Market Fan Club: Orenda Chats with Evie Cahir

  Evie Cahir with her  Market Fan Club  works. Image by Jessie Webb courtesy of  Lamington Drive .

Evie Cahir with her Market Fan Club works. Image by Jessie Webb courtesy of Lamington Drive.

 

Market Fan Club is a suite of radiant and joyful large-scale paintings by emerging Melbourne artist Evie Cahir.

Inspired by daily trips to the Queen Victoria Market, these crops of fruit and vegetables capture the shifting intensities of the sun and seasons. The largest works created by Cahir to date successfully balance a bold and meticulous application, seen in the delicate fruit stems and textural detail alongside gutsy gestural sweeps of paint. Market Fan Club champions the shapes, colours, sounds and smells of the maketplace.

 

The benefits of joining Market Fan Club are extensive and include but
are not limited to:

• Certainty of free-play and fun
• Ability to confidently engage in a game of light and shadow appreciation
• Social camaraderie with others in club
• Develop life-long friendships with seasonal fruit and vegetables
• Achieve a sense of belonging and opportunity to contribute to
national and international Market Fan Clubs

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On the opening week of the Market Fan Club exhibition at Lamington Drive, Portia Sarris of Orenda Magazine sits down with Evie Cahir.

 

   Market Fan Club FAQ: What is the process of joining    Market Fan Club   ?  Everything starts with looking and walking. Consider every trip out to get a hot coff, a single pear or a vital rehydration-station to be an exploratory expedition.

Market Fan Club FAQ: What is the process of joining Market Fan Club? Everything starts with looking and walking. Consider every trip out to get a hot coff, a single pear or a vital rehydration-station to be an exploratory expedition.

 

Orenda Magazine: Who inspires you? Where do you go or  what do you do to find inspiration?

Evie: My friends, parents, housemates. If I don’t have to or don’t want to leave my room to find inspiration I simply look up at my wall above the desk.

It’s covered in drawings from friends, letters from my Mum, Purikura and PhotoBooth highlights, food packaging, lovely notes that have been slipped under my door and lists I have written of ‘Nice Things’. I usually leave the house in the morning to get a coffee and it’s the walk through or around the market that is inspiring, simply being outside sets me off sometimes!

For me, painting communicates an experience.

Orenda Magazine: What is it about the markets that made you feel you needed to capture and create it in the way that you have?

Evie: The need to capture the markets arose because I wanted to apprehend fleeting but resonant moments of joy, those moments that feel rare and precious. For me, painting communicates an experience. By painting the market I felt like I had an opportunity to make surface — with brush strokes and color and little pencil details — what I am unable to express with a wacky interpretive dance or written word.  

 

   Market Fan Club FAQ:   Is there a waiting period?  No, new members can join instantly. All you will need is an intuitive tendency to find aesthetic quality and humour in objects designed for consumption. An interest in sunshine, wide variety of smells and sense of child-like wonder is a bonus.

Market Fan Club FAQ: Is there a waiting period? No, new members can join instantly. All you will need is an intuitive tendency to find aesthetic quality and humour in objects designed for consumption. An interest in sunshine, wide variety of smells and sense of child-like wonder is a bonus.

 

Orenda Magazine: What is your favourite fruit/vegetable to paint? Is It your favourite to eat?

Evie: My favourite fruit to paint are lemons. Squeezing out that intense yellow from the paint tube is always warming. To eat, it would have to be a navel orange. So juicy, so satisfying!

By painting the market I felt like I had an opportunity to make surface…what I am unable to express with a wacky interpretive dance or written word.  

Orenda Magazine: How do you choose your next object to paint?

Evie: The process of choosing the next object to paint is a slippery and mysterious one. It is usually based on the initial chord that quietly resonated when I first looked at the subject matter. I paint whatever I like, essentially.

 

   Market Fan Club FAQ: Do I have to reach a certain standard of play to become a member?  No, the level of free-play to reach, maintain and exceed is self-initiated. Ongoing in-jokes with yourself, non-sensical word association games [competitive or private] are a great way to start. Have fun with it!   Image by Jessie Webb courtesy of  Lamington Drive .

Market Fan Club FAQ: Do I have to reach a certain standard of play to become a member? No, the level of free-play to reach, maintain and exceed is self-initiated. Ongoing in-jokes with yourself, non-sensical word association games [competitive or private] are a great way to start. Have fun with it! Image by Jessie Webb courtesy of Lamington Drive.

 

Orenda Magazine: What is your favourite medium to work with? Do you tend to use the same materials across all your bodies of work, or do you like change between materials depending on your subjects?

Evie: I have recently started working with Holbein Acrylic paint, after having worked with watercolor for some time. I chose to work with a new medium for Market Fan Club because of the limitations in portraying light but saturated hues using only watercolor paint. In contrast, Acrylic paint offers an intense, immediate and permanent range of colors, perfect for painting bright fruit.

I paint whatever I like, essentially.

Orenda Magazine: Is Market Fan Club a project that will continue past your exhibition?

Evie: Market Fan Club will continue past my exhibition as I am a lifelong member of the Club! I will continue to enjoy all markets. That being said, I will be taking a long break from painting fruit, I think. 

 

   Market Fan Club FAQ: What are the rules?  There are no rules. We simply ask that you pay your respects to the shiny persimmons, the soggy cardboard boxes, the scent of the hot jammy doughies, the Eggy-Boys, the Call and Response Team of the fruit merchants, the chaotic underbelly of the Deli, the shining beacon of hope that is the flower stand and the way the light bounces off the Jazz Apples.

Market Fan Club FAQ: What are the rules? There are no rules. We simply ask that you pay your respects to the shiny persimmons, the soggy cardboard boxes, the scent of the hot jammy doughies, the Eggy-Boys, the Call and Response Team of the fruit merchants, the chaotic underbelly of the Deli, the shining beacon of hope that is the flower stand and the way the light bounces off the Jazz Apples.

 

Orenda Magazine: Where do you want your art to take you? Can we be expecting to see your work popping anywhere else around the Melbourne art scene anytime soon?

Evie: Yes, expect to see it at a SIGNAL Workshop in August where I will be teaching children how to create BrainDumps, illustrations for Collins Square for their Winter Workshops, in Sydney for the Parley and Adidas collaboration sneaker launch, on a set of postcards for Customs House in Sydney, upcoming zine in collaboration with Felix Wilson from Particle Books and hopefully more solo exhibitions!


Market Fan Club is exhibiting from 20th June – 7th July at Lamington Drive, 52 Budd St Collingwood.

Opening Night is 6–9pm 20th June: RSVP on Facebook.