Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Manly Vale


At the weekend Trent, Willy, Luke, Kirill, Stu, Peerat and me hit up Manly Vale. Luke made this sweet edit....

Oath Of Armageddon, Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne 10th Feb 2012

I'll be down in Melbourne from Saturday setting this up, it opens on Friday the 10th, so if you're in Melbourne please come down and have a beer and look around.
The artist by the name of French takes delight in reduction. His favour is for that which is less, best exemplified by his fondness of darkness – the absence of light. Reduction is constant in his art with an almost entirely rejecting colour and working unfalteringly on a flat surface. By withholding the innumerable options we have available, French opts for focus and intensity in one place.

Darkness is constant in his artworks, and that relates to both the density of the line and the subject matter it depicts. French is a forefather for the new blood line in a tradition of subcultural aesthetics. With an upbringing of obsessive attention to the grotesque of metal record sleeves and the immoral graphics on skateboards it is worth noting that the artist grew up in a garrison town. Familiar with military machismo, termination machinery and the displays of death, it is no small wonder that French’s morbid tendencies and medically precise depictions of human entrails recur frequently. In recent years he has added to his artillery of imagery (skulls, corpses, executioners, decaying beasts and Black Metal musicians) the regularity of medieval knights, wizards and occult rituals. Compasses and sea-going vessels, hand-forged tools and armour bring us back to a Europe of old, dark ages and discovery, the dawn of science and religions that stood in its way. Wickedness reigns in the absence of illumination.

Science prescribes that black is the absorption of all light frequencies. Similarly French’s work consumes much. Excrutiating amounts of detail and time are applied to a single idea or an image to arrive at the intricate depiction he has conjured. A dark intensity and singularity define the work of French with his priority of the solitary line and, contrastingly, it’s myriad of possibilities.

– Joseph Allen Shea
Sydney, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012


Whilst in a foreign country I find the need to immerce myself in the culture, so on this trip to Australia I've only been listening to "Sadistik Exekution" . I feel it will ready me for the exhibition next week in Melbourne and help me set up, paint stuff on the walls etc

If you haven't heard it.... get it!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chrissie Abbott - Casual Cosmology, China Heights, Sydney

Chrissie is having an exhibition at China Heights that opens this friday evening at 6pm. Here's some pic's of how its looking. But to see it properly come down tomorrow night and take a look around and soak it up.

All the work is for sale, Prints and hand made collage pieces....

Back In Sydney

Cobra Coffee... from Dalba
Woody & Joe



Whilst in Brisbane Jay and Alice took us up to Coolum for the weekend, for some sun, sea, surf and a small skate at the park.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Friday, January 20, 2012

Rolling Back the Years - Huck Magazine

I had this screen print and board in the Huck Exhibition in London last week. Lovenskate created the entire thing so I was stoked to be involved, its always good to have Stu print something of mine. The show's on for a little while and is also traveling around the world

If you after one of these prints or any of the others in the show CLICK HERE.

Thanks to Anna for getting me involved, Stu for being Stu and Schoph for giving me a drink.

Redcliff, Op-shops, Farifield, Small Room & BBQ's

Thursday, January 19, 2012

NineLives Install, Brisbane