23 July 2014

First Site Gallery Mentorship Program

First Site Gallery Mentorship Program

Check outGasoline Eye Dropsby Chris Gooch and Mandy Ord

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With a one-month residency and $5000 in their hands, art student Chris Gooch and chosen mentor Mandy Ord’s hard work will culminate in a two-week comic works exhibition Gasoline Eye Drops.

Gasoline Eye Drops will be opened to the public from 29 July to 10 August 2014 at the First Site Gallery, 344 Swanston Street. The exhibition will explore the narrative themes of anxiety and anger derived from escalating harassment and the transformative results of such an experience.

Currently in their residency at the First Site Gallery, both Chris and Mandy are completing individual and collaborative projects, with an emphasis on assisting Chris to complete a fully realised and printed comic book.

They will be documenting their progress both online and in print, which you can follow at Gasoline Eye Drops from 30 June 2014. You can also see them during the exhibition phase at these following workshops:

Autobiographical comics – keeping it real

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 2 pm

Using examples and exercises, Mandy Ord will explore the reasons why writers feel the need to reveal their private selves by examining the complexities of their lives through comics.

Artist Talk by Chris Gooch

Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 2 pm

Chris Gooch critiques his own work and examines the process by which young artists hope to improve.

Mandy says, “This mentorship is a great way to not only fill space that is full of potential, but also to give back to someone else what I have learned. I have had a fascinating and varied journey through my 20 years of career as a cartoonist and I feel like I have a lot to offer to a young comic writer.”

Chris Gooch is a Melbourne-based artist, cartoonist and RMIT’s Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) student. In 2012, he published a graphic novel 1792, funded by RMIT Link Arts & Culture, as well as limited editions of comics And I Ran and 51% (Optic Pop!) in 2013.

Mandy Ord is a widely published cartoonist and illustrator with a passion for the language of comics. She has taken part in a residency for NGV Studio, was RMIT Non-Fiction Lab’s Creator-In-Residence in 2013, and worked with Polyglot Theatre and Paper Moon Puppet Theatre Company in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2014.

For more information, email linkarts@rmit.edu.au or call 9925 3327.

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