Friday, September 16, 2016

PRINTS 1987 - 2016: Opening Night

Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the opening night of PRINTS 1987 - 2016 at Tacit Contemporary Art, including those who travelled long distances in less than perfect weather! It was a wonderful turnout and the presence of so many friends, both old and new, made my evening complete. 

Huge thanks also to curator TJ Bateson and Keith Lawrence, director of Tacit Contemporary Art, for making this show possible.

For those who couldn't make it, and don't live in another state, territory or country, all is not lost. The exhibition continues until 2 October. Full details are in my previous post.

L - R: Shane Jones, Tim Gresham, Julie Keating myself and Louise Blyton

L - R, foreground: Beverley and Robert Clinch, Julia Boros and Tim Gresham. (Photo: Shane Jones).

Tess Baldessin, Angie Black, myself and Caroline Durre. (Photo credit: Shane Jones).

One of the Paparazzi caught at his own game! Second from left (with camera): Shane Jones.
Also in this shot: Tess Baldessin, Nora Sumberg, Peter Lancaster, Irene Wellm and far right, Bill Reid.
(Photo credit: Deborah Bradbury)

Shane Jones photographs an unseen Deborah Bradbury, as she photographs him. (Photo credit: Deborah Bradbury)

With Loris Button. (Photo credit: Deborah Bradbury)

With Lisa Sassella and Bill Reid. (Photo credit: Shane Jones). 

Bill Reid and Deborah Bradbury. Deborah owns a portrait of Bill, which my partner Shane painted in 1995 and which
was a finalist in the 1998 Doug Moran Portrait Prize. (Photo credit: Shane Jones).

Speaking of the Doug Moran, pictured above are two subjects of works that were recently selected for this
year's semi-finals. On the left is writer Lucy Sussex, the subject of Lucy by Trudi Canavan,
and Shane Jones, whose Self Portrait in a Blue Sweater has also made the first round of judging.
My works have appeared on the front covers of three of Lucy's books: She's Fantastical (1995, an anthology
she co-edited with Judith Buckrich) A Tour Guide in Utopia (2005)
and Matilda Told Such Dreadful LiesThe Essential Lucy Sussex (2011)

It was a very lively opening. Among the crowd in this photograph are Marguerite Brown, General Manager of the
Print Council of Australia, Peter Lancaster, Tess Baldessin, Loris Button, Heather Shimmen and Nora Sumberg.
Photo credit: Shane Jones

Left - right: Nora Sumberg, Irene Wellm and Louise Blyton. (Photo credit: Shane Jones).

With my partner, Shane Jones. The daphne I'm carrying was grown and presented to me by Nora Sumberg.
It's aroma was intoxicating. Nora was one of several artists present at the opening who are also talented
gardeners. Would that I could number myself among them! (Photo credit: Deborah Bradbury).

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Opening tonight: PRINTS 1987 - 2016

Great eggfly winged woman, 2011, hand coloured linocut, 32 x 32 cm. Photo credit: Tim Gresham.

Great eggfly winged woman, 2011 (pictured above) is one of seventeen works selected by curator TJ Bateson for my solo exhibition, PRINTS 1987 - 2016, which opens this evening.

Join us for a celebratory beverage from 6.30 - 8 pm at:

Tacit Contemporary Art
312 Johnston Street,
Abbotsford, Vic, 3067
Phone: 0423 323 1888
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday 11 - 5 pm

For those who can't make it tonight, PRINTS 1987 - 2016 runs until 2 October.

TJ Bateson installing the first prints on Sunday, 11 September. Works left - right: Dorothy Parker, 1991, woodcut with
chine colle, Snake Charmer, 1996, linocut and Mirror Mirror, 1996, linocut. Photo credit: Keith Lawrence. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Winsor and Newton Acquisitions

In the midst of pre-exhibition nerves prior to my solo show at Tacit Contemporary Art (see Blog Post Wednesday, August 31) I've received some terrific news. Three of my Winged Women linocuts have just been acquired by Winsor and Newton Australia.

Originally flown to Jasco headquarters in Sydney for the July launch of Windsor and Newton's Pigment Markers, they were destined never to return – and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Below, left - right: Green-spotted triangle winged woman and Clearwinged swallowtail woman, both 2011, hand coloured linocuts, 32 x 32 cm., pictured in the Ballarat studio shortly before their one-way flight to Sydney.

To the right of screen, L - R below: Green spotted triangle winged woman, Clearwinged swallowtail woman and Blue triangle winged woman, snapped at the W&N Pigment Marker launch at Jasco on 7 July 2016.

Monday, September 5, 2016

An old work in a new book

Deborah Klein, Vorticist 2, 2004, oil and acrylic on linen, 122 x 91 cm.
Collection: Art Gallery of Ballarat

My painting, Vorticist 2, (pictured above) is reproduced in the standard school textbook, Art Detective. The book has just entered its third edition and has been extensively updated. The following information was provided by the publisher, Cengage Learning Pty. Ltd. and also sourced from the Cengage Learning website, which you can visit HERE.

Art Detective
Author: Michele Stockley | Copyright Year: 2017 | ISBN-13: 9780170383844\
Edition: Third
Publication date: September 2016
RRP: $62.95
Rights clearance: 50,000 copies for product family (textbook plus accompanying materials), world distribution, in both print & electronic formats.

Proof of page 88 of Art Detective (third edition). Author: Michele Stockley,
Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia, 2017

The third edition of Art Detective has been fully updated to match the new Victorian Curriculum: Visual Arts and covers the four strands of Explore and Express Ideas, Visual Arts Practices, Present and Perform and Respond and Interpret. Along with the traditional topics of art appreciation and interpretation, this new edition also focuses on students creating and presenting their own artwork. It has been updated to include a wide range of Australian Indigenous and contemporary artists and their art practices.

Year Level: 07, 08, 09 and 10 
Discipline: The Arts | Subject: Visual Arts 

1 Explore art
2 Materials, techniques and processes
3 Art elements and principles
4 Inspire me – subjects and themes
5 Inspire me – styles and ideas
6 Industry, audiences, issues

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Going Solo

I have a small solo show opening soon. You are warmly invited to:

Prints 1987 - 2016
Deborah Klein
14 September- 2 October

Wednesday 14 September 6.30 - 8 pm

A mini-survey show curated by TJ Bateson, the exhibition spans almost three decades of my relief prints, including some rarely seen early works.

Tacit Contemporary Art
312 Johnston Street,
Abbotsford, Vic, 3067
Phone: 0423 323 1888
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 6 pm
Saturday - Sunday 11 - 5 pm

Below: Selecting work for an exhibition is a serious business, as the faces of my two companions bear witness. TJ Bateson (centre) curator of the show and Tacit Contemporary Art's director, Keith Lawrence (right) and I snapped by Shane Jones during their recent visit to the Ballarat studio.

Below: TJ Bateson and Keith Lawrence, still deep in thought as the selection process continues. Shane Jones is on the left lending moral support.

Below: The smiles on our faces reflect what a pleasant and productive visit it was. Photo by Shane Jones.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hawk Moth Woman

Hawk Moth Woman, 2016, acrylic on wood panel 32 x 30 cm. Photo credit: Tim Gresham

In Australia there are approximately 65 hawk moth species. Mostly found in the tropics, they are the only family of the Sphingidae.

Newly documented, Hawk Moth Woman (pictured top) is the latest link in the evolutionary chain of Angonyx papuana (pictured directly below). The Homo-insecta has inherited her insect forbear's superb aerodynamic shape; not surprisingly, she is a remarkably swift and powerful flyer.

Hawk moth, Angonyx papuana, Sphingidae. From A Field Guide to Insects in Australia
(Third Edition). Paul Zborowski and Ross Storey, Reed New Holland, 2010

To learn more about this moth woman’s lepidopteran relatives, go HERE.

Selected stages in the documentation process of Hawk Moth Woman are directly below.

Hawk Moth Woman freshly completed, with the paint on her wings barely dried

Thursday, August 18, 2016

MIFFing in action

Enjoying a celebratory glass of wine in the ACMI cafe on the day we purchased our MIFF
passes and chose our first films. Photo credit: Shane Jones.

Shane in the ACMI cafe with MIFF Festival Guides and a glass of red.

Lately I've been 'MIFFing in action’* at the Melbourne International Film Festival (*to quote Festival Patron Geoffrey Rush in his written introduction to this year’s festivities).

Every year Shane Jones and I faithfully attend MIFF and eagerly look forward to it. Until now, however, I have limited myself to an eMini Pass, sometimes two. (A mini passholder can select up to 13 films).

This year my wish list was so long (and growing at an alarming rate) that upgrading to MIFF membership and a Festival Passport was the only logical step. I must admit that it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long while. When MIFF comes along, though, I invariably find myself so swamped with work, I feel I can't spare any extra time. This year was no exception, but I was also exhausted and desperately needed some time out. For a film buff, what better way to spend it? The Festival Passport gave me unlimited access to the untold cinematic riches of MIFF 2016. Heaven! My main challenge (and it was a considerable one) was to not to overdo it. I think most festival goers would agree that this and keeping up energy levels are challenges common to us all.

Immediately following my first film, After the Storm, I bumped into veteran Festival Passport holder Des Cowley and excitedly told him of my upgrade. He foretold that I “will never be able to go back” to a mini pass and by the end of my first day, I knew he was right.  

Gracia and Louise, with whom I spent many happy hours in the dark, enjoy restorative coffees at Collins Place prior to
the screening of The Death of Louis XIV, the last of several films we saw together.

Despite continued efforts by us and fellow Passport holders Gracia and Louise to persuade, nay, shame, Shane to joining me in an upgrade, he doggedly stuck to his humble eMini Pass. Shane did, however, purchase single tickets to additional sessions, including Little Men, Kedi and Girlfriends, all of which have made the very long ‘shortlist’ of MIFF favourites that presently follows.

The Forum cinema, where I saw the majority of this year's movies, is unquestionably
my favourite MIFF venue

The Blackhearts Club (former stalls area of the Forum) where Shane and I relaxed in between movies

 Jazz musician Mark Fitzgibbon, was the Blackhearts Club pianist in residence. What a superb musician he is.
Shane and I often called in just to hear him play.

Fine films, friends and music aside (see above photo) for Shane and I the highlight of MIFF 2016 (if not the entire year) was David Stratton in conversation with British director Terence Davies at Victorian College of the Arts on 31 July. His movie Sunset Song was screened at MIFF and put simply, is a masterpiece. The following photograph was snapped from our front row seats. We even got to meet Mr. Davies afterwards. As longtime admirers of the man and his work, it’s a memory we’ll treasure forever.

L-R: Terence Davies and David Stratton

Without further delay, here is my unapologetically long list of personal favourites (28 films shortlisted from the 52 that helped make this my best MIFF ever). To learn more about the films, click on individual titles.

Fri 29 Jul 2016 11:00 AM
D/S Hirokazu Kore-eda P Matsuzaki Kaoru, Yose Akihiko, Taguchi Hijiri Dist Rialto L Japanese w/English subtitles

Fri 29 Jul 2016 6:00 PM
D/S Terence Davies P Roy Boulter, Sol Papadopoulos, Nicolas Steil Dist Madman Entertainment

Sat 30 Jul 2016 4:00 PM
D Amy Berg P Amy Berg, Alex Gibney, Jeff Jampol, Katherine LeBlond Dist Transmission Films

Sun 31 Jul 2016 11:30 AM
D Claude Barras S Céline Sciamma WS Indie Sales L French w/English subtitles

Sun 31 Jul 2016 6:30 PM
D/S Min Bahadur Bham P Catherine Dussart, Anna Katchko, Min Bahadur Bham, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa WS Wide Management L Nepalese w/English subtitles

Tue 2 Aug 2016 11:00 AM
D Babak Jalali P Marjaneh Moghimi S Babak Jalali, Aida Ahadiany Dist Daricheh Cinema L Farsi, English, Dari, Assyrian w/English subtitles

Tue 2 Aug 2016 4:00 PM
D Roger Ross Williams P Roger Ross Williams, Julie Goldman Dist Madman Entertainment

Tue 2 Aug 2016 6:30 PM
D/S Trevor Graham P Lisa Wang, Ned Lander, Trevor Graham, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger L English, French w/English subtitles

Wed 3 Aug 2016 4:15 PM
D Rodrigo Plá P Sandino Saravia Vinay, Rodrigo Plá S Laura Santullo WS Memento Films L Spanish w/English subtitles

Fri 5 Aug 2016 11:00 AM
D/S Anna Muyleart P Maria Ionescu, Sara Silveira, Anna Muylaert WS Loco Films L Portuguese w/English subtitles

Fri 5 Aug 2016 1:30 PM
D Juho Kuosmanen P Kimi Seppänen S Mikko Myllylahti, Juho Kuosmanen WS Les Fils du Losange L Finnish w/English subtitles

Fri 5 Aug 2016 4:00 PM
D Laura Israel P Melinda Shopsin, Laura Israel S Melinda Shopsin Dist Madman Entertainment

Sat 6 Aug 2016 11:00 AM
D Grant Gee P Janine Marmot, Keith Griffiths S Orhan Pamuk WS The Match Factory L English, Turkish w/English subtitles

Sat 6 Aug 2016 6:00 PM
D/S Cristi Puiu P Anca Puiu, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapiney WS Elle Driver L Romanian w/English subtitles

Sun 7 Aug 2016 11:00 AM
D Yasujirô Ozu S Yasujirô Ozu, Kogo Noda WS Shochiku L Japanese w/English subtitles

Sun 7 Aug 2016 6:45 PM
D Ira Sachs P Lucas Joaquin, Christos V Konstantakopoulos, Jim Lande, Ira Sachs, LA Teodosio S Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias Dist Rialto

Mon 8 Aug 2016 11:00 AM
D/P/S Mani Haghighi Dist Daricheh Cinema L Persian w/English subtitles

Wed 10 Aug 2016 1:30 PM
D Leyla Bouzid P Sandra Da Fonseca, Imed Marzouk S Leyla Bouzid, Marie-Sophie Chambon WS Doc & Film International L Arabic w/English subtitles

Wed 10 Aug 2016 4:00 PM
D Yasujirô Ozu P Takeshi Yamamoto S Kôgo Noda, Yasujirô Ozu WS Shochiku Co. Ltd L Japanese w/English subtitles

Wed 10 Aug 2016 6:45 PM
D Rebecca Daly P Conor Barry, Macdara Kelleher S Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery

Thu 11 Aug 2016 1:30 PM
D/S Denis Côté P Sylvain Corbeil, Nancy Grant WS Films Boutique L French, English, Russian w/English subtitles

Thu 11 Aug 2016 9:00 PM
D/S Matt Ross P Lynette Howell Taylor, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson Dist Entertainment One

Fri 12 Aug 2016 5:00 PM
D/S Ceyda Torun P Ceyda Torun, Charlie Wuppermann WS Termite Films L Turkish w/English subtitles

Fri 12 Aug 2016 6:30 PM
D Claudia Weill P Patricia Churchill, Lilly Kilvert, Claudia Weill S Claudia Weill, Vicki Polon

Sat 13 Aug 2016 11:00 AM
D Otto Bell P Otto Bell, Sharon Chang, Stacey Reiss Dist Sony Pictures Releasing L Kazakh w/English subtitles

Sat 13 Aug 2016 1:30 PM
D/P/S Ros Horin Dist The Good Ship Company

Sun 14 Aug 2016 1:45 PM
D Albert Serra P Thierry Lounas, Joaquim Sapinho, Claire Bonnefoy, Montse Triola S Albert Serra, Thierry Lounas WS Capricci Films L French w/English subtitles

Sun 14 Aug 2016 4:00 PM
D Michael Dudok de Wit P Toshio Suzuki, Gregoire Sorlat, Vincent Maraval, Pascal Caucheteux S Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran Dist Transmission Films L No Dialogue