Saturday, September 26, 2009
The positive feedback for art-vend has been fantastic and I'm really looking forward to receiving every one's artworks over the next few weeks. But before I get caught, I'm going to admit that while I came up with art-vend independently, google serves to trump everyone who thinks they have an original idea. Matt LeClair of www.callithump.org has a wonderful site about vending machines which dispense art other than art-vend, and has graciously agreed to add me to his page. So the least I can do is direct you to his. art-vend should be up as an artist run initiative on www.crawl.net.au very soon too, another site worth directing visitors of this site to. The scoop lately is that art-vend will be hitting the road after the Big West Festival, firstly for a stint at the Kingston Arts Centre in Moorabbin, then for a spell at Off the Kerb gallery in Collingwood. The dates for these two residencies will be confirmed over the coming weeks, so while work is being accepted for the Big West Festival right now, I'll be accepting submissions beyond those dates (nov 20-29) and beyond and beyond.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Here is a picture of the newly refurbished vending machine that will be going on to Footscray train station in November. When I bought it, it was a dirty grey hammertone on a rotted out grey chipboard plinth. I've endeavoured to make it a bit easier on the eye as well as a bit more durable and suitable for different environs. It has the capacity to accommodate a lightbox up the top, but I elected to leave it out at this stage because the machine being mechanical doesn't require power. This would change if I filled it with light globes. But it's there, so maybe later.
Interest has been high so far for participation in art-vend at the Big West Festival, which is very good news indeed. I am currently trying to see if this venture has legs, the last thing I want to do is pack it up after just one outing. Any and all suggestions would be welcome. I have finally finished my vending machine renovation and am really looking forward to stocking it full of everyone's art and wheeling the old fella out. Follows is a brief list of websites from artists currently submitting to art-vend. Would love to add yours to the list...