Week one of 2020 is done and dusted and so is the first of 52 Paste Ups in 52 Weeks public artworks collaged by Bundaberg artist Marlies Oakley.
At the turn of the new decade when most people were writing down their new year’s resolutions about losing weight, going to the gym or spending less time on technology, the ArtPlus owner had other plans in place, which involved sharing her love on art with the community each and every week of the year.
Not taking the 52 Paste Ups in 52 Weeks task too lightly, Marlies has installed a proper frame on the external wall of ArtPlus to ensure she follows through with her commitment.
“I’m not one for new year resolutions as I am notoriously bad at keeping them!” Marlies said.
“One of the advantages of owning an art shop is that you get blank outside walls to play with.
“So, I set myself the challenge as a collage artist to produce 52 collages (one per week) which I will then turn into paste ups for all the world to see!”
Marlies said each art piece would only be displayed on the wall of Artplus for the week before it was replaced by the next one.
“The same time every week, of a Monday before 9am, I will replace the artwork with a new piece,” she said.
52 Paste Ups in 52 Weeks on ArtPlus wall
The first piece inspired by an exhibition that will be held next month, The Twenties, proudly took its place on the Art Plus wall on Monday morning.
“It’s inspired by the 1920s with the Chrysler Building, a car from the 1920s and a woman dressed from that decade 100 years ago,” she said.
Trudie Leigo Projects will hold The Twenties Art and Design Exhibition at the Hinkler Hall of Aviation with opening night on Thursday, 6 February at 5.30pm.
Marlies said she will also have artwork in the exhibition and was proud to have her first 52 Paste Ups in 52 Weeks wall installation inspired by the event.
“I also hope to lighten the tone around town and by having something colourful on the wall I think it helps, especially with the drought at the moment,” she said.
Marlies said the beauty of the cut and paste artwork was while the original art piece was kept safe inside the blown-up copy displayed on the wall would last about a week in the sun and out in the weather.
She said the 52 Paste Ups in 52 Weeks artworks could also be made available on t-shirts for $45 each, so anyone who found any of the pieces particularly interesting could contact ArtPlus and order it to wear.
“I have had a few of my old designs put on t-shirts and they are really cool,” Marlies said.
The artwork will change on Monday morning, for your chance to see each piece in the flesh pop down to ArtPlus on Electra St.