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Ria and I had a chat about pgs meeting to discuss material processes and swapping excerpts from texts in addition to the intensives, like another version of the reading group.
Any thoughts?


June 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments


I thought that the painting blog would be a good place to air any feedback from the recent intensive.
I admit it was a manic position to be in as both a participant and organiser, having to rush from one session to the next trying to make sure no technical hitch would occur (including having to rush off after my own session!). During my session Quentin had been phoning me waiting over at Roland Wilson! By the time I managed to get there others had thankfully got him sorted!

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Considering that we now have the painting wattle discussion forum, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to the purpose of this blog? I would not mind altering the busy template which I recognize was all part of its experimental start-up phase. Maybe we could post more individual research orientated questions or texts on the blog for feedback from peers, kind of like an optional online reading group? Or is providing feedback online just another thing to worry about in our busy schedules? If so maybe we should cancel it so we don’t have an inactive blog?

March 22, 2011 Posted by | administration | 3 Comments

Deleuze and Guattari reading – Group 1. Friday 31 July

My selection for the next reading group is an excerpt from ‘A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia’. It is the first part of chapter 10 ‘1730: Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Imperceptible’. I did not include the whole chapter as it is long and complex, but wonderful if anyone chooses to borrow the book. Music is discussed later in the chapter for those interested.


June 1, 2009 Posted by | reading group | | 5 Comments

Alliance Francaise exhibition of four SoA graduates including Vanessa

'Ngunnawal (Displacement)' 2009, rabbit skin glue, gesso, aquarelle and bitumen on canvas, 120 x 120 cm

'Ngunnawal (Displacement)' 2009, rabbit skin glue, gesso, aquarelle and bitumen on canvas, 120 x 120 cm

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May 14, 2009 Posted by | Exhibition | | 1 Comment

Ornament and Abstraction

Thanks Kerri, I found your selected reading inspiring, less for the discussion of ornament as a bridge between cultures than the linking of textiles and painting. My interest began upon the introduction of the Mask of Shene-Malula and how “the reversal of the black and white value…indicates a change in identity.” It’s link with Paul Klee’s integration of an “extremely reduced pictorial language with the visible material quality of the support [and how] an intensive dialogue develops between the motif and the support, which is constantly varied (he used linen, burlap, packing paper).”

I enjoyed the discussion of Anni Albers weaving and the point concerning “the dual principle of warp and weft that is typical of textiles…” giving figure and ground equal weight. It invokes contemplation of the canvas as woven fabric or constructed form and the possibility of subtle variables. Ding Yi linking scroll painting and an evocation of fabric is another subtle twist to the simplicity and power of the language of materials and the binary (figure/ground) relationship.


April 19, 2009 Posted by | reading group | | 2 Comments