Tuesday, 26th May, 2015|
It has been ages, catching up. Have published three more books (see the Press page) and some more assemblages.
17th International Collage Exchange/Exhibition all sorted and sent.
Preparing for my next Taekwon-Do grading in September. 5th Dan. Serious stuff.
Starting to update all the pages on this website. It's been a long time coming.
Sunday, 21st December, 2014
Finally, the closing party for the Paris show. To express our thanks to all those who helped us. And to enjoy the much-travelled and lovely wine
donated by Sileni, refused by French Customs, bounced back around the world, held by NZ Customs .... finally all arrived back, and greatly enjoyed.
Thank you All.
Saturday, 20th December, 2014
Rehung the assemblages in my lair. Filled the wall nicely. Bad tactical error though .... no room for new ones AND I'd forgotten that one will be coming
back from a year's lease with the STDC next week. Where to put it?
Oh, and do you think OSH would approve of my clambering technique for nailing up the high ones?
Tomorrow there'll be the closing for the Paris show. 6 weeks after the opening, the wine that Sileni donated has at last caught up with us, so we'll
have a pizza and wine party to say Thank You for all our supporters.
Monday, 24th November, 2014
Catching up. Artists calling to collect their Paris works. Floor gradually becoming visible.
Linda put some superb photos of the whole Paris experience onto her dropbox.
Here's the link.
They give a great idea of the whole trip, the walking, the fun, the school-camp feel of the apartments, the gallery, the crowds,
the lovely city, the opening, the concerts. Everything.
The last few of the photos are from when she left the plane at Dubai (she reckons we should have our next exhibition there, just for the experience!)
Saturday, 22nd November, 2014
Home, loving all the greenery & the birds, but smiling at memories of Paris.
Jet-lagged after the 36 hours of travel. Unpacking all the artworks, catching up, feeling sluggish.
Monday, 17th November, 2014
Up early. Exhibition finished last night, some of us went to dinner at a super place, crowded, wonderful cooking.
Now we've cleared up, packed, weighed, having a last look at Paris.
Saturday, 15th November, 2014
My little camera has died. Overuse?
This is in our apartment. Described as "a well-located flophouse" it's right by the Louvre, and all 10 of us fit in nicely.
The view out the window and the computer/breakfast table.
We're all trying to see everything on our lists, rushing around like happy little chickens.
Last night I went in a 200-year-old tiny junk shop specialising in pipes and smoking stuff. It was so full of treasures that only one customer can fit in at
a time. I think my studio will look like that in 200 years time.
I got two empty pipe cases for using in assemblages, and I'm really excited.
Friday, 14th November, 2014
Not keeping up with posting images. Spending all day walking & exploring.
So just a few random shots around Paris.
Wednesday, 12th November, 2014
We are walking and exploring from before daybreak (and WAY before the French get going - the streets are ours alone) until we drop at night.
Loving this city. And there's so much to see.
Down exploring the city sewers today, and it's fascinating.
A few head shots: Frances, Lessie & Anne.
Monday, 10th November, 2014
Walked forever. Carousel, to Clignancourt flea market, the sacre couer by the back way. And Sunday night concert in the gallery.
Sunday, 9th November, 2014
4.30am, while the others in the apartment are sleeping.
We're getting some great publicity. Lots of links in 'what to see in Paris' sites.
And today this link in a film critic's blog (Linda & Steve helped heaps with the film questions)
We each have five half-day sessions hosting the exhibition. But for the rest of the time we WALK and explore.
Yesterday flea markets. Today will be MORE flea markets - further out from the centre, but we'll still walk rather than use the Metro.
Underground, you could be anywhere (except when you're in the Catacombs!)
Every weekend night there's a free live music concert in the gallery. They set up seats and about 200 people come inside, and more watch from the windows (there's
a big speaker set up outside).
Friday, 7th November, 2014
At last, some time to put up some photos from the opening.
The terrific cheeses that Fonterra gave us.
A few of the people downstairs at the opening (couldn't photograph around the table upstairs where they were LOVING the cheese - couldn't get close!)
Frances & Dale with the New Zealand ambassador and our artist friends Suisse.
Anne (& Lessie) hauling stuff back to the apartment after the opening.
(Thanks to Steve for taking a zillion terrific photos)
The 12 of us who carried the exhibition to Paris.
Thursday, 6th November, 2014
The opening was terrific! People have said such great things about the work, and about the exhibition in total.
Mostly artists and friends from around the world, but also the New Zealand ambassador & entourage, lots from the France New Zealand association.
The French LOVE cheese, and they were astounded at the superb quality and taste of the Cheddar, the Brie, the Smoked Havarti and the Kikorangi Blue that Fonterra
donated to us for the opening.
They were also very rude about French Customs for keeping the lovely Sileni Estates wines instead of getting them to us.
We filled the gap with a whole lot of cheap French casks, but the 'stolen Sileni' was a major talking point, so good publicity, if not in the expected manner!
Not a lot of sales, but an extremely positive reaction and good comments. All good.
Up at 4am, which I'll perhaps regret later.
Lots of photographs & filming went on, but not by me, so no pics to post yet. But the exhibition looks fabulous.
Wednesday, 5th November, 2014
A huge day, setting up exhibition. From pile of boxes in the middle of the gallery floor, we've put together an exhibition and it looks SUPER.
A few adjustments to make, and some clearing up, but I'm pleased.
Over 250 works, and all looking good.
Went to the monthly meeting of the artists' association of 59 Rivoli in the evening. 30 artists, a great co-operative.
Tuesday, 4th November, 2014
Five of us up early (WAY too early, the markets & patisseries aren't open yet). We've made coffee & porridge, catching up with email, and Linda found the sweetest little fire extinguisher.
Monday, 3rd November, 2014
Actually BEING somewhere else is fun, but getting there can be right tedious.
3 hours flying to Melbourne, another 13 to Dubai, and just starting off on the last 7 hours to Paris.
With no time between for anything but scurrying to the next terminal and/or gate and being scanned again.
BUT WE'RE HERE! the artists, the artworks, 8 trolley, 2 shuttle buses, and we're here. Super apartment for the 10 of us. And Paris is (as always) terrific.
we're all tired to bits, but tomorrow we hang the show.
Sunday, 2nd November, 2014
I'm writing this 40,000 feet above the sea. (Yes, Emirates airlines seems to work in feet not metres).
May I tell you about the journey so far? 5 intrepid artists in a minivan with an EMORMOUS amount of artwork/luggage, lost on the 'quick' way to Auckland.
via Raglan and Port Waikato would you believe? But arrived, met the others, and with 8 trolleys full of luggage, all in the 'fragile or oversize' category,
we managed to check in and are on the way. there's a break of an hour or two at Melbourne where we have to get off the plane, so we have to stay awake till
after that. Then the long haul to Paris via a few more hours in Dubai.
I've completely lost my voice. No loss to the world, but embarrassing.
From the left, the intrepids (Dale, Laurel, Caryl, our driver Alan, Anne, Mili); Mili counting luggage trolleys at Auckland; Anne after her striptease of 4 jackets, all the chains around her neck, and the
contents of 23 large pockets!
Friday, 31st October, 2014
Been such a lot happening. The Kinetika show, packing for Paris, the Art Awards at Opunake.
Two more sleeps and we're off to Paris.
My engineer friend Ken Gernhoefer, riding our Kinetika device The ReCycler, aka The Time Machine.
Pedal hard and it gets noisy, a big fan blows the CDs, and a series of lights work.
(If you can see a blue light you're doing really well).
The Taranaki Art Awards at Opunake. Paul's big diptych About Face. Stunning painting.
And we've just heard that Emirates Airlines are changing the luggage rules. So we can take all the luggage, but won't be able to bring it all back.
Not too much weight, but too many big cases, tubes, boxes. So have spent most of today cutting the biggest box down to a permissable size.
I'll put the Taranaki à Paris exhibition online tonight (on the Virtual Tart site at tart.co.nz and finish
the repacking tomorrow.
Wednesday, 15th October, 2014
Such a long gap again. Been so busy. The Taranaki à Paris exhibition is soon. And also Kinetika. Total chaos at Puniho.
From the left: Anne Holliday and I start packing (in our berets, getting ready for a Paris winter).
The house is full of packed bags and boxes and tubes. 235 artworks. It's going to be a real circus getting them safely to France.
The dashboard of the 'Recycler' time machine for Kinetika. Madly tight timeframe. The whole thing has to be finished and installed in 6 more days.
The engineer Ken Gerhoefer is doing a great job of the frame and the works, I just have to decorate it.
Twice a week a mixed group of artists has coffee at the 'town office' - Petit Paris in New Plymouth. Where would we be without good coffee while we plan?
Saturday, 9th May, 2014
A long gap in writing, such a busy few months.
The 16th International Collage Exhibition/Exchange - all sorted and packed, today I started sealing, stamping and posting.
The postie took the first lot away.
All the European packs, and the first dozen for the USA.
It should all be finished and away by Monday.
And now back organising Taranaki à Paris, our exhibition in Paris this November.
The Taranaki artists on the Virtual Tart site will be showing at Gallerie 59Rivoli in Paris, opening 5th November 2014.
11 of us will travel, and carry the whole exhibition as our luggage. It's a huge venture. And adventure too.
Oh, and for June, such a lot happening. On the 6th it's the opening of Home Work - Taranaki Art Now at Puke Ariki.
It's a really big deal for us, a return to the glory days of a big selected Taranaki exhibition in a good gallery.
And over the weekend of 14/15 June, it's the first Taranaki Arts Trail.
About 70 open studios. At Puniho as well as me and Paul, our friend Wayne Morris will be showing his art.
Should be great fun.
Tuesday, 24th December, 2013
Christmas at this end of the world. Too hot to walk on the black sand at Komene, so a walk down Paora. Fergus, Dale, Toby and Paul (and some Photoshop
magic to get us all into one photo).
And, documentary proof, I DO sometimes tidy a patch in my studio.
I needed a flat surface for making some large collages for taking to Paris, so cleared a desk completely off. It took two days!
Isn't it lovely? 10 minutes later it was covered again, but the flat bit is productive.
Thursday, 12th December, 2013
What a hectic 10 days. As a fundraiser for the artists planning to exhibit in Paris, I started a sudden gallery.
OFF THE WALL, in New Plymouth.
Just for 10 days - it was great. People are so supportive.
A great effort by all the artists: the nail holes are all filled, the walls repainted, and I'm back at home in my studio.
pip Guthrie took some great photos of the show.
Oh, and if you'd like to see the video clip of the thing they did about me for the TV show "This Town",
Click here. They made a good job of it.
Tuesday, 12th November, 2013
I've got my Philosophy of the found exhibition on the Virtual Tart website.
My recent constructions. I'm pleased.
AND, the big news, artists on the Virtual Tart website have been invited to exhibit in Paris, November next year.
A fantastic opportunity but, of course, it's madly expensive to get there and to stay there for 15 days while the show is on.
So I'm having a sale of collages I've collected over the 15 years I've been running the International Collage Exhibition/Exchange.
Beautiful things, and people are being wonderfully supportive.
Do have a look, at outofsight.co.nz/CollageSale
Tuesday, 24th September, 2013
I've got my new book from the printer. It's been about 10 years in the writing. Complex Numbers in Graphs
I'm pleased with it. Discovered some new things.
Such a lot of the maths we're brought up with just ignores the necessity for complex numbers. Like that second graph, for x to the power of x
Even with just using real values for x, this is what you get ... a lovely shape.
Saturday, 17th August, 2013
The Lantern parade for Taranaki's Arts Festival. The caterpillar, and the great team of 7 carriers, survived, in spite of all the enthusiastic head-waving,
tail-twitching and body-bobbing.
The "hoon car" died suddenly so we got RedCar. Paul and Fergus can use the big silver one, RedCar is for me. My sort of size.
I drove down to Dunedin .... 6 days of driving for one day of seeing Toby and Peter. Brought back a carload of things they want stored. It was lovely.
Stayed in a motor camp on a remote beach north of Christchurch, and in the Tombstone Backpackers in Picton.
Thursday, 16th July, 2013
Exciting times. I might put together a book: 70 days countdown to the three-score-years-and-ten.
Such a lot happening.
I finished the commissioned lantern for New Plymouth's Arts Festival lantern parade. Madly ambitious, to make a huge lantern with two bendy-bus segments
so it can move its head from side to sides, and twitch its tail, as well as lumbering up, down and sideways. Is that 'pitch, roll and yaw'? Something like
It will take 6 people to carry it. And one small person to carry the basket of flowers in front that the caterpillar will be trying to catch and eat.
Daft. But it's finished.
Friday, 31st May, 2013
In spite of having a rotten cold which slows everything down, I'm enjoying being in my studio, making things.
Very pleased with this digital collage.
Suggestions on what to title it? 'Progression of puppyfat' is a bit naff. 'Cradle to grave' is just too obvious.
But isn't it just lovely? I had my hand X-rayed last week because I hurt it trying to punch through a board at Taekwon-Do.
When I saw it on the screen I forgot all about the hurt in the excitement, & the determination to get a copy of the image!
The other images are photos when I was 5 and 40. How it all flies by.
'Self Portrait: 5,40,69'. Yes, that will do.
Friday, 24th May, 2013
It's so good to be back in my studio, playing and making, now that the collage exchange is totally finished. Artists paid, packages sent, everything finished.
I made a series of 8 prints. Collage on lino-cut. Weird things.
Saturday, 6th April, 2013
The 15th International Collage Exhibition/Exchange is in full flow. 110 artists, from 11 different countries. Exhibition hanging at the Percy Thomson
Gallery in Stratford, New Zealand, everything looking good. Sorting well under way.
click on this image of me and Anne hanging the show to see snaps of the exhibition.
I'm not getting much time in my studio with all the collage stuff happening, but Nancy Bell Scott sent me a piece of hand-constructed paper and it's so
beautiful I used it in an assemblage.
Friday, 22nd March, 2013
What a mix of madness & stress!
Laptop was having a near-death experience so I got a new one.
Nice, but you know what a hassle it is to get a new
computer to behave as you want it to.
Just got it right and we got struck by lightning! A direct hit ... blue flash up Paul's arm as he was cooking, big
explosion from my lovely new computer.
Not as bad as I'd feared ... it seems to have just fried the modem/router and connecting cable. Phew!
99 packages of collages in so far (the 'deadline' was yesterday but there are more still coming. That's O.K.)
And, the big news, passed the 20,000 mark! Total of collages that have arrived for the exchanges over the 15 years I've been running it.
This is the twenty thousandth collage! And it's a beauty.
"WATER, FIRE, IRON, RUST: MY COUNTRY" - by Ursula Burmeister of Wanngardi, Alice Springs, Australia. Made of her handmade papers, depicting the harsh
conditions in her part of the world. It's an excellent collage
to mark this milestone (click on the image for a closer look).
Monday, 11th March, 2013
This is Fergus sitting in his good-boy chair.
Busy with collages. 66 packages in so far. Keeping me busy.
Friday, 8th February, 2013
The January exhibition on the Virtual Tart website was EXHIBIT NO FEAR - work and words by 56 artists from 9 different countries.
I put together a book from it, and I'm pleased with it. You can see some pages on the Press part of this site.
Much wrapping and posting.
Wednesday, 7th November, 2012
Last weekend a group of us went to Maroochydore in Queensland, Australia. For a Taekwon-Do coaching seminar, senior grading, and tournament.
A good weekend - I'm proud to belong.
Thursday, 1st November, 2012
It feels like a long time ago, but the photos from the investiture have just arrived.
With the Governor General Sir Jerry Matapaere. And with the musician Jordan Luck, who rushed in to help me be photographed. Isn't that lovely?
Sunday, 9th September, 2012
We drove to Wellington (lovely little windy city to walk in).
Investiture for M.N.Z.M. It was all done so well .... lovely.
Back home, back in our studios, all is well with the world.
Friday, 3rd August, 2012
Through a Glass Darkly.
After a LOT of work preparing everything for exhibition, we hung over 150 artworks! With help from our friends.
It looks really good. Upstairs, Real Tart Gallery, New Plymouth.
I've put all the images from the 100-day project onto a separate page.
It's here if you want to see it. Our trip to England, and the 100-page illustrated diary.
Friday, 13th April, 2012
Yesterday we (the 6PLY group of artists) hung our exhibition at Waiau Country Estate - it looks good.
And I posted the first lot of collage exchange packages. To artists whose work had sold.
The beginning of the end. (Except you can guess what came in today's mail ... the first package for NEXT year!)
Sunday, 8th April, 2012
Progress. The collage exhibition is hanging in the Percy Thomson gallery in Stratford. The sorting is all but done.
Toby's bed is now covered with packs of exchanged collages in recycled envelopes instead of packs from each artist. Just have to add the ones from the exhibition in Stratford.
And here's an image of the invitation postcard.
And the book for the 100 day project is ready for the start on April 20th. A title and collages for the who, what, where stuff.
Thursday, 29th March, 2012
It's been a hectic couple of months. In my studio a lot, making assemblages for an exhibition The End is Near in Utica, NY, USA. And for The Art of Assemblage
at Taupo Museum, New Zealand.
Collages coming in for the 14th International Collage Exhibition/Exchange in April. So I'm madly sorting, making exchanges which are as close to fair as is possible.
The picture on the left shows the process of collage sorting. Toby's bed can hold 49 packs of collages.
Working on a project I've been thinking about for years ... attempting to depict 4D graphs from
complex numbers by a set of 3D curves. Having ENORMOUS fun at it. The MAPLE software is lovely ... instead of having to try and imagine the 3D curves it will graph them and you can
rotate them on the screen, get a real feel for their structure. Nice.
Pic on right is part of the 4D sine curve.
And Paul and I are going to go to London to see the Lucien Freud exhibition! After years of him not wanting to leave his studio, or his dog, and fighting depression, he said he'd like to see
this exhibition by his favourite painter. So we've got the house-sitter & the dog-sitter, all organised. Hence the rush with the collages, hoping to get it all finished and the packages sent away
by 22nd April when we leave. Phew!
And just to add to it all, I've decided to be part of the 100-day project. I've made a book, planning to keep a journal with a collage of found ephemera for 100 days from
That's the book in the middle. Bound with plenty of room for 100 collaged pages.
Thursday, 5th December, 2011
An odd couple of images.
I learned to make buckskin (workshop run by Aaron Tasker) and turned a dead goat into a lovely soft hide of buckskin.
Made this shoulder bag out of it, and absolutely LOVE it!
And the other image? Life is good.
A few of us met for coffee on New Plymouth's coastal walkway and it was such a lovely day we went up the river a bit for a swim in this water hole.
Julie Cannon (on the left) joined me. It was cool, in every sense. Just perfect.