As you can see from the poster, Kim Foale and I have an exhibition up at the Long Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre at the moment. Kim has done the ceramic bits and I have done the drawing bits, so we’ve covered the walls and the floor quite nicely. Kim’s written a bit about her stuff on her blog here.
The idea behind my part of the exhibition popped into my head when I was catching a plane from Hobart’s glorious International Airport. It was a damp sort of a day and we all had to walk across the tarmac in the rain. You could immediately spot the locals by the way they mostly ignored this, while the tourists looked increasingly baffled by the lack of a covered aerobridge at the one airport you’d think could really use a covered aerobridge. Waiting on the stairs to get in out of the drizzle, I turned, glimpsed the cheery orange WELCOME TO HOBART sign and “Damp On Arrival” was born.
On the flight to Sydney, a sketchbook was filled with scribbles about life in Australia’s southernmost capital and the exhibition is the finished result of the best of them. It’s a celebration of Hobart without, hopefully, getting too precious about it. It’s a bit of a test of how long you’ve lived here to see if you can get all 57 of them. “Whale Watching” seems to be the most elusive.
We are packing it all up this Sunday (17th of May) at 5pm. Do come along and have a look, or you might end up a sad clown like Arthur.
When I was a kid, no trip up the mountain in the snow was complete without a snowman on the bonnet of the car. This being an unsecured load seems like a fairly stupid idea, but you know, wilder times back in the old days. There always used to be little piles of snow on the road at the first lights at the bottom of the mountain where they’d gracefully slide off.
You are invited to the Opening of Bread and Circuses, an exhibition of Sightgeist cartoons published in The Weekend Australian Review, and the official launch of the 2012 Kudelka calendar. There will be wine and cheese, but unfortunately we couldn’t get hold of a fairy floss machine.
WHEN: Monday 10 October 2011 6:00pm – 7:30pm (yes – tonight!) WHERE: Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Level 1, 77 Salamanca Place
Bovine Terrorists has sold, so it’s Secret Handshake‘s turn to go up against the wall at Spacebar.
For $440 it’s all yours framed and ready to go on your wall to impress your friends and crush your enemies, and vice versa if you are so inclined. If you don’t live in Hobart and you want it, contact me here and I’ll see what I can do…
UPDATE: Sorry, the original of this cartoon has already been sold! I’m told it’s hanging in a board room in London. Make of that what you will…
To buy an A5 sized signed archival print, it’s a special price of $12 Australian including postage (flat rate, worldwide) until 7 January 2011. [wp_cart:Kudelka Ennui Emergency print:price:12.00:end]
If you couldn’t access my site this morning, and I know this website is very important to you, dear reader, it went into meltdown due to the above haiku getting on the front page of reddit. Anyway, I think I’ve sorted it out, and if you want to, you can buy the t-shirt here and the mug here.
There are two cooking shows on tonight, and I don’t hold a lot of hope for the entree. On current form, it looks like the recipe for both apprentice master PMs will be “throw slogans into pot and stir vigorously”. Bon appetit.
You have to feel for banks. It’s bloody hard maintaining record profits what with a global financial crisis caused by those goddamn greedy er… never mind why, just keep coughing up those bank fees and nobody gets hurt.
This cartoon’s in the New Matilda cartoon competition. Feel free to go and vote for your favourite cartoon, especially if it’s mine. I’ve got bills to pay, you know.
The main difference between a canary down a coal mine and a freelance cartoonist in an economic recession tends to be that people feel a bit sorry for the canary, so it looks like 2009’s going to be a hoot, but mustn’t grumble, and would you like fries with that? (just practicing).
So eat drink and be merry because tomorrow we don’t have to get up for work and have the whole day to sleep it off.
Hmm, this is turning out to be not all that cheerful. I’m sure everything will be lovely.
The infamous painting of Big Red In The Tub by Walkley Award winning cartoonist me is on the wall at my exhibition at the Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre. Big Red’s hot tub marks a tumultuous period in Tasmanian history and is for direct sale for $3500 or you can bid for it on ebay here (currently a snip SOLD at $100 $120$193.49 $406$610! $1277) Apparently, it will be gracing a bathroom in its new home. Happy hot tubbing, I say.
Also at the exhibition are my favourite 20 newspaper cartoons for 2008 and some other paintings:
I’m taking a class in satire as part of Living Writers’ Week at Fullers. Wednesday August 20th, 9.00am in Fullers Afterword Cafe – $35.00 includes a light breakfast.
Email Adam at Fullers or phone 62242488 to book a place, it’s kind of a small cafe, so do it now to avoid disappointment. Hey, you might learn something. I might learn something. Either way, the Afterword Cafe makes a damn fine coffee, so it won’t be a total loss.
Sure, there was the toffy accent, the toffy head, the toffy mannerisms, the Things That Batter, AWB, Iraq, the fact that he was in every respect a more hilarious leader of the Opposition than Brendan could ever hope to be, but first and last, the thing that summed up Lexy was the fishnet stockings.