The Other Art Fair - Sydney!

People of Sydney, do you have your tickets to The Other Art Fair starting this Thursday 26 October? I'll be exhibiting there along with 100 other artists chosen for the event. I haven't been involved in the Sydney event before, but the Melbourne event earlier this year was good fun, and the caliber of artwork was inspiring! Read on for info on how to get yourselves in for free. 

I have a large space in Sydney, with some large works to show (and a few small, and the Samsung sponsored Saatchi Art lounge will also be showing some of my work). Here are a few: 

 'Bonsai: Spring', 100cm x 120cm, Acrylic on canvas

'Bonsai: Spring', 100cm x 120cm, Acrylic on canvas

 'Sakura', 208cm x 130cm, Acrylic on Canvas

'Sakura', 208cm x 130cm, Acrylic on Canvas

 'Bonsai: Autumn', 100cm x 120cm, Acrylic on canvas

'Bonsai: Autumn', 100cm x 120cm, Acrylic on canvas

The fair runs from Thursday 26 - Sunday 29 October at Australian Technology Park, and you can get your tickets here: http://sydney.theotherartfair.com/free (use promocode TOAFAmanda).

See you there! 

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Have you heard of NaNoWriMo [http://nanowrimo.org/] -- National Novel Writing Month? It's an internet-based creative writing project that challenges participants to complete 50,000 words (or a novel) within the month of November. It started in 1999, and in 2015 they claim that 431,626 people could call themselves novelists at the end of the 30-day period. Pretty impressive.

Now there's something similar started for artists called, "Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days" [https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html] which takes place in September. My schedule doesn't allow me to sign up, but the idea got me thinking. Could I complete 30 paintings in 30 days? Would the pressure to produce a quality painting every single day (for 30 days in a row!) trigger new creativity...or stymie it? 

Aside from completing one painting a day, there is NO pressure.. no pressure to create anything good. It could be quite freeing, so for the moment, I’m quietly confident of the latter… it would trigger new creativity. However, those that know me well, know that such optimism could be short lived, and it’s entirely possible I would at some stage lose my sh*t and decide instead to set fire to the studio. 

Nonetheless, the challenge of it has intrigued me, and I have decided to go for it. I've given myself an internal deadline: September 15 to October 14. At the end of that time, I should have 30 new works to share. I will be giving daily updates on Instagram and Facebook, and weekly reports on my blog. You’re welcome to follow my efforts as I navigate through the challenge. 

Are there any other artists/writers/creators interested in joining me in the challenge? :D

 Canvases supplied by Southern Buoy 

Canvases supplied by Southern Buoy 

Plasmo

Yep, it's that time! I have to let you all know about my upcoming show... it's called Plasmo! 

Here are the deets:

Where: GallerySmith (project space), 170 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, VIC 3051, Australia

When: Opening drinks Saturday 28 February @ 2pm-4pm. Actual show runs from February 26 to March 7. 

Here is a sneak preview:

 'Germinate I' 100cm x 90cm, Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas

'Germinate I' 100cm x 90cm, Oil, acrylic and ink on canvas

 'Plasmonaut' 130cm x 120cm, oil, acrylic and ink on canvas

'Plasmonaut' 130cm x 120cm, oil, acrylic and ink on canvas

 'Plasmonautical' 130cm x 120cm, oil, acrylic and ink on canvas

'Plasmonautical' 130cm x 120cm, oil, acrylic and ink on canvas

 'Stellascape II' 100cm x 90cm, oil, acrylic and ink on canvas

'Stellascape II' 100cm x 90cm, oil, acrylic and ink on canvas

Plasmo (GallerySmith, Melbourne Feb 26 - Mar 7 - opening drinks Sat 28 @ 2pm) could be animal or vegetable, or it could be a world in itself. It is abstract, organic, anthropomorphic and living. It is playfully alien, yet eerily familiar. It alludes to the universality, micro to macro, of organic life and patterns in nature. This body of work has been influenced by such patterns found while living and working in the unique landscape of rural southern Tasmania.

Amanda Krantz considers her work to be organic-psychedelia. Works are familiar representations of ecology, but not quite of this world. Her process is underpinned by a playful exploration of materials, and questions the role of painter in painting creation. The method of paint delivery to canvas, is often in random pours, throws and squirts, employing forces of nature to mimic nature. The natural fluidity and reactivity of paint mixtures, is itself alive in its own ability to move and mix, playfully creating chaotic patterns and random effects. She acts as a facilitator, allowing the paint itself to capture the essence of time and place. It’s a scientific process, executed organically, creating science-fictional landscapes and quasi-alien life.
— press release, Plasmo 2015

Talking shop: Works will be available for purchase. Geographically challenged buyers are welcome to purchase through the gallery. I will post a link to the full catalogue here once it becomes available. 

Thanks everyone, for all the amazing and ongoing support. :)