Year of the Bird @ MRAG – progress

Some preliminary sketches for my large paper work for Year of the Bird."...Our relationship with the bird is complex. We have a long cultural history of using birds decoratively, symbolically, narratively, allegorically and consuming them literally and metaphorically through advertising, art, commerce and fashion. My work for Year of the Bird borrows from mythological, literary and popular culture representations of birds and re-imagines them in abstracted imaginary ‘field studies’. These large scale painted drawings are also personal interpretations of the museological and presentational aspects of natural history traditions, incorporating abstract note-taking, anatomy and typography. References to these borrowed traditions are…

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Gunyah Artist Residency

Gunyah is an artist residency in North Arm Cove, NSW, generously coordinated by Kath Fries. You can see her work at kathfries.blogspot.com.au and www.kathfries.comAndy Devine and I spent a great week collaborating at Gunyah this October...gunyah.blogspot.com.auwww.andydevine.com.au

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object d’art @ greenway gallery

Object d'Art06 Jul - 22 Jul 12 2012GREENWAY GALLERY166 Swan StreetMorpeth, NSW 2321Object d'Art is an exhibition of multi-disciplinary works by 17 artists. The use of everyday objects as inspiration for works allows the artist to express their connection to their chosen object in a personal and often humorous way. The 18 artists are Lezlie Tilley, Margaret Randall Joanna O'Toole, Caelli Jo Brooker, Matt Sage, Susan Hall Thompson, Greg Salter, Ros Elkin, Gianna Fallavollita, Cherie Wren, Julianne Ross Allcorn, Wayne Pugh, Ileana Clarke, Karen Ma, Caroline Lobsey, Anthony Clarke, Rhonda Partridge, Kerry CooperCaelli Jo Brooker  Mounds and Vessels 2012recycled plastic…

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20:20 Vision

20:20 Vision curated by Graham Wilson@ Art Systems Wickham20 creatives, 20 visions of Newcastle in 2020Caelli Jo BrookerNobbys Island Casino I & II  2012oil, acrylic and crayon on canvas 100 cm x 80 cm each

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making @ shopfront

www.shopfrontgallerynewcastle.comPhotography: Alison SmithPhotography: Alison SmithPhotography: Alison Smith

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marked difference @ shopfront

www.shopfrontgallerynewcastle.com'Marked Difference' 2012, monotype, ink, oil, acrylic, crayon, thread, paper, card and chenille sticks (photography: Alison Smith)'Marked Difference' 2012, monotype, ink, oil, acrylic, crayon, thread, paper, card and chenille sticks (photography: Alison Smith)'Marked Difference' 2012, monotype, ink, oil, acrylic, crayon, thread, paper, card and chenille sticks (photography: Alison Smith)

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HOT HOUSE @ Front Room

HOT HOUSE @ Front Room11 February - 09 March 2012Artworks by staff of Newcastle Art SchoolCaelli Jo BrookerFolded Crevice/Crevasse 2012 carborundum collograph, ink, thread, paper, crayon artists' book (unique edition)29 cm high x variable dimensionsFolded Crevice/Crevasse 2012 carborundum collograph, ink, thread, paper, crayon artists' book (unique edition)29 cm high x variable dimensionsStudy for Crevice/Crevasse I 2012 monotype, carborundum collograph, acrylic, ink and crayon on paper50 x 40 cmwww.newcastleartschool.blogspot.com.aunewcastle art school blog - hothouse staff exhibition

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matchbox zine project

online exhibition of matchbox-sized zines through the lovely Linda Douglas @ the Australian Book Arts Journal www.australianbookartsjournal.comAustralian Book Arts Journal - online exhibitionCaelli Jo Brooker'Lettering Bee' monotype, watercolour, digital image, found envelopes and vintage dry transfer lettering on paper (boxed handmade zine with thread and paper inclusions)5.5 x 7.2 x 2.5 cm (boxed) 

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Coast Lines

Cooks Hill GalleriesAugust 2011These works stem from observations of many coasts – not so much the sea itself, but the fringes of the shore, the coastlines, beaches, rock pools, pebbled edges and jetties of many seasides – recalling the baked haze of salty summer beach haunts and the faded glory ofVictorian promenades and pavilioned coastal towns. Foreign seasides recently explored and places always known have both influenced the work for Coast Lines. In this series, Newcastle discerns familiar forms along the Brighton coast and the Hunter Valley finds parallel in the Sussex hinterland. There is a dialogue with shape and a sense…

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To The Cave: a pilgrimage

Watt Space GalleriesMarch 2010"...a creature who walks in two worlds and traces upon the walls of his cave the wonders and the nightmare experiences of his pilgrimage."  Morris West   Mindful of the classical allegory of Plato’s Cave, these new works examine suggestions of representation, interpretation and symbolism. The installed painting and artists’ book also explore notions of subjective reality and contextuality in apprehending meaning.  To The Cave: a pilgrimage 2010 (book detail)monotype artist's book, ink, acrylic, crayon, bitumen, and stitching on paperTo The Cave: a pilgrimage 2010 (installation detail)data projector, file, lights and fragranceTo The Cave: a pilgrimage 2010 (installation detail)data…

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Testing (Sub)Stance

Shopfront GallerySeptember 2009... installed large scale works on paper and an Artists’ Book... The title was a reference to the exploratory nature of the work and the testing of scale and materiality that characterised the pieces for this exhibition...testing sub(stance) 2009monotype, acrylic, ink, oil, wax and crayon on paper, 152 x 223 cmfolding (sub)stance 2009artists’ book: monotype, acrylic, ink, oil, wax and crayon on paper, 32 x 45 x 720 cm (extended)

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The Cave: a dialogue

2010 Libris AwardsArtspace MackayApril 2010The Libris Awards are Australia's premier national artists' book prize. These biennial awards seek to develop awareness of the Council's significant collection of artists' books, and to develop the collection further through the acquisition of new works by leading Australian artists working in this field.The Cave: A Dialogue 2009/2010 (details)monotype, acrylic, ink, oil, wax and crayon artist’s book 18cm x 30cm x variable

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re@d

Watt Space GalleriesNovember 2010read: (verb used without object) to read or peruse written or printed matterread: (noun) an act or instance of readingread: (verb) the past tense and past participle of readred: (noun) any of various colors resembling the color of blood; the primary color at one extreme end of the visible spectrumThis installation examined the drawn image, its interpretation, manifestation, reproduction and significance in the digital age.re@d 2010 (installation detail) scanner, data projector, shredded drawings, scanner, projection, size variablere@d 2010 (installation detail) scanner, data projector, shredded drawings, scanner, projection, size variable 

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Suspended Void

February 2011Suspended Void (series) 2011ink, acrylic, pencil and crayon on paperSuspended Void (series) 2011ink, acrylic, pencil and crayon on paperSuspended Void (series) 2011 (detail)ink, acrylic, pencil and crayon on paper

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On the Way to the Cave

Exhibited as part of an exhibition entitledGifted: Gifts from the University of Newcastle Art CollectionThe University GalleryUniversity of NewcastleJuly 2010The University Collection illustrates the cultural history of our University and the strength of practice of staff, students and visitors. It illustrates and enforces a civic identity by visually representing the generosity of donors and artists connected with our region. On the Way to the Cave (series)hand coloured collograph, monotype and crayon on paperOn the Way to the Cave (detail)hand coloured collograph, monotype and crayon on paper

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Unedition: hello blackbird

Watt Space GalleriesApril 2009Exploring the monoprint and monotype as unique print states using the blackbird as a visual motif. The blackbird is that of Wallace Stevens' poem and the prints are physical manifestations of inexact repetition - the unedition of the exhibition title."...A long series of monoprints splits the careful atoms and organisms of the past in wild black-and-white spontaneity. Forms take wing. Brush marks accelerate. But the artist's professionalism governs the immaculate artist books. It is a great mix." Jill Stowell (Newcastle Herald, 2009)Hello Blackbird 2009 (installation detail)39 print installation of monotypes, monoprints and carborundum collagraph prints on paper…

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Light & Earth

Cooks Hill GalleriesFebruary 2009Bold calligraphy, transforming nature through abstract interpretation and asserting the primacy of gesture in expressing a personal vision of the natural world.“...layers of banksia men cluster in forests of russet, red, gold,charcoal and ochre... rapid primal calligraphy captures the distinctive forms of banksia and other ancient bush blooms... abstract and textured layers of oils, acrylic and crayon drawing the viewer into the dappled light and geometric diversity of the Australian undergrowth." Carolyn Swanson (Newcastle Herald, 2009)Warm Serrata 2009 (detail)oil monotype on paperCrimson Serrata 2009 (detail) oil, acrylic and crayon on board Russet Serrata 2009 oil, acrylic and…

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