Doomsday Song by Guy Mathews

Presented by Backwoods until the 22nd of November 2015 at Gallery 5 (5 Easey St, Collingwood VIC 3066).

Installation Photo courtesy of Backwoods Gallery.

Guy Mathews  art combines dying art of signwriting and abstract expressionism with a good dose of the industrial design.  The result is an engaging painterly body of work that straddles different stylistic traditions called bricolage. Guy experiences as an antique dealer had granted him a keen eye for interesting and quirky artifacts. This has allowed Guy to gather antique signs that would be rejected traditional as a transient object and transform them into lovingly crafted tablets with industrial inspired finish.



Make the Docks. 120x 90 x 5 cm


Another Network.120x 90 x 5 cm


Nursing Mother 120x 90 x 5 cm

Copy of 6

Dark Key 120x 90 x 5 cm


A Despots Flag 120x 90 x 5 cm


Days Gone By 120x 90 x 5 cm


Volley of the Fox 120x 90 x 5 cm


Common Box 120x 90 x 5 cm


Persona Non Grata 120x 90 x 5 cm

Craft Pop Up Shop 2015

I recently visited the Craft pop up shop in the Melbourne Town Hall (90-120 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000), 'featuring the works of Australia's leading craftspeople and emerging talent'. Craft Victoria is the hub for contemporary craft and design. I really liked the creativity and quirkiness the craftspeople put into their work and it is always wonderful to suport other local creatives.

The pop up shop includes over 70 local makers; ceramics, jewellery, textiles, timber, paper, glass, mixed media, installations and demonstrations. Here are just some of the makers featured in the space; Melbourne ceramicists Andrei Davidoff, Sophie Moran, Alterfact and Vanessa Lucas, Melbourne jeweller Abby Seymour, leather worker Emma Greenwood, textile illustrators Sandra Eterovic and Georgina Cue, installations by makers Kim Jaeger (Pot Heads) and John Brooks, furniture designers Dale Hardiman, Coco FlipRedfox and Wilcox and Tide Design.

Dates: 21 October – 21 November, 2015.
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-6pm, open until 7pm on Fridays.

Vanessa Lucas ceramics Craft 2015

Vanessa Lucas ceramics, 2015

Alterfact one of a kind 3D printed vase 2015

Alterfact, One of a Kind 3D printed vase, 2015, Southern Ice Porcelain

Georgina Cue Mania Craft 2014

Georgina Cue, Manina, 2014, 52cm x 48cm, Acyrylic yarn on fly-screen, framed

Sofie Moran Quarry Collection Cup Craft 2015

Sofie Moran, Quarry Collection Cups, high fired stoneware with flecked, matte glaze

John Brooks Blobjects Craft 2015

John Brooks, Blobjects, 2015, Fuax fur, jersey, synthetic metallics, wood and paper plup

Kim Jaeger Basnarica II Stoneware clay Craft 2015

Kim Jaeger (Pot Heads) , Basnarica II, 2015, Stoneware clay and glaze, ceramic paint


Briony Barr: Art Experiment #1

On the 18th and 19th of February a group of people came together for Briony Barr's Art Experiment. Two days of fun, combining Art with Science in the beautiful South Melbourne Commons. It was really fun.


So with some tools, rules, a floor with some boundries and lots of explaining we created our own complex systems using people and tape.




It was like playing a game, goals, scores and prizes.

Above is an image of Elana person to reach the goal.

Keeping score, who whichever colour reached the goal more got paid more, how much? No idea. It really just made thing more interesting, however after a while I gave up on making the goal and tried to make the patterns look nice.

The pay packet above.


Above is a science that we learnt about complex systems, explained by Dr. Andrew Melatos of The University of Melbourne's Astrophysics Group.

Extra bits of fun and making of friends above.

Lots of group discussions and directions were made.

Than there was the undo-ing of all the tap. This is what happened…


The unplaned ball game…

The amazing food that was provided…

Briony Barr going to do  to another Art Experiment , she is looking for around 30 people (Agents) to participate in 'Art Experiment #2'. The experiment is part of a project called 'Drawing on Complexity' which is a collaboration between myself and physicist Dr. Andrew Melatos. It is funded by a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

-The experiment will run from 10am to 8pm on Sunday April 1st. 
– There will be snack/tea breaks, as well as lunch and dinner times. Dinner will be served at 7pm so you have the option to leave then if needed. All food will be vegetarian and delicious. Thanks Tony, aka SOYALENT GREEN.
– We will be working on the floor with tape. All tools provided.
– No experience necessary. You DO NOT need to be a visual artist (or a scientist!)
– There will be lots of photo documentation.

If you want to be involved please contact Briony :

brionybarr AT yahoo  DOT com

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