CHG 40th Birthday Exhibition

CHG 40th Birthday Exhibition13TH SEPTEMBER - 6TH OCTOBER 2014GROUP EXHIBITION - 'CHG'S 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS'OPENING & COCKTAIL PARTY: SATURDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 6-8PMhttp://www.cookshillgalleries.com.au/Exhibitions/2014/40th-anniversaryI have just delivered a series of works as part of the Cooks Hill Galleries' 40th Anniversary exhibition this month.This series of altered prints extend the cave and rhizome motifs present in my work, and also explore themes of memory and associations with place. The works visually connect Jenolan Caves sites in 1889 and 1989 through the use of images taken from Samuel Cook’s 1889 publication: 'The Jenolan Caves: an excursion in Australian wonderland’ Illustrated with ... plates and…

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Artist Collaboratory @ Hunter Valley Mercure

Artist Collaboratory @ Hunter Valley Mercure The Artist Collaboratory is an installation of art works and artist-in-residence program through the Mercure Hunter Valley featuring the work of Annemarie Murland, Kiera O'Toole, Andy Devine and myself. Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens is located in the Hunter Valley wine country in NSW Australia, within the grounds of the Hunter Valley Gardens.2090 Broke Rd Pokolbin NSW 2320Telephone: +61 2 4998 2000These selected works from Visual Contranym: Cave/Mound Series extend an ongoing investigation into the repeated symbolic image,and the abstract gestural mark.Inspired by an instance of slippage between the analogue and digital, these works navigate multiple…

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‘Scaled Downs’ Letterpress Collaboration

'Scaled Downs' Letterpress CollaborationSpent a wonderful Thursday in July working on a collaborative artists' book with Yvette Sullivan and participating in private letterpress workshop with the lovely Sarah Bryant.'Scaled Downs' is a two volume unique edition collaborative artists' book using vintage maps, old textbooks, vintage Sussex walking guidebooks and letterpress techniques to document and map the Sussex downs using auto-ethnographic interpretive methods. The title refers simultaneously to the scale present in cartography, the processes of sizing, climbing hills and the name of the Downs themselves.Our letterpress guide, Sarah Bryant is a designer, printer and binder of original editioned artists’ books.…

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Visual In-Sights Conference 2014: Theory, Method, Practice

Visual In-Sights: Theory, Method, Practice Conference26 & 27 June 2014Newcastle University, UKVisual In-Sights, 2014, brings together a group of scholars, artists and practitioners who research the visual, use and work with visual materials and visual methods.The Conference engages with an international community of scholars (established and emerging), creative practitioners, visual artists and arts-based, community project leaders who share these interests, and who are working at the cutting edge, or across the boundaries of, theory, method and practice. This is to host an inclusive, cross-sectoral engagement event which creates spaces for academic, practical and exhibitive work within the framework of a…

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Typographic Origami Newcastle for ART CITY exhibition

ART CITY: OPEN SHOW CELEBRATING WATT SPACE’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY07 – 25 May 2014Co-ordinated by Kathryn Camm, Melanie Smith and Michaela SwanThe statistic that Newcastle has more artists per capita than any other city in Australia has been bandied around for years now. The theme of this year’s Open Show is a celebration of this unique cultural environment and part of the Galleries' 25th Anniversary Celebrations.The anniversary exhibition showcases the variety and breadth of art practice in the city and features over 100 works, including work from current students, graduates, staff and former Watt Space Directors, committee members and exhibitors! The cake was…

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What is Design again?

What is Design again? some of the the macro to the micro slides...When asked to communicate what I felt Design was to new First Year Visual Communication Design students I thought it might be worth trying to look holistically and suggest that Design is both a macro and a micro proposition and everything between.I tried to accomplish this visually by looking first on a universal scale, then a global scale, then a National, City, block, building, room, object, image, typography etc.Design encompasses both the very big picture – the great idea, the brilliant concept and grand visionbut it is also in…

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Lost in Translation: the review

Done and dusted. The Univesity Gallery has kindly documented the exhibition in their archive and there is a link to the generous review of the show below.The University Gallery exhibition listing The University gallery exhibition archive  The Newcastle Herald exhibition review

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Lost in Translation: the de-install

Taking down the exhibition today, and despite the over-familiarity with many of the works, a few pieces still managed to make me smile.This was one of them... the most spontaneous and last-minute of pairings, with thanks to the very wonderful eye of Alison Smith at the University Gallery. www.alisonsmith.com.auCaelli Jo Brooker, Silver Cave Rock and Rhizome, 2013laser cut card, spray paint and found object, 25 x 20 x 3cm

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Lost in Translation @ The University Gallery

PhD Exhibition | Lost in Translation: the materialisation of the mark in the digital ageLOST IN TRANSLATION, forms the exhibition component of my Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Art) thesis @ Newcastle Uni GalleryOPENING Saturday 1 FEBRUARY from 2pmThis creative work draws on individual experience in the fields of art and design, and extends an ongoing investigation into the abstract gestural mark, involving interwoven streams of material investigation and association across drawing, design, printmaking, painting, sculpture and artists’ books.In exploring multiple themes and concepts, Lost in Translation presents a personal response to the question of how mark-making might materialise in light…

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Graphicality Catalogue

artist statementThe making of a single line which immediately implies the divide between ground and ‘not-ground’ and the ontological contrast of mark and non-mark, is where intent resides and the experience of mark-making begins. The line, the mark, the scrawl, the scratch, the grapheme, the trace, the scribble, the drawing, the graphic; at once delineated and designed, spontaneous and considered.Graphicality is evoked within this body of work as a quality of line, an explicitly diagrammatic, painted, written, formed, designed and drawn mark. These works refers to that graphical line and the shapes circumscribed and explored by it – particularly the rhizome.In…

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Graphicality @ Greenway Gallery

Graphicality new work by Caelli Jo Brooker @ Greenway Gallery 06, 07, 08 December 2013 Graphicality is a bit of a precursor to the PhD exhibition and a chance to give some of the pieces a little outing before then... -------------------------------- greenway gallery 166 Swan Street Morpeth NSW 2321 hours: mon - thu closed fri - sun 11:00am - 4:00pm phone: 02 4934 6411 --------------------------------

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Type by Hand

Great day of handlettered type had by all at Type by Hand, Newcastle on Saturday 02nd November at the Roost, with the 'pun-factory' teaming of Gemma O'Brien and Wayne Thompson!Wayne Thompson's Australian Type Foundry...Gemma O'Brien's blog... fortheloveoftypethe Design Collective venue... The Roostthe usefulness of Liquid Paper in action on the working sketch for 'Manners Maketh'some of the paper littering the floor late in the afternoon...

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Forgetting Painting…

There has been a great deal of screen time lately spent with words rather than images, so some old sanded down works became the victims of too much time away from the studio...started in the usual way with marks and some more marks, well, lots more marks, really...changed the scale of the marks...bigger lines, different demands of the mark...different painting now...                                                                                  

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Translating into Typefaces…

With enormous thanks to my colleague, the talented Wayne Thompson at Australian Type Foundry, I have finally managed to finish the custom typeface - Translation Hand, conceived as part of my PhD research around art and design.It's nothing too clever typographically speaking; just based my own handwriting, but intended as a means of conveying the significance of graphical aspects of textual presentation.You can find Wayne's typographic work here...www.atf.com.auFontLab screenshot of Translation Hand Regular under constructionSome of the sketched handwritten letters for the typeface

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Out of Hand exhibition at The Depot Gallery

13 – 24 August 2013 at The Depot Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW. Out of Hand is an exhibition of painting and sculptural works by a group of artists who share a discursive interest in continuing the language and experience of contemporary Abstract art.Install shot at the galleryStatement for the exhibition..."Creatively, I am interested in visual and material translation, metaphorical organisational and spatial structures and embodied experience in making and process within visual methodologies of research. (I like making images that refer to their own making) The works for Out of Hand explore these structures and models, contrasting a symbolic spatial monochrome and a corresponding metaphorical schema of spatial colour.…

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Out of Hand Exhbition Catalogue

13 – 24 August 2013 at The Depot Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW. Out of Hand is an exhibition of painting and sculptural works by a group of artists who share a discursive interest in continuing the language and experience of contemporary Abstract art.The paradoxical nature of relationships that have arisen through the process of collaboration resist a homogenised reading in this instance and deliver a body of work that shares a visual vocabulary, particular to the aesthetics of Abstraction. As a process and vehicle of representation, Out of Hand explores a ‘glocal’ rethinking of modernism through a collective response to the role of the author and the spatial relationships that take place in the traditional sphere of reception, the gallery.These…

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Out of Hand… progress

Some studies in progress for Out of Hand, a group exhibition exploring different approaches to abstraction.The show will be at Danks Street's Depot II Gallery in August and features the work of Annemarie Murland, A.J. Byrnes, Marika Osmotherly, Mark Elliot-Ranken, Bernadette Smith and myself. (definitely some contrasting approaches there!)Caelli Jo Brooker, Studies for Diagrammatic Rhizomes, 2013oil on paper, 42 x 30 cm eachdfgbfgsfgb

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Materiality and print media: Deleuze and Guattari style

INSERT at Caffestry (PODspace pop-up laneway art events)Friday 3, 10, 17 May 2013 During May PODspace Gallery presented a series of art events in the laneway next to Caffestry in Newcastle East. This was an experiment not only in presenting events outside of the traditional gallery context, but also in bringing different artists together to explore the creative process.The first night saw Misha and Luke Greenhalgh improvise a cross-artform collaboration that involved Misha painting a mural on a wall while responding to Luke’s music. In week two, Neil Mansfield projected his film ‘Street Sweeper’ onto the back wall of the laneway, while Fox…

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Year of the Bird: flown away already…

Year of the Bird at Maitland Regional Art Gallery came and went very quickly for an exhibition long in preparation and planning.We were fortunate to have such wonderful artists participate in the show, generous contribution of texts from Nigel Rothfels and Yvette Watt and a fantastic team at MRAG to make the show such a valuable endeavour. Thanks to Helen Hopcroft, Marian Drew, David Hampton, Emma van Leest, Pamela See, Kate Foster, Merle Patchett, Trevor Weekes, Helen Wright and Vanessa Barbay.Caelli Jo Brooker, Sketches for Abstract Mythological Field Studies (various), 2012, watercolour and crayon on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm…

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Popped at The Lock-up

"Over fifteen local favourites have responded to a no-notice call for a pop-up exhibition at The Lock-Up, lifting the lid on their private studio works to offer an exclusive sneak peek at their prevailing obsessions and interests..."Featuring:Eliza Adam    Sally Bourke    Caelli Jo Brooker    Nicole Chaffey    Jen Denzin    Penny Dunstan    Jonathan James    Peter Lankas    Scott Millington    Annemarie Murland    Una Rey    Emily Roberts    Jane Robinson    Peter Tilley    Shan Turner-Carrol    Gillean Shaw    Alison Smith    Ahn Wells13 MARCH - 31 MARCH 2013 Opening Night:  5.30PM - 7.30PM FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2013Well, my contribution was very much just a couple of studies, but some artists contributed…

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