Exhibitions on the Side




While nervously waiting for the exhibition with Bronwyn Rees at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery to be hung and opened, I'm in a couple of other group shows.

The work above is in the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Acquisitive Art Prize at St. Vincent's Gallery. It's called written within and the branching formations are based on the nerves of the lower back, inverted to make a pattern, trying to place some order and calm in a part of the body that gives a lot of people much pain (33cm x 32cm, two layers of hand printed kozo tissue paper, cotton thread).

I also have a couple of pieces in a little show in London at the Framing Salon, with John Sheehan and Bronwyn Rees, curated by Marguerite Brown. Here's a link to Marguerite's wonderful art blog Visual Pursuits, where she's written a post about the gallery, its origins and community, and the exhibition.


Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Acquisitive Art Prize 2015
St. Vincent's Gallery
St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Daly Wing
35 Victoria Parade
Fitzroy 3065

6th to 26th August 2015
open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
Official Opening and Announcement of Prizewinners: Tuesday 18th August, 5pm to 7pm



The Framing Salon
10 Dartmoor Road
Forest Hill
SE23 3XU
London

open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
exhibition continues until Sunday 9th August






Installation view, The Framing Salon, John Sheehan on the left, my print it's not the same on the right




The Preparation Continues





I am finishing off the last pieces for the exhibition. Above is a picture of the box (13cm x 19cm x 2cm) for my double concertina book within, featuring the block from this post, hand printed to give a lightly stippled effect.

And below is the collaborative book that Bronwyn and I have been working on, A Different Path (page size 23cm x 23cm).  I've sewn in some extra leaves and I'm in the process of making the covers. You can see a little more in the last photo of Bronwyn's dancing shapes at the back.





Bronwyn Rees
Elizabeth Banfield
Palimpsest: Prints and Artist Books

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
12th to 29th August 2015

opening Saturday 15th August 2pm to 4pm

meet the artists Friday 28th August 6.30 to 8.30
poetry reading by Brendan Ryan at 7pm

Level 8, Room 16
Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

1pm to 5pm Wednesday to Friday
11am to 5pm Saturday








Still More Preparation for an Exhibition in August





The show at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery with Bronwyn Rees is about a month away now, and the work is coming along well. I am printing all the parts for my artist book (featured in the previous post), I will be collecting the collaborative book from Bronwyn this week to finish it off and add cloth covers (the first stage of which was featured in this post), and I'm completing the stitching for the last of the wall-based works so I can take them to the framer.

The print pictured above is one of those, it is also based on the rocky cliff at Hallett Cove in South Australia, and made with layered tissue papers stitched to thicker rag paper. I've been experimenting with the tissue paper; printing with translucent as well as opaque inks, on the front and back, and layering it over brightly coloured paper to see what that does to the overall patterns and colours.

an attempt at order, 15cm x 30cm.



Bronwyn Rees
Elizabeth Banfield
Palimpsest: Prints and Artist Books

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
12th to 29th August 2015

opening Saturday 15th August 2pm to 4pm


Level 8, Room 16
Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

1pm to 5pm Wednesday to Friday

11am to 5pm Saturday





Last Minute Book Making - for an Exhibition in August





As well as making a book together, Bronwyn and I are including a selection of our own artist books for the show at Stephen McLauglan Gallery that opens on the 15th of August.

This is the linoblock for the book I'm working on at the moment, it's an imagined rocky cliff, the block is 80cm long and about 26cm wide. A block such as this takes many hours to carve, but it's nearly finished, and will soon be ready to print onto the book and box parts (a double concertina book with a phase box enclosure).


Palimpsest
Prints and Artist Books
Elizabeth Banfield
Bronwyn Rees

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery

Level 8, Room 16
Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

1pm to 5pm Wednesday to Friday
11am to 5pm Saturday

12th to 29th August 2015

Opening Saturday 15th August 2pm to 4pm



More Preparation for an Exhibition in August





The exhibition at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery with Bronwyn Rees will be opening on the 15th of August, and the preparations are coming along nicely. We are collaborating on a concertina artist book, here are some photos I took before sending it back to Bronwyn, details of one of the valley folds.

I began with her black and white copper plate etching that she made while at the Glasgow Print Workshop in 2003/4 A Different Path, which depicts a forest and mountain with its reflection. I tore it in half, so the trees and their reflections continued in one long line, then hand printed one of my lino blocks over the top, the first section in red and the reflection in gold. You can see in the photos how well it brought out the beautiful textures in the etching.





Bronwyn Rees
Elizabeth Banfield
Palimpsest: Prints and Artist Books

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
12th to 29th August 2015

opening Saturday 15th August 2pm to 4pm



Esteemed Company - The MCBA Prize 2015 Online





Earlier in the year I entered the Artist Book Prize at the Minnesota Centre for Book Arts in the U.S. with this book On Reflection (The Forest of Ambiguity), 2013. I didn't make it into the group of finalists (they only choose five) but I am very proud to be part of their website archive with the other 169 submissions. Check it out, and get lost in all the photos and links, and the 2013 prize archive too.

Elizabeth Banfield MCBA Prize 2015 Archive

If you click on the MCBA symbol at the top left, it will take you back to the main page with photos of the works of the five finalists, the three books awarded a Special Recognition of Merit, and then the rest of the submissions in alphabetical order, including that of my friend Bronwyn Rees with her book Drive.



Preparation for an Exhibition in August - Stephen McLaughlan Gallery with Bronwyn Rees



In August I am having an exhibition at Stephen McLaughlan Gallery with my friend, fellow printmaker and book artist Bronwyn Rees. The gallery is in the iconic Nicholas Building in Melbourne, famous for its many talented tenants. We are also pleased that our show will be included in the annual Nicholas Building Open Studio event, held over two evenings in late August.

My linocuts and artist books will include the Hallett Cove pieces I started while in Adelaide last year,  where I spent a few weeks printing at the Bittondi Printmakers Association, as well as further works based on the same landscape and themes.

I'm printing most of the pieces on Kozo tissue paper, some by hand and some on the press, but all with layers of translucent colour and fine lines. On the walls there will be fluttering unframed pieces as well as multi-layered framed works; on the 'book table' there will be codex style books with colourful layers of printed tissue to gently leaf through, as well as sculptural books with treasures quietly revealed.

Stay tuned for more news, and more little previews of the work in progress, including an exciting collaborative concertina book...

The image above is a detail of a new lino block, inked up and about to be printed, its pattern is based on the lines and shapes of Black Cliff at Hallett Cove.