Blender Lane Artists Market -The Finale

For the last two weeks Jessika K of NOIR Darkroom and Emma have had a stall at the amazing Blender Lane Artists Market, an outdoor event held on Wednesdays from 5-10 pm, located in one of Melbourne’s most diverse and vibrant street art covered lane ways.

The stall consists of hand tie dyed and printed T-shirts (using a lino printing method), zines and a large selection of analogue cameras, film and darkroom accessories. The aim is to encourage the use of film cameras to create art and photographs; “painting with light”.

Emma will be there for the final Blender market on the 25th of January, probably carving a lino plate, so come have a chat to her about art, lomo photography and life. There is also performing arts and live music acts to soak up. Enjoy the chilled atmosphere and take the opportunity to view the open studios of the resident artists or see whats on exhibit at the Darkhorse Experiment Gallery.

Also head over to https://www.facebook.com/blendermarket/ to bid on one of Emma and Jess’s t-shirt collaborations in the Silent Auction. All proceeds go towards the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in North Melbourne.

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Brunswick Street Gallery 40×40 2016, Open Call Art Prize

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“Killing on the Spree”, 2015, 2 Layer Lino Print on cotton rag, 37.3cmx37.5cm (framed)

The Brunswick Street Gallery 40×40 Open Call Art Prize opens tonight, a group show with over 940 art works over 3 floors. Artworks have a maximum size 40x40x40cm inc frame with a brief for artists to use any medium they choose.

Emma’s entry “Killing on the Spree” is a reflection of time she spent in Berlin in 2014. A translation of a drawing she created there, an image of a dead white swan, nestled in a pile of late autumn leaves on the banks of the spree river, opposite the abandoned “Spreepark“. Its underlying narrative, read anticlockwise from the top left, is a story of decay and rebirth, the ruby being a symbol of the vibrance of the spirit of things past.

Her work is on display until late January (note: BSG is closed over the Christmas period).

Sh(km)ART Group Show at A Gallery in Preston

The opening night for Sh(km)art on the 10th of December showed an array of Melbourne talent in a conceptually curated show, by gallery owner Sarah Hayes.

Described as “Shit art that is not really art that is originally from Kmart”, the exhibition gave artists the chance to manipulate and recreate objects sourced from Kmart into art pieces. These pieces, after opening night, will then be returned to Kmart stores where people connected to the gallery’s social media account can collect them in a first-in-best-dressed fashion.

Artists exhibiting in the show include Displeasing Designs, Gigi, Jessika K, and Emma. Her piece (untitled, 2016) was an altered triangular hanging shelf including lino-printed “tattoo flash”, which were studies for the Swanston Street Series.

To be involved go to A Gallery in Preston’s instagram account to find out where to collect the art pieces.

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Above photo by Anomaly Photography

Swanston Street Series Temporary Tattoo – Interactive Performance

At the 26th annual Meredith Music Festival Emma held the inaugural Swanston Street Series Interactive Performance. This was an unofficial performance, where festival goers  could interact with Emma’s 2D work on a different platform.

The Swanston Street Series is an ongoing project, which began in 2015 as a series of paintings created during a series of stays in Geelong’s Swanston Center (accute psychiatric facility). An exploration of emotions embedded in the tattooed skin of the institutionalized.

The paintings (and sketches) have been translated and developed into a collection of lino prints to be exhibited in 2017.

Some of the designs have been printed as “temporary tattoos” which were applied in an interactive performance piece by the artist.

For more info checkout the current projects page on this website.

Above photos by Jessika K, 2016

Panoply Opening at Metropolis Gallery Geelong.

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The opening event for Panopaly had a fantastic turn out, with a great response to Emma’s print, “Visual Biography of a Melbourne Teenager”, pictured above on the poster in the window of Metropolis Gallery.

Director of the Geelong Gallery, Jason Smith, launched the exhibition on opening night, expressing his support for the printmaking community of Geelong, and indicating that the Geelong Regional Gallery is hoping to expand their print collection in the coming years.

One framed and three unframed prints by Emma are available for purchase during the exhibition which runs until the 3rd of December.