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  • BenWilson, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I can't come tonight, said sister's birthday!

    Thank you Ben, I thought you actually came up with some good points.

    Did I? Weird, no memory of anything more than desperate evasion of the discussion. I did very much enjoy conversation with the TVNZ archivist whose name eludes me. That's righteous work, looking after the taonga.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8592 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi, in reply to Rich Lock,

    I’ll see you and raise.

    (Oh for fuck's sake. This is why I prefer pencil and paper!)

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to DCBCauchi,

    If your sister's experience is anything like mine, she'll have very firm ideas about what she wants to do. Family and friends don't want to see you in abject poverty, so suggest ways to alleviate it. But you have a burning obsession in your head that you have to get out somehow, and those suggestions tend not to address that need very satisfactorily. Better abject poverty than a comfortable life and compromised work.

    You and she have much in common, at least in attitude. Despite the annoyance, I do still find it inspiring. I wish I had one quarter of the level of commitment to my own work, and there's no doubt she does good stuff, the reviews are consistently extremely positive from those people who are meant to know (and others too). I'm not against her doing what she does. The part that's embittering is that interactions with her are so unpleasant, so often, because we're practically the only shoulders left to cry on. It seems like all the listening is one way now, and I don't really know too many people who like doing that without getting paid for it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8592 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to DCBCauchi,

    paste the full link including the http, but without any square brackets. site does the rest:

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16771 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    the chickens less counted...

    A4isms...

    on stooping to google...
    I find others have well and truly beat me to this
    bloody morphic hive mind
    (or obvious word plays)
    Damn, and I thought I was being clever
    c'est la vie

    there have been A4 exhibitions in the past in NZ
    based I think on those early cigar box exhibitions
    - there used to be a gallery in Chchch that had an
    annual exhibition where all art work was restricted
    to the common size of a cigar box lid
    and this guy - Ed Musante too

    and then there's the Cornellesque assemblages using
    cigar boxes as a common starting point... like Spencer Bohren

    I like the Alexander Bartleet creations
    - plasticscene strata sorta

    I'm enjoying your blog Mr Cauchi
    and love your line art
    (we share a fascination with Mayan Codex it seems)
    have you thought of doing an artist's Music Muse compilation
    - like this one

    and you mention artists books have you made any of these
    and I wonder if you'd like to make cards of some of your works
    (pin money perhaps - but spreads the ideas)
    I ask because I am set up to print and produce
    cards and small booklets (shameless self-promotion)
    (I Print David Haywood's excellent
    Albert the Otter book - The Hidden Talent of Albert Otter )
    if you are interested in exploring that idea - email me
    (I've reactivated my email link above
    - time to reconnect with the world....)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5060 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi, in reply to BenWilson,

    It seems like all the listening is one way now, and I don't really know too many people who like doing that without getting paid for it.

    And you sound as if you have much in common with my long-suffering wife!

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    and you mention artists books have you made any of these

    Yes I have, and I want to make more. Will discuss, but probably over summer or next year.

    Cigar box lid paintings are very fascinating. Long tradition. Cheap, portable, good support surface for painting. Smoking and painting also go together very well.

    Once upon a time, linen tea-towels were also really good, but sadly no more.

    Top ten songs for painting to? Have to think about that.

    Short answer from last few months: The Fall, Hawkwind, Brain Donor. The bass lines are important I find.

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    on stooping to google...
    I find others have well and truly beat me to this
    bloody morphic hive mind

    I find this process fascinating. Often I'll put a saying or phrase (hoof arted is as old ass as the donkey, by the way) and rejoice when I get " No results found for X" response.

    It's a new form of existentialism. If it's not on Google, it doesn't exist. Seems reasonable to me.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Ben, David: My wife notes that she didn't choose her path, it chose her.

    I accept that not being of an artistic bent, I'm never going to fully understand it from the heart. But I try to accept that it's something she just has to do, and we've worked out our own strategies for dealing with the comprehension gap.

    She took the road less travelled. I got a haircut and got a proper job.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to JacksonP,

    Careful, nek minnit you’ll become self aware.

    Far too much time on my hands ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4896 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

    Attachment

    Ba-doom' tish!

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Far too much time on my hands ;-)

    Seriously, you really have. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to BenWilson,

    TVNZ archivist whose name eludes me.

    Michelle Curtis

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4896 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Returning to odd campaign signs: Spotted, on the corner of Idlewild Ave, and Bader Dr.

    Conservative - if it's good enough for REMUERA, it's good enough for Mangere. (The italics are theirs, not mine). FFS.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi,

    One thing that fascinates me is the relationship between the written word and other symbolic visual images.

    I have on my shelf copies of several Aztec and Mayan books. We don’t have that many, cos of the Spanish. (‘Aztec’ is shorthand here.) I could go on for a long time about the implications of the similarities and differences between Aztec and Mayan pictures, and their differing socioeconomic contexts.

    Fascinating. Suggestive. Enough to keep us going for a very long time indeed.

    And kind of related to the combination of words and visual images this blog thing started off with! Speaking of socioeconomic contexts.

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    there have been A4 exhibitions in the past in NZ

    I remember taking part in an "A4 Show" in Wellington in 1977, ffs.
    And I had to ask "A4? What's that?"
    Since when I've never forgotten.

    I think the esteemed Jean Clarkson was involved in the organistion of said show.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3558 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Rich Lock,

    I accept that not being of an artistic bent, I'm never going to fully understand it from the heart. But I try to accept that it's something she just has to do, and we've worked out our own strategies for dealing with the comprehension gap.

    You and I have a great deal in common. Gotta meet more. When's your usual slack-off-for-drinks time/place?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8592 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to BenWilson,

    Would be delighted to meet up - drop me an e-mail. Will have to be next week, though.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi, in reply to BenWilson,

    Ben, could you please ask your sister if she knows Dan Belton (or some variant thereof – I’m bad with names), who has (I think) started his own dance company. He’s a really nice guy, and surely the dance community is small enough. This is NZ.

    I went to school with him at Nelson College in the 80s and bored him witless trying to persuade him to become a painter instead of a dancer, a suggestion he rejected out of hand. He’s one of those particularly annoying multi-talented people who can do all the things you would like to be able to do, and I thought it a crime for him not to paint full time. I don’t understand dance at all either, and his effortless ease compared to the effort I had to put into painting?

    Bastard.

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi,

    Bollocks. Tried to get a picture up as per Jackson’s instructions, but no dice.

    On the blog.

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to DCBCauchi,

    Yup, she knows him. It's a pretty small community. Apparently he mostly does film of dance now?

    My sister's multi-talented too. In this day and age it can actually be something of a curse, because it means you have so much choice that you often find it hard to specialize.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8592 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi, in reply to BenWilson,

    Apparently he mostly does film of dance now?

    That makes sense.

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Bollocks. Tried to get a picture up as per Jackson’s instructions, but no dice.

    Don't know if this is the issue, but I found that images won't upload unless there is also some text in the comment.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    For once, Threefer, you are correct.
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4896 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Oink.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2144 posts Report Reply

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