Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Music April 2016

It seems like a while since I posted some new music.

Here is what I have been listening to lately.

The new Parquet Courts  LP "Human Performance' is a bit loose, DIY (in a produced way) and has some great little moments like this one-

Parquet Courts - 'Berlin got blurry'


The Pet Shop Boys have a new Lp out called 'Super'. It is produced by Stuart Price, who did the last LP and this is apparently the second of a trilogy. I really like the pet Shop Boys, but can't help but think that anyone could be singing over these sounds, which sound a bit samey and lack the tonal and musical variety of albums like 'Fundamental'. I do like 'Pop Kids' though.

Pet Shop Boys- 'Pop Kids'


Aussie group 'The Drones' have released a new LP titled 'Feelin Kind of Free'. If you like loose, raw (and with a bit of sonic noise) and interesting Aussie music, then this is well worth a listen. This slower track is a favourite-

The Drones - 'To think that I once loved you'


Lastly, Prince has passed away. Many people will have a favourite Prince track or Lp. I have several and grew up with many of his LP's. Here is a track that never seems to sound old to me.

Prince- 'When Doves Cry'




All music copyright the respective artists.





Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New ventures in art

I have been taking some art classes for a little while now, as I have no formal training in art. We have been recently looking at colour theory and how to use the three primary colours (red, yellow and Blue) to mix other colours. My teacher works mainly in watercolour, but  recently had me try acrylic paint and I really love it! Here are some things I tried out on my own after my first acrylic class.
These are my own designs and I also mixed my own colours..




This last one, also has ink used in it.


I am excited to see what else my teacher has me do next!


all work, copyright matthew schiavello. 2016.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Defocus

I recently undertook a little series of defocused  images.
The aim was to shift attention away from defined form and what the form means to us and instead to focus on colour. More precisely to bring our attention to the Hue/s (the colour/s), Saturation (how strong or saturated the colour is) and value (how light or dark the colour is) in the image.

Here are a few images from that small series.


                                                           Defocused #239



                                                            Defocused #413


                                                          Defocused #440


                                                          Defocused #451

all images copyright Matthew Schiavello 2016.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A 40th and another opportunity to see my exhibition.

AK turned forty, this past weekend. I baked him a cake sized brownie. He loves chocolate and brownies! We went out to dinner that night and had a good time.  Here are some photos from the morning:

Posing with some of the items I gave him.

Lighting the candles (yep, we had already started eating the brownie):

Posing with the 'cake' and wearing a Donald Trump branded tie, his family gave him.


Now enough about AK and more about me!

My exhibition has a final viewing at Balkon Art Incubator, here is some info and some photos!

This is Sunday is the final opportunity to see the exhibition- "Seminal and non-seminal works", at Balkon Art Incubator.

Date: Sunday 20th of March
Time: 10am - 1pm
Location: 635 Plenty Rd, Preston (Near Tyler st).

Some info about the show, from my artist statement:

" Over the last two years Matthew has been exploring Bricolage through the manipulation of translucent materials. The works in this exhibition were created using this technique. Much of Matthew’s work is centered on finding beauty in spaces or items which are unwanted or discarded. The series ‘Seminal and non-seminal works’ sees Matthew making a shift from passive observer of beauty to active participant in its creation.


‘Seminal and non-Seminal works’ explores several themes. The themes are:

-how items 'to hand' can be used in the creation of beauty,

-the artist’s own personal exploration of how chosen materials are used to represent the joy of life (and its creation) and

-How the experience each viewer has with each piece of work can be affected by the emotional meaning they have attached or imbued in the items used."


I do hope that you will be able to attend. Please feel free to pop in, say hello and bring your friends. Please feel free to also forward this invite those whom you think would be interested. It is important to note that these works are different to my usual abstract photographs and are mixed media works. Some aspects of the show may be confronting for some people. Please do not hesitate to contact me in need.


best regards,

matthew schiavello.


A discerning art lover who matched her outfit to the prints!


A.K. was barman! -What will it be sir? or is it more 'whadda ya want?'

One of the prints that sold on opening night:
                                                ‘Seminal works #23 110116′
                                               Mixed media. 12 x 18 inches.

All images copyright matthew schiavello 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Seminal and non-seminal works exhibition.

I have an exhibition opening this Friday! Here is some info on it and some photos from us setting up/installing the show!



                                            AK and I, taken by Christine Georgiou.


"Seminal and non-seminal works"

Date: Friday 4th of March
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Location: 635 Plenty Rd, Preston (Near Tyler st).

This show will only be available for viewing on two occasions.
The opening, or an extra viewing day on Sunday the 20th of March from 10am - 1pm.
This second day is handy for all my friends south of the Yarra.

Some info from my Artist Statement:


" Over the last two years Matthew has been exploring Bricolage through the manipulation of translucent materials. The works in this exhibition were created using this technique. Much of Matthew’s work is centered on finding beauty in spaces or items which are unwanted or discarded. The series ‘Seminal and non-seminal works’ sees Matthew making a shift from passive observer of beauty to active participant in its creation.

‘Seminal and non-Seminal works’ explores several themes. The themes are:
-How items 'to hand' can be used in the creation of beauty,
-The artist’s own personal exploration of how the joy of life and its creation are represented through his choice of materials,  and
-How the experience each viewer has with each piece of work can be affected by the emotional meaning they have attached or imbued in the items used."

I do hope that you will be able to attend. There will be complimentary drinks at the opening. Please feel free to invite those whom you think would be interested. I have attached the flyer in PDF form and two images from the series below. Please note that these works are different to my usual abstract photographs and are mixed media works. Some aspects of the show may be confronting for some people. Please do not hesitate to contact me in need.

best regards,
matthew schiavello.
 
 
                         Christine, Jake and AK helping install the work and problem solve!


                               Monique from Balkon Art Incubator helping install the works!


                                                AK is so tall does he really need a ladder?


                               The artist and some of his work, taken by Christine Georgiou.
 
 
 
 
All images copyright Matthew Schiavello and Christine Georgiou respectively 2016.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Images from a year ago and some music!

I often forget I have images on my computer.... well not so much forget that I have them, but forget to go back and look at them, select the ones I like and 'work on them'.  I get so busy that it falls off my 'to do list'. Here are some from Feb 2015.



I am in the midst of getting an exhibition ready. There is a lot of behind the scenes work involved and I wish I could instead just create the work and let someone else do the crap stuff... maybe one day!
I have been listening to some new music. Here are a couple of songs.


I heard about Julia Holter's Lp 'Have you in my wilderness' album recently, heard this next track, loved it and orderd it.

Julia Holter- 'Feel you'


Sufjan Stevens  released an album titled 'Carrie and Lowell' to much acclaim in 2015. He mostly sang about his relationship with his mother 'Carrie' and included his step father 'Lowell' (whom is the director of the record label he co-founded with Sufjan). He may not sound interesting, but I suspect you will change your mind as I did after hearing this track.

Sufjan Stevens - 'I should have known better'


All images copyright matthew schiavello 2015.
Music copyright of the respective artist.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Some new images- Feb 2016

Here are some new abstract images, which are inspired strongly by my early style of photographing torn paper/posters.






 The detail of a painted surface, damaged and fading:


More torn images:







All images copyright matthew schiavello 2016.