kanji printing blocks (set of three)

NOT

kiln-cast Blackwood lead crystal glass, cold-worked / 220 x 250 cm

$1,320.00

In late 2018, the artist NOT found his practice migrating north. In Toyama, Japan’s glass capital, where his work was included in the Hindmarsh Prize travelling exhibition, NOT came across a collection of antique printing blocks.

These were inscribed with old kanji characters, largely illegible to modern eyes, (including most Japanese  and similar in style to those adorning the antiquated signboards then being erected in Fukushima across on the eastern coast to encourage tourism following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami which saw widespread radioactive contamination. Despite NOT being unable to read Japanese, let alone its more archaic form, these kanji printing blocks spoke powerfully to him.

He had grown up an hour’s drive away from Hunterston, one of Scotland’s nuclear power plants in Ayrshire, and had felt the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident personally, with spumes falling over the Scottish countryside. In fact, it was the fallout from Chernobyl and the overlapping 1986 oil price crash that saw NOT seek refuge a hemisphere away in Australia as a young man.

NOT began to see these kanji blocks as talismans of a pre-apocalyptic age and signs of hope for a regenerated future.

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Sydney

Curriculum Vitae NOT 不

LIVES AND WORKS IN SYDNEY NSW AND CANBERRA ACT

NOT is an installation artist working primarily in glass and ceramic. He has held solo shows at Kronenberg Mais Wright (‘Backlight’, 2022, ‘Invisible hand’, 2020; ‘Song dynasty’, 2018), a solo presentation at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf (‘Forensic anthropology’, 2022), and has been included in group exhibitions at Canberra Glassworks (‘Confluence’, 2018), Casula Powerhouse (‘The 66th Blake Prize’, 2021), Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery (‘STILL: National Still Life Award 2019’), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (‘Glazed & Confused’, 2014–15), Macquarie University Art Gallery (‘Nationalism in the Wake of Covid’, 2022), Shepparton Art Museum (SAM, 2019), S.H. Ervin Gallery (‘River on the Brink’, 2019), Toyama Glass Art Museum (‘The Hindmarsh Prize 2018’), and Wollongong Art Gallery (‘Birds & Language’, 2022). Shortlisted for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize in 2017 and 2019, NOT’s work was included in ‘Manifest’ for the 2019 Australian Ceramics Triennale, ‘REVERB’ for Visual Arts Scotland in March–April 2022, and is held in important private and public collections, including Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and SAM. As a curator, he has presented S-MILE (2016), Sgraffito and Layered (both 2018), and Electric Dreams (2022) for Saint Cloche Gallery, and The White Room (2017) and séance (2020) for Stanley Street Gallery.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022Backlight, Kronenberg Mais Wright, East Sydney NSW
Forensic anthropology, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, Double Bay NSW
2020Invisible hand, Kronenberg Mais Wright, East Sydney NSW
2018Song dynasty, Kronenberg Mais Wright, East Sydney NSW
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023Nationalism in the Wake of COVID, Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra NSW
2022Small Works exhibition, Beaver Galleries, Deacon ACT
Nurture, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Canberra ACT
CLAY, The Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach NSW
The Sydney Teapot Show, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
Nationalism in the Wake of COVID, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Macquarie University, NSW
Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize, MAG&M, Manly NSW
REFERB, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh SCOTLAND
The Hum & The Buzz, Neolite Gallery, St.Peters NSW
Birds and Language, Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong NSW
2021Transformation – 2021, Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, Canberra ACT
By George Biennial Art Prize, Foundation for Hellenic Studies, Adelaide SA
The 66th Blake Prize, Casula Power House Art Centre, Casula NSW
2020The Salon, M16 ARTSPACE, Griffith ACT
2019At home with art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks NSW
River on the Brink: inside the Murray-Darling Basin, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks NSW
Still: National Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour NSW
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Municipal Council Chambers, Woollahra
Manifest, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart TAS
2018Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyama City, Toyama JAPAN
Hindmarsh Prize, Fitters Workshop, Kingston ACT
Confluence, Canberra Glassworks, Kingston ACT
Group Exhibition 2018, Kronenberg Mais Wright, East Sydney NSW
2017The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Municipal Council Chambers, Woollahra
Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington NSW
2016Group Exhibition 2016, Kronenberg Mais Wright, East Sydney NSW
Form | Surface | Structure, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
2015Christmas 2015, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
A Time For Gifts, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
Art Month: Material Thought: Artists Working with Clay, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
2014Glazed & Confused — ceramics in contemporary art practice, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea NSW
Christmas 2014, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
claypool group show, Dickerson Gallery, Woollahra NSW
Small group exhibition, Home @735 Gallery, Redfern NSW
Contemporary Porcelain, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
SELECTED CURATED SHOWS
2022Electric Dreams, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington NSW
2020Art Month: séance (fade to black), Stanley St. Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2018Sgraffito, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington NSW
Lifeblood, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga NSW
Layered, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington NSW
2017Chaos or Control, Stella Downer Fine Art, Waterloo NSW
269d, Former Mansfield Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
Art Month: The White Room (contemporary ceramics), Stanley St. Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2016S-MILE, Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington NSW
SQ1@ARO, ARO Gallery, East Sydney NSW
In Residence, Danks Street Depot, Waterloo NSW
RESIDENCIES
2019Workshop presented/work displayed, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton NSW
2014Ceramic Design Studio – TAFE Sydney Institute, Gymea NSW
AWARDS & PRIZES
2022Finalist: Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize MAG&M, Manly NSW
2021Winner, By George Biennial Art Prize, Foundation for Hellenic Studies, Adelaide SA
Finalist, The 66th Blake Prize, Casula Power House Art Centre, Casula NSW
2020Highly commended, Visual Art Open 2020 UK & International Emerging Artist Awards.
2019Finalist, Still: National Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour NSW
Finalist, The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra NSW
2018Finalist, Hindmarsh Prize, Kingston ACT / Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyama JAPAN
2017Finalist, The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra NSW
Finalist, Little Things Art Prize, Paddington NSW
JUDGING

Having originally trained as an interior designer, now an artist, collector, curator and Director of Square One Studios in Alexandria. Not was a speaker for the 2015 panel on collecting video art for dLux Media Arts, and has been a judge for Wollombi’s ‘Sculpture in the Vineyards’ award exhibition also The Sydney Teapot Exhibition, Clayworkers Gallery Glebe, and two years of Flickering Stone part of Rookwood’s HIDDEN Sculpture Exhibition

REPRESENTATION

2016 – present, KRONENBERG MAIS WRIGHT, East Sydney NSW
2022 – present, Beaver Galleries, Deakin ACT

EDUCATION

Whitehouse School of Design Sydney and Gymea TAFE. Training/workshops: Somchai Charoen and Luna Ryan (mould making); Deb Taylor (wheel throwing); Cherie Peyton (fine porcelain); Cath Fogarty, Jenny Orchard and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (hand building); Peter Nilsson and Luna Ryan (glass work): Richard William Wheater and David Cooper (neon)

COLLECTIONS

Shepparton Art Museum, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, in private collections; UK, EU and Australia

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