Here is some art I’ve been making in Berlin in between projects this year. I’ve actually been meaning to post most of this work for a while, but animating (and painting) has been taking up all my waking hours, and most of my nights. The animation I am currently working on requires a lot of fast painted scenes (of very simple and fun things to paint, like patterns and splotches), most of which end up getting torn to shreds. It has been good to not feel precious about the work, maybe I should do a post on the paintings before they are all destroyed…
Anyway, all these collages have been similarly made the old fashioned way: cut and paste, no Photoshop, just found images (mostly from second hand books and magazines I collect, and kind people give me), glue, a scalpel knife and the odd piece of double-sided tape. For anyone who is interested, the originals will be for sale at some point, I’ll probably continue working towards an exhibition first though.
15 x 29.5 cm
27.7 x 18 cm
I managed to make it to a few Pictoplasma festival events last week in Berlin, I’ve had a lot of work on lately so unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to all the conferences, screenings, workshops, exhibitions or parties that I wanted to, but I still saw a lot of great work and interesting talks and met some really cool people (including a few Australians who came over especially for it). And last Sunday was the first sunny and mild day Berlin has had in about 6 MONTHS (it has been a long, long winter), so the Kreuzberg character walk was the perfect way to wrap up the festival (though the younger &/or cooler festival goers attending the nightclub parties might disagree with me on that).
There was so much on, and I really only made it to a handful of events, so here are my (limited) highlights from the festival:
Sue Doeksen’s very engaging exhibition at FEED Soundspace
The film program for the Character In Narration screening was really good, I especially enjoyed Fear Of Flying by Conor Finnegan and Wind by Robert Lobel.
Rilla Alexander had a beautiful exhibition of her One Sun collection of plates and trays at Stue. The Charles Burns and Will Sweeny screen print exhibition at In Surgo (great shop!) was really cool, and there were a bunch of other things that were fantastic but it will just read like I’m lifting them straight out of the program. I didn’t take many photos, but the Pictoplasma tumblr has a great collection of photos that should entice anyone to attend next year’s festival, (a good excuse to visit Berlin) and made me feel super annoyed with myself for missing out on some cool workshops. Next Year!
9 piece Soul/R&B Melbourne band Saskwatch have released their new single I Get Lonely on 7″ through Northside Records, the song was recorded and produced by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control), and it is excellent. I was lucky enough to work with the band again (I did the cover art for their 2012 album “Leave It All Behind”) and did the cover art for the single, (layout & design by Carl Breitkreuz). Joe and I also made an animated video for the song (which I’ll do a separate post on next), I love working with this band!
Get the 7″ here:
Also, I have noticed recently a lot of collage artists pointing out that their work is “analogue” real-paper-cut-out-collage (as opposed to being created digitally in Photoshop, I guess). So, for the record, yes, my collages that grace the covers of both Saskwatch releases are real-original-magazine-paper-cut-out-collages (though some of the colours have been digitally adjusted in the layout-to-print process), gosh that sounds kind of ridiculous, but just in case you were wondering!
I wasn’t really thinking about anything (other than other work I should have been doing) when I made this yesterday, but the meaning behind it was pretty clear to my boyfriend Joe. Obviously I’m still feeling guilty about throwing away that pigeon egg*. Whoa. Totally.
*I had a couple of problem pigeons trying to roost on my balcony. It all came to a head about two weeks ago when the pigeon hen laid an egg in a really scrappy nest. I immediately swept up and disposed of the egg, the nest and their unholy pigeon mess before the egg had anytime to develop. The pigeons haven’t returned, which is great, but I still feel bad about throwing out that egg.
Here is the music video for Bag of Bones by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion! Directed and animated by Joseph Jensen and yours truly. It premiered on Vice Magazine’s music website Noisey, and has also been featured and received cool write ups on Spin, Papermag, Stereogum, Clash Music, Elmore Magazine, Exclaim and Bust and many others.
Credits: Directed, produced and animated by Lucy Dyson and Joseph Jensen. Oil projections by Steve Pavlovsky at Liquid Light Lab NYC. 2nd camera (live footage) Anna Steele.
Joe and I have both been big Blues Explosion fans since our early teens, so we were super excited about making this video. We have been lucky to do some work for Gemma Ray and Bronzerat Records since moving to Berlin, so when Andy at Bronzerat (who put out the JSBX’s latest album Meat & Bone) put Jon in touch with us about a video, we leapt at the opportunity. Not only were the Blues Explosion the first band I used my big sister’s ID to go and see play when I was 15 (at The Palace in St Kilda in 1997, since burnt down), but the next day at the crack of dawn, still buzzing from the show, my friends and I went to the ABC TV studios to be part of the under-age live audience for the band’s performance on the Saturday morning tv show Recovery. That Blues Explosion performance ended up making Australian live television history.
You can watch it below and even see me (around the 4:07 mark, wearing a red jacket and sporting ~ a very 90s ~ short bleached hairstyle), with my friend Billy in the “kitchen” area of the television set (we volunteered to do an embarrassing cooking segment on the show). Mid performance, tearing the studio apart, Jon Spencer climbed up on our kitchen bench and kicked cocktail onion juice on us. It was amazing and one of the most exciting performances I saw as a teenager. It also definitely influenced some of the animated bar brawl scene in the Bag Of Bones video.