Thursday, November 27, 2014

On The Road Again

On the way to Singapore by Aeroline coach via KL, with a nights stopover at the Corus hotel.  One of the twins from our hotel room window.  Good stopover all in all.  Met with two Gallery curators to try for a place to set up the FACES installation, one a no-go but with the other, we are on a list of other exhibitions being considered for 2015.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - Video Maker.

Choon Ean setting up to video Gek explaining the art.  We hope that we can use the results to perhaps persuade another gallery in another town to host the installation so that we can take the show on the road.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - Official Opening

The Exhibition's official opening was on the 19th, a Sunday coinciding with the street outside the venue being closed for weekly 'fun of the fair'.

Gek kicked off  the event with much deserved thank you gift of one of Gek's water colour landscape paintings to the organiser, Choon Ean.

A tour of the installation led by the artist followed, starting with the paintings of some of Gek's many friends.

The Emotions section  perhaps has the most abstract of the paintings in the show.

Visitors on the day include friends Yong Tai, Yoong Koy and Choo.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Geks' Second Solo Exhibition - One Race

African, European, Asian, Indian faces. Multiple FACES, one RACE.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Geks' Second Solo Exhibition - Friends

Gek and her friends form the first of the four sections.  Interesting feature here is the back lit oil paintings of me ---- back lit feature is the special interest, not me!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exbition - Open

Gek as the receptionist with all eyes on her.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - Just Before the Opening

 Setting the lights,

before the final act, topping out the stand with it's little black cap.

Gek with herself.  This is a very quirky exhibition!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - Ready to Open

The sails are set,

the banner is unfurled, for today we open the show.  I think we are so fortunate to have such a handy coffee shop so  near by and they serve my favourite nasi lemak on the whole of Penang island.  Sorted. Such a lucky fellow am I!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - Assembly

Rebuilding the 20 over display frames with our new friend Sunn and me with a Mullet. Well a sort of Mullet.

With the help of Sunn, Choon Ean and Marni at the end of the first day's setting up we had only the sail paintings to put together.  Thanks guys.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - Ready to Install

Suddenly this seems a big space.  Our kit has sort of disappeared in to it.  Now we have to reassemble and expand to create an installation.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - On the Move

A truck with hired help to get all the kit up to Georgetown.  These guys moved my two doll houses last year when we moved apartment without a scratch on either. Master Movers!!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibiton - Packed

Well, every thing is packed to go.  And if you are wondering where the art is, it is outnumbered by the 'props'.  The whole lot is about one truck load,  we hope.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - The Banners

We picked up the 6 banners today from the makers, all 7 foot tall, bring the number of art pieces over 6 feet high to 35.  The banners display poems and sayings to compliment the imagery.  Can't wait to put it all up in the same space. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - The Model

Things must be getting serious now,  I have made a twelfth scale model of Gek's exhibition layout!!!!  The real thing needs 1,500 sq ft to set it up in.  Every component is at least 6 foot high.  Gek, of course, is 5 foot nothing!
 There are four separate but related parts,  the progression through the art work being in a clockwise direction.

 First you meet Gek and a small selection of her friends.

Second is the rest of the world, Faces of peoples from different parts of our planet forming an enclosed, 12 ft diameter circle.  We have laid this out for real and I have to say, the effect of standing at the centre with 12 pairs of eyes on you is quite weird. Perhaps we need to have smelling salts available just in case we have a fainter!!!

 Thirdly, you come across these multiple emotions images, emotions that we all have from time to time.
Included in this part is a  stack of paintings showing moods, happy on the top of the pile, troubled on the bottom. Well, it is an "installation", you know.

And last but not least, the 'Seven Ages', for which I don't need a photo of the  model sails because I have a for-real photo.  Roll on the 16th October.  Wonder if it will all 'work'?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - Preparation

Our living room is currently truly a workshop. With Gek on the phone to the display banner designer at her temporary workstation cum breakfast table and me with some of the 23m of black cloth we are using as backing for some of the 31 wheeled shop-stands we have bought on which to hang the 'face' paintings!!!

On top of all that we have made 7 sailing masts from lengths of PVC and aluminium  pipe on which to display Gek's fabric art 'faces'.  A total of 64 paintings will be on show at Whiteaway's come mid October, if all goes according to the plan

Friday, September 05, 2014

Gek's Second Solo Exhibition - Faces.

This second exhibition of Gek's is due to open in mid October at the Whiteaways Arcade in Georgetown, Penang. This character is her lead man,  him having such a welcoming expression on his face.  He is from Bhutan, you know.

A little different this exhibition, with over 60 paintings of the human face laid out as an 'installation' with not one painting hanging on a wall.  Our home has become a 'try out' gallery with this set of seven faces painted on fabric representing the Seven Ages of Man.  For those of you who didn't already know, that is from Shakespeare - "All the worlds a stage etc.....".   My job was to make the props.  Not sure how to stiffen the poles yet. Still some fine tuning to be done!!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book - Smarter Than You Think

A pulling together of the experimental uses of our new connected virtual world. Not that there is anything inherently new in the way we humans do anything with the computer.  And no new things either.  It is still all down to leadership by an individual that sets the world alight, for the general good or the general bad.  Still, the book is a snapshot in time of where the computer age was in 2012. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book - The Malay Archipelago

Alfred Russell Wallace speaking to us from the 19th century.  So what has changed?  Well, the natural environment has for sure.  The  places he visited on the archipelago 150 years ago were already showing signs of the stresses which are today clearing those places of their 'nature'. 

As for human kind, not a lot has changed, sadly. We are still walking the planet with our brains wired for our survival 40,000+ years ago, having long since eliminated all the threats it evolved to counter. Technology is evolving too fast for our biological brains to have any hope of keeping up with it.  Amazingly Wallace recognised this in 1870 with his comment that "....we (the English) are still in a state of barbarism" with reference to the way we run our so called "civilisation".

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hello Singapore, again.

On the way back home to Penang from Darwin, we stopped over in Singapore to attend Gek's niece Audrey's wedding to John.  Whilst there we also took up an invitation by Shin Kian to have guided tour by him of the new Singapore Sports Hub at Kallang.  Shin Kian had been a senior consultant engineer on the build project which was completed just a week before our visit.

The one open end of the stadium faces the city and is so designed to emit the Kallang Roar in its direction to let the city know that a game is on.

The steel work arching over the arena is supported by a kilometer ring of concrete and steel, using the same engineering principles as Filippo di ser Brunellesco used in 1436 when he designed and built the dome on top of Florence's Cathedral.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Darwin Good Bye

 We started our trip on a balcony in Darwin and we ended it on another balcony, also in Darwin.

To our trip organiser extraordinaire, Gek, here seen in her new shades, thanks for an absolutely brilliant plane, boat, coach and train excursion.

Friday, July 04, 2014

The Darwin Sun

Waiting to say good night to the sun......again.

Captivating, you have to agree.

The computer enhances to an abstract, showing hidden colours.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Skies - Uluru to Darwin

Our last morning at Uluru and clouds filled the sky.  

On the flight from Uluru to Alice you fly over the salt lakes that form a formidable barrier when trekking east-west across this part of the interior. The first European to see Uluru was defeated by these salt lakes and had to return to the east coast from whence he came. The salt was laid down as Australia's inland sea evaporate as a result of the earth's changing climate a hundred millions of years ago.

 The martian landscape, formed  by river courses with no water.

 Back to the familiar.

Tanker sailing into the sunset.  Love this picture.