Cutting into the vinyl pieces and making them into something new was even more enjoyable than we’d expected it to be. We had followed a plan for the top peaks and bottom pools, and allowed our scissors to glide in the middle. And we’ll do it again with what remains. We are so glad we had the chance to make this piece, to reinvent the original printing of Ripples in the Open.
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
It came like light out of the walls
In the Neighbourhood
Thursday 13th June – Sunday 21st of July, 2019
West Gallery Thebarton
32 West Thebarton Road, Thebarton, South Australia
If you live nearby or are passing through, please call in to explore our collage with your own eyes. And should you feel inclined, please share an image or two (#Itcamelikelightoutofthewalls).
Recently landed: “The stability of nature can no longer be taken for granted”, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) looks at our functioning (or not) ecosystem on the page as part of our forthcoming exhibition, It came like light out of the walls
Happy to see our collage created especially for Sophie Cunningham’s City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest (‘Trees of Life’ by Raphaelle Race, p. 30) in the current edition of The Big Issue (17–30 May, 2019, No. 587), with Greta Thurnberg on the cover.
We heartily recommend you grab a copy of both book and magazine.
We're excited to be returning to the NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair for the fifth year running. In a few days, we will be in the Great Hall, beneath the Leonard French coloured shards, ready to introduce you to
Animate. Animated. Animal. ($8)
Please, I'm looking for (whatever you are looking for) ($8)
Museum Sketches: Your Specimens Sing an Operatic Chorus ($8)
and Five views of a creeping Honey possum (Tarisipes rostratus) ($4).
Alongside these titles, we will also have editions of Paint Out ($20) and Ripples in the Open ($5) released at Sticky Institute's Festival of the Photocopier, earlier in the year.
NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair
Great Hall, NGV International
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th March, 2019
See you there!
You're invited to explore a collaged landscape comprised entirely from images scanned from borrowed library books, and studded with lenticular prints.
Ripples in the Open is a collage, 15 metres in length, commissioned for ArtSpace at Realm.
Ripples in the Open
Saturday 10th of November, 2018 – Sunday 27th of January, 2019
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
ArtSpace at Realm
Ringwood Town Square (opposite the Ringwood Railway Station)
179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, 3134
Officially opening this Thursday the 15th of November, 6–8pm (including a talk, by us, somewhere in the wilderness).
Cue: distant roar.
Gracia and Louise
You’re invited to our exhibition, Ripples in the Open, and we’d love to see you there.
Join us for the exciting exhibition opening of Ripples in the Open by Melbourne based artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison.
6pm to 8pm Thursday 15 November at ArtSpace Realm
To be opened by the Mayor of Maroondah City Council on Thursday 15 November at 6pm, to be followed with a talk by the artists about the process of imagining and creating their captivating works — from the intimate to the monumental.
Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison have been commissioned to create a huge collage for ArtSpace at Realm, presented as a floor-to-ceiling printed landscape featuring portholes of moving collage comprised of stunning lenticular prints of animals.
This exhibition invites you to join the artists in an exploration of things hidden in plain sight and to be immersed in an imaginary and not-so imaginary world.
Exhibition Dates: 10 November 2018 to 27 January 2019
ArtSpace at Realm
Ringwood Town Square (opposite Ringwood Railway Station)
179 Maroondah Highway
03 9298 455
As part of our exhibition Ripples in the Open we are conducting a zine making workshop at Realm.
Join Ripples in the Open artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison in this fabulous zine making workshop!
Collage across the spread of your very own stitched zine. Bring along any printed and photocopied snippets, images, and text collected from your surroundings, and in the workshop you will cut and glue them into place to create your own artwork.
In addition, you will learn to fold and stitch a simple zine structure. Paper, glue, thread, and equipment are all provided, however please bring along anything you’d like to include in your collage be they magazine cuttings, photocopies of things that interest you, original drawings. The world is your oyster; the paper is your universe!
Thursday 17 January
2 to 4pm
Meet us at ArtSpace at Realm
Ringwood Town Square
179 Maroondah Highway
03 9298 4553
Our exhibition, Looped, loops into infinity. Hurrah!
Our stone cats and a netsuke mouse have been minding their Ps and Qs since August 2017, and we are delighted that our #GraciaLouiseLooped inhabitants, like those within A warmed pebble in my hand, are staying in the dome dais indefinitely.
Thank-you State Library Victoria.
There is still time to see our artists' book, Paw Pad Path, on display as part of the 2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize at Artspace Mackay. The exhibition, which opened on Saturday the 26th of May, runs until Sunday the 19th of August, 2018.
Artspace Mackay, Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Queensland
We’ve seen albatrosses come back with their belly full of food for their young. You think it’s going to be squid, but it’s plastic. That chick is going to starve and die.
— Sir David Attenborough (on plastic pollution)
Up! Up! Up they went.
After the building had closed, with birds and crimps under wing, we tiptoed into Realm, with Richard Holt, to install our commissioned work, A Weight of Albatross. We woke our rookery of albatross(es)* from their bubble wrap nests, and began threading the piece together, with a map for guidance. By 11pm, our two stainless steel and fourteen frosted perspex birds were in place.
Watch: A Weight of Albatross being installed at Realm, time-lapse video (courtesy of City of Maroondah)
Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
* The most common collective noun for a group of albatross is a rookery, but a weight is also accepted, and though the OED preferences albatrosses as the plural, Collins and Merriam-Webster are happy to fly with albatross. So a weight it is, A Weight of Albatross, because it sounds more poetic to our ears.
Included in our weight you will find a Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), Southern royal albatross (Diomedea epomophora), Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris), Shy albatross (Thalassarche cauta), Grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma), Indian yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche carteri), Sooty albatross (Phoebetria fusca), and a Buller’s albatross (Thalassarche bulleri).
Subscribe to The Blue Notebook: Journal for artists’ books, published by Wild Conversations Press, edited by Sarah Bodman, UWE, Bristol, UK, to read our invited contribution, and other tales by other folk. Inside Volume 12, No. 2 Spring – Summer 2018 (pp. 6–14), you’ll find us talking about our artists’ books within Looped, at State Library Victoria.
Head to Book Arts to subscribe (hard copy and digital).
The space between our understanding of the world and how a fox (in a painting) sees the world is vast, but this is what we were thinking, dreaming, scratching, sniffing, living as we worked on our most recent artists' book, Paw Pad Path (2018). It is of the earth as much as of the canvas and of history. And we are delighted that Paw Pad Path has been selected for the forthcoming 2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize exhibition at Artspace Mackay.
2018 Libris Awards: Australian Artists' Book Prize
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street, Queensland
Saturday 26th May – Sunday 19th August, 2018
The Libris Awards is an initiative of Mackay Regional Council through Artspace Mackay. The awards seek to develop awareness of the council’s significant collection of artists' books, and to develop the collection further through the acquisition of new works by leading Australian artists working in the field.