Yeah yeah I know I am slack. Lets sum up quickly the last few months:
Feb: Opened an ARI or ALI or co-op or not-for-profit or whatever one wants to call it, but the long and short is with my wonderful friend Elysha I opened an Art Gallery in the Centre of Toowoomba. It is called made. Creative Space and you can find more information here ---> www.madecreativespace.com this is a regularly updated website (where all my time is going) so it would be worthwhile subscribing to it and all that it and its shiny upkeep offers.
Mar: Group Exhibition at made. some works where on display there.
Mar/Still: Wagners Sponsored Exhibition images below
April: Solo exhibition and childrens workshops at Logan Regional Art Gallery titled 'Monkeys of Socks are Taking Over'. Soon to be uploaded and archieved is my newspaper articles as well. That was really a side thought.
May: AutumnFest kicked off with a bang, facepainting, children's painting and installation, art competitions and live music a year of planning was worth it.
May Again: Installation, Today infact at Redland Art Gallery Capalaba ' Sock Monkeys and Their Monkey Ways' more piccies below.
made. Creative Space
On-Site exhibition Curated by Elysha Gould
The concept for this project lies in the desire to explore the contexts of a gallery space and what is classified as an art material.
The exhibition redefines 'landscape' as represented in art through physically placing objects of industrial landscape into the gallery space. The raw and natural quality of the materials used creates a contrast against the clean white walls of the gallery.
All artists have worked with tactile mediums as part of their practice, but using set raw materials as a basis for this work presented an added challenge and hence an opportunity for artistic growth. With no limitations to working methods or presentation, each artist was able to create works using their own interpretation of the provided materials.
Sand, gravel, rocks, cement and steel reinforcement are readily utilised for construction, but mainly in an industrial context. By challenging these six artists to construct works using materials not normally associated with fine art, both the artists and viewers can open up the possibilities to the vast materials on offer outside of an art shop.
By Elysha Gould
Artist Statement: Alex Isaacson
As a self-portraiture artist my practice resonates through the documentation of myself through my alter-ego the Sock Monkey. I utilize the inherent parody and humour Sock Monkey's possess to create a comical look at my own struggles with anxiety that I battle with on a daily basis. These particular works explore my recent feelings of the overwhelmed, the struggle with becoming buried and then the inevitable success of winning when I find myself at the end of the road. Each monkey represents the different stages of stress the battle to cope, the feeling of taking one step in front of another to happiness and pride I feel with in myself once I have accomplished.
Cadavre Exquis curated by Alex Isaacson
Based on the Surrealist Game local artists played the game of blind autonomous drawing.
'Sock Monkeys and Their Monkey Ways' @ Redland Art Gallery