Archive for August, 2010

More ‘Flesh’ on it’s way

August 30, 2010

Clarissa and I had a great shoot on the weekend with Mea and Jett, this should finish up the ‘Flesh‘ series in anticipation of a big exhibition toward the end of the year.

The reaction to the series thus far has been phenomenal and we look forward to unveiling the new images in due course. Exhibition details will be forthcoming soon, but it looks like it will be a collaborative effort featuring work from both Clarissa Bones and Holy Green Cow with of course the Flesh series in it’s entirety.

No previews yet, so stay tuned for more info…

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What’s in a name? Nothing…

August 23, 2010

And that’s all it is…  A NAME.

Just like BeastmanMambo, Kill Pixie, Pope Alice, Arleen Textaqueen, Bono Vox and many others before me, HolyGreenCow is a pseudonym that allows me to create freely as a serious artist.

Since I was 15 years old I have always been involved in bands. As a singer/songwriter, I did so under the creative umbrella of the band name… and believe me, some of them were pretty odd or just plain ridiculous. Even so,  the music wasn’t odd or ridiculous in any way and that’s the point really…  Names are just names.

So now that I have hung up the mike and ventured into the world of 2D creativity, I find myself once again baring my soul and doing so under the banner of assumed anonymity. HGC is the band name and the series I aim to produce are like albums… The individual works in each series become the songs. That’s how I have always looked at what I do. It gives me a sense of purpose and focus when I take on an idea.

My greatest love was the concept albums of my youth, whether it be Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall‘ Alice Cooper’s ‘Goes to Hell‘ and ‘Welcome to my Nightmare‘ or something a little closer to my ‘DaDa-like‘ heart like Frank Zappa’s ‘Joe’s Garage‘, the idea of releasing my work in series with a narrative is closely associated with the idea of the concept album and my exhibitions are my album launches. I guess you can’t take the muso out of the boy.

HolyGreenCow as a name, is not about the art or about me in particular. Its not a gimmick or a big pisstake either. It’s just three words that galvanise the thoughts and juices and allow me to produce work that is not tainted by self doubt or criticism. It allows me to find the voice inside and let it sing again.

It means nothing and it means everything. It does not seek to prejudice the work in advance but it can provide a form of preface when you approach the art work in general. It’s a brand. A moniker. It’s like naming a flavour. It’s both meaningful and redundant.

To be honest, there has been such a pleasant, passive, non-reaction to the name that it just felt right and there has never been a moment of doubt that I would work as HGC. It feels quite natural for me to work in this way.

Of course there are always going to be a few people that will snicker behind your back at anything that is a little different, but really, is life worth worrying about negativity in any form? No. Not at all.

There are other more practical reasons for adopting a pseudonym too. Obvious reasons like the fact there are at least two or three other photographic artists that share my name, one of them is even in Brisbane. I also enjoy the fact that a pseudonym also allows you to bury your ego, that is always a good thing to do. Plenty more should try it.

Or I could paraphrase my hero Damian Cowell (from the band TISM et al) and say that the answer that makes me sound good is that I am circumventing the cult of personality that is becoming inherent in the ‘art’ world…

In fact even the mention of Mr Cowell could unveil a further motive, in that I desire to assume the mantle vacated by the now defunct, but much loved and aforementioned TISM.

But really, who cares?? HGC is the vehicle that allows me to enjoy creating and exhibiting my artwork. So to the galleries and public that have embraced me as HolyGreenCow and looked past the name and to the actual work itself, I thank you and look forward to the future. I take my work very seriously and will always endeavour to push my own boundaries, I look forward to seeing you on the journey with me.

As Doris Day and Ned Flanders once sang… Que Sera Sera.

ICP/HGC

Openings etc…

August 23, 2010

Thanks to all those that attended the opening on Saturday night (Election night). It was a great night and from the feedback I got, it seems the series was really well recieved.

Was great to chat with Alison Kubler and Walter Stahl too. Alison Opened the exhibition and Walter was another of the artists.

Thanks again to QCP for selecting me and to the staff that made it happen so wonderfully.

It’s up for a month in the window of the QCP, so if you get a chance, check it out with the other great artists on show too.

Warning: the following photos contain self congratulatory themes…

From the catalogue for the exhibition by Yolande Norris - click to read.

With one of the stars of the series iMog - graciously permitting this photo to be taken 🙂

The launch of Holy Green Cow - Drinking white wine... Hmmm... Don't tell anyone.

The Blood of Christ

August 7, 2010

By way of celebrating the awesome Toowoomba news, I cracked open a bottle of something that seemed appropriate… and quite special.

Grant Burge  ‘The Holy Trinity’ 2002

and I saw that it was good. Amen.

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

August 6, 2010

Just a quick note to share some good news for Holy Green Cow and that is that I was selected for the Finals of the Future Nurture Biennial Emerging Artist Awards Exhibition. (thats a mouthful)

I’m pretty damn excited as this is a brilliant opportunity to get my work to new people that may never have seen my process.

More info as it comes to hand and don’t forget the QCP exhibition starting soon as well as the group show at Martin Galleries in October.

Thanks for all the support, I hope to see you all there!!

HGC