It feels like another blog post is well overdue, so here are some sneak peaks of current works (and occasionally don't-works).
The blue lamp is a piece called 'Blue-light Disco'. I never went to
one, but I'm told blue light discos used to be put on by the police
for the benefit of under-ages, on the misguided assumption that this
would meet their need to have fun without having to sneak out and be
naughty. I feel like most of the society we now live in is a blue light
disco. Cameras everywhere, our movements tracked on the web. We're
constantly barraged with advertising telling us to be self-obsessed and
have fun, but we're constantly under surveilence to make sure we're only
having state-endorsed fun. So for this piece, I've made a mirror-ball
head that rotates with the aid of an old microwave motor, so that it
can keep an eye on everyone. You feel safer now? Me neither, so the
other leg (which I forgot to get a photo of) is frozen in the act of
The illuminated mannequin abs are my gift to my beloved other half
Hillary. I figure if she's got these to look at then I won't have to
work at getting abs of my own. I'm still tinkering with it, but you can
dimly see (maybe) that when the piece is illuminated a red heart
emerges from within. I started it on valentines day, and might have it
finished in time for next valentines.
Finally, the last piece is reference to contact juggling, in which
the performer creates an illusion of stillness in a symmetrical object
while moving their hands around it (think David Bowie and his round
objects in the Labyrinth - no, the other round objects). I've always
loved juggling and circus, but I can't get into it myself because the
sort of people who are into juggling also tend to be fun loving,
sociable, happy, fit, spontaneous and full of life and laughter. So you
see the problem. I haven't finished the wiring on 'Contact' yet, but
when I do it'll light up on the top and bottom, which will be a first
for me, and has turned out to be even more painful than I expected.
In other news, I've talked my way into the 'Hidden' show at Rookwood
cemetery later this year, and the Swell sculpture festival in
Queensland. Busy times ahead.