Infographics are the new wave. In the future they will replace CVs.
In the future planes will replace kites. Glue will replace honey.
ROBOTS WILL REPLACE GOVERNMENT!
Until that bleak day Infographics are pretty fun and I intend on making more.
This is a painting of The Incredible Hulk playing a piano accordion. I painted this because I’ve never seen this before. I’m starting to realise that that is a perfectly good reason to paint something. Graff work is perfect for this philosophy because it’s temporary, you get to produce really big works which you paint in order to better your skills and you simply get to “see what it would look like”.
The following works were thought up on the spot and were executed on another outing to the Sydney Uni graffiti tunnels earlier this week. I brought a film crew along on the night as there is a documentary about me in the works titled Portrait Of The Artist As A Complete Jerk. It’s a running title that I didn’t come up with but they assure me it’s a ‘running title’ and it will be titled something else along the lines of ‘Edmund Iffland: He’s A Nice Boy’ and that this is going to be quite a positive documentary. Not sure why they needed to film me kicking puppies and pretending to do the crystal meth in that public toilet.
Fellow Sydney Fringe comedian Tom Walker joined me on this trip to the Sydney Uni. I think his parents are really happy Tom had someone to play with this week. Tom painted some things as well including the following image… it’s a character Tom assures me exists called Buff Man.
Tom has a blog you should also look at it’s www.tomwalkerisgood.com
This is Nick Capper:
This is me (Edmund Iffland):
Nick is an accomplished stand up comedian. Nick has the exterior of a country-boy and the mind of an 18th century art student who was only allowed to sketch what he saw at home and after spending his entire life in a glove factory chose only to paint portraits of his dog Nathan who never existed… In short, no one knows what goes on inside Nicks head but when he draws cartoons it helps us understand the “kind” of madness Nick possesses.
I have spent six years at uni working on my fine art/arts degree. Sure, most of this time was spent doodling in exercise books and goofing off in the university comedy society. And sure, my most acclaimed work should be my semi finalst portrait for the prestigious Moran Prize, but had I added a cat video to my childish signed triptych of Michael Fassbender, this would have been my most notable work.
It had become apparent that both comedy and art were my true callings. I have decided to combine my strengths and join forces with the formidibaly strange Nick Capper to write a one hour show on the history of stolen artworks. This originally began with a plan to steal a number of Ken Done paintings from he Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. When Nick and I found a few of these in the gallery dumpster we decided we could earn more money just talking about them at the Sydney Fringe Festval than we could selling Dones on the black market.
It is a one night only show and if you want to catch two Ren and Stimpy enthusiasts talking about Art Theft this is the show for you.
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I am not ashamed to say that the artist in the studio next to mine works harder than me. Like me, she works on commissions and personal works. Like me, she runs a blog in order to keep her comedy muscles toned. She is a successful full-time playwright. I admire her tenacity and passion for her craft and I take every opportunity I have to
let her know this interrupt her progress when mine falls flat, to ask her to join me on a coffee run when I’m stumped and she is sprouting new ideas at a rapid rate. After being a professional brother to four sisters for almost 25 years, my efforts as an annoyance and distraction have recently been futile. My neighboring artist Jess Bellamy is now enjoying the fruits of her labor at the Venice Film Festival as a screenwriter for a short-film that featured in the top ten films in Ridley Scott’s “Your Film Festival” this week. Jess had to change tact and try her hand at screenwriting to adapt her play “Bat Eyes” for film. As the film was in the top ten in this international competition she got to mingle at a party with Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender.
Like any good friend would do, I took this opportunity to ride the Bellamy-wave of Fassbender-heavy success. The night before Jess left for Venice I, like Jess moving from play to screenwriting, moved from fine art to this…
Now, Michael Fassbender is not familiar with my artistic prowess. He is not aware that I can do much better than this. He is also unaware that the “teachers handwriting” labeling the different Fassbenders belongs to my girlfriend Caro. He probably could deduce that I am a fan of his and really that’s all that matters here right? RIGHT?!
IT’S THE BEST PLAN GUYS! ANY ARTWORK THAT IS MORE REFINED THAN THIS JUST LOOKS CREEPY… Well this one doesn’t look creepy so long as you believe that the artist responsible for this work was actually five years old and that he had sat through Prometheus, X-Men: First Class and Inglorious Basterds without shitting his Osh-Kosh-Bagosh pants. Because we all know that overly-shaded fan-art is a fan-boy no-no. The thought of you gently scraping the end off your pencil, then gently rubbing the shavings in to the soft face of your crudely, yet affectionately and meticulously drawn, celebrity obsession is not going to get Michael Fassbender to your Christmas dinner with your family like you prayed for (because that’s what Jesus is listening out for – not starving children in war torn countries… Celebrity/fan meets!). Just ask Daniel Craig.
So Jess was at the party and the following unfolded…
Jess met Fassbender.
At the party she also met his girlfriend Nicole Beharie and found she was the best operative to probe the crowd to deliver my artwork to Fassbender.
Here is Jess’ report:
I went up to Fassbender’s girlfriend Nicole, told her I thought she was great in Shame, chatted a bit about Bat Eyes, and then I went “ok this is a bit awkward but when I was talking to Michael I didn’t want to give him this. My friend who is an artist has a picture for Michael. Do you want it?”She takes it, laughs a lot, and goes, “how old is your friend?:I say “mid-20s”.
Moment of awkwardness.
Then she’s like “That’s awesome. I’m giving it to Michael”.
This is Nicole holding my drawing looking for Fassbender (For Real!)
I go off to drink 25 more spritzes, and suddenly there’s a Google executive yelling “WE NEED A SHARPIE! DOES ANYONE HAVE A SHARPIE” (no one had a sharpie) – and then Nicole finds me in the crowd, hands me the piece of paper, and he has signed it for you. With two XXs.Holy Fucking Shitballs! I THINK I JUST WON THE INTERNET! Also you must watch this video of Jess talking about Bat Eyes
and here is the short film in full.
Proud of you Jess…
But (I’m not gonna lie) more proud of myself.
I was informed that my Doug Moran Portraiture Prize entry has been selected for the 2nd stage of judging. The judges were Christopher Menz and Vincent Fantauzzo which is very exiting as Fantauzzo’s work has dominated the portraiture scene in Australia in the last few years and it’s so cool to have him select my work for further viewing. The next step is having Gandalf select me in a beard competition.
The finalists will be announced on the 2nd of July.
David Collins and Daffy Duck have more in common than may first meet the eye. Artist Edmund Iffland has captured Collins’ unique mode of physical performance in the style of Chuck Jones’ 1953 classic Duck Auck – an homage in colour and style to a cartoon that both the artist and performer hold dear. Painted in Acrylic and ink on canvas this work resembles a massive animation cel.
After working on a play at the Old Fitzroy Theatre last year I got to know the cast and crew of In The Air Tonight – a play by Paul Ayre. Dave Collins, who is known for being “the one with hair” in the Umbilical Brothers, was a lead actor. Dave was a fan of my work and I have always been a fan of his… We had a beer after the show and to cut a long story short… I now know Dave’s face better than I know my own. He is the subject for my Archibald Prize entry this year. We have had a number of sittings and I have done a number of paintings and sketches and have drunk a number of beers in the process.
This work is a book cover for author L. J. Ike. It is an artistic appropriation of L. J’s first story “The Third Man” and it was a brilliant exercise trying to create an artwork that not only captured the essence of the story but as a stand-alone artwork that could sell the e-book because, let’s face it, we all judge e-books by their e-cover. You can check out his website here.
15, 232 kilometers away one of my poster designs will be promoting stand up comedy in Estonia. This is my latest commissioned work and it’s a shame I can’t be there to see it in the print. However if you are in Estonia any time of the year you can catch these comedians all around Europe, recently they ran a show out of a moving tram. Check out there stuff here www.comedyestonia.com to watch videos and get updates.
Shelf Life is an annual group exhibition held at Delmar Gallery. There are about 70 artists this years show including yours truly. I have quite an interesting work in the show that combines sculpture,painting and food. If you want to have a peek at said work drop by the gallery sometime between the 13th of November and the 4th of December.
13 November to 4 December, 2011
12.00 – 5.00pm Wednesday – Sunday
144 Victoria Street Ashfield NSW 2131