I am disgusted by the idea that people who copy artworks would be named artists. Would my photocopier be called an artist, or my camera, or my TV? People need to realise that Art is not about reproduction, but about creating. The Art Series Hotels just placed themselves at the absolute bottom of my list of places to see. What fraudsters! To deliberately commission a criminal to produce fake artworks and then use it as a Marketing tool to get their name out there! These things upsets me, clearly. It's immoral and just plainly spoiling the general public's perception of Art. Art is meant to express and interpret. Andy Warhol rules for being original and actually had a think about what he was doing and creating.
As for Tony Tetro; he at least admits himself that he is not an artist but a criminal, in an interview on a breakfast show in Australia some weeks ago. As for all the people out there who thinks that art is about reproduction, please don't. If you don't have ideas, then just leave other people's creations alone, unless you are willing to interpret it and make it your own.
Once again, Marketing is a dirty business.... do people have to act immoral to be able to sell? Please don't ever tell me that you visited an Art Series Hotel!
It's going to be an amazing weekend. Working on the artwork for the Skillion with Gavi Duncan and Elio has been a very enriching experience. Can't wait to build it! Learning about the Aboriginal culture has been a interesting. Nevertheless, as with every culture, there are strengths that can be of benefits to to other cultures. So is it with the English Ozie culture as well. There is good in all of us and all cultures. All cultures can work together, and co-incide, not just some. It's up to us to make it work and this 5 lands walk is just a great place to start! come on and join in!
This morning I read an article on Facebook about the possibility of Japan having to be evacuated, 40 million people because of nuclear radiation. Tokyo alone, 10 million people having to leave their homes and perhaps not return! This is such a devastating occurrence, but it hasn't taken place yet. I was praying for them just 10 minutes ago, that God would give them comfort and hope in this dire situation. Then I remembered how the media has been lying and providing misinformation on a very regular basis. We even had the local newspaper printing lies on behalf of a council 3 months ago, and I'm sure it happens more than what we would know. We accept that marketing is filled with lies. Look at the picture of a sandwich in a Subway store. Filled to the brim, wholesome and delicious. When you get your's after pointing at that exact picture when ordering, it would be having less than half the toppings at best, guaranteed. We accept this somehow. Marketing is filled with lies, deliberately. From Petrol stations to politicians promoting coal seam gas mining. It does make me very sad, because the reality is that the people in Japan could be in a real bad situation, but I don't think that I will believe the media today. Why would I believe them now, knowing that they could make a headline story of a dog eating a bone if they wanted to? The trusting public would all be in awe of the feroudog and pity the poor bone. I sincerely hope that Japan's people are safe, and even more so that people will have integrity and realise that their actions reaches far into the future and lives of everyone. I am praying for that indeed.
I have some good news. I am a finalist in the Newcastle Emerging Art Prize on this Saturday. This seems rather insignificant in relation to 40 million people loosing their homes and perhaps their country.
It was my birthday yesterday, and we celebrated it with friends from Murrurundai. It was wonderful, but I can't help thinking that it was just yesterday that I turned 18, and now I'm 37... I'm not sure if I should feel nostalgic or happy. With those around me I had lots of amazing experiences, perhaps more than what most people will have in their whole lives. I thank God for brining me this far, and in such a remarkable way. Luckily I survived the sometimes bumpy ride.
I'm now pondering on whether to take on more landscape work, or scale down on my day job and take the plunge? It's becoming Winter now and the weather is less suitable for Landscaping work anyway. Take on a solo show at a good gallery could be rather expensive, and perhaps a bit of a gamble. I must admit that my heart yearns to do more art, and to not be divided. But there is always uncertainty about the timing, and if it is premature. I'm also deciding on a few more definite styles that I will pursue in my works. No doubt it will always vary a bit, but I want my work to be very recognisable, even by those who don't have a trained eye. Will this restrict my artistic freedom... ? Again, not 100% sure but I will give it a try. Feel free to share your thoughts with me on this by commenting below. This week I have to focus on putting works into frames, naming and writing, documenting, publishing and so forth. I want to produce produce. Got so many thoughts and feelings to express!
I feel that I have recently been a bit harsh on Ozies in my blog on a few occasions, and I want to give some gratitude and apologise. Perhaps I am wanting things to be the way I am used to it, and feel that people has to be more like me, and African. I think I expected Australia to be very similar to South Africa, but it's quite different in most regards. There are many really good things about Australians. Ozies are very friendly. I think that South Africans lost their compassion to a certain extent due to the rampant crime. People there keep to themselves and have become much more suspicious. We have been so warmly welcomed into the neighbourhoods here, and even know everybody by name in our whole street. In Malaysia, that would never happen, unless you stay in a very small village. The Australian culture might not be very obvious and striking, but there is qualities that one can distinguish. I think the most obvious one for me is the openness of people once you know them. I'm trying to force myself to think of more things, but I am still exploring and learning about the Ozie culture. What I can say with certainty, is that Australia and Australian are great, and we are honoured and privileged to be part of this huge continent. Thanks to everyone here for being nice to me, and please excuse my sometimes abrupt comments. I am adjusting. Perhaps you would have felt the same if you moved to South Africa or Malaysia... I do believe that being able to look at a culture, being 'seperate' from it is an artistic advantage and I will try to use it positively.
I am divided between emotions of extreme joy and compassion and then sadness at times. I have Tourette syndrome, and it has made my life rather interesting to say the least. I don't mean to change your perception of me, but perhaps trying to understand my extreme emotions. Jen jokes by saying that I get PMS once a month, but the reality is that most probably it's TS. It's an illness that there is little known about, and it is less obvious once you reach adulthood. There are certainly advantages. The connection between left and right brain lobs are said to be much better, and one continues to explore emotionally and creatively, not blunting off with age as most do, unfortunate to say. It is however a burden to carry. My childhood was extreme, with severe stuttering, being extremely emotional and never fitting in very well, tics and then the unexplained sadness that overwhelmed my whole being at times. It's like depression, but without a tangible cause. Like on Wednesday, I was just so sad, and even felt like crying in the afternoon for absolutely no reason. On Thursday it was better again, and Friday was just fine. It teaches me to withstand emotions, and look at them objectively, separate from me, and push myself back into positiveness. It can fail, and cause me to slumber into depression for longer periods of time.
I'm thankful that I got to know Jesus, and that He has given me a level of stability that I never knew before. Well, Jesus and Jen should get most of the credit. Also for Jen to tolerate my times of PMS so lovingly. It remains both a curse and a blessing to have TS. At the end of the day, I wouldn't have changed a thing in my past. Perhaps I would have used less drugs in my younger days as it might have caused a fair bit of brain damage and short term memory loss. drugs did not broaden my mind, but if anything, it would have shrunk it. Luckily I got out of it quickly, because I might have been dead by now if I didn't. God had a plan all along, and it's to bless me and use my Art as a blessing for others. I'm keen to continue to be used and share my emotions and thoughts with all who might find it amusing. It's certainly gives me a wonderful emotional outlet that I find very useful.
One thing we should remember is that there is always reasons why people behave the way they do. Just yesterday I had a friend condeming someone who seems lazy and useless, but the reality is that that person is suffering from depression. Not because he chooses to, but he certainly would have prefered to be different. Everyone has good intentions in their lives, and it depends on how we handle small choices that becomes the big choices in life. How we as individuals shapes and influence a society, a nation and the world, history. I don't mean to sound very philosophical, but it strikes me that people feel that with 7 Billion people around, they are now insignificant. That is a choice that we have, and I choose to make a po
Yet another Camping experience. Easter in Australia is a must camp thingy. So we went to Forsters Valley, Lanis to be exact. It was good. I might not do that every year, but now we know how it is. Not superbly exiting nor very scenic, but it's certainly not a bad place at all. We went swimming at the beach on saturday, and I took some action shots of people in the waves. A fat guy, about 40 years old or so, approached me asking me what I'm photographing and demanded to see the photos on my camera. I showed him some, but then realised that he is having a problem with me taking photos. His reaction was: 'nobody else is taking photos here, so why should you?" I couldn't believe such a dumb argument. I told him that I am an artist and uses it for drawing, and he said that everyone there is an artist! Now, this man is not actually dumb, but just have a very very limited mind, and I'm sad to say that he was very much Australian. I'm not saying Australians are like this, but he was certainly a very average Ozie bloke. He went on to say that I don't have the permission of the parents to photograph any children. I got pretty upset as I know very well that I wasn't doing anything wrong in taking general shots. He threatened to report me to the lifeguards, and so I joined him and explained to them just how upsetting such a dumb attitude is. They agreed with me, but my mood to take any more photos was certainly ruined. My mood was quite spoilt for a few hours with the taught of such stupidity just driving me up the wall. Its because of this mindset that people are hardly allowed to do anything in Australia without being criticised and ridiculed, needing insurance for everything and simply not having any free will to live a proper life. I'm not going to be limited by the personal issues that others want to burden others with. Not for me, thank you. I'm free in my spirit and needs to stay that way if I want to be creative. I'm just sad that this could be the Australian way for many. Laid back and relaxed Australians? I'm not sure about that. Then again, I shouldn't generalse. It is in essence what my art is going against that I was staring in the face on Saturday. Instead of fionding it motivating, it drag me down and it left a scar on my creative freedom. And it certainly didn't bother the narrow minded fat guy who accused me of wrongdoing at all. I don't believe he has much feelings of any kind. I will get over it and this will motivate me to go harder against the multitude of mindless meak and weak porridge people!
We had the Awakening Camp on Friday and Saturday. What an amazing experience! This is a Collaboration between the Local Afican Community and Aboriginal Community, in order to produce Landart on the Skillion, at Terrigal. I am the Artist on behalf of the African community. What an honour to be working alongside Gavi Duncan and all those involved in shaping the backbone. The aim to is to connect our cultures to Australian culture and bridge the differences between Western and 'Others' if I may call it that. The Aboriginal culture is so rich in spiritual wisdom, underlines with environmental life. It was an absolutely amazing experience. We shared, sung songs, danced and ate lovely food. But the personal experiences and knowledge that was shared is just so valuable. This week I have been booming with new ideas and it is clearly having an impact on my artistic approach.
i produce a lot of artworks. The reason is that my work is driven my philosophy and everyday experiences and perceptions, not emotions. I used to be more inclined to produce work based on my emotions, but that is just too unstable, and you would only be productive during either an emotional high, or low. My life is much more stable now, since I don't use drugs any more, and believe in God, whom is my foundation. I can't produce art in times that I feel sad or down anymore. They are usually not good, and my best work is done when I am very positive and cheerful. It's Easter and I am getting more and more cheerful as we approach the weekend! Life's influences is just greatly amazing and I thank God for all the opportunities that he gives me and my lovely wife. Jen.
I met an Art Broker in Sydney on Saturday that is very interested in my work. I'm not sure what to make of the situation. It could be great, but then it could also fizzle out. It's amazing that with such a person could add two or 3 decimals to your artworks in almost an instant. Makes you think, doesn't it... time will tell. All I know is that it will be absolutely great to justify spending all my time on creating artworks, that will be enjoyed by many.Being famous isn't the objective, but it can be the way to get more people to enjoy my creativity. I pray to God that this happens, in the near future
We saw a performance by Johnny Clegg on Thursday night in Sydney. An amazing man indeed! He said something very interesting that I didn't know how to express before. When you live in a place like Africa, you are made aware of life by the difficulty of life, the danger and challenges, beauty and unique character of people, animals, nature. You learn to appreciate the value of life. The sheer joy of a child discovering an insect, playing in the stream with fish, playing with a piece of timber floating down a stream after a storm. Perhaps this is what I find lacking in a 'highly regulated society'. We don't get to experience this joy and wonders of nature, discovery and contrasts. Life is like 'a uniform porridge' as Johnny said. Life is always the same. Everyone is almost the same. Every landscape is quite similar to the next. We aren't allowed to experience discovery because it isn't safe.
(OH &S regulations) I'm sad that my children wont have the freedom and exploration that I had as a child. If i were to give them that freedom, I would be classified as an irresponsible parent, for sure. Life is a little bit mundane. The only joy kids have is to rev their big engined cars, or play computer games, or get drunk, or pregnant (how crazy it might sound, it's what they do) I wish that people in Australia will realise that all cultures are equally important, and embrace the differences that it holds. But mostly I hope that people from the whole Western world will realise the wonder of life, the wonder of discovery, and hopefully allow people some freedom to experience life, and not just follow regulations.