To The North

A few years ago, I drafted a tour poster for my friends in To The North. Outside forces and circumstance meant that the print was never used ans as such was filed away.

Fast forward almost four years and To The North’s vocalist Cam (and total legend of a dude) asked if the print was still there to use. Of course it was and so a bunch of shirts were printed up.

ToTheNorth

I can’t guarantee that there are still any of these left seeing as they seem to have been quite popular. I’m real happy though that they got to use this.

I Used To Skate Once 10 (2014)

IUTSO10

In June I was part of the 10th year of The Outpost’s I Used To Skate Once exhibition. This was my contribution to that show. I was asked a few times if the words on the deck were laser-cut. No, they were all hand carved by me. Still I took the question as a compliment.

IUTSO2014

If you look for any kind of meaning in my (carved) thoughts, it’s that you can’t always take life to seriously… remember to go outside and play, enjoy and have some fun.

Once Every 15 Days – Until Sunday

Here’s some quick snaps from the Old Bar Gallery space where my exhibition is now hanging. I love how gritty the space is and I think it suits the works. It’s hanging until this Sunday 1st June and is open 4pm until late weekdays and 2pm until late Sat / Sun.

Once Every 15 Days – Up Now at The Old Bar, Melbourne

The above post show’s The Old Bar Gallery space and the works on show but I thought I’d also let you see the individual works themselves. Pretty much everything on show is available for sale. If you’re not in Melbourne then feel free to email me (alexandeverything at gmail dot com) and we can make it happen.

How Do You Sleep? Artist Book #7

How Do You Sleep? Artist Book

So at the moment my world is fast filling up with all the things I need to organise for my solo art show in Melbourne opening next month at The Old Bar in Fitzroy.

Now this is a good thing but also it leaves me little time for distractions and I love a good distraction. Add to this some of my friends who have seen what I’ve been working on behind the scenes lately have had very positive feedback and so last week I thought I’d take a bit of time out to make an artist book. Here it is and it’s titled How Do You Sleep?

How Do You Sleep? Artist Book

There is a undercurrent of thoughts that link a lot of my latest woodcuts, that and my somewhat erratic sleeping pattens of late have culminated in the images and contents of this book. I have handmade it as a concertina style book with a hardback outer cover. It’s a nice size in the hand at 21 x 21cm and I have made it in an edition of 23 copies.

 

book making

Above is my work bench over the last couple of days, basically all that paper, tape and cardboard eventually gets distilled down to this (just like magic)…

How Do You Sleep? Artist Book

It’s for sale HERE in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for reading.

Returning To The Board

boards

Skateboard decks – a popular canvas for people to decorate, paint, design or simply draw upon. It was my good friend Matt Brady who I can thank for helping get me into decorating skateboard decks as much as making woodcuts. Long before I got a handle on relief printing as an artistic medium I was experimenting on carving decks. The above photo has at the top the second ever woodcut I tried back in May 2008 and at the bottom the latest one I carved last week – both went a new home at True North in Melbourne last week.

Not carved as a printing matrix but as I sculpted illustration. I have to admit I do not really enjoy illustrating decks. The wood is so hard it hurts my hands (treated Canadian Maple), the wood surface is convex which makes correctly angling the carving blade tricky. Still they look really cool and while I repeatedly tell myself upon finishing a deck that it will be my last, I keep coming back to do more. I love the True North deck above. Like old-school tattoo flash with the tinted woodgrain showing up through the white inked surface.

I have only just by writing this post realised that I have actually done ten decks to date. I can’t help but think that deck No.11 probably isn’t far off…

Once Every 15 Days – 23rd May, Melbourne.

ARTSHOW_poster

Latest updates here: https://www.facebook.com/events/309876035828828/

This was 2013

So this is how I spent 2013. If you didn’t see me, well it is because I was at home doing this!

31 woodcuts in total. 2 artist books, 1 zine, a 10″ Ep,  a t-shirt and 3 exhibtions. An honorable mention for the woodcut guitar that while started in 2012 was finally finished this year.

Also a big shout out to my friends in Harmony & High Tension for asking me to illustrate their records. It was an Honour!

Thanks to everyone for the kind words, comments and all round support towards all this. I hope your year was as good as mine and that next year will be better for us all.

Alex.

.

The Outpost Presents: Southern Crucifixion (One Night Art Show)

PosterSthnCrux

Sometimes I do birds, sunsets and the like and sometimes I entertain a more macabre vision for art making. When my good friend Matt at The Outpost asked me to be part of a group show for one night in Brisbane with two artists who do some pretty great work – of course I wanted to be a part of it!

I’ve shown with Murdoch previously and Murdoch has shown with French (all thanks to Nine Lives). This is going to be a lo-key night of metal/doom/punk/horror slanted creativity. Murdoch’s punk band Last Chaos will be playing as well as Doom band Frown.

I will have some new woodcuts on show as well as some favourites from previous exhibitions. In addition to the framed original prints (like that one the left), I will bring along things I’ve made over the last year or two like artist books, zines, t-shirts, vinyl and whatever else I end up hand-making over the next week…

stuff

It will be free entry on the night and this is a pretty underground event so feel free to share this info with your friends (HERE on Facebook) and with any luck I’ll see you there!

Getting Back On The Board (yet again)

So my band No Anchor are playing one more show here in Brisbane before we go on something of an extended break – an indefinite hiatus if you will. Our show which is this weekend is with a Melbourne named Clowns who are definitly in the skate-punk vein of music. Now while No Anchor might not work under that genre title I figured I would make something cool as a parting gift to the folks (well one lucky punter) who come to the show as well as something fun for the night.

NADeck

So I actually have some old boards that I reclaimed a while back. I set about sanding off the old decal on the deck and even had to pause cause I thought it looked cool just as it was.
NADeck-2

Then I used some of my favourite artwork associated with the band, the logo designed by Murdoch Stafford alongside the cover image from our third album Real Pain Supernova. Now I hate carving modern skateboards – mainly because it is not a flat surface which adds a greater chance to screw it up as well as the 7-ply maple wood being as tough as nails to carve into.
NADeck-3
…but a day or two of carving and there you have it!
NADeck-4

Because I mainly just use what is around me to make something, I used my mat black printing ink to cover the board and then coated it with a sealant.
Skate3
I think it turned out great. The purple dye of the woodgrain came up really well under the black coating.
deck
And for one little extra I decided to put the headstocks of my bandmates instruments into the griptape. It is common to make a marking to help identify the top and the bottom of the board and because No Anchor has two bass players I thought it appropriate to use Ian’s Rickenbacker and Donnie’s Peavy.
deck-2
This is the 8th skateboard I have customised and my only wish is that the person who wins it at the show on Saturday actually skates it and scratched the hell out of it. As much as it’s art – to me it’s a skateboard and I hope it is treated like one!

NADeck

 

 

 

 

.