All works are foam, resin and pigment.
Finally us Kelly fans get to see a bit of Mike here in Melbourne. Neon Parc (Brunswick) is presenting a series of the late artist’s banners from 1989 and key vids in what will be the first solo show of the artist’s work in Australia. Pansy Metal/Clovered Hoof opens tonight, on the artist’s birthday. And here’s Kelley above, getting frustrated by being branded a ‘bad boy’. So sad that he is not still around.
“I have much confidence in you and even though you are tormenting yourself, the work you do is very good. Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be.”
Featuring wonderful advice for those who ever feel creatively blocked, the above is an excerpt from a rather lovely letter penned by Sol Lewitt to his friend and fellow artist Eva Hesse in 1965. You can read the whole thing here. And, if you’re a masochist/into theatre, watch Benedict Cumberbatch over-thesp the entire thing with a live reading at Letters Live in London last week.
Artist Molly Young is obsessed with Old Master paintings, and one 16th century ‘Cremonese School’ painting in particular. It features an unusual child with a receding hairline (bottom right) that Young purchased following its unsuccessful auction at Sotheby’s in 2014. Since then, she’s been collecting images of curiously expressive characters in (usually inferior/lesser known) Flemish and Cremonese Old Master paintings. This digital collection has resulted in the Old Master emoji “sticker pack”, that allows you to communicate using an array of super expressive heads. The unimpressed dame on the top left would get a workout on LOL’s phone. It me.
Download them here.