Friday, August 15, 2008
Keeping Up With Housekeeping
A day away from my drawing table to do errands: bills to pay, press kits to send, photographs to collect from the printers, and new frames, just delivered from Brisbane, to stack in my garage. Later, I drove into Sydney to meet with the events manager at the large, well-known Japanese-owned bookseller, Kinokuniya. I proposed an idea for a building-sized public installation and despite concerns about permissions, liabilities, insurance and production costs, the manager was enthusiastic. We also chatted about smaller scale alternatives utilising the bookshop's small gallery and display windows.I haven't been out of my studio since I arrived back from Melbourne. I've been finishing two enamel-on-board Dangerous Career Babes paintings and working on acrylic-on-paper studies for two more. I've been sketching six, small, Pop Art-style nudes for a series of limited edition, tin condom containers to be distributed later this year by Legends Rubbers. I've also been making notes for a handful of large, multi-panel works on paper in watercolour, acrylic and pencil. Apart from short breaks for food and eight hours of sleep a night, I've done little else. I had almost to squint when the first rays of unfiltered daylight touched my face as I walked to my truck in the driveway, this morning.Tomorrow, I'll load some of the black and white photographs from PORNO onto my web site. I've held back from doing so for a couple of weeks because I wanted as many people as possible to view them 'in context' at MARS Gallery. Now I've decided to relent. Just a little. But don't expect me to make a habit of it.