have Harmony’s debut album yet, bring a few extra bucks to the show and get it!

Before then you can check them out here: Harmony Bandcamp

Or at these various facebook pages cause that’s where people seem to hang out these days.
Harmony Facebook
Waiting Room Facebook
X&Y Facebook

The Empty Set

The Empty Set is a group exhibition that I am going to be a part of Next month.

I will have a number of prints on both paper and cloth on show including a collaboration I did with my good friend Murdoch. For those of you who were able to attend my exhibition at Nine Lives with Murdoch earlier this year, you will recognise some of the pieces I will have on show.

The show is being held at the White Canvas Gallery in Fortitude Valley. It’s on Church St ( just off Wickham St 200mtrs before you hit Emporium).

This is the invite…

For those who can make it along on the opening Friday night (of what looks to be a busy weekend of music related events in Brisbane). There will be a live set by Collapsed Ankles. Now while that name might not be familiar, it is in fact musician Lance Sinclair who’s music I’ve enjoyed for a lot of years. I’m pretty stoked to see him play as he does so very infrequently.

Facebook Event

White Canvas Gallery

group SHOW this week!

This is coming up this Friday night.

So many great friends and great artists are a part of this. Nothing hi-brow, just a lot of good people having a good time. Come be a part of it!

As for me? I’ll have something old, something new, something red and this one below in blue.

When The Dead Heart Beats: The Epilogue

If you look below on this blog, you’ll see that I had an art show recently. It was a great time and a great experience and a privilege to show with Murdoch. The only problem I had was that with months and months of lead up, making the art, promoting the show, etc, etc… the show itself seemed to be over in a flash. So a few weeks after everything was wrapped up, I thought I should make myself a memento of it all.

So seeing as I’d made artist books for my previous two solo shows, I figured I’d do something like that again.

This is what I’ve been making for the last two days. Seven copies of a small book showcasing all the art that Murdoch and I had on show at Nine Lives Gallery. Everything that was hanging on the walls is here in the book. I’ve constructed and hand-bound the book myself and even cut up two scroll panels to make small fabric pouches that the books will live within.

A fun little project and now something for me to keep. Oh, and I’m sorry but the copies that have been made have already gone to good homes so please don’t ask for one unless you want to give me the cash to personally make you one.

Done and dusted for another year.

Yesterday I pulled down my exhibition with Murdoch from Nine Lives. If you didn’t make it, here’s what you missed.

When The Demon Knife Weeps (2010-2011)
A co-lab between myself and Murdoch Stafford

A Savage God (2011)

 

Cacophonous Vibes (2011)

 

While You Sleep (2011)

 

Salute #2 (2010)

 

The Longest Sleep (2010)

 

Untitled (2011)

 

Allegory (2011)

 

Possessed (2010)

 

Untitled (2011)

 

Some Deaths Are Worse Than Murders (2011)

 

The last four prints are all parts of the ‘Feel Free To Laugh’ series

WWI (2009)

 

WWII (2010)

 

Vietnam (2010)

 

WWIII (2011)

If something happened to take your fancy, let me know, leave a comment or send me a message. Most prints here are still available.

There is also talk of an artist book being made in the coming weeks for the exhibition. Mainly so I’ve got something to remember what it all looked like together.

…well now it’s onto the next project. Something smaller, something that’ll hopefully make me smile.

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